Rashid Khan returns to Sussex for 2021 Vitality Blast | Cricket News

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “Ever since my arrival on the South Coast in 2018, it has felt like a home away from home for me.“I look forward to seeing everyone in 2021 and really hope we will be back playing in front of our loyal supporters soon.”The leg-spinner was originally due to play for Sussex in the 2020 Vitality Blast but it was mutually agreed he would miss the competition due to overlapping commitments in the Caribbean Premier League and Indian Premier League.- Advertisement – Rashid Khan will return to Sussex for a third spell Rashid Khan returns for third spell at Sussex: “Ever since my arrival on the South Coast in 2018, it has felt like a home away from home for me”; Afghan spinner is the No 1 bowler in international T20 cricket Last Updated: 09/11/20 12:07pm Sussex have confirmed Rashid Khan will rejoin the club for the 2021 Vitality Blast.Khan is currently ranked as the No 1 bowler in international T20 cricket and returns to Sussex for a third spell, having played in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Vitality Blast.“I am really happy to be heading back to Sussex for the 2021 Blast,” said Khan.- Advertisement –center_img Rashid Khan will return to Sussex for a third spell
Rashid Khan will return to Sussex for a third spell

CDC wants more healthcare workers to get flu shots

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations last week in an effort to push the percentage of healthcare workers who receive influenza shots above the 40% range, where it has been stalled for years.Among other things, the agency recommended that healthcare facilities offer free flu shots annually to workers on every shift, monitor flu vaccination coverage regularly during the flu season, and obtain signed forms from those who give nonmedical reasons for refusing a shot.”The new recommendations provide strategies to make vaccine more accessible to healthcare workers and to help facilities better determine coverage rates and the reasons their staff have for not getting vaccinated,” the CDC said in a news release.In the interest of protecting both patients and workers, the CDC routinely includes healthcare workers in the general flu immunization recommendations it issues each year. The new recommendations are intended to help healthcare facility administrators, infection control professionals, and occupational health specialists boost immunization rates in their institutions.Flu immunization coverage among healthcare workers was only about 10% as recently as 1989, the report says. The rate improved to roughly 40% in the ensuing few years, but it has remained “relatively constant” since 1997, it states. One of the government’s health objectives is to raise flu-shot coverage among healthcare workers to 60% by 2010.The new recommendations were prepared by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. They recommend that healthcare facilities:Educate employees about the benefits of flu immunization and the risks of flu for themselves and their patientsOffer vaccine each year to all eligible employees in order to protect them, their patients, and family members and to reduce absenteeismProvide free flu shots on site during all shifts and use strategies such as mobile carts and modeling and support by leadersObtain a signed “declination form” from employees who refuse a flu shot for reasons other than medical contraindicationsMonitor flu vaccination coverage and refusals at regular intervals during the flu season and provide staff and administrators with information on rates by wards, units, and specialtiesUse flu immunization rates “as one measure of a patient safety quality program”The CDC document cites various studies to support most of the recommendations. But it says that the effect of signed declination statements on immunization rates has not been studied. Using such forms, the agency says, can help facilities identify workers “who might require targeted education or other interventions to overcome barriers to vaccine acceptance.” The practice would also help facilities monitor how many employees are offered vaccine.How many healthcare facilities currently offer free flu shots or ask for signed refusal forms is unclear. The CDC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) all said they were unable to provide such information.Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the MDH, said the department sent a flu-shot declination form to healthcare facilities last fall and plans to do a follow-up survey to find out how many used the form.The percentage of facilities that offer free shots “is probably something we need to get a handle on, because of the CDC recommendations and because we do want healthcare workers to get vaccinated,” Schultz said.Researchers have found that the leading reason healthcare workers refuse flu shots is fear of side effects, followed by inconvenience and perceived ineffectiveness of the vaccine, according to the CDC report.The report says that as of January 2005, 13 states had passed laws concerning flu immunization for staff members in long-term-care facilities. But the effects of the laws are not yet clear, because only one state, Pennsylvania, has monitored them, the agency says.Last October the federal government began requiring nursing homes that serve Medicare and Medicaid recipients to offer flu shots to all residents. But the rule did not require vaccination of staff members.CDC. Influenza vaccination of health-care personnel: recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices (HICPAC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR 2006 Feb 9 (early online release) [Full text]See also:Feb 9 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/r060209.htmlast_img read more

