Give Niskayuna a chance at bipartisanship

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs I noticed from previous letters to the editor, there are a number of Niskayuna residents who question the ability of a Democratic board and a Republican supervisor to govern in a responsible way. I, too, was skeptical. I sent an email to Denise Murphy McGraw outlining my concerns. She immediately replied saying, “My top priority is always to show the people of Niskayuna I work with their best interests at heart. I will never waver from that mission.”In this era of negativism and instant judgment, I suggest that we give them time to show us that in Niskayuna, nonpartisan leadership is possible, despite evidence to the contrary from the state and federal governments.Lois MillsNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

NHP aims high with £124m to raise for expansion

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£250m Euro plan for Standard Life

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Morgan Stanley makes Canary Wharf takeover approach

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Swede nothings

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Ronaldo dashes to Madeira to see stroke victim mother

first_imgThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner, former star of Manchester United and Real Madrid and captain of Portugal asked for privacy on the matter.”Thank you for all your messages of support for my mum. She is currently stable and recovering in hospital,” Ronaldo said.”Me and my family would like to thank the medical team looking after her, and kindly ask that we are all given some privacy at this time.”Ronaldo’s mother Dolores Aveiro suffered the stroke early Tuesday. The 65-year-old is now reportedly conscious and in a stable condition in a Funchal hospital.Topics : Cristiano Ronaldo rushed to Madeira on Tuesday to be beside his stricken mother after she suffered a stroke.The 35-year-old skipped training with his club Juventus and flew to Madeira with his wife and one of his sons.According to the Diario de Noticias da Madeira, Ronaldo was expected to depart on Wednesday in time for the second leg of Juve’s Italian Cup semi-final with AC Milan.last_img read more

South Pacific cyclone and coronavirus create ‘perfect storm’ of worry

first_imgTopics : The storm is now headed toward Tonga and expected to land there on Thursday or Friday, emergency officials said.The cyclone forced Vanuatu, which has yet to report a case of the COVID-19 infection, to suspend social distancing rules intended to combat the virus, Red Cross officials said.The island state’s leaders also are rethinking new border restrictions imposed to head off a virus outbreak, they said.“It’s an incredibly challenging time right across the globe, and it’s hard to imagine a worse time for a mega-storm like this to hit,” Luke Ebbs, Vanuatu director for charity Save the Children, said in a statement. Josephine Latu-Sanft, a Tongan-born communications director for The Commonwealth – whose members include more than 20 small island states – said the storm had thrown the islands’ pandemic preparations into question, and left nations that have few resources struggling to deal with two crises at once.Fiji, for instance, has about 15 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths yet, but will find it hard to maintain a lockdown to tame the disease’s spread while dealing with the storm’s aftermath, she said.In many islands in the South Pacific, “that’s where the worry is”, she added.”If they have to lift that [lockdown] to put everybody in a church or evacuate a rural area, that’s a problem.”Tonga has just “a handful” of intensive care beds for a population of 100,000, to treat both storm injuries and potential cases of the novel coronavirus, Latu-Sanft said.Many people also fear that visitors bringing in storm aid or other supplies from abroad could unwittingly introduce the virus in places where it has yet to take hold.Multiple disasters For small islands, working to prevent a COVID-19 crisis “doesn’t mean all the other issues you’re dealing with go away”, Latu-Sanft told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Patricia Scotland, secretary-general of The Commonwealth and a native of the Caribbean island of Dominica, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017, said lessons learned in the South Pacific may soon have wider implications.Both the Atlantic hurricane season and South Asia monsoon, for example, begin in June, and could bring flooding and other threats even as countries are likely to be still grappling with COVID-19.”If we’re not careful we may have the perfect storm,” Scotland warned in a telephone interview.Economic shutdowns associated with efforts to control the virus also will make it harder for many people to cope with potential climate-related disasters at the same time.Communities that rely on fishing, for instance, can no longer sell to restaurants or broader markets, and tourism is on hold as travel bans are put in place.”If no one’s flying and there’s no tourism and no one is buying your fish, you’re really looking at an economic disaster as well,” Scotland said.Maarten van Aalst, director of the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, said aid agencies and climate change experts have long been concerned about more countries and communities facing multiple crises – from health emergencies to conflict outbreaks or weather disasters – all at once.The current pandemic is now expanding that risk to many parts of the world beyond the poorest and most conflict-affected countries, he said.”Are we going to see a lot more of this? Absolutely,” he added. center_img As deadly Cyclone Harold churns through the South Pacific, small island nations in its path are struggling to balance responses to the disaster with maintaining efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, officials warned Wednesday.Cyclone Harold ripped through Vanuatu and Fiji as a deadly top-strength storm this week, causing injuries and damage to property, and severing communications.Before that, it left 27 people missing and presumed dead in the Solomon Islands after they were swept off a ferry in rough seas.last_img read more

