first_imgAmerica has been at war for close to two decades with relatively modest accomplishment. The war in Afghanistan continues and Iraq has become a more religiously divided country with a weak central government and much poverty. Many innocent Iraqis are dead; many families are shattered; and Iranian influence is more prominent.Add in that the whole region is in turmoil. For examples, note the catastrophic conditions in Syria, the involvement of the Russian military there and the Turkish war with the Kurds.Now the president is dealing with the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. That problem, as I see it, isn’t solvable peaceably without the support of China and Russia. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Korean War began due to the Soviet Union’s dictator, Stalin, encouraging the North Koreans to invade South Korea. When the war ended in a stalemate in 1953, 4 million people were dead. Now, after 75 years, South Korea is an economically advanced democratic country and North Korea a prison camp run by a cruel dictator.President Truman responded correctly militarily to the invasion (supported by the UN) and Gen. MacArthur drove the North Koreans back. When he crossed the Yalu River, China entered the war against us. Then Eisenhower became president and he turned the war into a stalemate because it was unwinnable due to the backing of the North Koreans by China and the Soviet Union.Nuclear war isn’t a real option, and America doesn’t need another war of any kind. As a result, the only real option is a diplomatic solution that involves China and Russia, because those powers won’t permit the United States from gaining more influence on the Korean peninsula.I have little confidence that the Trump- Bolton team is capable of delivering a viable diplomatic solution. They are more likely to make matters worse. Howard LittmanNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) and a business group have urged local administrations to maintain strict control of tourism businesses and a strong stance against health protocols violators amid the reopening of hotels, restaurants and tourist destinations.The WHO called on the administrations to establish minimum health safety standards and routinely monitor their implementation to prevent outbreaks in tourist destinations.“It will be great if Satpol PP [Public Order Agency] personnel run routine patrols to remind businesses and the general public about the importance of health protocols through a law and social enforcement approach,” WHO national professional officer Dina Kania said during a webinar held by the Indonesia Global Compact Network on Wednesday. He said the agency had requested that Jakarta’s Satpol PP temporarily shut down 31 businesses for grave violations of restrictions and collected Rp 2.75 billion (US$184,929) in fines from violations in the tourism sector.Satpol PP has been granted authority to impose sanctions on PSBB violators, including business owners, under Gubernatorial Regulation No.41/2020 on sanctions for PSBB issued by Governor Anies Baswedan on April 30.“We found that some business owners failed to uphold the protocols mandated by the city administration. There are even entertainment centers that are operating discreetly,” he said, adding that some businesses violated the policy out of “financial desperation and cash flow difficulties.”Tourism is among the sectors hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak as people avoid crowded areas and limit their activity to avoid catching the virus. The pandemic so far has wiped out around Rp 85 trillion from Indonesia’s tourism revenue as of July, according to data from the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI).According to Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency data, more than 151,000 tourism industry workers in the capital had faced payroll cuts, furloughs and layoffs as of Aug. 19 due to the pandemic. In addition, around 1,900 creative economy workers have also been impacted by the outbreak.PHRI learning center director Alexander Nayoan said the association fully supported the Jakarta administration’s initiatives and expressed hope that other regions would also take a strong stance against protocol violations.“Violators have an unfair advantage over us, businesses who limit our operations and fully comply with the regulation. We hope local administrations take strong action to educate the violators,” he said.Topics : She added that a large portion of the general public remained ignorant and failed to practice health safety protocols, such as using a face covering and maintaining physical distancing, despite the government’s massive dissemination campaigns.The government and regional administrations eased in June the large scale social restrictions (PSBB) implemented in much of April and May, despite a rising number of COVID-19 infections, in order to boost the sluggish economy. The Jakarta administration, for instance, has relaxed its restrictions and is implementing a transitional PSBB that allows several businesses to open with strict health protocols.However, the health protocols are being ignored not just by the public but also by some businesses, including those in the tourism industry.Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency tourism department head Bambang Ismadi said the agency had inspected 759 businesses as of Aug. 18 and punished 76 businesses for violating the protocols.last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 27, 2020 African American Affairs,  Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Latino Affairs,  Press Release,  Public Health On a call today with reporters and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman about the newly formed Health Disparity Task Force, Governor Tom Wolf called for COVID-19 health care providers and medical facilities conducting tests to follow the Department of Health’s mandate to include race and ethnicity data in demographics provided to the department with COVID-19 test results. He also asked for more robust, free and accessible testing for minority and vulnerable populations.From Gov. Wolf’s remarks:“All Pennsylvanians deserve the same access to testing and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s regardless of race, income, location, and every other factor. The goal for this task force is to help communicate issues with how the pandemic is affecting the state’s minority and vulnerable populations.“One of the problems we have is that we have heard how COVID-19 is hitting minority populations – in particular African-Americans – hardest across the United States and anecdotally in Pennsylvania, but we lack the statistics needed to determine the severity of this issue here.“Despite a mandate by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, 69% of race data is still unreported and there is little to no data when it comes to ethnicity.“We need to get more medical professionals collecting and reporting race data about their patients.“We also need to make sure our vulnerable populations have equal access to testing. By identifying issues, like testing locations and hours of operation, and providing information on these locations to our minority communities, we can make sure testing is accessible to everyone.“This will help us detect COVID-19 before it becomes widespread in acommunity.“And we need to make sure testing is available to everyone, regardless of means, previous medical care, or existing relationships to a physician. This will help us identify difficult-to-detect cases.“The Health Disparity Task Force, working with the Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity, will help us gather more specific information on how to tackle these issues, as well as identify others.”Lt. Gov. Fetterman, added, “The task force has held three meetings so far, and our biggest concerns heard from these communities are improving data collection and increasing access to free testing. I thank the governor for taking our recommendations and immediately calling for action.”View this information in Spanish.center_img Gov. Wolf Calls for Mandated Race and Ethnicity Data Collection and Increased Testing Amid COVID-19last_img read more

first_img Meyers joined JLT last year and helped establish its service provision for LGPS pooling. This included a partnership with Alpha AMC, aimed at helping LGPS pools establish internal investment and operations capabilities. Willis Towers Watson – Bibi de Vries has been appointed head of Benelux at the investment consultancy. She took up the role yesterday, and is responsible for setting the firm’s strategic direction for the Benelux and driving growth in the Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg markets. and all Benelux markets. She succeeds Bart den Hartog, who is joining elipsLife in Zürich, Switzerland. De Vries had already been working at Willis Towers Watson since last year, when she joined as a senior consultant working in business development. She was previously a member of the Dutch Parliament from 1994 until 2006, and then spent nine years with Achmea, a Dutch financial services company. Aon Hewitt – Tiziana Perrella has been appointed to the consultancy group’s risk settlement group as a principal consultant. She joins Aon Hewitt after eight years with JLT Employee Benefits, where she was a principal and head of buyout services. Before this, Tiziana spent 10 years with Mercer. She started her career in the pensions industry at Prudential. She is a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has been active on several sub-committees within the actuarial profession, including as a member of the Medically Underwritten Bulk Annuities (MUBA) Working Group.The 300 Club – The international investor thinktank has formally launched its North American chapter. Led by Chris Ailman, CIO of the California State Teachers Retirement System, the group has also added three new people to its membership: Ted Eliopoulos, CIO of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System; Sam Masoudi, CIO of the Wyoming Retirement System; and Russell Read, CIO of the Alaska Permanent Fund.Launched in the UK by Hermes chief executive Saker Nusseibeh in 2011, the 300 Club is a group of investment professionals – predominantly asset owners – who publish thought leadership papers aimed at generating new thinking for various areas of investment and pensions management. Its current chairman is Stefan Dunatov, CIO of Coal Pension Trustees.Capita Employee Benefits – Akash Rooprai has been appointed head of pensions risk management. He has over 25 years of experience through previous roles at Partnership and Mercer. He started his career down the actuarial path, before moving into bulk annuities. Fulcrum Asset Management – Charles Jewkes has been hired to the newly created position of director for global financial institutions. He will be responsible for building relationships with major