Gun ban won’t solve our violence problem

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I see once again the city of Saratoga Springs has banned the sale of guns at the City Center. While they are at it, they should also pass a law banning the sale of guns any place in the city. I feel since the city of Saratoga Springs thinks that gun sales are the problem, then all legal gun owners should stop spending any of their money in Saratoga Springs.Since they don’t want the gun show, then they don’t want gun owners in their city. Anyone who thinks that stopping people from owning guns didn’t watch the news when they took a truck and ran into crowds in New York City, Paris, etc.I had to do an investigation at work where an individual killed 89 people using gasoline and a match. They will find a way, no matter what you can do.ROBERT ZURLOBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb.7

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDress code says a lot about DemocratsAnd, on it goes. Female members of Congress promoted a dress code when the president gave his State of the Union Address. Nothing wrong with that. Nursing home needs more than open doorWhile I was pleased to see your paper take an interest in the nursing home and rehab center on Altamont Avenue and give credit for an administrator putting forth an “open door policy,” this is at odds with what I hear routinely. We have an elderly friend who has fallen several times and even recently had to be found by visitors lying on the cold floor feeling frightened that no one would come.His family members are active, even in his personal care, and have had to slip notes under administrators’ doors to urge clinical evaluation for illness requiring IV therapy noted only by them. They ask for meetings and hear nothing back.An open door is a beginning, but new kinds of staff are also needed, not just more staff. RNs should know every resident’s plan of care and risks. Thanks to firefighter for life-saving actionOn Jan. 27, I was at a family birthday dinner and began choking. I was definitely in distress. Luckily, Firefighter Dan Farstad was also at dinner and just a couple of feet from me. Dan immediately came to my aid and saved my life.On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for your quick thinking, your tireless training, for never leaving my side and for risking your life every day. Whether it be white in support of women’s rights or black to give a more solemn tone, we all know that the color of one’s clothing cannot hide the blatant animosity toward the winner of the last presidential election.From the halls of Congress, we are still able to detect the smirks of resentment, which makes me think that clown suits and big shoes might have been more appropriate.Perhaps a harlequin outfit with pointy hats would have fit the bill. But, one thing is sure: If Congress, both men and women, are going to act like buffoons instead of taking care of business, maybe they should dress the part.  Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs Schenectady doesn’t need new courtroom “Schenectady City Court is very busy with annual filings in excess of 18,000, in a jurisdiction with a population of 65,000, which is why we maintain that the city of Schenectady needs to provide us with a suitable court facility as they are mandated to do,” said Lucian Chalfen, public information director, New York State Unified Court System.Schenectady’s Mayor Gary McCarthy has suggested the city could survive with three City Court judges and that there’s no need to create another courtroom. So, why does the state’s court system care about that? The new courtroom will cost about $3 million, a lot for Schenectady’s citizens. In 1970, the city had a tad shy of 78,000 citizens and just one City Court judge.In 2017, the Schenectady City Court judges earned over $184,000 (base rate $175,000) because they were so “busy” they volunteered to do work as “Acting County Court” judges.There was not an excess of 18,000 annual filings in Schenectady City Court in 2018. There were 16,022, a miscalculation of nearly 20 percent.   Writer is off mark on abortion law, womenThis is in response to Denise Crisci’s Jan. 23 letter. FYI abortion is not murder. It’s a personal healthcare issue, so says the law. The writer mentioned Hitler, comparing his World War II atrocities (mutilation, starvation, torture, death) to the procedure of removing fertilized cells, which are biological, immature, non-breathing non-conscience cells.How dare you. In my world, it’s a hell of a difference between the two. And you know what might help your cause?Hearing that you personally work/volunteer with women who have to make these decisions. How can I claim to feel no guilt in letting people make the choice without high and mighty ‘religious’ zealous guilt? They should roam and monitor, but should also actively pitch in, teaching as they model care, focusing on prevention and follow-up. Legislative staffing mandates are not sufficient. They are necessary first steps ahead of Starbucks, Netflix, cocktail hours and live music. Betty PieperScotiacenter_img This is for all the times no one comes back to say that to you.It’s not taken for granted, I promise you. That goes to all of our firefighters, EMT and police. Thank you for what you do, every day!Patricia ZentkoRotterdam The year 2018 represents a decline in filings of 24 percent over 2010,  when there were two or three City Court judges.The judges have had a 69 percent increase in pay in seven years. Why is the Unified Court System interested in Schenectady? The Unified Court System’s interest and false narrative hits a little too close to what used to be my home. These courts aren’t provided for the Unified Court System. They exist for Schenectadians. Mayor McCarthy was right.Michael FriedmanLa Quinta, Calif.The writer is the former president of the Albany County Bar Association. Because “we” who have been ‘allowed’ to live are making life better for living beings, not obsessing and butting into other people’s business. I personally have volunteered in several life-affirming causes. Mentoring Mothers (working with pregnant women who have no inner circle to guide them), Partners in Caring (help for elders), Mentally challenged ‘Buddy’ and Fresh Air Fund to name a few.I’m also an elder/disabled/daycare provider. You also assume it’s only Democrats who ‘celebrate’ the removal of zygotes. I hate to tell you that people of all walks of life agree that abortion is a personal decision. Until I reside in a world that takes priority to care for living babies, children and adults, I refuse to bow to misguided buttinskies who preach about saving the unborn. Make a difference in feeling, breathing lives. They could use the help.And those ‘long lasting effects’ (of abortions) I can answer to honestly, instead of hypocrisy. Elizabeth Lerner Richmondville Pelosi comment puts real divide on displayNo matter our personal politics, the comment by the Speaker of the House regarding the location of the State of the Union address says a lot.When she referred to the Capitol, she said, “not in MY house.”This shows how great is the divide between our legislators and “We the people…”Susan CromerWaterfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 In republic, all people are subject to laws“The true and only definition of a republic is a government in which all men, rich and poor, magistrates and subjects, officers and people, masters and servants, the first citizen and the last, are equally subject to the laws.” — John Adams 1787.Fred AmesMaltalast_img read more