USDA plans risk-based meat inspection system

first_imgMar 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials recently proposed a timetable to begin implementing a new meat and poultry inspection system designed to reduce foodborne illnesses by focusing more attention on high-risk facilities and those with poor safety records.The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been exploring “risk-based inspection” since 2000. On Feb 22, Richard Raymond, USDA undersecretary for food safety, proposed to implement the new inspection system in April at 30 locations, and possibly to expand it to 150 locations by the end of 2007, according to an FSIS press release.The proposed system is seen as the biggest change in the USDA’s food inspection program since 1996, when the Hazard Analysis and Critical Point Systems (HACCP) rule made food processors responsible for systematically assessing, preventing, and controlling food safety hazards.Assessing each facility’s food safety record and the relative risk of what is produced will allow the FSIS to better allocate its inspection resources to the processors that need them most, while continuing daily inspections at all facilities, the FSIS said in the press release. A processor’s food safety performance will be based on information federal inspectors regularly collect at the plants, such as health infractions and microbiologic test results.”To continue to prevent foodborne illness, we have to improve our prevention capabilities, not just respond quickly after an outbreak occurs,” Raymond said in the press release. “What will change is we will no longer be treating every plant like every other plant in terms of its adverse public health potential.”In a separate statement, Raymond asserted that risk-based inspection “will not reduce the number of inspectors nor will it save any money.”He said the FSIS is rolling out the new inspection program gradually so that it can be evaluated and revised as needed before it is expanded nationwide.Industry and consumer groups have expressed concerns about the new approach. The American Meat Institute (AMI) in a Feb 22 statement said it supports the concept of risk-based inspections, but maintained that the USDA is launching the plan prematurely.J. Patrick Boyle, AMI’s president and chief executive officer, said the USDA should slow the process down, seek additional input, and make participation voluntary. “This rush to launch a potentially worthwhile prototype may become a needless public relations and political distraction,” he said.According to documents posted on the FSIS Web site, the agency held a 2-day stakeholder meeting in October 2006 to solicit input on the proposed risk-based inspection policy.The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) sharply criticized the USDA plan in a Feb 22 statement. Although risk-based system for meat inspection is a worthy goal, the USDA has neither “meaningful scientific data” to rank product risk nor an unbiased system for determining facility risk, the group said. The CFA accused the Bush administration of laying the groundwork for cutting meat inspection costs and thereby increasing Americans’ risk of illness and death from foodborne pathogens.Foodborne disease expert Craig Hedberg, PhD, noted that some groups, including the Government Accountability Office (GAO), have advocated a single federal agency to oversee food safety. He told CIDRAP News that the USDA’s move toward a more periodic, risk-based inspection system that puts the food safety burden on producers is similar to the model used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which oversees produce.”This is probably a necessary condition to change the culture of the USDA toward that of the FDA,” said Hedberg, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. “This is one more attempt to make that happen.”Ideally, meat inspectors at processing plants determine if products are handled properly and then intervene if they need to, Hedberg said. “But it doesn’t actually work out that way,” because, while the physical presence of an inspector should give a certain measure of assurance, foodborne pathogens can’t be seen, touched, or smelled, he said. “You have to have different strategies to deal with that.””Industries need more authority to police their own, and I think that’s a good thing,” Hedberg said.See also:Feb 22 FSIS press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_022207_01/index.aspFSIS statement on the background of risk-based inspectionhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Evolution_of_RBI_022007.pdfConsumer Federation of America statementlast_img read more

