Glenville gets short end of stick in county

first_imgWhere are our county representatives? Residents of Glenville continue to have little or no county representation in the Legislature, as it’s still very apparent that our Democratic legislators Catherine Gatta, Rory Fluman and Grant Sochia are more interested in supporting their political party’s interest rather than the needs of the people they represent. The most recent example comes with the announcement of county funding for the bike trail. Funding for Rotterdam, Schenectady and Niskayuna is mentioned, but nothing for Glenville. The lack of funds for the Glenville trail continues despite our status as the largest town in the county; despite of the focus of a bike trail in Glenville in our recently adopted Comprehensive Plan; and despite the glaring need and poor condition of the current trail.Also noteworthy is the lack of any mention of the county sales tax issue and the need to adjust the formula. Real property taxes continue to increase while sales tax receipts to the county and the city increase to unprecedented levels. Yet, there’s no mention of the inequity to the municipalities of the county. After all, the election is over and they all got re-elected by wide margins as they promised to focus on this issue. Well, the election is over and they go back to putting the party first rather than taking up this serious issue of lowering the property tax burden to the residents by directing more sales tax revenue back to the communities.James MartinGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Big buzz over Pollen Estate

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Gap appoints property chief to head portfolio review

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Jakarta stock index slips 1.5 percent as Wuhan virus spreads

first_imgTopics : The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) slipped 1.5 percent during morning trade on Friday as fears over the spread of the new coronavirus were suspected of having affected market sentiment.The Indonesia Stock Exchange’s (IDX) main gauge hit its lowest level of 5,957.11 and concluded morning trade at 5,966.87 before lunch, hitting below the 6,000 level for the first time this year.Several of Asia’s indexes plummeted to the negative territory as of Friday afternoon with Singapore’s Strait Times Index down 0.59 percent, China’s Shanghai Composite Index nosediving 2.75 percent, while Hong Kong indexes declined 0.21 percent and South Korea’s KOSPI plunged 0.7 percent as of Friday afternoon. Japan’s Nikkei and Australia’s ASX hovered on the positive side. “Since the virus has been deemed an international emergency, this puts more pressure on the finance sector as investors fear that the virus could potentially hinder economic activities,” Pilarmas Investindo Sekuritas research director Maximilianus Nico Demus said.Six out of nine sectorial indexes on the IDX ended morning trading in the red. The miscellaneous industry sector recorded the sharpest decline of 2.13 percent, followed by the finance sector with a decrease of 1.83 percent.Read also: WHO declares global virus emergency as death toll hits 213Chris also said the sluggish index movement was also caused by a mutual fund case that rocked the country’s capital market. In a letter leaked late this month, investment management firm Emco Asset Management last year asked its customers to not redeem their mutual funds as its net asset value (NAV) had plummeted. President director Eddy Kurniawan said the tumbling performance was due to stagnated stock market performance last year.Meanwhile, the United Kingdom’s official exit from the European Union on Friday was not considered to have made impact on the JCI, Chris said.center_img Read also: Wuhan coronavirus to affect local stock market until outbreak contained“Investors are worried that the outbreak will hamper China’s economic growth as the virus is spreading at a rapid rate,” Chris Apriliony, equity analyst at brokerage firm Jasa Utama Capital, told The Jakarta Post over text message.As of Friday morning, the 2019-nCoV virus’ death toll reached 213 people and the number of confirmed cases rose to 9,692.The World Health Organization declared a global emergency over the new coronavirus amid a rapid increase in the death toll and number of infected people. The United Nations health agency based in Geneva had initially downplayed the threat posed by the disease but revised its risk assessment after crisis talks.last_img read more