Entente cordiale

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Allen & Overy to sign in City

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Brown damns tax avoidance

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Keeping up with Cardiff

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CSFB grades Ashtenne as best

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China retreats online to weather coronavirus storm

first_img“We just helped an art education school open online painting classes, and are also helping another music school to open virtual classes,” Yang said.”More kids in third- and fourth-tier cities are increasingly taking our online courses because of the outbreak. In the past, most users came from first-tier cities [such as Beijing and Shanghai].”The online migration received an implicit endorsement from President Xi Jinping, who on Monday was shown on the nightly state television news broadcast watched by tens of millions giving a pep talk to medical staff in the contagion epicenter city of Wuhan via Huawei WeLink.The virus, which has killed more than 1,100 people and infected nearly 45,000, has shuttered factories across the country and is forecast to cut Chinese economic growth.But China’s highly developed online sector and population of more than 850 million mobile internet consumers may soften the blow.The similar Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome of 2003 is widely credited with helping to kickstart e-commerce development in China, and the coronavirus also is expected to “further the long-term structural shift” to an online economy, said S&P Global Ratings.Hospitals, overwhelmed by people seeking a virus test at the first sign of sniffles, have pivoted to online telemedicine to help sort through the patients, with tens of millions of consultations taking place, state media said.Countless museums and cultural sites have been closed, but many including Beijing’s Forbidden City and the terracotta warriors in Xi’an have put exhibits online or created new virtual tours, and animal lovers can watch the Beijing Zoo’s pandas on social media.Even China’s foreign ministry briefing – the government’s primary daily interface with the outside world – has been converted into an online Q&A.With schools nationwide shut until March, online learning has received a particular jolt. Institutions are scrambling to comply with an Education Ministry order to “stop classes, but don’t stop learning.”Grace Wu, whose nine-year-old daughter Charlotte attends the now-shuttered Shanghai American School, had faced the prospect of a lengthy learning break with the family “self-quarantining” at home.”It’s like kind of a double worry. We worry first about the virus…  the second worry is about learning,” Wu said.But the school last week re-launched lessons online until normality returns.Charlotte and her classmates have embraced the situation, even organizing a virtual birthday party on video-conferencing platform Zoom.”It’s a birthday party in the cloud,” said Wu, a 37-year-old blogger.Alibaba said that as of Monday, schools in more than 300 cities across 30 provinces were utilizing a classroom function, with participating students totaling 50 million.It has not all been smooth.Users across the country complained last week that major Chinese platforms were glitch-prone or crashed frequently due to heavy traffic, sending providers scrambling to shore up their networks.Alibaba told state media it had installed more than 10,000 new cloud servers in response.Some providers were creating new features such as allowing users to blur their backgrounds to avoid looking “unprofessional” by logging in from their living rooms.Chinese already are deeply connected to their mobile phones, going online to shop, order meals, find partners, pay bills and express themselves.Wang Guanxin, an instructor with iTutorGroup, said this would only grow as a result of the virus.Speaking after a video-conference training session he gave to a wall-length bank of 36 Chinese-language instructors on screen at the company’s Shanghai offices – including one woman who lay in bed in red pajamas – Wang said the virus was a “turning point” for his industry.”Objectively speaking, it will allow people who didn’t really