Cities need better measure of gun violence

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionThere is no crime that grabs headlines quite like homicide.Mayors and police chiefs are beholden to it, and their careers perhaps live and die by homicide rates.Everyone – from the media to community members to potential business investors – examines these numbers.Yet while the homicide rate in the United States has risen in recent years, homicides made up just 1.4 percent of all violent crime in the United States in 2016.They are, comparatively speaking, rare events.Criminal nonfatal shootings are a better yardstick of a community’s safety.They are, in many ways, a superior indicator of violent crime, and determining their frequency would give a more precise snapshot of community safety and better inform police policy and practice. Among law enforcement and researchers, there is little distinction between people involved in homicides and in nonfatal shootings.Research from Chicago shows that simply knowing or hanging out with someone who had been shot increases a person’s risk of becoming a shooting victim.Nonfatal shootings are minimally the “canary in the coal mine,” but they should be treated as the true indicator of a city’s violence problem as well as the best source of information for violence policy and police practice.Counting nonfatal shootings sounds simple, yet most cities are unable to accurately report them. That’s partly because the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports and National Incident-Based Reporting System do not require jurisdictions to report such numbers.In fact, there is no standard definition of a criminal nonfatal shooting, as there is for a criminal homicide.Dead bodies are easy to count; nonfatal shootings, not so much.In both the UCR and NIBRS, nonfatal shootings are categorized as aggravated assaults, but neither system makes it easy to separate out nonfatal shootings from other aggravated assaults, such as firing a gun at someone and missing. Surviving a gunshot wound – specifically, surviving a homicide attempt – is far more common than dying from a gunshot wound.For the past several years, I have been working in partnership with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to help the agency learn more about nonfatal shootings.Our work, going back to 2013, shows that nonfatal shootings occur roughly four times more often than homicides committed with a firearm.In Indianapolis, the 13th-largest city in the nation, someone is shot by another person and survives every day.Sometimes it happens more than once a day. Yet there is no system to nationally assess and compare these numbers with other cities.Nonfatal shootings are basically homicides that weren’t completed.Just one centimeter movement to the left can make the difference between the two.center_img If local governments want to reduce violent crime, law enforcement and state and federal government should make it a priority to collect and analyze data on nonfatal shootings, just as they do homicides.To be sure, any person’s death at the hands of another is a tragic, irreversible event.But it makes no sense to base our policies for reducing violent crime on such rare incidents.Gathering data about the people, places and situations surrounding nonfatal shootings would better inform law enforcement and improve overall community safety.You cannot understand what you cannot count.Natalie Kroovand Hipple is an assistant professor in the department of criminal justice at Indiana University.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Trump gets no credit for his condolences

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On  April 17, we lost former first lady, American patriot, wife, mother and grandmother Barbara Bush. Condolences poured in from around the world to the Bush family from world leaders, members of Congress, co-workers, citizens and friends. As I read various stories of her life and legacy, I read many of the condolences on social media: President Trump, first lady Melania, former President and Mrs. Obama , President George W. Bush, The Clintons, Sen. Schumer, etc. Beautiful and touching in content, all.However, when I watched our local news channels (two in particular), all the above condolence messages were read on air with one glaring exception: President Trump. That’s right, we read the messages from all the media favorites, but leave out the one from the president of the United States. Truly disrespectful, and uncalled for. I, for one, am tired of the constant drone and subtle disrespect thrown at the president by these outlets, even during sad events like this. Sorry, but Donald Trump is president. Just report the facts, not your personal agendas. Now that would be refreshing news. Rest in peace, first lady Bush.Paul M. HasbrouchRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborlast_img read more

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Get the facts right on tax cut and NRA

first_imgIf President Trump is responsible for you getting $870 more in your pocket, why are you complaining, Mr. Guido? The implication of your letter seems to be that if there wasn’t a tax cut, then the cost of basic commodities would not have gone up. Is President Trump responsible for these price increases, or is it the result of our capitalistic system of supply and demand? Then in the same issue, Mr. Anderson rants about how the NRA represents the gun and ammo manufacturers and not its members. Not only that, but “The NRA is the strongest lobby group in the United States by buying votes from elected representatives.” Where did you find that information? Here are some verified facts: The NRA since 1998 has spent $203.2 million on candidates, party contributions, independent expenditures and lobbying. This includes donations to both Republicans and Democrats (opensecrests.org). The unions lobbying the federal government since 1998 have contributed between $4 billion and $6 billion on Democrats (vox.com). I realize that this letter isn’t going to change any leftists minds, but facts matter and not irrational emotional arguments. Ray GawlasScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGet the facts right on tax cut and NRA After reading the May 10 issue, my hackles were raised by comments made by Mr. Gary Guido and Mr. Stephen Anderson. last_img read more

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Savills flying high as it outstrips DTC again

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Property share prices bounce back

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Top analysts call for end to share slump