insurers and banks, the asset manager said. He joins from Schroders where he was business development director focusing on insurance companiesFinancial Reporting Council – The FRC, the UK’s audit watchdog, has appointed Mark Zinkula to its board. Zinkula is the CEO of Legal & General Investment Management, a role he has held since 2011. He replaces Elizabeth Corley, former CEO and now vice chair of Allianz Global Investors, from 1 April.Northern Trust – Katharine Morris has joined as head of sales for the group’s Global Fund Services business in the UK. She is responsible for promoting Northern Trust’s investment operations outsourcing, fund administration, and range of asset servicing solutions to UK asset managers. Morris joins from HSBC Securities Servicing where she was head of UK sales.J O Hambro Capital Management – The London-based investment boutique announced this week that UK equities manager John Wood is to retire on 30 September this year. He joined the group in 2005 to launch its UK Opportunities fund, and has led it to top-quartile performance since inception. The management of this strategy will pass to his co-managers Rachel Reutter and Michael Ulrich. JLT Employee Benefits, Willis Towers Watson, Aon Hewitt, 300 Club, Capita Employee Benefits, Fulcrum, FRC, Northern Trust, JOHCMJLT Employee Benefits – The consultancy has established a new “cross functional knowledge group” dedicated to servicing local government pension schemes (LGPS) in the UK. The new LGPS Assurance Team is made up of eight individuals with expertise across all areas of pensions and experience of the public sector. The individuals and their responsibilities are:Adrian Chapman, LGPS and public sector administration services directorKaren Scott, market development and client managerLorraine Harper, governanceCameron McMullen and Nick Buckland, investment consultingSteve Birks and Danny Snow, administrationSteve Jones, GMP reconciliation services and data services In addition, IPE has learned Andrien Meyers is to leave JLT at the end of the month and return to his previous role in charge of the London Borough of Lambeth’s pension fund and treasury. He will also work with the LGPS’ Scheme Advisory Board and government officials on the efforts to pool LGPS assets.last_img read more

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — State investigators are looking into vanished funds from a Decatur County school’s parent-teacher organization.Decatur County Community Schools Superintendent Johnny Budd told the Greensburg Daily News that at least one person is no longer involved in the PTO or school district as of Wednesday.  Budd and Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen confirmed to the newspaper that an investigation is being conducted by the Indiana State Police.Charges have not been filed as of Wednesday night. No word on the exact amount of money reported missing.last_img read more

first_imgThe Lady Wildcats travelled to Willowbrook Country Club today to participate in the Connersville Invite. They were able to take home another invite victory by shooting a team score of 363.Senior, Dana Branstetter, was low for the team and was able to place 4th with a score of 83. Dana Branstetter – 83.  Also for FC, Kendyl Brack – 93, Abby Orschell – 95, Maggie Brack – 92, Gracie Graf – 101.Team scores.  Franklin County 363, New Palestine 365, Richmond 379, Columbus East 383, Hamilton Southeastern 402,“The golf course we played today was probably one of the toughest we will see all year. I expected the scores to be a little higher than usual because of the difficult conditions. I’m very proud of the team for their being able to move on from a bad hole or two. Our team left a lot of shots out on the course today but overall I’m happy with the way they hung in there and brought home another trophy.”  Wildcats Coach Marissa Mears.The team will be back in action on Monday with a home meet against North Decatur.last_img read more

first_img Two years ago, the Tom Dascombe-trained stayer was agonisingly beaten a head and a short head in third place behind Royal Diamond and Massiyn but missed the Classic last season after spiking a temperature. Connections of the six-year-old, who was bred by co-owner Michael Owen, have targeted a second crack at this race since he finished third to Cavalryman in the Goodwood Cup. Brown Panther is being primed to go on a retrieval mission in the €300,000 Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger at the Curragh on September 14. Press Associationcenter_img “He seems fine and this race has been the plan since Goodwood,” said Dascombe. “We gave him a nice break after he last ran, but he seems to be in great shape again now. “He can handle all types of ground so we’ll take whatever he gets. He is ready and he will come over.” Roger Varian is aiming Cursory Glance at Group One honours in the €300,000 Moyglare Stud Stakes on the same card. The talented two-year-old filly, winner of Royal Ascot’s Albany Stakes and second in the Lowther at York, will be attempting seven furlongs for the first time. “The Moyglare Stud Stakes is the plan for Cursory Glance. She has trained nicely since York, where she shaped as though the step up to seven furlongs would bring about further improvement,” said the Newmarket trainer. “Her win at Royal Ascot in the Albany Stakes and her second to Tiggy Wiggy in the Lowther represents some of the strongest juvenile form around and she deserves to have a crack at