Letters to the Editor for Friday, July 5

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHonor father/son inventors at GatewayRegarding another letter from James Wilson on June 27 about “Lady Liberty:” She should not be in Westinghouse Park at the end of State Street and the entry to the Western Gateway Bridge.Honor her and the veterans who fought for freedom at Veterans Park.Return the piece of planet across from SCCC to the honor of the Westinghouse father and son who lived and worked at that site — the elder with his progressive designs for well-built agricultural equipment and Junior for his invention of the air-brake for trains, patented while a resident just home from the Civil War at age 19.This was the major impetus for opening the whole country to commerce and an industrial age.A statue of Westinghouse should stand where he once lived. The whole area could be a living museum to agriculture and industry.Where better than the entry to the Western Gateway Bridge? Even now, a small group of citizens, including Professor Emeritus Frank Wicks, is exploring the possibilities of adding another figure to the Steinmetz, Edison, Tubman and Seward statues that grace our city.Let’s bring the talented historical men and women of Schenectady back to our streets.Betty PieperScotiaDon’t romanticize childhood diseasesI’m late in writing this letter but no less indignant about the topics covered in the June 2 Gazette column by Karen Cookson (“Legal Punishment for Anti-Vaxxers”). Her reminiscing about play dates to catch chicken pox, mumps, etc. was off-putting, as was her overall tone about childhood diseases.No mention was made of the lifelong complications they can cause. Cookson’s comments about polio were especially egregious. I’m sorry she contacted polio at age 9, but when she said it “may have made her healthier,” I must point out that she was one of the luckier polio victims.She didn’t end up in an iron lung or in a wheelchair. She didn’t have to walk with canes and braces for the entire rest of life, as my own mother did.She apparently is fortunate in not being a victim of post-polio syndrome, either.I respectfully suggest that Karen Cookson study the whole issue of vaccinations and rely on facts, not opinion, when writing about polio or any other disease that can leave lasting complications and suffering.Amy Dievendorf Canajoharie       Presidential race could be condensedHere we go again, facing another interminable presidential campaign of about 15 months.In my opinion, it could be accomplished in six months, saving millions of dollars and sparing we the people the tediousness of it all.Twenty-plus Democrats and one Republican will be cavorting around the country espousing repetitious promises of all the good and great things coming our way. Trump will brag about his non-existent accomplishments. Other than the drastic tax cuts for the fat cats, what has he done? The beneficiaries of these tax cuts are donating millions of dollars to his campaign to ensure, hopefully, they continue to benefit. Trump will need to find someone else to “lock up,” and he will be busy making up nasty and belittling names for all those opponents.He has been president for 886 days (as of June 24) and lied more than 10,000 times according to the fact checkers.It is shocking that a man could lie so glibly and so frequently.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Garment workers seen losing up to $5.8b in wages during coronavirus

first_imgClean Clothes Campaign said a lack of data limited the research to seven countries – Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – but the situation was probably no better in other low-wage regions.Extrapolating the data, researchers estimated garment workers worldwide had lost $3.19 billion to $5.79 billion in the first three months of the pandemic.They estimated $500 million in wages had been withheld in Bangladesh and more than $400 million in Indonesia.Bangladeshi seamstress Shorifa Begum, 25, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation she was sacked by text message in May after fellow workers protested over unpaid wages.Begum, whose husband is too ill to work, said her former boss owed her 60,000 taka ($708), mostly in unpaid overtime – a sum equivalent to more than a third of her annual income.“I’ve been living on loans since May. I owe money for rice and lentils to many shops and I don’t know when I can pay them back,” she said, adding she could often no longer afford milk for her toddler.In desperation, Begum is joining another factory paying 6,000 taka a month – less than half what she used to be paid after overtime.“It obviously won’t be enough, but I need to survive,” she said.Clean Clothes Campaign said clothing companies had long profited from low wages in countries with lax labor laws.“We are asking brands individually to make a public commitment to avoid a situation in which everyone in a supply chain has responsibility, but in practice nobody assumes responsibility,” said Clean Clothes campaigner Christie Miedema.Brands including Adidas, H&M Group, Primark and Ralph Lauren, unions and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) announced a working group in April, convened by the United Nations, to help manufacturers pay wages.“Most brands have acted responsibly, but there’s much more to do on all sides – with the brands, governments, manufacturers and retailers,” said IOE Secretary-General Roberto Suarez Santos.Suarez Santos said they were working with governments, employers and workers in the countries cited in the report to create or boost social protection schemes.The British-based Ethical Trading Initiative said it expected its members, who include H&M and Primark, to cover costs incurred for orders already in progress or completed and to work with suppliers to avoid cancelling orders.Topics : In some regions of India, workers received less than half their income, according to the group’s report “Un(der)paid in the pandemic”.Clean Clothes Campaign, a network of labour rights organizations and unions, urged brands and retailers to stop passing the buck and publicly commit to ensuring all workers in their supply chains received what they were owed.“The wage gaps caused by the crisis mean that workers are not able to feed their families properly,” Khalid Mahmood, director of the Labour Education Foundation in Pakistan, said in a statement.“They are not able to pay for school fees … or pay for medical expenses and … many of them are in debt.” Garment workers supplying global fashion brands have been underpaid or not paid at all during the coronavirus crisis, with lost wages potentially amounting to nearly US$6 billion, researchers said on Monday.With the pandemic leading to store closures and falling sales, many retailers cancelled orders or demanded discounts from suppliers, jeopardizing the livelihoods of tens of millions of workers in the sector.Pressure group Clean Clothes Campaign said garment workers in South and Southeast Asia, many already surviving on “poverty pay”, had only received three fifths of their regular income on average from March to May.last_img read more

