Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Having attended the latest town of Glenville Board meeting and listening to the residents of Touareuna Road voice concerns about the closing of part of their road, I have to speak up.Closing any road in the town is a hard decision, but it seems like money is the big obstacle here to repair or resurface this road.If the town of Glenville can spend huge dollars on sidewalks to nowhere in Mayfair, they can find the money for Touareuna Road.Bernard WitkowskiScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhile listening to Channel 6 news recently, they reported that a group wants to set up a place where drug users could shoot up safely under supervision. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought it was illegal to sell drugs in New York. Also, I thought it was illegal to buy and use drugs in this state, and these people want to enable people to break the law so they can be safe. Why not just legalize drug usage in New York, provided that the drugs have to be bought from a licensed grower and dealer. I realize there will be those who wish to do it illegally as in Prohibition. For those who are caught doing it, they should be put to death. That would discourage those criminals. Why pay $100,000 a year to jail them?While we’re at it, let’s protect other unfortunates. I don’t know what leads a person into prostitution, but I’ve seen stories where prostitutes have been killed by their johns and beaten by their pimps. Why not create rooms similar to the drug rooms where they would be paid and supervised?With a state-run bordello, the prostitutes could be under a doctor’s care to ensure their health. They can be paid a set fee and tipped for exceptional service, something like you’d do for a great haircut. We can tax both enterprises, which would help our economy. They’d have to be licensed by the state. As for those who choose to perform outside the law, there would be no police protection. If beaten or killed, that’s the breaks. If you can think of some other endeavor, I’m sure the state would be happy to listen.Peter PidgeonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFirst some history: 160 years ago, you could own a slave. People fought to the death for the right for you to own a slave. One hundred years ago, your mother was not entitled to vote. Thirty years ago, you could smoke a cigarette almost anywhere. Twenty years ago, Adam could marry Eve but not Steve.And so, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow, effective gun control will come. The critical question is, “How many more children must die until then?”James FogartyNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
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The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) is urging the government to set a limit on the number of vehicles allowed to drive on the Cikampek-Purwakarta-Padalarang (Cipularang) toll road, following heavy landslides that have occurred in the surrounding area.PVMBG head Kasbani made the recommendation after his team conducted a study in the area, also taking into consideration the heavy rain that has continued to pour down on the region.“[We recommend limiting the number of vehicles] to avoid further, bigger landslides and possible deaths,” Kasbani said in a statement on Monday. Six houses were damaged by a landslide last week in Hegarmanah village, West Bandung, at about the highway’s 118 kilometer mark.Kasbani recommended that authorities work to dry up the large pools of water on the north and south sides of the toll road.“[We also suggested] repairing and creating a waterproof drainage system that follows the water flow from the rice field area located in the north to the housing complex in the south,” Kasbani said. The PVMBG team also advised that a geological investigation be conducted to protect the valley using vegetation or engineering modifications. “[We should also] watch out for cracks, leaks, newly formed bumps in the valley, new water springs and rockfalls, as well as other early signs of landslides,” Kasbani said. Separately, Pratomo Bimawan Putra, the general manager of the Purbaleunyi branch of state toll road operator PT Jasa Marga, said the highway remained safe for travel despite being only seven meters away from the center of the landslide.“Jasa Marga will undertake temporary safety measures by putting up wooden planks and sandbags around the area, dispatching officers to monitor the surrounding area and cleaning out the drainage,” Bima said, adding that the company would also put up warning signs and coordinate with the police to manage traffic. (dpk) Topics :
Boeing Co found debris that could pose potential safety risks in the fuel tanks of several 737 MAX aircraft that are in storage and waiting to be delivered to airlines, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Tuesday.Foreign object debris, an industrial term for rags, tools, metal shavings and other materials left behind by workers during the production process, has been a quality control issue for various Boeing aircraft, such as its KC-46 tankers.Mark Jenks, general manager of the 737 program, told employees in the memo that such debris was “absolutely unacceptable” and that the company was taking steps to address the issue in its production system. A Boeing spokesman confirmed the memo’s authenticity, and said Boeing does not see the debris as contributing to delays in the jet’s return to service.The objects were found during maintenance work on some of the hundreds of 737 MAX jetliners Boeing has built but not delivered due to a worldwide ban imposed last March following two crashes that killed 346 people, he said.The FAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Topics :
China’s foreign ministry said its actions are “entirely necessary and reciprocal countermeasures that China is compelled to take in response to the unreasonable oppression the Chinese media organizations experience in the US,” noting what it said are “discriminatory restrictions” on Chinese journalists’ visa processing, administrative review and reporting activities.Secretary of State Michael Pompeo dismissed the moves and the comparison to the US decision in a news conference Tuesday with reporters in Washington, saying he hopes Beijing will reconsider.“These aren’t apples to apples in any respect and I regret China’s decision today to further foreclose the world’s ability to conduct the free press operations which, frankly, would be really good for the Chinese people, really good for the Chinese people in these incredibly challenging global times where more information, more transparency are what will save lives,” Pompeo said.Topics : China will effectively expel a group of US journalists and prohibit them from relocating to work in Hong Kong or Macau as a tit-for-tat over media access between the two countries expands.China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday said some reporters at the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post must hand in their media cards within 10 days in what it said was a response to US caps on Chinese media imposed early this month.In addition, China asked five US media outlets to submit detailed personnel and asset information to the government, a decision that mirrored a US move to designate five Chinese media outlets as “foreign missions.” This requirement applies to Voice of America, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Time.
