Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 14

first_imgMoney for old canal, but not pensioners?Three hundred million dollars for an imagined tourist attraction through the state (“Cuomo rolls out $300M plan to ‘reimagine’ Erie Canal” Jan. 10 Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna).Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gone out on a limb in an attempt to bring tourism to New York state in the form of $300 million to improve and draw people to what is basically an abandoned ditch, running across the state —the New York State Canal System.By the governor’s own words, he is appointing a reimagine task force to try to turn this ditch into something useful.Three hundred million dollars for the benefit of a few pleasure boaters. Wouldn’t it be nice if our governor could see past this expensive and dubiously successful tourism idea and address the real problems of this state?First and foremost, the state’s responsibility to the pensioners of St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, who have lost all or part of their pensions due to the erroneous, state-mandated closing of this much-needed and respected hospital.These people just need a small part of that $300 million to return the money to them that they are owed. These people need this money now; the canal can wait.I hope everyone who was ever treated at St. Clare’s Hospital will contact the governor’s office and express their outrage at his failure to use his resources and influence to resolve this ongoing, state-caused problem.Kenneth BensonCharltonLazarus poem not part of local LibertyI keep reading letters about the siting of Schenectady’s Statue of Liberty, hoping to find somebody who claims that his or her own thoughts and beliefs about “liberty” came while they were driving past a statue. But it seems that only other people are supposed to acquire their convictions in this ultra-efficient way.I also look, so far in vain, for some mention of the Emma Lazarus poem, attached to the statue in New York Harbor, but by some oversight omitted from our replica, welcoming “tired” and “poor” immigrants.Wayne SomersDelansonTurning right on red is too dangerousRegarding Louise Farnum’s Jan. 12 letter (“Right on red isn’t mandatory, so chill”), I have to say that this law in particular is one of the worst laws in the state.I sympathize with her plight of dealing with too many people being in such a hurry that they harass other drivers with their inconsideration.Every single day of driving since that law was enacted, I’ve been cut off, given the finger, and mouthed profanities by people turning right on red without stopping. I’ve had to hit my own brakes in order to evade these idiots, which by the way, come in all shapes, sizes and styles of vehicle. I believe road rage on city streets is worse than that on the highways.As Ms. Farnum’s letter stated, turning on red isn’t mandatory.It’s a convenience but should only be done after a thorough look-see to the left. The general public isn’t trained to gauge the speed of oncoming vehicles. This also includes yielding to cyclists approaching the intersection.People also forget to look for oncoming left turning vehicles that have been given the green arrow. I especially hate those drivers turning right on red out of Mohawk Commons.I don’t claim to be the best driver at all times. There have been instances where I’ve made serious mistakes. Having lost a parent at a young age to a car crash has affected my view. Right on red is one law I wish could be rescinded.Patricia PytlovanyGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDo friendships reflect acceptance?I don’t know whether this still applies today, but a basic Google search shows George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were close friends. Another search shows the Clintons attended one of Donald Trump’s weddings.Some questions: Was Bush OK with Clinton’s many bad qualities? Was Clinton OK with Bush’s many bad qualities?Did the Clintons know about Trump’s many bad qualities, and were they not bothered by them too much? Was Trump OK with the Clintons’ many bad qualities?It’s hard to say anything positive about either of these.Colin YunickCharltonlast_img read more

