Look into restaurant industry for sex-assault problems

first_imgRecent articles in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Sacramento Bee as well as numerous magazines point out the high rate of harassment, gropings and assaults faced by female restaurant workers. Nearly 40 percent of sexual harassment complaints to the Federal EEOC come from females in the restaurant industry.My friend’s experience may have been unusual for Schenectady — but maybe not. It seems timely for Schenectady to do some preventative investigation into these kind of situations. I urge the county Legislature and the city council to look into the matter, and to empower or direct the Schenectady Human Rights Commission to hold hearings.Other cities are doing this, we can as well.Ed GuiderBallston LakeThe writer is a member of Schenectady Stand Up Guys.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI have been working the last 15 years to increase awareness about domestic and sexual violence, sexual harassment, sex trafficking and getting more men involved in the struggle to end these problems. Part of that effort has been as a community member on the Schenectady Domestic Violence Task Force and the Community Sexual Assault Response Team.I was approached by a young woman who had been assaulted at her restaurant job. Her police complaint wasn’t prosecuted by the DA due to an error on dates. As a response, some additional training has been developed to hopefully avoid similar problems in the future.The woman was also threatened by her assailant for going to the police. She and her roommate fled their apartment in Schenectady as it was in the same building as the restaurant and they felt very unsafe. After living in their car for several days, they found shelter in another city.last_img read more

UK records over 100 daily COVID-19 deaths for first time

first_imgThe outbreak is concentrated in London, with the head of an organization representing bosses in the state-run National Health Service warning on Thursday that hospitals in the capital were being overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.The chief executive of NHS Providers, Chris Hopson, told BBC radio that hospitals in the British capital have seen an “explosion of demand… in seriously ill patients”, likening it to a “continuous tsunami”, with numbers predicted to surge in the next fortnight.Topics : Britain recorded more than 100 coronavirus deaths in a 24-hour period for the first time on Thursday, with 115 people who tested positive for the virus dying.”As of 5pm [1700 GMT] on 26 March 2020, 578 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died,” said the official government website, up from 463 on Wednesday.A total of 11,658 cases have now been confirmed in Britain, a daily increase of more than 2,000.last_img read more

China’s biggest airshow cancelled in 2020 over pandemic

first_imgIt follows the cancellation of this year’s largest aerospace expo, Britain’s Farnborough Airshow, because of travel curbs and an industry downturn resulting from the pandemic.China’s domestic aviation industry has been recovering and is now running at more than 90% of pre-pandemic capacity levels, according to data firm OAG, but that has yet to translate into a return to profitability for Chinese airlines.As the global industry reels from the devastating impact of the pandemic, many Western aerospace companies have reduced budgets and some were not planning to attend the Zhuhai airshow if it had gone ahead, company sources told Reuters.Progress on some key civilian aircraft programs including COMAC’s narrowbody jet C919 and widebody CR929, jointly developed with Russia, has also been slow amid rising geopolitical tensions. China’s International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, the country’s biggest airshow, scheduled for November, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the next one will take place in 2022, the organizer said on Wednesday.The biennial event usually draws key suppliers – such as Airbus SE, Boeing Co and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) – and has traditionally been used by Beijing to show off its growing aviation capability, such as military fighters and drones.The cancellation comes as foreign nationals are largely barred from entering China due to concerns about importing coronavirus cases and as international flights have been severely restricted. Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf, PEMA Provide Update on Flooding Response in North Central Pennsylvania

