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Workers deserve notice of hours

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen was the last time the members of the Gazette Editorial Board showed up for work and were told to go home without any pay? Of course, that doesn’t happen to people in professional jobs, where one can count on a regular schedule and compensation. But for hotel housekeepers, day laborers and others in the working poor, this is a serious problem.For people who live paycheck to paycheck, it can mean the difference between paying rent, utility bills or even being evicted. Having a requirement that employers provide workers with a schedule two weeks in advance and provide a minimum number of hours of pay when workers come in to work is designed to protect this exploited group. The Nov. 14 Gazette editorial, “Scheduling regulations go too far,” shows a total lack of any compassion or understanding of the very problem that the proposed legislation addresses. In vague rhetorical language, the editorial attacks New York state for “too much regulation” — that is bad for business. Is it really bad for business to require that hotels and contractors treat housekeepers and day laborers like human beings by letting them know their schedules two weeks in advance and paying them if they come into work a base number of hours? It’s well established that New York state has the highest rates of inequality in the country. It’s time that the Gazette Editorial Board stop being a mouthpiece for the anti-regulatory, anti-union crowd and show some compassion for working people. Jonathan RosenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Thanks to Tedisco for protecting kids

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I would like  to show my support in  favor of New York state Sen. Jim Tedisco proposing a law that help fund armed school resource officers among other resources for school districts through a license plate program. The Guardians for Schools license plate program is a step in the right direction. I feel it will be of great value in trying to combat gun violence, which is affecting our schools.Schools are meant to be safe because they are sites of growth and development for young people. Parents should never have to fear that their children will lose their lives to senseless gun violence. Sen. Tedisco, thank you for showing that you really care. I know that I speak for a lot of other people. We are very proud of you.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Sep. 7

