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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSweeney shows he can be bought offRegarding former Congressman John Sweeney defending the Russian banks he is lobbying for because of sanctions placed on the government and businesses supporting the government actions in Crimea, would he feel the same way if he was not getting paid $62,500 per month?Would he lobby or protest out of righteousness, or does this amount of money persuade his consciousness to believe that the Russian bank changed it ways? Did they change due to sanctions?Sanctions placed on the government and businesses of Russia are placed to deter or change policy, and if they are hurting businesses, perhaps the businesses will lobby their own government to change their ways.Bottom line, I might defend the bank if they paid me $62,500 a month. Wouldn’t you? Amazing how easy it is to buy a former American congressman.Larry PhillipsCobleskill Gazette shows bias in terrorist’s deathOn a day when there should have been a banner headline which read “ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead,” on Oct. 27, The Gazette chose a headline which read, “Lawmakers back Dyslexia Screenings” instead.Of course, this is nothing new with The Gazette showing its true never-Trump liberal bias. The bias flag flies high over The Gazette.William ThielSchenectadyHonor immigrants, natives with holidaysThe Oct. 14 Gazette reported at length (“More states jettison day paying homage to explorer”) on the Columbus Day holiday becoming increasingly discredited and discontinued. I propose Columbus Day be changed to First Nations Day in honor of the people who lived in each of the 50 states when Europeans first arrived, and their descendants, and that an entirely new Immigrants Day holiday be created.With these changes, we could all enjoy two holidays while honoring those who were here first and those who later arrived (and still do) in search of freedom and opportunity.  While Christopher Columbus remains an important historic figure, the Columbus Day holiday should be abandoned due to the vast evidence that Columbus and his men launched and participated in mass slaughters and genocides.Immigrants Day could be celebrated on the birthday of an Italian immigrant to the United States, perhaps a woman, to soften the blow of discontinuing Columbus Day. Immigrants deserve recognition with a national holiday because most of us are the descendants of immigrants. Immigrants and their descendants have contributed immensely to the success of the United States over the centuries and I am certain we will continue to do so.We should also not forget that many people arrived in North America in chains from Africa and they and their descendants also greatly enrich the United States.  Tom EllisAlbanyUnsafe practices catch up to peopleAt various times during my career at GE, I was responsible for safety on construction and industrial projects.In the photo of Civic Landscaping and Solar Installation workers in the Oct. 24 Gazette (“Solar farm work underway”), two of the three workers on ladders were unsafe.One had one foot on the ladder and one foot on the solar structure. Another had two feet on the ladder but was leaning way over to reach the solar support.I suppose neither worker was injured on that day. The nature of unsafe acts is that doing them over and over increases the chance that you may get hurt.The same applies to standing on a chair or table to reach up high in your home or office. You can do it over and over, but each time, there is a chance that the chair or table could collapse under you.Like the lottery slogan says: Hey, You Never Know.Mike RozdolskiGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAssisted suicide laws do more harmOn Nov. 9, The Daily Gazette carried an article on suicide prevention that stated “America’s suicide problem has now reached crisis levels. Every year since 1999, the country’s suicide rate has increased, climbing 33 percent in the past two decades.”Despite such alarming increases, our governor promotes the physician-assisted suicide bill A.2694/S.394, to make things even worse. Using an argument of false compassion, he would allow sane persons with a short time to live the opportunity to voluntarily end their own lives.Assisted suicide laws are extremely dangerous and an affront to doctors who are in the business of healing, not killing. Insurance companies like assisted suicide because a death pill is much cheaper than nursing home care.Greedy relatives don’t want to see their inheritance frittered away on huge medical bills.While euthanasia laws always start being very restrictive, they soon expand to include comatose and disabled persons. Already in Canada, Judge Christine Baudouin has ruled that their euthanasia law is too restrictive and must not deny a “right to die.” New York state should learn from the Netherlands, where minors are allowed to choose suicide. These laws always follow a known progression: first voluntary, then involuntary, finally court mandated.Remember Terri Schiavo, Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans, among many others. We don’t want to see that happen here.Gov. Cuomo and legislators, please do not support any euthanasia bills. Don’t throw gasoline on the suicide fire we are trying to extinguish. Keep this camel’s nose out of the tent.Wendell NeugebauerBallston SpaGrateful for help with in key in stormOn Dec. 1 the day of the big snowstorm, I went to the Balltown Road, Niskayuna Hannaford. It was not snowing when I (an elderly woman who has trouble walking) went in to shop.When I went out to go home, it was snowing so hard and the snow was accumulating fast. In the parking lot, I tried to get into my car, but my automatic key fob would not work.  