Five killed at brewery in another US mass shooting

first_img“A wicked murderer opened fire at a Molson Coors brewing company plant, taking the lives of five people, a number of people wounded, some badly wounded,” Trump said at a press conference on the new coronavirus.US media including ABC News and the local Fox affiliate reported the shooter had been fired earlier in the day from the beer giant, which owns the Coors and Miller brands.The local CBS affiliate said the shooter appeared to have stolen the nametag of another employee, then returned to the office complex with a gun. But The New York Times quoted Representative Gwen Moore, a Democrat whose district includes Milwaukee, as saying the gunman was an employee who was in uniform. A view of a sign above one of the Molson Coors campus buildings following a shooting on February 26, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ( AFP/Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)Company restructuringMolson Coors, a Canadian-US company, said it was working with the police department, adding: “Our top priority is our employees.” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quoted the husband of a brewery employee, Lasonya Ragdales, as saying she was informed by the company of an active shooter on the premises, and was texting him while locked in a room with co-workers.Nearby schools were also placed on lockdown.Known until last year as MillerCoors, the brewer announced in October that it would undergo a large restructuring and officially changed its name to Molson Coors Brewing Co.It also moved its North American headquarters office from Denver to Chicago and shifted hundreds of corporate office jobs to Milwaukee.The company was expected to cut 400 to 500 jobs throughout the organization during the restructuring.The scene of the shooting is known locally as the “old Miller” brewing company, Morales said.It was the latest in a long list of gun-related violence in the US, which saw a record 417 mass shootings in 2019, according to the research group Gun Violence Archive.Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in on the latest case.”May we find the strength and will to act against gun violence, and never accept the unacceptable,” said Pete Buttigieg.”I’m devastated for the victims, and my heart is with their loved ones and all those affected by this tragedy. We shouldn’t have to live with this constant horror and grief. We need to act now to end the gun violence epidemic,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren. Topics : News reports said the gunman was an employee.Mayor Tom Barrett said five other people, all workers at the facility, were killed.”This is an unspeakable tragedy for our city,” Barrett said at the same press conference. President Donald Trump earlier gave the first official word of the toll.center_img A gunman killed five employees of one of America’s best-known breweries on Wednesday before turning the weapon on himself in the latest burst of mass gun violence in the US.More than 1,000 employees were at the Molson Coors brewing complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when the early-afternoon tragedy occurred, the city’s police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters. He said officers found the suspect, a 51-year-old local man, dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.last_img read more

PLN to install 79 million smart meters in Indonesia after billing fiasco

first_imgState-owned electricity company PLN has conveyed a plan to install 79 million smart meters across the country over the next seven years in an effort to automate the billing process as millions of customers have complained about spiking bills in recent weeks.PLN president director Zulkifli Zaini said on Wednesday that the plan was a more efficient alternative to recalibrating old meters, which often misread power consumption.“The cost of recalibrating a meter is about the same as changing the meter,” he said, adding that the recalibration had to be done in special test labs. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir suggested on June 12 that PLN develop smart meters, among other innovations, to avoid such flawed calculation methods in the future.“Going forward, PLN needs to push innovation when providing services,” he said.There are currently 14.3 million uncalibrated standard meters in Indonesia, said Rusmin. The meters comprise electronic versions that need recalibration once every 15 years and mechanical versions that need recalibration once in a decade.“A faulty device can mean a loss for both consumers and PLN,” he said.The uncalibrated meters either overstate power consumption by 15 percent or understate it by 17 percent, according to the ministry’s 2011 survey in West Java and Banten. The former situation would amount to a loss for consumers while the latter would cause losses for PLN.National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) chairman Ardiansyah Parman, speaking at the webinar, urged PLN to implement the plan starting next year. He also urged the company to prioritize replacing the 14 million uncalibrated meters with smart meters.“This is so that PLN’ and to consumers’ losses may be solved immediately,” he said.The agency received five complaints related to electricity and gas bills this year, which represents 0.86 percent of all complaints received this year. Two-thirds of the complaints were related to housing.However, Herman Ibrahim, country chairman of the Paris-based International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), separately said residential smart meters were ill-suited for Indonesia’s electricity system, despite being a global technological trend.He noted that such meters were best suited for more advanced electric grids, which had different hourly electricity tariffs and allowed customers to sell electricity generated from renewable sources into the system. Neither mechanisms are being implemented in Indonesia in scale.“If they were just used for normal purposes, it would be too luxurious,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday, adding that smart meters cost more than standard meters.Herman added that smart meters were only beneficial in environments with stable internet connectivity, which remains a big issue in non-urban Indonesia.Topics : “The biggest challenge with the recalibrations is the limited capacity of Trade Ministry testing labs.”Unlike standard meters, smart meters can wirelessly transmit information between the electricity company and users. PLN will be able to remotely monitor users’ power consumption round-the-clock instead of sending meter inspectors once a month.Around 4.6 million residential customers of PLN reported a spike in their power bills in June amid the implementation of the government’s working-from-home policy to contain the coronavirus spread.Trade Ministry metrological director Rusmin Amin noted during a webinar on Monday that uncalibrated standard meters had no direct relation to the incident. PLN previously admitted the spikes were due to flaws in its new bill calculation method implemented during the physical distancing period as its inspectors were unable to conduct site inspections.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Former Industrial Sites

