No justification for personal attack ads

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m a lifelong resident of Niskayuna and also a social studies teacher at Schenectady High school who teaches civics. A basic lesson in all classes is that during a campaign, you attack policy positions, not people. The recent Democratic committee flyer I received for Niskayuna Town Board is disgraceful. Supervisor Joe Landry owes us an explanation.I’m a registered Democrat, but in my job, I work with an ideologically diverse group of colleagues. Politics is an area that is often debated, respectfully. My Republican colleagues and I get passionate; it’s part of our job. We never devolve into name calling and hateful rhetoric. We challenge policy; we don’t attack each other personally. Then we go get a cup of coffee or lunch together, and we always remain friends.For the Niskayuna Democratic Committee to mail an attack ad that likens the Republican candidates to hate mongers like Bannon and Limbaugh is shameful and dishonest. Candidates should run on, and win, elections based on their record or positions. This is especially true for incumbents like Joe Landry. To date, Supervisor Landry has been silent on this issue. It’s deafening.National politics has devolved into name calling, demagoguery and Twitter attacks, Niskayuna can do better.Chris OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

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MWB in talks to buy Five Ways leisure scheme

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Baker Lorenz snapped up by Hercules in £5.75m deal

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Delancey bets on Midtown rent rises

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Beckwith to build Reading tower

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Brothers in arms

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PREMIUMLife without spice: Skyrocketing chili prices hit traders, food lovers, restaurants

first_imgChili chili-price FoodSupply restaurant BPS Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics : Spicy food-loving Mahatma Narendra, 23, was shocked to see the small portion of sambal he received with his favorite Manadonese meal, smoked skipjack tuna, at a restaurant in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta.He had noticed that the restaurant had recently begun serving smaller and smaller servings of sambal. Beyond the restaurant, the intern at a private company said he had also received less sambal from his favorite fried catfish vendor.“Usually they are very generous with the sambal but many places have started to cut back. It’s too bad because I love spicy food and less sambal means less flavor for me,” he said.His complaint reflects the impact skyrocketing chili prices are having on food lovers around Jakarta. Chili is one of the main ingredients of many traditional Indonesian meals, and spicy foods have been particularly trendy of lateThe price of…last_img read more

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N. Ireland set for first same-sex marriage

first_imgBritish MPs in London passed legislation last July, while Northern Ireland’s devolved government was suspended, to allow gay marriages and same-sex civil partnerships.The move, which brought the province into line with the rest of the UK, was opposed by a group of local lawmakers but they failed in a last-minute bid in October to block its implementation.London spent the intervening months drawing up new regulations to apply to the marriages and partnerships — with the first permitted to happen this week.In the meantime, Northern Ireland’s political parties also agreed to restart power sharing in Belfast.Activists, British MPs including Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith, and others will celebrate the occasion at a parliamentary event in London later on Tuesday. Sara Canning, the partner of journalist Lyra McKee who was killed by dissident republicans in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry last year, helped to campaign for the change.”Of course, this historic moment is a little bitter-sweet. It had been our dream too. Lyra and I should have been an engaged couple now, planning our own wedding day,” she said in the statement. A Belfast couple were on Tuesday set to become the first same-sex couple to get married in Northern Ireland after a change in the law.Robyn Peoples, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, were due to wed at 2:00 pm (1400 GMT) in Carrickfergus, near Belfast, after the new legislation came into effect on Monday.It followed campaigning by Amnesty International and partner organizations in the “Love Equality” campaign, which hailed the occasion “a landmark moment for equality in Northern Ireland”. “We didn’t set out to make history — we just fell in love,” Edwards said ahead of the nuptials in a statement released by the campaign.”We are so grateful to the thousands of people who marched for our freedoms, to the Love Equality campaign who led the way, and the politicians who voted to change the law.”Without you, our wedding wouldn’t have been possible. We will be forever thankful.”Her soon-to-be wife Peoples added: “While this campaign ends with Sharni and I saying ‘I do’, it started with people saying ‘no’ to inequality. By standing together, we’ve made history.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Choked Palu crocodile not yet lured into rescuers’ trap