first_imgHeadline didn’t reflect true content of storyI always took headlines for granted and never thought much about a definition of what a headline should be. Having given it some thought, I’d have to say that a headline should portray the most important essence of the story using the fewest words possible.  I have to wonder who wrote the headline on the top of page D3 in the Aug. 25 Daily Gazette. If my definition of a headline is correct, someone thought that the race of the individuals involved was the most important essence of the story when they wrote, “White man found guilty of shooting black man.”When I read the article below this headline, I saw absolutely no aspect where the race of the individuals involved was essential to the story: a verbal dispute escalated to physical conflict and then to deadly force. A jury found that deadly force was not justified.That’s the essence of the story.When it appears to me that the media seems to selectively amplify specific racial themes, I try to dismiss such thoughts as conspiratorial paranoia. The press couldn’t really want to fertilize racial tension, could they?But it’s hard to dismiss the message when headline writers promote the race of the perpetrator and the race of the victim as the most essential aspect of a story.Norman PerazzoGlenvilleImpressed by staff’s courtesy at ProctorsLast week, I was in the area to visit my grandparents, and one of the plans was to attend the 8 p.m. Friday show of Hamilton at Proctors.Not only was the show absolutely delightful, but I was pleasantly surprised by how warmly my grandma and I were welcomed by the staff and volunteers there. Even though the building was teeming with people, we felt taken care of from beginning to end.After walking in, the lovely Joanne stayed with my grandma (who depends heavily on her walker and is not accustomed to crowds) and I until the theatre doors opened and escorted us right to our seats.During the intermission, a kind woman waiting in the line for the women’s restroom, allowed my grandma to step in front of her. Just as the show was ending, a gentleman brought my grandma’s walker right up to her, without us asking or even leaving our seats. The usher at the theater door after the show was friendly and accommodating, and as we approached the sets of doors leading outside the building, they were held open for the departing crowd by a team of young volunteers.I came to be amazed by Hamilton, but in the end, was just as impressed by the very warm and welcoming people who work and volunteer there. Bravo, Proctors.Until next time.Kathleen O’ConnorNew York CityWhen you see bad happen, take actionHas this happened to you? You are driving and you sense that the stand of trees you had seen along the highway is not as thick as it once was. Before you know it, the last row of trees goes and there is yet another crop of houses. This is how I feel about our country today.We see tweets and hear words being said that bring our attention to that matter. When we look back to issues we care about, things have been changed. Less school aid. Cuts in veterans’ programs. Money for the Ukraine to battle against Russian tyranny reduced. More public parks opened to oil drillings. More tariffs on Chinese goods.I know China steals ideas, but who is paying the costs of the tariffs? Just ask the parents who will buy new sneakers this school year after an additional 15 percent tariff on those necessities.Less protection for our air and water, even in the wake of problems like Flint, Michigan’s, water or the Hudson River’s chemical pollution. I heard today about 84 reductions in EPA regulations. Scary.My relatives in West Virginia say, coal mines can now dump the waste from drilling into valleys, often clogging the rivers, the local water supply, with mining waste.What does that mean for us average Joes? We must follow our favorite issues and make noise when we see something bad happening.Hungry school-aged kids? Mandated license plates? Changes in air and water regulations? What’s your issue? Do something.Janice WalzScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNeed better choices for license platesI’m writing in regard to the news that Gov. Cuomo wants us to change our license plates on our cars to a choice that seems to be his only.I take offense that not only do we have to change plates, given only a few choices, and a slap in the face fee of $25 as well.First off, don’t we pay enough taxes in this state already?Shouldn’t our taxes be paying for this switcheroo? Also, if you want to shove these plates down our throats, shouldn’t we at least have better choices?If we are to accept these changes and get stuck paying for them, why not have plates for certain areas of the state? For instance, for the western tier of the state, how about Niagara Falls? In the central tier, the Finger Lakes. The northern tier, the Adirondacks. The southern tier, the Catskills. The New York City tier, the Statue of Liberty. The Mario ‘M.’ Cuomo Bridge, or as it will always be affectionately referred to, the Tappan Zee Bridge, shouldn’t even be a choice. Get your head out of your behind, Andrew, and let the people decide what they’d like. We are paying your wages and you should be serving us.Bill MyersJohnstownNets are a bigger threat than straws Schroeter gave much to the communitySchenectady has lost an active community citizen with the death Aug. 20 of Helga Schroeter. Ms. Schroeter served on many community boards and gave generously to many community organizations.But more than these contributions, she brought to those boards and organizations a reminder that social inequity needed to be talked about and addressed and that racial justice was very far from the ideal we liked to think.She was passionate about voting rights and the need for every-day citizens learning about issues important to their communities and addressing leaders to act on their behalf. Schenectady and the greater community are poorer without the presence of a person like Helga Schroeter.Joan ElliottSchenectadyGrateful to the Ellis staff for father’s careWe now live in a society where we depend on recommendations.There isn’t a restaurant, theme park or entertainment place visited unless the recommendations are read first. Well I feel the need to do the same, yet not for an entertainment venue. This time, it’s for a hospital and its staff.Sadly, I recently lost my father. He passed away at Ellis Hospital.But I’m writing today to inform all The Daily Gazette readers of the wonderful experience we had there. My dad spent many days on the sixth floor C Wing of the Neuroscience Unit. The staff, including the nurse practitioner, the physician’s assistants, the registered nurses and the patient care technicians were exemplary. They treated my father as if he were their own father. I know this, since I was with him every day from morning until evening.I witnessed every shift and every staff member, and the care was extraordinary. Education is key to understanding the types of treatment he was receiving, and everything was explained to me concisely. Any questions I had were answered.I would personally like to thank each of them for the kindness and compassion they showed to my dad and me during this trying time.They all became family to me, and I cannot thank them enough.Dorothy MazzarellaNiskayunaGolf fans lost out on PGA FedEx coverageOn Saturday, August 24, Mike MacAdam wrote three articles about the Travers, a race that was to be run with a purse of $1.25 million.I could not find anything about the PGA FedEx golf tournament with 36 holes played with a purse of $46 million.It would’ve been nice for the golf fans to see something about the tournament.Lowell MontgomeryMayfieldcenter_img Each year millions of tons of plastic spill into our oceans. Currently, many people have resorted to using reusable straws instead of plastic straws. Many cities and California have gone so far as to ban and limit them.However, how much of a difference is this change truly making?In reality, this barely even scratches the surface of how major of a problem plastic pollution is. What should be a worry is the amount of lost, damaged and abandoned fishing nets that there are in the sea.Nearly 50 percent of the plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is fishing nets. These nets exhaust, suffocate, starve, amputate and kill countless marine animal lives.But why has the world continued to only focus on plastic straws? This is because it has become a trend. Corporations are beginning to limit their use of plastic straws, which affects the consumer.Many environmental groups have started “ban plastic straws” campaigns as well. These campaigns have taken over social media with countless montages of injured marine life struggling with plastic waste. But truly, the straws are not the biggest concern. They are just the symbol of what must be done in order to fix our pollution crisis. They have helped to make the general population more aware of the problem at hand.Christopher EvansAverill Parklast_img read more

