Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 1

first_imgDon’t blame others for actions of guiltyIt’s not often that you get two letters on the same day, Aug. 24, that look to blame someone or something else for the actions of the guilty.One blames Gov. Andrew Cuomo for opening the floodgates to make anyone with a Roman collar target for a lawsuit.Well what did you expect? Look at the track record of the cover-up in the Catholic Church. How many of you would feel comfortable leaving your little ones in a room alone with a priest?They lost their credibility due to their own actions, and now they have left themselves exposed to the consequences. Will there be some not-so-legitimate claims? Perhaps. But how many hundreds of the abused will never speak up or come forward as to what happened to them? Sounds like a wash to me. The Catholic Church brought this upon itself and has tarnished all its clergy. Blame Cuomo? Once again, take your eye off the problem and place blame elsewhere.The second letter was about not punishing children who are not vaccinated. Are we losing our minds here? The Aug. 17 editorial was right on the money. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one. The children aren’t the guilty ones here. It’s the parents’ refusal to comply with vaccinations, not caring how, if or when their actions will affect others based upon their beliefs. Sounds pretty selfish to me. I’m glad my parents weren’t selfish and got me vaccinated.Bob BeliveGlenvilleLicense plate plan is a way to stick it to usWhat is the purpose of new license plates other than more revenue, which the state will mismanage?This is just another fine example of why people are leaving New York state.I find it hilarious our governor is touting that we can choose which plate will become our state plate.You can bet the “choice” will not be ours, as the governor will choose the plate with the new bridge named after his father, and they will be our new plates.I have two cars, a truck and two motorcycles, and all their plates are fine. No need for new ones.New York is always finding ways to gouge its people.Michael P. Croce Sr.Ballston SpaInstall warning bar to stop bridge crashesI’m amazed at the lack of foresight by anyone in charge of making sure that our beautiful new bridge over Glenridge Road is protected from trucks and their drivers who can’t read a multitude of signs warning them they are about to be embarrassed after they run into said bridge.The solution sits less than three-tenths of a mile from our mayor’s office at the Dunkin’ Donuts in back of the Sunoco station. It’s called a truck height warning bar, which could save the Glenville police time and money, not to mention all the damage to the bridge and the time spent by motorists being stuck in these events.Trucks have had to stop and try to turn around on this narrow street, holding up traffic on an already-busy road. It took me 5 seconds to find them online.Hang this bar over the right-hand lane on Glenridge just before Bruce Drive, and then the truck driver has a chance to abort his trip, turn onto Bruce Drive and go in a different route to get to Route 50.They even come with warning lights and lit-up signs to let them know that they will hit the bridge. This isn’t rocket science. Why put up more signs that seem to do no good? How many more trucks will hit the bridge before this simple solution will be used?Denise CrisciScotia More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt’s not a right to put others’ kids at riskJust when I thought I had heard every excuse and defense from anti-vaccine advocates, Ms. Garcia went “there” in her Aug. 23 letter (“Segregation not right for unvaccinated kids”), by comparing requirements that non-vaccinated children stay home to segregation. Wow.Ms. Garcia, your supposed “heavy heart” in one that is actually weighed down by a grotesque comparison of parents who will risk the health of not only their children, but others, based on a debunked theory to the exclusion minorities from aspects of American life. This is truly devoid of any logic or reason. Ms. Garcia, do what you wish with your children, and I would hope that by the time they reach an age of consent, they will make proper healthcare decisions for themselves based on science and not something from the tin-foil-hat world. Your rights end with your children. When you endanger others, your rights end. Michael FondacaroAlbanySchool a chance to educate dirt-bikersI’m glad to see the kids who were riding dirt bikes on the streets throughout the Capital Region will be returning to school very soon.I hope that when they think about the foolish choice they made to break the law, they will realize that they could have caused accidents that  could have resulted in injuries or even death.What they thought was fun was to drive recklessly and put a scare into drivers and pedestrians throughout the cities and towns, which was an unacceptable thing to do.Hopefully, when they return to their schools, the administrators will have the pleasure of explaining to our unlawful children that riding their dirt bikes where they were riding them was an unsafe thing to teach others. So it will not be done again next year. I would hope that all the school superintendents will put my request first on their list of things to do list to try to make our roads safer.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamlast_img read more

The great plc reinvention

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Landmark letting fuels Glasgow market

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£126m investment deal double for Scottish market

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When the ship comes in

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Talk of the towns

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Venture into the unknown

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English planning system under threat

