Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The special referendum on Dec. 5 is a rare opportunity to cast a ballot for a school district proposal that will have such a far-reaching impact. I urge the voters in the Shenendehowa School District to vote “yes” on the sale of the Shen land to the town of Clifton Park.The 37 acres in our Town Center can serve as catalyst for cultural and economic growth within the Town Center District. Because the land is located adjacent to our newest elementary schools, the library, YMCA and CAPTAIN, it can become a center of activity for each of these vital resources. What a great opportunity to provide a natural environment for our kids to learn and play in.Moreover, it is a perfect location for everyone to enjoy. The Town Center Plan was enacted with the objective of having a “walkable” commercial area. The 37-acre park can help accelerate the realization of the ideas that are the foundation of the plan. Developers will have a greater incentive to construct residential projects in the Town Center if their future customers have access to a real park.Not many retirees or young professionals are looking to locate in a purely commercial district. They want a lifestyle that is recreation-oriented. Hence, a true park can actually lead to a more vibrant business area as envisioned in the Town Center plan, which means more jobs and increased tax revenues. The idea of a central park has the potential to provide tremendous civic benefits. Please vote “yes” on Proposal 1 to sell the Shen land to the town. Voting for this sale is a simple but powerful way to support both our kids and the future of our community.Daniel MathiasBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently at Proctors, New York Times columnist David Brooks did something wonderful. Instead of railing about the ugly state of politics today, he made us laugh and gave us hope that “this too shall pass.” He also outlined the active part that we citizens have to play in our country’s recovery. Love and care for each other. Get together with people on a regular basis and create movements on serious issues. A refreshing evening.Janice WalzScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?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 censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 13 article, “Quaint buggies among Amish, with a deadly side,” by Corey Kilcannon, New York Times Service, struck me as a case of blame-the-victim. I felt its tone was below the standard. The picture’s caption stated, “A surge in the population of Amish and Mennonites in northern New York has produced more buggies on the state’s roads, which has led to more accidents with motor vehicles.” The author states: “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recorded 71 buggy crashes nationwide, resulting in 84 deaths, for a five-year period from 2011 to 2015.” The “17 fatalities” in 2016 is about the same.For perspective, an open source article out of the University of Iowa reported by Science Daily, states “in nine Midwestern states (combined) … more than 1,100 farm vehicle crashes … (occur) each year (2005-2010), often causing severe or fatal injuries.” Lighting and marking farm vehicles reduced crashes.Fundamentally, a rear-end collision “is nearly always the striking driver’s fault.”The “quaint buggies” article states “officials say: Vehicles zoom up behind the much slower buggies and rear-end them, often plowing right through the lightweight fiberglass or wooden coach and into the horse.”Greer PomeroyDuanesburg More from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn the National Archives, where many of the nation’s important documents are kept, is a collection of yellowing papers titled plainly: World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from New York.It is exactly what it says it is — an alphabetical list, broken down by county, of all the soldiers from our state killed during that war.It’s very military-like in its form. Each name is typed in capital letters: last name, first name, middle initial. And each name is followed by the soldier’s seven- or eight-digit serial number, rank and a code.A casualty code.DOW. DOI. KIA. DNB. FOD. M.Died of Wounds. Died of Injuries. Killed in Action. Died Non-Battle. Finding of Death. Missing.You’d think boiling down the deaths of these brave soldiers to the bare minimum amount of information on a long, typed list, then storing it in a building with billions of other pieces of paper, would take away the humanity. That not showing the pictures of the dead and not offering details of the casualty codes would make the deaths less personal. And what of the missing? What became of them? Where did they find their final place of rest?The military can boil down the horrors of war to letters and numbers on a page. But it can’t take away the suffering. It can’t take away the loss.It can’t take away their heroism in service to our country.Every name on every list like this, from every war, every serial number, every code, belongs to someone.And each of these individuals deserves our eternal gratitude on this day of memorial.Please take time to honor them. That somehow reducing their lives to a few taps of a clerk’s typewriter would make the horrors they saw and the pain they suffered easier to comprehend.But in fact, poring over the lists of names has the opposite effect.In the brevity of each entry, the list actually makes their sacrifices even more stark and real, in that it forces us to ask questions.Who were these soldiers? Were they young boys or were they older? Are those on the list who share the same last name brothers or cousins or father and son?What’s behind those casualty codes? How were they killed? Where were they when they died? Did they hear the bullet or the bomb coming? Did they write their mother or sweetheart in their final days? Were they alone? Or did they die with their buddies?For those who died of their wounds, how much did they suffer and for how long? What were they thinking as they lay on the battlefield until they were carried off? Who risked their own life to save these wounded soldiers, only to have them pass away later? More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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The photo showed that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s ranked eighth for most deliveries in one hour with 104 deliveries on Aug. 25, 2019. In the most deliveries in one day category, Simpang Dago McDonald’s ranked fourth with 1,158 deliveries on Oct. 12, 2019. Sutji Lantyka, associate director of communications for McDonald’s Indonesia confirmed the rankings displayed in the photo.