New Yorkers are fed up with politicians

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We should be the ones who decide these things at the ballot box. Boy, I sure wish I could vote myself a raise in my Social Security benefits. Instead, there’s talk of cuts?Can’t these idiots see that people are fed up with being taxed and re-taxed, while they legislate favor of themselves and their rich donors? This November, I hope that there’s a major shakeup in our state and federal government. It’s not about party or beliefs. It’s time we, the people, actually get a voice. You want a raise? Your base should decide, and that’s us. You don’t want to be ethical? No problem, you’re fired. Politics is to blame for the state of things. We’re being ignored by the local, state and federal government, and it’s time for that to end.Guess who gets to decide whether we vote on raises or ethics reform? They do.This system is horribly broken and we have had enough. There’s a revolution on the horizon, and they will be eligible to vote in November. Get on board and change or look for a new job where your base decides how you act and how much you earn.Ken KimballSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Let the people decide. I’m tired of seeing politicians make laws or decisions that most people don’t want. What set me off was the news that state lawmakers want a raise. Really? When they pretty much refuse to vote on any meaningful ethics reform?last_img read more

Sign on to end blight of hunger on Earth

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion “Three percent of U.S. military spending could end starvation on Earth,” says Women Against War billboard (May 4, 2018, Sounds like some wise, moral women.More food, less bombs. A safer world. All Congress members, Democrats and Republicans, should immediately sign on, or we should replace them this fall.After all, who wouldn’t recommend feeding your neighbor rather than killing him?PETE LOOKERGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

West end boys

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New pact for £200m power station revamp

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PREMIUMMiddle-class women work as much as their lower-class peers: World Bank

first_imgLinkedin Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The participation rate of women in the workforce has continued to increase in recent years, but the differences in participation rates between middle-class women and their lower-class and upper-class peers are relatively small.In 2016, labor participation rate of middle-class women, who spent between Rp 1.2 million (US$85.70) and Rp 3.2 million per person per month, reached nearly 60 percent, only slightly higher than women in the lower classes at around 50 percent, according the World Bank’s report on “Indonesia’s Aspiring Indonesia: Expanding the Middle Class” released on  Jan. 30.”Indonesian middle-class women do not work much more than non-middle-class women,” the report stated.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is seeking to upgrade Indonesia’s income status and escape the middle-income trap, a situation in which a country&r… Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics : Indonesia World-Bank middle-class labor-participation-rate Women rural-area urban BPS povertylast_img read more

PREMIUMLukewarm: Jakarta flood victims back out of class action lawsuit

first_imgForgot Password ? Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Jakarta Flood Victims Legal Advocacy Team, which represents a group of flood victims in their class action suit against the Jakarta administration, is considering replacing three of its plaintiffs who failed to show up to the opening session of the trial on Monday.The five plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was registered on Jan. 13, represent flood victims from each of Jakarta’s five municipalities. The lawsuit cites Law No. 24/2007 on disaster mitigation, which stipulates that the central and regional governments are responsible for disaster mitigation.“However, Bilmar Limbong, 46, representing West Jakarta, Tri Agus Arianto, 51, representing East Jakarta and Yunita Turnip, 46, representing South Jakarta did not appear at the Central Jakarta District Court as their family members did not support their participation in the lawsuit,&rdq… Topics : flood-control flood-class-action Jakarta-flood 2020-New-Year-Great-Flood Central-Jakarta-District-Court Linkedin Googlelast_img read more

Japan’s Abe urges 2-week curbs on sports events as coronavirus looms over Olympics

