Lady Liberty replica belongs in Goose Hill

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The new Gateway Plaza in downtown Schenectady is looking great. I love the open space and the well designed connectivity between the college, the college housing, downtown, and the Stockade. The design is attractive and really opened the area up nicely in a very functional way.The Statue of Liberty that was there doesn’t fit in with this new design and should be relocated. This Lady Liberty replica was purchased by the Goose Hill Boy Scout Troop 66 in the early 1950s. For that reason the idea of returning it to Goose Hill is especially poignant. There are several veterans living in the Goose Hill neighborhood who were a part of that Boy Scout troop. What better tribute to them?Lady Liberty will be respectfully placed in a spot that has a 360 degree visibility from foot and automobile, and incorporated into the planned Goose Hill Veterans memorial.Yates School, just one block away, will have a tangible reminder of the history of democracy, freedom, military and community service; students of that school, who are frequent users of Steinmetz Park, will learn further about the contributions immigrants (many of whom live in Goose Hill) have made to our country and our community. Let’s keep moving forward in our city’s design and accept the changes that are necessary to reflect our progress.JANET CHENSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Walkers: Be aware of your surroundings

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first_imgI am concerned about the safety of pedestrians who feel that they don’t have to be aware of where they are walking. I’m saying this after a person walked out of the grocery store into the line of traffic without looking to see if any cars were coming. The person never looked up from the phone — just kept on walking to the car.Please remember that even though a car needs to stop at a crosswalk, it doesn’t give the walker permission to just blindly walk out into traffic.A walker still needs to be aware of the surroundings. Sherry HuzarGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

PW scoops top awards

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No quick fix for Tory misrule

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Out for discussion

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Confusion as delays mar Iowa White House contest

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first_imgAs the waiting dragged on, the candidates seized the chance to speak directly to voters with live television addresses — each making the so far indisputable claim to have beaten expectations.”When those results are announced I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa,” Sanders told loudly cheering supporters.”Tonight in this enormously consequential 2020 election, the first state in the country has voted, and today marks the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.”‘Feeling good’ Biden likewise rallied his supporters, telling them: “It’s going to be a long night, but I’m feeling good.” “So it’s on to New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, well beyond. We’re in this for the long haul.”Senator Amy Klobuchar struck a similarly upbeat tone, saying: “We know there’s delays but we know one thing, we are punching above our weight!” Typically at 11:00 pm in Iowa on the night of a caucus, the large majority of results would already be reported.One party official took matters into his own hands, announcing the results of his precinct via social media.”I’ve been on hold for over an hour to report the results,” tweeted Shawn Sebastian, the caucus secretary for Story County Precinct 1-1. He reported that final results from his caucus showed Sanders with 116 votes, Senator Elizabeth Warren with 82 and former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg with 73.Sanders and Biden had been leading the polls in Iowa, followed by centrist Buttigieg and progressive Warren. But polling has fluctuated and Iowa’s caucus system — where voting is not by secret ballot but by public declaration for a candidate — can make the night hard to predict.Unlike secret ballot voting, caucus-goers publicly declare their presidential choice by standing together with other supporters of a candidate.Candidates who reach 15 percent support earn delegates for the nomination race while supporters of candidates who fall short can shift to others.- Sanders ahead -As the White House nomination race kicked off in Iowa, another hugely consequential political process was nearing its conclusion: the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, the man Democrats hope to see off in the election exactly nine months away.Trump is almost certain to be acquitted Wednesday by the Republican-led chamber on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.Three Democratic candidates — Sanders, Warren and moderate Amy Klobuchar — have faced the unprecedented scenario of spending much of the past two weeks tethered to Washington for the impeachment trial instead of on the campaign trail.Even at the 11th hour, the senators were obligated to return to Washington for the trial’s closing arguments Monday.Biden — who still holds the lead in national polls — spent the weekend crisscrossing Iowa in a final push to convince undecided voters he is best placed to accomplish Democrats’ number one goal: defeating Trump.The president has not stood idly by. On Sunday he branded Biden “Sleepy Joe” and described Sanders as “a communist,” previewing a likely line of attack were Sanders to win the nomination.Running virtually unchallenged, Trump himself was “overwhelmingly” confirmed as the Republican nominee in Iowa Monday, the party said.Topics : In a statement read on US networks, Mandy McClure, communications director at the Iowa Democratic Party, said further checks were ordered after “inconsistencies” were found in the reporting of three sets of results.”This is simply a reporting issue,” he said, denying there was “a hack or an intrusion” — as Republicans including Donald Trump Jr rushed to suggest either incompetence or foul play by the Democratic leadership.Held across nearly 1,700 sites, the Iowa vote offers a critical early look at the viability of the 11 Democrats still in the race — even though just 41 delegates are up for grabs, a fraction of the 1,991 needed to secure the nomination in July.It appeared the delays may have been exacerbated by new rules that the state’s Democratic Party instituted after the 2016 election that now require caucuses to report three sets of numerical data rather than one set previously. Americans kicked off the first vote of the 2020 presidential race Monday in Iowa, but delayed results in the state’s Democratic caucuses triggered hours-long waits and growing confusion on the ground.Iowa is a closely-watched test for the frontrunners, far-left Senator Bernie Sanders and moderate former vice president Joe Biden, in the months-long process to determine who will face President Donald Trump in November.But with organizers yet to publish any official results four hours in, the tension was palpable among caucus-goers and Democratic campaigns — while in television studios news anchors were left filling in the blanks with guesswork.last_img read more

