NRA has changed its mission over years

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In 1947 when I was 11 years old, I summered at a boys camp in Maine. Part of the program was rifle training and range shooting. The training, which was exciting and beneficial, was part of the NRA Junior program. I qualified for diplomas as marksman, pro-marksman and sharpshooter. This was my first exposure to the NRA, and it was the way the NRA was in 1947.Being from the Poconos in Pennsylvania, I was brought up to be a sportsman and hunter. In high school, I received a used Remington 32-pump deer rifle, which I used hunting with my father and uncle, hunting deer and bear. I joined the U.S. Air Force and trained with the M1 carbine. I then purchased a new Remington 760 pump — as semi-automatics were not allowed in Pennsylvania. The NRA in the 1970s and 1990s got new leadership and turned from a sportsman, hunting, training organization to a political lobby for the gun-manufacturing companies.In Austria, high school graduates receive nine months training in the army handling automatic weapons, but aren’t allowed to keep them in their possession at home. College students must take the nine months training sometime along the way.The NRA isn’t what it used to be and I don’t contribute to them. I urge sportsman/hunters to do the same. I understand that Remington Arms a New York manufacturer in Ilion may have to declare bankruptcy. What a shame. It’s my favorite gun manufacturer.ARNO HIRISClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton Parklast_img read more

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No love for ‘internot,’ ‘social notworking’

first_imgI vaguely remember some decades back when I would head for downtown and sure enough someone, at any time of day, would be on a busy street corner shouting through a megaphone. It didn’t matter which town or city I was in, there on some busy street corner, one after another, people would be shouting through a megaphone. They’d holler out their name, then their phone number and address along with their birthdate and social security number, and in some cases where they were going to be for the next hours, if not at home.Constantly, one person and then another would grab the megaphone and holler their information out to anyone listening. Now mind you, everyone did this.Oh wait, no they didn’t. That would be utterly stupid. Who in their right mind would do something like that?Those on the “internot” and “social notworking” maybe?G. V. MARMUSCAKSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Getting up there in years, I find myself thinking back at a time way before Twitter, Snapchat, Myspace, Facebook, Linkedin, instant messenger and the likes.last_img read more

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Docklands giant awakes

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Once bitten, forever smitten?

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Citigroup launches real estate shake-up

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1 night in Fréthun

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Sir Humphrey’s worst nightmare

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Indonesia to decide whether to ban more Chinese imports over coronavirus concerns

first_imgAt the time of writing, the coronavirus had killed 426, all but one in China, and had infected more than 20,000 globally. The infections surpassed those caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the result of another strain of coronavirus that originated in China in 2003.The Indonesian government declared on Sunday that it would ban all travel to and from China to prevent the spread of the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus. The government is to decide today whether to ban more Chinese imports in addition to live animals, which may include food and beverages, as a precaution to prevent the coronavirus from spreading into the country.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto told reporters on Monday that the measure would be put in place soon and would remain in place until the virus has been contained.“We will obviously stop live animal imports from China while we are still considering banning other products,” said Agus in Jakarta after a ministerial meeting about the coronavirus, adding that the government “will only stop imports of products that could potentially spread the coronavirus”. The government, he added, would be looking to other countries to meet the demand for imported products to make up for the ban of imports from China. China is Indonesia’s biggest trade partner. The Southeast Asian country imports garlic and fruit, among other food and beverages, from China.Read also: Indonesia set to ban live animal imports from China as coronavirus fears grow The ban, which took effect at 12 a.m. on Monday, prevents visitors who have stayed in China for 14 days or more from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. The government will suspend visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said that the government would also calculate the coronavirus’ effect on the country’s economy, including on tourism.“Tourists are not only from China but we should also calculate the psychological effect on other countries because of the situation,” said Retno, adding that the government would also establish a hotline for Indonesians to contact the authorities regarding the coronavirus issue.Separately, Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said the virus had hit tourism and had started to take a toll on trade and he called for the government to revise its economic growth target to 5 percent, down from the initial 5.3 percent target.“We expect economic growth will reach only 5 percent if the situation continues,” Hariyadi told reporters, adding that the country had lost about 1.7 million foreign tourists from China while trade activities had started to lose ground because of the coronavirus.”From us to them, it is mostly commodities such as crude palm oil and minerals. These exports have been affected,” said Hariyadi. “Meanwhile, our imports from China, most of which are manufactured products and household goods, have all slowed.”He added that businesses were looking at other markets to replace China but it was challenging as the economic superpower offered competitive prices.Read also: Indonesia tourism, trade prone to Wuhan coronavirus impact However, the outbreak has yet to affect the shipment of products from China to Indonesia in the e-commerce sector, according to online marketplace Bukalapak spokesperson Intan Wibisono.“For now, trade activities and goods distribution remain as usual in the Bukalapak platform,” Intan told The Jakarta Post over a text message. “We have yet to see a change in consumer behavior as we still record up to 2 million transactions every day.”Statistics Indonesia (BPS) warned on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak could cloud the outlook this year as a total of 16.1 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia throughout 2019, falling short of the government’s target of attracting 20 million tourists,“The coronavirus outbreak in China will no doubt lower foreign arrivals from China to Indonesia this year,” said Suhariyanto during a press briefing on Monday.Read also: Indonesia welcomes 16.1m foreign tourists in 2019, coronavirus clouds tourism outlookMalaysia sent the most tourists to Indonesia, followed by Singapore, China, Australia and Timor Leste in 2019, according to BPS data. In December alone, around 154,200 China citizens visited Indonesia, or 11.2 percent of the total 1.38 million foreigners entering the country.“We still have work to attract more foreign tourists to come into Indonesia,” Suhariyanto added.Topics :last_img read more

