Show respect for country, but also act

first_imgI’m writing this with a heavy heart and fear that as a country, we have lost respect for many things that as American we should hold dear. Yet, people seem torn between what’s right and what’s a show of patriotism.Racism is alive and well in this country. But, I feel, holding arms during the anthem is more of a show for the racism fight, as players become united as one. Isn’t that what we are trying to do by fighting this long, senseless problem of racism?I don’t have a direct answer to how to solve racism, but it’s something we all are responsible to fight against it. Reading of the moment of silence during a high school football game for the victims of Las Vegas caused people to kneel shows how we forget respect for those that died or were injured for no good reason.I’m fearful that nuclear war seems closer now than ever. I remember in the ‘50s hiding under our desks during an air raid drill and how scary that was. I’m reliving that fear now when our president, using a social platform, talks off the cuff. When will someone reel him in? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Calling the head of another country, no matter how we think of him personally, by a downright poor nickname isn’t a presidential way to handle a crisis. It’s not a respectful or diplomatic way to prove a point. Talking about how we will destroy North Korea isn’t the answer.We can’t forget the destruction of Hiroshima. There will be another Hiroshima, but this time many more innocent lives are at stake.“United We Stand” are not just words. United we can fight the longtime racist card and prove our loyalty to our country.We have to know when our rights to voice our opinion and our need to show respect for this great country have to be separated.Vincent F. CarelliAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Land trusts provide gift of preservation

first_imgWith over 90 land trusts in New York, the mission of such groups is to provide the permanence and stewardship to keep local landscapes, farmland and special outdoor places left just as we have known them, for us, our children and our children’s children. I know first-hand how MHLC is helping our Capital Region with over 5,000 acres of preserved land. It’s reassuring to know that this permanence will be provided regardless of who is in power.Of course, it takes resources to provide this stability. I encourage everyone during this time of giving to consider supporting a local land trust.Knowing that we can make a difference is empowering, and our actions today can affect the lives of generations to come.Dan LewisDelmarMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAlbany County warns of COVID increase Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTwo recent news events have me thinking about what it means to provide permanence and stability in this ever-changing world.The plan by the Berkshire Art Museum to sell works that have been a part of their “permanent” collection, and the plan by the current administration to significantly reduce the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears National Monuments, makes one wonder if there is anything that we can hold onto as permanent. There is.We need to look no further than our local land trusts.As a business owner in Troy and a long-time board member of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy (MHLC), I see the good work that local land trusts are doing on both sides of the Hudson River to preserve land in perpetuity.last_img read more

Parkes-managed fund to spend $350m in Europe

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Halifax Bank of Scotland rocked by trio’s defection

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Canary Wharf bids are approaching the right price

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Finance: breaking down the terms needed for property investment

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Quintain launches bid to delist Wembley ‘palaces’

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Airline fares cut to boost sales amid COVID-19 scare

first_img“The government is very concerned about this matter. [It will] issue important policies to save the tourism industry, which can benefit locals who work in the industry,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said in a press statement on Tuesday.Airfare discounts make up part of the Rp 298.5 billion (US$21 million) in government incentives, announced on Tuesday, allotted to airlines and travel agents to attract foreign tourists to Indonesia. The incentives will run from March to May.The government hopes to buoy the sinking tourist industry as would-be visitors cancel their vacation plans in the country over fears of the deadly COVID-19 outbreak. The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) has reported 40,000 room and 20,000 visitor cancellations in Bali since the outbreak in early January.The incentive is expected to attract about 736,000 tourists from foreign markets who have a high average spending level on vacation, Wishnutama said. One of the markets highlighted was Australia, whose tourists spend an average of US$1,800 per arrival in Indonesia. Another was the Middle East, whose tourists spent $2,200 on average.The minister added that the expected increase in tourism would contribute about Rp 13 trillion to Indonesia’s economy.Authorities will allocate a separate Rp 443.39 billion in discounts for domestic tourists to the 10 tourist destinations outlined in the program.“In the future, the government will prepare other incentives that will follow the development of the coronavirus and its impacts on the economy in early or late April,” said Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.Topics : The general public is expected to see a drastic drop in airline ticket prices in March as the government prepares incentives to encourage tourism to and within the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus.A document issued by the Transportation Ministry and obtained by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday shows that airfares will fall by 40 to 50 percent on routes to 10 destinations deemed most affected by the outbreak.The 10 destinations will include Yogyakarta; Malang, East Java; Manado, North Sulawesi; Bali; Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara; Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara; Bangka Belitung province; Batam and Bintan of the Riau Islands; and all regencies around North Sumatra’s Lake Toba.last_img read more