PREMIUMFour upstream oil and gas projects worth $45m set to kick off in first quarter

first_imgFour upstream oil and gas projects worth US$45.39 million are scheduled to start operations in the first quarter this year, as other projects face mounting problems, a government task force has said.The Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas), which often speaks on behalf of related companies, said in Jakarta on April 9 that the projects comprised three gas projects, including one by PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE), that have a collective output of 80 million cubic feet per day (mmscfd).The fourth project is a 4-megawatt (MW) power plant that supports Jakarta-based PT Pertamina EP in producing 1,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from an oilfield in North Kalimantan.“These achievements are part of our effort to maintain oil and production levels as per targets,” said SKK Migas deputy of operations Julius Wiratno in a statement issued on Wednesd… Log in with your social account Linkedin Google Facebook Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Indonesia oil-and-gas-industry upstream-industry pertamina SKKMigas operation Medco-Energi-Internasionallast_img read more

Govt, House agree to reschedule 2020 regional elections’ voting day to Dec. 9

first_imgThe government and the House of Representatives have agreed to reschedule the voting day for this year’s simultaneous regional elections to Dec. 9 from its initial schedule in September due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Lawmakers and relevant stakeholders reached the decision after a hearing held on Tuesday between House Commission II overseeing home affairs, Home Minister Tito Karnavian, the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP).”House Commission II approved the government’s proposal to postpone the 2020 regional elections to Dec. 9, 2020,” Commission II chairman Ahmad Doli Kurnia said. Read also: Regional elections postponed after organizers catch COVID-19The Golkar Party politician went on to say that Commission II together with the home minister and KPU would hold a work meeting to further discuss the matter and the latest developments of the pandemic after the emergency period for the COVID-19 outbreak had ended.”At the same time, we will review the stages of the regional elections,” said Doli.The government will draft a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to provide a legal basis for the postponement of the voting day, which will be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions. The 2016 Regional Elections Law mandates that the 2020 simultaneous regional elections be held in September, with voting day on Sept. 23, 2020, as stipulated in a 2019 KPU regulation.However, due to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak ⁠— which has now infected more than 4,000 people in the country ⁠— the KPU had previously suggested three alternative dates for voting day: Dec. 9, 2020; March 17, 2021; and Sept. 29, 2021.Read also: Indonesian regions report lack of funds to hold 2020 local pollsAs the election organizer, the KPU does not have the authority to delay the local elections and can only postpone the stages of the elections. The authority to delay the election schedule belongs to the House.According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has led many countries to postpone elections, with at least 12 national elections and 20 local elections in 30 countries having been delayed.The government, the KPU and the House had also previously agreed to reallocate the remaining balance of around Rp 9 trillion (US$550 million) from the election budget for COVID-19 prevention and control.Topics :last_img read more

Two sun bears break out of rescue center in Yogyakarta

first_imgTwo sun bears recently placed under quarantine at the Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC) in Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, escaped from their cages on Wednesday afternoon.WRC manager Tarko Sudiarno said the two bears managed to escape their enclosures because a keeper forgot to lock their cages after feeding them.A security officer saw one of the bears, 4-year-old Vegan, roaming the complex at around 6 p.m., he said. Workers of the rescue center immediately caught and returned the bear to its cage. Sun bears, also known as honey bears, are a protected species in Indonesia. Bedu and Vegan were rescued from an illegal online trader several years ago and are due to be returned to their natural habitat in Kalimantan.WRC serves as a conservation center for a variety of wildlife, including those saved from illegal trade. The rescue center is currently home to around 160 animals, including orangutans and crocodiles.Tarko said the rescue center would conduct an internal evaluation of the incident.“However, we wouldn’t impose any sanction on the keeper [responsible for the incident] considering their extraordinary dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing fasting month,” he said. (rfa)Topics : The other bear, 8-year-old Bedu, managed to climb over a fence surrounding the rescue center.A joint search unit comprising WRC officers and local police and military personnel was promptly deployed to find the missing animal. Three hours later, the search team found Bedu milling about in a garden owned by a local resident.Read also: Wildlife agency rescues bear cub ensnared in trap in Riau oil palm plantation“We have caught them,” Tarko told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “We finally managed to capture it with a webbing and then had it sedated.”last_img read more