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Finally, Catholic appointed as acting head of Catholic affairs directorate-general

first_imgPrior to the appointment, Aloma Sarumaha held the position of secretary in the same directorate-general.Nur himself had previously been appointed to the role in January, replacing another Muslim official, Muhammadiyah Amin, who had filled the position since the previous director-general Eusabius Binsasi, who was a Catholic, retired last July.Read also: Is the pope Catholic? Ministry apologizes for appointing Muslim as acting Catholic affairs director-generalNur took the blame for the gaffe, saying he had given mistaken advice to the ministry’s top brass after misreading a National Civil Service Agency (BKN) circular that regulated who could temporarily fill vacant positions in ministries and other state institutions.“I apologize for this oversight,” Nur said in a statement on Monday night. (gis)Topics : After six months of the position being filled by Muslim officials, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has named Aloma Sarumaha, a Catholic, as the acting head of the Catholic Community Guidance Directorate General. The appointment came after the ministry was flooded with criticism after a bureaucratic blunder led to two Muslim officials filling the post in succession.“The order letter has been signed by the religious affairs minister. Per today, acting head of the Catholic Community Guidance Directorate General is Aloma Sarumaha,” ministry secretary-general Nur Kholis Setiawan said on Tuesday in a release made available to The Jakarta Post. last_img read more

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Dozens allowed off Japan virus-hit ship have ‘symptoms’: Minister

first_imgDozens of passengers who were allowed off a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship have developed symptoms including fever and will be asked to take tests for the virus, Japan’s health minister said Wednesday.The government has contacted 813 former passengers of the Diamond Princess. Around 970 were allowed off the boat last week after testing negative for the virus, but several have subsequently been found to be carrying the disease.The ministry found “45 people had certain symptoms,” health minister Katsunobu Kato told parliament. “We asked all of them (who have symptoms) to see a doctor and to take tests,” Kato said.Japan has come under increasing pressure over its handling of the crisis on the vessel, particularly after it emerged that some passengers allowed to disembark after testing negative were subsequently diagnosed with the virus.Those allowed off the ship after a 14-day quarantine were asked to stay inside, but no formal measures restricting their movement were imposed.As of Wednesday, at least two former passengers in Japan were confirmed infected despite previously testing positive. Foreign passengers who said they had initially tested negative have also been diagnosed with the virus after being repatriated to Australia and Hong Kong.Opposition lawmakers have blamed the government for failing to implement a fresh 14-day quarantine after the passengers left the cruise ship. Countries that repatriated their citizens have required them to undergo another isolation period, suggesting they believe the on-ship quarantine was flawed.Topics :last_img read more

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