FDA approves irradiation of iceberg lettuce, spinach

first_img Under the FDA rule, packages of irradiated lettuce and spinach—like other irradiated food products—will have to bear the radura logo and one of two statements: “treated with radiation” or “treated by irradiation.” Aug 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the use of irradiation to kill pathogens in fresh spinach and iceberg lettuce, which were linked to Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreaks that sickened hundreds of people in the fall of 2006. Iceberg lettuce and spinach now join meat, poultry, molluscan shellfish, and dried spices on the list of foods that can be irradiated for safety in the United States, said FDA spokesman Sebastian Cianci. The FDA action does not include other varieties of lettuce. The approval was sought by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), formerly the National Food Processors Association, Cianci told CIDRAP News. Back in 2000, the group had petitioned for approval of irradiation for a wide range of foods, including raw vegetables and fruits. In December 2007, the GMA asked the FDA for a “partial response” covering just iceberg lettuce and spinach, Cianci said. Prepublication copy of the FDA’s Federal Register announcementhttp://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/FDA-1999-F-2405-nfr.pdf See also: He said the FDA previously approved irradiation of lettuce, spinach, and some other commodities to kill insects and reduce spoilage, which involved doses lower than those used to kill microbes. He was unsure about to what extent irradiation has been used to kill insects in produce, if at all. “Irradiation is effective in reducing levels of potentially dangerous pathogens such as Salmonella and E coli and will provide an additional tool that may be helpful to protect the public from microbial hazards,” Cianci said. Jan 12, 2007, CIDRAP News story “FDA finds Taco John’s E coli strain on California farms”center_img According to an Associated Press (AP) report published today, the FDA concluded that this dose of radiation does not sterilize lettuce or spinach but is enough to “dramatically” reduce levels of E coli, Salmonella, and Listeria without impairing the safety or nutritional value of the foods. The intent is to allow irradiation both to eliminate pathogens and to extend shelf life, according to the FDA’s new rule, to be published tomorrow in the Federal Register but posted online today. The rule takes effect tomorrow. “This final rule will permit the irradiation of fresh iceberg lettuce and fresh spinach to a maximum absorbed dose of 4.0 kGy [kiloGray], which is effective in reducing microbial pathogens that have been associated with these crops in the past,” the FDA said in an e-mailed announcement. “This is not to take the place of other controls; it’s an additional pathogen-reduction method,” Cianci said. “This isn’t going to eliminate the need to wash the product. The FDA continues to recommend that consumers thoroughly wash produce uinder running water before they eat it,” said Cianci. “Pre-washed bagged produce can be used without further washing,” but not all bagged produce is pre-washed, he added. The FDA is still pondering allowing the irradiation of other kinds of produce. Cianci couldn’t predict how soon any additional approvals might come. Fresh bagged spinach grown in California was blamed for an E coli outbreak in the early fall of 2006 that involved 204 cases and three deaths. Later that fall, shredded lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants was implicated in two E coli outbreaks, one in Minnesota and Iowa and the other in several northeastern states.last_img read more

Tourist activity of the population of the Republic of Croatia in 2016

first_imgPrema podacima Državnog zavoda za statistiku ( DZS ), u 2016. na barem jednome privatnom višednevnom putovanju bilo je 1,6 milijuna ili 44,0% stanovništva Hrvatske u dobi od 15 i  više godina. Ukupno je ostvareno 3,8 milijuna privatnih putovanja, od čega je 2,5 milijuna (67,8%) bilo u Hrvatskoj, a 1,2 milijuna (32,2%) u inozemstvo.U inozemstvo se najviše putovalo u Bosnu i Hercegovinu (21,5% putovanja), Italiju (13,7%), Njemačku (12,0%), Austriju (11,3%) i Sloveniju (9,1%). S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju,2,0 milijuna putovanja (52,1%) bilo je kraće, a 1,8 milijuna (47,9%) dulje. Najčešći motivi odlaska na privatno višednevno putovanje jesu posjet rodbini i prijateljima (1,2 milijuna putovanja ili 32,7%) i odmor na moru (1,1 milijun putovanja ili 28,3%). Na privatnim višednevnim putovanjima stanovništvo Hrvatske ostvarilo je ukupno 23,1 milijun noćenja, od čega je 16,8 milijuna noćenja (72,8%) ostvareno u Hrvatskoj, a 6,3 milijuna (27,2%) na putovanjima u inozemstvo. Na jednom putovanju ostvareno je prosječno 6,1 noćenje. Na putovanjima u Hrvatskoj ostvareno je prosječno 6,6 noćenja, a 5,2 noćenja na putovanjima u inozemstvo. S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju, 3,9 milijuna noćenja (17,0%) ostvareno je na kraćim, a 19,2 milijuna (83,0%) na duljim putovanjima. Prema vrsti smještaja, najviše noćenja ostvareno je u neplaćenim smještajnim objektima kod rodbine i prijatelja (8,6 milijuna noćenja ili 37,4%).Ukupni izdaci na privatnim višednevnim putovanjima iznosili su 6,5 milijardi kuna, od čega 3,1 milijardi kuna (48,8%) u Hrvatskoj, a 3,3 milijardi (51,2%) u inozemstvu. Prosječni troškovi po putovanju iznosili su 1 717 kuna. S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju, 2,0 milijardi kuna (30,3%) potrošeno je na kraćim, a 4,5 milijardi kuna (69,7%) na duljim putovanjima. Na kraćim putovanjima u prosjeku se izdvajalo 997 kuna, a na duljima 2 501 kuna.In 2016, 2,0 million or 56,0% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over did not travel on private multi-day trips. The most common reasons for not going on private multi-day trips (possibility of multiple answers) were: lack of financial resources (61,6%), health reasons (24,3%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (15,9%).U 2016. na barem jednom poslovnom višednevnom putovanju bilo je 318 tisuća stanovnika ili 8,8% stanovništva Hrvatske u dobi od 15 i više godina. Ukupno su ostvarene 784 tisuće poslovnih putovanja, od čega je 380 tisuća putovanja (48,5%) bilo u Hrvatskoj, a 403 tisuće (51,5%) u inozemstvo. S obzirom na duljinu boravka na putovanju, 555 tisuća putovanja (70,8%) bilo je kraće, a 228 tisuća (29,2%) dulje. U 2016. stanovništvo Hrvatske u dobi od 15 iIi više godina ostvarilo je 6,8 milijuna jednodnevnih putovanja, od čega je 6,1 milijun (88,8%) bilo privatnih, a 765 tisuća (11,2%) poslovnih.last_img read more