“The data is valid, although it was only issued for internal use. Until now, we do not know who made this photo viral,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The tweet garnered dozens of responses, mostly from customers who shared their experiences about dining or ordering from the Simpang Dago McDonald’s. Current and former students reminisced about their favorite local haunt after finding out that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s in Bandung, West Java, was among the top-10 outlets worldwide in terms of deliveries according to the 2019 Global McDelivery Records. A photo of the rankings went viral after Twitter user @Nickwisely97 tweeted it on Sunday.Saya bangga telah berkontribusi untuk membanggakan Indonesia masuk 10 besar dunia. Mari lestarikan makanan khas Kota Bandung pic.twitter.com/VEAbHBMcnM— Nick Wisely (@Nickwisely97) February 2, 2020“I am proud to have contributed to Indonesia’s achievement in reaching the top 10 in this global ranking. Let’s preserve Bandung’s unique cuisine,” he said. Twitter user @AlfarusFG, for example, said the place had served as his office and place of study.“McD Simpang Dago is not just a restaurant but also my office and campus,” he said.Meanwhile account @vallyanelsmy shared her experience of crying at the same store.“McD Simpang Dago is the most memorable place. Studying, hangout, finishing the thesis, meeting with my ex at midnight, also crying at 2 p.m.,” she said.Simpang Dago McDonald’s is one of 12 McDonald’s branches in Bandung, all of which operate 24 hours a day. The Simpang Dago branch’s location is particularly strategic, with at least five universities within a 1 kilometer radius of the eatery. It’s no wonder then, that the outlet has become a favorite place for students of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjadjaran University, Indonesia Computer University, Harapan Bangsa Technology Institute and the Academy of Social Welfare.When the Post visited the branch on Monday, there were many students hanging out on the second floor. Most of them sat inside the air-conditioned room, while some sat outside at the smoking area.Tia Jasmine, a 20-year-old ITB architecture student, said the Simpang Dago McDonald’s was one of her favorite hangout spots. She said the strategic location, Wi-Fi and the availability of electricity plugs made the fast food place stand out compared to cafes or other dining places around the area.“This place is like my second boarding home,” she said.Riska Salsabila, 20, Tia’s friend, said they would often spend an entire night in the restaurant.“We would get there at 3 p.m., buy a meal for dinner and go home the next day. We did it a lot during our freshman year,” she said, adding that she and her friends would often hold group study sessions and even watch Netflix together at the outlet, taking advantage of its fast Wi-Fi.Dirga Hutama of National Technology University said the Simpang Dago McDonald’s was convenient for its abundance of electric plugs.“I have visited other McDonald’s, but all the plugs at the Simpang Dago branch are functioning. It is also very close to campus,” Dirga said. (gis)Topics :
City have been linked with the Argentine striker every season since Guardiola arrived in England in 2016, but after spending his entire career with the Catalan club, the City manager repeated his oft-stated opinion that he thinks – and hopes – Messi will stay there until his retirement.”He will stay there, that’s my wish,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.”I’m not going to talk about players for other clubs. I think he will finish his career there, that’s my wish.”Meanwhile, Guardiola says Raheem Sterling could be out for “weeks” after the City winger injured his left hamstring in the defeat at Tottenham last Sunday. Sterling will miss the Premier League game against West Ham this weekend and is in a race against time to be fit for when City resume their season after a two-week winter break.They face Leicester on February 22 before the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid four days later.”It’s a hamstring and we will see. It takes weeks but we’ll see if he is fit to play against Leicester, Madrid and the rest of the games,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know. It’s a problem, but it’s a problem we had with (Ilkay) Gundogan a couple of seasons ago and (Aymeric) Laporte this season when he was out for four or five months. “It’s what it is. It’s a problem with this kind of (busy) season, particularly for the players.”Long-term casualty Leroy Sane, who has been out of action since rupturing knee ligaments in the Community Shield game against Liverpool is training again and could return after the winter break.”He’s started to train, he is still not there, he need to recover the tempo, rhythm, confidence,” Guardiola said.”It is not like an ankle or muscular injury. It still needs time. He needs more weeks of training. “What’s important is he’s recovered well. He’ll come back stronger than before but now he needs time.”Apart from Sterling, left back Oleksandr Zinchenko will miss the West Ham game on Sunday through suspension after his red card against Tottenham.France international Benjamin Mendy is in line for a recall to replace Zinchenko.Mendy has not played since the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace on January 18.Topics : Pep Guardiola says he wants Lionel Messi to finish his career at Barcelona rather than join him at Manchester City.Messi has a release clause in his contract this summer and reports in Spain and England have suggested he could trigger it after a rift with Barcelona’s sporting director Eric Abidal, who has accused the players of getting former manager Ernesto Valverde the sack.Guardiola was Barcelona manager from 2008 to 2012 and works alongside former Barca directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at City, so it is little surprise the Premier League champions have been tipped as favourites to sign Messi if he decides to leave the Camp Nou.
