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  • Letters to the Editor for Monday, April 1

    first_imgMueller report is a trumpet for changeWell now that the Mueller report has dropped, I guess we can anoint Trump as the virtuous choir boy he has always been.Yes, the Republican-led investigation, by the Republican- appointed Republican special counsel, which has been interpreted by the Republican attorney general, has found “not enough proof” to rise to the crime of collusion.  Flooding highlights the need for actionMother Nature has given us another warning, a sign that things are not alright on planet Earth.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwo ideas would save state moneyHere are two suggestions for cutting the cost of government in the state:If we replace all taxes and fees (taxes by another name) with an income tax keyed to federal tax payments, we would dramatically lower both the cost of administering and complying with the state’s many processes for collecting money from its citizens. The ongoing flooding in the Midwest is historic in scope. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes and the water continues to rise. Whether or not you believe in human-induced climate change, our planet is warming and we are already seeing the effects.If we continue to use fossil fuels at our current rate, natural disasters like this will become more frequent and widespread. Last Friday’s Youth Climate Strike in Albany shows that the students get it, and they want to see change now.There is legislation at both the state and national levels that would address climate change. Please let your elected officials know that this is a priority for you.Nancy StuebnerDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?center_img Some might contend that this approach would exempt corporations from taxation. That, of course is true. However, since in the end all taxes, no matter where they are levied, are paid by individuals, this point is really an objection to having a more transparent system of taxation.Such a change would, besides producing a more attractive economic climate, give the voters a clear statement of the cost of the choices that are open to them at the polls.Thus, it has considerable appeal for those who value informing the citizens of their options.Since as a group we have a tendency to be more liberal with other people’s money than our own, my second suggestion is that local projects be funded exclusively by local taxes. This change would force local governments to carefully prioritize their activities. Therefore, we can expect that local school administrative structures would be replaced by a countywide, and thus, a lower-cost administrative system.Fred BarneyAlbany Unfortunately, they couldn’t vindicate Trump on the obstruction allegations. I guess that was too far a stretch even for this partisan side show.It is now the American public’s turn to read the Mueller report and come to our own conclusions. After all, we paid for it.I’m sure there is nothing in there that could diminish this president in the eyes of his lemming followers.But to the remainder of free-thinking America, we might just find it interesting enough to help us decide on a candidate in the 2020 election.It’s not like this president has ever lied, right? And if you believe that, I am sure Trump has a bridge, or better yet, a casino, he’d like to sell you.Michael WinnSaratoga Springslast_img read more

  • Pilots in Pakistan air crash distracted by coronavirus worry, minister says

    first_imgTopics : The flight data recorder showed the landing gear was lowered at 10 nautical miles, Khan said, but then raised again 5 nautical miles from the runway, which he described as “beyond comprehension”.The aircraft was “100 percent fit to fly” and there was no technical fault, he said, but added that the pilots were not “focused” because of the pandemic.”The discussion throughout was about corona,” Khan said, referring to exchanges between the pilot and co-pilot he said he had listened to on the cockpit voice recorder.”Corona was dominant over their mind. Their family was affected [by the virus].” The pilots of a Pakistan airliner that crashed last month, killing 97, were distracted and preoccupied as they talked about the coronavirus pandemic while preparing for an initial failed landing bid, the country’s aviation minister said on Wednesday.The Airbus A320 of national carrier Pakistan International Airlines crashed on May 22 in the southern city of Karachi, killing all but two of those aboard as it came down a kilometer short of the runway on its second attempt.The aircraft had landed on its engines on the first attempt, before taking off again, the minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, told parliament as he presented an initial report on the disaster.center_img The report, reviewed by Reuters, did not spell out the pilots’ conversation on the virus, but said they did not follow set protocols.”Several warnings and alerts such as over-speed, landing gear not down and ground proximity alerts, were disregarded,” it added. “The landing was undertaken with landing gear retracted. The aircraft touched the runway surface on its engines.”Both the pilots and officials at air traffic control did not follow set procedures, Khan said.”The captain and the co-pilot were experienced and medically fit,” the minister said.Khan added that the data showed flight PK8303 from the eastern city of Lahore was at an altitude of just 2,200 m when 16 km from the runway, although it should have been at 762 m.Air traffic control drew the pilot’s attention to the irregularity, and advised against landing, instead urging a go-around, Khan said.”When they were in landing position, they were warned by the controllers, but he said, ‘I’ll manage’… and then they started discussing corona again.”He said the inquiry report revealed the pilot had mentioned no technical fault during the final approach.”The last words from the pilot were, ‘Oh God, oh God, oh God,'” Khan added.Pakistan has recorded 188,926 infections and 3,755 deaths in the virus pandemic, with a big spike in reported cases over the last month.last_img read more

