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Impressed by talk with juror assistant

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I was recently summoned to serve as a juror in Schenectady. The potential trail for this jury turned out to be a civil matter. It was settled out of court and the summoned were excused.After going through this process, I had several concerns. So I phoned the commissioner of jurors, Nicole M. Salamone and talked to her assistant about my concerns.She told me that Nicole may call me back. In about an hour, I received a call from Nicole. We had a nice conversation and it soon became apparent to me that this woman really cares about her responsibilities. She really wants to do the best job possible for the citizens of Schenectady County.I’m not easily impressed, but this woman is impressive. If we had more public servants like her, we could be in much better shape. Thanks, Nicole.Thomas SingerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Jan. 21

first_imgGet yourself tested for cervical cancerJanuary is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) wants you to take action against cancer.Cervical cancer screening begins at age 21 and is covered under most health plans. But one key reason women don’t get screened is that it’s too difficult to take time off from work.HPV causes nearly all cases of cervical cancer and several other cancers. HPV vaccine prevents about 90% of HPV-related cancers, including cervical. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls beginning at nine through age 26.CPiA works to increase cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination rates in our community. We help employers develop a paid time off benefit allowing employees time off for screenings such as cervical, breast, and colon cancers without having to use accrued time. Studies show this type of benefit is cost-effective; helps employers with a healthier, more productive workforce; lowers direct medical, workers’ compensation and disability costs; and has fewer costs with recruitment and training of new workers.CPiA provides education about the importance of the HPV vaccine to health care providers, dental professionals, parents, and young adults. Since the HPV vaccine has been in use, HPV-related cancers have dropped 71% among young adult women.Learn more about the CPiA program, which is supported with funds from the state of New York and how you can take action against cancer, contact 518-770-6815.Kelsey CarpeAmsterdamThe writer is health education promotions coordinator, Community Cancer Prevention in Action of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties.Everyone should reread Trump letterOn Jan. 17, the Gazette printed a letter by Mr. Don Demarco entitled “Trump rescued us from sleazy politics.” It is truly a letter worth rereading.I, for one, was impressed by Mr. Demarco’s sophisticated mastery of the gray area between good and evil in politics, his appreciation of nuance and, of course, his firm grasp upon, and analysis of, the whole host of relevant facts which bear upon the current political situation.I urge The Gazette to reprint the letter in full so that we, the unenlightened, can learn from Mr. Demarco’s stunningly lucid statement.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyForgiving student debt raises issuesBased on a Jan. 6 column on Betsy DeVos (“Why is it so hard for DeVos to offer relief to students?”) I would ask, is the forgiveness of a debt an act of kindness, relief from the pressure of predatory lenders, a way to make life easier on the borrower that got in over their head, or simply another way for the IRS to declare the debt relief as income to the borrower and tax it as such?Just because it’s student debt doesn’t really differentiate it from any other debt at all. You can argue they were trying to build their future, but isn’t that the same as defaulting on a loan to start a business and having the lender forgive your debt? They are both for building a future.Here’s an example: Let’s say I own a business, buy a building and rent out my business to myself under another corporate name. I charge rent to myself, but in the course of a year things didn’t go as expected and I decided not to pay the rent. I then decide to forgive myself of the debt and move on. No money has ever changed hands, yet it becomes income to me on my tax return.Why should it be any different for student debt? In my opinion it shouldn’t. However, could this be part of the ramifications of forgiving student loans and what is making the whole issue so complicated? There’s more to this issue than meets the eye.Bob BeliveGlenville Regarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training.” We notice that nowhere in this article is the full name of the NAACP spelled out. Is that because “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People” contains the very phrase at the heart of the current controversy embroiling the City Council?It is ironic, if not downright hypocritical, that Councilman John Polimeni is being lambasted for almost-but-not-quite saying “colored people” while actually lauding the council’s diversity as a positive development. He quickly corrected his verbiage, to no avail.In the meantime, perhaps that venerable organization should consider changing its name to “National Association for the Advancement of People of Color.” At the very least, this would avert misunderstanding among the ill-informed, and tidily bring the nomenclature in line with the tenor and temper of the times.Mike FoleyRotterdamRestore Crosstown blood donation siteI was a long-time blood donor, giving 20-1/2 gallons. I quit giving because they closed the donor office in the Crosstown Plaza. I have to stop one medication for 30 days before I give. I need a stable time and place. That is why I don’t give, as I now have to go to different places and I never know when or where. My wife and I would preregister when we gave blood that way. We gave five or six times a year. A lack of giving may be your own doing.David CaseScotiaArena football can still thrive in AlbanyOn Aug 21, 1999, my friends and I were among some 13,000 Albany Firebirds fans cheering them to victory in Arena Bowl XIII. Little did we know that would be their next-to-last season in Albany.The Arena Football League of the early 2000s could never leave well enough alone and had to move any remaining mid-level market teams to major markets, in the quest for the almighty dollar.The Firebirds’ ill-advised move to Indiana came to their inevitable folding in 2004. Meanwhile, we waited 18 years for the return of top-level arena football.And after two years … poof. It was a sad, but predictable end for the AFL. But to those current and prospective sports franchise owners in the Capital Region, I ask, why let Albany’s arena football history die with the AFL?The National Arena League is an East Coast league with seven teams, including former AFL teams in Jacksonville and Orlando. There is even a team in Worcester. Just a thought.Any takers?Michael FondacaroAlbanyGrateful for donors adopting soldiersOn behalf of the non-profit Operation Adopt A Soldier (OAAS), my sincere thanks to all who donated during the run-up to the holiday season. Your concern and love for our troops represent the best in America, and everyone should be proud they brought them some Christmas cheer.We sent more than 1,000 comfort kits to soldiers so they’d arrive before Christmas, and each included a greeting card from area residents — from young students to senior citizens.We informally adopted sailors on a U.S. battleship, whose commanders via social media said the ship couldn’t find even basic necessities at their ports of call. We sent everything from cases of toilet tissue to toothpaste and toothbrushes to snacks, food, games and sports gear.It would be impossible to list all the caring citizens, businesses, organized groups, schools and others that donated.For example, Walmart on Route 9 in Queensbury, in cooperation with OAAS sponsor Nemer Ford, graciously allowed our volunteers to twice collect money and material donations from shoppers. Every donation was accompanied with a smile, holiday wishes and a thank you from the donors. It was especially touching to see parents provide their children with a teachable moment.A special thank you to the Gansevoort post office branch for collecting packages and sending them on a timely basis.Please continue helping OAAS in its year-round effort on behalf of our soldiers, because we’ll be here “until they all come home.”Cliff SeguinSaratoga SpringsThe writer is founder and chairman of OAAS. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNAACP needs to update its namelast_img read more

