Dake Foundation worthy of support

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI recently attended the stationary bike race held at the Saratoga YMCA. This event was an annual fund-raiser for the Dake Foundation for Children. We (Spikes Trikes) were a title sponsor and it was an uplifting experience to see all the teams involved. We were especially inspired by a young gentleman, only10 years old, who participated on his trike paid for by the Dake Foundation. He made a total of 39 laps around the arena with a smile on his face the whole time. The foundation supports kids in a 50-mile radius of Saratoga Springs.Please check them out and contribute in this holiday season of giving, and perhaps they will be able to expand the area and help even more disabled children.Bernie ElwoodAmsterdamThe writer is the shop manager for Spikes Trikes.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, March 16

first_imgSupervisor Syed Should have votedRecently, the Town of Niskayuna entered into an agreement with Pepsi bottling of Colonie to accept soda water at the upgraded waste water treatment plant. I was astonished to read in The Gazette that Supervisor Yasmine Syed abstained from voting on this proposal. For a town official to abstain from voting in their legislative capacity, the generally accepted standard is personal conflict or lack of subject matter knowledge. Neither of these justifications were offered. Syed noted that “There were some questions that several residents here brought up…. I have to take those concerns to heart.” Considering the concerns of local residents is a legitimate reason not to support the measure, but by refusing to vote, the supervisor expressed that she is indifferent to the outcome. On this occasion and two prior votes about the waste water treatment plant, she failed to legislate and govern as the chief elected official of the municipality. Syed noted that the matter had “pros and cons,” most matters before any legislative body will have “pros and cons.” If important matters of town governance were self-evident and straight forward, we wouldn’t have need for a paid Town Supervisor. Supervisor Syed gets paid to vote and paid to lead. An abstention is neither. Michael SkrebutenasNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Pro-abortion Catholics are hypocritical Ballston bait and switch Hey Pro-Abortion “Catholic” Politicians: Stop misleading voters with your false piety. The Catholic Church’s teaching on abortion is very clear, it’s evil. It’s the murder of innocent pre-born children made in the image and likeness of God. Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a hit man “to take out a human life to solve aproblem.”But that doesn’t stop pro-abortion Catholics like Cuomo, Tonko, Gillibrand, Sheehan, Breslin, McDonald, Fahy, and Steck from bragging about how holy they are in their own eyes. “I was an altar boy” squealed Governor Cuomo. “I grew up around Irish Catholics” boasted Phil Steck. “I’m a practicing Catholic” cried John McDonald. “I speak as someone who is Catholic” shrieked Patricia Fahy.These self-proclaimed “Catholics” sprint in front of cameras at every parish picnic, every charity ceremony, and push into Catholic schools to access our children. Yet they show no intention of repentance, no intention of reconciling themselves to God, no intention of living a true faith filled life. Instead they defend their murderous votes in support of late term abortion and infanticide. It’s time for Catholic faithful to take a stand. Tell Cuomo, Tonko, Gillibrand, Sheehan, Breslin, McDonald, Fahy, and Steck to go fake worship somewhere else. Tell them: Change your ways or leave because you’re leading others astray.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills In a puff-piece article in March 8’s Daily Gazette that may have been written by the town’s $18,000 per year PR firm, the article begins, “The town is moving closer to adopting zoning changes that would help preserve farmland and open space in the more rural western part of town.”Residents have been carefully parsing the proposed zoning changes and have proof that these changes will only open up more farmland for development. In addition it promises to increase density in the northern part of town so if you live near the Village of Ballston Spa you can expect even more traffic nightmares.Nice bait-and-switch there folks, but the residents aren’t stupid. Regardless of the quote from our esteemed town planner who said, “It’s different and I think Ballston is really excited about it.”  Not sure if Sophia has confused the peoples’ reaction to the original vs. the final drafts, or she’s just learned how to put lipstick on the pig. Residents are angry with the proliferation of unattractive and cramped apartments lining Routes 50 and 67, and the ever-increasing traffic problems to the point of standstills on Rt. 50 and Rt. 67 several times every day.Reducing the size of the Ag District is not farmland protection. It’s catering to developers who have run out of land to build on with adequate water and drainage. The residents are really asking only one question: Are Ballston Town Officials working for the residents or the developers?Polly WindelsBallston Lake March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so on behalf of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties, I’d like to share some valuable information and clear up a few myths about colon cancer. All men and women ages 50 to 75 years old should be screened regularly for colorectal cancer (also known as colon cancer). Colon cancer is preventable through screening and is highly curable if found early. Despite this, it’s still the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women in New York State. Most people diagnosed with colon cancer do not have a family history. Others think that screening is only needed if they have symptoms such as blood in their stool. However, many cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed in people who don’t have symptoms, which is why getting tested is so important.Another misunderstanding is that the tests are painful, and the preparation is unpleasant. The truth is there are several tests to choose from, including stool-based tests that are easy, painless, and can be done at home.Many people think that screening is expensive. Not so. Health insurance plans in New York State are required to cover colon cancer screening. And for those who are uninsured, our program provides free screening to men and women age 50 and older. If you do not have health insurance and are 40-64, please contact us to see if you are eligible for the program. Call (518) 841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamThe writer is a program manager for Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery & Schenectady Counties. Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFitzpatrick and Kormos are qualified leaders in Ballston SpaDear Ballston Spa neighbors, we hope you will join us in support of the candidacies of ChristineFitzpatrick and Liz Kormos for this wonderful village’s Board of Trustees. The election is March 19 andpolls are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. We know that Christine’s years of private sector and governmentexperience and Liz’s financial, consulting and grant-writing background will be valuable assets to theVillage and its residents. Their perspectives, deep love for Ballston Spa and straight-up tenacity will helplead us toward a bright future.We hope you’ll join us in supporting Liz and Christine; together we will make our village an even betterBallston Spa.Noah Shaw and Shawn RaymondBallston SpaThe writers are Village Trustees I’m finally 62 but sadly my pension is goneThis week is my 62nd birthday. This is the month I should be entitled to my St. Clare’s Hospital pension. I worked there 29 years on the cardiac unit and in the Emergency Room.Happy times, sad times, scary times, heartbreaking times and a few miracles. I worked nights and weekends and spent many holidays with other people’s families. But now after 37 years of nursing I’m tired. I looked forward to this month when I could slow down some. Maybe go part time or per diem. Travel, visit friends and family, spend more time with my grandsons, and help prepare for a new grand baby this fall. But now because of under funding and probable mismanagement of my pension fund none of what was promised me will be coming. Thirty seven years of nursing the Schenectady community and now who will take care of me? Many of my former coworkers have this same story. We’ve had wonderful verbal support from the community, some politicians and even from the Bishop. But still no tangible help has come our way. We are still praying for our miracle.Karen Kelley Sacchetti, RNSchenectadylast_img read more