  • First Lady Frances Wolf and Governor’s Food Security Partnership Highlight Importance of Charitable Food Organizations

    first_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf and top officials from each of the six state agencies from the Governor’s Food Security Partnership today joined Feeding Pennsylvania and the Central Pennsylvania Food bank to highlight the importance of charitable food organizations and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, during Hunger Action Month. The Governor’s Food Security Partnership includes the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services.“Tom and I are so proud of the progress the Food Security Partnership has made towards eradicating hunger – we have taken an active approach to ensuring all Pennsylvanians have access to nutritious food by encouraging public, private and non-profit partners to share best practices and support existing programs,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “But, as we all know, there is still more work to be done. There are still far too many Pennsylvanians – over two million – who are unsure of where they will find their next meal. That is why it is so important to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity — not only during Hunger Action Month, but all year long.”In Pennsylvania, approximately 1.53 million Pennsylvanians experience chronic hunger. About 437,000 low-income children are experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity means not having access to reliable and nutritious meals. Since hunger and health are deeply connected, the effects of inadequate food are profound. Those effects include increased risks for chronic diseases, higher chances of hospitalization, poorer overall health, and increased healthcare costs.“More than one million people around Pennsylvania do not know where they will get their next meal,” said Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “For these people, food insecurity is their daily reality. However, programs like SNAP and charitable food networks help working adults, people with disabilities, older adults, and children access food and expand their purchasing power so they do not have to choose between paying for a doctor’s appointment or replacing an old pair of shoes and being able to eat dinner.”On average, children whose families utilize SNAP are healthier than kids whose families qualify for SNAP but are not enrolled in the program. These kids go on to have higher graduation rates, increased adult earnings, and improved health outcomes in their adult life. Older adults who are enrolled in SNAP are healthier, hospitalized less and are less likely to go to a nursing home.In addition to SNAP helping curve healthcare costs, SNAP helps local economies. In May 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a study on the influence of SNAP redemptions on the economy and county-level employment in the time leading up to, during, and after the Great Recession. This study found that SNAP redemptions could have a greater economic stimulus impact than many other forms of government spending per dollar spent, especially during a recession, because they are paid directly to low-income individuals. For instance, the grocery subsidies deliver food directly to tables along with a financial return into rural supermarkets and small businesses in those communities.There are over 10,000 authorized retailers that participate in SNAP across Pennsylvania. These retailers redeemed about $2.6 billion in SNAP benefits in 2018 according to the United States Department of Agriculture. SNAP also provides support for programs like SNAP 50/50, where non-profit organizations leverage their funding with matched funds from the federal government to provide career-specific skills training for people receiving SNAP benefits.In 2016, the Governor’s Food Security Partnership released Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-Free PA. The Blueprint was developed through robust stakeholder engagement. With the Hunger Blueprint as a guide, the Governor’s Food Security Partnerships and charitable food partners have made significant impacts in our communities in the past three years. The role of charitable food organizations played an essential role in improving access to local food resources and increasing awareness of food insecurity.Feeding Pennsylvania is a partnership formed among eight of Pennsylvania’s Feeding America member food banks. Through this partnership, they serve nearly two million low-income individuals annually by distributing more than 160 million pounds of food across Pennsylvania. The mission of Feeding Pennsylvania is to assist members in securing food and other resources for themselves and for people in need and to provide a collective voice on the issues of hunger and food access.“There are 1.53 million Pennsylvanians facing hunger and nearly half a million of them are children,” said Jane Clements-Smith, executive director of Feeding Pennsylvania. On behalf of the entire charitable food network, we would like to thank Governor and First Lady Wolf for their commitment to addressing hunger. Feeding Pennsylvania is proud of have been at the table since the conception of the Governor’s Food Security Partnership, and we continue to work closely with the administration to ensure that every Pennsylvanian has access to nutritious food.”Charitable food networks around the commonwealth do important work every day to help Pennsylvanians experiencing hunger, but they cannot end food insecurity alone. The combination of charity and government assistance programs are necessary to help bridge the meal gap.The Wolf Administration will be visiting local charitable food organizations across the commonwealth during Hunger Action Month to highlight local resources and initiatives as well as learning from volunteers and staff and talking to people who are experiencing hunger. The partnerships between the Wolf Administration and local food networks work together to maintain a critical safety net.For more information on the Governor’s Food Security Partnership and food assistance programs, visit www.dhs.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter First Lady Frances Wolf and Governor’s Food Security Partnership Highlight Importance of Charitable Food Organizationscenter_img September 03, 2019last_img read more

