No need for science museum in Albany

first_imgRecently, there was a proposal to have the state fund a new science museum in Albany. Rest assured that we are completely opposed to this proposal, nor do we see any likelihood that there will be funding in the state budget for it.Albany already has the State Museum, the State Library, the Albany Institute of History and Art, The Times-Union Center, and the new state-subsidized Capital Convention Center. In addition, the city of Albany received $12.5 million in state funding this year to close a budget shortfall.While Albany is the capital city and deserves our support, this idea goes too far. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Certainly the city of Schenectady has a far more historic relationship with science than Albany, and it doesn’t have to start from scratch. Less than 20 miles from Albany, it already has miSci (the Museum of Innovation and Science) that is currently only supported by the local community and would soar with state funding.It’s neither realistic nor fair to the entire Capital Region to make a pie-in-the-sky proposal without a realistic sense of where the revenue is going to come from to fund it, especially when there are more viable alternatives available.Angelo SantabarbaraPhil SteckSchenectadyThe writers are members of the New York State Assembly.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winlast_img read more

Fight to keep college loan deductions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPlease, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, we need your help. You as well, Rep. Paul Tonko.I’m a PhD student at the University at Albany, SUNY.I’m getting my PhD in political science, and I’ve written before about my fear that the new tax plan will eliminate the tuition deduction and the student loan interest deduction. This appears to be an attack on students.Education in this country is very expensive, and even with tuition scholarships and assistantships, education is still costly. Most students at my level live at a subsistence level and make a lot of sacrifices for their education.Our contracts don’t let us have second or third jobs (nor do we really have time for them), so a tuition deduction and being able to deduct student loan interest are valuable benefits that make the whole process affordable.I want to be a college professor and return to public service, and these measures by the GOP are making such aspirations difficult if not impossible.Please communicate to your colleagues the importance of these deductions for working students.Keith PrebleRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnlast_img read more

Amsterdam treated its golf pro poorly

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI would just like to thank PGA professional Joseph “Joe the Pro” Merendo for his time served at Amsterdam Muni. I guess all his generosity and hiring kids and having tournaments there are in the past. The last two Amsterdam government administrations took him over coals. I look at budgets, and the last time I’ve seen an actual number was 2012-2013. The golf course made money. The Thane administration blamed him and it negotiated the losing cart deal. This administration is doing same thing. I guess this administration thinks it can do better. Let me know how you make out. The “Pro” spent 32 years at the course. How many of you council members golfed or even know where the golf course is?Good luck, “Joe the Pro.” See you at the Antlers country club. Also, I believe Fox Run, Hales Mills, Antlers and Holland Meadows will all thank you for letting Pro go. Also, when you start getting money from Shuttleworth proprietors, then worry about golf course numbers. See you at Antlers.Sandy “Rogo” RoginskiAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Peace breaks out in Bracknell

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Flour power

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Royal Bank City scheme hit by rights-of-light protests

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Four Indonesian students repatriated from China get clear bill of health

first_img“Based on the results of their anamnesis [patient account], physical examination, laboratory [tests] and X-rays, the students have been declared coronavirus-free,”  Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Sunday in Semarang.”[They have] no symptoms of the novel coronavirus, nor did they have any prior contact with [2019-nCoV] patients. They were not even under observation since they were not suspected [cases].”The four students have returned to their homes, while a team from the Banyumas Health Agency will continue to monitor them.Read also: [UPDATED] Indonesia bars entry to visitors from China amid evacuation protest Four Indonesians who were studying at Chinese universities have been declared free of coronavirus infection after their recent return to their hometown in Banyumas regency, Central Java. The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has killed more than 300 people in China since it first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei province.The students, who were enrolled at Hunan University and Chongqing University, arrived in Banyumas on Saturday and were immediately taken to Margono Regional General Hospital upon arrival for a medical examination. Eleven other students from Central Java are reportedly still waiting to be evacuated from China.”We are pushing [for the evacuation]. We are still awaiting communication between the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese government,” Ganjar added, referring to the students still in China.”We are ready to help them to come home. Some of them have complained that they do not have the money to get home.”To date, Indonesia has no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV infection. Meanwhile, nine of the 19 people that the Health Ministry placed under observation on Jan. 30 have been declared coronavirus-free.Indonesia has repatriated 238 of its citizens from several cities in China, including Wuhan at the epicenter of the outbreak. As of 12 a.m. on Monday, all foreign travelers who have been in China for 14 days or more are prohibited from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. (dev)Topics :last_img read more

Batan employee identified as owner of radioactive substances found in South Tangerang house