The secretive South Korean religious group at the centre of the country’s new coronavirus outbreak is a sprawling network so wealthy it can mobilise thousands of believers to hold Pyongyang-style mass performances at Seoul’s Olympic stadium.More than half of the country’s nearly 1,600 infections are linked to Shincheonji followers. ‘Temple of God’ Shincheonji — in full the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony — was founded in 1984 by Lee Man-hee, now 88. Often condemned as a cult, it describes itself on its website as “the one and only kingdom and temple of God on this earth”, pledging to yield to the will of Jesus “by sacrificing our bodies like a candle”.Shincheonji proclaims Lee has donned the mantle of Jesus Christ and will take 144,000 people with him to heaven on the day of judgement. But with more church members than available places in heaven, they are said to have to compete for slots and pursue converts. It seeks recruits surreptitiously by dispatching its members to mainstream Protestant congregations to try to persuade their believers — a tactic that has prompted many churches to issue warnings to keep them at bay.South Korean health officials spray disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu on February 21, 2020 as more than 80 members of Shincheonji have now been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. – South Korea confirmed 52 more cases of novel coronavirus on February 21 as the number of infections linked to a religious sect in Daegu spiked, making it the worst-infected country outside China. (AFP/Jung Yeon-je )Patient 31 At their own services Shincheonji members are forbidden to wear glasses, necklaces and earrings.They sit close together on the floor without chairs and desks, praying extensively in what critics say creates an ideal environment to spread viral infections.The outbreak among its followers began with Patient 31, a 61-year-old female member.She developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city and the epicentre of the outbreak — before being diagnosed. Global reach After days of mounting public anger, Shincheonji has handed over a list of 212,000 members to authorities to enable them to be checked for coronavirus symptoms.But reports say it has previously boasted of more than 240,000 members, raising doubts over the accuracy of the roster.Shincheonji has 12 branches in South Korea that it calls “the 12 Tribes”, each named after one of Jesus’ disciples.It says on its website it has mission centres in 15 countries around the world, including China and the United States, and that hundreds of pastors have renounced their ordinations to join it.This handout picture taken on February 19, 2020 by Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu shows South Korean health officials wearing protective suit and spraying disinfectant in front of the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the southeastern city of Daegu as about 40 new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed after they attended same church services. – A cluster of novel coronavirus infections centred on a cult church in the South Korean city of Daegu leaped to 39 cases February 20, as the country’s total spiked for the second successive day. (AFP/Handout / Daegu Metropolitan City Namgu) Mass events Shincheonji has been so successful that it has been able to mobilise thousands of followers to hold mass displays at high-profile venues — such as Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium in 2012, home to the 1988 Games.Hundreds of performers enacted biblical scenes and motifs on the pitch, while — just like North Korea’s Mass Games — thousands turned the coloured pages of books in sequence, creating an ever-changing backdrop of giant images rippling across one side of the stadium. Topics :
“We will bolster our coordination, including with the private sector, toward rapid development, manufacturing and distribution of diagnostics, antiviral medicines and vaccines,” the statement said.On the occasion, Jokowi also encouraged G20 member countries to work together to synchronize economic policies and instruments to counter the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: Indonesian manufacturers step up as G20 nations coordinate global medical supplyThe President stressed at the end of his statement that G20 countries had a role to foster world confidence to get through the health crisis.Indonesia was among the latest to step up its battle against the coronavirus as the archipelago had just announced its first confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2, weeks after many other countries around the world announced their first positive cases on their soil.With 1,046 confirmed cases and 87 fatalities as of Friday, Indonesia’s death toll is now the highest in Southeast Asia and its mortality rate of 8.3 percent is among the highest in the world.The global death toll from the coronavirus, which first emerged in China late last year, has now passed 24,000, with the number of infections globally closing in on half a million. An estimated 3 million people have been forced into lockdown.Topics : Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who had accompanied Jokowi in the meeting, said all G20 member countries, the WHO and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) would collaborate in efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccine development.Read also: G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy to fight coronavirus“The finance ministers of the G20 have indicated they would allocate US$4 billion to be mobilized throughout the world, especially in the G20 countries, to accelerate research and find a COVID-19 vaccine. This issue is currently under discussions at the level of the G20’s finance ministers,” Sri Mulyani said after the teleconference.In a joint statement adopted at the summit, G20 leaders agreed to further commit to work together to increase research and development funding for vaccines and medicines, leverage digital technologies and strengthen international scientific cooperation. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for G20 leaders to spearhead the development of vaccines to win “the war” against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during the group’s first video-conference summit on Thursday evening.Jokowi joined the virtual teleconference hosted remotely by G20 chairman and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to discuss international efforts and stronger cooperation to fight the spread of COVID-19.“The G20 must actively lead efforts to find a COVID-19 antivirus and vaccine together with the World Health Organization,” the Indonesian President said as quoted in a press statement released by the Presidential Secretariat.