trust or rely on online learning to change their views,” he said.Topics : Virus-phobia has sent hundreds of millions of Chinese flocking to online working options, with schools, businesses, government departments, medical facilities – even museums and zoos – wrapping themselves in the digital cloud for protection.China remains in crisis mode weeks after the epidemic exploded, with much of the country shut down and the government pushing work-from-home policies to prevent people gathering together.That has been a boon for telecommuting platforms developed by Chinese tech giants such as Alibaba, Tencent and Huawei, which have suddenly leapt to the ranks of China’s most-downloaded apps, leaving them scrambling to cope with the increased demand. Tencent said its office collaboration app WeChat Work has seen a year-on-year tenfold increase in service volume since February 10, when much of the country officially came back from a virus-extended Lunar New Year holiday.Alibaba’s DingTalk has observed the highest traffic in its five-year existence, company officials told state media, with around 200 million people using it to work from home.Huawei said its WeLink platform is experiencing a fiftyfold increase, with more than one million new daily users coming on board.Eric Yang, chief executive of Shanghai-based iTutorGroup, which operates a range of online courses, said his company’s business has surged 215 percent.last_img read more

Polish environment minister has coronavirus

first_img“The test result was positive. I feel fine. I send my thanks to medical workers and express solidarity with everyone who’s ill,” the married father-of-one added. Other infected global politicians include French Culture Minister Franck Riester, Spanish Equality Minister Irene Montero and Iranian Vice President Massoumeh Ebtekar. Topics : Poland’s Environment Minister Michal Wos said Monday he was under quarantine after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, adding that he was feeling fine. The EU nation of 38 million people has 156 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including three deaths. It has shut its borders to foreign travellers and closed schools, among other precautionary measures.”After a state forest employee with whom I had contact was found to have coronavirus yesterday, I went under quarantine and took the test,” the 29-year-old Wos said on Twitter.last_img read more

Tourism Ministry, Blue Bird team up to provide transportation for medical workers

first_imgThe Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry and taxi operator Blue Bird have agreed to cooperate in providing transportation services for medical workers who are treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta.With the collaboration, Blue Bird will provide a total of seven buses and one minibus to transport medical workers between Gatot Soebroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), a COVID-19 referral hospital, and their hotels.“This aims to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for medical workers who have been carrying out their duties on the frontline by treating COVID-19 patients,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandion said in Jakarta on Tuesday. Blue Bird director Sigit Priawan Djokosoetomo said the buses and minibus could accommodate around 260 medical workers.Sigit said that Blue Bird’s crew and drivers would take several measures to ensure all crew members are healthy, with temperature checks part of daily protocol. The vehicles will also be routinely disinfected before and after trips.“We also provide hand sanitizers and hand gloves in every vehicle as well face masks […] for all of our drivers,” Sigit said.In addition to Blue Bird, the ministry is also cooperating with hotels to provide places to stay for medical workers who are treating COVID-19 patients. The collaboration was made possible after the ministry reallocated its budget and shifted its focus toward slowing the spread of COVID-19.With the collaboration, the ministry hopes that it will also help the transportation and hotel industries to survive the economic situation. Transportation and tourism are among the sectors that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus. Topics :last_img read more