Concealed gun laws no threat to public

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The spin on this editorial is 180 degrees from reality. The Second Amendment is in the U.S. Constitution; hence the real issue is the various state laws that are undercutting our constitutional rights. Whole chunks of your rights for the freedom of speech, rights against illegal search and seizure, etc. don’t disappear when you cross a state border as they do for the Second Amendment.The editor’s advice to rely on the USA Carry website for clarification of state laws is very poor indeed. Would you want to be standing before a judge in another state, after unwittingly violating a penal law, with your only defense being “This website said it was OK.” Only a licensed attorney, with experience on a state’s penal laws, could ethically advise a client on such matters.The writer(s) seem to be unaware that approximately 11 states have constitutional carry laws, which means that they require no permit to purchase or carry a handgun, just a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check. The bulk of these states became constitutional carry states in the last four years, with no significant negative repercussions. Prior to 2002, there was only one constitutional carry state, Vermont. I expect you’ve always felt safe in Vermont, being ignorant of this fact, but it’s really because the “less safe” argument on reciprocity is a complete fallacy. Handgun licensing hassles the law abiding, not those with criminal inclinations.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Do you feel safe in Vermont? I’ll get back to this question in a bit.The Dec.10 Gazette editorial, “Concealed carry bill undercuts state laws,” is indicative of The Gazette supporting a position sans critical thinking or research.last_img read more

Monti’s downfall?

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RICS bats for flat owners

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St Enoch beats Buchanan blues

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SIPPing pretty

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Arema vs. Persebaya soccer match moved over fears of fan clash

first_imgBoth Aremania and Bonek are known for their violent attitude, and they have a long history of enmity between them. Members of the two have frequently engaged in clashes prior to or after soccer matches. Read also: Soccer a deadly game in IndonesiaBlitar Police chief Adj. Comr. Leonard Sinambela said police and military personnel would create three rings of security to secure the match despite the decision that it would be held without spectators in the stadium. “The outer ring will ensure that supporters coming to the city will not bring any weapons. The second ring will ensure the two camps of supporters gather in different locations near the stadium,” he said.He said police would also anticipate the presence of supporters of the two clubs from Blitar city and regency. Leonard said the Blitar Police, backed by the East Java Police, would deploy more than 700 officers for the event.The other semifinal match between Madura United and Persija Jakarta was held on Monday at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java.The East Java Governor’s Cup is organized by PSSI East Java. Topics : The East Java chapter of the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) has made a sudden decision to move the semifinal match of the East Java Governor’s Cup between Arema FC and Persebaya to Blitar Supriyadi Stadium. The match is scheduled to be held on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.  Originally, the match was to take place at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang.PSSI Blitar branch chief Yudi Meira told reporters on Monday that the decision was made under consideration of the long rivalry between fan groups of the two clubs, Arema FC’s Aremania and Persebaya’s Bonek.  Yudi said the match would be held without spectators. “We hope the semifinal match will go well without any incident. I, as the match host, will coordinate with the police and the Indonesian Military to make sure the match runs smoothly,” he said. last_img read more

World must prepare for ‘potential pandemic’: WHO chief

first_imgThe World Health Organization chief on Monday warned countries to prepare for a “potential pandemic” of new coronavirus, calling the sudden increase in cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea “deeply concerning”.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said, however, that a WHO joint mission to China that concluded on Monday found that the virus there “peaked” between January 23 and February 2 “and has been declining steadily since then”.”This virus can be contained. Indeed there are many countries that have done exactly that,” he said, crediting the measures taken by China to lock down several cities for helping to prevent an even bigger spread. The virus, first detected at the end of December, has killed more than 2,600 people so far — mostly in China.The WHO has declared it a global health emergency but has stopped short of calling it a global pandemic.”For the moment we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large-scale deaths,” Tedros told reporters in Geneva.He added, however, that countries should be “doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic. “What we see are epidemics in different parts of the world affecting countries in different ways and requiring a tailored response,” he said.Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies programme, said a WHO team had arrived in Italy on Monday and another was expected in Iran on Tuesday.Ryan also cautioned over the apparent high mortality rate in Iran, where the government has reported 64 infections and 12 deaths, saying that “we may only be detecting severe cases”.He said “the virus may have been there longer than we had previously suspected”, adding that transmission might have occurred through events such as religious festivals.Topics :last_img read more