Over 300 million Chinese watched a show about Croatia

first_imgOne of the most famous Chinese shows “Day Day Up”, which presents the beauties of Croatia, was broadcast on 15.12.2017 on Hunan TV. The show was watched by over 300 million viewers, and through Chinese social media, the show is expected to be seen by up to a billion viewers. In mid-October last year, a large expedition of journalists, actors, producers and other supporting staff of one of the most famous and influential Chinese shows “Day Day Up” arrived in Croatia to record a show about Croatia.The show was recently broadcast on Hunan TV, and the Chinese estimate that it was watched by an incredible 300 million people, while viewership on all platforms will reach even more viewers. The show, according to Chinese media, affects public opinion, and especially where the Chinese will travel and which country they will choose for their vacation, writes Free Dalmatia.They filmed like that in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, they tasted our specialties. Croatia, among others, was represented by Ana Rucner, Maksim Mrvica, Miroslav Ćiro Blažević, Jelena Rozga, Folklore Ensemble “Linđo”… Famous Chinese leaders and actors learned to dance local traditional dances, listened to our music, and the show was designed as an order education, dir church and the order of entertainment.By the way, the entire support for the production of this show was in charge of the company Baludiči film, which has already made numerous tourist films and reports, such as Dubronik & Time which has won more than 14 international awards as the best tourist film and are the organizers of the Zagreb TourFilm festival.It can already be said that this is the biggest advertisement of our tourism since independence, which will certainly start a new big “wave” of tourists from China.Related news:TOURIST FILM SITIA – SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE! WON THE GRAND PRIX AT THE ZAGREB TOURFILM FESTIVAL”DUBROVNIK & TIME” SELECTED AMONG THE 10 BEST TOURIST FILMS IN THE WORLDlast_img read more

Slovenia started epidemiologically mapping and looking at each Croatian county individually

first_imgSource: RS Government During the holidays, self-protective behavior, maintaining a safe distance, hand hygiene and, of course, avoiding places with a large concentration of other people – full restaurants, nightclubs – are necessary, say Slovenian governments. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has started epidemiologically mapping and individually looking at each Croatian county, which is great news for our tourism, because if it were the opposite due to the epidemiological situation, the whole of Croatia would already be on the red list. center_img Thus, according to the epidemiological situation, Istria and Kvarner remained on the green list, while other Adriatic counties were on the yellow list. Other counties that are in the yellow zone or list are only advised to be more careful. So do Slovenian citizens who come from green and yellow regions not subject 14-day quarantine, but more caution is definitely needed. last_img read more