Built by a golf enthusiast this Benowa Waters home is a hole in one for Gold Coast buyers

first_img4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.And they were one step ahead of the game when they styled their home.“We are seeing the Hamptons-style everywhere now but we were styling our house with it when we built the house two years ago,” he said. “My wife is responsible for the style — it’s timeless.” 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.CHIC interiors combine with an elegant design at this prestigious address in the Royal Pines estate. Perched overlooking the Nerang River, the home was built in 2015 by homeowners Joseph and Candice Ghoussain. 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.The open-plan home is built with a chef’s kitchen that comes with caesarstone benchtops, Colourtech cabinetry and a large walk in pantry. Travertine floors add a touch of luxury while the patio was made for entertaining.“We love having dinner parties,” MrGhoussain said. 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.“I’m a golfer,” Mr Ghoussain said.“I wanted to be close to the golf course. My wife and I were also really attracted to Royal Pines because of its privacy and security.” Mr Ghoussain said he tried to get in a game of golf at leats once a week.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 4008B Quayside Drive, Benowa.“The driving range is up the road so I go there a lot too,” the father-of-one said.“It is a great place to live for lifestyle.” Overlooking the water the couple said they were not bothered by the change of seasons. “The pool is gas heated so you can be in it all year round,” he said. last_img read more

Half-finished Gold Coast house hits the market

first_imgLooking for your next project? This one has been half completed.IT’S one thing to buy a blank canvas, but another to buy a half-finished attempt at building a luxury house. A rare offering in Tallai has just hit the market and isn’t a standard property. The 2.92 ha block at 189-207 The Panorama features an architecturally-designed, three-level home that is only half built. But to sweeten the deal, the buyers of this property will also get a completed three-bedroom home and shed as part of the package. A $1.66 million price tag has been assigned for the lot. City views are on offer from both houses. 189-207 The Panorama, Tallai, is a three-in-one real estate offering. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDifferences between building in new or established estates01:50 More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: Family prepares to farewell historic farm This completed house is also part of the package.center_img The half-built house needs its “finishing touches.”“A once in a lifetime opportunity has arisen for new owners wanting to put their finishing touches on their new home while residing at the property or rent the existing house for an estimated $800 per week,” the listing says. MORE NEWS: Where is Australia’s most popular location? The owners could live in it while completing the other house.“The current owners are unable to finish construction themselves, this provides a unique opportunity for new owners to select their own fixtures and finishes and make any other required adjustments to the home before it is finished,” the marketing said. “Alternatively, all selections originally made by the current owners are available to you with the rest of the documentation.” Overseas commitments meant the current owners were unable to finished building the new residence.Its design featured six bedrooms, two ensuites, two bathrooms and two powder rooms as well as luxury additions such as a wine cellar, home theatre, pool and gym. It was designed to have high energy efficient standards with solar and also offers impressive views of the Gold Coast skyline across a 715sq m floorplan. It’s difficult to calculate the cost of building a home, however in June 2018, the Australian average was $1270.80 per sqm, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).This figure does not include a design, planning permit, site works and unexpected costs. At this figure, if the house was at the halfway mark it would cost less than $500,000 to complete.However, architecturally-designed properties at the higher end of the market can blow out to the millions. The triple treat is on the market through Robert Boyle of Landlink Realty Southport.last_img read more

Kenya offers amnesty to Al-Shabaab youth

first_imgKenya has offered an amnesty to tens of youths who joined the Al-Shabaab, if they register with the government in the next ten days.Those who fail to heed this call within the prescribed time frame will be treated as criminals and will face the full force of the law.Kenya’s Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery advised the youths to report to County Commissioners in Nairobi, Mombasa and Garissa for further directions.He added that the Government would consider granting amnesty and appropriate reintegration support.The measures are the latest to be taken by the government in efforts to address growing terror threats in the country.The announcement comes more than a week after terrorists raided Garissa University College and killed 148 people.last_img read more