first_imgJapan has at least 164 cases of infections from the flu-like coronavirus, apart from 691 reported from a cruise ship docked south of Tokyo. The government has shifted strategy in fighting the contagion, seeking to slow its expansion and minimise the number of deaths – now five – rather than stopping it completely, now seen as impossible.Earlier on Wednesday the minister in charge of the Olympics sought to quell fears the Olympics could be cancelled.International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Dick Pound said earlier the Games would more likely be cancelled than postponed or moved should the virus threat enforce any change in schedule, the Associated Press reported, with a decision necessary by May.”The IOC is preparing for the Tokyo Games as scheduled,” Minister Seiko Hashimoto said in parliament when asked about Pound’s comment. “We will continue our preparations so that the IOC can make sound decisions.” In a briefing with reporters, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said he had been told by the IOC that Pound’s comment that any cancellation decision would be made in May was not the IOC’s official stance.Officials have consistently denied the Olympics will be postponed or cancelled. But Tokyo has been forced to postpone training for volunteers, with large scale gatherings like March’s Tokyo Marathon already voluntarily curtailed or halted altogether.Meanwhile the Yomiuri Giants baseball said on its website it would stage planned preseason games versus cross-town rival the Yakult Swallows at its Tokyo Dome stadium, but with no fans in the building.Separately the national sumo association told Reuters a board meeting would be held on March 1 to discuss whether to proceed with its spring tournament, due to start in Osaka on March 8. Japan’s professional soccer league has already called off all domestic games through the first half of March.The growing shadow over the Olympics came as Dentsu Group Inc, an advertising giant deeply involved in the Games, told employees to work at home after a confirmed coronavirus case at its central Tokyo headquarters. Its shares in slid to a seven-year low amid the concerns about the Games.In another confirmed case, property developer Mitsubishi Estate Co said one of its skyscrapers in the Marunouchi business district had been visited by a person with the virus.Topics : Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday called for sports and cultural events to be scrapped or curtailed for two weeks as the country battles to stem coronavirus contagion amid mounting concerns the 2020 Tokyo Olympics could be cancelled.Abe’s call came after a Tokyo baseball team said it would play games in an empty stadium this weekend, while two businesses in central Tokyo reported confirmed cases of infection a day after the government urged companies to recommend staff consider working from home.”Taking into account that the next one to two weeks are extremely important in stopping the spread of infection, the government considers there to be a large risk of transmission at sports, cultural events and large gatherings of people,” Abe said in parliament.last_img read more

Senegal confirms first coronavirus case

first_imgTopics : “So far the patient’s condition has not raised any major concerns.”The patient, a father of two who has lived in Senegal for more than two years, stayed in the southern French city of Nimes as well as a unspecified ski resort last month, Sarr said.The man then returned to Senegal on February 26, where he went to a medical center and registered a fever of 39 degrees Celsius as well as a sore throat and headache. The center contacted the country’s coronavirus alert unit and the patient was quarantined, the minister said. “The surveillance and response system for COVID-19 has been bolstered and all measures are being taken to contain the disease,” Sarr said.He urged the population to stay calm, adding he was “perfectly confident” in the country’s health system.The first case in sub-Saharan African was recorded last week in Nigeria, where an Italian national returned with the virus from his home country.Italy has emerged as the European hotspot for the deadly virus, with more than 2,000 cases, while France has reported the third most in Europe, with at least 130.Before Senegal and Nigeria, the only reported cases in Africa were in Egypt and Algeria.But experts fear the virus spreading to Africa, which struggles with conflicts, poor health infrastructure, crowded cities with inadequate sanitation, rickety governance and porous borders — all of which provide excellent opportunities for the virus to spread.The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged African countries to come together and be more aggressive in attacking the virus. “Our biggest concern continues to be the potential for COVID-19 to spread in countries with weaker health systems,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week.A 2016 analysis by US think-tank the Rand Corporation found that of the 25 countries in the world that are most vulnerable to infectious outbreaks, 22 are in Africa.center_img Senegal confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking just the second infection in sub-Saharan Africa amid concerns over the continent’s vulnerability to outbreaks of contagious diseases.A French man who lives in Senegal visited France in mid-February, contracting the virus before returning to the West African country and being quarantined in the capital Dakar, Senegal’s Health Minister Diouf Sarr said.”The results of the tests carried out by the Pasteur Institute in Dakar came back positive,” Sarr told journalists.last_img read more

Bosnia confirms its first two cases of coronavirus: Health minister

first_imgBosnia confirmed its first two cases of the new coronavirus – a middle-aged man who recently visited Italy and his child, the health minister of Bosnia’s autonomous Serb Republic said on Thursday.Alen Seranic said the man, who returned from Italy late last month, had been confirmed earlier this week as having coronavirus. He is in a stable condition and is being kept in isolation in hospital in the city of Banja Luka.”His wife tested negative for coronavirus but his child was found positive last night,” Seranic told a news conference in Banja Luka. Health authorities will test school children who have had contact with the infected child, as well as all other members of the infected family, he said. The school will be closed for the next couple of days.”This is the first case of infection that was not unexpected, it was expected after the outbreak in Italy, which is among our biggest trade partners,” Seranic said.Bosnia is divided into two regions, one dominated by Serbs and the other by Croats and Bosniak Muslims.So far the health authorities in the two regions have prepared hospital isolation rooms and urged citizens to be particularly careful with hygiene. Many hospitals have halted or limited visits in recent days.The global outbreak of the new coronavirus that began last December in China has spread to nearly 80 countries and territories, killing more than 3,000 people.Topics :last_img read more