Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 10

first_imgSt. Clare’s retirees need help on pensionSo where does restitution of funding for St. Clare’s Hospital pensions stand? We have reached a stalemate. We were counting on the state of New York and the Albany Catholic Diocese to help us and were given some hope. But as of this moment, we have no funding.I can tell you the struggle is real, and the hardship is real for us. We are all certainly feeling the pinch financially and emotionally. We’ve sadly lost some pensioners along the way, and time is not on our side right now.I respectfully ask the state of New York and the Albany Catholic Diocese to please find it in your hearts to help us with funding. We have tirelessly voiced our frustrations to every possible source and have received an enormous amount of support from our community, legislators and local media, for which we are extremely grateful.  Funding of our promised pension is well deserved. We, the St. Clare’s Hospital retirees, faithfully and dutifully committed ourselves in serving the underserved and indigent community of Schenectady County. Ironically, we are now that community. We would like to live the last chapter of our lives with some dignity. Is that too much to ask?Patricia PangburnSchenectadyThe writer is a St. Clare’s Hospital pensioner. I write today as a resident of Saratoga, parent of a student, district alumna, and member of a dedicated law enforcement family. On May 21, I’ll be voting for Natalya Lakhtakia, Heather Reynolds and John Brueggemann for school board because they are the only candidates with well-rounded platforms making the positive case to elect them.If you haven’t been following the antics of their opponents (Saratoga Parents for “Safer” Schools or SPSS) on social media, then you might not have seen the stunning rhetoric they are infecting our community with. Allow me to summarize.It’s conspiratorial thinking. From the SPSS perspective, everything is hidden or secretive. When your go-to argument is that there is secret conspiracy against you, I humbly submit that you have stepped beyond the bounds of civil discourse.It’s bullying. SPSS consistently attacks opponents in highly personal terms. They have labeled their opponents as “anti-safety.” Can you imagine a more brazen or laughable attempt at slander? No one in this race (or any race) is “anti-safety.” This is the kind of absurd hyperbole that people hate.It’s partisan. SPSS loves to throw around the derisive label “political,” yet they seem to have no shame in adopting the tried and true tactics of name calling, scare tactics, push polling, party-line discipline, and big money. Some of the SPSS candidates, to their credit, have recently attempted to distance themselves from the partisan excess of their backers, but in my opinion, the die is cast.Brooke McConnellSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m confused. I think. Maybe.We will be replacing plastic one-use bags with possibly paper bags that were replaced by one-use plastic bags because we were cutting down too many trees and the landfill thing. Plastic bags have been found to be a hazard to the environment. We realize this because they don’t biodegrade.We are now going to be “threatened” by a user tax because the markets and most likely everybody else we buy from like Target, Walmart, Stewart’s, etc., who use these bags, will also do this.We are trainable, people. I bought re-usable grocery bags from the markets, in the dollar store, etc. I just have to remember them when I leave the house. Buy reusable bags and start using them. I think we can educate ourselves not to have to pay a ‘ransom’ for a bag when we buy something. Let’s start now and eliminate the element of surprise by taking the bags with us. It’s not going to work if we don’t think green.Holly RussoGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStart using reusable bags to avoid new taxcenter_img Support positive Spa school board slate Union president not judge on free speechIt’s impossible to be certain, but it sounds like the president of Union College is taking it upon himself to be an arbiter of appropriate speech when in a recent op-ed he said, “I oppose free speech on college campuses.” The list of folks who have tried unsuccessfully to control speech is long, notorious and burdened with the yoke of failure. Perhaps Mr. Harris has within himself the elusive combination of talents and capabilities to make it work. But considering he had the testicular fortitude and lack of common sense to commit such words to paper, there are doubts at hand.John P. SummersNiskayuna last_img read more

