Hope the city has a plan for baseball field

first_imgOn Oct. 10 I had an opportunity to address the Schenectady City Council with regards to the mayor’s proposed capital budget. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More specifically, I addressed the $600,000 being invested in the Central Park A Diamond — as I learned that night, also known as Buck Ewing Field.The mayor and council members John Polimeni and Vince Riggi noted it’s an investment in America’s pastime, a source of revenue and part of the bigger picture.OK. But who’s going to maintain the new artificial turf field, schedule the tournaments and make sure this field doesn’t meet the same fate as its predecessor? Volunteers? What’s the plan?I can only hope the mayor and City Council are equally as generous when it comes to organic community-inspired investment opportunities such as the miracle on Craig Street and professional cricket fields in Schenectady.Chad PutmanSchenectadycenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

Focus on faces in Holocaust memorial

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Regarding the Niskayuna Holocaust Memorial. I’m not Jewish. I don’t live in Niskayuna. I seldom travel Route 7. I’ve only been to the Holy Redeemer Cemetery a couple of times.But I, too, have strong feelings regarding this issue. My father was a World War II soldier and among those who liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp. He witnessed all these objects of horror you wish to display. But when he spoke of being there, he spoke of the faces.Let’s memorialize the people, those lost and those saved. It should be a place where you can honor those who had their lives taken, fought for their lives and fought for the lives of others. I know my father would have visited such a memorial, but he would never have gone to the one which is planned.Creators, please listen to the people both past and present.Marilyn ChewCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Carlisle retail: Life in the fast Lanes

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Cushman awaits Mosler’s reign

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Ex-Aberdeen chief Reid founds European investor

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Park Place gets green light

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Global Switch builds £1bn of sites

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Indonesia closes doors to travelers from China