Sectarian unrest kills 13 in Indian capital

first_imgMedia reports said police fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the rioters.”I can now confirm 13 deaths. At least 150 people have come to our hospital with injuries,” Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital official Rajesh Kalra told AFP late Tuesday.A dozen people were in critical condition, he added.”We are still receiving some people with injuries, most of them firearm injuries today.” ‘People are killing each other’ An AFP reporter saw at least 10 injured people admitted to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital over a half-hour period, some claiming to have bullet wounds.”Since yesterday, we’ve been calling the police to enforce a curfew, to send reinforcements,” Saurabh Sharma, a student from a riot-hit area who took his injured friend to the hospital, told AFP.”But no one has come. There are only three policemen.””The protesters are attacking police wherever they are present and clashing among each other where the police aren’t there,” Senior policeman Alok Kumar told AFP earlier Tuesday.One firefighter was injured by a stone and five fire trucks were damaged, PTI reported.Broadcaster NDTV said three of its reporters and a cameraman were attacked by a mob on the northeastern fringe of the city of 20 million people.”There is hardly any police presence in the area. Rioters are running around threatening people, vandalizing shops,” a resident of the poor, migrant neighborhood of Maujpur told PTI.At Jaffrabad, one of the poorest neighborhoods on the fringes of Delhi and home to shanty colonies, an AFP reporter saw locals turn off their lights and lock their doors amid a massive police presence.Police manning barricades said mobs in the area were threatening journalists and that their officers had come under attack.”People are killing (each other). Bullets are being fired here,” a tailor in Jaffrabad told AFP, adding that he was returning home to his village in northern Uttar Pradesh state.”There is no work… It is better to leave than to stick around here. Why would we want to die here?”The new citizenship law has raised worries abroad — including in Washington — that Modi wants to remold secular India into a Hindu nation while marginalizing the country’s 200 million Muslims, a claim he denies.After meetings with Modi, Trump said on Tuesday that the riots were an internal matter for India.Global rights group Amnesty International tweeted that “political leaders in India who are fuelling hatred and creating a violent environment by making hate speeches must be immediately held accountable”. The death toll rose to 13 on Tuesday, with at least 150 injured, from some of the Indian capital’s worst sectarian violence in years as rampaging rioters in northeast Delhi set fire to buildings and vehicles, and attacked journalists.Protests against a contentious citizenship law began on a smaller scale Sunday but descended Monday into running battles between Hindus and Muslims, with rioters armed with stones, swords and even guns out in force.Police on Tuesday imposed a restriction on large gatherings in the area as the violence continued, with reports of stone pelting and more structures set ablaze. The Press Trust of India (PTI) later cited hospital officials as saying more than 200 people had been hurt, around one-quarters of them police.The riots coincided with the visit of US President Donald Trump, who held bilateral meetings with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi elsewhere in the vast metropolis on Tuesday.Officers set up roadblocks in riot-hit areas and cleared two northeast neighborhoods of protesters, Delhi Police special commissioner Satish Golcha told AFP.The capital’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who visited the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, earlier pleaded for the “madness to stop”, according to PTI.Delhi Police spokesman Mandeep Randhawa called on locals “not to take the law in their own hands”.National Home Minister Amit Shah, whose ministry controls law and order in the capital region, met with senior Delhi government officials and promised to deploy more police if they were needed, Kejriwal said.National Security Adviser Ajit Doval was in Delhi’s Seelampur district to inspect the area after the outbreak of violence, India Today television channel reported. Topics :last_img read more

UK records first coronavirus death, moves to stop spread

first_imgBritain is moving into the second of four phases in its plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus, England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on Thursday, as the UK recorded its first death of a patient and confirmed cases rose.Britain has so far registered 115 cases of the coronavirus known as COVID-19, which started in China, but has held off from introducing measures to restrict movement or cancel large gatherings for fear of hurting the economy.Whitty said in a statement later that the person who died was an older patient with underlying health conditions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is optimistic that Britain is well prepared to cope with the spread of the virus, but early on Thursday regional airline Flybe became one of the first big corporate casualties of the outbreak.Health minister Matt Hancock said the coming weeks would be tough. But with calm heads and clear determination, together we can see it through”.The government set out its action plan earlier this week based on four stages: containing the virus; delaying its transmission; researching its origins and mitigating its impact.Questioned by lawmakers earlier on Thursday, Whitty said Britain had mainly moved into the second stage and was now considering measures to try to delay the peak of an epidemic which officials are anticipating in the coming weeks. Topics :center_img “The original plan … was very much predicated on the idea of ‘if it could be controlled in China and contained everywhere else, this virus might go away’. I think the chances of that happening are now very slim. Slim to zero,” Whitty said.”As time goes by, we then may start to move into the more socially determined actions … We’ve moved from a situation where we were mainly in contain … to now we’re basically mainly delay.”Johnson was briefed after a meeting of Britain’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, his spokesman said.”It is now highly likely that the virus is going to spread in a significant way,” the spokesman said. “Officials will therefore accelerate work on preparations for the ‘delay’ phase of the government’s plan, focusing on steps we could take to seek to delay the spread of the virus.”The government has said it could encourage home-working, cancel large-scale gatherings and possibly close schools to slow its spread and delay the peak of the outbreak until later in the year, when the health service is under less pressure.Whitty also said that with older people more vulnerable to the virus, there may be measures announced to encourage them to stay away from public places, such as the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords.Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the lower house of parliament, told lawmakers there were no plans to close the House of Commons. last_img read more