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Clean Up and Renew Former Industrial Sites Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced seven new projects funded by the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) that will clean up former industrial sites in Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Dauphin, Lehigh, and York counties to prepare them for use as parks, and business and residential properties.“Refurbishing an old property for the benefit of the community is a vital step in attracting business investment and job creation,” said Gov. Wolf. “These projects will provide a clean and safe environment for communities and businesses to use for years to come.”ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.The seven approved projects are:Allegheny County: The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) was granted $637,500 for environmental remediation of the former Roundhouse and Guard Shack building. The Roadhouse building is a 23,000-square-foot building located at the Industrial Center of McKeesport, a former steel site. Funds will be used to include remediation or encapsulation of asbestos-containing material throughout the structure, as well as lead-based paint remediation throughout the interior walls.The Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) was also granted $33,700 for environmental remediation of the former Open Hearth building, a 3,200-square-foot building located at the City Center of Duquesne, a former steel site. Funds will be used to remediate lead-based paint and encapsulate surfaces where lead-based paint was removed. RIDC plans to redevelop the site into a planned urban industrial park.Berks County: The Borough of Robesonia was granted $279,533 to perform environmental remediation at the former Robesonia Furnace property. The ISRP funds will be used to remediate the property of contaminates to create a compost transfer and passive recreation areas.Bucks County: The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks was granted $426,675 for site remediation at the former Sellersville Landfill Site in Sellersville. ISRP funds will be used for soil excavation, soil sampling and analysis, surface water sampling and analysis, groundwater monitoring, and well abandonment. Once remediated, the RDA plans to reuse the site for residential purposes.Dauphin County: Steelton Economic Development Corporation was granted $43,337 for an environmental assessment of the 6.25-acre Steelton Steel Works plant. ISRP funds will be used for soil characterization, monitoring well installation, groundwater characterization sampling, and a receptor survey/pathway exposure evaluation. The Steel Works Redevelopment project is a strategic public/private partnership between the Steelton Economic Development Corporation and Integrated Development Partners, LLC. Together they plan to redevelop the site with 65,000 square feet of commercial, retail, and office space, and multi-level senior housing units. Once completed, the partnership anticipates creating 100 full-time jobs.Lehigh County: Catasauqua was granted $1,000,000 for environmental remediation of the former Crane Iron Works, a 120,000-square-foot building located in Catasauqua. The ISRP funds will be used for remediation of asbestos-containing material throughout the structures, removal, and disposal of all debris within the buildings and capping the site with imported certified clean fill. Once remediated, the proposed plan will create a mixed-use development.York County: The York County Industrial Development Authority (YCIDA) was granted $1,000,000 for the environmental remediation of the former Yorktowne Hotel Building, an 11-story, Renaissance Revival styled hotel built in the 1920s. ISRP funds will be used for site remediation to include removal of asbestos-containing materials, contamination debris, demolition debris, and removal of debris and other hazardous materials. Once remediated, most of the space will remain as a hotel, to also include some retail shops, restaurants, apartments, and office space.For more information about the Industrial Site Reuse Program or DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 23, 2019last_img read more

