Vets help preserve best country in world

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first_imgSinger/song-writer Lee Greenwood recorded so elegantly “God Bless the USA.”On my mind constantly are the veterans of this United States of America.So exquisite Lee Greenwood wrote the lyrics.The Stars and Stripes flying, the National Anthem playing, leave no void of what we so fortunately have and are responsible for preserving.When the world is evaluated, the United States of America, though not perfect, is the best in the world.Les HassanEsperanceMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Climate change is more than weather

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first_imgThis is in response to Jim Moorhead’s Dec. 10 letter, “Enjoying less winter with global warming.”  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Unfortunately, he seems to be a victim of disinformation and common misconceptions.He mentions contention about whether global warming is scientifically based and a result of human energy consumption. Aside from purposeful disinformation, there’s no contention among scientists about either topic anymore. This is clearly stated in the recent Climate Science Special Report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.The other issue is the difference between weather and climate. A single warm winter doesn’t constitute climate change. Climate looks at time frames of 30 years and more.Worse than warm winters will be dry summers hurting our agriculture and more frequent extreme events like Hurricane Sandy.Ralf BuengenerBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:Guilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

#MeToo is about assault, not romance

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first_imgRe Jan. 14 letter, “Country is headed back to Puritan age”: Wow. Jim Schaefer, you really don’t understand the concept of #MeToo. It has nothing to do with romance.Sexual assault and sexual harassment are acts of violence, not love. Acknowledging the rights of victims, (women and men and children alike), to say no and be respected has nothing to do with Victoria’s Secret, mini-skirts or breast implants. Society needs to address these rights; there have to be consequences for the perpetrators. As far as your reference to “the trickery of all the gold-diggers,” yes, there are some who will lie and cheat. But we can’t dismiss the undisputed fact of countless legitimate victims because of that. Don’t worry, #MeToo doesn’t signal the demise of romance. You can still enjoy fine wine and chocolate and a cozy evening by the fireplace with someone you love.Beverly SkollSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Niche market

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Fulham retail: Bright lights on Broadway

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Argyll expands across Europe

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Manhattan view: Steve Cuozzo. New York has not stopped and neither will London

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Game on: Free Fire Champions Cup 2020 gives Indonesia foothold in e-sports

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first_imgGarena Indonesia, a unit of Singapore-based internet and mobile provider Garena, has praised Indonesia for its growing role and reputation in e-sports. The firm said the country was ready to take the next step and organize bigger e-sport events.Garena Indonesia director Hans Kurniadi Saleh Indonesia’s said rapid growth of e-sports had enabled the country to host the Free Fire Champions Cup 2020 (named after the Free Fire online strategy game) slated to be held on April 19. The championship would offer winners cash prizes totaling Rp 8.18 billion.“Only countries with great e-sport growth rates can host the Free Fire world championship. Indonesia had to go through a tight bidding process to gain this opportunity. This will hugely contribute to the country’s bid to develop its digital economy,” he told a press conference on Tuesday. Twelve selected e-sport teams from Asia, America, Europe and Africa are to attend the championship.So far, only Thailand has hosted the Free Fire championship in the region, namely the 2019 Free Fire Championship held in Bangkok, which Indonesia’s team EVOS won.Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewobroto, who attended the Tuesday’s press conference, expects the upcoming event to lure not only more players to seriously train and compete in this relatively new sports but also to inspire local developers to produce high-quality online games.“The government has thrown its full support behind the development of this sport in the hope that it will attract more players and thus grow the local online game industry,” he said.Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said he expected the event to also lure tourists to the country, who would show an interest not only in the tournament but also in other tourist attractions.“A good and memorable event would leave a good [impression] on visitors and would likely make them want to come back for more visits,” Wishnutama said.Topics :last_img read more

World about to be gripped by coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s Morrison says

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first_img“The advice we have received today is…there is every indication that the world will soon enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus,” Morrison told a news conference in the capital Canberra.”And as a result we have agreed today and initiated the…coronavirus emergency response plan,” he added.Morrison is one of the world’s first leaders to acknowledge the threat of the virus spreading beyond global containment efforts.US President Donald Trump earlier on Thursday said the risk was “very low” as he put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of Washington’s response. Topics : There is every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Thursday, as Canberra kicked off emergency measures to restrain the spread of the disease.Coronavius has infected about 80,000 people worldwide and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.While the spread has slowed within China, Morrison said the escalation across Europe, Asia and the Americas makes the chance of a pandemic more likely.center_img Australia has 23 cases of coronavirus, although there has been no community transmission of the virus.Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the activation of Australia’s emergency plan would see the federal government work with local states to ensure hospitals are ready for a surge in patients.Morrison said the country’s national security committee agreed extend a travel ban on foreigners arriving from mainland China by at least another week.Morrison said, however, there was as yet no need to stop mass gatherings, such as football games.last_img read more