What are the main ingredients of an event as well as the destination branding process? The story from Vrsar shows us the way

first_imgQuality production of photo and promo materials, which is imperative today Awareness of the local population is a difficult process, and this is the best tool. Or to put it: old recipes do not die with the last nonas and go into oblivion, but rather have a new life cycle, rather, enriched by a modern interpretation which is imperative today. It is our authenticity and diversity that I differentiate from the competition, both domestic and global. Because the motive of the trip is not accommodation, but a destination, ie getting to know a new way and culture of living, and authenticity is the main ingredient. The event aims to encourage the involvement of as many quality caterers and encourage their orientation to local foods and dishes in order to valorize indigenous foods, while preserving the traditional heritage through the revaluation of Istrian recipes. Or raising the quality of caterers, ie the entire destination, which is crucial – to have quality partners in the destination to deliver that quality and justify the brand story of Istria as a top gourmet destination. Likewise, quality content like this is the formula for extending the season (although this extraordinary year is not and cannot be a referent). Also, by raising awareness of the autochthonous offer of Istria, as the genetic code of the total offer, as well as the focus on domestic and local products, the heritage is valued towards caterers, because it becomes a market story. Then the local population begins to live with this tradition again, and local family farms have a new market and an interest in nurturing the cultures of their ancestors. And what is important to point out, they do not have to be based on quantity, but on quality with added value, which has a higher price. How everything fits together nicely, right? Let’s start in order, true hedonists and gourmets, as well as lovers of autochthonous Istrian delicacies and good wine, will be taken to Vrsar again this September. Namely, from 05 to 12 September, the second edition of the gourmet event Goložece di Orsera will take place, as part of which guests will be able to enjoy top local specialties in twelve Vrsar restaurants. It’s not a coincidence. The brand is built over the years. But what is important is that continuity, perseverance and raising the quality from year to year. Along with the already well-branded Istrian wine and olive oil on a global level, such events give meaning and an excellent rounded tourist and economic story. The main ingredients are indigenous food and wine offer, seasonal and local products from local producers (OPG) synergies in the destination and ultimately quality content. The Goložeca di Orsera event is just one of many gourmet events that enrich the offer of the entire destination and strengthen the position of Istria as a top gourmet destination. This is not a single event, but a set of various events, themed gourmet days in destinations, such as Days of Asparagus, Teran, Truffles… And so for years, it is this continuity or consistency for years with raising the quality and spreading new events makes branding process. And that is why today Istria is recognized as a top gourmet destination.center_img We have nothing to be ashamed of, on the contrary, we must be proud of our history, identity, way of life and culture. It must be our main tourist product. And that is why this manifestation is important and through a simple framework I give us the way or the main ingredients of how the manifestations must look like. Photo: TZ Vrsar What should each event look like? According to the PS or the standard and basic protocol, the second edition of ‘Goložece di Orsera’ shows us. The menu (translated into 4 languages, which is a rarity, but an important detail) will include delicacies of cod, anchovies, octopus, gilthead sea bream and sea bass, Adriatic tuna tartare and tagliatelle, broth and shuffled caramels, while meat lovers will be delighted by specialties such as carpaccia with truffles, boškarin steak with cottage cheese, beef tagliate and many others. The offer will also include indispensable Istrian dishes such as fuži, ravioli, maneštra and indigenous desserts fritula, kroštula, cottage cheese and walnut cakes, Vrsar amarettes and others. As delicious snacks are accompanied by excellent wine, guests will have the opportunity to taste the best wines of Istrian winemakers as part of the menu at a promotional price of 120 kuna. Synergy of everyone at the destination. Namely, this interesting gourmet story was organized by TZO Vrsar, Association of Caterers Vrsar with the cooperation of partners, tourist company Maistra, and aims to present Vrsar and Istrian specialties to domestic and foreign guests and provide additional motivation for tourists to come. Restaurants participating in this second edition are: Batana, Basilico, Bevanda, Dvi Palme, Fančita, Goran, Kod Luce, Rotonda, Srdela, Trošt, Vrsaranka, Villa Vrsar and visitors will be able to choose between fish and meat menu at promotional prices, with focusing on seasonal and local products.last_img read more