Snow was accumulating fast on me and my many packages.A wonderful young woman, Sara, and her teenage daughter, Sofia, took charge to help me.They did not leave me alone until they knew I was safe and could get home.These angels took me back into Hannaford where Raymon J. and his associates were very helpful in finding the correct battery and fixing my key fob to work.With the key fob fixed, Sara and Sofia got me back to my car, cleaned off the snow that accumulated and got me on my way. My thanks to Sara, Sofia, Raymon J. and associates.Patricia DeSimoneNiskayunaUrge modifications to McDonald’s planWe are writing to express our concerns regarding the plan to construct a new McDonald’s on Union Street and Keyes Avenue.We moved to the Upper Union Street area precisely because it is a walkable community. The new McDonald’s design will make it harder to walk on Union Street, reduce shopping choices (eliminating two storefronts) of the Simon’s building, and take a viable commercial building off the tax rolls.This may make it harder for the businesses and taxpayers to fund services needed to keep the business district successful.We are concerned about the plan to add a second drive-through window, and a second vehicle “exit” (which people will use as an entrance, too). This would remove a number of existing on-street public parking spaces and, more importantly, present dangers to walkers. Increased traffic is of concern.When asked, the developer was unable to estimate a traffic count.This district is already congested. We have seen the impact of a poorly planned project in the same area with Dunkin’ Donuts.There are already backups on Dean Street.Other concerns have been voiced by local residents at recent 12309 meetings. We believe that this project needs to be significantly rethought and ask that 12309 residents reach out to the city Planning Commission on or before Dec. 18, when the plan comes before the commissioners, as well as contact our elected city council members to ask that the current McDonald’s plan not proceed as presented.David BacheldorLaurie BacheldorSchenectadyThe writer is an officer for the 12309 Neighborhood Association and vice president of SUN (Schenectady United Neighborhoods). More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Demand fuels need for pipeline approvalsLast month, the gas utility National Grid announced that since it is facing potential peak-hour supply shortfalls in New York and New England due to regulatory holdups of pipeline projects, the utility would truck in compressed natural gas to serve as a backup during peak periods.Last month, PSE&G and New Jersey Natural Gas warned New Jersey’s state Board of Public Utilities that they might not have sufficient pipeline capacity to meet customer demand on the coldest winter days by as soon as the winter of 2020-21.This is absurd. Our existing infrastructure is already insufficient to meet New York’s needs.One in four households uses fuel oil for heat in the winter, and 40 percent of the state’s electricity is powered by natural gas.Utility companies are warning us that without new pipelines to alleviate the limited gas supply, the problem will only get worse.We need to stop playing politics, cut out the stall tactics and allow pipelines like the Northeast Supply Enhancement Project to move forward.Wendy HijosAverill ParkThe writer is the New York Director, Consumer Energy Alliance.Seek out ways to improve gift givingHow can we create a kinder, more sustainable holiday experience? Let’s start with gift giving.Giving an experience means so much more than a tangible gift. Concert tickets, a trip to a museum or time spent together are all great options. Give a gift that brings joy to others. Lend a small sum through a micro-financing organization, such as Kiva.org to give people in underdeveloped communities a chance to break the poverty cycle.Or donate a farm animal through Heifer International to a rural family in need. Homemade gifts pack meaning.Make homemade cookies, a hand-knit hat, or a scrapbook from a shared vacation to show your love. The thought really does count.When purchasing an item, positively impact a life with a sustainable purchase. Think about the person who made that item by seeking out fair trade options.Wrap gifts thoughtfully with vintage newspapers, a reusable storage box or a pretty basket. Or use beautiful scarves or vintage shirts as wrapping. When food is the focus, trim the trappings by choosing organic, locally sourced, veggie-focused ingredients. Also, making conscious choices about quantity ensures less food waste.To travel to your loved ones, opt for the train or car-sharing whenever possible. If you must fly, help lighten that plane by packing less, choosing fewer stop-overs and purchasing the carbon-offset for that plane ticket. As we move through the New Year, these changes can help us to rethink our consumptive ways and focus on stepping greenly in all we do.Caroline BrooksScotiaTake action to save the fish populationIt’s estimated 1 trillion to 3 trillion fish are killed by humans per year. A world without fish? Some think it’ll happen.You’ll deplete the world’s resources at some point. They’ll have to decide what to do with the massive super trawlers that sweep the ocean floor clean. This is worrisome. The problems are too many people eating too much fish, and technology. Since people with power have shown no urgency with this crisis, expect it to continue, regardless of what happens with 2020’s elections.Colin YunickCharltonlast_img read more

