Month: October 2020

Kudos to National Night Out groups

first_imgPeriodically, it’s essential, in the hustle and bustle of life, to stop and say thanks, to those which, all too often, receive no thanks but much is expected. If you haven’t heard, as yet, the city of Schenectady and Schenectady Neighborhood Watch won the National Competition for National Night Out. This was the only such honor given to any municipality in the state of New York, large or small. The event was held on the first Tuesday in August 2017. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion National Night Out is a celebration of the Law Enforcement-Community Partnership. Last year, it was conducted in the beautiful Woodlawn Park, off Kings Road. Special thanks to the Woodlawn Neighborhood Association and the hard-working Woodlawn Park group, for lending their venue for this important event. The Schenectady Police Department had a wide range of demonstrations and the Schenectady County Sheriff was on board, to offer child ID’s and showcase the Explorer Post. The Schenectady Fire Department was a huge hit particularly, for the kids (big red trucks).The Schenectady mayor and city council and numerous neighborhood association leaders were there and gave a hand in the yearly “Neighborhood March.” They were led by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, who has established an annual tradition of leading the March, around a portion of the neighborhood. State Sen. James Te-disco and Assemblyman Phil Steck brought proclamations and attended.Planning now for Aug. 7, 2018, bigger than ever. Stay tuned.FREDERIC LEESchenectadyThe writer is president of the Schenectady Neighborhood Watch.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%last_img read more

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How to ..Manage a relocation project

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South Yorkshire Industrial: Prices rise as capacity falls

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Cash in land

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Money for nothing?

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Industrial: Sweet taste of success

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Action packed

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Mudslide traps 500 tourists in Canadian ski resort

first_imgSome 500 tourists were trapped inside a ski resort in western Canada on Sunday after a mudslide destroyed the access road, local media reported.Heavy rains knocked loose mud and debris, and the ensuing mudslide washed out about 0.6 miles (one kilometer) of the only access road to the Sasquatch Mountain Resort, the British Columbia transportation ministry said in a statement.It said that clearing the road could take five to six days and urged local residents to stay at home while they waited for the work to be completed. “We’re pretty much at the mercy of Mother Nature,” said Shelby Lim, a resort manager, in an interview with the CBC.She added that the resort, which is about 60 miles east of Vancouver, had lost power due to inclement weather but had backup generators.Lim also noted that the vacationers could leave the resort via a helicopter service, which cost about $150 per person. About 100 people had used or intended to use the helicopter service to leave, the CBC reported, but the rest had decided to stay put and wait for the road to reopen.Topics :last_img read more

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[UPDATED] Thai soldier kills at least 17 in mass shooting

first_imgA Thai soldier gunned down at least 17 people an attack which he shared on Facebook, emergency services said Saturday, in an ongoing mass shooting which focused on a town center mall.The attack in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima began late in the afternoon at an army barracks, police told AFP.Three people were killed — among them at least one soldier — when Sergeant-Major Jakrapanth Thomma opened fire. “He stole an army vehicle and drove into the town centre,” police Lieutenant-Colonel Mongkol Kuptasiri.Local media reported the gunman seized weapons from the army arsenal before embarking on a shooting spree in the center of the town.In a fast-moving incident, authorities could not confirm local media reports the gunman had taken up to 16 hostages.There were “17 deaths, 14 wounded” late Saturday, said an unnamed spokesperson from Bangkok’s Erawan Center — the dispatch center for emergency services across the country. Video and photos circulating online relayed panicked scenes on a main road in the city – which is better known as Korat.#Breaking: #Thailand’s special forces are preparing to storm shopping center in #Korat where a soldier has killed at least 10 in a mass shooting and taken hostages#koratshootingpic.twitter.com/s7RGADHjbN— ISCResearch (@ISCResearch) February 8, 2020People fled while at least one fire roared as what appeared to be the sound of automatic gunfire filled the air.The gunman also posted photos of himself and wrote several posts on his Facebook page including “should I surrender” and “no one can escape death”.In one Facebook video — since deleted — the assailant, wearing an army helmet, filmed from an open jeep saying, “I’m tired… I can’t pull my finger anymore” and making a trigger symbol with his hand.There were also photos of a man in a ski mask holding up a pistol.”The gunman used a machine gun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead,” spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen told AFP, adding that the standing toll was “more than 10.”The defense ministry said forces have sealed off the Terminal 21 shopping center but have yet to capture the suspect.Thailand has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world but mass shootings by soldiers targeting civilians are rare.Several shootings at courthouses late last year also renewed concern about gun violence in the Southeast Asia country.In one high-profile case, a two-year-old boy was among three people killed in Thailand when a masked gunman robbed a jewellery shop last month.Late last year two lawyers were shot dead by a clerk at a court in the east of the country during a hearing over a land dispute.Topics :last_img read more

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No warning issued for travels to Singapore despite raised coronavirus alert status: Ministry

first_imgThe government has yet to consider issuing a travel warning for Indonesians visiting Singapore, despite the latter’s decision to raise its alert status for the new coronavirus, a Foreign Ministry official has said.Singapore on Friday reported three more coronavirus cases that have not been linked to previous infections or travel to China, Reuters reported. Singapore now has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases, the latest being a teacher and a British man who had traveled to Singapore for a business meeting. Read also: Coronavirus: Politicians, supermarkets urge calm amid panic-buying of groceriesThe new cases prompted the country to raise its alert status to orange, the same level it reached during the SARS outbreak in 2003. The orange alert means the virus is severe and passes easily from person to person and was last raised during an outbreak of H1N1 influenza in 2009-2010. The highest alert is red, which indicates the virus is spreading widely.Upon being asked on Friday whether the Indonesian government would issue a travel warning following the raised alert status, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said: “I haven’t heard of any status change for travels to Singapore.”He added that the government had already conducted health screenings at hundreds of entry points to the country following protocols issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on regulating incoming and outcoming foreigners and Indonesian citizens.Read also: Climate, immunity, incompetence? Indonesia’s zero recorded coronavirus cases raise questions“We follow the WHO and Health Ministry’s recommendation in medical aspects upon managing our border,” Faizasyah said. He added the government had been keeping track of the coronavirus’ spread.The number of deaths from China’s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 717 on Saturday, as reported by AFP. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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