McCarthy lied about impact of casino

first_imgOur casino-cheerleading Mayor Gary McCarthy tried to convince Schenectady residents that a casino will help the local economy and small businesses and lower property taxes. It’s becoming clear that the mayor was untruthful about the benefits of the casino, and he was trivializing and ignoring its negative impacts. The mayor lied to property owners about their increasing property taxes and signed a worthless resolution pledging an 18 percent property tax reduction from the casino money. This year, however, he offered a measly 1 percent that was annulled by the increase in water/sewer charges.For people who demanded that the mayor sign a host community agreement with the developer, he bluntly refused and declared that Schenectady will be receiving $14 million annually of casino money, and that our zero-dollar deal is better than what other towns have signed with their casino developers. In addition to the money other towns are getting from the state, they are also receiving millions each year in direct payments from their casinos to pay for the impacts on their towns. Schenectady is only receiving what the state is releasing to it from the casino dollars that it collects. As for property owners who can no longer afford their property taxes, McCarthy will continue doing what he has done best since becoming mayor — repossess their properties, let them rot for a few years and then sell them for a fraction of what they’re actually worth, or demolish them if they don’t sell and take them permanently off the tax roll.Mohamed HafezSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Party over

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EU parliament declares ‘Black Lives Matter’

first_imgEU capitals are urged to denounce “the disproportionate use of force and racist tendencies in law enforcement.”The EU institutions and the member states should officially acknowledge past injustices and crimes against humanity committed against black people, people of color and Roma.And the resolution declares the slave trade a “crime against humanity.”Earlier Friday, the UN Human Rights Council demanded a report on “systemic racism”, but left out any direct mention of the United States in the resolution.Topics : The European Parliament voted Friday to declare that “Black Lives Matter” and to denounce racism and white supremacism in all its forms.The resolution has no legal consequences but sends a signal of support to anti-racism protesters, and it follows a UN call for a probe into police brutality and “systemic racism.”And, one day before President Donald Trump is to hold a rally in Tulsa, a city that saw one of the worst racist massacres in US history, the lawmakers condemned American police brutality. Point number one of the text of the resolution takes up the slogan US campaigners painted on the street leading to the White House, when it “Affirms that Black Lives Matter.”The resolution, passed by 493 votes to 104, “strongly condemns the appalling death of George Floyd”, an unarmed suspect killed by US police in May. It rebukes Trump for his “inflammatory rhetoric” and for threatening to deploy the army against protesters.And EU member states themselves, many of which have seen protests in recent days about modern racism and previous colonial crimes, are not spared in the motion.last_img read more

Veteran female leaders to head WHO COVID-19 review amid anti-globalism barbs

first_img“Time was wasted. Information was hidden, minimized, and manipulated. Trust was broken,” she wrote.Clark, New Zealand’s leader from 1999 to 2008, lost out four years ago to Antonio Guterres to lead the UN. She previously led the UN Development Program and serves on a WHO panel on childhood obesity.In May, in an online forum, she criticized global leadership for failing to muster the “unity of purpose” that overcame challenges like eradicating smallpox.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called them “strong-minded, independent leaders”, aiming to underscore their freedom in assessing his agency’s and governments’ COVID-19 responses.Topics : Avowed multilateralists Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Helen Clark will lead a World Health Organization (WHO) panel scrutinizing the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic just as international institutions are under fire.The work by Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s former president and Clark, New Zealand’s ex-prime minister, will come into the harsh spotlight trained on the WHO by US President Donald Trump, who has accused the agency of being in China’s pocket while letting the pandemic spiral out of control.Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa’s first democratically elected female president, and Clark, who sought the top United Nations job in 2016, acknowledged that the study of how the world tackled this crisis, to prepare for the next one, will not be easy. “Our world is challenged by what is happening, challenged in ways that none of us could have forecast,” Clark, 70, said on Thursday.Johnson Sirleaf, 81, a Liberian-born, US-educated economist, served 12 years as her West African country’s leader, a period that included the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak that killed thousands.She won the Nobel Prize in 2011 for promoting the peaceful struggle for women’s rights as she oversaw Liberia’s emergence from civil war. She has deep WHO ties, having been named a goodwill ambassador last year.In a March BBC editorial, Johnson Sirleaf called for solidarity against COVID-19 while criticizing early lapses by states.last_img read more

Doctors still at high risk of contracting COVID-19 with 109 deaths so far: IDI

first_imgAs of Friday 109 doctors had died of COVID-19 in the country, Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) spokesperson Halik Malik has said.He added that as long as local transmission still occurred and resulted in a high number of daily confirmed COVID-19 cases, doctors and other medical workers would continue to face a high risk of contracting the virus.“Of the 109 fallen doctors, 49 were specialist doctors, 53 were general physicians and seven were professors,” Halik said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com. Halik added that of doctors who had died, the largest number, 29, were based in East Java, 20 were in North Sumatra and 13 in Jakarta.On Thursday, a 52-year-old doctor in Medan, North Sumatra, died of COVID-19, bringing the total tally in Medan to 12.Medan IDI chairman Wijaya Juwarna called on the local government to classify and differentiate between COVID-19 hospitals and non-COVID-19 hospitals in Medan to reduce the risk of medical workers getting infected.“We don’t know [about the classification] all this time, we only know that doctors are facing a high risk in any hospital, unless the hospital uses different buildings [for COVID-19 patients], which means traffic for the emergency unit and elevators are also different,” he said.Topics : With 3,861 more COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Indonesia has seen a total of 207,203 infections since March. Halik said such a situation affected the well-being and job performance of medical workers as they dealt directly with patients during the pandemic.Besides doctors, nine dentists had also died of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, the IDI reported. Meanwhile, 70 nurses had died of the disease as of Monday, according to the Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI).Read also: Nation grieves deaths of medical workersA recent survey by the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Medicine also reveals 82 percent of healthcare workers across the country are suffering from burnout.last_img read more