Airlines deploy herpes killer to wipe virus out of cabins

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first_imgTopics : A Boeing Co. 737-838 aircraft operated by Qantas Airways Ltd., front, taxies at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (Bloomberg/Brendon Thorne)What cleaning products are used?Qantas used Viraclean, a hospital-grade disinfectant made by Sydney-based Whiteley Corp. It’s a pink, lemon-scented liquid that kills a range of bacteria and viruses including Hepatitis B and herpes simplex, according to the manufacturer. Surfaces heavily soiled with blood or sweat should be soaked with undiluted Viraclean. Gloves and eye protection are recommended, Whiteley says.Korean Air opted for MD-125. That’s a diluted version of D-125, a cleaning solution made by Microgen and used in industries from health care to poultry farming. The company says MD-125 acts against 142 bacteria and viruses, including salmonella, avian flu, HIV and measles. Airlines are turning to some of the world’s hardest-hitting disinfectants, capable of stopping everything from sexually transmitted diseases to the MRSA superbug, in the fight against the coronavirus.Qantas Airways Ltd., Korean Air Lines Co. and Singapore Airlines Ltd.’s Scoot unit are among carriers that helped evacuate people from the outbreak’s epicenter, the Chinese city of Wuhan, and from a cruise ship off Japan. They’ve stepped up aircraft-cleaning efforts as a result, trying to ensure that planes used in rescue missions are safe to be put back into commercial use.The standard vacuum-and-wipe cleanup on board has turned into hospital-grade sterilizations. How was this done? And are there any risks for passengers using the planes when they return to service? Here are some answers:center_img A cabin crew inspects inside an Embraer SA 195-E2 aircraft at the Singapore Airshow held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Bloomberg/SeongJoon Cho)How are the planes cleaned?Qantas used the same Boeing Co. 747 on its two flights from Wuhan and another from Tokyo back to Australia. It was cleaned for 36 hours. Pillows, blankets, magazines and headphones were all thrown out, the airline said. The cabin was sprayed twice with disinfectant, which covered all the seats, floors, armrests, tray tables, overhead luggage bins and walls. The cabin was then wiped down. The plane’s air filters, which are similar to those used in surgical theaters, were also replaced. The 747 was back on the Sydney-Santiago commercial route this week, according to data from flightaware.com.Korean Air used one Boeing 747 on two flights from Wuhan, and an Airbus SE A330 for the third. As well as spraying and wiping down the cabin, cleaning teams replaced seat covers and dividing curtains near the galleys and disinfected the luggage hold, the airline said. The planes were only allowed back into service with the approval of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Korea.Scoot, a low-cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines, sprayed a mist of “industrial-grade disinfectant” throughout the cabin — a process known as fogging.A worker screens the temperature of passengers arriving from Italy at Debrecen International Airport in Debrecen, Hungary, on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Clusters of coronavirus cases in Italy and Iran are sending worrying signs that the new coronavirus has already spread far beyond China and is creating new outbreaks around the globe. (Bloomberg/Akos Stiller)What about the future?It might be possible to disinfect the inside of a plane without any chemicals at all. ACT.Global, whose cleaning system has been used in hotels and on cruise ships, developed a spray-on film that allows a plane cabin to essentially clean itself — for 12 continuous months. When the transparent coating is exposed to light, a photo-catalytic reaction occurs that kills microbes and purifies the air, according to the Danish company. Chief Technical Officer Christopher Lüscher said the product, which is called Premium Purity, has tested effective against coronavirus strains.A health worker wearing a protective suit and face mask walks through the arrival area at Sheremetyevo International Airport OAO in Moscow, Russia, on Wednesay, Feb. 26, 2020. The number of coronovirus cases continues to climb, with the global death toll nearing 3,000. (Bloomberg/Andrey Rudakov)What’s being done right now?Many airlines have stepped up normal cleaning procedures to limit the risk of contamination.Singapore Airlines removed hot towels on some services and took away some of the shared reading material that’s usually found in the back of seats. After each flight, meal trays and television screens are disinfected, while headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers and blankets are all changed, the company said. The cabin air filter system has similar performance to those used in hospital operating rooms, according to the airline.Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd., perhaps the airline outside mainland China most affected by the health crisis, says it is disinfecting all cabin surfaces after each flight, including baby bassinets. Any plane with a confirmed coronavirus case is cleaned and disinfected again, Cathay said. Hot towels, pillows, blankets and magazines are no longer provided on flights to and from China, while inflight duty-free sales have been suspended. Korean Air has removed pillows and blankets on flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia. case is cleaned and disinfected again, Cathay said. Hot towels, pillows, blankets and magazines are no longer provided on flights to and from China, while inflight duty-free sales have been suspended. Korean Air has removed pillows and blankets on flights to mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia.last_img read more