According to the BKPM, between February and March 23 demands for licenses to import and distribute health equipment filed with the Health Ministry topped the list with 1,482 requests, followed by health equipment distribution certificates with 1,255 requests and health equipment production certificates with 877 requests.“The BKPM is easing distribution and import licensing processes for health equipment, raw materials and other necessities required to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Health Ministry and the BKPM are committed to prioritizing [licenses] necessary to mitigate the virus,” he said.Previously, a plan to import some 500,000 COVID-19 rapid testing kits by state-owned diversified manufacturer PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia (RNI) from China reportedly faced hurdles because of slow licensing at the Health Ministry.State-Owned Enterprises Ministry spokesman Arya Sinulingga said on March 18 that the RNI had submitted the import request on March 10, but the company still awaited a response.Arya later said that a number of COVID-19 rapid testing kits were to be shipped to Indonesia starting March 19 and that the RNI would handle the distribution of the testing kits to COVID-19 referral hospitals.Indonesia had confirmed at least 514 positive COVID-19 cases and 48 fatalities as of Sunday. (mpr)Topics : The Health Ministry ranks second among all ministries currently processing license requests since the COVID-19 pandemic triggered soaring demand for health equipment in Indonesia, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).Requests to import, produce and distribute health equipment filed to the ministry have spiked since February as the country grapples to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, BKPM chairman Bahlil Lahadalia said during an online broadcast of the inauguration ceremony of the agency’s command center.“When COVID-19 entered Indonesia, [requests for licenses] from the Health Ministry jumped to second place, just below the Trade Ministry, from sixth place,” Bahlil said on Monday.
“They are all ready to book losses and keep their operations going,” said Erick.Despite the declining demand for transportation modes such as trains, airplanes and ferries, Erick said that state-owned firms would continue providing maximum service to the public.Read also: Garuda, ‘severely affected’ by COVID-19, may restructure bonds: MinisterHe added that he had also told state-owned banks to maintain operations as they could play a part in helping the government disburse cash assistance to impacted families.The ministry is also conducting reviews of the operations of transportation SOEs and maintaining talks with the government and local administrations on limiting their services. The government has urged Indonesians to work, study and pray from home and implement social distancing to slow down COVID-19 infections in Indonesia.The SOEs Ministry may also propose incentives for state-run utility firm PLN and telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) to provide essential services for Indonesians as they stay at home, Erick said.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had reported 686 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 55 deaths. Thirty people who contracted the virus have recovered. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected over 383,000 people and claimed at least 16,500 lives.Topics : State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has instructed state-run firms to be ready to endure losses caused by weak demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially those firms in the transportation and travel sectors.Speaking to the media via teleconference on Tuesday, Erick said that SOEs should not be thinking about their balance sheets at the moment but focus on playing their part in helping to curb the pandemic’s impact on the people and the economy.He especially mentioned state airport operators PT Angkasa Pura I, PT Angkasa Pura II and train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI).
An Indonesia-based start-up, Nusantics, is reportedly preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits. A prototype will be complete within three weeks, an investor says.Willson Cuaca, co-founder and managing partner at East Venture, said Nusantics had been appointed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) to make the test kits based on samples from Indonesian nationals.East Venture, the most active early-stage venture capital firm in Indonesia, provided an undisclosed amount of seed money to the start-up on March 20 to support production. “Nusantics will create the test kits based on samples from Indonesia because the virus can mutate when it finds a new host,” Willson told The Jakarta Post over the phone.Read also: As contagion spreads, Indonesia focuses COVID-19 tests in three worst-hit provincesWillson added that 1,000 prototypes were expected to be finished in two weeks and would then be tested on patients. Once the kits were proven successful, the first 20,000 kits would be distributed within a month.“Right now, it is difficult to get tested for the coronavirus as it keeps spreading throughout the nation,” Willson said. “That is why we want to help the start-up achieve this goal.” East Ventures will lead crowdfunding with a target of Rp 10 billion (US$ 620,155) to produce the test kits and finance the whole genome sequencing project. The public can join by accessing indonesiapastibisa.com to donate money or equipment starting March 30.Nusantics is a technology company established in 2019 that focuses on applying advancements in genomics and microbiome research. Microbiomes are complex ecosystems of microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, that live on and inside every living thing.“The technology that Nusantics uses in skin microbiome analysis is similar to technology used to detect COVID-19 and our team also has the experience in medical test kits and bioinformatics,” said Nusantics CEO Sharlini Eriza Putri in a written statement on Friday.In addition to Nusantics, East Ventures’ known investments range from e-commerce platform Tokopedia and online travel agent Traveloka, to wedding organizing platform Bride Story and media platforms Kata Data and Tech in Asia.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Nusantics and details on crowdfunding plans.Topics :