BNN seizes millions of ‘PCC’ in raid on illicit Bandung pill factory

first_imgThe National Narcotics Agency (BNN) seized a huge haul of carisoprodol (Soma), known locally as “PCC”, during a raid on four houses running an illicit drug manufacturing operation at a housing complex in Arcamanik district of Bandung, West Java.Led by BNN eradication deputy head Insp. Gen. Arman Depari from Sunday to Monday, the raid confiscated millions of packets containing carisoprodol pills, classified as a type-1 narcotic, as well as a number of pill presses.“We also found [discarded] defective pills. We probably [seized] a total of four million pills,” Arman said on the sidelines of the operation on Monday. He said that the makeshift pill factory was operated out of four interconnected houses that had been designed specifically to manufacture carisoprodol.“Around three million pills were ready to be distributed,” Arman added.The anti-drug agency named five suspects in the case, identified only by their initials CRH, S, MIK, SU and IW. The suspects were known members of a crime network in Java and Kalimantan, according to Arman.The five have been charged under Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, which carries the death penalty. In addition to the drug haul, BNN agents also confiscated chemicals presumably used as raw materials to manufacture the drugs, as well as ovens, packing machines, scales and filters. They also confiscated the suspects’ vehicles and communication equipment.In its 2018 report, the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) advised tighter supervision of drugs containing carisoprodol, as the distribution permit for the drug, both locally produced and imported, had been revoked in 2013.Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial commented on the raid, saying that the houses used in the illegal drug cottage industry were properties of the municipal administration that had been leased to the public.“In accordance with established policy, the assets were leased as residential property,” Oded said. He added that the administration was working with the Bandung Police to take strict action against anyone found to be misusing state assets. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Chinese president wraps up trip to Great Britain

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping has concluded his United Kingdom trip. And just hours ago boarded an Air China plan to return to Beijing. Earlier Friday, he arrived at the Manchester Town Hall, where he had lunch with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Xi also visited the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester. He was greeted there by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. Xi also visited the City Football Academy, home to the Manchester City Football Club and headquarters of its global football organization. The president was accompanied by David Cameron to the club’s 80-acre youth development and first-team training sitelast_img

Former owner of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting Limited fined millions

first_imgLocalNews Former owner of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting Limited fined millions by: – March 12, 2012 92 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: dominicacentral.comRonald Abraham, the man who formed Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting Limited has been ordered to pay close to 17 million dollars to a Court ordered liquidator Chattered Accountant Kieron Pinard Byrne.Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Judge Brian Cottle who made that ruling said his decision came as a result of several factors.One of the reasons he noted was that Abraham failed to participate meaningfully in the trail hence all the evidence of the liquidator and the other witnesses on his behalf remained unchallenged.“In these circumstances, this court finds for the Liquidator and ruled that the Respondent [Ron Abraham] has been partly to knowingly carrying on the business of Marpin Telecoms and Broadcasting Company Ltd with reckless disregard of the Company’s obligation to pay its debts and is personally responsible for the debts and other liabilities of the company amounting $16, 261,810.76” to the Liquidator.He ruled that Abraham acted in breach of trust in relation to the company by applying to his personal use $971,981.65 being the property of the company and that he should pay that sum.Abraham, Cottle ruled, “shall also pay the cost of his application in the sum of $10,000”.According to the ruling, the appointed Liquidator swore two affidavits. “He deposed that the Respondent has personally benefited from breach of fiduciary duty or breach of trust in the amount of $971,918.65. Under the management of the Respondent the Company amassed debts of $16,261,810.76. The true level of the company’s indebtedness was not apparent to the Board of Directors. It was the responsibility of the Respondent to maintain the integrity of the Company’s internal financial record and controls,” the judge further stated in his ruling.The liquidator in this affidavit swears that the Respondent “misrepresented the financial position and viability of the company” to such an extent that the Auditors report to the shareholders indicated that the financial statements did not represent fairly the financial position of the Company as at December 31st 2000”.Abraham reports however that he was never “summoned” to attend Court proceedings and has filed a motion to set aside Cottle’s ruling through his attorney Lennox Lawrence.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