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Kediri woman in isolation ward tests negative for coronavirus

first_imgSupriyanto said that the patient, Yatim Muhaimi, was in good condition and was ready to go home after receiving medical care in an isolation ward for 14 days.He said the hospital had treated her as a suspected COVID-19 case because she exhibited flu-like symptoms including a high fever, coughing and a sore throat after returning from South Korea, a country that has 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases.Yatim had traveled to South Korea early last month to visit her newborn grandchild and returned to Kediri on Feb. 6. She was treated for broncopneumonia at a hospital in Kediri but was later transferred to Iskak Hospital, which was designated by the government to handle patients exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus infection in the western part of East Java.Yatim expressed her gratitude for being allowed to leave the hospital.She said that she had been aware of being treated as a suspected coronavirus patient but had always been confident of testing negative.”I was very sure I wasn’t infected,” she said. “I was sure that it was only the flu and gastritis.”Indonesia has no confirmed COVID-19 cases to date. Topics : A 52-year-old woman from Kediri, East Java, who had been under observation at the isolation ward of Iskak Public Hospital in Tulungagung for showing symptoms consistent with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has tested negative for the virus.Hospital director Supriyanto said that tests on samples of the patient’s mucus at the Health Ministry laboratory in Jakarta found her to be free of the coronavirus.”We have received the results of the laboratory tests, which show that she is COVID-19 negative,” he told reporters at the hospital on Monday.last_img read more

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Japan’s Marubeni acquires 5 percent stake in Siloam Hospital

first_imgJapanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation has agreed to acquire a 5 percent stake in PT Siloam International Hospitals (Siloam), a publicly listed hospital chain controlled by PT Lippo Karawaci, as part of its plan to expand into health care in Indonesia.Masayuki Omoto, the chief operating officer of Marubeni’s Next Generation Business Development Division, said in a statement made available to the press on Wednesday that the strategic partnership with Lippo Karawaci and the acquisition of Siloam’s shares were part of the Japanese company’s program to further its presence in Indonesia.“We are pleased to be growing our presence in Indonesia and look forward to a long-term partnership with Lippo and Siloam,” he said. Topics : The investment in Siloam and strategic partnership with Lippo Karawaci will form the foundation of Marubeni’s expansion into healthcare infrastructure and services in Indonesia.Meanwhile, John Riady, the chief executive officer of Lippo Karawaci, said he hoped the partnership with Marubeni would help Siloam to further develop its business and “improve health care for all Indonesians”.Siloam, established in 1996, is the country’s largest private hospital operator with more than 13,000 doctors and nurses, 36 hospitals and 7,557 beds across Indonesia.  (hen)last_img read more

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US tycoon Robert Durst goes on trial for murder of best friend

first_imgAt the time of the 2001 murder, Durst was living under an assumed name in Texas and pretended to be a mute woman. He claimed self-defense and was acquitted after a high-profile trial.In the HBO documentary’s explosive finale, Durst is heard muttering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course” — apparently unaware that a wireless microphone remained switched on while he used the bathroom.Durst has repeatedly denied killing his wife or Berman.However, Lewin said the murder scene pointed to Durst’s involvement.He explained to jurors the killer had sent a cryptic note to Beverly Hills police — before her body was found — with Berman’s address and the word “cadaver.”In “The Jinx,” Durst was shown another letter he once sent Berman — the handwriting appeared to be nearly identical to that seen in the “cadaver” note.Durst’s defense team has said that their client had written the note to police but argue that this did not mean he killed Berman.Lewin added that Berman lived in a low-crime area of Los Angeles, and that there was no indication of a burglary or a struggle at her home when police found her body.The trial in Los Angeles is expected to last several months, with opening statements possibly going into next week.Topics : Prosecutors allege that Durst murdered Berman, a crime writer, in December 2000 to prevent her from being questioned by New York police over the disappearance of his wife Kathleen in 1982.Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, had acted as a spokeswoman for Durst after he became a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, who vanished from the couple’s New York cottage.Durst was arrested in March 2015 in a New Orleans hotel room in connection with Berman’s murder, hours before the final episode of the six-part HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”The series delved into the disappearance of his wife as well as the killing of Berman and the 2001 death of a neighbor in Texas who was found dismembered. An eccentric US real estate tycoon accused of the 2000 murder of his best friend finally went on trial Wednesday in California, in a case that gained new momentum after his participation in a 2015 HBO documentary series.Robert Durst, 76, has pleaded not guilty to the charge that he shot Susan Berman in the back of the head, execution-style, in 2000 at her home in Los Angeles.”The evidence is going to show without question that Susan knew her killer, and that she freely and voluntarily admitted this person into her house,” Deputy District Attorney John Lewin told jurors in his opening statement.last_img read more

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PREMIUMIndonesia pins hope on Australian cows to fulfill surging demand during Ramadan

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Topics : Indonesia has prepared its beef supply early from Australia to anticipate a spike in meat consumption during Idul Fitri when families across the archipelago celebrate the end of Ramadan.A Statistics Indonesia (BPS) report on Monday showed that Indonesia’s live animal import value skyrocketed 231.72 percent month-to-month in February, despite the government’s recent ban on such goods from China.A BPS official who requested anonymity told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday imported cows from Australia contributed to the skyrocketing increase of live animal imports.”The highest live animal imports are cows from Australia. It seems like it’s for Lebaran [Idul Fitri] needs,” the official said.The demand for basic needs, especially food, usually increases sharply during the fasting month, which is expected to begin on April 24. The demand will peak during t… Google Indonesia food ramadhan IdulFitri meat-imports cow Australia India Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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