first_imgThere has been a lot of contention over global warming recently, whether it is scientifically based or not and whether it might be a result of human energy consumption. I’m not about to get into that argument.However, if global warming is real and if humans have been even partially responsible for it, then every time we look at our idle snow blowers in mid-December and at our roads devoid of snow, ice, sand and salt, we can just smile and say “right on.”Jim MoorheadScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_imgMany changes are needed in our immigration laws. But we’re disgusted, ashamed and horrified by the actions taken by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the treatment of families who have applied for refugee status at our southern border. These are people (not animals) who are fleeing intolerable and unsafe conditions in their own countries. It’s our understanding that the procedure is to house them in detention centers (prisons) while their refugee status is verified by a slow-moving court system. Because children aren’t supposed to be held in a prison, they’re forcibly taken from their parents and moved thousands of miles and placed in foster homes with no contact with their parents. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion This is the deliberate and stated policy of the Trump administration to discourage immigration. It has been reported that the government has lost track of at least 1,500 of these children after placement in foster homes. How does this increase our security? As these kids grow up, will they not be embittered and want to strike out at the country that made them orphans?The words on the Statue of Liberty are: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”Why haven’t all of us called for an end to this inhumane process? Where is the outrage from the so-called moral majority, Vice President Pence and the other Evangelicals?Dorothy HorstkotteEd HorstkotteNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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first_imgPaul and Dennis Schroder had 22 points each, but the rest of the Thunder players combined for just 19 points. The three Celtics who missed Friday’s win over Atlanta with various injuries — Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Daniel Theis — all returned for Sunday’s game.Hayward, Tatum and Theis each had double-doubles. Brown contributed 17 points.Thunder rookie forward Darius Bazley left the game in the first quarter after spraining his knee and did not return. Thunder guard Chris Paul knocked down a jump shot at the other end but Walker answered with another three from the same distance a few seconds later as the Celtics regained control.Paul then made a three-pointer at the buzzer to cap the scoring and make it a one-point game.Jayson Tatum scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half for Boston who have now won 10 of their last 11 contests.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points each to lead the Thunder, who suffered just their second loss in 11 games. Kemba Walker scored 27 points and hit a pair of clutch three pointers late in the game as the Boston Celtics stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 112-111 win over Oklahoma City.Walker hit two threes from almost the exact same spot in the final three minutes to seal the win for Boston in front of a crowd of 18,200 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.With the Celtics ahead by four and the clock running down he nailed a three pointer to put the gap at seven.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe Communications and Information Ministry is set to test its planned restrictions on illegal cellphones using the devices’ unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers before it implements the new restrictions fully in April.The ministry’s director for standardization of informatics and postal devices, Mochamad Hadiyana, said the government would start the trial restrictions on Monday.“God willing, we will do [the test] today,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. The trial was initially planned for Feb. 13 to 14, but was delayed because of a debate over the test’s implementation and success indicators.Separately, cellular operator XL Axiata spokesperson Henry Wijayanto confirmed that the provider would work with the ministry to conduct the IMEI restriction test on Monday.The ministry’s service quality and standards harmonization sub-directorate head, Nur Akbar Said, said five cellular operators would take part in the test.The test will be conducted using an equipment identity register (EIR) machine, which is used to detect an illegal phone’s IMEI number. Nur added that the test would be conducted on dummy phones and would not disrupt phones that had already been connected to cellular servicesIn October of last year, the government issued a regulation allowing a national IMEI system to identify illegal cell phones and require operators to block them from networks. Illegal cell phones are commonly sold on the black market both overseas and in Indonesia.Communications and Information Ministerial Regulation No.11/2019 requires cellular network operators to identify their users’ devices’ IMEIs and report the data to the government’s National IMEI Management System.The national system will separate illegal devices and put them on a “blacklist”, where cellular operators will restrict cellular connections. Users can also ask that their lost or stolen devices be put on the blacklist. The phones can be whitelisted in the national system if found. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgBanten Health Agency head Ati Pramudji, who also helms the province’s COVID-19 task force, said the remaining four patients came from several districts across Tangerang regency, with two from Kelapa Dua district, one from Curug district and one from Ciledug district.Read also: Scientists call for lockdown to contain COVID-19 ahead of Ramadan, ‘mudik’At the time of writing, 18 patients with suspected Covid-19 symptoms are under the local administration’s surveillance while 130 others are under observation. Five suspected cases have tested negative, while 13 others are still awaiting test results.Wahidin called on the people of Banten to stay home as much as possible and maintain a healthy lifestyle.“Don’t go out if it’s not urgent, avoid public spaces and consume [nutritious food],” he said.Indonesia announced 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 134.As of Monday, eight people had recovered from the disease, while five had died. (rfa)Topics : Banten Governor Wahidin Halim announced on Monday that the first fatality had been recorded among the five reported COVID-19 cases in South Tangerang.“One patient, [a resident] of Pondok Aren district in South Tangerang, has died,” Wahidin said at his official residence in Serang, as quoted by tempo.co.There are now four confirmed COVID-19 patients in South Tangerang, he said.last_img read more

first_imgA member of Indonesian Young Scientists Forum (IYSF) has lauded President Joko “Jokowi” Wibowo for imposing a social distancing policy to stem the spread of COVID-19, but has urged the government to take a stricter stance by canceling mudik (exodus) this year.Mudik is the annual exodus that occurs during the Ramadan-Idul Fitri holiday season, when people head to their hometowns across the country to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families. At least 1.2 million cars left Jakarta for mudik 2019, headed primarily to provinces on Java and Sumatra.IYSF member Berry Juliandi from IPB University said that the social distancing policy showed the government’s openness to suggestions from scientists. The policy implements distance learning for all schools and universities, restricts public gatherings and advises everyone to stay at home and avoid all but urgent travel as the government increased its prevention measures against the outbreak in Indonesia, which is home to about 270 million people. .One thing left off the discussion table, however, was whether or not to scrap mudik, Berry noted.”We are talking about halting the tradition of mudik this year,” he told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Berry, said that mudik would increase the risk of a nationwide outbreak, considering that homebound travelers could potentially carry the virus across provincial borders and the country’s many islands.According to the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C., the country has 17,508 islands “of which about 6,000 are inhabited”.As regards congregational prayers during Ramadan and Idul Fitri, Berry said that the IYSF recommended the government to take up the matter with Islamic leaders.”Even if there are no lockdowns in the near future, we are calling for a halt to the mudik tradition this year,” he stressed.People will find it difficult to minimize direct contact during the mass seasonal travel, while mudik will pose an unprecedented challenge for the government to keep track of the mobility of its 270 million citizens, never mind detecting COVID-19 cases or tracing their transmission routes. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgFormer Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has offered his hospital in his native Ivory Coast to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a local politician said.Drogba, who scored 65 goals in 105 appearances for his country and won the Champions League with the English club during his playing career, has proposed the use of the Laurent Pokou hospital in Abidjan.”We thank Drogba for this gift considered as an act of patriotism,” the head of the city’s regional council Vincent Toh Bi said. Topics : The center located in the Attecoube district is not yet in a working state but can be used in a period of crisis.”It’s up to the state to validate it and make it functional,” the director of Drogba’ foundation, who run the unit, Mariam Breka said.Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak four people have died and 533 cases have been registered in Ivory Coast.last_img read more