Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 2

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionParaprofessionals deserve a pay hikeLet me start by saying that though my wife works as a paraprofessional in the Schenectady school district, this is my perspective alone and reflective of my thoughts. Superintendent Larry Spring is at it again.He cannot seem to stop himself from being a disrespectful elitist.The lesson that the city’s chief educator wants to promote is that people working entry-level jobs that require less education don’t deserve a living wage.His elitism is so blinding that he seems to have no idea of the scope of responsibilities covered by paraprofessionals throughout a given school day. He doesn’t acknowledge the physical and psychological risk of the position.Paraprofessionals help to deliver curriculum, develop lessons, are the front line in dealing with behavior management and school safety. My wife had a tooth knocked out and comes home with bruises, bites and scratches weekly, sometimes daily.She works on projects and is in contact, day and night, with the teacher about classroom issues.Because the position requires less training and education, Mr. Spring believes these contributions don’t deserve a living wage.He stated that these lowest paid positions with the worst contracts should have to give something back instead of experiencing the well-deserved increase in pay and benefits.I agreed with one thing, that more training should be provided, more opportunities to better the education and skills of all district employees. If that happened, perhaps, Mr. Spring would have known the word he was searching for was amenable, not amendable.James CiminoSchenectadyNo debate among experts on climateDr. Walcek’s Aug. 10 letter suggests we should listen to all sides of the climate change debate.There is no debate. Global climate change is a fact and is ongoing. For example, global land temperatures have increased more than 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 1800s and mostly since the 1980s (https://tinyurl.com/y6rv28z9). We’ve known the relationship between CO2 and air temperature since Arrhenius quantified it in 1896. We also know the additional CO2 comes from burning fossil fuels (by using the geochemical fingerprint of fossil fuel CO2).I know the survey Walcek writes of, and the same group published another survey two years later (in 2016) showing 81 percent of American Meteorological Society members understand humans are causing the warming (not a subset this time, total membership).When only scientists actually studying climate change are surveyed (i.e., experts), this percentage goes up to 97 percent agreeing that  global climate change is human caused (Cook et al. 2013, 2016).Walcek is right, science isn’t done by consensus. But acceptance of scientific ideas is done by consensus of scientists, and the experts have reached consensus. He knows this.David GillikinAmsterdamThe writer is a professor of geology at Union College.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Secondary sheds buck boring market

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Arsenal scheme fires confidence

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Capital’s investment

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The market in minutes

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50 Reasons not to be a developer

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Wolves bites back

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Mueller shines as Bayern squeeze into German Cup quarter-finals

first_imgHowever, Hoffenheim’s Israeli forward Munas Dabbur caused Bayern a few nervous moments with two late goals as the visitors threatened a fightback from 4-1 down.”In the second half, we gave too much ball away and let them come back into the game,” admitted Bayern winger Serge Gnabry.”We have to look at that, however we had a lot of fun going forward in attack.”It was Mueller who had calmed Bayern’s early nerves, forcing an own goal from Benjamin Huebner to equalise after Bayern defender Jerome Boateng had turned the ball into his own net. Mueller then gave Bayern a 2-1 lead before Lewandowski netted either side of half-time to extend their lead before Hoffenheim’s late fightback.Bayern are the biggest name into the last eight after RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund both crashed out on Tuesday to Eintracht Frankfurt and Werder Bremen respectively.After Lewandowski had an early goal disallowed for offside, Hoffenheim threatened an upset when Boateng turned a shot by Hoffenheim winger Ihlas Bebou into his own net on eight minutes.However, the lead lasted just five minutes.Canadian winger Alphonso Davies crossed to Mueller in the middle, but the ball clipped the knee of Huebner and looped into the net.Bayern were 2-1 up on 20 minutes when David Alaba’s cross found Mueller and the Germany star fired home from close range.Lewandowski then pounced when Hoffenheim goalkeeper Philipp Pentke failed to claim a high ball under pressure from Mueller.The Poland striker was on hand to head the stray ball into an empty net on 36 minutes and appeared to have settled the matter with a well-taken fourth goal after the break.Lewandowski has scored in all four of Bayern’s matches so far in 2020 and boasts a season tally of 35 goals in 29 games in all competitions.Union Berlin are also through after seeing off fourth-tier minnows Verl with a 1-0 win thanks to a late goal by midfielder Robert Andrich.A goal by Argentinian striker Lucas Alario helped Bayer Leverkusen to a 2-1 win at second-division side VfB Stuttgart.Topics : Thomas Mueller weighed in with a goal and an assist as holders Bayern Munich edged a 4-3 thriller with Hoffenheim on Wednesday to reach the German Cup quarter-finals.Mueller’s golden run continued at the Allianz Arena to leave him with seven goals and nine assists in the 14 games since Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac as coach last November.Not to be outdone, Mueller’s strike partner Robert Lewandowski claimed two goals in the third-round tie.last_img read more

