Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A carjacker stole a man’s SUV at knifepoint in Valley Stream Sunday night, fled the scene and then crashed into the garage of a house minutes later, Nassau County police said.A 33-year-old man was sitting in the driver’s seat of his Chevy Equinox while parked at the corner of Rottkamp Street and Oliver Avenue when the suspect got in the passenger’s side, an argument ensued and then spilled outside onto the street at 7:26 p.m. Sunday, police said.“The suspect produces a knife, raises it above his head; the victim kicks the suspect; the suspect then flees back to the vehicle and takes off in it,” Inspector Kenneth Lack told reporters Monday during a news conference at police headquarters. He was unable to elaborate on the words exchanged or the nature of the argument.Minute later, the suspect crashed the SUV into a garage three and a half miles away on Floral Parkway in Floral Park, police said, and fled the scene on foot.No injuries were reported. Investigators impounded the vehicle. The suspect is described as a 5-foot, 11-inch-tall black man, 45 to 45 years old, 200 pounds with an unkempt beard, possible dreadlocks, wearing a black jacket and black hat.Fourth Squad detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that the Home Affairs Ministry did not respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for commentTopics : Sixteen groups in Papua have voiced opposition over the potential continuation of its special autonomy (Otsus) status, with the transfer of Otsus funds from the central government set to end next year.Protesting under a movement called Petisi Rakyat Papua (Petition by Papuans), the groups also demanded a referendum to determine their own fate.The administration of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri passed a law on special autonomy in Papua and West Papua provinces to guarantee Papuans the right to manage their own region politically, economically and culturally. The law also stipulated the allocation of special autonomy funds, valid for 20 years. “Enough of the political compromises. We refuse the unilateral [deliberation of the bill] by the special House committee,” she said.The groups lambasted the Otsus for failing to bring about significant change in Papua and legitimizing colonialism.“Ever since before the Otsus until today, almost 20 years after the Otsus, racism toward Papuans, land grabbing, military operations, rights abuse, and social and economic inequality keep happening in Papua,” Papuan Students Alliance head John Gobay said.The government has allocated US$7.4 billion in Otsus funds to grow Papua’s economy. Despite the hefty budget, the National Development Planning Agency noted that Papua was home to almost a million impoverished people and over 6,000 underdeveloped villages. Papua and West Papua also has the lowest human development index in the country, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).A researcher on Papua studies at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Aisah Putri Budiatri, said expressions of opposition to the special autonomy status occurred in 2005 and 2010 when Papuans symbolically returned the system to the government.“Besides its perceived inability to address the problems in Papua, the special autonomy has weak legitimacy as the deliberation did not include all parties such as the pro-Papuan independence group,” Aisah told the Post.She added that while the Otsus law was pretty comprehensive as it included regulations related to human rights violations in Papua, there had been a lack of results.“For example, the government has yet to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR), as stipulated in the law,” she said.Jayapura city secretary Frans Pekey said that, before deliberation over extending the Otsus law, there should be a thorough evaluation of it and how it had been implemented to determine whether it was effective.“If it is shown to have failed, we should evaluate and revise it through the existing mechanism. Let’s be realistic, Papua is still a part of Indonesia and Papuans need education, health care and other basic infrastructure to thrive,” he said.Mandabayang said, however, neither the special autonomy law nor a developmental approach was a solution to racism toward Papuans.In January, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian urged the House to immediately deliberate the bill as he argued the special autonomy fund would accelerate Papua’s development and help resolve the issues of discrimination in the province.The ministry’s regional autonomy director general Akmal Malik did not respond to the Post’s queries on Tuesday regarding the recent protests against the continuation of special autonomy status.LIPI’s Papua Research Team has since 2009 analyzed the root causes of the conflict in Papua, determining that it all stems from the marginalization and discrimination of indigenous Papuans, development failures, disputes over political identity, the annexation of Papua and violence against Papuans.“As of today, the government has yet to use dialogue to address the issues in Papua. With the deadline to end special autonomy funds getting closer, now is the time for the President to carry out dialogue to rebuild the trust that leads to reconciliation in Papua,” Aisah said. As the transfer of funds will end in 2021, the House of Representatives has included deliberation of Papua’s special autonomy status in this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.“The House proposed the bill without discussing it with indigenous Papuans, who are the subject of the bill. Papuans are the ones who get to determine whether they want a second phase of special autonomy or independence,” Victor Yeimo, National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) spokesperson and one of the petition’s initiator, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The executive director of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Markus Haluk, said that even though the ULMWP already had a petition bearing the signatures of 1.8 million Papuans who demanded a referendum, a more recent petition would express their opposition to Papuan bureaucrats who made compromises over the Otsus with elites in Jakarta.Activist and former Papuan prisoner Sayang Mandabayan expressed distrust over Papuan representatives in the House.
“Once you are declared as rabies-freeyou have to have zero case even from canine rabies. It so happened that uponchecking by the Department of Agriculture, they have positive canine rabies,” sheexplained. The dogs were monitored to have comefrom the towns of Jordan and Nueva Valencia. He said they were also able totrace all other dogs that got in contact with the rabid stray dogs. If they want to regain the title, theyhave to go full blast with their vaccination next year. Guimaras was declaredrabies-free in 2013. Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, RabiesPrevention and Control Program medical coordinator of the Department ofHealth-Center for Health Development 6, earlier said that they are now focusingon Guimaras because of their increasing animal bite cases and they were foundto have canine rabies positive cases. ILOILO City – The provincial government of Guimaras will try to reclaim its“rabies-free” status that was revoked following the diagnosis of two cases ofpositive canine rabies in the island-province. The governor disclosed that they will allocatea higher budget for anti-rabies vaccines and promotion responsible pet ownership.He said they are currently still in the process of deliberating their proposedbudget for next year. The province of Guimaras has anestimated dog population of 30,000. Gumarin said it is unfortunate thattwo stray dogs were found positive although they have no human rabies ordeaths. With the revocation of the title ofGuimaras being a rabies-free province, only Boracay Island and 10 barangays ofConcepcion, Iloilo remain rabies-free in Western Visayas. “We have to start all over again. Weare determined to reclaim the status of Guimaras as rabies-free,” Gov. SamuelGumarin said in an interview last week. One of the reasons for the spread ofrabies, according to Gumarin, was the failure of vaccination as he underscoredthe need to ensure herd immunity. Gumarin also appealed for families to startletting go of their dogs that they could no longer afford to sustain. “That was three months ago, so we arevery sure that we were able to prevent the further spread of rabies,” he said. To acquire a rabies-free tag, aprovince, a town or an island must not have positive canine rabies in the pastfive years; 70 percent of their dog population is immunized; there are no humandeaths, and initiatives are being implemented relative to the anti-rabiesprogram. DOH said rabies is considered as a public health problem in the Philippines as it is an acutely fatal infection responsible for at least 200 deaths in the country annually. (With a report from PNA/PN)