Month: October 2020

Letter on Puritanism was ‘enlightening’

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFrom the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank Mr. Jim Schaefer for his Jan. 14 letter regarding our nation’s return to Puritanism. He provided me insight through these points:Some people would take advantage of a movement for their own benefit. Who knew?The mentions of a Democratic politician and certain media figures accused of harassment? I guess Trump, O’Reilly, Ailes, Franks, Farenthold and Clarence Thomas are truly innocent. I am enlightened.I am proud to mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I tell them to be safe, especially in an era where racism and sexist behavior of quite up front. I also tell the ladies that regardless of what they wear, whether they are at a formal event, an electronic dance music concert or step dancing for their sororities, it’s not an invitation for men to offer sexual advances.The death of the fashion choices you mention is greatly exaggerated.In the meantime sir, “Mad Men” called. They would like to use your letter for a portion of the script if the show returns. Feel free to discuss with them. Archie Bunker’s chair will be kept warm for you.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?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 motoristslast_img read more

VP Mike Pence doesn’t want peace for Koreas

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMartin Luther King Jr. was killed shortly after he made his famous speech declaring the United States the greatest purveyor of violence throughout the world. I recalled those words as Mike Pence sat resolutely unmoved while the rest of the audience cheered the peace efforts of North and South Korea walking out, under one flag, for the Winter Games.Vice President Pence sat pouting like a spoiled child with the dashed hopes of spilling the blood of 25 million people and the chance to display to the world our military might. After all, we just threw another $700 billion at our Department of War — “all dressed up with nowhere to go?” But he can rest assured that the extreme sanctions we have imposed will bring about the starvation of an estimated 60,000 North Korean children.Perhaps Flint, Mich., should have come up with the idea of building a nuclear weapon. They could have used it as a bargaining chip for clean drinking water.Deborah KrolFultonhamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, March 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo Russian meddling in United State electionsFirst of all there’s no Russian meddling in the United States, as the people of Russia cannot vote in the United States; plus the United States and Russia are allies.Steven P. Goldberg Northville Trump at least forcing action on immigration lawsMy grandparents came to the United States via Ellis Island at the turn of the 1800s. They spoke of saving money for the trip from Poland and proudly learning to speak the English language. To them the Polish language became secondary as they became “Americanized.”Today I witness with great disdain large number of illegal immigrants attempting to enter our nation from the south. Somehow, we are expected to applaud their efforts to thwart the laws.My grandparents and likewise millions of other legal immigrants would have shaken their heads in disgust.At the moment “The Wall” is the issue in immigration but that is merely the tip of the iceberg. For how many decades have the Democrats and Republicans ignored true immigration via laws? Donald Trump has forced us as a nation to do something. Hate him if you want, and many of you do, but he is no longer ignoring the elephant in the room. Chuck and Nancy need to get their act together and with the president help build a permanent solution by law. Together, they can “Make America Great Again.”Jerry Bubniak Gloversville should lead on transportation studyOn Feb. 28. the Gloversville Common Council awarded a contract for a regional transportation study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio (Leader-Herald 3/6/17). The state Department of Transportation approved the study in January 2017 to look into the feasibility of creating a regional public transportation system in Fulton and Montgomery counties.Six entities were involved in the study: Fulton County, Montgomery County, the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown, city of Amsterdam, and Fulton-Montgomery Community College, with Gloversville as the lead agency.The study was to be reimbursed by the federal government at 80 percent and the state at 10 percent. Each of the six entities was to share the remaining 10 percent, at a cost of $953.57 each. DOT approved awarding the study to RLS and Associates for $57,215.A draft final report dated October 2018 was submitted to the six entities. As Gloversville was designated the lead agency, the Gloversville Common Council should take the lead in evaluating and implementing the regional service models presented in the feasibility study.Wallace Truesdell GloversvilleThe writer is a former member of the Gloversville Transit Commission. Schenectady Legal marijuana will bring many more problemsI encourage everyone, and especially our governor and legislators, to read “Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence” by Alex Berenson that explains the cons of recreational marijuana. This author draws upon NYS psychiatric records to show how dangerous marijuana can be. Marijuana is more concentrated now than ever before. We don’t need more accidents, more crimes and more health issues like Colorado has seen. We cannot jeopardize our population due to Governor Cuomo’s need to glean more taxes. Our state resources for police, medical emergency personnel, addiction counseling and possible employment errors will be overwhelming. People do not all stay home and drink responsibly and neither will those who smoke or ingest marijuana. Our state will be overburdened with addiction and vehicle accidents. Let’s prevent this now. Studies need to be done on the effect of prescription and over the counter medications with marijuana. People’s reflexes are slowed, ,judgement is impaired and the need to smoke more or ingest more is real. Let’s protect our children and grandchildren from a very destructive habit now.Arlene ShakoSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, June 28

first_imgCategories: 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 motoristslast_img read more