Former Special Forces soldier one of Queensland’s top property agents

first_imgClint Hynes is now one of Australasia’s most successful real estate agents.Mr Hynes is deeply involved with the Wandering Warriors charity, which helps ex-commando and SAS servicemen. Clint Hynes of Ray White Oxenford (right) receives his award.A former Australian Special Forces soldier turned Gold Coast property superstar has landed a place on the 2017 A List real estate industry award honour roll. Clint Hynes of Ray White Oxenford was named an A List Excellence award winner, as a top 10 agent who is engaged with his community. Ray White Oxenford agent Clint Hynes in Afghanistan in 2008.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoEach year, 150 Queensland agents are revealed as the state’s top performers, using sales data from 16,500 registered salespeople. Ray White Oxenford agent Clint Hynes (left) served four tours in Afghanistan.Mr Hynes told the Gold Coast Bulletin of the toll of military life last year, and detailed histransition from a decorated, 13-year army career in 2012, including four tours of Afghanistan, to fast-rising real estate agent. Clint Hynes on stage at the A List event.He quickly notched up accolades including Ray White’s Queensland Rising Star in his rookie year, and become the fastest agent in the company’s history to reach Elite member status, and Chairman Elite status across its Australasian agencies. The 150 A List recipients gathered in Brisbane for an awards and motivational event.last_img read more

Seleka rebels call for peace talks but won’t disarm

first_imgThe rebel group that staged a coup the Central African Republic is calling for peace talks.But even as they call for peace talks, the rebels are refusing to disarm.Known as Seleka, its fighters have helped trigger ongoing ethnic violence that recently derailed election plans.The UN has warned that Seleka is seeking to destabilize the capital, Bangui.last_img

Death rates ‘higher’ among young adults than children

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 30 Views   no discussionscenter_img Premature deaths are now more likely to occur in adolescence and early adulthood than in childhood, a new global report claims.The study in The Lancet looked at data from 50 countries – rich, middle-income and poor – over 50 years.It found that while mortality had fallen overall, rates were now relatively higher in teenagers and young adults, than in young children.Violence, suicide and road accidents are being blamed.Disease downThe new study shows death rates among young people have fallen dramatically over the last 50 years across the globe.Mortality in children aged one to nine has fallen by between 80% and 93%, thanks largely to fewer deaths from infectious disease.Death rates have not been dropping as fast among teenagers and young adults.In young men aged 15-24, mortality has dropped between 41% and 48%, again largely because of success in combating disease.But ‘injury’, be it violence, suicide or road accidents, has emerged as the biggest killer of young men in all regions, and the biggest killer of young women in rich and eastern European countries.Violent deaths are on the rise in both young men and women in real terms.This means that although mortality has fallen overall, it is now higher among teenagers and young adults than in children.Young men aged 15-24 are now two to three times more likely to die prematurely than young boys aged one to four, the researchers claim.“Modern life is much more toxic for teenagers and young people,” says Dr Russell Viner of University College London, who led the study. “We’ve had rises in road traffic accidents, rises in violence, rises in suicide which we don’t see in young children.“The teenage years were the healthiest time of our life. It’s no longer true.”Urban youngThis might not be the complete picture. The study doesn’t take into account the poorest countries from sub-Saharan Africa, because the data was not available, say the researchers.There are also regional variations. There was a peak in suicide rates observed during the post-communist countries in the late 1990s, for instance, while suicide rates have started to fall in rich countries in recent years.But Dr Viner says trends first seen in the West are now being seen in developing countries, as the move to cities brings benefits and risks to the urban young.“It seems that economic development, the move to cities, increasing urbanisation and social dislocation are actually quite toxic for our young people in terms of mortality,” he says.Co-author Dr Michael Resnick, of the University of Minnesota, told the BBC: “What is clear is that the greatest threats to young peoples’ health, outside of living in extreme poverty and in ‘hot zones’ of infectious disease and war, stem from the behaviours in which young people engage, and the contexts in which they find themselves.”He said governments had to focus “on violent neighbourhoods, extreme impoverishment and lack of access to fundamental resources and services, and the hopelessness that comes from utter lack of prospects and opportunity”.Source: BBC News Tweet HealthLifestyle Death rates ‘higher’ among young adults than children by: – March 29, 2011last_img read more

