Route 7 not too ‘precious’ for memorial

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m absolutely appalled by all of the opposition to the Holocaust memorial.Since when is Route 7, Troy-Schenectady Road, so “precious?” There’s a cemetery, strip mall and all kinds of commercial buildings along that road. And why should it be hidden? The Holocaust happened, folks, and it should be memorialized.Niskayuna is definitely not Rodeo Drive. What nonsense.PHYLLIS CHAPMANGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, August 13

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems will deprive us of our freedomsWhen I was young, I was inspired by the words in the Declaration of Independence that proclaimed “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” That proclamation is different now, at least for the present-day Democrats in governments across the land. They advocate “abortion, dependency and the pursuit of political power.”  If you support abortion, are not worried about dependency and if you don’t mind losing many of your freedoms to the government, then be sure to vote for Democrats in 2020.Richard ColyerSchoharieSomeone rein in Trump’s obsessionsHow ironic that President rump is able to generate some patriotism so late in life after no such display 50 years ago, as shown on his bone spurs deferment.Some freshmen congresswomen, aka, The Squad, have stoked the patriotic president’s ire. He wished they return to their countries of origin: Massachusetts, New York and Michigan. Three of The Squad are originally from here. Trump’s Squad squawking is the same old venomous squawk, different day. His obsessive desire to malign and denigrate these freshmen representatives could be construed as a kind of perseveration associated with some kind of disorder or one with diminished capacity. This could be a very worrisome affliction that may warrant a professional evaluation. His obsessive “spew du jour” is toxic and divisive. Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Cummings, Rev. Sharpton and others are in his revengeful, unstable cross-hairs. A professional evaluation seems justified to assess if he is fit to be the president or is he a misfit?His Twitter assaults have become a repugnant read for this independent. Trump certainly qualifies as a man in need of supervision. Is anyone left in the White House to whom he will listen? Time for problem-solving, not making more.John CoffenbergDelansonBDS discriminatory;  condemnation validMatt Oill’s August 4 letter (“BDS ban violates right to free speech”) claims that the recent House approval of a bill condemning the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement is an attack on free speech. The Gazette title refers to a “BDS ban.” Both are incorrect. People who want to engage in boycott actions against Israel are free to do so. The House bill simply, and correctly, identifies BDS as a movement that “promotes principles of collective guilt, mass punishment and group isolation, which are destructive of prospects for progress towards peace.” It was passed by a 398-17 vote, a rare and welcome bit of bipartisanship.Oill asserts that BDS doesn’t seek to “delegitimize Israel.” But that’s exactly the core mission of BDS. In 2013, Omar Barghouti, the BDS founder, said: “Most definitely we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine.”Oill also believes that BDS does not “target the Jewish faith.” But in fact, BDS denies that the Jewish people have any historic claim to the land of Israel. What does it tell you about a movement that it claims there weren’t any Jews in ancient Israel? It’s worse than weird, no?BDS leaders and proponents engage in age-old anti-Jewish bigotry, like claims that Jews secretly control the world and care only about money. BDS receives funding and other support from organizations tied to known terrorist groups, most notably Hamas.Many well-meaning Americans want to believe BDS is a nonviolent rights campaign. But wishing doesn’t make it so. Jessica Hornik EvansAlplausMore 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: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Niche market

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The battle of MEPC

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The Great Real estate escape

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British Land set for Broadgate rent battle

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Govt procures water buses to support Lake Toba tourism, 2020 PON in Papua

first_imgPON in Papua will see athletes compete in 37 sports in Jayapura city, as well as in the regencies of Jayapura, Mimika and Merauke, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2.Lake Toba is one of the central government’s super-priority tourism destinations, which also include Borobudur in Central Java, Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara, Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Likupang in North Sulawesi.According to the ministry’s online procurement system, Tri Ratna Diesel will build the water buses for Lake Sentani, which will cost about Rp 19 billion (US$1.3 million), while Trisetia Cipta Persada will build the waterbuses for Lake Toba for about Rp 10.4 billion.The Sentani water bus procurement contract will end on Sept. 17, while the Lake Toba water bus contract will finish on Dec.18, according to the ministry’s river, lake, and crossing director Chandra Irawan.“These waterbuses are prototype boats and are the first boats procured by the ministry’s Land Transportation Directorate General. All water buses will be built and equipped according to the boat classification regulation,” Chandra said.“We hope that the two water buses can support PON 2020, which will be held in Jayapura, and can be used by local residents as a safe transportation system or to boost local tourism,” Budi said. (mpr)Topics : The Transportation Ministry has procured four water buses to carry visitors on Lake Toba in North Sumatra and Sentani Lake in Papua. The latter is where the 2020 National Games (PON) are set to take place. Each lake will soon see the operation of two water buses, which are currently in development by shipbuilding companies PT Trisetia Cipta Persada in Surabaya and PT Tri Ratna Diesel Paciran in Lamongan, the ministry’s land transportation director general Budi Setiyadi said.“Lake Sentani’s water buses can transport 100 people each, while Lake Toba’s water buses can transport 150 people each,” Budi said during the keel-laying ceremony at the Tri Ratna shipyard, which marked the start of the shipbuilding process.last_img read more