Fellers Service Station demolition underway

first_imgSubmitted photoBatesville, In. — Demolition crews from Cincinnati-based O’Rourke Wrecking Company are removing the former Fellers Service Station in downtown Batesville. City leaders approved a contract for $43,740 to complete the work.In late 2017 crews from August Mack Environmental from Indianapolis injected chemicals into the ground in an effort to neutralize any remaining benzene, oil or gas. The monitoring process will continue for about one year.Mayor Mike Bettice told WRBI News the property could have been sold prior to the demolition, but the city wanted to be sure the site clean up was properly completed. After matching grants from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs the demolition will cost taxpayers of Batesville about $10,000.last_img read more

Failure to do the ‘little things’ costs Syracuse in 84-77 loss to No. 4 Louisville

first_imgWith 2:33 left in the third quarter, Louisville led by 17 when SU’s Miranda Drummond got fouled and made both free throws. The Orange, despite being down 15, seemed to have a little life.Following the free throws, UofL came down the floor and fed the ball to Dana Evans, who missed a 3. Gabrielle Cooper came down with the missed shot and flipped the ball to Tiana Mangakahia.But in a flash, Evans followed her miss to Mangakahia’s hands, poked the ball free, and got two points for the Cardinals.Roughly a minute later, UofL’s Arica Carter swiped the ball from Chelayne Bailey off an inbounds play and fed star-guard Asia Durr for an easy two. Those small swings, timely shots and defensive adjustments kept No. 4 Louisville (24-1, 10-1 Atlantic Coast) ahead for most of the game against Syracuse (17-7, 5-6) in an 84-77 SU loss, on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. At a quick glance, both teams played well  — UofL shot 50 percent and SU turned in a 49.1 percent shooting performance — and the Cardinals edged the Orange in just a handful of statistical categories. On Sunday, the small loomed large for Syracuse after the game.“It was just little things,” Mangakahia said. “They didn’t press us … it was kind of our own mistakes.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the game, SU made a concerted effort to get the ball to freshmen bigs Amaya Finklea-Guity and Digna Strautmane. The ploy worked, as the two combined for 12 of SU’s 23 first-quarter points.But in the second quarter, Louisville played more focused, head coach Jeff Walz said, and reinforcing the Cardinals’ defense was size and a tactical adjustment.“I felt we regrouped after that first quarter,” Walz said.Louisville’s comparable size, paired with fronting SU’s bigs — moving between them and the ball handler when it appears a pass is coming — kept the ball away from the rim. As a result, Strautmane started hoisting 3s. Despite starting 2-of-3 from behind the arc, Strautmane went 1-of-7 for the rest of the game. She only became a threat again late in the game when off-ball action freed her up for passes while she moved to the rim.“I just should’ve attacked more,” Strautmane said. “We just should’ve shot our shots and penetrated to the basket.”Louisville also got a strong contribution from its bench, outscoring SU’s reserves 18-5. Sophomore Kylee Shook had six points, making both her shots. Sophomore guard Sydney Zambrotta scored eight, going 2-of-3 from deep.Zambrotta positioned herself in the corner in front of the SU bench late in the first half. As Durr brought the ball down the court she fired it to Zambrotta and told her to, “Knock it down, Syd.”That 3 with 1:38 until the break, pushed UofL’s lead to six points amid a mini five-point outburst. With five seconds left in the half, after Drummond had just hit a layup, Zambrotta was left open in the corner again and made SU pay.“Other people had double-digit points,” Cooper said, “points off the bench. … You can’t let someone else come through and pick up their own points.”With inconsistent options down low and a lack of output from the bench, SU found itself in a big hole in the second half. It would need some type of run to cut into an 18-point Louisville lead. Every time SU strung some baskets together, Durr answered.A six-point run in the middle of the third quarter got ended by a Durr 3. A five-point run early in the fourth quarter was ended by a Durr 3. Another six-point run, this time Syracuse’s last gasp with 4:24 left, was ended by a Durr 3.“She’s just a fantastic player,” Hillsman said of Durr, who finished with a game-high 27 points, “and she can just really get a basket from all spots of the floor.”The steals UofL nabbed on inbound passes late in the third quarter weren’t aberrations from the Cardinals’ general body of work Sunday. They finished the game with 12 steals.Several thefts came on held balls, usually when Syracuse would grab a rebound from a Louisville miss and feed it to a guard, usually Mangakahia, who finished the game with 10 giveaways. While she surveyed the floor, a UofL straggler would pounce, using precise hands to grab the ball and avoid a foul.It was the same story contesting shots, an area Louisville excelled at without fouling. Rarely in the game did SU get a look at the rim without a pair of hands getting to the ball or altering the shot.“They were getting hands on balls,” Cooper said. “Little picks here, little there. Little tips, deflections and it was just making a difference in the game.”After the game when Hillsman addressed the media, he joked about how he had the same old things to say. Louisville is a great team, he said, and that he’s proud of how hard his team played.But on a night when both teams played well enough to win, Louisville found an edge.“That’s why they’re 24-1.” Hillsman said. “They make plays and don’t let you off the hook.” Comments Published on February 4, 2018 at 5:03 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Pochettino will Discuss Tottenham Future after Champions League Final

