Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWitness to Israeli army using violenceI’m responding to Matt Cutler’s June 21 letter (“Anti-Israel letter full of inaccuracies”). I’m filmmaker from Albany, I lived and filmed in Hebron, Palestine for part of two years.Concerning the issue of a colonial endeavor, ”From its inception, Zionism was both a nascent national movement and a colonial enterprise in search of a metropolitan sponsor” Rashid Khalidi.Of the two massacres in Hebron, one in 1929 and the other in 1994. In 1929, 64 Jews were killed, it was caused by a rumor that Jews in Jerusalem were going to control the Temple Mount.The rumor spread to Hebron, where Jews and Arabs had been living together peacefully.According to Rabbi Kaplan, who was studying at the Yeshiva, many Jews were hidden by the local Arabs.In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a fanatical Zionist entered the Abraham mosque in Hebron, killed 29 Palestinians and wounded over 100.The killing and arrests of innocent civilians is a daily occurrence in Palestine.I filmed a family whose unarmed father was killed by Israeli soldiers. I interviewed a woman whose 65-year-old husband was killed sleeping in his bed. The last time I was there, a young girl was murdered at a checkpoint because an Israeli soldier thought she was reaching for a knife in her bag.As far as the use of human shields, according to the October 6, 2005 Guardian, “The Israeli high court yesterday ruled that the army’s long-standing practice of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in combat is illegal under international law.”Ellie BernsteinAlbanyPlacement of ad and article inappropriateI’m contacting you about the very nicely written article by staff reporter Jeff Wilkin, that appeared on the front page of The Daily Gazette’s Sunday June 16 edition, regarding two local priests serving the Schenectady community.With anticipation I then turned to page 8 to finish reading the wonderful story, only to discover at the bottom half of the page, an ad notice by a New York City law firm soliciting business related to the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse fiasco.For the record, nothing disappoints or disgusts me more than the poor and inadequate way the church has been handling this situation.However it was insensitive to place that ad on the same page where you had printed great stories about these two local men who have been committed to their priestly/deacon vocation for many years, and on Father’s Day no less.It certainly appears that the layout editor and staff was asleep-at-the-wheel and The Daily Gazette should be ashamed at this lack of professionalism.You can and should be doing a better job.Richard S. ZazyckiRotterdamEDITOR’S NOTE: The circumstance the writer describes was purely coincidental. The copy editors who edit and lay out the newspaper at night do so with limited if any knowledge of the content of advertisements. Ads are placed on the page after all editorial content is placed. Similarly, the editorial staff doesn’t coordinate with the advertising staff in order to allow advertisers to request placement of their ads next to specific editorial content. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters.From its towering front entrance to its curved feature staircase, every inch of the house has a cutting-edge style.It is one of the reasons owner Kevin Chatfield fell in love with the home.“I watched it being built and just loved the modern design,” he said.“But I was single at the time and wondered who would live in such a big home. “Four years later, after meeting my lovely wife Vicki, we purchased the home.”The couple have lived in it for the past eight years.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: NRL star sells Gold Coast house 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters. MORE NEWS: New look at Hemsworth’s mega mansion While the house is large with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, Mr Chatfield said it was “really easy” to maintain.It has a seemingly endless list of features, including a theatre room, office suite, a heated plunge pool, 20m lap pool, an open entertaining terrace and billiards room. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters.“I worked from home a lot and my study looked straight across the pool and onto the river. I loved that view.”He said it formed a picturesque backdrop when entertaining guests on the top level.“We also really liked the (top level) bar area — it has amazing 360 degree views of Surfers Paradise, which is fantastic both daytime and even more at night,” Mr Chatfield said.“(It’s a) great place for both small or large groups for entertaining both inside and out.” “Vicki also turned a bedroom overlooking the river into her boutique wardrobe, which is every woman’s dream and every man’s nightmare.”The couple have decided to sell as they have bought another Gold Coast penthouse that supports their travelling lifestyle. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters.RISING four storeys above the riverfront in a prestige enclave of Surfers Paradise is a house that epitomises contemporary living.With a fully-equipped gym, steam room, wine cellar and marble bar among its standout features, this extravagant residence offers a glimpse of what it’s like to live a luxurious life in the modern world.The statement residence at Paradise Waters certainly looks the part. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters.There are three ensuited guest bedrooms on the first floor and another on the ground floor. The riverfront main bedroom, also on the first floor, has a balcony, walk-in dressing room and spa ensuite.The property also has an internal lift with access to all four levels as well as video intercom entry, electric front gates and blinds, a CBUS home automation system, video security, a water tank and solar panels.Soaring floor-to-ceiling windows frame sweeping views of the river and Surfers Paradise skyline.This was one of Mr and Mrs Chatfield’s favourite parts of the home.“My wife and I are mad boaters and we had a couple of different boats moored on the river side behind our home,” Mr Chatfield said. 34 Admiralty Drive, Paradise Waters.