first_imgThe fragments also contained caesium-137.Separately, Batan chairman Anhar Riza Antariksawan confirmed that SM was an employee of the agency.“Batan does not allow employees to illegally keep any radioactive substance for personal interests,” Anhar said in a statement on Friday.He added the nuclear agency had handed the case over to the police: “Batan fully supports the police’s investigation,” he said.Read also: This company wants to build Indonesia’s first commercial nuclear power plantAs of Friday, Batan had secured 400 drums of contaminated soil and vegetation from the area around the vacant lot as part of its decontamination efforts, as reported by Antara. The agency recorded that the radiation exposure in the area had dropped significantly from 0.14 millisievert (mSv) per hour to 0.002 mSv per hour.The International Committee on Radiological Protection recommends that people not be exposed to more than 20mSv per year.The police are still looking for those responsible for dumping the radioactive fragment in the vacant lot. (hol)Topics : The police have identified a National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) employee, identified as SM, as the owner of the illegally possessed radioactive substances recovered from a house in the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang, Banten.“He could be charged under articles 42 and 43 of Law No. 10/1997 on nuclear energy for illegally storing radioactive materials in his house, which carry a maximum punishment of two years’ imprisonment and a Rp 100 million [US$7,154] fine,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said on Friday, as quoted by Antara news agency.The Batan employee remained a witness in the case as of Saturday. However, Asep said the police could still name him a suspect. The law stipulates that a permit is required to use, possess or store radioactive substances.A joint team from the Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) and the National Police discovered the radioactive substances, containing caesium-137 and other isotopes, in a house in the housing complex. Caesium-137 is commonly used for industrial purposes.Read also: Two people living in South Tangerang exposed to radioactive waste: Nuclear agencyThe team made the discovery after Bapeten first detected high levels of radiation in the Batan Indah complex during a routine check at the end of January. Between Feb. 7 and 8, a joint team from Bapeten and Batan found several radioactive fragments in a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex.last_img read more

COVID-19: City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stations

first_imgA restriction on the operational hours of public transportation imposed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 appears to have backfired, with large crowds and long lines building up at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations across the capital on Monday.City-owned bus operator Transjakarta is operating only13 of its 248 routes, with 20-minute headway expected for each bus. As a result, long lines began to accumulate at stations, stretching onto the streets at sidewalks.Read also: Jokowi calls for ‘social distancing’ to stem virus spread Topics : However, pictures spreading on social media have shown commuters — many wearing face masks — squeezing into packed buses and stations.Transjakarta passengers queues at Puribeta Transjakarta shelter, Tangerang City, Monday, 3/16/2020. Due to the changes in schedules and routes to the anticipated spread of the Corona virus, thousand Jakarta public transport passenger are stranded. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The restriction was part of the city administration’s efforts to promote social distancing as Jakarta grapples with an increasing number of COVID-19 infections.Besides Transjakarta, city-owned MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta have also imposed similar measures.Sahabat tiJe, Kami menghimbau agar pelanggan yang tidak memiliki urusan sangat penting untuk tetap berada di rumah. #dirumahaja— Transportasi Jakarta (@PT_Transjakarta) March 16, 2020Transjakarta urged Jakartans to stay home as much as possible.“We urge our customers who do not have important business matters to stay at home,” the company posted on its Twitter account, which had many replies from netizens lambasting the restriction as useless as not all companies have allowed their employees to work from home.Crowds and long lines were also seen at MRT stations. MRT Jakarta reduced the number of cars for each train to four from the usual 16, bringing down the maximum capacity from 300 people to 60.center_img Lia Muspiroh, a Transjakarta user who usually takes a bus from the Mangga Besar Station in West Jakarta, said she was shocked to find people crowding the usually quiet shelter on Monday morning.“I don’t mind the restriction, but there should be more [buses] operating. Passengers are squeezed against each other inside the buses,” she said as reported by management announced the restriction on Sunday, saying it would only operate 13 routes from March 16 to 30. During the same period, the company will also suspend its evening services (AMARI).Dividers are provided at bus stations so that passengers can stand at a distance from one another. Transjakarta said it would also adjust the distance between seats inside its buses to minimize contact between passengers.last_img read more

East Java prepares 120 more isolation wards to anticipate COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgThe East Java administration has prepared 120 new isolation wards to add to the existing facilities in 44 referral hospitals in the province in anticipation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Twenty of the new isolation wards are in Soetomo Public Hospital and 100 others in the new building of the Menur Mental Hospital, both in the provincial capital of Surabaya, East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said.“This [the additional wards] is aimed at heartening the people so that they won’t feel worried,” Khofifah told reporters on Monday. East Java’s task force for COVID-19 mitigation had formed a mobile team comprising 30 physicians with expertise in communicable diseases who were ready to give medical assistance for coronavirus-related cases in hospitals that lacked qualified medical workers, she said.With the team’s establishment, Khofifah said he hoped the 44 referral hospitals would be able to function better in handling COVID-19 cases.As of Tuesday, Indonesia recorded 172 confirmed COVID-19 cases, five of which turned fatal. The cases were recorded in several provinces, including Jakarta, East Java, West Java, Central Java and Bali.Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said on Tuesday the ministry found six confirmed cases reported by Airlangga University Hospital in Surabaya, East Java. Read also: Regions close schools, cancel public events because of COVID-19Khofifah said that as of Monday evening, at least 18 people in the region were under monitoring while six other people have been suspected of having been infected by the coronavirus.Earlier on Sunday, Khofifah instructed school authorities to suspend activities for the next two weeks starting on Monday. The governor also ordered local administrations in the province to implement social distancing measures that included restrictions against mass gatherings.The East Java administration previously announced that two of seven people who had been in contact with a COVID-19 patient who died at a Surakarta public hospital in Central Java last week had been sent to isolation wards in two different hospitals. The two people were the late patient’s wife, who was admitted to Mediun Soedono Public Hospital, and their son, who was admitted to Malang Saiful Anwar Public Hospital.The sample tests of the mother and son came out negative for COVID-19, Khofifah said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more