Resetting the PACE

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Clear and free: Wuhan evacuees head home from Natuna quarantine

first_imgGiven a clear bill of health, the 237 citizens and one American spouse of an Indonesian national from Wuhan and other cities in China were finally released on Saturday from a 14-day quarantine in Natuna, Riau Islands.Forty-two members of the evacuation team and five Indonesian Embassy staffers from Beijing who assisted the operation were also released from quarantine on Saturday.All 285 people have been declared healthy after testing negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The government evacuated 243 people — comprising 237 Indonesian nationals, a foreigner and five embassy staffers — on Feb. 2 from Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as other cities in Hubei province following the emergence of the novel coronavirus. The evacuees, the evacuation team and all support staff were airlifted to Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, and then immediately transported to Natuna Island for quarantining.Read also: Finally going home: Wuhan evacuees in Natuna to be released from quarantine on SaturdayJoint Defense Area Command I (Kogabwilhan I) commander Rear Adm. Yudo Margono, who led the humanitarian mission, said all evacuees, as well as the evacuation team and embassy officials involved in the effort, had been released and were heading back to their hometowns.“The Health Minister [Terawan Agus Putranto] will accompany the people flying to Jakarta, while I am staying here to meet with the local residents, as President [Joko Widodo] has ordered,” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in Natuna on Saturday. Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto (second left) congratulates the crowd of people newly released from quarantine on Feb. 15, 2020 at Raden Sadjad Air Base in Natuna, Riau Islands. All evacuees, the evacuation team and support staff were declared free of coronavirus infection and departed the island on Saturday, where they had been quarantined since Feb. 2. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)The evacuees boarded two Boeing planes and a Hercules aircraft operated by the Indonesian Air Force and were flown to Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base in Jakarta. The first flight took off from Natuna at 1:20 p.m., and the third and final flight departed at 2 p.m. All three flights had arrived in Jakarta by 3:46 p.m. on Saturday.National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Doni Monardo said that the evacuees were each provided Rp 1 million (US$73.07) in travel allowance as well as plane tickets to their hometowns.Many were welcomed home by local officials, including East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor, who flew out to Jakarta to escort evacuees from the province on the last leg of their journey.“The most important thing is that they can return home safely,” said Doni.Health minister Terawan said the evacuees were also given a letter that declared they had tested negative for COVID-19. The health agencies in their place of origin would continue to monitor the evacuees after they had returned home.“The surveillance is our responsibility. If they get sick after they have returned to their hometowns, we can [examine] them immediately to see if they are infected with the coronavirus,” he said.The World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Indonesia, Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, congratulated Indonesia on the evacuation as a “smart move” and for keeping the evacuees “safe for 14 days”.Paranietharan also said that the evacuees could freely mingle in their communities once they got home. “They’re perfectly fine; there’s no need to worry about them,” he said during a ceremony marking the evacuees’ release in Natuna.A soldier of the Joint Defense Area Command I (Kogabwilhan I) pats a child on the head on Feb. 15, 2020 at Raden Sadjad Airbase in Natuna, Riau Islands. All evacuees from Wuhan, China, were given a clear bill of health and left the air base hangar where they had been quarantined since Feb. 2. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)The government initially planned to evacuate 245 people from Hubei, but four people decided to remain in China. Three others were sick at the time of departure, and did not have clearance from the Chinese government to leave the country.Terawan said the government was still awaiting information from the WHO regarding the global emergency before making furthers decisions on the Indonesian citizens who remained in China.Most of the evacuees were Indonesian students who were studying at universities in Hubei province.Read also: Social media users laud Batik Air for evacuating Indonesians from virus-hit WuhanCoordinating minister Muhadjir said the government was mulling future options for the students who had been studying in China on a scholarship, such as resuming their studies after the outbreak had ended or transferring their academic credit to Indonesian universities.“The most important thing is that these people returned to Indonesia first. As for their study programs, we will decide [the matter] later under my coordination,” he said.Yudo said that the military personnel assigned to the operation would be dismissed and resume their regular duties on Monday, while the hangar used for the quarantine would return to its normal function.“All equipment used during the [quarantine period] will be disinfected,” he stressed. (kuk/vla)Topics :last_img read more

UK to repatriate citizens from ship quarantined off Japan

first_imgTokyo has faced criticism for its handling of the situation, with dozens of new infections detected almost daily since the ship arrived.There are 74 British passengers and crew among them, according to UK media reports, and the government in London has also been criticized for its response.Some of the British passengers have hit out at being left stranded on the ship while other countries began to organize airlifts of their citizens.Since the COVID-19 outbreak emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, more than 72,000 people have been infected, the vast majority in China, where the official death toll is nearly 1,900.Topics : The British government on Tuesday became the latest country to announce it will evacuate its citizens stranded on board a cruise ship quarantined off Japan because of the new coronavirus.Britain said it would organize a flight to repatriate its nationals from the Diamond Princess vessel, where more than 450 people have tested positive for COVID-19.That follows the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and South Korea all saying they will evacuate their citizens from the boat, with more than 300 Americans arriving back on home soil on Monday. “Given the conditions on board, we are working to organize a flight back to the United Kingdom for British nationals on the Diamond Princess as soon as possible,” a British Foreign Office spokesperson said.”Our staff are contacting British nationals on board to make the necessary arrangements.”There were more than 3,700 passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess when it first arrived in Japan earlier this month and was put under quarantine in waters near Yokohama on Feb. 3.All those on board have now been tested for the new coronavirus, Japan’s government said Tuesday.last_img read more