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Raising the game

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Israeli bank enters City scene with £55m scheme

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Regeneration: A city fit for a swing?

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Behind the bike shed

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MRT, LRT and Transjakarta limit passenger numbers, but resume normal operating hours

first_imgTopics : “We’ll manage our fleet so headway is shorter. MRT cars will arrive every five minutes during rush hour,” he said.Anies urges passengers to maintain distance while waiting for public transportation.”Every passenger should actively practice social distancing. We’ve seen examples in countries where people did not seriously implement social distancing and the virus spread very rapidly. It’s not only about obeying rules, it’s about protecting oneself, protecting others and protecting the public,” he said.Prior to the announcement, the Transportation Ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi, had asked the Jakarta administration to review the policy of restricting public transportation operational hours, saying that it was counterproductive to curb the spread of coronavirus.”I hope the Jakarta administration and the Jakarta Transportation Agency reevaluates the policy. As it has caused long lines and crowding in Transjakarta bus stops. It is counterproductive to the initial goal of preventing the spread of coronavirus in public transportation,” said Budi in a statementHe also said the ministry had urged all public transportation operators in the country to take preventive measures in curbing COVID-19 infections.”We urge [all operators] to tighten their health checkups, provide hand sanitizer, ask passengers to wear masks, reduce vehicle capacity and clean tap-on gates, vehicles’ seats, windows, doors, and handles with disinfectant,” he said. The Jakarta Transportation Agency announced Monday that the city’s public transportation, such as Transjakarta buses, MRT and LRT, would resume normal operations on Tuesday after a policy to restrict their operational hours in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 backfired, causing long lines at stations and bus stops.”We’ll resume normal operating hours but we’ll limit passenger numbers in each mode of transportation,” agency head Syafrin Liputo said on Monday.He said passenger capacity for the MRT would be limited to 360 passengers from 1,200 per trip, while LRT capacity would be limited to 80 people from 270.center_img “For Transjakarta, the passenger limit is 60, previously 150, in articulated buses and 30 passengers in normal buses, previously 80 passengers,” Syafrin said.He also explained that Transjakarta had modified its routes to focus on corridors with high demand.”With the new passenger limit, we will need to increase [bus] supply by 200 percent in corridors with high demand. It means [we’ll reduce service] in corridors with very low load factor,” he said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said resuming normal operations while limiting passengers was necessary to prevent crowding in stations, bus stops and on board public transportation.last_img read more

