We’re missing out on collecting gravel

first_imgIt’s the time of year that as I travel, with the low water levels in the river and streams, I see the “beds” with their gravel filling the reservoir.I recall the time when that gravel was reclaimed for construction bases during this low-water season that has passed, Now that it’s Spring, these beds will be filling up.With a little rain, it seems it will need not to be extended rainfall, we hear warning of minor flooding (excluding the results of ice jams). The water reservoirs are filled with good construction gravel that the running streams deposit each annual cycle.We have stopped cleaning the beds of a valuable source of this grade of gravel.Les HassanEsperance More from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Don’t take benefits on loss of spouse

first_imgSome of us are paying what we did 40-plus years ago by being taxed as single. It’s not our fault, but the government is taking from us a great deal of the money we need to live on. I’m not eating cat food yet.Social Security gets cut also, because we lost our life partner, who each of us helped and depended on with our monetary and everyday needs. That money is now taken away.Our representatives have salaries and retirement benefits that are probably at least eight times more than a middle class retired person’s. I’m convinced they don’t pay taxes, as we the common folk do, due to their loopholes.We are widows and widowers who believe we should get a break from the single tax — maybe 50 percent less tax — because we previously were married. Most of us who can get out do vote.Raymond Charles JacobsSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy The government says we, the over-the-hill group, have some pull. I hope that’s true. We’ve all gone through a year with an administration that said it was fixing the tax codes for middle Americans. That remains to be seen. I don’t hear a thing about how they will help the widows and widowers. We now get it stuck to us. Due to the loss of our life partner, which we had no say in, we’re stripped of Social Security, a tax deduction and possibly a pension because we are now classified as “single.”  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Foss: Allow alcohol in movie theaters?

first_imgCategories: News, OpinionI once drank beer at a movie theater and, no, I did not sneak it in. I was in Portland, Oregon, where movie theaters are permitted to serve alcohol, and I’m happy to report that it was a pretty uneventful experience. No public drunkenness, no alcohol-fueled brawls. Forty-four states permit alcohol to be sold in movie theaters, but New York isn’t one of them. At least, not right now. A new proposal from Gov. Andrew Cuomo would relax the state’s prohibition on alcohol at the cinema, allowing movie theaters throughout New York to sell beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits. Another proposal, from Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D-Albany, would legalize the sale of beer and wine at movie theaters. But I’m highly skeptical that simply allowing theaters to serve alcohol will cure what ails these theaters. Some might be better off transitioning to a non-profit model, where support from the community sustains the theater. Under Cuomo’s proposal, alcohol would be prohibited from movies rated G, and customers could only purchase one drink at a time. Those are reasonable restrictions. But I’d recommend requiring theaters to have a certain number of dry screenings for films rated PG-13 and R. The movie theater should be a space that welcomes people from all walks of life, and that includes people in recovery from substance-abuse problems. I enjoyed the beer I had at that movie theater in Portland, Oregon. But I don’t view alcohol as a great boon to the movie-going experience, or a silver bullet that will save the movie industry. Which is doing just fine, and doesn’t need saving. Reach Sara Foss at sfoss@dailygazette.net. Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s. More from The Daily Gazette:Crossgates mall sues for $20M-plus as Lord & Taylor shuts downEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Toys for Tots announces drive-thru collectionsCutbacks to Schenectady code enforcement would lead to longer wait times, shift in priorities I’m not opposed to selling alcohol in theaters, though I’ve mostly given up drinking beverages of any kind at the movies, mainly because I don’t like cutting out to use the restroom. But I’m not strongly in favor of it, either. Cuomo and Fahy have both portrayed their proposals as a way to help struggling movie theaters at a time when more people are staying home to watch films via streaming services such as Netflix. That’s certainly well-intentioned, but I wonder how rooted in reality it really is. If people have truly stopped going to the movies — more on that in a moment — the movie industry needs to take a good, hard look at why. All too often, streaming services are cited as the cause, despite evidence to the contrary. One study, commissioned by the National Association of Theater Owners, found that people who go to movies in theaters more frequently also consume more streaming content. “If the study’s findings are accurate, it would appear that the two forms of entertainment consumption are more complementary than cannibalistic,” an article in the trade publication Variety noted.  center_img Before I go any further, let me just say that I reject that notion that movie-going is in some kind of death spiral. It’s true that U.S. box office revenue fell 4 percent in 2019, and that a number of high-profile films flopped. But moviegoers still spent a whopping $11.45 billion at movie theaters, which is a whole lot of money.Again, I’m not opposed to allowing alcohol in movie theaters. But the movie industry’s struggles shouldn’t be cited as justification for doing so, because the reality on the ground is far more complex. People are still going to the movies, and the industry is still making money. When I hear Cuomo talk about how Millennials staying home to watch Netflix is killing the movie industry, I cringe, because it just isn’t true. This doesn’t mean some theaters are struggling.Smaller, independent theaters, in particular, are more likely to face challenges.last_img read more

What’s cooking?