In August, airports recorded 70% less passenger traffic

first_imgThe most significant international passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom, 141 thousand passengers, which is a decrease of 59,6% compared to the same period last year. In August 2020, Croatian airports recorded 584 passengers or 807% less than in the same month last year, when the turnover was 70,0 passengers, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Source: CBS Circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger traffic at Croatian airports.center_img The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport with 271 thousand passengers (a decrease of 59,5% compared to August 2019, when 669 thousand passengers were transported), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 117 thousand passengers (a decrease of 77,6% in compared to August 2019, when 522 thousand passengers were transported) and Zagreb Airport with 93 thousand passengers (a decrease of 75,2% compared to August 2019, when 374 thousand passengers were transported). The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in August 2020 was 11, a decrease of 613% compared to August 41,5, when the number of landings and take-offs was 2019.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, May 25

first_imgAlso, there’s an excellent lunch program at the Niskayuna Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bus rides by the town of Niskayuna. Most of the program activities are similar at those sites and include physical exercise, Bridge, Mah Jong, theater, day trips, museum trips and more.Seniors, please join us to change your surroundings, make new friends and socialize with women and men in similar situations.Lay off the iPad and cell phone for awhile and have fun with your peers in an enjoyable atmosphere.Ted VinickNiskayunaEditor’s note: For a full listing of senior activities see The Daily Gazette Saturday edition. Find alternatives to landfilling our junkOnce or twice a year, residents of Scotia-Glenville put their unwanted items on the curb. Much of it truly is garbage. But a lot of it is useful, such as furniture, kitchenware, clothing, shoes, blankets and books, all in decent condition, just no longer wanted by the resident. One of the underlying reasons behind these disparities is the quality of education each community receives.School districts that consist of a population that has more disposable income will generally receive more funding than those in areas with poorer populations. As a result, you end up with drastic differences in the quality of education given to young students.One of the most effective ways to provide more equal educational opportunities is to reorganize our tax system so that there is equal funding of education across the entire region.This will offer better opportunities for those growing up in the lower-income communities in this region and improve equality amongst races.Anthony AmatoDelmar Or: “I chose to terminate this pregnancy.”Having the ability to choose allows a woman to make a decision based on her needs and her beliefs. Any woman in this situation should be given all the options, all the consequences.Those passing these laws do not know a woman’s circumstances. These laws are a giant step backwards in women’s rights.Put the focus back on a woman’s right to choose.Deborah BenderSchoharie More 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: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Because we did not have an appointment, for “safety reasons” we were not allowed up to Gillibrand’s office, even though we had just gone through the security checkpoint.A staff member spoke with us in the lobby. She assured us that Gillibrand was indeed as concerned with this issue “as if these were her own children.” She promised to contact us. None of us have heard back from her.When four of us refused to leave, we were arrested and charged with a violation.We were sent notices to appear on May 14 at the federal courthouse. The notices were postmarked April 15. When we arrived, court personnel informed us that there were no court proceedings for that day; the case had been dismissed on April 9.None of us was notified, including our attorney, who had been in contact twice with the court. This is the “right of the people to peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” in our government today.Linda LeTendreSaratoga Springs OTB rewards casino at expense of othersA recent article, “OTB to offer better payout at Casino,” explained how the casino gained special demonstration project status and thus could waive the 5 percent surcharge that is collected on winnings at other OTB parlors and outlets.Outlets, by the way, are non-OTB parlors such as bars that have OTB betting machines on premises. It stimulates business for these local establishments and helps them survive. The one that comes to my mind immediately is Boulevard Bowl, located on Erie Boulevard, a mere half mile down the road from the casino. I understand that its three OTB horse betting machines generate enough revenue to make it one of the area’s largest non-OTB parlors in operation.Other than being punitive in nature, I don’t understand the thinking of OTB officials. Why would they want to penalize a local business, one that has supported OTB for years, just because it’s down the road from the casino?In fact, why would they want to penalize any of the other non-parlors either?Gerald DeAngelusSchenectady Modify tax system to promote equalityIt may not come as a surprise to find out that racial inequality is a major issue in this country. However, it’s to some degree even worse in the Capital Region than in the country as a whole.For instance, 69 percent of white people living in the Capital Region own a house, while only 27 percent of African-Americans do.Considering the fact that on a national scale, 48 