first_imgAfter repatriating 238 citizens from Wuhan and other cities in China, the Indonesian government declared on Sunday that it would ban all travel to and from China to prevent the spread of a deadly and highly contagious novel coronavirus.The ban, which took effect at 12 a.m. on Monday, prevents visitors who have stayed in China for 14 days or more from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. The government will suspend visa-free and visa on arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.“The government asks Indonesians not to take trips to mainland China for now,” said Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, after a Cabinet meeting held by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Sunday afternoon. While the Philippines reported the first death outside of China due to the recent coronavirus on Sunday, Indonesia has not yet confirmed any cases.Indonesia’s travel ban was announced hours after 238 Indonesian nationals evacuated from Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province landed on Natuna Island and were placed in quarantine at Raden Sadjad airbase.“They will undergo observation [in quarantine] for 14 days. This observation period will also be implemented on the 42 airlifting personnel from Wuhan, so 285 people will undergo this observation. They are still healthy so far,” Retno said.Spread of the new coronavirus (AFP/-)The evacuees disembarked from the Batik Air Airbus A-330 airplane at 9:23 a.m. at Hang Nadim International Airport in Batam, Riau Islands.They disembarked one by one, with long intervals between each passenger. Officers wearing hazmat suits examined the passengers and escorted them to the planes that later transported them to Natuna.The Indonesian Military (TNI) used three planes to carry the returnees from Batam to Natuna: a Hercules A-1315, a Boeing AI-7304 and a Boeing A-7306.The passengers underwent medical examinations inside the Batik Air aircraft before boarding the planes that brought them to Natuna Island.Batam Class I Port Health Office head Achmad Farchanny previously said that several health assessments, such as temperature checks, would be made.The quarantine facility will be guarded by 117 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) officers sent on a Wings Air plane to Natuna, Riau Islands, according to Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Harry Goldenhardt.“We sent our officers for preemptive security as there has been a protest from the locals [about the quarantine on Natuna],” Harry told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.On Saturday, residents protested in front of the Ranai subdistrict Military Command (Koramil) in Natuna regency in opposition to the decision to make Natuna Island the site of the quarantine.Natuna Deputy Regent Ngesti Yuni Suprapti said the central government had not consulted the administration.Of the 245 Indonesians planned to be evacuated from Hubei, only 238 arrived in Indonesia. Four people were unwilling to leave China, while three people were sick at the time of departure and were not given clearance by the Chinese government to leave the country.Read also: Coronavirus: Indonesians from Wuhan arrive in Batam, before taken to Natuna for quarantineFollowing standard health protocol, the passengers underwent multilayered medical examinations conducted by both Chinese authorities and an Indonesian medical team at Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport.“It’s their right for those that refused. For those that did not pass, that’s the rule; the sick cannot [leave China],” Health Ministry spokeswoman Widyawati told the Post on Sunday.In quarantine, she said, the evacuees would be treated as healthy people and would be told to continue their activities, albeit at the facility.“They are actually healthy residents so we treat them as healthy people, not as sick people. We will also make them as comfortable as we can,” Widyawati said.She said that the evacuees would be treated, provided with healthy food and allowed to exercise for two weeks while their health was observed to determine if they were free from the coronavirus, which has an incubation period of up to two weeks.“They cannot be visited yet, but they can communicate using their gadgets,” Widyawati said.Viral fears: Natuna residents protest in front of Raden Sadjad Air Force Base in Ranai, Natuna, Riau Islands, on Saturday. They opposed the arrival of Indonesian citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China, in the regency, where the evacuees will be observed to ensure they are free from the new coronavirus. (Antara/Cherman)Other national governments have instated quarantines for those returning from China amid the coronavirus outbreak.The US government evacuated 195 Americans from Wuhan and has quarantined them at the March Air Reserve Base in California for 14 days.Singapore has evacuated 92 citizens from Wuhan. All Singaporeans coming from China have been put on quarantine order at home or at three university hostels in China designated as quarantine facilities.Australia plans to evacuate at least 150 of its residents from Wuhan on Monday to be quarantined on Christmas Island, Australian territory.The Foreign Ministry said the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing would take care of the four Indonesians who chose to stay in China with their family and the three others who were unable to depart because they did not pass the health screening.The Indonesian Embassy said it would be in constant communication with the remaining Indonesians and would coordinate with authorities in China to ensure those staying behind would still be able to access supplies.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said the Indonesians who remained would be taken care of by the authorities.”The government will fully protect them,” he said. Indonesia has followed the United States, the Philippines and Singapore in imposing travel restrictions to and from China amid rapid contagion of the virus worldwide.AFP reported that, as of Sunday, the coronavirus had killed 304 in China and had infected nearly 14,500 globally, surpassing infections caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the result of another strain of coronavirus originated in China, in 2003.Often called the first pandemic of the 21st century, the SARS outbreak resulted in 8,100 cases worldwide and killed at least 775 people.Read also: Virus deaths in China rise to 360, exceeding SARS mainland tollcenter_img — Marchio Irfan Gorbiano contributed to this report.Topics :last_img read more

China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

first_imgTopics : Pharmacies across the country sold out of disinfectants and surgical masks in just days after a lockdown was announced in late January on Wuhan city, where the COVID-19 illness is believed to have emerged.Office buildings have installed packets of tissue in elevators that tenants are encouraged to use when pressing buttons, while ride-hailing company Didi exhorts drivers to disinfect their cars daily.’Emergency issuance’Fan Yifei, deputy governor of China’s central bank, said Saturday that banks have been urged to provide new banknotes to customers whenever possible.  China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday.Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect Yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days — depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region — before recirculating them, China’s central bank said at a press conference.The virus, which has infected more than 66,000 people in China and spread to more than two dozen other countries, has sparked a rush to disinfect public places and minimize contact between people.center_img The central bank made an “emergency issuance” of four billion Yuan in new notes to Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, prior to the recent Lunar New Year holiday, Fan added.The measures are intended to “secure the public’s safety and health when using cash”, Fan said.But it is unclear how wide an impact the central bank’s disinfection work will have, with increasing numbers of Chinese people preferring mobile payments over cash in recent years.In 2017, nearly three quarters of Chinese respondents told an Ipsos survey they could survive a whole month without using more than 100 Yuan in cash.According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 can be spread through contaminated objects in addition to droplets and direct contact with infected patients.last_img read more