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How low can the Republicans go?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It was incredible and outrageously funny to see Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell sitting to the left and right of the emperor with no clothes, otherwise known as president of the United States, looking like deer caught in the headlights.What a pair of mindless stooges for the loser-liar-in-chief. Anyone who read the insulting e-mail sent by Mr. Hollywood Access tape inviting Sens. Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer to meet with the commander-in-chief would realize why there were empty chairs separating Trump from Ryan and McConnell.Incredible, yes. Funny, kind of. But ultimately gut-wrenchingly frightening.Anthony SantoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Ballston needs a lot more than PR help

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What do you do with a town so mired in lawsuits that virtually every town board meeting includes an executive session where they discuss their latest loss in the courts?What do you do with a town board that decided to pay legal fees for a board member, even though the lawsuit that he lost was for behavior during the election and not related to his town employment?What do you do with a town board that brazenly approves massive housing developments in the middle of the Agriculture District, even as it faces a lawsuit for the very same activity?What do you do with a town where the deciding vote to approve developments comes from the wife of a local developer, even though she is a lawyer for the state Senate and should recuse herself? Why, you do exactly what the town board in the town of Ballston did. You hire a PR firm. Because when you can’t hire good legal assistance or you are too mired in your own politics to pay attention to the law, you spend taxpayers’ hard-earned money on lipstick for a pig. (All of this is just my opinion.)Polly WindelsBallstonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

City Corp to unlock sites with lease reform review

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City thumbs up for new MEPC chief

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BH&S: retail to outperform other sectors in 2002

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Premium bonds

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Industrial: Shed a beer

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A gap in the marketing

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Wheeler dealers

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Jakartans struggle to find masks as concerns over coronavirus outbreak intensify

first_imgSupplies of surgical masks and N95 masks have also started to run out in markets across the capital city. A medical supplies vendor at Pramuka Market in Matraman, Jakarta, complained that the masks were getting harder to find due to rising demand after the coronavirus outbreak in China.”After the coronavirus became a hot topic after Chinese New Year, we started to run out of stock to sell. N95 masks are usually for factory workers so they are supposed to be better [than regular surgical masks], and even at their factories they have started to run out,” Aya, one of the vendors at Pramuka Market, said on Wednesday, as reported by kompas.com.Even regular surgical masks were hard to come by at the market. Aya said the only masks left in her store were regular masks.Global demand for surgical masks has soared, leaving many stores in short supply and residents struggling to obtain them, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday.In Hong Kong, supplies of N95 masks are running low, with some retailers doubling or tripling the price of the masks that remain in stock.Thousands of Hong Kong residents lined up in front of local pharmacy chain stores on Thursday after the franchise announced it would provide a limited supply of masks at 230 of its stores.”I lined up here at 2 a.m. this morning, so I’ve been waiting six or seven hours to get the masks,” Berry So said in a video report by the South China Morning Post.In Japan, the demand for masks jumped after it was confirmed that four citizens had been infected with the virus. Some retailers said their mask sales had tripled from the previous week.In Sydney, a number of people lined up outside of drugstores to buy masks.Cui Yanzhao, general manager of Nanhai Nanxin non-Woven Co Ltd, a China-based company that produces raw material for surgical masks, said that over the last few days, orders for masks material had been larger than the company’s average total monthly orders.Some Jakarta residents have also taken extra measures to prepare for the worst-case scenario of the coronavirus outbreak.Fadila Paramitha, 29, an office worker living in South Jakarta said she had bought masks, hand sanitizer and canned foods.”I bought a box of 50 surgical masks last week. I usually wear masks to protect me from air pollution, but I think I need to wear them more often now that I’ve heard about the coronavirus outbreak,” she told the Post on Friday.Fadila said she had stocked up on canned foods after massive black outs in the capital city in August. “I live in Kalibata, so massive incidents in Jakarta like student rallies, floods and black outs have affected me.”The new strand of coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, is an airborne virus that attacks the respiratory system.The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency as the death toll rises. As of Friday, the virus has claimed 213 lives and has infected 9,692 people in China.Indonesia has no confirmed cases as of Friday.Topics : Jakartans have been struggling to get hold of surgical and N95 masks as sellers run out and prices skyrocket.The demand for N95 masks, a type of face mask that can filter out 95 percent of particles as small as 0.3 microns from the air, has significantly increased over the past few weeks as concerns about the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak intensifies in the capital city.Ainie Partono, a 32-year-old office worker from Jakarta said she had been searching for N95 masks in online marketplaces for the past several days to no avail.”I ordered twenty masks from an online marketplace several days ago but my order was suddenly cancelled as the shop had run out of stock,” Ainie told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.Ainie said she had bought N95 masks last year because she was concerned about severe air pollution in the capital city.”I planned to buy the masks again as a precaution for the coronavirus outbreak. In fact, some of my fellow office workers had also asked me to buy the masks for them since they too were concerned about the outbreak,” she said.Ainie said she had been unable to buy the masks. She said there were several online shops with N95 masks still in stock but that the skyrocketing prices, which she said did “not make any sense”, prevented her from purchasing them.She said she bought three N95 masks online last year for Rp 45,000 (US$ 3). However, the same shop was now selling the set of three masks for Rp 1.4 million.Another resident, 26-year-old private company employee Juliana Ekaputri also shared the same story. Juli said she decided to buy the N95 masks after news outlets reported on suspected coronavirus cases in Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, several days ago.”Not long after the news, I got an internal memo from my office urging all employees to buy N95 masks. But I still can’t get any.”last_img read more