Reference to Brown tainted commentary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRegarding the Washington Post Jan. 9 editorial [“Police are still shooting too many citizens”] on police shootings in this country, I must point something out that lends itself to the fake news accusations the press faces. The editorial had some interesting points, especially concerning the mental health component in many of police involved shootings. However, referencing Michael Brown in any legitimate discussion of this topic is ludicrous. He was a thug who had committed a robbery, attacked a police officer almost half his size and attempted to wrestle the officer’s gun away from him so violently that it discharged inside the radio car. Using him, even in passing, along with the vehemently false narrative of hands-up-don’t- shoot that usually accompanies his story, drains any credibility from an intelligent dialogue.Alan BuzanowskiSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

New dawn for Corus

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Small firms

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Inner City

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Developer profile: French revolution

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Lord Rogers’ fears for our cities

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Hitting the floor

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Blunkett’s private troubles have no bearing on his public office

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‘We can’t afford BTS’: Minister talks plan to hire foreign influencers to promote tourism

first_imgThe government is set to recruit international influencers to attract foreign tourists to Indonesia in the hopes of reinvigorating the tourism industry, which has been deflated by the deadly coronavirus outbreak.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said the government, which gave his ministry a budget of Rp 72 billion (US$5.2 million) for promotional purposes, would use a portion of the funds to pay influencers. The budget is part of a Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package that was announced Tuesday. However, he declined to divulge the exact amount allocated only for influencers as the government still needed to negotiate with them. “We need to ask them first. Let’s say we choose to [target] the United States, we will need to find a US influencer. Or are we really going to influence the US market with an Indonesian influencer? That won’t have any impact,” he said on Wednesday.The government has yet to announce any names so far, but the minister explained that it would look at the person’s social media platforms as a criteria in choosing the right influencers.“We are still formulating the requirements for the influencers. It will be determined through their engagement rate and amount of views on YouTube or Instagram. Once we find the best one among the candidates, we will approach them,” Wishnutama said.Read also: Govt to pay Rp 72 billion to influencers to boost tourism amid coronavirus outbreak Aside from the US, he said the government would hire influencers from various nations, such as Australia and India and countries in Europe and the Middle East. Each influencer will promote Indonesia to their respective countries. However, some international influencers may be out of the government’s budget, Wishnutama said.”Honestly, we can’t afford BTS,” he said, referring to the popular South Korean boyband. “We probably would need around $10 million [to hire BTS] but smaller influencers will be cheaper. We’re still currently making calculations.”The global COVID-19 outbreak has depressed the tourism industry in Indonesia, with some tourist destinations suffering a loss of foreign tourist arrivals even though the archipelago has yet to confirm any cases to date. Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently said that the industry had lost an estimated US$ 500 million due to tourists’ fears over the coronavirus.Whisnutama said officials still had to ensure that the chosen influencers would be willing to promote Indonesia and accept the negotiated prices.The plan would begin to be implemented in March, he added.center_img Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMPoor prevention measures lead to dengue outbreak in Sikka

first_imgGoogle Facebook dengue-fever outbreak outbreak-in-Indonesia Sikka NTT Cirebon West-Java Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here While cases and deaths are lower nationwide, six regencies have declared dengue fever outbreaks from January to March with Sikka in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) reported the highest number of cases at 1,216 as of Wednesday.The Health Ministry’s director of vector and zoonotic infectious disease, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said the high number of cases in Sikka was caused by the poor handling of regency’s preventive measures for eradicating mosquito breeding grounds, allowing uncontrolled population growth of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.“Many uncovered water reservoirs inside and outside the house. Puddles and plastic bottle waste are also common,” she said.She urged both the Sikka administration and residents to improve their awareness of the matter as the region kept reporting high numbers of cases in the past 10 years.The Health Ministry has recorded a total o…last_img read more