Help Rivers Casino thrive before looking at exit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 14 column, “Look At Casino In The Past, Present, And Future,” by Dr. Roger Hull is a well-written column dealing with the issues that exist with the Rivers Casino and the possibility of a Schenectady without a casino. My only criticism of the column is his reference made about “robberies in the casino parking lot.” Dr. Hull readily admits that this is “hearsay.” To even mention this, without a police report substantiating this claim, can be detrimental to the casino and does the casino a gross injustice — especially if it’s just “hearsay.” Maybe, Donald Trump is correct about “fake news.”Every casino has its problems with security, problem gamblers and misguided financial projections. Those casinos and cities that have been successful have found corrections to those problems or have developed plans to cope with them. Why not focus on this instead of developing plans for “life after the casino.” Let’s hope that the Rivers Casino and the city of Schenectady can focus on developing plans for success.Paul FoxSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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PREMIUMTransjakarta upbeat despite growing popularity of ride-hailing services

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : Facebook Forgot Password ? With the rising popularity of ride-hailing apps, travelling anywhere in the capital city is as easy as tapping a finger on a mobile phone. The thriving ride-hailing app business raises questions about whether it will threaten the city’s bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Transjakarta.Febe, a 24 year old office worker from West Jakarta said she chose to commute with a ride hailing app every day even though there was a Transjakarta bus stop near her office in central Jakarta.“I use a ride-hailing app to commute to work because it is fast and convenient. I’ve tried using Transjakarta buses to go to work before, but the journey took quite a long time,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Febe said it took between 30 minutes and an hour to commute to work using a ride-hailing application like Gojek or Grab, but it took between 1.5 and 2 hours if she used Tra… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Transjakarta-lanes transjakarta public-transportation ride-hailing-application ride-hailing-service Jakarta-trafficlast_img read more

South Korea tightens virus curbs in Seoul region

first_imgSouth Korea decided Friday to tighten coronavirus curbs further in the greater Seoul area as it seeks to contain growing clusters in the region.The country largely overcame an early coronavirus outbreak with extensive tracing and testing, but is now battling several outbreaks mostly linked to Protestant churches.Authorities reported 371 new cases Friday, the 15th consecutive day of triple-digit increases after several weeks with numbers generally in the 30s and 40s. Authorities had already banned in-person church services and rallies of more than 10 people, while sports events have gone back behind closed doors and almost all school classes moved online.Park asked Seoul area residents to stay home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary contacts, saying: “Please cancel any appointments and directly go home after work.” Most recent infections have been in the greater Seoul region, home to half the country’s 52 million people, and officials imposed tighter restrictions in the area from Sunday.”The current situation in the capital area is very grave. The government will do everything it can in preventive measures to contain the spread,” said health and welfare minister Park Neung-hoo at a press briefing.Under the new rules, gyms and other indoor sports facilities such as screen golf venues will be closed.Franchise coffee-shops — a mainstay of daily life in South Korea — will only be allowed to serve takeouts, and all restaurants and bakery shops will have to close at 9 pm, with only deliveries allowed afterwards.  center_img Topics :last_img read more

Alcohol at school fairs criticised 8 November 2013The presence of alcohol at Canterbury school fairs has been slammed as damaging to children by a leading anti-drugs advocate.National Drug Addiction Centre director Doug Sellman said allowing adults to buy and drink alcohol at fairs would only continue to normalise drinking culture in New Zealand.“Imagine if it was people selling ecstasy. We just don’t see alcohol as a drug. It is causing enormous damage to New Zealand and to our children.”Alcohol common at school eventsBut New Zealand Principals’ Federation national president Phil Harding said it was common for school events to have alcohol available. Its sale was used to generate income and create an atmosphere.“Alcohol is a part of a package to make it as exciting and viable as possible,” he said. read more

Jamaica open to giving disabled drivers licences.

