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Monthly Archives: October 2020

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Who are quiet trains really serving?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Dec. 3 article, “Laying off the horn: Schenectady seeks rail quiet zone”: I understand the desire for quiet trains. But there have been noisy trains on the tracks in the north end of the city long before any of us were around. Countless souls have lived and many still live side-by-side with those tracks, the trains,and the noise.And now, instead of a factory building trains across Maxon Road, you have people with money who must have quiet. So when you point to those moneyed folks to justify a quiet zone, are you labeling one side of the tracks as the right side and the other as perhaps the wrong side? Shame on you.James FogartySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, June 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDon’t believe Dems’ climate change scamKudos to The Gazette for printing David Harsanyi’s fantastic article on June 4, “Sorry, fear-mongering Dems, there’s no climate chaos.”First of all, the “climate change” hoax is one of the largest frauds ever perpetrated on the American people. Sure the climate’s been changing; it’s been doing it for thousands of years.Are we supposed to believe a bartender from Queens (A.O.C.) that the world is going to end in 12 years unless we get rid of cars, planes, cows and most people?The Dems’ new credo is “Give us all your money, stupid people,  because we know how to spend it and you don’t.”Ray WeidmanLathamBallston needs new leadership on boardMy family and I have lived in Ballston for 23 years. I’m supporting Eric Connelly, Chuck Curtiss and Peter Solberg because I believe it’s time for fresh leadership in our town, and I know these gentlemen will bring conservative principles, integrity, energy, a fresh perspective and inclusiveness in their respective roles.Ballston has been a divided town for too long. I think these three offer us an opportunity to come together and work toward a future with sustainable growth while maintaining our rural character as much as possible.Solberg was endorsed by our committee this year and Curtiss was endorsed in 2015. I find it disappointing to see them being attacked now by the party leadership, along with the negative tone of the overall campaign against them. I believe that incumbent candidates should run on their record rather than tear down their opponents. I’m disappointed that our leadership chose to decline an invitation to debate.Tim Sczepanik and Bill Goslin are nice guys, but our town has had too many lawsuits against it and too many residents who feel that their voices are not being heard. It’s my opinion that Ballston Republicans are justified in making a change this year.Jim FischerBallston SpaWould district move prom for Christians?I found the June 2 article in The Gazette (“Prom dreams spark change: Schenectady district moves prom so Muslim students can attend”) about changing the date of the prom due to it conflicting with Ramadan interesting.The article cited the Muslim faith of two teenagers who wanted to attend this year’s prom.I’m not saying it shouldn’t have happened, but would the school have changed the date for Christian students? Just wondering.Audrey SaltsmanJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Swindon Fleet Street centre gets green light

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Mansford brews up £15m Cardiff redevelopment

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Helical Bar joins NCP for £90m Soho job

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Agents plan mega-merger

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Regus ready for £1bn flotation

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Seattle-area nursing home unable to test 65 workers with COVID-19 symptoms