UAE celebrates International Women’s Day as reflection of national ambitions

first_imgThe country’s constitution guarantees equal rights between men and women, which helped the emirates leader in various gender equality indices, supplementing its advances in education and literacy.The UAE acknowledges that women’s participation in decision-making was a key factor in the country’s economic development. In 2012, for instance, the UAE government decided to give more leverage to women in leadership, allowing them to sit in the highest position in every institution.Ever since, around 15 percent of the available seats in government institutions must be allocated to women and 50 percent for the Federal National Council, aligning with Al-Nahyan’s vision to further involve women in developing the country’s vital sectors.“At least nine out of the 32 ministers in the current government are women. In the Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ministry, for instance, almost half of the employees are women,” the statement said.The Gulf state bears the world’s highest percentage of women in the public sector at 66 percent, of which 30 percent are in positions of leadership or related to decision-making.At least 75 percent of the positions in the education and healthcare sectors are filled by women. Two-thirds of the country’s university graduates are women, of which 77 percent studied computer sciences and another 44 percent specializing in engineering – more than twice as many than in Western Europe or the United States.In 2014, the UAE also opened the Khawla bint Al Azwar Military School as the first military academy for women in the region.Currently, at least 23,000 women entrepreneurs in the UAE are running projects worth US$13.6 billion. Around 19 percent of the members of the country’s chamber of industry and commerce are women.As such, the UAE has committed to empowering women globally to take on greater roles in entrepreneurship and has contributed at least $50 million to the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), a collaborative partnership among 14 governments, eight multilateral development banks (MDBs) and other public and private sector stakeholders hosted by the World Bank Group. Women in the United Arab Emirates joined the international community on Sunday in celebrating International Women’s Day. The Middle Eastern country represents a beacon of hope for the advancement of women’s empowerment in a region, which has been predominantly patriarchal, according to the UAE government.The annual celebration is commemorated every March 8 to acknowledge women’s role and contributions to political, cultural, social and economic development.In a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Sunday, the Emirati government through its missions in Jakarta said the country had taken a strong position in women’s empowerment. “Women have been the key partner of the development in the country and have been playing a vital role in elevating [the capabilities] of UAE’s future generation,” the statement read.UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has taken a clear position to empower women in the country by encouraging them to assume some of the highest positions in various sectors.“Some of the ministerial posts within the Emirati government is being assumed by women. Some are also holding their positions as officials of the Federal National Council,” the UAE government said, adding that women had also maintained a decisive role in the country’s justice system.In 2012, the UAE became the first country in the Arab region to allow women to participate as councillors.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Riot in Colombia prison leaves 23 dead: government

first_imgTopics : Rioting that swept through a crowded prison overnight in the Colombian capital Bogota left 23 inmates dead and 90 wounded, Justice Minister Margarita Cabello announced Sunday.The riot was triggered by an attempted mass breakout from La Modelo prison, Cabello said, as the capital was on a weekend lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.Riots occurred “in several penitentiary centers in the country,” Cabello said in a statement. “The result of the attempted escape in the Modelo was 23 inmates dead.” “Our guards prevented the escape from being carried out. We achieved that today and as a result are not looking for 5,000 prisoners that would have escaped.”The government rejected accusations that the riots were sparked by unsanitary conditions inside a prison system unprepared to face the coronavirus pandemic.”There is no health problem that would have caused the escape plan and these riots,” Cabello said. “Today there is not a single infection, and no prisoners, nor administration or custodial officials, that have the coronavirus.”center_img La Modelo is Bogota’s second largest prison after La Picota, where protests also erupted on Saturday night.According to Cabello, 83 inmates and seven guards were injured in the disturbances inside La Modelo. Around half the injured prisoners were hospitalized, and two of the guards were in “critical condition.””There were no escapes,” she added.The head of Colombia’s prison authorities, General Norberto Mujica, said his forces had taken back full control of the prison.last_img read more

Fujifilm says significantly boosts capacity for COVID-19 treatment Avigan

first_imgJapan’s Fujifilm said it has expanded manufacturing capacity to “significantly increase” production of its anti-flu drug Avigan that is being tested as a treatment for COVID-19.Fujifilm expects to increase the production of Avigan up to 100,000 treatment courses by July 2020, about 2.5 times more compared to the beginning of March when the company first began its current production run, and then to 300,000 by September, it said in a statement on Wednesday.Fujifilm is allocating additional capacity at its Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical facility in Japan to produce the ingredients used to make Avigan. The company has also made partnerships with domestic and overseas companies for manufacturing processes and the production of raw ingredients.Fujifilm is conducting clinical trials of Avigan on patients of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Japan and the United States.Topics :last_img read more