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Flood waters inundate state-owned Jakarta hospital, possibly damaging medical equipment

first_imgThe heavy downpour that hit the capital on Sunday resulted in the flooding of state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), possibly damaging several pieces of valuable medical equipment.Heavy rain, beginning in the early hours of Sunday, inundated the hallway of RSCM’s GH building, with the water reaching ankle-height. The water also entered the radiology and radiotherapy rooms by the hallway at around 5 a.m.“The water receded at around 8 a.m. and the affected rooms have been cleaned up,” RSCM spokesperson Ananto told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “We are not yet able to say whether the equipment experienced any damage because we are currently checking them all,” she told the Post, adding that the equipment would be cleaned and dried extensively before being turned on to evaluate the damage.”Insyaallah [God willing], starting tomorrow we will turn on the machines [to check the damage],” she said, noting that an affected tomotherapy machine would need to be left to dry for about a week.Despite the flooding, Lies guaranteed that the hospital’s health services had not been disrupted.“RSCM remains in operation, no health services were disrupted, including in the intensive care unit and the inpatient ward,” she said.She added that her team had been communicating with other hospitals to make arrangements for RSCM patients who needed to use the affected equipment.”If patients need to undergo x-rays or radiation, they can use equipment at RSCM Kencana in Senen [Central Jakarta] or transfer to other hospitals. Dharmais Hospital and several others have expressed their willingness to accept [transferred patients]. We are arranging this,” she said.Lies said she suspected the flooding was caused by an overflow from the nearby Salemba area.She added that she had communicated with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to ask the city administration to construct a water channel system to direct water into the Ciliwung River behind the RSCM complex to prevent similar occurrences in the future.Health Minister Terawan and a number of ministry officials visited RSCM on Sunday afternoon. The minister urged relevant stakeholders, including the hospital team and vendors of the affected medical equipment, to quickly ensure the facilities returned to full function.A total of 108 community units from 55 subdistricts throughout the capital were hit by floods over the weekend, with the water reaching up to 2.2 meters in Rawa Terate subdistrict in Cakung, East Jakarta.The flood had forced 846 people from 235 families to flee their houses as of 11 a.m., Sunday, according to the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) spokesperson Mohammad Insyaf.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of heavy rains, issuing an ‘alert’ status from 7 a.m., Feb. 23, until 7 a.m., Feb. 24, for Banten, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta, East Java, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, South Sulawesi, and East Nusa Tenggara. Videos and pictures of the flooding posted by National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo showed that a number of medical devices had been submerged in the flood waters.Konfirmasi dari @BPBDJakarta bahwa benar #RSCM #DKIJakarta kebanjiran #DKIJakarta @BNPB_Indonesia @BPBDJakarta @KemenkesRI pic.twitter.com/t805PFgr5K— Agus Wibowo (@aw3126) February 23, 2020“Equipment [affected by the] flood includes a stationary ceiling x-ray machine, a mobile x-ray machine, two CT scan machines, one ultrasound unit […] and one Siemens MRI machine,” Agus tweeted.RSCM president director Lies Dina Liastuti said the hospital’s medical facility team, the Jakarta health facility security center (BPFK) and vendors of the medical equipment were inspecting the condition of the affected machines.She said all of the equipment had been turned off when the heavy rain began.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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‘Feminism is not for Indonesia’: Conservative Muslims’ recipe for women’s empowerment