Romania’s interim PM and cabinet to enter quarantine after coronavirus contact

first_imgRomania’s interim prime minister Ludovic Orban said on Friday that he and his entire cabinet would quarantine themselves after coming into contact with a senator who was later confirmed to have the coronavirus.Liberal Party leader Orban said the senator had attended a meeting of the party’s senior figures on Monday, prior to getting tested. He added that he, his 17-member cabinet and all Liberal senators would quarantine themselves and be tested.”All government members … will do their duty and take all the measures to fight coronavirus, regardless of whether they are confirmed to have the virus or not,” Orban told reporters. He urged journalists who had covered his news conferences to seek testing as well. The quarantine could extend a political crisis that began when Orban’s cabinet was toppled in a no-confidence vote called by the main opposition party last month.Even before Orban’s quarantine announcement, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis was due to hold consultations with political parties later on Friday in the latest attempt to install a new government. With concerns growing about the spread of the new coronavirus, the presidency said Iohannis would now hold consultations with parties via teleconference.On Thursday Iohannis said he aimed to designate a new prime minister – widely expected to be Orban – who would have to be approved by a parliamentary vote next week. If successful, the premier would appoint a cabinet with full powers to fight the virus.Orban has held meetings with leaders of other political parties this week, as well as with Iohannis and other officials including the central bank governor.Romania has reported 70 cases of the coronavirus but no deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Lawyers seek acquittal in Novel acid attack case

first_imgNovel was accused of shooting a swallow nest robbery suspect during his tenure as the Bengkulu Police detective chief in 2004. Even though he was never proven guilty, police reopened an investigation into the case in 2012, after the KPK had named then-National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas) chief Insp. Gen. Djoko Susilo a graft suspect.Read also: 1-year prison sentence demanded for cops who allegedly attacked Novel BaswedanThe lawyers said the Bengkulu case was the reason behind Rahmat’s attack against Novel.”The defendant only wanted to teach Novel a lesson, using acid sulfate liquid mixed with water,” the lawyer added.In a separate hearing, lawyers for Ronny maintained that Ronny had not been directly involved in the attack, as he was just “a loyal friend who was being used as a tool” by Rahmat.”Rahmat only told Ronny to take him to deliver medicines for a sick relative in Kelapa Gading. Ronny did not know a thing about what Rahmat was about to do,” the lawyers said in their defense statement.The lawyers explained that, during the early morning attack on April 11, 2017, Ronny was riding the motorbike while Rahmat sat at the back. The motorbike swayed to the right as Rahmat attempted to throw the acid using his left hand.“The acid water hit Novel’s face, while Rahmat initially aimed it at Novel’s body,” they said in the defense statement.Novel’s left eye sustained third-degree burns and it is now completely blind. Meanwhile, his face sustained second-degree burns.However, the lawyers went on to claim that the injury to Novel’s eye had been caused by improper treatment, not by the attack.”The acid water concentration used by the suspect was below the usual acid liquid. According to the health expert named I Made Agus Gelgel Wirasuta, acid water of such a low concentration only causes a light effect, such as skin irritation, which could be easily treated using flowing water,” the lawyers said.Read also: House to question attorney general on ‘light’ sentence sought for suspects in Novel caseAfter the early morning attack, Novel was taken to the Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, before being referred to the Jakarta Eye Center (JEC).”Right before the 10-day observation period ended, Novel was taken to Singapore for medication without the doctor’s recommendation. Doctors regretted his hasty decision and uncooperative attitude during the medical treatment,” the lawyers said.”His condition had worsened by the time he returned from Singapore. What had been done by the medical staff at Mitra Keluarga Hospital was, in fact, correct.”In their closing statement, the lawyers asked for the release of both Rahmat and Ronny.”The suspects are still young, patriotic, have been cooperative throughout the trials, have admitted their faults and asked for forgiveness from Novel and his family,” the lawyers pleaded.Novel Baswedan’s lawyers are scheduled to deliver their statements on June 22.Meanwhile, social media users have aired their disappointment and disbelief at the one-year prison sentence sought by prosecutors for the two police officers on Thursday.Comedian Bintang Emon, who gained popularity for his satirical video questioning the light sentence demand, has been verbally attacked online by other social media users accusing him of being a drug addict. Yet, those reverse attacks only led more people to voice their support for the comedian – and for Novel Baswedan.Topics : The lawyers of two police officers on trial for their alleged roles in an acid attack against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in 2017 have demanded that their clients be cleared of the charges.They stood up for Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette – tried in separate hearings at the North Jakarta District Court on Monday – maintaining that their clients had had no intention of harming the antigraft investigator.State prosecutors had earlier demanded a one-year prison sentence each for Ronny and Rahmat of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade Corps headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, for alleged torture out of a maximum 12-year sentence based on the multiple charges pressed against the two officers under Article 355 Paragraph 1, Article 353 Paragraph 2, and Article 351 Paragraph 2, coupled with Article 55 Paragraph 1 (1) of the Criminal Code. The lawyers said in Monday’s hearings that Rahmat and Ronny had not planned the attack, describing it as a “spontaneously inclusive act”, despite evidence suggesting that Rahmat had googled Novel’s home address two days prior to the attack, rented a motorbike for their action and mixed the acid with water in advance.”The defendant [Rahmat] did not have the intention to seriously injure the victim,” one of the lawyers said while reading their defense statement for the suspect during a court hearing conducted online on Monday.”Rahmat was anxious on the night before the attack. The perpetrator of a planned crime would likely have a more calm heart.”According to the lawyers, Rahmat acted independently, without any influence from superiors. They went on explaining that the motive behind the attack was “merely hatred”, while reiterating Rahmat’s statement in public that denounced Novel Baswedan as a cowardly former police officer lacking solidarity with fellow police officers.last_img read more

