Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 6

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first_imgOfficer served people of Glenville with careOn March 27, the Glenville Police Department said goodbye and happy retirement to one of its own. After 20 years of service, Officer Tracy Nethaway called out of service for the last time.Officer Nethaway was hired in April 1999 as the town’s first female police officer. She always went above and beyond her normal police duties. She would help residents who were down on their luck, took care of the elderly in the community and was instrumental in educating women and seniors with fraudulent scams and how to defend themselves against predators.I am proud and honored to have worked with such a caring, compassionate officer for the past 10 years and to call her my friend. She will be missed by myself, her co-workers and the residents of the town of Glenville. I wish her all the best in retirement; it is well deserved!Anne Marie PeltierBallston Lake Experts say slots are the most addictive form of casino gambling, producing addicts in a year, not three years, like other casino games. Because slots players are more likely to be local and members of vulnerable groups (the elderly and poor), our community needs to be especially concerned. The consequences of problem gambling reach the entire community, not just gamblers, their families, friends and employers. Experience shows we cannot count on the casino or government to focus on prevention education rather than treating problem gambling, given their incentives to maximize casino revenue. Studies say that 40 percent to 60 percent of slots revenue comes from problem gamblers. A Canadian study found that casual players comprised 75 percent of players, but contributed only 4 percent of net gambling revenue. Therefore, our private sector — health care providers, civic, social, religious, educational and neighborhood groups — must work to cultivate a healthy attitude toward casino gambling, to place it into the low-risk category of casual entertainment and recreation.  Happily, an easy-to-find and use treasure trove of materials already exists that encourages safe gambling practices and discourages risky gambling behavior.At http://tinyurl.com/SlotsProblem, you can find samples, data, links and recommendations. Meanwhile, set a budget and time limit; play for fun, not riches.David GiacaloneSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCompany officials must pay for deathsPurdue Pharma and the Sackler family have agreed to pay $270 million to the state of Oklahoma because of the over-aggressive marketing of Purdue’s drug, OxyContin.The settlement supports the idea that the marketing by Purdue contributed to the large number of opioid overdose deaths in Oklahoma. Hundreds of other similar lawsuits are making their way through the courts.So what are the penalties other than fines for a corporation’s actions causing hundreds of deaths? I contend we can use the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission as guidance for what penalties a corporation should suffer when it contributes harm to people. In Citizens United, the court upheld the notion of corporate “personhood.” The court argued that corporations are entitled to constitutional protections such as those provided by the First and Fourteenth amendments. If a corporation is a person, then Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family should suffer the same penalties as any other person. Purdue Pharma knowingly put a dangerous product on the market that led to hundreds of overdose deaths. The corporation’s directors and chief officers should go to prison for the same amount of time that a person would go to jail for committing a similar crime.Larry LewisGlenville Be careful when gambling on slotsWith the end of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, we should recognize that Schenectady has a slots gambling problem. Since Rivers casino’s first anniversary in February 2017, its entire growth in gaming revenue has come from slots play, with table game revenue down. Special-needs cuts will hurt the childrenAs the parent of a special needs child, I’m filled with anger and disgust at the cuts being proposed to our educational system and to Secretary Betsy DeVos’ justifications for making such cuts. The proposal is a thin-veiled tax break for the wealthy and will harm special-needs children. My son, Nicholas, is a loving 8-year old developmentally-delayed child.We’re fortunate to live in a blue state that afforded good health insurance and had an amazing pediatrician who got Nicholas into early development programs when he was 2 years of age. We’re thankful that Nicholas could attend a school specializing in educating children living with developmental disabilities, and he continues to participate in specialized therapies to help him progress physically and teach him tasks we take for granted, such as tying our shoes or zippering a coat.Last week Secretary DeVos outlined a plan that would cut $51 million from programs designed to help my child and others like him.She wants to give $60 million to charter schools, a clear conflict of interest given her family’s investments in charter schools, and she proposes the creation of 100 percent tax credit for contributions so state-sanctioned scholarship donors could get back their entire donation through federal taxes, meaning the taxpayers pay for them. When voters speak, officials must listenThe United Kingdom’s 2014 referendum to exit the European Union was a plausible outcome, despite then-Prime Minister David Cameron’s “stronger together” campaign and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s warning of the ensuing economic turmoil. Poorly implemented austerity measures in Italy and Greece, the uneven distribution of migrants from a war-torn Middle East and Northern Africa, and subsequent terrorist attacks burdened wealthier European countries. European courts, often espousing socialist ideology and at times Middle Eastern-style authoritarianism, threatened basic freedoms while onerous regulations undermined economic interests. Newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision for a sovereign U.K. was soon compromised by the allure of socialism pitched by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during her call for snap elections, which toppled the Tories’ governing majority. Though able to form a majority governing coalition with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, her leverage in gaining major concessions from the EU had eviscerated as Labour’s strategy was to reject every proposal in an attempt to force a second referendum. Supposedly, voters were uninformed and Parliamentarians unprepared, even though Ms. May’s latest proposal would have avoided a hard border with Ireland and given the U.K. the jurisdiction to leave Europe’s Customs Union. Parliament’s refusal to honor Brexit was enabled largely by Millennials’ embrace of socialism and their misunderstanding that governments can’t spend more than their economies produce, as Venezuelans know all too well. It also more broadly depicts Albany politics, where every so often a school or library budget is rejected and Albany residents are expected to vote correctly the second time. Stephen DansereauAlbany This proposal will harm millions of American children who have special needs and aren’t fortunate to have the resources they need to lead full and productive lives to the best of their abilities.Edward SmithSchenectadylast_img read more


