Revive GE and also help Puerto Rico

Revive GE and also help Puerto Rico

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen we hear that large portions of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are still without power, we wonder why Congress has not asked for bids to rectify the situation.Would that Rep. Paul Tonko might propose such an idea and help resurrect General Electric.Instead, Schenectady is home to a huge corporate cemetery where thousands of anonymous heroes  must be heard groaning like ghosts amid the abandoned buildings. After all, GE gave the world light and power, built the Panama Canal and, some think, won World War II. One can only wonder what went wrong.David ChildsJohnstown More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: 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 intimidationlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 19

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGroup hopes to spark interest in baseballAs president of the Schenectady Ole Timers Baseball Club (SOTBC), I would like to bring to everyone’s attention a very positive activity happening this August designed to reignite interest in youth baseball in Schenectady. SOTBC was founded in 1992 and today has more than 160 members. While we are primarily a social club, we have undertaken a major project designed to encourage the city’s 7- to 12-year-olds to discover the joy of playing baseball. This August, and for each of the next four years, SOTBC is teaming with the city of Schenectady and several prominent local businesses to present a free baseball skills camp. This year’s event is scheduled for Aug. 12 and 13. Schenectady’s Alex Jurczynski, an assistant baseball coach at Princeton University, will serve as camp director. Mayor Gary McCarthy and City Councilman Vince Riggi have cleared the way to make sure the best baseball field in Schenectady, the Buck Ewing “A” Diamond in Central Park, is ready to host the event. An all-star lineup of local businesses has stepped to the plate with sponsor scholarships to ensure the camp is free to all.In addition, these scholarships will cover a portion of each participant’s registration fee for Schenectady Little League or Schenectady Babe Ruth League the following year. Among the major sponsors are SOTBC, Glenville Queen Diner, LTs Grill, OrthoNY, the Schenectady PBA, Paul Moore, CapCom Credit Union and Martin, Harding and Mazzotti.We welcome you to stop by Central Park to watch our future “major leaguers.”Don BlahaNiskayunaRather than shout, get a bicycle bellThis letter is concerning bike trail etiquette, specifically for cyclist passing fellow trail users.I believe it’s time to end the archaic practice of approaching stealthily behind a person or family, getting about 10 feet behind them and shouting, “On your left.”This results in people being shocked out of their meandering bliss, and becoming somewhat stunned, and in that moment forgetting their right from their left. My immediate response to them, as they pass by me, is telling them to “get a bell.”Perhaps bells should be mandatory. I find that at about 50 to 75 yards away, a person with average hearing will respond by moving slightly right and will acknowledge that they know you are coming.There are a lot of walkers, runners and families with small children and dogs who don’t hear a cyclist coming up behind them until they’re right on their heels. I think a pleasant ringing of a bell, rather than a startling shout, would be much more appreciated. So for all the bike trail cyclists out there, please consider getting a bell for your bicycles.Michael WernerRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

Town centres only choice in Hants

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Giant prelets keep Canary Wharf ahead of pack

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Up the Resolution

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Basildon – Unglamorous, but promising

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The word from the street

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The rise of the German REIT

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Indonesia wages war against coronavirus misinformation as hoaxes spread online

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first_imgOther misinformation, such as the notion that drinking boiled garlic water can cure the coronavirus, had also spread on social media, prompting health authorities to reassert that no vaccines or medicines have been developed as of yet.”Please don’t immediately forward information that is still not verified yet,” Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate advised the public during a press conference on Monday.The ministry had taken steps to fight against the spread of misinformation by blocking internet content that disseminated the hoaxes, Antara reported.The ministry also regularly submits posts that counter hoaxes on its website kominfo.go.id. Topics : Read also: As coronavirus misinformation spreads on social media, Facebook removes postsJohnny said it was currently mulling over sending information to smartphone users through text messages in SMS blasts to alert the public about avoiding dubious sources.The ministry’s director general of information applications, Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, said the government in cooperation with the police would take stern action against those who disseminated false information.Previously, social media giant Facebook announced that it would fight against misinformation, saying in a blog post that it would take down content about the virus “with false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities,” Reuters reported.Chinese authorities confirmed on Monday that the coronavirus had killed at least 360 in China – exceeding the death toll of 349 in the mainland from the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak. More than 16,400 people in more than 20 countries had been infected with the virus, AFP reported. (afr)center_img The Indonesian government has decided to wage a war against misinformation about China’s deadly coronavirus on social media, as dozens of hoaxes about the new virus have been circulating online over the past two weeks.The Communications and Information Ministry revealed on Monday that 54 hoaxes about the novel coronavirus – which was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan – disseminated on social media platforms and messaging apps from Jan. 23 to Feb. 3.According to the ministry, the hoaxes include false information that some patients in Indonesia had died after being infected by the coronavirus, despite the fact that the archipelago has yet to confirm any cases to date.last_img read more

Thailand shooting: Soldier who killed 20 shot dead in shopping mall siege

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first_imgPolice have identified the suspected shooter as 32-year-old soldier Jakrapanth Thomma.The killings began at around 3 p.m. (0800 GMT) on Saturday when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then to the mall, posting messages on Facebook as he went.Thai media said the suspected shooter had worked at an army base close to Nakhon Ratchasima, which is about 250 km (155 miles) from the capital Bangkok. Before the attack, Jakrapanth had posted on his Facebook account that he was out for vengeance — but he did not say for what.A provincial health official told a news conference that a total of 20 people had been killed and 42 wounded, revising down an earlier figure of 21 dead given by other officials. “We don’t know why he did this. It appears he went mad,” Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit told Reuters.Overnight, soldiers and police stormed into the mall and escorted hundreds of trapped people to safety.”It was frightening because I could hear the occasional gunshot…we waited a long time for the police to come and help us, many hours,” said Suvanarat Jirattanasakul, 27, her voice trembling after she emerged.The mall was busy with shoppers on a long weekend for the Buddhist Makha Bucha holiday.CCTV footage from inside the mall posted on social media showed the gunman dressed in black and wearing a mask, his gun slung over his shoulder with no sign of other people around.Facebook said it had removed the suspect’s account.”There is no place on Facebook for people who commit this kind of atrocity, nor do we allow people to praise or support this attack,” a Facebook representative said in a statement.Major shootings are rare in the Southeast Asian country other than in the far south, where a decades-old insurgency persists.  Thai security forces on Sunday shot and killed a rogue soldier who went on a rampage in a shopping mall in a northeastern city, ending an overnight siege after a series of attacks that left at least 20 people dead.Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed the soldier had been shot dead at the Terminal 21 mall in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima.”Thank you police and army for ending the situation. Shooter shot dead!!!” Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said in a post on Facebook. Police and the army also said he had been killed.center_img Topics :last_img read more