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Serviced office market in danger of oversupply

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Opening the gate

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Leicester’s civil rights

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Turkey hitting Syrian regime positions after soldiers killed in Idlib: Presidency

first_imgThe latest incident means a total of 42 Turkish security personnel have been killed this month in Idlib.Ruling party spokesman Omer Celik told CNN Turk broadcaster on Friday that Turkey was “fed up with condemnations and statements,” adding Ankara sought “concrete” action from its international partners.”The regime elements are now an enemy element for the Turkish Republic,” Celik added. “This is not just an attack on Turkey, but an attack on international law, the international community.”Some soldiers were injured after the latest incident and taken to hospital in Turkey for treatment, local officials said, without giving exact figures.Topics : “We cannot stand by and watch as past events in Rwanda, and Bosnia and Herzegovina are repeated today in Idlib,” Altun said.Turkey’s activities on the ground in Syria would continue, he added.Syrian rebel supporter Ankara has 12 observation posts in Idlib, set up after a 2018 deal with Damascus ally Russia in a bid to prevent a regime offensive.But despite the agreement, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has pressed ahead with an assault to retake the last rebel-held bastion, backed by Russian air support. Turkey was retaliating against the Syrian regime after 22 Turkish soldiers were killed in an air strike blamed on Damascus, an official said Friday, as he urged the international community to fulfil its responsibilities.”All known targets of the regime have come and will continue to come under fire from the air and ground,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, said in a statement.”We urge the international community to fulfil its responsibilities,” Altun added, to stop the regime’s “crimes against humanity”.last_img read more

Bekasi to reassess building permits as part of efforts to mitigate flooding

first_imgTri said the projects damaged areas that once served as green open spaces.Construction projects have cut down on the number of such spaces to just 15 percent of what existed previously.Public Works and Housing Ministerial Regulation No. 5/2008 on spatial planning states that, in urban spatial plans, at least 30 percent of the total area should comprise green open spaces.“One of the factors that contributed to the flooding is [state projects]. We know that five to 10 years ago, there was green open space along toll roads,” Tri said Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.Tri said to replace these spaces, the Bekasi administration needed to control floods by building polders.“We are still entitled to areas such as Situwong and Kempo […] that have yet to be used. We will work on them by turning them into green open spaces,” he added.Read also: Widespread flooding in Greater Jakarta causes chaos for commutersFloods that hit Greater Jakarta on Tuesday killed nine people, including four in Bekasi. They were the metropolitan region’s biggest floods since January, when more than 60 perished in the capital and its satellite cities. (hol) Topics : [RA:Nine die in Greater Jakarta floods: BNPB::https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thejakartapost.com/amp/news/2020/02/27/nine-die-in-greater-jakarta-floods-bnpb.html]Effendi said the administration would also strictly supervise the waste management of each building, including cracking down on those without a drainage system or those with a poorly built sewerage system. Any violation of regulations on drainage systems would end in the revocation of a building’s permit, he added.The mayor went on to say that the administration would build more water catchment areas.In the meantime, Bekasi Deputy Mayor Tri Ardhianto Tjahyono said the reduced number of green open spaces, which contributed to the flooding, could be blamed on the government’s construction projects, such as the toll road above the Kalimalang River, Indonesia-China consortium Kereta Cepat Indonesia China’s (KCIC) high-speed railway and the LRT. The Bekasi administration in West Java has planned to reevaluate the building permits for malls, apartments and warehouses located in areas that were hit by floods on Tuesday.The administration said a thorough reevaluation of such buildings would help to prevent flooding in the future.“This is not a moratorium. All permits related to vertical and horizontal construction, for example buildings, warehouses, apartments – everything that takes up city space – will be evaluated,” Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

PREMIUMErick Thohir asks SOEs to issue global bonds to help shore up flagging rupiah

first_imgThe State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry has asked large state-owned companies to issue bonds to help shore up the flagging rupiah, which has dropped sharply in recent days  amid growing fears over the worsening of the economic outlook due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Minister Erick Thohir said he had asked several state-owned firms with good ratings, such as Bank Mandiri and Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), to seek funding through bond issuance to help strengthen the rupiah, which had sharply dropped in recent weeks amid worsening economic outlook. “We only instructed state-owned firms with good ratings like Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia [BRI] and Pertamina to issue the bonds,” he said during a teleconference with the media, without detailing the currency of the bonds.The bonds issued by large local companies, especially major state-owned companies, us… Linkedin Topics : Indonesia SOEs erick-thohir bond-issuance rupiah-depreciation bank-mandiri Bank-Rakyat-Indonesia pertamina Facebook Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Log in with your social accountlast_img read more