Writs issued over Telford

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NatWest letting to break Birmingham rent record

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West Yorkshire offices: Leeds comes up short

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Wimpey buys Laing homes for £297m

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King marches across Europe

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PGN to lower gas prices ‘hopefully by April’

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first_imgTopics : Four years have passed since the regulation’s issuance yet gas prices still hover around $8 per mmbtu, hurting manufacturing industry growth, at a time when Indonesia is trying to break free from the middle-income trap.In response, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced last month three possible solutions to reduce prices: domestic market obligation (DMO), fiscal incentive or import relaxation. Jokowi is set to make a decision on the matter by March.PGN has made clear that it favored the DMO option but Gigih, speaking on Monday, said the company also wanted tax cuts to reduce operational costs. Specifically, PGN wanted the government to eliminate value added taxes (PPN) for when the company purchased gas and do away with a gas distribution tax “that we will use to build infrastructure instead.”PGN expects the slashing of the two taxes to reduce transmission and distribution costs, which respectively comprise 13 percent and 17 percent of its final selling price. The remaining 70 percent comes from purchasing the gas, a price that the government does not want to cut as it would hurt oil and gas producers. Indonesia’s largest gas distributor aims to lower industrial gas prices to US$6 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) by April, from around $8 mmbtu today – a price point that has been considered burdensome for manufacturing industries.PGN president director Gigih Prakoso said on Monday that the company was engaged in talks with gas companies and the government to meet the $6 price mark, as stipulated by Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 40/2016. The regulation promises cheap gas for the rubber gloves, ceramics, glass, steel, fertilizer, petrochemical and oleochemical industries, which consume 70 percent of Indonesia’s industrial gas.“Hopefully, with all these discussions, there will be a way out such that on April 1 we can implement Perpres No. 40/2016,” he told lawmakers in Jakarta.last_img read more


Australia warns it can’t stop the spread of coronavirus from overseas

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first_img“We have got concerns about Japan and South Korea. They are working hard to control their outbreaks but we are still concerned that people in those countries and other high risk countries may present with an infection.”Australia has reported 29 cases of coronavirus, including the weekend death, but there has been no community transmission.The 78-year-old man who died was a passenger on the Diamond Princess ship that was held off Japan’s coast for weeks. The man and his wife, who also has the virus, were transferred back to Australia for treatment.Australia barred entry from Feb. 1 to any foreigners who had travelled through China in the two weeks prior to arriving in Australia. It extended that ban to Iran on Sunday. Both bans are in force until at least March 7. Australian citizens and permanent residents are exempted. Australia’s chief medical officer said on Monday it was no longer possible to completely prevent people with the coronavirus from entering the country, citing concerns about outbreaks in Japan and South Korea.Australia, one of the first countries to put restrictions on its borders in a bid to limit the spread of the virus, confirmed its first death from the disease on Sunday.”It is no longer possible to absolutely prevent new cases coming in,” Brendan Murphy, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, told reporters in Canberra. China, the epicentre of the outbreak, retains the bulk of the infections with more than 86,500 cases. However, it has since spread to 53 countries, with more than 6,500 cases and more than 100 deaths.The majority of the deaths outside of China have come from outbreaks in recent days in South Korea, Italy and Iran.Murphy said travel bans were “a way of slowing things down” as he urged any Australians returning from Italy or South Korea who work in the healthcare sector to self-quarantine for two weeks.However, he said the outbreaks in Italy and South Korea, while large, were confined and localised, meaning that further travel bans to Australia were not necessary.Thousands of Chinese visitors and students have been barred from entering Australia, damaging the country’s important tourism and education sectors at a critical time for the country’s A$2 trillion ($1.31 trillion) economy.Some economists have warned that economic growth could reverse in the current quarter if the epidemic becomes a pandemic, threatening the country’s almost three-decade long period of recession-free expansion.Topics :last_img read more