first_img October 21, 2016 Governor Wolf, PEMA Provide Update on Flooding Response in North Central Pennsylvania Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. reassured residents of Central PA that the commonwealth would ensure counties and municipalities have the resources they need. Heavy rainfall over night dropped in excess of six inches of rain causing flash flooding in some towns across the center of the commonwealth, including areas of Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Bradford and Sullivan Counties.Governor Wolf deployed members of the Pennsylvania National Guard to Lycoming County to assist in the response.“The commonwealth stands ready to assist counties, municipalities and first responders in responding to the effects of this very serious storm,” Governor Wolf said. “I implore residents of these areas to make the safety of their families and neighbors, especially the elderly, their top priority and to listen to law enforcement and emergency management officials as they work to clear debris, open roads and assess larger damage. Director Flinn and I will continue to monitor this situation and engage local officials and emergency responders to ensure they have the support that they need.”“As flood water starts to recede, people need to understand that they need to be careful as they return to their homes and businesses,” Flinn said. “It’s likely that some roadways will remain closed until they can be inspected and repaired if necessary, so it’s important that drivers observe any road closure signs. Just because the water has gone away doesn’t necessarily mean the roads are safe for motorists.”The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) at PEMA headquarters activated at 5 a.m. with personnel from Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), PA Dept. of Health (DOH), American Red Cross (ARC), PA Dept. of Human Services (DHS), PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), PA Fish and Boat Commission (Fish & Boat), Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), and PA Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT.)In response to the flooding, PennDOT Area Command has activated to monitor roadway conditions and quickly respond to inspect any damaged state roadways. One PA Fish and Boat Commission swift water rescue team is engaged in Sullivan County, and another is enroute to the Williamsport area. The PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team (PAHART) is preparing to deploy at this time.The Department of Environmental Protection also has personnel on the ground to monitor environmental issues and address any concerns as they arise. Flinn is in contact with county emergency management personnel, and the state Incident Management Team is preparing for possible deployment to assist in recovery efforts.The Department of Health has tetanus shots available to citizens who may be at risk of contracting tetanus due to the flooding.If you have been wounded during flood clean-up, or are involved with cleanup and haven’t had a tetanus shot in more than 10 years, speak with your health care professional or call 877-PA-HEALTH to see if you need a tetanus shot.Residents can learn more safety tips related to flooding by visiting www.ready.gov/floods.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid Crisis

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Seniors,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today threw his support behind bipartisan state and federal proposals to help “grandfamilies” and aid grandparents who have assumed sole care-giving responsibilities for their grandchildren, especially those affected by the opioid epidemic, by ensuring they have access to all the services possible to help them with their duties as caregivers and guardians.Governor Wolf backed a package of legislative proposals in the State House proposed by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-Luzerne, and Rep. Kathy Watson, R-Bucks, and joined U.S. Senator Bob Casey in urging the U.S. House to pass his federal legislation, Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate.“One of the worst effects of the opioid crisis is the damage the disease of addiction has done to so many families across Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf. “Many grandparents are stepping up to take care of their grandchildren and we need to make sure they have our full support as caregivers and legal guardians of children, our most innocent bystanders to this awful epidemic.“These grandparents are making sacrifices to help their families and communities and they should be accessing all the resources available to help them. I hope the state legislature will send these bipartisan bills to my desk with the necessary funding to implement these programs, and I urge the U.S. House to pass Senator Casey’s legislation.”The state proposals recently advanced from the House include House Bills 2133 (Watson) and 1539 (Pashinski), and House Resolution 390 (Pashinski).According to the bills’ sponsors, an estimated 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for nearly 89,000 grandchildren in Pennsylvania. That number is increasing due to the devastating opioid crisis across the commonwealth. The House Children and Youth Committee held a hearing on the issue last summer, with estimates showing that Pennsylvania grandparents are saving the state at least an estimated $1 billion a year by keeping their grandchildren out of the foster care system. April 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Backs Bipartisan Bills to Help ‘Grandfamilies’ Affected by Opioid Crisiscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gold Coast acreage estate a green oasis in the heart of its semi-rural suburb