percent of African-Americans own a house, it seems clear that the situation is already worse here. Many of the African-Americans living here don’t have access to as nearly as many opportunities as Caucasians or Asians do. Newborns surviving abortions deserve care For some years, many of the usable items are picked up and brought to new homes. In other years, the weather does not cooperate, and our neighborhoods are littered with once-perfectly good items that are warping, rotting and molding, and now unusable by anyone.Many of us worry about climate change and do our best to recycle. But we don’t often consider the effects of ‘big garbage day,’ other than the relief of finally clearing out the basement.Yet, I think we can do better. For example, the town and village boards could coordinate a ‘swap meet’ day, like the village coordinates the village-wide garage sale. It would require more effort and commitment than hauling things out to the curb, but it is an idea worth talking about.I suggest this not because our neighborhoods become unsightly for a period of time, and not only because our friends and neighbors may need our usable discards. That wet and warped chest of drawers cannot be recycled; it will go to a landfill. But that cannot be counted on. We are looking at a landfill crisis in the not-too-distant future. The last municipal landfill on Long Island will close when it reaches capacity in 2024. There will not be a new one. Where will all the garbage go?Joan FucilloGlenville In a day when science is questioned or ignored both by our political leaders and some citizens, it’s important for all to remember the benefits we enjoy because of the work of scientists of all disciplines of the past. And it’s important we honor those young scientists in our schools today who will become the scientists, doctors and engineers who contribute to the betterment of humankind in the future.My special thanks to all at Regeneron for providing the opportunity for me to attend the Science Talent Search awards banquet this year, albeit by lucky coincidence and a thoughtful son.John FisherPattersonville The highest levels of government and greatest legal minds debate the far=reaching ramifications of our New York Reproductive Health Act.The Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House repeatedly vote down legislation that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive after botched abortion.The Democratic Party at the state and national levels coordinate efforts to deny medical care to these newborns. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act repealed New York Public Health Law section 4164 that specifically required doctors to provide medical care to newborn babies who survive abortion. The former law stated: “When an abortion is to be performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician other than the physician performing the abortion shall be in attendance to take control of and to provide immediate medical care for any live birth that is the result of the abortion.”Gov. Cuomo effectively deleted this law. New York no longer requires doctors to provide basic medical care for newborns who survive abortion. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would support this measure. Why remove laws protecting abortion survivors? What is their motive?The cold truth is that Democrats want every abortion guaranteed. Whether the baby is killed in utero by successful abortion, or taken out of the mother and denied medical care, the abortionist will complete the job. We, as Americans, have sunk to a new level of depravity. We must demand Cuomo protect all newborns and change this law.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills Women should have the right to chooseWith all these states passing legislation to limit or ban abortions, all women should be worried what other restrictions the governments will be putting on what women do.The focus is on women having an abortion. But what the focus should be on is a woman’s right to choose. As a woman, I want the ability to say, “I’m going to have this child. I want any medical procedure that will ensure this child is born healthy.”Or : “I will have this child and since I don’t feel I can care for it and bring it up the way it deserves, I will give him or her up for adoption.”center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGillibrand office not open to protestersOn March 28, five citizens tried to address the situation of migrant children being separated from their families when they come to the United States requesting asylum. This is our experience in attempting to work with our government.We tried twice to set up a meeting with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to ask what was being done to stop this. We never received a return call. We went to the Leo O’Brien federal building to ask in person to meet with her staff. I want to thank Ellis Hospital, the CI Floor, for taking such good care of me during the Easter week.The three shifts of nurses, both women and young men, were always in my room when I rang. They said I was part of the family and it made me feel special. I’m home with my family now.Thank you all for such special care.Theresa LezziSchenectady Schoharie holds on to too much tax moneyWhy is the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors seemingly so unconcerned that County Administrator Steve Wilson has supported charging taxpayers millions more in property taxes than is needed to fund county government operations?As county treasurer, I recently issued a report that revealed that Wilson has been increasing tax rates while at the same time accumulating an unwarranted, bloated fund balance.Given our $80 million annual budget, the appropriate amount for Schoharie County to have in reserve is $10 million. That target threshold meets the state comptroller