People traveling sans quarantine pass face arrest

first_img* humanitarian assistance personnel from civil society organizations, non-government organizations and United Nations-Humanitarian Country Teams as well as individuals performing relief operation  to augment the government’s  response against COVID-19  ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the arrest of people leaving their houses without quarantine passes. * persons below 21 years old * persons with quarantined passes * employees of the Philippine Statistics Authority, at a capacity necessary to conduct data gathering and survey activities related to COVID-19 and the registration and implementation of the national identification system WHERE’S YOUR PASS? A police officer checks this driver’s quarantine pass. The city remains under an extended enhanced community quarantine. The movement of people is restricted to prevent the further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Everyone should have his quarantine pass. Ang waay quarantine pass sa dalan i-dal-on sa police station and i-detain,” said Treñas yesterday. * employees of the Philippine Portal Corp. at a capacity necessary to maintain the prompt delivery of services to clients * persons who work in establishments allowed to operate (provided they present a bona fide identification card and certificate of employment) Section 8 of Treñas EO read: “All persons who need to go either to buy food, basic commodities or to the hospital or pharmacy or drugstores shall be requires to present the Barangay Qurantine Pass while moving: (a) within Iloilo City, or (b) entering the borders and city limits of Iloilo City for the period of the enhanced community quarantine…” Aside from checking quarantine passes, Treñas said, quarantine control point officers should also get data from the people such as where they came from and the purpose of their leaving their houses. * payroll managers and other such employees that may be required to process payrolls * construction workers for quarantine facilities; those from the health sector; those in emergency work, flood control and disease risk reduction * persons with immunodeficiencies, co-morbidities and other risk factors * all agencies and  instrumentalities of the government, especially health and emergency frontlines, border control and other critical services * persons with disabilities/PN * pastors, priests, imams or such other religious ministers whose movements shall be related to the conduct of necrological or funeral rites The city remains under an extended enhanced community quarantine where the movement of people is restricted to prevent the further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Meanwhile, Section 7 (Restriction to Movement of Vulnerable Sectors) stated: Except to buy medicine, food, to go to hospitals, or to seek medical consultation and care, the following persons shall be prohibited from leaving their respective houses: He ordered the personnel of the Iloilo City Police Office, Philippine Army and Public Safety and Transportation Management Office manning quarantine control points to enforce his order. * officials and employees of Foreign Diplomatic Missions and international organization  accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs provided that they will operate with a skeleton workforce, unless a different operational capacity is provided * pregnant women * persons 60 years old and older * airline and aircraft employees, pilot, crew, ship captains and crew Under his Executive Order No. 068-A, only the following may leave their houses:last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Blanked By Lady Trojans

first_imgEast Central ran away with the contest on Monday night, defeating the Wildcats by a score of 23-0. Franklin County falls to 6-4 overall (2-1 EIAC).Lone offensive bright spots were from Makaylee Woods and Abby Orschell.Makaylee Woods: 1 Single, 1 Stolen BaseAbby Orschell: 1 SingleWildcats will be back in action with another EIAC battle on Wednesday night against South Dearborn at home. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 pm.The Franklin County Junior Varsity Wildcats lost their first EIAC conference game to East Central on Monday night by a final score of 16-0. East Central gained the lead early and never looked back.Some offensive highlights for the Wildcats were as follows:Brooklyn Hampson: 1 Single, 1 Stolen BaseKiya Rains: 1 SingleGracie Singer: 1 SingleWildcats Junior Varsity will be back in action on Wednesday night when they take on South Dearborn High School. JV game will begin immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alec McCool.last_img read more

