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Respect the office of the president

first_imgIt’s a good thing that our Constitution protects our right to speak out. Sharing our views on any topic can bring about change, clarify an issue, or at least generate healthy dialogue. But what’s the purpose of resorting to petulant name-calling, especially without supplying factual information with which to substantiate the attitude? What’s the purpose in spewing inaccurate “facts” to vehemently bring home a point that one objects to President Trump?We, the people, elected President Trump partly because he is not a politician, but a businessman who knows how to get things done; partly because he knows our government needs to be redirected to work for the people; partly because he has great ideas to get our country back on track to working together; and mostly because this man happens to genuinely love this nation. One doesn’t have to love the man, but, for goodness sake, respect the office that he holds.What’s the issue with his cabinet members? Our president has chosen people who will work to accomplish his agenda. Of course, some of these leaders are older, richer and wise. Isn’t that the type of successful expertise needed? He has also chosen many who are younger than he is (the vice president and secretary of the treasury among them), accomplished women, and a doctor. To call the president a “white supremacist” is just plain wrong.If  President Trump hadn’t been elected, we, the people, would still not know the degree to which Hillary Clinton/Clinton Foundation/and some operatives in the Democratic Party violated the laws of this country because the “swamp” would have continued to thrive. Are we already in the midst of another Civil War, using words instead of bullets? I believe in the work our president is trying to accomplish. I believe in God and I’m a patriot of the United States of America.Linda FeuzEsperance    More from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 15

first_imgHorses reveal when whips are hurtingA few days ago I turned on the TV. There was a track worker on there with a big spiel about how the racehorses get such great care.They get a bath and the best hay and blah, blah, blah.He never mentioned when they are running as fast as they can, they can feel the sting of the whip.I came across a photo of horses being whipped running with their ears back. If you know anything about horses and other animals, when they have their ears back, things aren’t right with the animal.The only part I liked about that story was “track attendance drops.”Eunice KilmerJohnstownHistory a major asset for SchenectadyWhat wonderful news that Schenectady is seeing its tourism activity increase. Those of us who live here know how much our city and county have to offer. I would like to emphasize that an important component in the mix of attractions is the historic character of the area.Tourists come to visit the Stockade Historic District from all over the world. Our county historical society does an excellent job promoting our unique and interesting past. Schenectady is rich in historic character, not just in the Stockade, but in numerous neighborhoods as well as downtown. Not only does Proctors attract visitors with exciting shows, it offers a spectacular setting as well.If you doubt the importance of history to tourist activity, you need look no further than the recent tour of “Hamilton.” Let’s not forget it is our history that sets us apart and also attracts visitors from near and far.Suzanne S. UngerSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Stockade Association.Senior programs offer great camaraderieI write in praise and gratitude for the two senior lunches I enjoy. They include Jewish Community Center in conjunction with Catholic Charities with bus transportation door to door. This occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the JCC. The other is operated by the town of Niskayuna, Tuesday and Thursday at the town center on Aqueduct Road.As a senior, I feel truly blessed to have these opportunities to meet and greet seniors with the virtues of aging, comparing notes and sharing the good with the bad.In fact, the pride and spirit of my companion seniors remind me of my college days when we swore allegiance to the fraternity. Everyone helped each other in many ways.On the bus rides to the lunches, conversation can be heard like, “How are you feeling today?” or “Can you recommend a good cardiologist?” and “What about a good hairdresser?” Doreen and Sue offer many kindnesses to their elders at JCC, while Robin, Edie and Linda do the same at Nisky. Camaraderie is in abundance. Opportunities also abound for bridge, Mah Jong, lectures, physical fitness, trips and much more. Also, we should commend the diligence of bus drivers, Butch and Max, who are excellent in what they do.Ted VinickNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo law says license plates must cost $25When does a distortion become a lie? When you know you’ve been caught and continue to lie in the hopes if you said it often enough, those who hear it will believe it.This is what Gov Andrew Cuomo continues in his quest for a proposal that he himself is responsible for to charge a mandatory fee of $25 for millions of drivers to replace perfectly good and readable plates when we have some of the highest registration fees in the nation.There is no mandated $25 plate replacement fee in k state law. The law states from Part H of the 2009 Budget that the administration can charge a fee “not to exceed $25.”Clearly, as Gov. David Paterson did in 2009 when he instituted the last plate replacement program and charged $0 per plate, Gov. Cuomo has chosen the maximum $25 fee.Lastly, it is important to note that neither I, nor any Republican, voted yes on the 2009 law to allow any governor to charge a fee “not to exceed $25.” The governor has the sole authority to not charge the $25 fee and as little as zero without legislative intervention. He should do the right thing now and stop this $70 million cash grab before it becomes a negotiating chip in next year’s state budget talks.Jim TediscoGlenvilleThe writer represents the 49th  District in the state Senate.State law is putting animals above babiesRegarding the Sept. 11 story in The Daily Gazette about Man gets 18 months in cat killing. I am outraged. A man gets 18 months in prison for killing a cat. Yet babies, who are a person developing in a mother’s womb until ready to survive on their own, can be killed at any time, up to and including birth with no penalties. Have we lost all value for life as we put animals before people? God help us!Geraldine HavasyClifton ParkUAlbany working to close diversity gapI read with great interest Zachary Matson’s Aug. 31 article, “Who’s teaching our kids? The article examined the teacher-student race gap in the Capital Region,” a gap that is greater in our community than across the state or the nation.At the University at Albany (SUNY), we have recognized for years that there’s a critical need to diversify the teacher education pipeline, as well as ensure we provide safe and inclusive learning environments for all students.That’s why, as the home to New York’s leading public graduate school of education, UAlbany has made addressing this gap a strategic priority, and why we are actively working with local community leaders to build a pipeline to expand the diversity of future teachers.This year, we are launching the Touhey Family Fellows program, an initiative designed to provide academic, social and financial supports to students from diverse backgrounds to pursue teaching careers in Albany.To create large-scale change, we know that we also have to start inspiring future teachers while they are still in high school. Next spring, UAlbany will host high school juniors/seniors from high-needs schools throughout the region for a Career Exploration Institute focused on teacher education. This past summer, we hosted a community-wide summit focused on building safer and more inclusive schools and communities.These are just three of many examples of how we are strengthening the relationships between the University and the local K-12 community to collectively work toward closing equity gaps and improving the educational pipeline for all students.Jason E. Lane, PhDAlbanyThe writer is interim dean, School of Education, University at Albany, SUNY.last_img read more