first_img“We would like more kits to test employees,” Life Care Center spokesman Tim Killian told reporters, adding he did not know why they had not been forthcoming. “We’ve been asking the various government agencies that have been supplying us with test kits.”Twenty-six of the nursing home’s 120 patients have died since Feb. 19, with 13 of 15 autopsies carried out so far showing that the coronavirus was the cause. Of the 53 residents still in the facility, results for 31 out of 35 have so far come back positive for the coronavirus.The outbreak has shown how quickly the coronavirus spreads through elderly residents with weak immune systems and underlying health conditions living in close quarters.“We’ve had patients who, within an hour’s time, show no symptoms to going to acute symptoms and being transferred to the hospital,” Killian told a news conference on Sunday. “And we’ve had patients die relatively quickly under those circumstances.” Topics : Two other nursing homes in the greater Seattle area have reported that at least two residents and one staff member have the virus.Killian said he was not sure whether nurses who worked at Life Care Center Kirkland also worked shifts at other nursing homes in the Seattle area before the outbreak came to light over a week ago.The University of Washington School of Medicine said on Monday it could test all Life Care staff. The lab’s current testing is running at about 500 specimens a day, but it has capacity for over 1,000 tests a day.“We’re happy to perform testing if they can get samples and send them through the University of Washington Department of Laboratory Medicine,” said Alex Greninger, assistant director of UW Medicine Clinical Virology Laboratories.He did not know why Life Care had not received kits, but said a general reason why testing was not higher was a shortage of people to pick up specimens and bring them to his university lab.center_img The Seattle-area nursing home at the epicenter of the US coronavirus outbreak said on Monday it had no kits to test 65 employees showing symptoms of the virus that has killed at least 13 patients at the long-term care center.The staffers, representing more than a third of the Life Care Center’s 180 employees, are out sick with symptoms resembling the coronavirus and a federal strike team of nurses and doctors is helping care for 53 patients remaining in the center.With the Kirkland, Washington, home accounting for over half of all coronavirus deaths in the United States, and all its patients tested, it was unclear why it had not been given kits for staff even as the University of Washington offered to process tests.last_img read more

Coronavirus infects medics at Egypt cancer centre

first_imgTopics : Egypt’s main cancer institute has confirmed 15 cases of the novel coronavirus among its medical staff, the facility’s chief said Saturday, sparking fears of exposure among vulnerable patients.”Three doctors and 12 nurses were infected by the virus,” Hatem Abulkassem, the director of Cairo’s National Cancer Institute, told a private Egyptian TV channel, adding that the 15 had been isolated.The facility will be sterilised over three days and patients who were in contact with the medics will be tested, along with all staff members, Abulkassem said. “It is tough to trace where the first infection emerged as the majority of the (institute’s) medical personnel work in several other places,” Abulkassem added.He said patient visits had been suspended in recent weeks. Last month, several Egyptian hospitals were closed for sterilisation after cases were detected there. Egypt has officially declared 985 COVID-19 cases and 66 deaths. The North African country, with a population of over 100 million, has imposed strict social distancing measures, including a night-time curfew, to reduce the risk of contagion, and several villages have been placed under quarantine. Tourist and religious sites are shuttered, schools have been closed and air traffic halted.Authorities have threatened penalties, including fines and imprisonment, for those caught disobeying confinement orders. last_img read more

District head in S. Sulawesi reported for blasphemy after dispersing Friday prayer

first_imgParepare Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Budi Susanto confirmed the report.“We’re investigating the case. We have questioned five people [on Thursday],” he said.Friday prayer is obligatory for Muslim men and is accompanied by a mandatory sermon that can last up to 45 minutes.In response to the coronavirus pandemic, however, authorities and ulemas have called on Muslims to refrain from gathering in congregations and to pray from home instead, including for Friday prayers.Last month, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa on compulsory Muslim prayers during the pandemic, advising Muslims in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably” not to “perform Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”. (aly)Topics : Makmur Raona, a lawyer representing the congregation body, confirmed on Thursday that they had reported Ulfa and another local figure, Anas Hindi, to the police on April 28.He said many residents deemed the dismissal of Friday prayers intolerable and urged the police to take legal action over the incident.“This is not an attack against an individual but against a religion recognized in this country,” Makmur said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Thursday.Read also: Indonesian Muslims hold congregational Ramadan prayers despite COVID-19 warnings The congregation body of the Ar-Rahmah mosque in Ujung district of Parepare city, South Sulawesi, reported district head Ulfa Lanto to the police for blasphemy after she had dispersed a Friday prayer gathering.On April 17, Ulfa and a number of COVID-19 task force personnel as well as local authorities conducted checks on mosques in the district to ensure Muslims in the area did not congregate for Friday prayers, so as to abide by the government’s appeal for physical distancing.However, the residents reportedly thronged to the Ar-Rahmah mosque as usual, prompting Ulfa to ask the local figures to stop the mass prayer while the sermon was ongoing.last_img read more