  • Tuberculosis vaccine target found

    first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 55 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Tuberculosis vaccine target found by: – March 19, 2011 Share A protein which could be targeted for a tuberculosis vaccine has been discovered by scientists at Imperial College London.TB is caused by bacteria and the only vaccine against it, the BCG jab, is not very effective.The disease of the lungs kills approximately two million people worldwide each year.The charity, TB Alert, said the research was promising, but a vaccine was a long way off.A better option Scientists are aware that the BCG vaccine is not good enough.Professor Ajit Lalvani, who led the research at Imperial College London, said: “Despite most of the world’s population having had a BCG vaccination, there are still nine million new cases of TB every year, so we urgently need to develop a more effective vaccine for TB.”Researchers are trying to find new proteins which can be used in a vaccine to trigger an immune response and provide long-term protection against Mycobacterium tuberculosis.The study, to be published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identifies a new protein called EspC.Professor Lalvani said: “We’ve shown that EspC, which is secreted by the bacterium, provokes a very strong immune response, and is also highly specific to Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This makes it an extremely promising candidate for a new TB vaccine that could stimulate broader and stronger immunity than BCG.”Consultant chest physician Dr Peter Davies, who is the secretary of TB Alert, said it was “promising” research.He told the BBC: “We know of two other targets and the researchers have found a third, which could be useful.“The trouble is it will take 10 years to find out if it will result in vaccine and whether that vaccine is any better than BCG.”Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

  • P64-M ‘shabu’ seized, 1,170 ‘pushers’ caught in 6 months

    first_imgBolivar has a pending arrest warrantfor violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. To avoid detection, sources said,Bolivar has tapped the services of personalities whom the police are notfamiliar with. The operations –a total of 852 were carried out – were from July to December 2019. Ninesuspects died, PRO-6 data showed. The No. 1 target remains to be ErnestoBolivar, a resident of Barangay Guinacas, Pototan, Iloilo who has been inhiding since 2017. “The goal is to sustain the gains ofthe PRO-6 in the revitalized campaign against illegal drugs, targeting theremaining drug personalities and groups in Panay and Negros islands, and theseinclude Bolivar,” said Malong. Police units across the region arehunting him down, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson ofthe PRO-6.  This 2020 the Philippine NationalPolice in Western Visayas aims to get the 105 remaining high-value drug targetsit failed to neutralize in 2019. Included in these targets are elected publicofficials serving as drug protectors. Sources further told Panay NewsBolivar has lots of money to buy protection from policemen and even businessmen. Bolivar was believed to be a minion ofPrevendido and stepped up drug trafficking activities after his boss died in ashootout with policemen on Sept. 1, 2017 in Barangay Balabago, Jaro districthere. Clearing theregion of illegal drugs remained a priority, according to Police BrigadierGeneral Rene Paumuspusan, PRO-6 director. Of the 105 drug targets, 50 are inNegros Occidental, 32 in Bacolod City, 11 in Iloilo province, four in Capiz,three each in Antique and Iloilo City, and one each in Guimaras and in Aklan. ILOILO City – Insix months of antidrug operations across Western Visayas, various police unitsof the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) were able to confiscate shabu with acombined street value of P64 million and arrest 1,170 drug suspects. Although he managed to escape frompolicemen trying to entrap him in a buy-bust operation at his house in BarangayGuinacas, Pototan on Nov. 9, 2016, he was charged./PNlast_img read more