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Pizza the action

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Reichmann’s renaissance

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The city that doesn’t sleep

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IM seals biggest M25 office deal of 2003

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Morley takes £100m control of Cardiff Bay

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Bali confirms swine fever outbreak amid numerous pig deaths

first_imgRead also: ‘It’s safe to eat pork’: Bali launches campaign against swine fever outbreak with delicaciesHe added that the agency had conducted laboratory tests on blood samples taken from the dead pigs. The tests were conducted at a veterinary laboratory in Medan, North Sumatra because it has more equipment than the ones in Bali.North Sumatra also has more experience in identifying pig diseases following an ASF outbreak that killed more than 50,000 pigs across the province last year.Read also: Hundreds of pigs in Bali killed by mystery disease According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), ASF is caused by “a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family”. While ASF is not a risk to human health, the disease can transmit to other pigs through direct and indirect contact, such as through “ingestion of contaminated material”.According to the agency, at least 888 pigs have died from the disease within the last two months. Badung regency recorded the highest number of deaths with a total of 598, followed by Tabanan with 219, Denpasar with 45, Gianyar with 24 and Bangli and Karangasem with one each.Ida said the outbreak in Bali was triggered by pig farmers being negligent while feeding their livestock.“We suspect that those pigs were infected by ASF because many farmers gave them spoiled leftovers and raw food material from hotels without cooking it first,” he said.The agency had issued a circular in December regarding the numerous pig deaths across Bali, warning farmers not to feed their livestock with leftovers and raw food material from hotels. Should they not have other choices, the agency suggested farmers boil the food first.Read also: Save Pigs campaign kicks off in North Sumatra following African swine fever outbreakResponding to the outbreak, Ida said that his office had been working hard to prevent its spread. The agency recorded that the pig population across the resort island can reach up to 800,000.“We are working to raise farmers’ awareness [of the disease]. Hopefully, they can ramp up biosecurity by keeping pig cages clean. This way, they won’t suffer worse loss,” Ida said, adding that the agency had distributed free disinfectant to farmers.The agency claimed success in preventing the disease from spreading further as it recorded zero pig deaths in the last six days.The authorities said they believed that the outbreak would not affect Bali’s tourism industry, as ASF is known only to infect pigs.“There are no cases of transmission to humans. It’s not a zoonosis,” Bali tourism agency head Putu Satawa said. “I am confident this will not have impact on the tourism sector.”Badung Hotel and Restaurant Association chairman IGN Rai Suryawijaya echoed Putu’s confidence: “People know that the swine fever cannot infect humans.” (kuk)Topics : Balinese authorities have confirmed that the resort island has been plagued by African swine fever (ASF) following the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs in the province over the past few months.Despite the outbreak, authorities claim they have successfully contained the spread of the disease, as there have been no more pigs dying in the last few days.“The pigs died because of the African swine fever,” Bali agriculture and food security agency head Ida Bagus Wisnuardhana told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.last_img read more