first_img Share 56 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Legislative amendments could be coming to allow disabled Jamaicans to get driver’s licences soon.KINGSTON, Jamaica– An almost 80-year-old law that has prevented disabled Jamaicans from being independently mobile looks likely to be soon struck from the statute books.Reports coming out of Jamaica are that amendments are likely to be made to the Road Traffic Act Regulations of 1938, which prohibited persons with paralysed legs from taking driving tests and earning the right to legally drive. According to the Jamaica Observer, their coverage of the discrimination against physically disabled persons who have been refused licences to drive based on the requirements 1938 act caught the attention of Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies and Senator Mark Golding, minister of justice, who have started the process toward reform.This was an area crying out for reform, so that persons with physical disabilities in Jamaica are facilitated rather than held back by laws which have not kept pace with modern thinking,” Golding reportedly told the media house.While it is possible for persons with disabilities affecting their spine and legs to still drive vehicles by having the necessary pedals and levels normally positioned in the floor of the vehicle moved to within arm’s reach of the disabled driver, according to the Observer, disabled people have been thwarted from getting this far as the licensing authority had barred those with a “walking disability” from even taking the driving test under the 1938 law.Forty-four-year-old Gausia Burchell was one of the men whose plight was highlighted in the Sunday Observer story. He was paralysed from the waist down after receiving serious injuries while working in the US.Sections 18 and 20 of the Road Traffic Act oultines the circumstances under which an applicant for a driver’s licence can be refused one. Applicants who have a physical disability must produce a certificate “from a registered medical practitioner, in the prescribed form, certifying that he is not suffering from any such disease or physical disability as may be specified in the form, or any other disease or physical disability which would be likely to cause the driving by him of a motor vehicle to be a source of danger to the public…,” including:“Loss of both hands or both feet, or one hand and one foot.”However, after consultations among the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing; the Ministry of Justice; the Combined Disabilities Foundation of Jamaica; and other stakeholders such as the Island Traffic Authority, an amendment is being made to this regulation which would delete the words “both feet”.The minister of transport, works and housing has reportedly approved the amendments which will come in force as soon as they have been signed and gazetted, possibly within weeks.President of the Combined Disabilities Association, Gloria Goffe, has been quoted by the Observer as saying that the disabled community is really happy about the amendment to the act, which will allow some of them to get their licences on modified vehicles.Caribbean 360 News Tweet NewsRegional Jamaica open to giving disabled drivers licences. by: – June 19, 2012last_img read more

Yemen rebels free 290 detainees

first_imgA Yemeni detainee is greeted by his relative and friends after his release from a prison controlled by Houthi rebels, in Sanaa, Yemen on Sept. 30, 2019. AP The International Committee of the RedCross said the Iran-aligned rebels, known as Houthis, freed 290 detainees. SANAA – Yemen’s rebels on Mondayreleased scores of detainees they had rounded up and held for years inrebel-controlled territory, a development that raised hopes of reviving stalledpeace talks between the warring sides.center_img Franz Rauchenstein, the ICRC’s chief inYemen, said the Red Cross facilitated the release following a request from theHouthis. He expressed hope this would open the door to “further releases tobring comfort to families awaiting reunification with their loved ones.” (AP)last_img read more

No coordination, no docking of OFW ships; OWWA hit for neglecting OFWs

first_imgThe 266 OFWs were residents of the following: * Iloilo City – 35 The OFWs from this city, provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras were temporarily quarantined at a hotel here. Only OFWs not infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would be allowed to return to the region, he stressed. * Guimaras – five * Antique – 18 For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. urged OWWA to make sure all Ilonggo OFWs from Manila are negative of COVID-19 before transporting them to Western Visayas. ILOILO City – Ships transporting repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be turned away if the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has not coordinated with the city government, said Mayor Jerry Treñas. * Bacolod City – 24 On the other hand, OFWs from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental were dropped by Bacolod before the ship proceeded to Iloilo City./PN “Ang lain sa inyo kay plano-plano kamo, pag-abot sang problema itudlo ninyo sa amon,” said Treñas. OWWA did not have enough personnel, admitted its officer-in-charge, Connie Binarao.center_img * Aklan – 37 * Capiz – 12 Meals of the OFWs who were quarantined at a hotel here were delayed, and there was no regular checking of their health condition, such as their temperature. (Fever is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.) * Negros Occidental – 27. During Saturday’s meeting of the regional inter-agency task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Treñas skinned OWWA Region 6 for neglecting the Ilonggo OFWs whom the latter transported to Iloilo City from Manila on April 29. * Iloilo – 68 Last week, OWWA transported to Western Visayas 266 OFWs (mostly seafarers) stranded in Metro Manila. Five of them (four from this city and one from Guimaras) turned out to be positive for COVID-19 when their specimens were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center. Those from Aklan, Capiz and Antique were fetched by their respective provincial governments for quarantine in their hometowns. Office of Civil Defense Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez also reminded OWWA it was the latter’s responsibility to shoulder the food and accommodation of the repatriated OFWs. The Maritime Industry Authority, on the other hand, must make sure repatriated OFWs have travel authority, Nuñez added.last_img read more

