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Man-made climate change? Do the math

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe debate over climate change as the result of man-caused carbon dioxide levels continues to grow. Most individuals on both sides of the argument haven’t realistically done the calculations based on three measured facts. These are the weight of the atmosphere, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the calculated surface area of the Earth. This calculation should be within the capability of a six-grade student and her teacher. This is not rocket science.  An October 2007 National Geographic magazine has the carbon dioxide level increasing by two parts per million annually (ppm). This calculates at over 400 billion metric tons/year.  However, National Geographic can only account for 8 billion tons/year added to the atmosphere by humans. That is only 2 percent of the measured annual rise. So, human activity must not be the cause for the rise in this greenhouse gas.  Rather, it’s most likely coming from hydro thermal vents at the ocean floor or other sources which we can do nothing about except add stilts to our building foundations and move inland as the ocean levels rise. Rodger AndersonGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: 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 censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Get facts straight on access to guns

first_imgFirst of all, you can’t own a bazooka or a RPG or a .50 caliber machine gun. And yes, those are laws on the books, and yes, there are reasonable limits. If law enforcement would follow the laws on the books, there would be a lot fewer problems. The FBI and the sheriff’s department didn’t follow the laws in Florida. We have strict background checks here in New York — I have no problem with that. If  anyone thinks it’s easy to get a gun permit, try getting one.You can get one, but it’s not easy.  We have to remember criminals will always find a way to get a gun. It’s the law-abiding people who care what the law says.Also, I would like to commend Don Kingsley on his very good letter of March 19 letter.Tony MontePrincetownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In regards to Glenn Gray’s March 19 comments on guns: If you are an anti-gun person, please know the gun laws before you write an opinion.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 22

first_imgDeath with Dignity vulnerable to abuseI’m disappointed that The Gazette has failed to print (up to May 13) anything about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support for physician-assisted suicide (bills A2694/S3947). More than 75 years ago, my aunt would regularly visit a friend suffering from dementia at the Egelfing hospital, but stopped doing so very suddenly. I searched for Egelfing and found Hitler’s “T4 Program,” which sent SS troops disguised as doctors to transfer disabled patients to other facilities, where they were systematically killed. Later. their families received an urn of ashes with condolences regarding the unfortunate death of their loved ones. This was Hitler’s assisted-suicide program. Now our governor is endorsing a law that will lead to similar results.The financial pressures for mercy killing are enormous. Insurance companies would rather pay for a cheap death pill than for months or years of medical care. Greedy relatives are reluctant to see their inheritance frittered away on nursing home costs.Assisted suicide advocates claim to avoid needless suffering by providing a dignified death. Of course, this is only meant for fully conscious, adult, terminally ill patients who freely request it. Safeguards would be included to prevent abuse. It is intrinsically evil to kill an innocent human being. No number of safeguards can ever make that morally acceptable. Christians should remember the Lord’s most undignified death. Soon “Death with Dignity” will include the demise of useless eaters and life unworthy of life, just as happened in my youth. We should call it Cuomo’s T4 Program.Wendell NeugebauerBallston Spa Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHolocaust memorial will be asset to townRegarding the proposed Holocaust Museum in Niskayuna, I, for one, commend the panel on its support of this worthy project. To quote Stephen Berk, “If there was ever a time when a Holocaust Memorial should be built, this is the time.”I am appalled by some of the negative comments such as “this project is asking the neighbors to live with man’s inhumanity to man for the rest of their lives. It’s the wrong place, build it elsewhere.”This is a project for everyone in the community and also for future generations.Hopefully, the next forum (tonight) will be more productive.Phyllis ChapmanGlenville Duci worked in best interests of people I have been a close friend of Frank Duci’s for more than 43 years.When we first met, I was introduced to Frank by Leo Keneston, then the 4th ward Republican at my first county committee meeting. The chairman was Ed Cammarota.I was a young lawyer at the time. Frank asked me to participate in all his campaigns, and over the years we went to most political and community functions together. Frank was very resourceful and was an accomplished artist, sketching many political figures like Ronald Reagan and Mario Cuomo. After Frank retired, I co- hosted his show, “Frankly Speaking,” on the Schenectady public access channel. Going to the studio at Proctors, Frank would take the time to talk to the parking attendants. That’s the kind of man Frank was — always attentive to his constituents’ needs.  I had the pleasure to serve as the deputy corporation counsel under Frank and  Mike Cuevas. At the time, the council was in Democrat hands and I was doing the legislation (local laws, ordinances, and resolutions). Frank and I worked with the council on a bipartisan basis in the best interests of the people. That’s the kind of man Frank was.  Frank had a lot of accomplishments. One of them was spearheading a referendum to change the form of government from manager to strong mayor. Not once, but twice, the Democrats asked for and got another referendum. Frank prevailed both times.Frank was a great man and I will miss him dearly.Paul TockerSchenectady Trump shows talent for losing big moneyWhy don’t the critics of Donald Trump give him credit for being able to do certain things better than almost anyone else? One of his finest accomplishments, which certainly gives him bragging rights, is losing $1.17 billion in his business dealings in only 10 years. I challenge any reader of The Gazette to put together a business scheme that would beat what Trump was able to do. Perhaps The Gazette could sponsor a competition along those lines. And if Trump was able to lose so much money so quickly in running his own business, imagine what he can and is doing for our nation.Putting his significant talent to work, he is increasing our national deficit faster than anyone thought possible. Wow.Arnold SeikenSchenectady Continue the fight against robo callsCongratulations for taking strong positions on many consumer issues. Please keep advocating for strong limits on robo calls. I wish we could boycott services that unbelievably ask people to agree to such harassment just to use their services.I used to be better than a paid ad for PayPal. But lately, they will not allow a smooth transaction without you accepting and using a code they send to your smart phone. As part of the agreement to which you consent is this language:“If a telephone number provided to us is a mobile telephone number, you consent to receive SMS or text messages at that number. We won’t share your phone number with non-affiliated third parties for their purposes without your consent but may share your phone numbers with our Family of Companies or with our service providers, such as billing or collections companies, who may contact you using auto-dialed or prerecorded message calls or text messages. Standard telephone minute and text charges may apply if we contact you.”We need to find a better “pal.”Betty PieperScotiaTake action against impact of humansThere is widespread agreement that human activity is having long-term adverse on the Earth’s climate and thus on prospects of our survival as a species.That is to say, if we are to have a sustainable environment, there must be fewer humans exhaling CO2.A simple way to achieve this end would be stop subsidizing childbirth. This may be done by ending public financing of education. This approach towards working on a stable environment may also lead to an acceptance of the reality that today, a woman’s choice to become a mother, much like buying a car, is strictly a private matter.Like buying a car, she should be accountable for all of the costs of her decision. These costs include the cost of educating her child. It should not be the public’s responsibility. As for the transition issues associated with a sustainable environment and female responsibility, I suggest that we follow the St. Clare’s president and end all retirement contributions for professional employees.Fred BarneyAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Cambridge Supply may be a case of no Cam do