Patients in Donegal are being forced to wait for more than two years to be seen by a speech and language therapist, it has been revealed. Figures obtained show that of the more than 520 people currently on the waiting list for an appointment here, 67 of them have been awaiting an initial assessment for over 24 months now.This means that Donegal has the highest number of patients waiting longer than two years to receive treatment across the state, with only Dublin South-West performing worse. Reacting angrily to the revelations on Wednesday afternoon, Doherty said: “To say that I am absolutely livid by these figures would be an understatement.“Prior to the Dáil recess, I had been contacted by a number of families who relayed their utter frustration at the significant delays their loved ones had been facing when trying to access Speech and Language therapy services after having already been referred by their doctor.“This prompted me to raise the issue with the Minister and I requested the waiting list figures for every HSE region across the state including details of the numbers waiting to receive an initial appointment with a Speech and Language therapist.“I’ve now received that data and the figures show that across each county and Local Area Health office there are more patients in Donegal waiting for more than two years to receive treatment than in any other county, with only the Dublin South West region recording higher patient numbers within this waiting band. “There are currently 522 people in Donegal waiting to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy service, 67 of whom have been on the waiting list for over two years now – that is horrendous by any measure.“In fact, across all thirty-two Local HSE offices (LHOs) scattered throughout the state, only four other counties recorded patients on waiting lists for periods greater than 24 months.“The fact that Donegal is an outlier in this regard, while not surprising, is totally and completely unacceptable.“Speech and language therapists treat individuals with communication disorders as well as those who have difficulties with swallowing by assessing their clients’ difficulties and by developing appropriate treatment programmes in order to meet their needs.“They often work closely with different clinicians as well as others such as nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and, in the case of children, their teachers to ensure maximum patient outcomes. “It’s well known that early intervention and access to appropriate care is crucial for those with communication and associated conditions in order to ensure that they can reach their full potential,” Doherty added.“This is particularly the case with respect to very young children with communication disorders and whose formative years can be enhanced greatly with the help of proper supports and services.“This is why I am so outraged by these figures because clearly, they show that people living in Donegal are again being forced to put up with substandard services and are having to wait longer to access treatments compared with other parts of the country,” he said.“It’s also yet again another example of the complete lack of concern and regard this government has for the people of this county who most need support.” Outrage as Donegal patients wait more than two years for speech and language therapy was last modified: July 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
25 October 2010 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe concluded a two-day working visit to Syria last week, saying the two countries were working towards removing all remaining obstacles to increased trade and investment between them. Motlanthe’s visit, which ended on Friday was aimed at strengthening existing relations between the two countries, and creating an enabling environment for increased trade and investment between the two states. The trip, which coincided with that of a group from the Elders – formed by Nelson Mandela in 2007 – was also Pretoria’s effort to contribute to the resolution of the decades-old Palestine-Israel crisis. The visit saw the signing of two cooperation agreements. Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, said the agreements would enable businesses from South Africa and Syria to take advantage of the excellent diplomatic relations between the two countries to strengthen business ties and increase economic activity. “South Africa and Syria will explore cooperation in the areas of education, information and communication technology, science and technology, agriculture and forestry, financial services and construction,” Masebe said. A South Africa-Syria Business Forum was also established to create a platform for business people from both countries to work together on projects. South Africa and Syria are now working on key outstanding agreements, including agreements for the protection of investments and the avoidance of double taxation. This will protect South African businesses wishing to invest in the Syrian economy. A business council will also be formed. During the visit, Motlanthe met with representatives of Palestinian political organisations, where he received a briefing on the ongoing Palestinian struggle for self-determination. He offered South Africa’s continued support for the Palestinian people in their quest for self-determination. Source: BuaNews
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