Betty Koester

first_imgMary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Koester, age 93 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Andrews Health Campus.  The daughter of Walter & Mae (Ruleman) Borchelt was born on June 1, 1923 in Franklin County, Indiana just west of Batesville.Betty married Melvin Koester on October 4, 1941 on her parents’ Farm in Ripley County.  Together they raised 6 children.  He preceded her on October 19, 1988.    They were members of St. John United Church of Christ in Batesville, IN.She is survived by her children Rev. Lois Happe (Rev. Marjorie Mollar) of Storrs, CT, Barbara Foster (Rev.  Joseph R.) of Batesville,IN,  Linda Gavaldon of Long Beach, CA, Peg Mertz (Brent) of Lenhartsville, PA, Jim Koester (Barb) of Batesville, IN, and Joyce Jackson of Indianapolis, IN along with 14 grand children, 11 great grandchildren and brothers Alvin Borchelt of Indianapolis, IN and Dan Borchelt of Sunman, IN.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Lucille Williams, brother Bill Borchelt, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.Visitation will be Monday, August 15, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, with Funeral Services on Tuesday, 10:00am  at St. John United Church of Christ,(Huntersville) Batesville, IN.  Rev. Linda & Dennis  Frische-Mouri officiating.  Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Batesville, IN. Memorials may be given to St. John United Church of Christ kitchen fund or Heffer International c/o  Meyers Funeral Home p.o. box 202 Batesville, In. 47006last_img read more

Argonauts Prepare for Crucial Weekend of Conference Games

first_img April 20, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – After posting a 4-0 record at last weekend’s rain-shortened Gulf South Conference Crossover, West Florida is back in the race for a berth in the post-season tournament. This weekend, West Florida will host West Georgia and West Alabama in the final home stand of the season. Saturday’s double header will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. start for Sunday’s double header.West Florida (27-20, 7-7 GSC) is currently in fifth place in the GSC East Division. West Georgia (30-26, 10-8 GSC) is one game ahead of the Argonauts in fourth place. The top four teams in the GSC East and West divisions advance to the GSC Tournament next month in Southaven, Miss.West Florida defeated three of the top four teams last week at the GSC Crossover in Decatur, Ala. Whitney Gay (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) hit two home runs in West Florida’s 6-5 win over Delta State. Later that night, Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) tossed her third career no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Christian Brothers. The following day, Gay homered again in a 10-3 win over GSC West frontrunner Arkansas-Monticello. Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) smacked a walk-off home run in West Florida’s 4-2 win over Southern Arkansas in Friday’s finale. For her offensive performance, Gay was named the GSC East Division Player of the Week.Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) leads the Argonauts with a .333 batting average. VanCamp is hitting .455 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 14 conference games. After starting 1-5 against conference opponents, Burge has won her last three conference starts while striking out 34.Kim Weaver, Jessie Wise and Adrienne Clay are all hitting over .300 this season for West Georgia. Kate Thompson is the ace of the Wolves staff with a 15-9 record, a 2.32 earned run average and 143 strikeouts. West Alabama will face nationally-ranked Valdosta State on Saturday before playing West Florida on Sunday.Both games will be broadcast on Stretch Internet and the “live stats” feature will be available for both double headers. Go to the softball page on to follow the game. On Sunday, Simpson and Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) will be honored on Senior Day with a ceremony in-between the games of the double headerPrint Friendly Version Share Argonauts Prepare for Crucial Weekend of Conference Gameslast_img read more

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