Enterprise profits up 10%

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Blue for biotechnology

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Rotch’s downwards rents innovation

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Indonesia launches official protocols for COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgThe Indonesia government has finally released its official protocols for dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus.Members of the public are expected to follow the protocols if they find they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. “If you are experiencing one of the COVID-19 symptoms, such as a 38-degree Celsius fever, please take a rest. Drink a lot of water,” Health Ministry secretary-general Oscar Primadi said on Friday.Read also: BREAKING: Indonesia confirms two new COVID-19 casesAccording to Oscar, the protocols are meant to guide the actions of people when they gather in public places. The protocols deal with educational areas, public areas, public transportation, health access, first aid and identifying the infection. For example, if the symptoms of feverish people persist after resting and drinking water and if they begin to experience difficulty breathing, the ministry strongly advises them to seek treatment at the nearest health facility. They should also refrain from using public transportation.Read also: Four suspected to have COVID-19 after contact with Case 1: Health Ministry“Do not forget to wear a face mask when you are going to the health centers. If one did not possess a face mask, one can replace it by closing the mouths upon sneezing, or using a tissue, or the back of the arms,” Oscar said.People suspected to have contracted COVID-19 are to be taken to a referral hospital. Patients would later have samples of their bodily fluids taken for testing. Patients who test positive are to be treated in isolation wards. If they test negative, they are to receive treatment to relieve their symptoms. “We also have another protocol for educational units. The Education Agency and Health Agency in the area have to coordinate with each other. They have to provide hand soap and water and they have to put them at strategic places in schools,” Oscar said.Read also: COVID-19: Korean Air suspends flights between Incheon, Soekarno-Hatta airportsThe Education Ministry’s acting spokesman, Ade Erlangga Masdiana, said that if a student, a teacher, or a student’s parents become infected with the coronavirus and contract COVID-19, the school should coordinate with the Health Agency. “They [the schools] are also allowed to postpone school activities for 14 days,” Ade said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta extends COVID-19 state of emergency to April 19