first_imgTopics : The two warring groups both have highly educated women as members who express their opinions with confidence, are politically active and have made achievements in their lives. However, at some point, these empowered women who fight for women’s empowerment have parted ways.Read also: People’s sex lives none of your business, Komnas Perempuan tells courtAntifeminist groups claim the sexual violence bill is “pro-adultery” since it only criminalizes nonconsensual sex. They said the bill should instead prohibit all extramarital sex, consensual or not.Objections by the antifeminist group have halted deliberations over the bill, triggering protests from women’s rights activists. The bill’s supporters said they believe that since it defines more types of sexual violence than the prevailing Criminal Code, it would end impunity for sexual violence perpetrators and provide more help to survivors. Neng Dara Afifah, the author of Muslimah Feminis: Penjelajahan Multi Identitas (Muslim Feminists: Multi-Identity Exploration), said the antifeminist movement had become counterproductive to gender mainstreaming efforts.”What they are doing is a form of betrayal of feminism, which has allowed them to access the public sphere and eventually express their ideas,” said the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University lecturer.Maimon disagreed. She said she could be active politically because Islam allowed women to be so. Islam, she said, introduced gender equality some 14 centuries ago, long before feminism did.Islam, which emerged from Arabian society during the so-called Age of Ignorance, had elevated women’s dignity from being considered merely as property to having the right to inherit and secure their own property, Maimon said. She said she refused to be associated with feminism because “the idea came from the Western world, which is antithetical to Islamic values”.Maimon said that one of the basic principles of feminism that collides with Islamic principles is the notion of “my body is mine”, meaning women possess full authority over their own bodies, no one else has the right to control them and they can wear whatever they want over their bodies in public. However, in Islam it does not work that way, Maimon explained.”My body is not mine. It’s a mandate from God, so I cannot just do what I please on my body,” she said.Another prominent figure among conservative Muslims is Euis Sunarti, a professor of family studies at the Bogor Agricultural Institute. Euis said feminism was problematic for Indonesia because its “liberal” values conflicted with the values of Islam, which were adopted by a majority of Indonesian citizens.Feminism, she claimed, does not recognize the “division of roles” between men and women, husbands and wives. If a husband works and earns a certain amount of money, the wife should also do the same to achieve the goal of equality, Euis said.”In fact, it does not have to be that way. If a married couple is committed to building a family and have children, then who should focus more on raising the kids?” Euis asked. She suggested mothers as the ones giving birth should take more responsibility in child-rearing but added that that did not mean mothers could not “actualize” themselves by participating in public affairs.Women’s rights activist Nursyahbani Katjasungkana clarified that feminism did not put money or power above all, but instead “fights for equal rights between men and women, inside and outside their homes”.Instead of applying gender stereotypes to domestic roles, Nursyahbani said, feminism actually promoted “cooperation within households” by which both parties were encouraged to play active roles in taking care of domestic affairs, “unlike the rigid role of husbands and wives as stipulated in the 1974 Marriage Law”.Article 31 of the law regulates that “husbands are the heads of the households and wives are homemakers”. Article 34 further states that husbands are obliged to fulfill the family’s needs, while the responsibility of wives is to properly manage domestic affairs.”We want to eliminate the rigid legal norms because they’re inconsistent with the social reality, where many women actually act as breadwinners in their respective families,” said the founder of the Indonesian Women’s Coalition and the Legal Aid Foundation of Indonesian Women Association for Justice.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify Euis Sunarti’s statement about the role of mothers.center_img Maimon Herawati is an accomplished woman who believes in equal opportunity for women. She finished her Master’s degree at Abertay University in the United Kingdom in 2003, securing tenure as a lecturer of mass communication science in West Java’s Padjadjaran University and then juggling her family life with her social and political activities.She has participated in various activities in her community, including a “Free Palestine” movement.Maimon is one of many empowered women who has been politically active but has worked against the feminist movement in Indonesia, including by protesting against a bill that is intended to eradicate sexual violence. Such women have been in a cultural clash against Indonesian feminists on several other issues, like the Pornography Law and, most recently, the family resilience bill.last_img read more

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