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One Billion Rising invites you to dance on Valentine’s Day in campaign against violence

first_img2. Create equal pay and work opportunities and safe workplaces; eradicate outsourcing;3. Provide welfare for poor people living in urban areas;4. End child marriage;5. End discrimination against minorities;6. Stop commercialization of health;7. Keep in place requirements for construction permits and environmental analysis;8. Stop military operations in Papua;9. Stop criminalization of activists;10. Stop acts of intolerance;11. Pass the protection of domestic workers bill;12. Stop land-grabbing and forest fires;13. Stop criminalizing sex workers;14. Realize women’s rights for sexual reproduction.Through the campaign, Dinda said, OBR hopes to increase public awareness that “social injustice is a real issue” that everyone — not only activists, victims and survivors — should speak up against.“Our purpose is to achieve equality for everyone,” she said. Beginning on Feb. 14, 2012, the OBR movement was launched in response to statistics published by the United Nations that one in three women – or around 1 billion women – experience sexual or physical abuse during their lifetime. Prior to the event planned for Friday, OBR started online and offline campaigns on Jan. 17 and Feb. 8, respectively, including a zine workshop, movie screenings and discussions.Topics : “Hopefully this event will serve as a platform for Indonesian women to speak up against the injustice they have been subjected to,” OBR 2020 coordinator Dinda Deselia said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Read also: ’Don’t let us fight by ourselves’: The women who fight to make Indonesia a safer placeThe campaign calls on the government and other stakeholders in the country to fulfil 14 demands, namely:1. Put an end to gender-based violence; Global solidarity movement One Billion Rising (OBR) has invited people worldwide — including in Indonesia — to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day by joining its call for an end to violence against women.Similar to campaign events held in previous years, OBR Indonesia will take to the streets of the country’s cities this year to deliver its message by dancing together in flash mobs.This year, OBR Indonesia is set to organize the campaign under the theme “Raise The Vibration, Rise To Revolution” in a bid to encourage women, victims and activists alike to speak up and take action against violence against women as well as other kinds of violence happening in the country.last_img read more

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CGS-CIMB launches online trading platform for retail investors

first_img“We’re going to promote capital investment starting with senior high school students, so they become more active as time goes by,” Sugiharto said.Sugiharto said that, with such a business strategy, the securities firm was optimistic that it could book 10,000 new retail accounts this year.Companies such as CGS-CIMB Sekuritas are tailoring their business strategies to lure retail investors, as the low participation of individuals in Indonesia’s stock market at less than 1 percent of the population leaves ample untapped potential.The number of single investor identifications (SID) registered at the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) stood at 2.4 million as of Dec. 27. The majority of investors were aged 21 to 30, with that age group accounting for 44.62 percent of total investors.The iTrade platform is equipped with historical stock charts, a heatmap feature to monitor stock price performance and stock analysts to provide investment guidelines to the retail investors.Sugiharto said iTrade had features for investors to receive assistance and market information from the company.“Through iTrade, we are offering a one-stop-shop for investment services. For young buyers, there may be some investment that we won’t introduce to them, as we tailor our wealth management to [a client’s] profile,” CGS-CIMB president director Lim Kim Siah said. (mpr)Topics : Securities firm PT CGS-CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia, a joint venture between China Galaxy International Financial Limited and CIMB Group, has launched an online stock trading platform to attract retail investors, including high school and university students.The company’s retail equity director, Sugiharto Widjaja, said on Wednesday that the online trading platform, called iTrade, would give individual investors easier access to the equity market.The securities company, previously known as PT CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia, had also opened stock market galleries at several universities in the country, such as Islamic University (UII) in Yogyakarta, to disseminate information about the capital market to students, he said.last_img read more

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