first_imgA trap set by a rescue team was floating in the Palu River in Central Sulawesi on Wednesday, yet the 4-meter-long crocodile with a tire stuck around its neck was nowhere to be seen. Only a medium-sized crocodile was swimming freely around the trap.Australian presenter Matthew Nicolas Wright, together with fellow crocodile expert Chris Wilson and the rest of the rescue team, set the trap on Tuesday afternoon, with hundreds of residents from Palu and the surrounding areas witnessing the rescue effort. In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Wright said the team had managed to set a trap in the river and planned to up the game by heading over to the crocodile with the help of the police to try their luck in the river.“It’s been logistically tough to get everything sorted here, but we are working within the BKSDA team and will get great results backed with experience and ideas,” Wright wrote, referring to the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi), which previously formed the rescue team with the Environment and Forestry Ministry.The participation of the two Australians is based on a decree issued by the Ministry on Monday to the BKSDA Central Sulawesi, into whose operational control the crocodile rescue team has been entrusted. Wright posted a story on his Instagram page on Tuesday showing him standing on the side of the Palu River while pointing at the 4-m long crocodile hiding behind a rock. He also joined the rescue team to finalize plans and prepare two traps and floating drums.One of two traps was then set in the Palu River on Tuesday, with the bait of a live duck inside.“I hope this can work. Based on some of our experiences, there have been many crocodiles we have caught using these traps,” Wright said. “The river is shallow, so it’s possible with the trap.”In Instagram posts earlier this month, Wright said he had been following the story of this trapped crocodile for the past 18 months and had been trying to work out the best window to get over to Palu and help relieve the crocodile from his tight choker.“We have been talking closely with Indonesian officials including the Environment and Forestry Ministry and associated local organizations,” Wright said. The trapped crocodile was first seen swimming with the tire around its neck in 2016. It was regularly spotted in the water connecting the Palu River and Palu Bay.Officials and conservationists previously tried but failed to catch it. Locals believe the crocodile was frightened off because every time there was a rescue attempt, dozens of curious Palu residents swarmed around the river to watch the process.Read also: Day 1: Australian experts set trap to rescue Palu crocodile choked by tire for yearsLocal community leaders had also carried out traditional ceremonies to lure the crocodile to come closer.According to Alimuddin Rauf, a local community leader of the Kaili ethnic group, efforts to rescue the crocodile this time reminded the Palu residents of what-they-called the La Goroba crocodile that lived in the river in 1935.The huge crocodile preyed on a sand miner working in the Palu River. La Goroba was so huge that it swallowed not only the sand miner but also his ox cart, Alimuddin claimed.“Therefore, the residents named it La Goroba, which means [the cart],” he said, adding that, after the incident, locals were informed that La Goroba had been shot dead by a German named John Fischer with a golden bullet.Because of the many stories of uncertain authenticity as well as some strange events that had definitely happened, Alimuddin said, residents were apprehensive about crocodiles in general and concerned about the one crocodile trapped in a tire. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

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Indonesian airlines carry out layoffs to cope with COVID-19 pressures

first_imgTopics : “Such crisis has also hit supporting industries, such as aircraft maintenance, ground handling and travel agents. Therefore, INACA is really hoping for a positive response from the government to avoid more job cuts,” the chairman said.A drastic drop in flight frequency and vast flight cancellations have been reported since January. Angkasa Pura I (AP I), for example, saw massive flight cancellations between January and February at its 15 airports across the country due to decreasing demand.During the period, AP I reported that as many as 12,703 flights with about 1.67 million passengers had been canceled – 11,680 of which were domestic.  “If there is more uncertainty about when COVID-19 can be contained, this will worsen the aviation industry [situation] and may even lead to operational termination due to bankruptcy,” Denon said in an official statement.He added that airlines had been halting operations and laying off employees to reduce financial loss.Denon went on to say that the industry needed help in the form of fiscal incentives, such as corporate income tax payment postponement and spare part import duty suspension, as well as stimulus from the government through discounts on several fees to keep the industry alive during the pandemic and recovery period.Moreover, the industry hopes state-owned enterprises (SOEs) provide assistance, including with a reduction in airport and navigation fees.  If the government and SOEs did not immediately respond to such demands, Denon said there would be more massive layoffs to ensure the airlines’ survival.center_img A number of Indonesian airlines have started taking efficiency measures amid challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by laying off employees, ranging from pilots, flight attendants, technicians to other supporting crew, as reported by the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA).The pandemic has hit the airline industry hard, with many airlines forced to cut both international and domestic flights due to travel bans and restrictions to several countries. Virus fears have also held people back from traveling by air.INACA chairman Denon Prawiratmadja said on Thursday that there had been a drastic decline in the number of air passengers since early March, causing all airlines to cut flight frequency and routes by 50 percent or more.last_img read more

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