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PREMIUMFertilizer firm makes successful debut in bear stock market

first_imgLinkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Fertilizer company PT Saraswanti Anugerah Makmur Tbk received a warm welcome from investors during the company’s debut on the Indonesian stock exchange on Tuesday as most share prices gained ground after a significant fall on the previous day.The shares of Saraswanti Anugerah, listed by Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code SAMF, rose by 35 percent to Rp 162 per share from Rp 120 just a minute after trading opened, showing that there is still appetite for newcomers.The company’s share performance in the local bourse was helped by a slight recovery on large stocks on the exchange in the morning session. The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge on the IDX, had gained 1.7 percent before the afternoon break after losing 2.8 percent on Monday. Despite the increase, the index has lost about 28 percent of its value so far this year.Saraswanti Anuger… Google Indonesia stock-market Saraswanti-Anugerah fertilizer IPO listing revenue prospect Forgot Password ? Topics : Facebooklast_img read more

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Grounded cabin crew get hospital training as Sweden battles coronavirus

first_imgThe first students are due to complete the course on Thursday and the response has been overwhelming.”We now have a long, long list of healthcare providers that are just waiting for them,” said Johanna Adami, principal at the University. Airlines in Australia, and the U.S. have also enquired about using the training methods for their staff.She said municipalities, hospitals and nursing homes have all been queuing up to employ the re-trained staff, who will number around 300 in the coming weeks. Adami said airline staff were particularly suited to helping in the healthcare sector.”They have basic healthcare education from their work. They are also very experienced to be flexible and think about security and also to handle complicated situations,” she said. Furloughed crew from crisis-hit Scandinavian airline SAS are taking a three-day course in basic hospital duties to help plug gaps in a Swedish healthcare system strained by thousands of coronavirus cases.The airline, part owned by the governments of Sweden and Denmark, temporarily laid off 10,000 staff – 90% of its workforce – this month to cut costs and ride out a plunge in air travel due the pandemic and related border closures.With Stockholm’s healthcare system in need of reinforcement as cases rise, Sophiahemmet University Hospital is teaching former cabin crew skills such as sterilizing equipment, making hospital beds and providing information to patients and their relatives. Sweden has around 4,500 confirmed cases of the virus and 180 deaths, with the capital especially hard hit. Healthcare officials in Stockholm have scrambled to set up a temporary hospital in a convention center and warned of a lack off staff and safety equipment to meet the crisis.Malin Ohman, 25, a airline stewardess from northern Sweden was in the first class of students.”In the a blink of an eye I decided – ‘yes of course, why wouldn’t I’,” she said of her decision to retrain. “I felt that we could just contribute with something,” she added.The course is free of charge and the companies involved with the training are not seeking to make a profit. Funding, about 7 million Swedish crowns ($698,000) is provided by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg foundation.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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China March exports slump slows to 6.6% y/y, imports down 0.9%

first_imgTopics : China’s exports fell 6.6 percent in March from a year earlier, while imports shrank 0.9 percent, a better than expected outcome as factories restarted production, though the global coronavirus health crisis looks set to keep trade under pressure over coming months.Customs data released on Tuesday compared with analysts’ forecasts in a Reuters poll for a 14 percent slump in exports. Shipments had dived 17.2 percent in January-February.Analysts had forecast a 9.5 percent contraction in imports, worsening from a slide of 4 percent in the first two months of the year. China posted a trade surplus of $19.9 billion last month, compared with the poll’s forecast for an $18.55 billion surplus, and a reversal of January-February’s deficit of $7.096 billion.last_img