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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, April 24


first_imgGreen New Deal sets goals for climateThe Green New Deal charts a way for our future. Without it, or something like it, we have no goal to work towards. Maybe we can’t accomplish it all by a certain date. But if we don’t start soon, we have no chance at all. Officials who deny climate change are not being honest with you and they aren’t protecting your best interests.They are thinking about their donors, many from the fossil-fuel industry, who want us to continue burning coal, oil and gas until the planet has no chance at all. If people aren’t aware of what is coming, they can’t protect themselves, their families or their property. We need strong, intelligent leaders at all levels of government to inform and challenge us. Climate change is a very scary issue. I agree, I’d rather not think about it either.But I can’t ignore it because reality smacks me in the face when we talk to our family in Alaska, where the climate is warming twice as fast as predicted.Ask your children what they are learning about climate change in school and how they feel about their future. They will have to live with the choices we make now. Take some time to read Bill McKibben’s new book “Falter,” James Hansen’s book, “Storms of My Grandchildren,” and Fred Pearce’s, “With Speed and Violence.”Those are among hundreds of books about climate change that will knock your socks off about the reality of desertification, climate refugees, melting permafrost, rising seas, storms and fires.We should have done something sooner, but we’d better do something now. We need a Green New Deal.Florence CarnahanSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFocus commitment to the environmentWe must put a sharp focus on the need for government at all levels to incentivize good energy practices, regulate energy efficiency and discourage greenhouse gas emissions.New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers municipalities a broad variety of programs: • The Clean Energy Communities program provides no-match grants to help fund municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. • Community Choice Aggregation allows municipalities to negotiate with clean energy suppliers for bulk purchase of low-cost renewable electricity for all customers in their jurisdiction (with opt-out provisions).• Other NYSERDA programs promote clean transportation, rooftop solar, community solar farms and more.Other efforts governments can promote: • Energy efficiency investments in buildings for heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, updated hot water heaters and kitchen appliances. Nearly 40 percent of United States’ energy demand comes from operating buildings. • Sustainable agriculture methods to sequester CO2 and reduce CO2 and methane emissions. • Healthful, Earth-friendly nutrition and dietary practices. Governments can pass legislation to commit to renewable energy goals, to stop initiating fossil fuel projects, to transition to zero emission transportation and heating and cooling of buildings, and to create new, equitable green sector employment opportunities. State legislators have proposed AB 3565, the New York Off Fossil Fuels Act to implement these policies.Let’s press our representatives for commitments like these in all of our communities.Amy Lauterbach PokornyBerne Ship immigrants   to New York CityAs a Texan who summers in New York, I think I have a solution to the illegal immigrant problem that is costing us so much in social services here in Texas.Let’s see, the cheapest bus ticket from El Paso to the port authority New York City costs $162. We are on pace to get 1 million illegal immigrants this year.So moving them from El Paso to New York City (a sanctuary city whose mayor says they want them) would only cost $162 million. That’s less than the $181 million we plan to give El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in 2019.Eureka, I have solved the problem and saved money.Cut all the money to those countries (ostensibly to improve living conditions there, which obviously hasn’t worked), ship the illegal immigrants to New York City and save United States taxpayers $19 million.William MalecFredericksburg, Texas The writer is a Galway summer resident.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more


GUEST BLOG: Sen. Casey: As a Father, the Sexual Assault Crisis on College Campuses Is Personal