Booville Activities Ongoing Through October

first_imgBATESVILLE – As October arrives, organizers are in full swing transforming Batesville into the home of Halloween for the next month.Halloween-themed activities and family friendly events are planned for the entire month and will involve several businesses and organizations.Area businesses participating in the wristband promotion offer discounts and deals to wristband holders through the month. Organizers say the total value of all promotions and discounts exceed $1400.Follow this link to view the schedule and wristband information for Batesville Booville.The Fear Factory opens this weekend and will host the haunted house through October. A Monster Bash is also scheduled for Halloween night.Press release from Fear Factory:In the twisting hallways and shadowy rooms where workers once nailed together coffins, evil lurks. Every weekend in October, the 30,000 square feet of Fear Factory will play host to a range of hair-raising, horrifying scenes—from groups of unhinged production employees to medical experiments gone terribly awry. The maze of horrors accosts all of the senses, with strobes and black lights that let evil beings hide in the shadows and loud music that masks the sound of ever-approaching footsteps.After exiting the maze, the chills continue with grisly arcade games, concessions offered by Oldenburg Academy and concerts in the Party Place. A Monster Bash is offered on Halloween night, October 31 and is free with paid admission.Once home to the Batesville Coffin Company, Fear Factory now helps build awareness of drug prevention. Proceeds benefit Cierra’s Club, a non-profit entity managed by the Batesville Community Education Foundation and is used to provide drug free entertainment for youth. A generous grant from the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council and assistance from Gillman’s Do It Best Home Center have helped enhance the factory.“Every room in Fear Factory has been made-over and new exhibits have been added to create the most freighting haunted house encounter in southeastern Indiana” states Carol Dial lead design architect who along with Bill Flannery, Chris Newport and a host of volunteers, have been working on the exhibits since January.Fear Factory opens Sunday, October 5th, with lights on tours from 1 pm to 3 pm. This tour is for those who are looking for a more PG scare with toned down effects. Free children activities will also be available. The fright continues for the next four weekends, every Friday and Saturday, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31 and November 1, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Admission is just $5.00 for those 18 years of age and younger and $10 for those over 18 years old.Over 78 area youth and adults have volunteered to help in the haunted house. Batesville Tool & Die weekend will take place on October 24 & 25. Fear Factory is located in the RomWeber Marketplace in Batesville, Indiana with a new South Street entrance. Fear Factory cautions visitors that the use strobe and black lights, loud sounds, intense audio, with extremely low visibility is used throughout the haunted house.Ex-fear-ience www.fearfactorybatesville.com for more details or email info@romwebermarketplace.com to arrange a corporate night for your business. Like us on Facebook and look for our YouTube video coming soon.last_img read more

Man dead after police-involved shooting

first_imgSHELBYVILLE, Ind. — A man is dead after a police-involved shooting in Shelbyville Tuesday night.Indiana State Police say the incident occurred at a home on the south side of town. Local police were called to the scene on a report of shots fired at a home.When officers arrived on scene, they found homeowner Steven C. Oliger outside the rear of the home, and police say he was armed with a revolver.Police say Oliger fired a shot, and an officer returned fire. Oliger fell onto the deck and was later pronounced deceased on the scene from a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators say it is unclear is Oliger was shot by police, or if the wound was self-inflicted.No one else was injured during the incident.last_img

O’Brien targets series win

first_img O’Brien swept the final ball from Saeed Ajmal to the boundary to level the scores. Asked if he thought Ireland could win Sunday’s decider and claim a first series win over a full-member nation, he said: “Yeah definitely, there’s no reason to fear Pakistan.” He continued: “They are obviously a great side, you have to give them the respect they deserve, but we’ve come so close here. “If the ball bounces another way on Sunday we come away with a victory. “We just have to look at where we didn’t quite perform as a team and come back on Sunday and improve it.” Pakistan had appeared in full control when Mohammad Hafeez’s fifth ODI century helped them to 266 for five – a total bumped up to 275 on the Duckworth-Lewis Method after three over were lost to rain. Ireland were, however, on track for the majority of their chase after opener Paul Stirling scored his second century against Pakistan in as many games. O’Brien then almost completed the job, thrashing an unbeaten 84 from 47 balls, to leave the series poised heading into Sunday’s game. All-rounder Kevin O’Brien is confident Ireland can claim a series win over Pakistan after Thursday’s dramatic tie in the first RSA Insurance one-day international in Dublin.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Portrait sitting

first_imgRalf Cheung | Daily TrojanJunli Yan, a master in business administration candidate, sits for his senior portrait in the El Rodeo Yearbook’s portrait studio. Yan was among many graduate students that waited in long lines to get their portraits taken as Tuesday was the last day graduating students could get their senior portraits taken.last_img