  • Return of LSIs from Cebu suspended

    first_imgDefensor also said the Iloilo provincial government may require LSIs from Cebu intending to return to Iloilo to first undergo RT-PCR test there, and they must be negative from COVID-19. Cebu was again placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on June 16 due to a surge in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) there, said Sumagaysay. The suspension aims to protect the people of Western Visayas from the coronavirus, she explained. LSIs, on the other hand, are not required to undergo RT-PCR test for their return to Western Visayas. Region 6 is currently under an extended modified general community quarantine. “Time out anay kay naglapuyot didto ang transmission,” said Defensor. “Let us assess the situation first.” ILOILO City – The return to Western Visayas of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Cebu has been temporarily stopped, according to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6. Friday last week, Iloilo’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said he would ask the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to temporarily stop sending back to Iloilo the Ilonggos stranded in Cebu citing the rising number of COVID-19 infections there. The suspension took effect on June 20, said DILG-Iloilo director Teodora Sumagaysay, citing the advisory of Assistant Regional Director Maria Calpiza Sardua. With this requirement, she said, “We are assured nga medyo slim ang chance nga mag-positive sila (in a repeat test when they arrive in Iloilo).” She, however, clarified that only the return of LSIs from Cebu was suspended. The return to Region 6 of overseas workers stranded in Cebu would continue, she stressed.center_img “Overseas workers are required to undergo reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test (and the result must be COVID-negative),” Sumagaysay explained. No date has been set, said Sumagaysay. But she indicated this may depend on the COVID-19 rate in Cebu. She also revealed that Director Leocadio Trovela of DILG Region 7 (Central Visayas) where Cebu belongs also issued an advisory suspending temporarily the movement of LSIs there. “Para gamay ang risgu,” said Defensor. When would the suspension of LSIs’ return be lifted? Sumagaysay appealed for patience, understanding and cooperation from the LSIs and their families. These past few weeks, LSIs returning to Iloilo from Cebu and other parts of the country were not required to pass RT-PCR tests. They were only asked to present a travel authority and certificate stating they completed 14 days of quarantine. On May 25 President Rodrigo Duterte ordered concerned government agencies to bring home all overseas Filipino workers and other people stuck in Metro Manila and elsewhere due to the quarantine. The agencies concerned were the Department of Labor and Employment, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and Department of Health./PNlast_img read more

  • Lady Bulldogs Middle School Teams Get W’s Over Lady Eagles

    first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the season with a road win at Jac-Cen-Del 36 to 14.After coming out sluggish defensively in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs held the Eagles to just 2 points in the second half with a great defensive performance.  Leading the way scoring was Emma Weiler (11 points), followed by Ava Hanson (9 points),  Makayla Granger (8 points),  and Megan Meyer, Ashlee Cornn, Ella Wilhelm, and Jadyn Harrington with 2 points each.The Bulldogs will be back in action at home on Monday night vs. S. Dearborn at 5:30 pm.  Come out and support the Bulldogs, as they look to improve to 4-0 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Weiler.The 8th Grade Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles Thursday night in a great Middle School Basketball game by a score of 36 – 28.Breanna Wells led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points. Other scorers for the Lady Bulldogs were Ashley Nobbe with 9, Calley Kaiser with 7, Gabby Elston with 3 Sarah Ripperger with 3 and Carley Pride had 1.The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Annabelle Williams with 12. Other scorers for the Lady Eagles were Jalee Rider with 4, and 2 points each from Aundrea Cullen, Kayla Simon, Paige Without, Allison Fullmer, and Emma Newhart.Both teams will return to action on Monday. The South Dearborn Lady Squires come to Batesville to play the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Eagles travel to Vevay to play the Lady Pacers of Switzerland County.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jack Smith.last_img read more