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£20m Leeds industrial portfolio in great demand

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Sheds are not fashion victims

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Offices: On the churn

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Change on the menu

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First passengers exit quarantined Japan ship

first_imgThe first passengers began leaving a quarantined cruise ship off Japan’s coast on Friday to finish their isolation in government-designated lodging after testing negative for the new coronavirus.Japan’s government has given passengers aged 80 or older in poor health or confined to windowless inner cabins on the Diamond Princess the chance to move from the ship to accommodation on land.But only those who test negative for the virus that has so far infected more than 200 people on board the ship have the option to move. The first of them departed the massive cruise ship on Friday afternoon, travelling in buses with blacked out windows.At the wheel, one driver was dressed in a head-to-toe white protective suit, complete with goggles and mask.A government official said 11 people had left, but declined to say whether more would depart Friday or offer further details.The move comes a day after the number of infections diagnosed on the ship rose to 218. Topics :center_img Senior health ministry official Gaku Hashimoto boarded the ship Friday morning to announce that all passengers “who are considered to be high risk in general health” would now be tested for the virus.”Those who test positive will be transferred to the hospital. Those who test negative will — at the request of the individual — disembark and be transferred to accommodation provided by the government,” he said in a statement in English read out by the ship’s captain in a public broadcast.”We are aware that many people are worried and concerned about the situation. However, to improve the situation as much as possible, the government is making its best efforts,” the statement said.There were more than 3,700 people on the ship when it arrived off the Japanese coast last week, but those diagnosed with the virus have been taken off the boat, along with some people suffering other health conditions requiring medical attention.Ten of those hospitalized are now in serious condition, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said on Friday.Excluding the cases on the ship, and an infected quarantine officer, Japanese authorities have so far diagnosed 33 people with the newly named COVID-19.The newly diagnosed cases include a woman in her 80s whose positive test result emerged after she died in hospital.The woman was reportedly the mother-in-law of a taxi driver in Tokyo who has also been diagnosed with the virus.A doctor in Wakayama prefecture and a patient treated in the hospital where the doctor worked have also been diagnosed.Officials in the region said they were still not sure if the doctor had infected the patient.”It is difficult to trace the route of the infection”, governor Yoshinobu Nisaka told reporters.He said officials were asking people in the area “to report suspicious cases of pneumonia so that we can immediately conduct tests”.The hospital has been closed to visitors and medical staff are now being tested for the virus, Nisaka added.Despite the new infections, government officials sought to play down concerns about the spread of the virus in Japan.”There is not enough epidemiological evidence to suggest that the epidemic is spreading inside Japan,” government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.”We will keep collecting epidemiological information including on the routes of infection.”The Diamond Princess has been quarantined off Japan since early February after it emerged a former passenger who got off the boat in Hong Kong had tested positive for the virus.The quarantine is due to end on Feb. 19 and those on the ship have been mostly confined to their cabins and asked to wear masks and keep their distance from other passengers during brief outings on open deck.Crew on board have expressed concern that their conditions — including shared cabins, bathrooms and workspaces — put them at greater risk of contracting the virus.On Friday afternoon, the crew distributed iPhones to passengers on board, with the captain saying the handsets had been sent by the Japanese government.”We are distributing iPhones to all staterooms, loaded with an application… [that] will help you to get medical support. Full instructions will be distributed together with the phones,” he said.last_img read more