After heavy strikes, tense calm in Syria’s Idlib as ceasefire comes into effect

first_imgSyria’s Idlib region was quiet but tense on Friday with a lull in Russian and Syrian air raids that have pounded the last opposition-held enclave in Syria, residents and opposition sources said, after Turkey and Russia declared a ceasefire.Turkey and Russia agreed to the ceasefire deal Idlib on Thursday, their two leaders said after talks in Moscow to contain a conflict that has displaced nearly a million people in three months.Residents and fighters in the region said main front lines that have seen heavy air strikes by Russian and Syrian jets, and intense Turkish artillery and drone strikes on Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces, were quiet hours after the ceasefire came into effect at midnight. Witnesses said there was only sporadic fire from machine guns, mortars and artillery by Assad’s forces and Iranian militias on some front lines in northwestern Aleppo province and southern Idlib province.In other areas, scattered fighting began to subside, activists said.”In the first hours we are witnessing a very tense calm from all warring parties,” Ibrahim Al-Idlibi, an opposition figure in touch with rebel groups on the ground said.”Everyone is aware that violations by any side would be met with a response. But this a very fragile truce.” Syrian state media did not report the latest ceasefire deal and the opposition cast doubt it would last amid criticism that it does not address a main Turkish demand that Syrian forces withdraw to the edge of an Idlib buffer zone agreed in Sochi between Russia and Turkey in 2018.This time, they agreed to establish a secure corridor near the M4 highway, which runs east to west through Idlib, and hold joint patrols along the road from March 15.Wresting control of the highways in the northwest, two of Syria’s most important pre-war arteries from insurgents has long been a main goal of the Russian-backed campaign in a bid to shore up Syria’s sanction-hit economy.To the dismay of Assad’s opponents, the agreement did not mention a safe zone where millions of displaced people could shelter and from where they could return to the homes they fled to escape the Russian-backed offensive.”No one has mentioned a safe zone or areas of withdrawal. There is no pullout and where will the displaced go?… they would never accept going to regime areas. What we have heard today is not comforting,” said Ahmad Rahhal, a former general in Syrian government forces who defected to the opposition.The United Nations says the offensive has uprooted nearly a million people, the largest exodus of the nine-year war.”These are modest results compared to the massive buildup in Turkish troops along the border and inside Syria,” Rahhal said referring to more than 15,000 troops that Syrian opposition sources say Ankara had brought in to halt advances deep into Idlib province by the Russian-backed offensive.There have been several ceasefires over Idlib. They collapsed after the Russian-backed forces pressed their offensive and gained ground. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Men in East Java more prone to COVID-19 with 61% of cases, 77% of deaths

first_imgRead also: ‘Puskesmas’ move up to COVID-19 front lines amid overburdened health systemHe acknowledged that COVID-19 alone could cause fatalities among healthy young people, although at a very low rate.Most of those who died with COVID-19, as shown on the data, had comorbidity factors such as diabetes mellitus, heart problems, hypertension, sepsis, obesity, bronchitis or asthma.”Diabetes mellitus is the factor that we find in most fatalities,” he said.In general, Kohar said, deaths by age group spanned from the 10-19 to 80-89 age groups. The youngest was an 11-year-old girl in Pamekasan regency, who died with dengue shock syndrome as the comorbidity factor, he added.”Around 75 percent of fatalities are among those in their 40s to 60s,” he said.As of Saturday, East Java saw 267 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 26 fatalities and 65 recoveries.Topics : “Not only do men have more of a chance of being infected, but they also have a higher mortality rate from the virus infection. This might be because men go out from home more often than women do,” Kohar told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.He, however, said the gender proportion of the confirmed cases and the fatalities could change in the future as the outbreak had yet to reach its peak. Based on the task force data, 82 percent, 18 out of 22 individuals, of those who died with the virus had comorbidity factors.Kohar said the youngest among those who died without comorbidity was aged between 20 and 29 years of age, without specifying the exact age of the fatality. Men are more vulnerable than women to COVID-19 in East Java, according to the province’s COVID-19 task force.East Java COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso said that as of Friday 154 out of 252 COVID-19 cases, 61 percent, in the province were male.The task force data also revealed that males made up 77 percent of the COVID-19 fatalities in East Java, with 17 male patients dying out of a total of 22 deaths. last_img read more

Italian cruise ship in Japan has 48 coronavirus cases

first_imgTopics : To make room at hospitals for severely ill patients, some local governments have begun monitoring those with milder symptoms in hotels or at their homes – a move that proved fatal for one man in his 50s in Saitama prefecture who died at home on Wednesday while waiting for a hospital bed.Asked about the man’s death, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Thursday the health ministry was working to find out how many COVID-19 patients were being monitored at home.On the Costa Atlantica, 48 positive cases have been found out of 127 people tested so far, bringing the infection rate to 38%. Those showing only mild or no symptoms remain on board, and officials said they hoped to complete testing of all 623 crew this week.  The Costa Cruises-operated ship was taken into a shipyard in Nagasaki in western Japan in late February by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after the COVID-19 pandemic had scuttled plans for scheduled repairs in China.The latest cases have raised concern about the potential impact on Nagasaki residents after revelations some crew had left the restricted area despite assurances from the ship operator that they would stay within the wharf, according to Nagasaki officials.Authorities are also concerned about the potential rise in patients who require hospitalization, as an increase in domestic coronavirus cases strain medical services around the country.Japan has seen more than 11,500 infections and close to 300 deaths from the new coronavirus, excluding figures from the Diamond Princess.center_img Nearly 50 crew members on an Italian cruise ship docked for repairs in Japan’s Nagasaki have tested positive for the new coronavirus, raising concern about the strain on the city’s hospitals if conditions worsen for those infected.Results on Thursday showed 14 more aboard, all either cooks or those serving food, were infected with the virus, an official in Nagasaki prefecture said. One patient who had been taken to hospital previously was now in a serious condition and on a ventilator, he told a live-streamed news conference.The Costa Atlantica infections come after the cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama two months ago, where more than 700 passengers and crew were found to be infected, although this time only crew members were on board.last_img read more