PREMIUMFace mask shortage: Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong seek help from home

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first_imgLinkedin Facebook Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here As face masks in Hong Kong become more expensive and harder to find, Indonesian migrant workers are turning to families and friends at home to send them face masks that have become a necessity to help protect against coronavirus.A migrant worker from East Java’s Blitar, Anis SD, took to a Blitar-community Facebook group to complain about how she was struggling to find face masks and instant food that are fast running out in stores in Hong Kong. She also uploaded a picture of messy shelves at a convenience store in Hong Kong.”Face masks and instant food, such as noodles, have been scarce in recent days,” Anis told The Jakarta Post.She said that China-made face masks were still available at some stores but they were offered at six times the normal price despite their low quality. Following advice from fellow migrant workers, she decided to ask her family in Blitar… Log in with your social account Topics : coronavirus #coronavirus #HongKong coronavirus-mask-rush Hong-Kong Indonesian-migrant-workers MigrantWorkers #migrant-workerslast_img read more

Washington state confirms 2nd US coronavirus death; New York reports first case

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first_img“The patient has respiratory symptoms, but is not in serious condition and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York,” Cuomo said.Harborview Medical Center’s home assessment team, including (L-R) John Lynch, Santiago Neme, and Krista Reitberg hold protective and testing supplies, while preparing to visit the home of a person potentially exposed to novel coronavirus, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, U.S. February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/David Ryder)At the federal level, President Donald Trump’s administration scrambled on Sunday to reassure Americans as the disease spreads and businesses cancel conferences and flights.Administration officials tried to calm market fears that the coronavirus could cause a global recession, saying the public had overreacted and that stocks would bounce back because of the underlying strength of the US economy. Health officials in Washington state said on Sunday a second person infected with the coronavirus had died there, while New York’s governor said his state confirmed its first case of the illness.The Washington death was in the Seattle area and was reported on the website of the Seattle and King County public health department. On Saturday, the same officials reported the first death from coronavirus in the United States.New York state confirmed its first positive coronavirus test, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday night. He wrote on Twitter that a woman in her 30s contracted coronavirus during a recent trip to Iran and was in quarantine in her home. He did not say where the woman lived, but the New York Times, citing unnamed state officials, said the woman was in New York City. Washington state on Sunday confirmed two other cases at a long-term care facility where a resident and a worker also tested positive forcoronavirus and 50 residents and staff were showing symptoms.Over 70 cases have been reported in the United States, with most on the West Coast but new cases in the Chicago area and Rhode Island, aside from New York.Stock markets plunged last week, with an index of global stocks setting its largest weekly fall since the 2008 financial crisis, and more than $5 trillion wiped off the value of stocks worldwide.A key energy conference in Houston that brings together oil ministers and energy firms was canceled on Sunday with the organizers of CERAWeek noting that border health checks were becoming more restrictive and companies had begun barring non-essential travel to protect workers.A world economy conference with Pope Francis due to take place in Italy later this month was also canceled.U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions ftom the audience during a news conference on the coronavirus outbreak with U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield and U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)’WE’RE READY’Trump said on Sunday that travelers to the United States from countries at high risk of coronavirus would be screened before boarding and on arrival, without specifying which countries.Delta Air Lines Inc said on Sunday it was suspending until May flights to Milan in northern Italy where most of that country’s coronavirus cases have been reported. Flights will continue to Rome. American Airlines Group Inc announced a similar move late on Saturday.The United States has 75,000 test kits for coronavirus and will expand that number “radically” in coming weeks, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.Vice President Mike Pence said the government had contracted 3M Co to produce an extra 35 million respiratory masks a month. He urged Americans not to buy the masks, which he said were only needed by healthcare workers. Honeywell International Inc is the other major US mask producer.He also told Fox News that clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine would start in six weeks but that a vaccine would likely not be available this season.Democrats, who will challenge Trump for the presidency in the Nov. 3 election, have criticized his administration for downplaying the crisis and not preparing for the disease to spread in the United States.Pence, whom Trump appointed last week to run the White House’s coronavirus response, said Americans should brace for more cases but that the “vast majority” of those who contracted the disease would recover.”Other than in areas where there are individuals that have been infected with the coronavirus, people need to understand that for the average American, the risk does remain low. We’re ready,” Pence told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”The United States has imposed limits on travelers who have visited Iran and recommended against travel to hard-hit areas of Italy and South Korea.Trump said on Saturday that the United States was also considering shutting the country’s southern border with Mexico to control the spread of the virus, adding: “We hope we won’t have to do that.”Mexico has reported four coronavirus cases. Its Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that both governments were in “close and effective communication, especially the health authorities.”Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesian Embassy in New Zealand limits services as country in lockdown

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first_imgThe Indonesian Embassy in Wellington, New Zealand has decided to limit consular services following the country’s recent move to increase the alert level against the COVID-19 pandemic to 4.The New Zealand government started a month-long nationwide lockdown on Wednesday to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. The country recorded 262 confirmed cases by Thursday. With the move, the Indonesian Embassy followed suit by adjusting the operations of its services for Indonesians living in New Zealand.”The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington will stop some of its services from Thursday,” Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Tantowi Yahya said as reported by kompas.com, adding that the situation would persist until further notice. Some staff members would take turns standing by at the office to serve only the urgent needs of Indonesian citizens in the country.”Indonesian nationals who need urgent help can first contact us via a WhatsApp hotline at +6421713167,” Tantowi said.The embassy also provided links to those wanting to get updated information on the COVID-19 situation in both Indonesia and New Zealand. They can access safetravel.id or covid19.go.id. The website covid19.govt.nz offers the latest information on the spread of the coronavirus.He called on Indonesian nationals staying in New Zealand to remain at home and follow regulations issued by the New Zealand government. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19: Pertamina Foundation provides lunch for healthcare workers at referral hospital

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first_imgRead also: 5 ways nutrition could help your immune system fight off the coronavirusThe hospital’s emergency unit supervisor, Hari Sutikno, said the hospital staff appreciated the donations, as paramedics were urged to remain within the hospital complex to adhere to physical distancing measures. The foundation previously distributed hand sanitizers to Islamic boarding schools and orphanages, as well as set up portable sinks at the Kemayoran athletes village makeshift emergency hospital for COVID-19 cases in Jakarta. “We shall all work together in helping healthcare workers who have worked hard as the front-liners in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Agus.Topics : The Pertamina Foundation has been providing lunches for healthcare workers at Pertamina General Hospital in Jakarta since March 16 and will continue to do so for the next three weeks.The hospital, under Pertamina Group, is among 132 referral hospitals for COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. “We are very grateful for the hardworking medical workers who have been treating COVID-19 patients. Therefore, we’re providing them with lunch for three weeks, starting from March 16. We appreciate the generosity of all donors,” Pertamina Foundation president director Agus Mashud S. Asngari said in a statement on Monday.last_img read more