first_imgMauricio Pochettino has said that he would discuss his future with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy following the Champions League final next month.The Argentine led Spurs to a dramatic semi-final victory against Ajax on Wednesday, recovering from 3-0 down on aggregate with 45 minutes to play in Amsterdam to progress to the final on away goals.However, before the game he suggested he could leave Tottenham if they win the Champions League this season as it would be too difficult to repeat “the miracle”. While he did not quite repeat that suggestion before their final Premier League game of the season against Everton, Pochettino did say: “After five years I think it is a moment to close a chapter.“It’s not going to be the same in July when we start pre-season. It’s so important to have clear ideas of the project and the challenge we are going to have ahead.“It was very clear five years ago that the priority was going to be until the stadium was finished. We feel so proud because our capacity to manage this situation, that was very difficult, is amazing.“But what is next? That is the question. It’s difficult for me to explain. I need to listen to Daniel – he is the boss.“The final is going to be an amazing moment. After the final is going to be a time to talk a lot, and listen to what is next.”Pochettino confessed it has been tough to concentrate on the home game against Everton on Sunday after leading Spurs to their first ever Champions League final, but said they have a responsibility to recover that focus before kick-off.Spurs are not yet guaranteed a place in the top four although it would take a remarkable swing in goal difference for Arsenal to overhaul them, and Pochettino said: “We are living a dream and it’s difficult to be in reality.“But Sunday is an important day for us and to be ready is our priority, and to finish in the right way in front of our fans.“It was an amazing moment to live altogether after five years. Our responsibility is to be ready. We are in a good position but it is almost; it’s not done.“To finish in a good way would be a massive boost to prepare for the final in Madrid against Liverpool.”Tottenham have a number of players unavailable for the game against Everton, including Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth , who are serving three-game bans following their red cards against Bournemouth last week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 9

first_imgBelow are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the thrilling last-second victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2011 season with the following point system:No. 1 – 7 pointsNo. 2 – 6 pointsNo. 3 – 5 pointsNo. 4 – 4 pointsNo. 5 – 3 pointsNo. 6 – 2 pointsNo. 7 – 1 pointLuke Jones’ Top 7 …7) Ben Grubbs6) Terrence Cody5) Billy Cundiff4) Dennis Pitta3) Torrey Smith2) Anquan Boldin1) Joe FlaccoDrew Forrester’s Top 7 …7) Cory Redding6) Anquan Boldin5) Billy Cundiff4) Torrey Smith3) Dennis Pitta2) Cary Williams1) Joe FlaccoSEASON TO DATE:Luke Jones:1. Terrell Suggs (29 points)2. Joe Flacco (27 points)3. Ray Rice (26 points)4. Haloti Ngata (24 points)5. Anquan Boldin (20 points)6. Torrey Smith (11 points)7. Ed Reed (8 points)7. Ray Lewis (8 points)7. Terrence Cody (8 points)7. Billy Cundiff (8 points)11. Bernard Pollard (7 points)11. Cary Williams (7 points)13. David Reed (6 points)14. Bryant McKinnie (5 points)14. Lardarius Webb (5 points)14. Dennis Pitta (5 points)14. Jarret Johnson (5 points)18. Sam Koch (4 points)19. Cory Redding (3 points)19. Jameel McClain (3 points)19. Paul Kruger (3 points)22. Matt Birk (1 point)22. Ben Grubbs (1 point)Drew Forrester:1. Joe Flacco (27 points)2. Ray Rice (22 points)2. Terrell Suggs (22 points)4. Haloti Ngata (18 points)5. Anquan Boldin (17 points)6. Ray Lewis (12 points)7. Lardarius Webb (11 points)7. Torrey Smith (11 points)9. Ed Reed (10 points)10. Bernard Pollard (9 points)10. Billy Cundiff (9 points)10. Dennis Pitta (9 points)13. Cary Williams (8 points)14. Bryant McKinnie (7 points)14. Sam Koch (7 points)16. Ed Dickson (6 points)17. Jarret Johnson (5 points)17. Paul Kruger (5 points)19. Jameel McClain (4 points)20. Marshal Yanda (2 points)20. Andre Gurode (2 points)22. Cory Redding (1 point)last_img read more