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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Nov. 26

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegulate location of stores selling CBDThe Nov. 20 Gazette article on the proposed CBD oil store in Niskayuna should raise some real concerns. The article pointed out that the difference between hemp and marijuana is the percentage of THC.Ms. Sosnow articulated all the concerns every parent should have regarding this shop being so close to the high school. You can be sure that when the governor gets recreational marijuana legalized in New York state that these CBD distributors will be selling it.Unfortunately most of the towns in Schenectady County do not have regulations where these CBD or marijuana shops can be located. The only town in the Capital District that does is Clifton Park.I brought this issue to the Rotterdam Town Board earlier this year, but they have taken no action to control these shops. These shops have no place near schools, parks or any place young children are. CBD by any other name, is still marijuana.Robert J. GodlewskiSchenectadySupport moratorium on D’burg solar sitesAt the Nov. 14 Duanesburg Town Board meeting, Supervisor Rodger Tidball provided residents with an opportunity to protect their property values when he announced the possibility of a six-month moratorium on utility-scale solar power plants.I have been requesting this assistance since July, when inadequacies in the town of Duanesburg solar law became apparent during the planning review of two 5 MW solar plants to be sited at 13590 Duanesburg Road.This site is less than one mile from a third approved solar facility. If all three power plants are built, my home will be adjacent to 75 acres of solar panels for the next 30 years.Other residents need to be aware that our solar laws do not prohibit this density of solar development.The best way to protect your investment in Duanesburg is to attend the Town Board meeting on Dec. 12. We must demand that the town enact the moratorium so that stronger solar laws can be written that will protect our property values. Join the Facebook group Duanesburg Neighbors to keep informed.Lynne BruningDuanesburgFind better ways to help cities in needGloversville residents should be indignant again for being ignored by the governor’s $10 million downtown revitalization award, this time to Utica.Gloversville is still trying to dig out of the depression left by the glove industry departure. While its charming old-time downtown architecture survives, roofless buildings remain to be removed, while sewage infrastructure is in need of replacement.Rather than one large, grandiose award, struggling upstate cities would be better served by handing out million-dollar awards to 10 cities, even if annually.It seems the governor is using this pot of gold for political purposes rather than to help the needy.David ChildsJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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COVID-19 poses challenges for Indonesia’s female peacekeepers

first_imgUN Secretary-General António Guterres said that women held a central role in UN peacekeeping operations because they had greater access to local communities, improved the protection of civilians and promoted human rights in the line of duty.But the outbreak threatens to upend their most vital work.As a civil military coordination (CIMIC) officer embedded with UNIFIL, First Lt. Rima Eka Tiara Sari is used to interacting with the local community, but now she is mostly coordinating remotely with local authorities and nongovernmental organizations because of the pandemic.“We still do [border patrols] while following protocols like wearing masks, using hand sanitizer and gloves,” Rima told reporters in a virtual briefing on Wednesday, hosted by the UN Information Center in Jakarta. In many of the world’s conflict regions where health may be one of the first casualties, the coronavirus poses a discernible threat to the local population.This is largely the case in south Lebanon, where sporadic skirmishes still occur at the border with Israel, and the only medical facilities are located at the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission.The COVID-19 outbreak has had the unintended consequence of putting an end to all direct contact with the Lebanese people, a vital aspect to the work female peacekeepers do, according to Indonesian peacekeepers with the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). “But other activities like the various [civilian] training programs are postponed until the COVID-19 outbreak ends,” added the 37-year-old psychology graduate from Semarang, Central Java.UNIFIL was formed in 1978 to oversee the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Lebanon and to assist the Lebanese government in restoring its authority. Among its operational activities is patrolling along the “Blue Line” border demarcation between Lebanon and Israel, established by the UN in 2000.Another Indonesian UNIFIL operative, Second Sgt. Yazella Agustin, also lamented that the outbreak had greatly reduced her interaction with civilians.“We can only contact them by phone to ask them about the latest situation, whether it is a problem caused by the coronavirus, an economic situation or other things,” Yazella said at Wednesday’s press briefing.Many medical workers on the forefront of the COVID-19 response are putting their own health at risk to protect the Lebanese people and the UN peacekeepers stationed there. But even such crucial services had been forced to stop, said First Sgt. Imakulata Ngamel, an Indonesian Air Force nurse stationed with the UNIFIL’s Indonesian battalion. “We can no longer accept local patients,” she told the briefing.Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Thursday reiterated the nation’s concerns about the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on countries in conflict, that Indonesia was committed to upholding any and all efforts to resolve conflict and build peace.Earlier this month, the minister noted that the already vulnerable situation in conflict countries had “now worsened […] due to limited health infrastructure, fragile security, challenging economic situations and humanitarian conditions”.According to data on May 29 compiled by statistics site Worldometer, 1,168 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lebanon, with 26 total deaths. While 699 people have recovered, the country’s economy has been hit hard, with businesses closing down and people losing their jobs.Separately, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral cooperation, Febrian Ruddyard, said that the safety and security of Indonesian peacekeepers were of utmost priority.“During Indonesia’s presidency of the UN Security Council last year, we specifically raised the issue of the safety and security of peacekeepers through training and capacity building,” he said.Febrian, who leads Indonesia’s Peace Maintenance Mission Coordination Team (TKMPP), said that the government was closely monitoring the latest developments in the field while ensuring that all missions followed the UN’s COVID-19 health protocols.He said that Indonesia was also deliberating a draft UN Security Council resolution on managing the pandemic amid the challenging conditions in conflict areas.“We are paying very close attention to our peacekeepers because they are our assets that we lend to the world, in this case to the UN,” said Febrian.Friday is the 20th anniversary of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The day is paying special tribute to female peacekeepers with this year’s theme, “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace”.UN Undersecretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix said in a statement that “ensuring women’s meaningful, equal and full participation in peace operations, as well as in peace and political processes, is key to protecting civilians and building durable peace”.However, women represent just 6 percent of all uniformed military, police, justice and corrections personnel in field missions, according to the UN.As a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council, Indonesia has advocated for women’s participation in peace processes with an aim to increase the deployment of female peacekeepers to more than 3 percent at present.Out of the 2,852 military and police officers Indonesia has deployed to nine UN peacekeeping operations around the world, only 159 are women.Topics :last_img read more

