Wasting too much ink on straw news

first_imgExcuse me, but could someone please calculate the millions of pounds of paper and ink used thus far for printing the so-called “news” about plastic straws, and hasten the time when something more important will replace the space used for reporting on that topic? The solution is simple:Let people who are concerned stop using them and keep big government out of it.Richard FelakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, June 11

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTonko shows he’s grown out of touchPaul Tonko, are you listening? You have lost touch. After reading in The Gazette that you support more investigations on impeaching our president, and continuing to waste our money on this witch hunt, it’s clear you no longer represent what’s right and decent. While an assemblymen here in New York you seemed to want what was good for all New York.  I supported you and believed you had our best interests at heart.But this unwavering, lockstep, partisan Democrat charade you have demonstrated since your ascension to Washington is disturbing and disheartening. New York is the highest-taxed, most unfairly regulated, oppressed state in the country.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom you adamantly continue to support, has virtually bankrupted our state, wasted our money on giveaway programs to undocumented  immigrants and criminals, while our infrastructure crumbles, school and property taxes are astronomical and the unborn and disabled are forgotten.And now you’re worried about another fruitless probe. Shame on you Paul. You have lost my vote. We deserve better.If I see you again at a local function or your annual visit to the Altamont Fair, I will respectfully shake your hand. But remember, we put you in Washington to support us at home, not the other way around. Just do your job. What you’re doing now is not it. It’s time you see what’s happening at home to us.Paul HasbrouckPrincetownGroup desperately in need of volunteersI’m writing with a plea for help. The senior population of our area is growing faster than our number of volunteers.This is causing a problem in serving their needs, especially in the towns of Ballston and Malta. Care Links was established in 1996 to “link those in need with those that care” thereby enabling persons 60 and older to continue to live independently in their own homes. But we are in trouble. Today, 39 older residents of southern Saratoga County need your help. Due to ever-increasing requests for support, they have been placed on a waiting list for services. We have 15 seniors who are waiting for rides to medical appointments, dialysis and shopping and another 24 waiting for relief through respite, a conversation with a friendly visitor or someone to do their shopping.Can you help us by volunteering? Care Links is very flexible in its scheduling and we have opportunities for all ages, from children to seniors.  If a couple of hours a week or one day a month. Whatever time works for you, will work for us. If you wish to explore the possibility of volunteering for any of these services, please call Care Links at 518-399-3262. Thank you!Francine RodgerClifton ParkThe writer is chair, Captain/CHS Senior Services CommitteeEnforce laws to curb illegal immigrationI am a transplanted Texan who lived in south Texas near the Gulf Coast, about a 3-hour drive to Mexico.It’s amusing to me to hear how badly we treat folks who break our laws to get here and then ignore them once here.Do you think maybe they get away with it because ranches and farms hire them for cheap labor? I lived there for 30 years and it has gotten worse. Pregnant women sneak over the border and get caught so can have their children here safely.We are not going to see a change until we enforce laws already in place.They know that even a camp here is better then a drug-lord-run Mexico. Until we stop hiring them for cheap labor, it will keep happening.It is worse down south and in California. It’s not like folks are sneaking in from Canada in the thousands.Louise WassojnRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Legal case round up

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Livingstone: London needs 15 new towers by 2011

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How did it come to this?

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Long live King’s Cross

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Hammerson JV for £300m Kingston plan

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Indonesian rescue plane to fly to virus-hit Hubei in less than 24 hours

first_img“We have talked with Indonesian diplomats in Hubei province. In Wuhan, the [evacuation] process continues,” Retno said.Read also: Indonesian diplomats descend on virus-hit Wuhan to rescue trapped citizensShe thanked all relevant ministries and state institutions as well as Chinese authorities for their cooperation in facilitating the repatriation. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ordered on Thursday evening the immediate repatriation of the at least 243 Indonesians trapped in locked-down Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province – the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, which as of Friday had killed 213 and infected nearly 10,000 in mainland China.The Air Force has kept three aircraft and a team of health personnel on standby to evacuate Indonesian citizens from Hubei at any time, awaiting instructions from the government. The government has also prepared Sulianto Saroso Hospital in North Jakarta to be used as a quarantine facility to monitor the inbound citizens once they arrive in Indonesia. (ami)Topics : Jakarta confirmed on Friday afternoon that the government would send an aircraft to evacuate Indonesian citizens from China’s coronavirus-hit Hubei province in less than 24 hours.”The plane and team are set to fly [to Wuhan] in less than 24 hours. We are also using a large plane so that all Indonesians willing to be evacuated can fly without having to transit,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday.Retno said she had met with Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian earlier that day, during which the Chinese envoy had given clearance for Indonesian aircraft to land in Hubei and evacuate the country’s stranded citizens.last_img read more

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Apple closes China stores until Feb 9 due to virus

first_imgApple announced on Saturday the closure of its stores, corporate offices and contact centres in mainland China until February 9 due to the new coronavirus epidemic.The virus has prompted the government extend the Lunar New Year holiday through this weekend in a bid to contain its spread, but many provinces and cities have called on companies to delay their return to work.”Our thoughts are with the people most immediately affected by the coronavirus and with those working around the clock to study and contain it,” Apple said in a statement. It added the closure was decided “out of an abundance of caution and based on the latest advice from leading health experts”.Apple’s online store remains open and the company said it would closely monitor the situation.China is home to the firm’s third-biggest consumer market and much of its supply chain.But like every company in China, it has been affected by the virus that has killed 259 people and infected nearly 12,000. Some of Apple’s suppliers are based in the area near Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak.Apple chief Tim Cook said on Tuesday that the company was working on “mitigation plans” to make up for production loss with alternate sources.The company had already closed one of its Wuhan stores while some retail partners have shuttered their shops or cut hours of business.Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn, which makes iPhone products, is keeping its Chinese factories closed until mid-February and is allowing local employees to delay their return after the new year break.Topics :last_img read more

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PREMIUMRevocation of Indonesia’s developing country status will not affect GSP: Government

first_imgLog in with your social account Forgot Password ? Linkedin The government has confirmed that the United States’ decision to scrap Indonesia from its list of developing countries will not affect Indonesia’s Generalized System of Preference (GSP) facilities from the economic giant.A document from Coordinating Economic Ministry notes that various industries had already suspected the new United States Trade Representative (USTR) policy would affect the GSP facility for Indonesian exports to the US.On Feb. 10, the US agency excluded Indonesia from its developing and least-developed countries list, which means Indonesia is no longer eligible for Special Differential Treatment (SDT) from the WTO’s Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.Read also: Growing pains: US tariff policy overshadows planned Jokowi visit“Nevertheless, the United States Embassy in Jakarta has confirmed that the new USTR notice has … Topics : Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here united-states US Trade GSP USTR Indonesia-US-relations tariffs developing-countrieslast_img read more

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