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South Africa coronavirus cases exceed 1,000, first two dead reported

first_imgCases of coronavirus in South Africa passed 1,000 on Friday, the health ministry said, while also reporting its first two deaths on the first day of a three-week, nationwide lockdown.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown, which saw Africa’s most industrialized economy largely shudder to a halt overnight, earlier this week.”This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” the health ministry said in a statement, adding cases had risen to more than 1,000, from 927 on Thursday. Both deaths had occurred in the southernmost province of Western Cape, with one in a public hospital and the other in a private hospital, the statement read.The 21-day lockdown came into force at midnight on Thursday, and largely confines people to their homes aside from specific purposes like buying food or for health emergencies.However, local media on Friday morning showed pictures of bustling streets and long queues outside supermarkets in poor townships – where cramped, squalid conditions make social distancing near impossible, and mean the virus could spread quickly among people reliant on an ailing public health system. Topics :last_img read more

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Start-ups, NGOs team up to help people affected by COVID-19

first_imgStart-ups, a crowdfunding platform and non-government organizations (NGOs) have established a charity program to help those who have lost their livelihoods as a result of the partial COVID-19 lockdown.The start-ups, including ride-hailing service provider Grab Indonesia, e-commerce platform Tokopedia and e-wallet service OVO have agreed to open donation channels on their respective platforms from April 17 to May 20 to help the people affected by COVID-19. The money will be given to Indonesia-based crowdfunding platform BenihBaik.BenihBaik and NGOs Gusdurian Network and Pemuda Muhammadiyah – the youth wing of Muhammadiyah – will collect recipient data, buy staple foods such as rice, oil and sugar and distribute them through Grab’s motorcycle taxis. “Our final target is to deliver staple food packages to 100,000 people, especially those who work in informal sectors,” said OVO President Director Karaniya Dharmasaputra during a press conference on Friday.He said that in the first phase, the charity program aimed to reach 15,000 people in Greater Jakarta as it was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.BenihBaik founder and senior journalist Andy F. Noya said that the crowdfunding platform team had data for at least 60,000 aid recipients including those in orphanages and nursing homes. The team is planning to collect similar data in Central and East Java soon.“We are an ecosystem that works together comprehensively, so the aid can be delivered accordingly,” he said.Gusdurian Network coordinator Alissa Wahid said the group sought to help informal workers such as street vendors and performers because they were vulnerable to falling into poverty as they relied on unpredictable daily incomes to survive.As people are pushed to stay indoors during the pandemic, informal workers have lost more than 70 percent of their daily incomes, she said.Grab Indonesia Managing Director Neneng Goenadi said the aid packages would be delivered with a “less-contact” approach following the government’s call for social distancing.Topics :last_img read more

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Komodo National Park welcomes new dragon hatchlings

first_imgHe said there were at least 49 such nests from the total 74 nests on the island.Read also: Tourism will take at least a year to recover from COVID-19 outbreak: EconomistsEast Nusa Tenggara authorities closed down Komodo National Park in March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The park management stated in a circular issued on March 18 that the park would remain closed until May 19.”The restriction is to protect our employees and people living inside the Komodo National Park area from the virus,” Lukita said, adding that the closure would also give the natural environment at the park time to recover from the effects of tourism.West Manggarai Tourism Agency data show that 184,206 people visited the park in 2019, a significant increase from 163,807 visitors in the previous year. Most of them hailed from Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia, among other countries.The coronavirus outbreak, however, has since hit the tourism sector hard with tourists canceling their trips to major destinations, including Komodo National Park. (vny) Komodo National Park in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, welcomed Komodo dragon hatchlings between February and April, when the hatching season of the world’s largest lizard occurs.The park management said it observed the eggs of seven Komodo dragons hatch at four active nests spread across Loh Buaya, the reptiles’ main habitat on Rinca Island.”We cannot identify the exact number of the newly born Komodo dragons as we do not monitor all of the active nests,” park management head Lukita Awang Nisyantara said on Tuesday. Topics :last_img read more

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