Iran says 77 now dead from coronavirus

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first_imgIran’s health ministry announced on Tuesday that 11 more people had died from the new coronavirus in the past day, bringing the Islamic republic’s overall death toll to 77.In all, 2,336 people have been infected, including 835 new cases — the biggest increase in a single day since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the country nearly two weeks ago.”According to the latest figures, 835 new patients have been added” to the overall number of infections, Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said in remarks aired live on state television. Topics : “The health care guidelines for preventing infection from this virus should be observed,” Khamenei, who was wearing gloves as he planted a tree, said on state television.The supreme leader said Iran was being transparent with its figures on the outbreak and accused other countries of trying to conceal them.”The #Coronavirus has affected many countries,” he was quoted as saying on his official Twitter account.”Our officials have reported with sincerity and transparency since day one.”However, some countries where the outbreak has been more serious have tried to hide it.”Of course, we ask God to heal the sick in those countries too,” he added.Iran on Saturday dismissed a BBC Persian report that the real number of coronavirus deaths in the country was more than 200.The United States and Paris-based media watchdog Reporters Without Borders have accused Iran of concealing information about the outbreak.center_img “Unfortunately, we have 11 new deaths, and with this amount we have reached 2,336 new confirmed cases and a total of 77 dead.”Iran announced on Feb. 19 its first two deaths from the coronavirus in Qom, a center for Islamic studies and pilgrims from abroad.It now has the highest death toll for any country outside China, where the virus has killed more than 2,900 people since late December.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Iranians to stick to hygiene guidelines to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading.last_img read more


Amid coronavirus crisis, British PM Johnson’s fiancée gives birth to boy

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first_imgTopics : Johnson was present throughout the birth, she said. There was no announcement of a name.The new arrival tops a tumultuous month for Johnson. He returned to work on Monday after recuperating from COVID-19, which had left him gravely ill in intensive care at the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.Symonds, a former public relations executive, also had symptoms of the virus but recovered more swiftly.”This birth would be counted as premature,” said Alexander Heazell, professor of obstetrics at the University of Manchester. A review of SARS-1 and COVID cases suggested that the preterm birth rate was about double the normal rate, he added.Baby in Downing Street Johnson’s Conservative government has faced criticism for its handling of the coronavirus epidemic and its slow initial response. The country now has one of the world’s highest death tolls, with more than 21,000 fatalities.But he benefited from public sympathy over his hospitalization, and state broadcaster the BBC and other media outlets made the baby’s birth the top item on their news bulletins.”Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident,” said Johnson’s finance minister, Rishi Sunak.Opposition Labor Party leader Keir Starmer said: “Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.”England’s chief midwife also joined in the congratulations.”I am incredibly proud of the NHS maternity team who looked after them,” said Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, the chief midwifery officer for England.Symonds and Johnson have been living together in Downing Street since he became prime minister in July. They announced in February they were expecting their first child and that they were engaged to be married.Johnson, once dubbed “Bonking Boris” by Britain’s tabloid media, has a complicated private life.He was once sacked from the Conservative Party’s policy team while in opposition for lying about an extra-marital affair. He has been divorced twice and refuses to say how many children he has fathered.In 2013, when Johnson was mayor of London, appeal court judges ruled that the public had the right to know he had an extra-marital affair with a woman who gave birth to his daughter.Johnson’s previous marriage was to Marina Wheeler, a lawyer. They had four children together but announced in September 2018 that they had separated. They divorced earlier this year.Few British leaders have had babies while in office, although it has become more common among recent occupants of Downing Street.David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, gave birth to their daughter, Florence, in 2010 and Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to their son, Leo, in 2006.Before that, Frances, the wife of John Russell, a 19th-Century Whig and Liberal politician, gave birth to two children in 1848 and 1849 while he was in office.center_img British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, gave birth to a baby boy at a London hospital on Wednesday, slightly earlier than had been expected.Symonds, 32, had said previously that their baby was due in the early summer. Johnson, 55, whose country is facing its worst health crisis since the 1918 influenza outbreak, was expected to take a short period of paternity leave later in the year, his spokeswoman said.”The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning,” the spokeswoman said. “Both mother and baby are doing very well.last_img read more