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Birmingham transport link

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Pillar starts City spree with £180m deals

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Morley backs out of £400m deal to buy internet hotels

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A breath of fresh air

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UK will be more welcoming to Indonesians after Brexit, ambassador says

first_imgEditor’s note: Paragraph four in this article has been changed.Topics : British Ambassador to Indonesia Owen Jenkins says the United Kingdom will be more welcoming to Indonesians to study in Britain following the country’s departure from the European Union, saying the UK will implement a new policy that will relax visa and stay permit requirements after Brexit takes place on Jan. 31.Jenkins said the policy was in line with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s intention of making the UK more open and welcoming to tourists and students from across the globe.“To Indonesians who are interested in traveling or studying in the UK, [the country] will be an even more open, welcoming and positive place for Indonesians than it has been in the past,” he said on Friday. “I am happy to give the reassurance that the situation does not change. [sic] Indonesian students who wants to travel to the UK always needed a British visa and that does not change. Indonesian students in the UK who want to travel to the rest of Europe always needed a Schengen visa and that won’t change,” the British envoy said.According to 2019 UK Immigration Statistics data, the UK government issued 2,997 student visas to Indonesians from the first quarter until the third quarter of 2019.Indonesian students can study in Britain as long as they can pay their tuition fees or obtain a scholarship, such as from the government-backed Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) and UK-backed Chevening. (glh)last_img read more

Coronavirus: Death toll rises, millions more confined

first_imgThe new coronavirus that appeared late December has claimed 563 lives, infected more than 28,000 people in mainland China and spread to more than 20 countries.Here is a timeline.New virus  – First death -China announces its first death in Wuhan on January 11.Two days later the first case outside China is reported in Thailand, originating in Wuhan.Japan reports its first case, also from Wuhan, on January 16.The United States, Nepal, France, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan confirm cases over the following days.The US starts screening flights from Wuhan, to be followed by Asian countries.- Human transmission -By January 20, nearly half of China’s provinces are affected, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.A Chinese infectious disease expert confirms the illness can be transmitted between humans.Epicentre quarantined Wuhan is placed under quarantine on January 23, with transport links cut there and in other Hubei province cities, affecting more than 56 million people.The WHO says the outbreak is an emergency in China but not yet globally.Beijing cancels events for the upcoming Lunar New Year. Several landmarks are closed. The first two deaths are reported outside Hubei.On January 24, the first cases are recorded in Europe, in France.Public shutdown Beijing extends the Lunar New Year holiday to limit travel. On January 27, the US and Germany tell their citizens not to travel to China.On January 28, Germany and Japan announce the first two confirmed human-to-human transmissions outside China.Evacuations On January 29, the US and Japan become the first of several nations to start evacuating citizens from Wuhan.The coronavirus emerges in the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates.Some international airlines suspend their China flights. Foreign companies shutdown Chinese factories and shops.- International emergency -On January 30, the WHO declares a “public health emergency of international concern”.Russia shuts its border with China.On January 31, as Britain, France and North Korea airlift their nationals, Italy declares a state of emergency.The US says on February 1 it is banning the entry of foreign nationals who had recently travelled to China, a move followed by other countries. First deaths outside China On February 2, Wenzhou — around 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Wuhan — becomes the second city to be locked down.The Philippines reports the first coronavirus death outside China.China says it will pump in 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) to protect growth. Chinese stocks collapse on February 3, the first day of trading since the holiday.On February 4, Hong Kong reports a coronavirus death, the second outside the mainland.Singapore announces its first cases of local transmissions. Gaming centre Macao closes its casinos for two weeks.The WHO says the outbreak does not yet constitute a “pandemic”.Cruise ship infections On February 5, Hong Kong announces a mandatory two-week quarantine for all travellers from mainland China. Millions more on the Chinese mainland are told to stay at home. Twenty people on a cruise ship off the Japanese coast test positive for the virus, with around 3,700 onboard. Airbus closes an aircraft production facility in Tianjin near Beijing, and Vietnam joins countries banning arrivals from China.Topics : Health authorities in Wuhan, an industrial city in central Hubei province, first document the new illness on December 8. On December 31, China alerts the World Health Organization (WHO) to cases of pneumonia in the city.Several infections are traced to a Wuhan market, which is shut on January 1.As infections rise, Chinese officials say on January 7 they have identified a new virus from the coronavirus family. It is named 2019-nCoV.last_img read more