first_img35 Yallanbee Court, Wongawallan.They have done a lot of work on it since then to put their own stamp on it.“We completely repainted it inside when we bought it, we put in new carpets, we added new blinds, we put security screens up, we put in a gas fireplace,” he said.They also revitalised the garden, which has a vegetable patch and chicken coop.“We’re going to be sad to leave because we like what we’ve got here,” Mr Turner said.“For us no, it’s just getting too much.”Westfield Shopping Centres at Coomera and Helensvale as well as the M1 were all close by. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 35 Yallanbee Court, Wongawallan.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“It’s totally covered in trees and shrubs.“We have a number of favourite spots but probably the best one is the patio overlooking the pool and the mountains.”He said watching storms roll in over the mountains was a stunning sight.“It’s just magic,” he said.The couple moved into the five-bedroom Yallanbee Court property in 2016 after selling their Tamborine Mountain home. 35 Yallanbee Court, Wongawallan.HIDDEN in a manicured garden, this Wongawallan residence is best described as an oasis.Its location and surroundings were what owners Marshall and Carol Turner loved most about the property. “It’s just a little oasis here where there’s no noise,” Mr Turner said. 35 Yallanbee Court, Wongawallan. 35 Yallanbee Court, Wongawallan.last_img read more

Middle East Christians facing ‘extremist atrocities’

first_img Sharing is caring! FaithLifestyle Middle East Christians facing ‘extremist atrocities’ by: – June 14, 2011 Share Tweet 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Dr Williams said there had been extremist atrocities already, especially in EgyptThe Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that there are extreme forces at work that have turned the Arab Spring into a “very anxious time” for Christians.Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that the vacuum left by the end of autocratic regimes was being filled by extremists.He claimed there had been more killings of Christians and burnings of churches in Egypt than people were aware of.Life was unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, and tensions in Syria were nearing breaking point, he added.The Middle East is the birthplace of Christianity and home to some of the world’s most ancient Christian denominations.There is no agreed figure for the number of Christians in the region, though some experts believe there are as many as 10 million.‘Consistent pattern’ In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Dr Williams said he was “guardedly optimistic” that the political upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa would bring greater democracy to the region.“In the long term, of course, a real participatory democracy in the region is bound to be in the interests of minorities because good democracies look after minorities,” he said.But in the short term, he warned, people were using the chaos it had brought to attack Christian minorities.“There is no doubt at all that it is a very anxious time for Christian communities. There have been extremist atrocities already, especially in Egypt,” he said.“It is a fairly consistent pattern over a number of months. Although at leadership level in the Muslim community in Egypt there is clear condemnation of this, it’s evident that there are other forces at work which of course may not be native Egyptian,” he added.He suggested outside elements had entered Egypt from “more traditional sites of extremism”, such as Saudi Arabia and northern Sudan, and did not rule out activity by al-Qaeda.Dr Williams said violent extremism had made life unsustainable for Christians in northern Iraq, in a way that amounted to ethnic cleansing.“The level of violence has been extreme,” he said.“More and more there is the talk of an ‘enclave solution’ to the problem in Iraq – that is a sort of safe territory for Christians, which Christians and their leaders don’t particularly want, but many would think is the only practical outcome now.”He said even in Syria, where Christians and Muslims had long lived together peacefully, tensions were building to breaking point.Even in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, Christians who had once been in the majority were now a “marginalised minority”, he added.BBC Newslast_img read more

Rivers Hoopers adds Baptist, Hamdy to their Basketball Africa League roster

first_imgThree-time league champions, Rivers Hoopers, have secured the signature of American Billy Baptist and Egyptian Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed. The 26 year old power forward was one of nine Egyptian-born players on an NCAA team, seven of whom played an NCAA Division 1 team. Mohamed also averaged 5.9 PPG and 3.8 RPG while shooting 47.7 percent as a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and helped the Rams as they are fondly called to a 26-9 record as he played in 33 of 34 games and nine starts in the 2016/2017 season. The 6’9” Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness graduate at VCU had a wonderful senior season a year later averaging 5.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 13.2 minutes per game. Read Also:Rivers Hoopers begin Basketball Africa League against Ferroviario Both players join Kaylon Tappin whom the KingsMen signed on Tuesday to Hoopers’ roster for the Basketball Africa League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In Thailand8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Biggest Cities In The World So Far Baptist spent his 2013/2014 season in the NBA Developmental League for the Bakersfield Jam. He appeared in 42 games for the Jam and averaged 7.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 1.2 APG. The 32 year old small forward moved on to London Lightning in Canada where he averaged 5.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 1.5 APG. Baptist, an undrafted pick in the 2011 NBA Draft has also played for Baxi Manresa and Unicaja Malaga in Spain, Merlins Crailsheim in Germany and Keflavik in Iceland. Meanwhile, Mohamed averaged 16.2 PPG, and 10 RPG while shooting 54.5 percent from the field as a freshman at Lee College in Baytown, Texas in the 2014/2015 season.Advertisementlast_img read more