first_imgGUEST BLOG: Sen. Casey: As a Father, the Sexual Assault Crisis on College Campuses Is Personal It’s On Us PA,  The Blog As a father to four daughters, including one in college, the sexual assault crisis on college campuses is personal. Every time a college student is the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, we as a nation have failed that student. We must continue to build healthy, safe communities where students can learn and grow without fear, and where victims are provided immediate assistance and perpetrators are appropriately punished. As elected officials, but also as fathers, Governor Wolf and I take this responsibility seriously. On campuses, we must all step up to do the right thing: intervene before a problem occurs; promote dialogue and respect among members of the campus community; provide support and justice to victims.Throughout the past year, I have visited several college campuses in Pennsylvania to discuss the implementation of my Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, which I passed into law as part of the Violence Act Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in 2013. The Campus SaVE Act improves how campus communities respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. It helps to empower students and employees to end unhealthy relationships and seek assistance. Institutions must have clearly defined policies for reporting and conduct campus disciplinary proceedings. The Campus SaVE act targets this issue from the most crucial angles – improving prevention efforts and fostering collaboration among stakeholders, motivating everyone in the community to become involved in asserting that violence and abuse will not be tolerated, and ensuring that victims are supported.Each college I visited was working to comply with the Campus SaVE Act. After each visit, I was encouraged by the partnerships institutions are building to strengthen their community and keep students safe. Now that the law has been implemented for a school year, I look forward to continuing my dialogue with students and administrators to learn more about how the legislation is working, and what improvements can be made.Governor Wolf has also taken steps to eliminate campus sexual assault with the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign, which is the first statewide effort to address this crisis. Governor Wolf has made connections with over 50 rape crisis centers across the state who are ready to work with colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. This campaign will empower citizens in Pennsylvania to keep our students safe and end the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses.This crime is an ongoing crisis to which we must respond urgently and with compassion for victims. Those who commit sexual assault must be held fully accountable, and those who stand by must be empowered to speak up and support their peers. Everyone in the community must step up and work together. That is what Governor Wolf and I are doing at the state and federal level. By promoting the Campus SaVE Act and the ‘It’s On Us Campaign,’ we are one step closer to ensuring safety for all students on college campuses. June 13, 2016 By: U.S. Senator Bob Caseycenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy to Leave the Wolf Administration for the Private Sector


first_img May 22, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf thanked Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy for her work to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic, implement the medical marijuana program and transform rural healthcare while expertly overseeing a complex organization that led efforts to address all emergent public health issues facing Pennsylvania.Secretary Murphy is leaving the state for a position in the private sector.“Secretary Murphy is a leader in public health and health administration and has been a valuable member of my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “Secretary Murphy has contributed significantly to our efforts to address the most important health issues facing Pennsylvania and been a key figure in my administration’s fight against the heroin and opioid epidemic. She led the implementation of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which has nearly 90,000 participants and more than 7 million queries since August of 2016.“One of the most important pieces of legislation passed into law over the past two years was medical marijuana legislation. Since the passage of the legislation, Secretary Murphy oversaw the plan to develop the regulatory structure of the program to ensure that patients can get medication in under two years.“Throughout all of these significant efforts, Secretary Murphy has addressed public health challenges like emerging disease including the Zika outbreak. She also took on some of the biggest challenges facing public health, including reforming the oversight of nursing homes and developing a transformation initiative for rural hospitals.”“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve in Governor Wolf’s administration,” said Secretary Murphy. “I am certain that the administration and dedicated men and women at the Department of Health will continue their efforts to improve the health of all Pennsylvanians.“We will miss Secretary Murphy, and we wish her well as she pursues new opportunities to improve public health,” said Governor Wolf.In addition to the work on the heroin and opioid epidemic, nursing home reform, medical marijuana, and the Zika outbreak, under Secretary Murphy’s leadership the Department of Health made strides toward improving public health in Pennsylvania, including:The Department of Health improved the state’s childhood immunization regulations to ensure that every school-aged child gets the appropriate vaccinations within five days from the start of school. And the Department of Health provided more than 20,000 vaccinations just last year for illness like flu, pertussis and meningitis;The Department of Health received a $25 million grant from the federal government to implement the Pennsylvania Rural Health Transformation Initiative, that included a multiplayer global budget for rural hospitals; andThe Department of Health worked to educate residents on disease prevention, ranging from diabetes to HIV/AIDS to childhood obesity and Lyme to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.Secretary Murphy has extensive knowledge of the health care industry and is a proven executive who has demonstrated her ability to lead complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Prior to assuming her role in Governor Wolf’s cabinet, she served as Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million investment by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation aimed at accelerating health care innovation across the nation.  She was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System.  Prior to that, she served in various roles in health care administration. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), Secretary Murphy led an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor Health Care System.She previously served as a Clinical Faculty Member in the Medicine Department at The Commonwealth Medical College.  She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration from Temple University’s Fox School of Business, a Master of Business Administration from Marywood University, a Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton, and a diploma as a registered nurse from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She is an author and national speaker on health policy and health care innovation Department of Health Secretary Karen Murphy to Leave the Wolf Administration for the Private Sectorcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Pirate Parrot, Phillie Phanatic Prep For ‘1-4-3 Day’ With Video