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After struggling in first 2 games, Brewers bullpen shuts down Dodgers in Game 3

first_imgOn Saturday in Milwaukee, there were questions about whether the Brewers might have overplayed their hand with their vaunted bullpen. In Game 1 on Friday, they had pulled starter Gio Gonzalez after just two innings, giving the Dodgers looks at six of their relievers. They’d also used relief ace Josh Hader for three innings. They held on to that victory, winning 6-5 after leading 6-1. The next day, with Hader unavailable, the Brewers blew a 3-0 lead.Jeremy Jeffress gave up the lead when he allowed Justin Turner to hit a two-run homer.Jeffress, who had been in something of a rough patch even before the Turner homer, again got the ball on Monday, with a four-run lead in the ninth. Although he allowed the Dodgers to load the bases with one out, he struck out Yasmani Grandal and Brian Dozier to end it.“He’s been in plenty of situations like that,” reliever Corey Knebel said. “Bases loaded, one out. He’s done it before. Everyone knew he could do it. He dominated. He was lights out there.”Jeffress said he never lacked confidence, and clearly, his teammates didn’t lose confidence in him. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco LOS ANGELES — That was the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen that you’ve heard so much about.After they nearly blew the first game and did blow the second, the Brewers’ relievers sliced through the Dodgers with relative ease – besides one temporary hiccup in the ninth – on their way to closing a 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.Not only did the Brewers blank the Dodgers over the final 11 outs of the game, but they did so in such an efficient manner that all of their relievers will be available again in Game 4 on Tuesday.“That was really good for us, after what happened the last day in Milwaukee,” right-hander Joakim Soria said. “Every guy tells me every day I’m an All-Star,” Jeffress said. “They say I’m a great pitcher. Don’t let anything get in your way. Forget all the negativity and just continue to pitch the way you can pitch.”While Jeffress finished the game, perhaps the most significant piece of the relief puzzle was put into place when Hader pitched in the eighth inning.The Brewers have used him judiciously this season. He had a major league-leading 33 appearances of at least four outs. As a result, he pitched in back-to-back games only six times this season, and he’d never pitched three times in a row.With games on three straight days at Dodger Stadium, the Brewers could have been without Hader for one of the games. Winning a game without using him would have been a boon to their chances of winning the series.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img They had a shot at that, with a four-run lead in the eighth, but Manager Craig Counsell still opted to use him with lefties Joc Pederson and Max Muncy due.“At some point, the other team is pretty good and you respect their hitters on their team,” Counsell said. “And I thought getting Pederson and Muncy out of the game for pinch-hitters with Josh was a good way to get outs.”Hader struck out pinch-hitters David Freese and Matt Kemp, and he did so on just eight pitches, which means he can go again on Tuesday. Even Knebel, who recorded five outs, needed just 19 pitches. No one threw more than Jeffress’ 21.With Gonzalez starting and likely to go only a few innings, the Brewers will have the entire bullpen ready behind him.“We feel like we’re in really good shape,” Counsell said. “We’re not just trying to win games here. We’re trying to win the series. We’ve put ourselves in games 4 and 5 with tonight’s effort.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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