  • Parmeley prevails at Canyon

    first_imgBy Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (April 1) – John Parmeley pulled off the sweep in the Leading Edge IMCA Modi­fieds Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park, winning his heat race before driving from his sixth start­ing spot to take the feature win.Parmeley declared himself as the car to beat early on, making his way around leader K.C. Dieckman and driving away from the field. Parmeley held the large advantage through numerous cautions until Jason Noll found himself behind the leader on a restart.Parmeley and Noll escaped the fray with only a handful of laps to go to battle it out for the win. Noll made the first mistake coming to the white flag, allowing Parmeley to get away with the win. Noll held on for second with Zachary Madrid, Chaz Baca Jr. and Bubba Stafford rounding out the top five.Speedy Madrid wound up with the Arizona Differential IMCA Northern SportMod victory after the apparent winner failed post-race tech.last_img read more

  • Baggies sign McManaman

    first_img The 23-year-old told the club’s official site: “I’m really made up to have joined. “When the chance came to move to West Bromwich Albion and return to the Premier League I couldn’t turn it down. “This is a great move for me and I hope the Albion fans will get to see the best of me. “Albion are a great club, with a good tradition. I can’t wait to get going.” West Brom had two bids rejected for McManaman before agreeing an undisclosed deal after a third offer was made over the weekend. McManaman has scored five goals in 23 games for the Sky Bet Championship strugglers, who are second bottom of the table, this season. He won the FA Cup with the Latics following their 1-0 win over Manchester City in 2013. Head coach Pulis, who is also keen on Wolves’ Bakary Sako, added: “I’m delighted we’ve got Callum and I believe he will be an exciting addition to our numbers. “Callum is a player who can improve our options and I am really looking forward to working with him.” West Brom have completed the signing of Wigan’s Callum McManaman on a three-and-a-half year deal. The winger agreed a contract, which includes a 12-month option, after undergoing a medical on Wednesday morning. He becomes Tony Pulis’ first signing at The Hawthorns and could make his debut in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Tottenham. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Cricket News Trent Boult enters special club of New Zealand bowlers in second Test vs Sri Lanka

    first_img New Delhi: Trent Boult entered a special club of New Zealand bowlers at the end of day two of the second Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the P Sara Oval in Colombo. In the 42nd over of the innings, Boult got the wickets of Angelo Mathews for 2 and Kusal Perera for 0 in the same over as New Zealand fought back on a rain-affected day. The wicket of Mathews put Boult in a special club of New Zealand bowlers. Boult became the third New Zealand player after Sir Richard Hadlee and Daniel Vettori to take 250 or more wickets in Tests.Boult now has 251 wickets in 63 games at an average of 27.44. Hadlee is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand, having taken 431 wickets in 86 Tests at a staggering average of 22.29 with 36 five-wicket hauls and nine 10-wicket hauls. Vettori became the second New Zealand bowler and first left-arm spinner to take over 350 wickets when he took 361 wickets in 112 Tests.The left-arm pacer has become one of the key figures in New Zealand’s upward trend in Tests ever since his debut in 2011 against Australia in Hobart. His first major success came in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval when he took seven wickets and helped New Zealand win in 2012.However, his first major haul of five wickets or more came against England in Auckland and his haul of 6/68 almost gave New Zealand a victory against a side who were ranked No.1 in the Test format at that time. Boult’s superb form continued when he picked up 6/40 against West Indies in Wellington in 2013 and his maiden 10-wicket haul helped New Zealand establish a streak of dominance in the Test arena for close to two years.2013 was Boult’s golden year, having taken 46 wickets in 12 Tests while in 2015 and 2018, he took 36 and 33 wickets respectively. In 2018, in the Pink Ball Test against England in Auckland, Boult took 6/32 as England were bowled out for 58. In the Christchurch Test in the same year, Boult took 6/30 as Sri Lanka lost six wickets for 10 runs to lose the match by 423 runs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Trent Boult became third New Zealand bowler to take over 250 wickets.Trent Boult made his debut in 2011 against Australia.Angelo Mathews was Trent Boult’s 250th wicket in Tests.center_img highlightslast_img read more