Duterte wants admin sanctions vs ‘ninja cops, erring gov’t officials’

first_imgThe ninja cops allegation had forcedPhilippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to resign just weeks beforehis retirement on Nov. 8. Albayalde, who was the Pampanga police chief at thetime, was alleged to have intervened on behalf of the ninja cops and preventedtheir separation from the police force./PN MANILA – Police officers accused ofrecycling illegal drugs seized in operations and erring government officialsshould be slapped with administrative sanctions, President Rodrigo Dutertesaid.    “Ang procedure ng gobyernoganito, pag may mademanda, if there’s a wrong done, usually the departmentconcerned must investigate. Itong sapolice it’s Año, administrative,” Duterte said. Duterte on Monday added that he wantedthe Department of the Interior and Local Government to sanction the “ninjacops” and erring government officials.  “So kung ano ‘yung imbestigasyon nila rebyuhin ko at kung tumama naman salahat on all fronts, to a T, then I will just adopt some but not all. Maybein form or in whatever in the definition of the crimes to make it more clear sa magbasa ng kaso,” Duterte said.    center_img He added he could not adopt the SenateBlue Ribbon Committee’s findings on the “ninja cops” because “the Senate is notunder me nor am I under the Senate.” “Itongmga police, the ninja, and everybody elsein government, you must deal first with the department where you belong and Iexpect the department to impose administrative sanctions. Then, theadministrative proceeding may mete out a punishment of separation,” he added. Duterte said he will leave it to theOffice of the Ombudsman to pursue criminal liability against the alleged roguepolice officers.  last_img read more

Hertel among prosecutors to attend ‘Opioid Summit’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — County prosecutors from all over the state were in attendance on July 25 for the Indiana Court system’s statewide substance abuse summit. The Indiana Supreme Court invited county leaders and stakeholders to attend the summit, from prosecutors and judges to law enforcement officials and doctors. All 92 counties in the state were represented in some capacity at the event. Attendance by numerous prosecutors shows a commitment to confronting the state’s ongoing substance abuse problem and learning best practices for how to deal with and treat people struggling with addiction.“As a prosecuting attorney, public safety is paramount and if there is an opportunity to make our communities safer we have a responsibility to explore those options,” said Ric Hertel, Ripley County prosecutor. “It was encouraging to see the varied disciplines come together with like goals in mind.”Attendees heard in-depth discussions about Medication Assisted Treatment to help combat the cravings and withdrawals of substance abuse. Medication Assisted Treatment must have proper assessments and protocols in place to avoid diversion and misuse of these medicines. Careful monitoring and accountability is a must for these programs to be successful.Whether it is opioids or some other abused drug, every county in Indiana has felt a strain due to substance abuse. Pat Harrington, prosecutor for Tippecanoe County, said the effects of the ongoing drug crisis is manifesting itself in his office via loaded court dockets dealing with drug issues.“Across the state, everyone is loaded down with drug cases, we don’t have enough people in our office,” Harrington said. “And I’m hearing that from everyone I’ve talked to.”The hope with a carefully and competently monitored Medication Assisted Treatment is that people regularly taking medication to suppress the urge to abuse drugs may be less likely to re-offend or overdose. Often it takes up to two years for the brain to heal from the damage caused by substance abuse. Fewer people going through the justice system will give some relief to courts, attorneys and local jails. Most importantly it will make Indiana healthier and safer.last_img read more