PREMIUMPassengers, operators step up COVID-19 prevention in public transportation

first_imgFacebook Frequent users of public transportation in the capital know their commute inevitably involves squeezing into packed trains, holding onto the hanging straps of buses or standing too close for comfort to other passengers. It has always been just something one just has to put up with to go about one’s day.But the global spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has prompted both passengers and operators of public transportation to seek ways to prevent transmission of the lethal virus.Since the government confirmed four cases of infection in the country, there has been growing awareness of a healthy lifestyle and basic protection to curb the spread of the respiratory disease.University student Alvina Damayanti, 22, chose to put aside her anxiety of the virus and equip herself with a small bottle of hand sanitizer in her bag and cover her mouth, as her main mobility … Forgot Password ? Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google KCI commuter passengers transjakarta COVID-19 novel-coronavirus coronavirus public-transportation Topics : Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

COVID-19: Mosques defy ulema council appeal to suspend Friday prayer

first_imgThe Jami’ Ar-Rahmah mosque located in East Tebet subdistrict in Tebet, South Jakarta, insisted on gathering dozens of local residents for Friday prayer, even though the subdistrict had one confirmed case COVID-19.Friday prayer is obligatory for Muslim men in place of zuhur (daily midday prayer). It is also accompanied by a mandatory sermon that can last up to 45 minutes.The mosque also went against an Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) fatwa issued on Monday that called on Muslims to pray at home and avoid congregating in areas where COVID-19 had spread “uncontrollably”, including skipping “Friday prayers in those areas until the situation returns to normal”.  Tribunnews.com reported on locals and authorities from Lampung, Bangka Belitung and Riau provinces choosing to disinfect their mosques and conducting the weekly prayer. The Great Mosque of Palembang in South Sumatra even gave out pamphlets containing information about COVID-19 to attendees.Indonesia has reported 369 positive COVID-19 cases with 32 fatalities as of Friday.Al Azhar Mosque in South Jakarta also went ahead with the weekly event.Some mosques have chosen to heed the MUI’s warning and canceled Friday prayer, including prominent ones such Istiqlal Grand Mosque, Sunda Kelapa Mosque and Baiturrahim Mosque in the State Palace compound, all in Central Jakarta.In addition to the MUI fatwa, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan also announced on Thursday that the city would limit Friday prayer and all other mass religious activities for the next two weeks after a discussion with the Jakarta Religious Harmony Forum and all religious leaders in the capital.With 210 cases, Jakarta has the highest number of COVID-19 infections from the 17 provinces that have reported the disease.”We agreed to suspend all communal worship activities for two weeks. We urge people to pray at home during this time,” Anies said during a press briefing at City Hall on Thursday.After the administration’s warning, Istiqlal Mosque agreed to suspend Friday prayer for two weeks after insisting on holding the event.Istiqlal high imam Nasaruddin Umar also advised Muslims across the country to avoid all forms of congregational prayers during the pandemic.“We are strongly encouraged to prevent everything that is harmful,” he added. “Preventing harm is more important than pursuing benefits.” (mfp) Topics :center_img Ahmad, a 35-year-old caretaker of the Jami’ Ar-Rahmah Mosque said the Indonesian Mosque Council and the subdistrict’s office had approved the Friday prayer, adding that the mosque had been cleaned and sprayed with disinfected beforehand.“The people were eager to attend Friday prayer, so we still held it,” Ahmad told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Jami’ Ar-Rahmah was one of the many mosques still compelled to hold Friday prayer despite the ulema council’s warning. Caretakers of the Great Al Azhom mosque in Tangerang, Banten, said the mosque still held Friday prayer with a shorter sermon than usual while also advising people to bring their own prayer mats.“Because as of now, Tangerang is not a red zone. So, we chose to still have Friday prayer,” Chaerudin said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com, adding that the mosque had already been disinfected and people attending the prayer would have their temperatures checked.last_img read more