Markovic is improving – Rodgers

first_img Liverpool need a good performance against the in-form Gunners, who have scored four goals in their last two matches in the Premier League and Europe. They have scored just seven goals in eight matches at Anfield in the league this season, goals which have produced just 12 points at home, and they are five points adrift of sixth-placed Arsenal before this weekend’s matches. Having lost to Manchester United last weekend to fall 10 points behind their arch-rivals they can ill-afford another defeat to a top-four contender. Asked what a victory over Arsenal would do for their season, never mind their confidence, Rodgers added: “Internally, it will continue our spirit and our focus. “For us it will good for confidence. But it will be a difficult game. “They are a top side with outstanding players. They did okay at home last week winning 4-1 against Newcastle and they played really well. “They have outstanding players but we will look to focus on ourselves.” Defender Dejan Lovren faces a late test to see whether he has recovered from the groin problem which forced him off against Bournemouth but it seems likely Mamadou Sakho could deputise in a newly-formed back three, which would be his first start in the league since mid-September. Arsene Wenger has hailed the talents of Raheem Sterling ahead of Sunday’s clash. Sterling was influential as Wenger’s Arsenal side lost 5-1 at Anfield in February, scoring twice as the Gunners conceded four times in the opening 20 minutes and their title challenge unravelled. With Luis Suarez now at Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge out through injury, Liverpool have become increasingly reliant on Sterling and Wenger has high regard for the 20-year-old England forward. “I rate him highly, Sterling,” Wenger said. “Everybody speaks about Suarez last year, but let’s not forget Sturridge and Sterling are very, very influential. “I think he is one of the great players in England.” Wenger declined to offer a reason why Liverpool, runners-up in the Premier League last term, are toiling so much this season. “It’s difficult for me to assess our direct opponent, two or three days before,” he said. “I expect to play against a very good team. This season they have a heavy schedule, like we have, playing Champions League games, Premier League games and it’s very demanding.” He is relishing returning to Anfield for the first time since February’s humbling experience. “I have a lot of respect for the crowd at Liverpool, because they stand behind their team,” Wenger added. “There’s a special atmosphere. I remember one day we were leading 5-1 at Liverpool and they were chanting ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. “It’s one of the few grounds in the world where you can see that. “There is a special combination of knowledge of the game at Liverpool and of support of their team. I have a huge respect for that.” That advice backfired when he was sent off just 15 minutes after coming on as a substitute in the club’s Champions League exit against Basle last week after flailing an arm into an opponent’s face. However, employed on the left-hand side of a midfield four, requiring more defensive effort than he is used to, against Bournemouth on Wednesday the 20-year-old impressed and scored his first goal for the club. Press Association Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic looks like he is starting to finally settle into English football after manager Brendan Rodgers urged him to be more aggressive. “I thought it was a great finish. I thought he was excellent in a role where we asked different tactical elements from him,” said Rodgers. “His energy and quality was good and he was a real threat for us.” Rodgers added on liverpoolfc.com: “It has taken him a bit of time to get going and we have talked to him about being more aggressive in his game. “In the 15 minutes before he got sent off against Basle – and it was disappointing that he was sent off – because he started really well. That’s the Markovic that we know. “Playing in that role (against Bournemouth) he was outstanding; he was defensively good and pressed the ball at almost all of the right times, so tactically he was very good. “And with the ball his speed and movement was excellent. He has got good quality and is a good footballer. It is pleasing. At 20 years of age, he looks like he is improving all the time.” Markovic cost Liverpool £20million when he moved from Benfica as one of Europe’s brightest talents but he has so far failed to show many glimpses of his potential. The Serbia international will hope he did enough in midweek to retain a place to face Arsenal at home on Sunday. last_img read more

Lion Country Safari drive-thru safari reopens Thursday

first_imgThe Lion Country Safari announced the reopening of its drive-thru safari.The zoo was forced to shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement for the reopening was made on Wednesday.The zoo’s drive-thru will reopen on Thursday, May 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the last car admitted at 4:30 p.m.Zoo officials said tickets must be pre-purchased and are only valid for the drive-thru on the selected date.The walk-thru park will remained closed.last_img

Syracuse women’s soccer ends season with 2-1 loss to Boston College

first_img Published on October 27, 2016 at 10:45 pm Contact Byron: brtollef@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (8-8-3, 1-7-2) fell to Boston College (11-7-1, 3-7), 2-1, in overtime on Thursday night in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts to end the season. Syracuse finishes the season at .500, one win more than last season.The game had no playoff implications for Syracuse. SU was eliminated from ACC Tournament Contention on Sunday with a 3-1 loss to North Carolina.BC dominated ball control to start off, firing four shots in the first 15 minutes. Finally, the Eagles capitalized when Gaby Carreiro found Andrea O’Brien wide open on the left side of the box. She blasted a shot past SU goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan.After halftime, in the 46th minute, Eva Gordon fired a shot from the center of the box. It deflected off a BC defender and into the net to tie the game up for Syracuse.Boston College continued to apply offensive pressure in the second but was unable to beat Brosnan. She finished with 11 saves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe game went into sudden-death overtime. Just four minutes in, Carreiro passed the ball across the box to Olivia Vaughn on a breakaway for the game-winner.BC outshot SU 23-8 and had 11 more corner kick attempts than Syracuse. The Orange got only four shots on goal. Commentslast_img read more

Kearns aware of challenge posed by Lake County

first_imgThe Premier County are one of only two teams that have managed to take something from an away trip in the opening two rounds of fixtures.A draw against Limerick and a home victory over Clare mean Tipp are second in the table ahead of the match in Mullingar.Manager Liam Kearns is expecting ‘a huge battle’ against the Lake County.last_img