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first_imgTopics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin It has been eight years since an Indonesian judoka last competed at the summer Olympics. At the London Games in 2012, Putu Wiradamungga was knocked out in the second round by Laszlo Csoknyai of Hungary.At that time, Putu was a breath of fresh air as he strived to continue the legacy left by his predecessor Krisna Bayu. Before Putu, Krisna was the last Indonesian judoka to compete at the Olympics where he managed to qualify in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 tournaments.With the Tokyo Olympics’ qualifying round nearing an end, the Indonesian Judo Federation (PJSI) can only hope for the miracle of a wild card given by the International Judo Federation (IJF) — looking at the fact that Indonesian judokas are without much hope in the current race to a Tokyo place.In order to qualify for the Olympics in July and August, the national judokas must make the top-18 in the ranking.As o… Facebook Google judo Kodokan-Judo-Insitute-Japan Indonesian-Judo-Federation Tokyo-Olympics 2020-Tokyo-Olympic-Games Wild-Cardslast_img read more

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first_imgOnline booking company Traveloka, in cooperation with state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, is distributing thousands of N95 respirators to passengers from Feb. 4 to 6 at international departure terminals 2F and 3 of Soekarno-Hatta airport in an effort to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).N95 respirators are a type of face mask that have been proven effective at filtering very small airborne particles of 0.3 microns, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.The masks are being distributed to outbound passengers who present their boarding passes to the Traveloka teams posted in the boarding lounge of the terminals. Passengers bound for Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Tokyo and Singapore are eligible to receive the free masks. “We are concerned about the current situation and hope it will improve,” Andhini Putri, the head of marketing at Traveloka Indonesia’s transport division, said in a press release made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“The safety and convenience of tourists, especially [Traveloka] customers, is our first priority,” she said.“As a gateway of tourist exchange, we hope this initiative will protect Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from the spread of the coronavirus,” Febri Toga Simatupang, PT Angkasa Pura II’s senior manager of branch communication and legal, said in the press release. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

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first_img“I will fail as a responsible husband if I don’t sell everything I have for the sake of my wife and my late child,” Endi wrote on his Twitter account on Feb. 10. “I don’t demand a lot of things. I just want relevant institutions and agencies not to be negligent.”As of Monday afternoon, Endi had raised around Rp 109 million (US$7,900) from a total of Rp 130 million needed for Israni’s hospital treatment on crowdfunding platform KitaBisa.Endi has been trying to seek a response from the local administration. However, up until Monday, he and his wife had not received any compensation from authorities for the incident that, he said, had “ruined his dream of starting a little family”.“The Sleman Social Agency wanted to provide compensation of a maximum of Rp 20 million for the cost of the ICU, but it later withdrew the offer because my wife and I were identified as Yogyakarta City residents on our IDs. The deputy regent of Sleman did pay us a visit and offered some personal compensation but did not discuss what happened to me and my wife that day any further,” he said.Endi added that he demanded that relevant agencies pay more attention to the condition of old trees along the roadsides. He hopes there will be no more victims experiencing such tragic incidents.“Relevant institutions and agencies need to be more sensitive to this matter because there are lots of big, old trees in Yogyakarta. [During the incident the other day], there was no rain, no strong winds, yet the tree suddenly fell,” Endi said. (syk)Topics : A man from Bantul, Yogyakarta, has started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the medical expenses of his wife who suffered multiple fractures after a 10-meter-tall tree fell on her while she was eight months pregnant.Endi Yogananta and his wife, Israni Silvia, both 26, stopped at a traffic light on Jl. Wates, Gamping, Sleman, on Feb. 5 at around 10:30 p.m., when the tree fell without warning, weather conditions were fine at time. Five other people, including an 8-year-old, who suffered minor injuries, were also injured in the incident.Endi only suffered bruises on his legs, but Israni suffered severe injuries and was rushed to hospital where she was treated for abdominal and pelvic injuries. At the hospital, doctors recommended an immediate caesarean section, but unfortunately, the baby died hours after birth.last_img read more