first_imgHe said the stay-at-home instruction and closure of schools and tourist destinations would also be extended to April 19.Read also: Top Indonesian doctors call for lockdown, say physical distancing not enough“We urge citizens not to leave their house, except for urgent and essential matters such as food and health care.”The provincial administration also urged Jakarta residents to not leave the city to return to their respective hometowns for mudik (exodus).“Despite the limitations, medical facilities in Jakarta are more prepared to handle [the outbreak],” the governor said. “Please be more responsible by staying in Jakarta, especially if you are being monitored for COVID-19.”Indonesian health authorities had confirmed 1,155 cases of COVID-19 nationwide as of Saturday, with 102 fatalities and 46 recoveries. The capital city was the hardest-hit region with 627 cases – 61 of whom were medical workers in 26 hospitals across Jakarta – and 62 deaths. (kuk) Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended the state of emergency in the capital city to April 19 in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.The decision was made during a meeting involving the provincial administration, the Jakarta Police and the Kodam Jaya military command on Saturday.“Initially the plan was for [the state of emergency] to stay in effect until April 5. We are prolonging the state of emergency for Jakarta until April 19,” the governor said during a press briefing at City Hall on Saturday. Topics :last_img read more

Coronavirus boosts community spirit and nationalism

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic is boosting both nationalism and community spirit, unleashing shifts in attitudes that would usually takes years to trickle down, according to a survey released on Thursday.The survey of six nations from across the globe reveals that COVID-19 has also prompted more people to want to work for organizations committed to social improvement, researchers said.”People are more and more aware of what’s happening in their community, and also becoming more critical about it,” Martijn Lampert, co-founder of Dutch research agency Glocalities, said. Topics : “There’s a lot of opportunity now for change because in times of crisis, things become more fluid, and changes can happen much faster.” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The COVID trends report is based on two surveys of attitudes among 4,271 people in six countries, the first taken before the crisis and the second when much of the world was in lockdown.The number of people who said they were strongly involved in their communities has risen by 10% in Italy, 9% in the United States, Britain and Netherlands, and 6% in South Korea, while remaining stable in Brazil.”It’s a strong trend. Normally you’d see such changes over multiple years,” Lampert said.center_img Faced with a common health threat and separated from wider society by a global lockdown, people have focused more on their immediate networks and those close to them, he said.”People want to contribute and are more interested in social improvement. They’re becoming a bit less selfish,” he added.However, the survey showed the pandemic had led to a “shrinking” of lives and a more inward focus, exacerbating a trend towards nationalism that was evident pre-crisis.Mistrust of others had grown and tolerance for different philosophies had fallen. Trust in national governments had gone up, while people had lost faith in international organizations.But Lampert said declining openness and internationalism had prompted pushback from those who are more global or egalitarian in outlook – “creating fertile ground” for social activist movements like Black Lives Matter.”You see declining tolerance and a shrinking world on the one hand, and on the other you see a reaction against that.”The survey was conducted before the explosion of racial justice protests around the world triggered by the death of George Floyd while restrained by police in Minneapolis.The findings also showed a greater trust in science.”After a prolonged period of public criticism of experts and the promotion of ‘alternative facts’, science – and education in general – is making a comeback because our lives depend on it,” Lampert said. “We’re in an age that requires more transparency and truthfulness.”Two in five respondents in Brazil and a third in the United States thought their governments had been untruthful about the pandemic. last_img read more

Iran says virus cases top 180,000

first_imgTopics : “We are progressing slowly and step by step (because we don’t want) our people to think that the coronavirus era has passed.”This would pose a major health problem for us,” Rouhani said.Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said 2,238 new infections in the past 24 hours took the total to 180,156.She said 78 new deaths brought the overall toll to 8,584. More than 180,000 people have been infected in Iran’s coronavirus outbreak since it first emerged nearly four months ago, an official said on Thursday.As the figures were announced, President Hassan Rouhani called on Iranians to stick to guidelines aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19.”If everyone follows the health instructions exactly, then all jobs can be reopened,” he said in remarks broadcast on state television.center_img Iran reported its first COVID-19 cases on February 19 — two deaths in the Shiite holy city of Qom.The government has struggled to contain what quickly became the Middle East’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak.Since April, however, it has gradually lifted health protocols in order to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.That has coincided with a fresh surge in cases, which the government denies amounts to a second wave, saying they are due to increased testing.last_img read more