a Group One.” last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi:The Sports Ministry is set to organise the first-ever Khelo India Winter Games in the Union Territory of Ladakh in the third week of February and in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of March.Seven different sporting disciplines have been chosen with an effort to popularise winter games among the youth of the country. The Games will have Open Ice Hockey Championship, Figure Skating and Speed Skating and the competition will be conducted at Block, district and Union Territory levels with an expected participation of about 1,700 athletes.The competitions of the Khelo India J&K Winter Games will be held at Kongdori in Kashmir’s hill resort of Gulmarg in four age categories for both boys and girls. Athletes in the age categories of 19-21 years, 17-18 years, 15-16 years and 13-14 years can compete in Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Boarding and Snow Shoeing. IANSAlso Read: Khelo India University Games will help unearth fresh talent: Somdev Devvarman Also Watch: Six-mile to Ganeshguri Road Closed due to Overbridge construction; Public inconvenienced.last_img read more

first_imgST. CLOUD, Minn. ? It seems like deja vu to be writing about the Wisconsin hockey team getting screwed over by questionable officiating. It’s happened once already this season ? in early January against Denver ? and on Saturday, it happened again.Three times, actually.The first came with just under three minutes to play in the second period. Wisconsin was leading St. Cloud State 2-1 and looked to be in command of the game. But UW defenseman and team captain Davis Drewiske was whistled for a questionable interference call after he stepped in the path of a Husky player trying to chase down the puck.Just 21 seconds later, Wisconsin was penalized again.A hooking call on senior Josh Engel with 2:43 to play in the second period gave St. Cloud an extended five-on-three advantage. And as a team that converts on 22.6 percent of its power plays ? tied for fourth in the nation and tops in the WCHA ? the Huskies had no trouble turning the Badgers’ pain into their gain.Garrett Roe scored a minute and 25 seconds after Engel’s penalty, tying the game at 2-2. And in a span of 35 seconds, St. Cloud struck again when Matt Hartman’s goal put his team up for good.Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves was clearly upset with how the penalties unfolded Saturday, and understandably so.?If you’re going to put us down five-on-three, in my book, it better be a hell of a call,? Eaves said.In my book, it certainly wasn’t a ?hell of a call.?Despite those two calls going against them, the Badgers still had an opportunity to tie things up. But once again, referee Derek Shepherd kept the comeback attempt at bay.With just under six minutes remaining, it appeared as if Wisconsin had tied things up. UW had its fourth line on the ice when Andy Bombach ? who has yet to score a goal on the season ? tipped in a loose puck past St. Cloud goaltender Jase Weslosky.The players celebrated, as did the Wisconsin fans who made the trip up to St. Cloud.But it was a false celebration. The goal was waved off.Shepherd had blown the play dead after he thought Weslosky had the puck under control in his glove. Replays clearly showed, however, that the Husky netminder never had it.It was obvious that Shepherd wasn’t in the proper position to make the right call. I knew it. Eaves knew it. Heck, even Shepherd probably knew it.?The issue about that is, where is the referee when he makes the call?? Eaves stated after the game. ?Refereeing’s a tough job, I understand that. But to me, I thought he was an awful long way from the net when he blew his whistle, and that’s the frustrating part of that.?Indeed, it was a frustrating juncture in the game, but the implications of the no-goal may have been greater than the 3-2 loss. With the win Saturday, St. Cloud could now move ahead of Wisconsin in the standings.I’m not here to sound whiny and complain that the entire loss can be pinned on the referees. As Eaves said, refereeing is tough. I’ve never tried it and would probably fail miserably if I did.But it’s their job to make the right call, and if they’re not in proper position to do so, they need to keep the whistles quiet.The other thing I have a problem with is the fact that these calls came in both teams’ biggest game of the season. Both were fighting for their playoff lives, and each goal was crucial in such a closely played matchup.In such instances, officiating should never hinder the importance of each minute or disrupt the flow of the game.As much as anyone can complain about the officials in the game, though, I realize that nothing will come of it. With the situation in Denver two months ago, the WCHA admitted the ref had made a mistake on a no-goal that would have tied things up, yet Wisconsin never reaped the benefits of this admission.It did, however, seem to spark a fire in Eaves’ squad, as they went unbeaten in their next six games after the officiating error.Just like Denver, the game Saturday will stand as a loss. The Badgers will not earn the point (or potentially two) they deserved.Wisconsin fans can only hope that the no-call will trigger another unbeaten streak. With the playoffs coming around, it would be perfect timing to catch fire.Thanks, Shepherd.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you’ve got a beef with hockey refs, let him know at read more