Liverpool star rules out summer exit

first_imgDivock Origi has admitted that is happy at Liverpool and wants to remain at the club and develop under Jurgen Klopp’s charge. Loading… Origi also revealed what it felt like to score a Champions League final winning goal, adding: “I took a lot of pleasure from that moment. It was a very calm moment. “I was able to connect with the supporters. I saw their facial expressions. It is a feeling that is very difficult to explain. “[Andy] Robertson jumped on my back, Fabinho joined and Virgil [van Dijk]. Unbelievable. “The more days pass, the more I can enjoy it. It’s like wine, it matures with time.” Meanwhile, Kylian Mbappe is said to be considering a massive new PSG deal that would reportedly put him on the same salary tier as £600,000-a-week Neymar. read also:Liverpool closing in on £110m double deal for Lille’s Soumare, Osimhen The hottest property in world football has been strongly linked with moves to both Liverpool and Real Madrid this summer, but it appears that the French giants are ready to throw their financial might at the 21-year-old in an effort to make him stay. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Belgian international striker signed a long-term deal last summer, following his crucial goals throughout the 2018/19 campaign. Origi scored the all-important Anfield brace which helped down Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League last year, and it was his strike against Tottenham which sealed Liverpool’s sixth title in Madrid back in June. Speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws, as cited by Goal, the 25-year-old admitted he wants to keep improving at Anfield and is not interested in looking for a regular starting job elsewhere – despite Liverpool’s links to the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Timo Werner. “I am a better player than last year,” the forward explained. “Klopp has given me the space to develop myself. “I always listen to my instinct and continue to work. We have spoken with Liverpool and we have a nice course ahead of us. I just want to get better here. “It is a project for me and I want to follow it. I don’t know how long I will do that. I feel that I am making progress, so it was a pity that the season stopped [due to coronavirus].” Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Rihanna Museum Is Probably Opening SoonThe Best Cars Of All TimeLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!last_img read more

IMCA Racing returns at Open Wheel Nationals

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. was the IMCA Modified winner at Park Jefferson Speedway’s much anticipated Open Wheels Nationals. (Photo by Jim Steffens) JEFFERSON, S.D. (April 25) – Dirt track racing made its much anticipated return Saturday night at Park Jefferson Speedway’s Open Wheel Nationals. The feature stayed green following a lap three caution and Thornton ran with lapped traffic the last nine times around the oval. He pulled away as a multi-car tussle for second ensued behind him. Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Robby Sawyer; 4. Chris Abelson; 5. Jim Thies; 6. Jacob Hobscheidt; 7. Sean Barragan; 8. Kelly Shryock; 9. Joel Rust; 10. Jake McBirnie; 11. Jim Cole; 12. Kenny Wallace; 13. Ken Schrader; 14. Tyler Madigan; 15. Grey Ferrando; 16. Kyle Brown; 17. Aaron Johnson; 18. Matt Bonine; 19. Jason Schneiders; 20. Jordy Nelson; 21. Chris Mills; 22. Jay Noteboom; 23. Shane DeMey; 24. Ricky Stephan. Fourteenth starting Robby Sawyer was scored second most of the way before 11th starting Jeff Taylor snuck by to take the runner-up finish by all of .023 of a second.center_img Already a Fast Shafts Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate, Thornton made his charge from seventh starting and caught Sean Barrigan for the lead on the sixth of 25 laps. Chris Abelson started 10th and finished fourth while Jim Thies completed the top five.  Ricky Thornton Jr. outran a star-filled field, representing nine states, for the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win. The first sporting event of any kind held in much of the country this spring, the Open Wheel Nationals played out in front of an empty grandstand but with a worldwide audience watching online.last_img read more

Dalman: I’m not leaving Cardiff

first_img A turbulent campaign ultimately saw the Bluebirds relegated back to the Championship, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Malky Mackay as manager midway through the season. But in a statement published on the club’s official website on Friday, Dalman said: ” What nonsense. The article reporting on my future at Cardiff is total nonsense. “I have no plan to go anywhere and will continue to play a role in the future of Cardiff City Football Club.” Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman has dismissed as “total nonsense” a report suggesting he is planning to step down from his role at the Welsh club. The report claimed that Dalman could leave the Bluebirds to concentrate on other business commitments. Dalman joined the club’s board in January 2012 and became chairman 18 months later as Cardiff prepared for a first season in the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more