first_imgPirate Parrot, Phillie Phanatic Prep For ‘1-4-3 Day’ With Video May 21, 2019 Holidays,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – The Pirate Parrot and Phillie Phanatic joined Governor Tom Wolf in celebrating the release of a video encouraging acts of kindness for “1-4-3 Day,” which is set for Thursday, the 143rd day of 2019. The video shows both mascots engaging in acts of kindness in honor of Fred Rogers, who used 1-4-3 to represent the number of letters in “I love you.”“I commend the Pirate Parrot and Phillie Phanatic for taking the time to help others, which as they show can be simple as holding the door or sharing a cup of coffee with someone,” said Gov. Wolf. “I encourage all Pennsylvanians to embody the kindhearted spirit of Fred Rogers on Thursday. A little kindness goes a long way.”The governor signed a resolution declaring May 23, 2019, 1-4-3 Day in honor of Fred Rogers, best known for his show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. A variety of businesses, organizations and individuals will be participating in acts of kindness to honor Rogers.Anyone seeking ideas for spreading kindness can visit pa.gov/143-day to use a kindness generator, which includes simple but impactful ways to brighten someone’s day. The website will also include a kindness tracker, which will tally the number of good deeds shared on Twitter using the hashtag #143DayinPA. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to share their participation by joining the official Facebook event.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Investors taking note of value on the Peninsula


first_imgThe home at 43 Dover Rd, Margate sold at auction.THE Margate market is showing signs of strong, steady growth and investors are taking note. According to CoreLogic, the median house price in the peninsula suburb has grown 7.6 per cent in the 12 months to December last year and 23 per cent in the past three years. Andrew Campbell, of Ray White Redcliffe, said the level of buyer inquiry in the area was fantastic at the moment. “Margate, and the Redcliffe Peninsula as a whole, is widely undervalued,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of people coming from inner-city Brisbane or Sydney and Melbourne looking for value for money.” Mr Campbell said just last Saturday the auction of a three-bedroom property with two lots on a single title attracted the investors.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“Anything with a double block is getting a lot of interest at the moment,” he said. The property at 43 Dover Rd, Margate sold for $565,000 under the hammer. Mr Campbell said he received eight offers for the property before the auction and there were four registered bidders on the day.Bidding started at $470,000. Mr Campbell said the successful buyer was a local real estate agent, who purchased the property as an investment. The Redcliffe-based agent said he was also seeing a good number of owner-occupiers looking to buy into Margate. “We’re getting a lot of younger families and people who are happy to commute — the train line has helped drive that interest,” he said.last_img read more


Wilhelmsen buys into Edda Wind


first_imgØstensjø Rederi will continue to manage the fleet. Wilhelmsen has entered into an agreement with Østensjø Group to acquire 25% of its offshore wind business unit Edda Wind. “The Wilhelmsen group’s strategy is very clear, to further expand into renewables, by working together with partners, and leveraging our expertise and assets,” said Thomas Wilhelmsen, Wilhelmsen group CEO. As part of the agreement, Wilhelmsen also secured an option to buy another 25% before June 2021. center_img Edda Wind currently has two vessels in service and four service vessels on order with yards. Long-term charter agreements have been signed for two of the four newbuilds ahead of their expected delivery in 2022. “So, finding an opportunity like this to work with Østensjø and invest in Edda Wind, a growing company, rapidly expanding its fleet with future-focused emission-free vessel technologies is idea.”last_img read more