Africa heads to coronavirus landmark with worse to come

first_imgAfrica is now edging towards a million cases of coronavirus, but experts warn far worse lies ahead in a continent struggling with fragile health systems and slender economic resources.Countries across Africa have recorded more than 850,000 infections and at least 18,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally as of Tuesday.The toll took a while to move into higher gear thanks to early restrictions on contact and movement, Dr Mary Stephens, an expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa office, told AFP. MadagascarPresident Andry Rajoelina has been vigorously touting an infusion derived from artemisia — a plant with proven anti-malarial properties — as a homegrown cure for COVID-19.But Madagascar has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks to more than 9,600 cases and nearly 100 deaths, and hospitals in the capital Antananarivo have said they are running out of beds.Last week, Health Minister Ahmad Ahmad made an “urgent appeal” to development agencies — his ministry is seeking oxygen bottles, face masks, gloves and medical blouses.Ahmad was reprimanded by the government for taking what it called a “personal initiative” without consultation. KenyaKenya has seen cases triple to 17,975 in the past month. However, as a percentage of its population of 47 million, the numbers remain low.Earlier this month government lifted restrictions that had cordoned off Nairobi and other hard-hit cities, while announcing that international flights will resume on August 1.But on Monday President Uhuru Kenyatta banned the sale of alcohol in restaurants after noting an “aggressive surge” among young people who were socializing “particularly in environments serving alcohol”.The country has declared the 2020 school year lost. South Africa  NigeriaAfrica’s most populous nation has registered 41,000 cases, the second highest tally south of the Sahara, with numbers rising by between 500-700 each day.But prevalence could be far higher, given the lack of testing.About 3,000 tests are carried per day on average in a country of around 200 million people — just a tenth of the number conducted in South Africa which has about a quarter of the population.”For every one case, there are a handful of cases that we are missing because we are not able to test everybody,” Sani Aliyu, the head of Nigeria’s virus taskforce, admitted.The epicenter is Lagos, the densely-populated commercial hub, which is also Africa’s largest city with a population of 20 million.Health officials in the crowded city are worried by the availability of space to isolate those found positive.”Through our modeling, we know we are going to exceed our isolation capacity sooner than later,” Lagos State health commissioner Akin Abayomi told AFP.Despite the swelling numbers, Nigeria is having a hard time convincing skeptics that the threat is for real.”We should not wait for such a time when we start picking bodies on the streets before we do what is necessary,” Nigerian Medical Association’s Innocent Ujah told AFP. TanzaniaTanzania has downplayed any threat from COVID-19 and stopped releasing official figures.The last tally — issued in April — stood at 509. By comparison, neighbors such as Kenya and DR Congo have recorded nearly 18,000 and 9,000 cases respectively.”That’s why we are all not wearing face masks here. You think we don’t fear dying? It’s because there is no COVID-19,” President John Magufuli declared on Monday. Cameroon Cameroon is central Africa’s most affected country with 16,708 cases. Only about 145,000 tests have been carried out among the 25 million population.Cameroon is past its first peak, which “occurred between the end of June and early July,” according to Professor Yap Boum of Epicenter Africa, the epidemiology branch of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders). But “this does not mean that the pandemic is over,” he warned.Cameroon did not impose strict lockdown measures as other countries have done. Although the wearing of masks is compulsory in public places, very few people bother to do so.center_img Djibouti Tiny Djibouti, with a population of around one million, has the second highest case rate in East Africa, with more than 5,000 infections. Government attributes this to aggressive contact tracing and the highest testing rate in Africa with more than five percent of the population having been tested. “I think we have passed the peak,” Dr Bouh Abdi Khareih, co-ordinator of Djibouti’s COVID response, told AFP. “We haven’t seen the peak yet,” she warned. “All countries in Africa are at risk because our health systems are relatively weak.”Here is an overview of key countries: Least-affected countries Figures from a number of African countries suggest they have so far escaped the full wrath of the coronavirus.Least-affected countries include the island nations of the Seychelles (114 cases) and Mauritius, with 344. Eritrea has 263 cases and Lesotho 505. The continent’s most industrialized economy has notched up more than 450,000 infections — the highest number in Africa and the fifth biggest in the world.It has recorded more than 7,000 deaths, although there is concern that fatalities are being under-reported.Last week, the respected Medical Research Council noted a nearly 60-percent jump in “natural” deaths for this time of the year compared with the historical trend.”The peak will come in July, August and September,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize predicted on Sunday.South Africa imposed one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in March.Measures included the closure of schools, factories, non-essential shops and a ban on sale of alcohol and cigarettes. The restrictions were lifted in June, but some were reinstituted this month. Schools shut again and the alcohol ban returned.The country also has more than 13,000 infected health workers, a record.  Topics :last_img read more