guidelines and has been sanctioned by numerous independent audits during my 24 years in office. Take advantage of programs for seniorsAs a senior, aged 97, living alone, I have found comfort and companionship in senior lunch programs. Jewish Community Center, Catholic Charities on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, with food at the J.C.C. and bus transportation by Catholic Charities. These are both offered at reasonable cost for a round-trip ride, door to door. Members who live with family or an aide are welcome to bring them. Honor contributions of scientists as wellThe juxtaposition of the articles on Madison VanDenburg and Bob King on page E1 of the May 19 Sunday Gazette brings to mind a powerful message I heard from the speakers at the Science Talent Search finals banquet sponsored by Regeneron in Washington, D.C. earlier this year.The gist of the message was that as much as we applaud and enjoy the performances of young students like Ms. VanDenburg, the real superstars of the next generation will be the students of science who will go on to solve great problems the world faces today. Many like Bob King did not enjoy the celebrity of the great performers of their generation, but their contributions to society will continue well into the future. Writer got Mother Jones review correctKudos to Bill Buell on his writeup of “Mother Jones In Heaven.”His piece in the May 16 Ticket accurately described the quality musical that was performed at the Cohoes Music Hall by Vivian Nesbitt that evening. It accurately portrayed the story of Mother Jones, whom one judge tabbed, “the most dangerous woman in America.”Carol and Steve ZahurakSchenectady Grateful for care from Ellis Hospital CI floor Use fair trade deal to support FEMA effortsAll relationships are built on the foundation of compromise. Happily married couples will confirm this fact.However, we are now engaged in another dubious bully pulpit. The current presidential administration needs to negotiate a compromise trade deal with China that will ultimately benefit both nations.Our legislative body should collectively put its shoulders to the wheel and place that pot of trade savings into the inundated FEMA budget. FEMA is dealing with historical flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes nationwide.Help those devastated communities and individuals most in need.Patrick StephanMiddle Grove Madigan has the best experience for FinanceWant to know who to support for Saratoga Springs city finance commissioner in the June 25 Democratic primary? Simply decide on who you can trust to keep Saratoga Springs financially healthy and a great place to live.Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan has seven-plus years of experience proving she can: develop and manage a $48 million general operating budget, a daunting task for a financial neophyte; manage several other city budgets; increase rainy-day reserves by another $1.2 million just this year; save over $300,000 yearly by negotiating health care costs (without reducing benefits to our city employees); increase already-high bond ratings by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s; work with all of our elected officials to smartly allocate funds to deliver needed city services; and keep our taxes level for her eight budgets after years of increases under previous commissioners of finance.Let’s not risk the city’s financial well-being by giving this pivotal responsibility over to an inexperienced financial newcomer.Let’s be smart and let’s be safe. On June 25, vote in the Democratic primary to keep Commissioner Madigan at the financial helm of our city.Tammy HaarmanSaratoga Springs Scotia needs to crack down on businessThe weather is finally warming. My wife and I would now like to open our sunroom windows or sit on our front porch in relative peace. Unfortunately this isn’t possible most days.It seems our neighbor is allowed by the village to operate a yard-care and equipment-repair business from his garage. So virtually every day including Sundays, we are subjected to equipment motors running, the rattling of a commercial-size trailers coming and going several times a day, as well as other businesses’ equipment being dropped off and picked up. No days off on Riverside Avenue.I have written letters of complaint to several village officers, including the mayor, regarding this issue. To date, no action has been taken.It was suggested that we petition other neighbors to possibly have some action taken. I found this to be an unreasonable requirement. As a resident of a neighborhood zoned for residential use only, I have reported this. It seems that the village should now enforce its own zoning restrictions.So with the village of Scotia unable or unwilling to enforce its zoning and with an arrogance of knowing nothing will be done, the business continues and our windows remain closed.John EatonScotia But Wilson has surreptitiously squirreled away millions more than is necessary.By steadily raising tax rates, Wilson has now amassed a $20 million hoard of taxpayer money, with no plan in place as to how it should be used.In a brazen attempt to defend himself against my charges of poor fiscal management, Wilson hijacked the contents of my financial analysis as his own.With a straight face and a few misleading PowerPoint slides, he recently tried to convince the Board of Supervisors that the county actually needs even more money socked away. Incredibly, he implied that a fund balance of $40 million might be perfectly reasonable.No supervisor cared enough to publicly question Wilson’s logic or to investigate further.As county treasurer, I have always been a strong advocate for adequate, but not excessive, reserves. The latter is an unnecessary and irresponsible burden on taxpayers.William CherryCobleskillThe writer is the Schoharie County Treasurer.last_img read more