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Trump has little power to restart US economy

first_imgUS. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wants the US economy to reopen by Easter Sunday, April 12, despite the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus in some US states and a rising death toll from the disease.Legal experts say a US president has quite limited power to order citizens back to their places of employment, or cities to reopen government buildings, transportation, or local businesses. Here is why.What does the Constitution say about who makes decisions about public welfare? The United States is a federalist system, meaning power is shared between a national and state governments.Under the 10th Amendment of the US Constitution, state governments have power to police citizens and regulate public welfare. In the country’s early years, it was up to state and local authorities to lead the response to the yellow fever epidemic, not the federal government.Reflecting these principles, “disaster response and aid is typically state-led and federally supported,” said Steve Bunnell, the former top lawyer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a partner at O’Melveny & Myers.This bottom-up, rather than top-down, approach to disaster relief makes sense from a policy perspective, said John Cohen, a former DHS official who teaches at Georgetown University. “Usually, state and local officials on the ground have the best understanding of the issues affecting people in their states,” Cohen said.Can a US president override state-mandated “shelter in place” orders?No. The Trump administration can issue nationwide guidance, but it would be unconstitutional for the president to override stay-at-home orders from governors, said Robert Chesney, a professor of national security law at the University of Texas. Mayors or county commissioners are on the same footing as governors, he said.The social distancing policies Trump announced on March 16 for slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus over 15 days were merely guidelines, and the same goes for any newer, less restrictive policies he unveils, Chesney said.”Those are guidelines. He can change his advice,” Chesney said. “He is free to advocate. And that is an important part of the presidency — the bully pulpit.”Bunnell said many people look to the president for guidance, so Trump’s advice will still affect the economy.”The federal government has a role to play in setting recommendations, and the daily press briefings obviously have an effect on how people react,” Bunnell said. “But in terms of legal authorities to override health and safety measures, I’m not sure there are any direct tools that would accomplish that.”Can a US president order a business to stay open?A federal agency that’s a subset of DHS deemed some businesses “essential” on March 19. But the federal memo itself notes that state and local authorities are “ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction.””That means the president really has no authority to ‘order’ anyone who doesn’t work directly for the federal government to do anything by Easter,” said Anthony J. Oncidi, a partner with the law firm Proskauer Rose.The Defense Production Act, which lets the president “expedite and expand the supply of resources from the US industrial base,” will be used to procure more tests and other medical equipment from companies, an administration official said on Tuesday. But that represents a fraction of the US’s consumer-driven economy.What about a US president’s emergency powers?A federal law known as the National Emergencies Act (NEA) gives the president broad powers to respond to national emergencies, including the authority to redirect funds and suspend laws.Trump invoked the Stafford Act and the NEA on March 13, as he declared a national emergency.But the NEA is a poor fit for a president trying to encourage business as usual, Cohen said.”It tends to give the president the authority to be more restrictive, not less restrictive,” Cohen said. “It does not let the president say ‘disregard the restrictions of your state and local leaders.'”Topics :last_img read more

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Gold heads for biggest weekly advance since 2008 after squeeze

first_img“Headlines have popularized the worries about the ability to buy and deliver physical gold and spreads have blown out,” RBC Capital Markets said in a note. “These concerns are, in many ways, justified, but more so if we begin to see more complete shutdowns throughout the supply chain.”Key players in the global market are working together to facilitate physical delivery, albeit while many dealers of bars and coins are reportedly out of stock, the RBC analysts said. While these concerns are likely adding to exaggerated price moves, gold-positive conditions are not over, they said.Spot gold was 0.2% lower at $1,627.88 an ounce at 10:58 a.m. in Singapore, headed for a weekly gain of 8.6%. The Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index fell 3.4% this week.The spread between London and New York prices has narrowed considerably. The disparity was about $22 an ounce on Friday, compared with more than $60 earlier in the week.Other main precious metals also jumped this week: silver rose 16%, platinum climbed 21%, and palladium surged 41%. Supply concerns are growing for the two platinum group metals as mines shut down in South Africa during a lockdown. Topics : Gold headed for the biggest weekly advance since 2008, rallying along with risk assets including equities, as investors weighed up the impact of massive monetary and fiscal stimulus for virus-hit economies and disruptions in the physical bullion market that have roiled trading.The store of wealth is in demand as the outbreak spreads and investors seek havens from the damage, which has led to the flood of support from central banks and governments. The rush for bullion has come when supply channels are being strangled, with some refineries shutting down and flights halted. That’s limiting sellers’ capacity to meet commitments to deliver the metal.The disruptions led to uncertainty if there was enough gold available in New York to deliver against contracts on the Comex, exploding the spread between futures and spot prices in London. But peak tightness may have eased as investors roll April contracts to June, which saw open interest jump to 345,689 futures, from 151,828 on March 9, according to initial data compiled by Bloomberg.last_img read more