Double murder sparks emergency meeting on crimes against Chinese in Trinidad


first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share NewsRegional Double murder sparks emergency meeting on crimes against Chinese in Trinidad by: – July 18, 2012center_img Share 106 Views   no discussions The shooting deaths of the Chinese-born businesswoman and her husband have also sparked a public outcry from Chinese nationals.PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday July 18, 2012 – Chinese Ambassador Yang Youming has expressed shock and horror at the killing of two of his countrymen and has appealed to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to take all necessary measures and precautions to ensure the safety of the lives of the Chinese community and their properties.The appeal came after Wu Xia Hua, 60, and her husband Yang Jiang Hua, 59, were shot during a robbery at Tiger’s Chinese Restaurant and Bar in Cunupia on Thursday. Xia Hua died on the spot and Jiang Hua died hours later at hospital.The shooting deaths of the Chinese-born businesswoman and her husband have also sparked a public outcry from Chinese nationals, who are calling on National Security Minister Jack Warner to protect them.The China Society and affiliated groups, Sun Wai Association, Toy Shan Association, Fui Tong On Association, Chinese Civic Association, Chinese Association of T&T, St Ann’s, and Chung Shan Association have scheduled an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss mounting crimes against the Chinese community. Over 20,000 Chinese live and work in Trinidad and Tobago.President of the China Society Yung Gen Siu said too many Chinese nationals were being targeted, while Secretary of the China Society Michael Lee said many of the crimes against his fellow countrymen went unreported.According to Lee, the society plans to draft a letter to Warner at Saturday’s meeting, which will outline the concerns of the Chinese community.“There is a lot of crime facing us. The local Chinese cannot speak English properly, so when they get robbed they don’t know how to deal with that. Many of them do not report the robbery. They do not know how to do the follow-up after the robbery,” Lee said, noting that there was a need to educate those in business so they would be prepared to deal with crime.Lee added that the Chinese community was also concerned about the crimes committed against everyone in Trinidad and Tobago, indicating that it was businesspeople generally who were being targeted by the criminals.He went on to say that he did not believe that Chinese nationals were contemplating leaving the country because of the crime situation, but added that would also be discussed at Saturday’s meeting.First vice president of Toy Shang Association, Robert Chin Ching, said crime was a scourge facing the entire world. He said a preventative system must be put in place to deal with the situation. Chin Ching denied that Chinese nationals were the specific target of criminals.“It is all business owners who must be protected because not only the Chinese are affected. Crime is a national problem,” he said.Chin Ching indicated that the Chinese nationals were not calling for special treatment. “What we want is for the minister to work with us,” he said.He noted that the Chinese were very community-oriented and agreed that language barriers and cultural differences were hindering the reporting of crimes against their community.Some nationals were thinking about closing up their businesses in protest against crime, he added.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more


Indiana AG warns of email scam


first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning about a scam involving invoices seemingly originating from his office. People from across the country have reported receiving emails that state,”Kindly find the enclosed invoice and advice ASAP. Thank you.”The email contained the name of a state contractor and contact information for Medicade Fraud Control Unit.Officials say the invoices are not legitimate and should not be paid. Information about this scam can be reported by calling 800-382-5516.last_img


Bundesliga: Wirtz becomes youngest scorer at 17 years and 34 days


first_imgAt just 17 years and 34 days old, Florian Wirtz on Saturday became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history in Bayer Leverkusen’s 4-2 defeat to champions Bayern Munich. Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime AFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Wirtz went into the record books when he curled the ball past Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer in the dying moments of the match.The teenager supplanted Nuri Sahin, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder, who was 17 years and 82 days old when he scored against Nuremberg in 2005.Wirtz was just two years old at the time.“We already knew he was a huge talent, that’s why he has played before,” said Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz.“Today he learnt the most important lesson he will have learned since he started playing football: the tempo at this level is a lot higher than he is used to.”Read Also: Dutch legend confirms contact over Barcelona jobWirtz made his debut for Leverkusen against Werder Bremen last month, becoming the youngest debutant in the club’s history and the third youngest ever in the Bundesliga.The teenager came up through the ranks at neighbouring club Cologne, before securing a move to Leverkusen earlier this year.last_img read more


Abhishek Verma, Jyothi Surekha Vennam win Mixed-pair Gold


first_imgBangkok: India won their only gold at the 21st Asian Archery Championships on Wednesday as Abhishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam claimed top honours in compound mixed pair event. India bagged a total of seven medals.Verma and Vennam beat Chinese Taipei opponents Yi-Hsuan Chen and Chieh-Luh Chen 158-151 to win the mixed pair gold. India ended with one gold, two silver and four bronze medals.Earlier in the day, Verma missed the compound team gold medal by one point when the side lost to Korea 232-233.In the compound women’s team event, Jyothi, Muskan Kirar and Priya Gurjar also lost to Korea, going down 215-231.Indian archer Atanu Das on Tuesday bagged a bronze in the men’s recurve individual event of the Asian Championships.Das got the better of Jin Hayek Oh of Korea 6-5 in the shoot-off in the bronze medal match.He had also won a bronze in the recurve mixed team event with Deepika Kumari on Monday. (IANS)Also Read: Archer Jyothi Surekha Vennam Takes India to 2nd Spot in Ranking Round of Compound ArcheryAlso Watch: Dokmoka Mob Lynching: Abhi-Neel case awaits justice after 1 ½ yearslast_img read more