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Coronavirus crash wipes $5 trillion off world stocks

first_imgA sign reading “Please avoid shaking hands due to the current situation” is seen placed at the entrance of Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group in Zurich, Switzerland February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann)Bets are now that the Federal Reserve will cut US interest rates as soon as next month and other major central banks will follow to try and nurse economies through the troubles and stave off a global recession.“Investors are trying to price in the worst case scenario and the biggest risk is what happens now in the United States and other major countries outside of Asia,” said SEI Investments Head of Asian Equities John Lau.“These are highly uncertainty times, no one really knows the answer and the markets are really panicking.” Coronavirus panic sent world share markets crashing again on Friday, compounding their worst week since the 2008 global financial crisis and bringing the wipeout in value terms to US$5 trillion.The rout showed no signs of slowing as Europe’s main markets slumped 2-3 percent early on and the ongoing dive for safety sent yields on US government bonds, seen as probably the securest asset in the world, to fresh record lows.Hopes that the epidemic that started in China would be over in months, and that economic activity would quickly return to normal have been shattered this week as the number of international cases have spiraled. The index of Shanghai and Shenzhen shares dropped 2.9 percent, on track for its first weekly loss in three.Oil prices languished at their lowest in more than a year having plunged 12 percent this week – its worst since 2016 – while all the major industrial metals have dropped between 3 percent and 6 percent.The appeal of guaranteed income sent high-grade bonds. U.S. yields plunging with the benchmark 10-year notes yield hitting a record low of 1.241 percent. It last stood at 1.247 percent.That is well below the three-month bill yield of 1.436 percent, deepening the so-called inversion of the yield curve. Historically an inverted yield curve is one of the most reliable leading indicators of a US recession.Expectations the Fed will cut interest rates to cushion the blow are rising in money markets. Analysts say Fed funds futures are now pricing in about a 75 percent chance of a 25 basis point cut at the central bank’s March 17-18 meeting.Topics : Disruptions to international travel and supply chains, school closures and cancellations of major events have all blackened the outlook for a world economy that was already struggling with the US-China trade war falloutMSCI’s all country world index, which tracks almost 50 countries, was down over 1 percent once Europe opened and almost 10 percent for the week – the worst since October 2008.Wall Street shares had plunged 4.4 percent on Thursday alone which was its largest fall since August 2011. They have now lost 12 percent since hitting a record high just nine days ago, driving into so-called correction territory.The CBOE volatility index, often called the “fear index”, jumped to 39.16, its highest in about two years, well out of the 11-20 range of recent months.The index, which measures expected swings in US shares in the next 30 days, typically shoots up to around 50 when bear market selling hits its heaviest and approached almost 90 during the 2008/2009 financial crisis.Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 27, 2020. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)Pandemic warningIn Asia, MSCI’s regional index excluding Japan shed 2.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei slumped 4.3 percent on rising fears the Olympics planned in July-August may be called off due to the coronavirus.“The coronavirus now looks like a pandemic. Markets can cope even if there is big risk as long as we can see the end of the tunnel,” said Norihiro Fujito, chief investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.“But at the moment, no one can tell how long this will last and how severe it will get.”World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the virus could become a pandemic as the outbreak spreads to major developed economies such as Germany and France.About 10 countries have reported their first virus cases over the past 24 hours, including Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa.The global rout knocked mainland Chinese shares, which have been relatively well supported this month, as new coronavirus cases in the country fell and Beijing doled out measures to shore up economic growth.Read also: Global shares head for worst week since 2008 financial crisis Read also: Trading suspension looms as Indonesian stocks plunge another 4%last_img read more

Pope Francis cancels planned retreat due to ‘cold’

first_imgPope Francis said Sunday he would not be taking part in a planned six-day spiritual retreat south of Rome after coming down with a “cold”.The 83-year-old pontiff suffered two coughing spells that forced him to turn away from the crowd and cover his mouth with his fist on a windy and cloudy day on Saint Peter’s Square.”Unfortunately, a cold forced me not to take part this year,” he said after reciting the traditional Angelus Prayer and addressing the unfolding migrant crisis on Turkey’s border with Greece. There have been 29 confirmed deaths and 105 people were receiving intensive care treatment in hospital — all of them in three adjacent northern regions near Milan.The Vatican quickly shot down speculation that the pope himself had come down with COVID-19.”There is no evidence to suggest a diagnosis of anything other than a slight ailment,” a Vatican spokesman told AFP Sunday.The pope himself looked relatively strong on Sunday despite the coughing fits.He smiled a few times and addressed a range of theological issues before turning his attention to the plight of thousands of migrants from Turkey who have been blocked at the rugged frontier with Greece. “I am a little saddened by the news coming from many displaced people, so many men, women and children chased because of war,” Francis said.The pontiff asked the faithful to share a prayer for “so many migrants who seek refuge in the world — and help”.Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis’ speech as he delivers the Sunday Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican on March 01, 2020. (AFP/ Filippo MONTEFORTE) Italy shuts down Concerns about the pope’s health have been mounting for days in a country where mass closures of public institutions and businesses due to the coronavirus are affecting the lives of millions.He first looked like he might be sick on Wednesday and lightened his workload for the rest of the week.The Vatican used the “mild ailment” term for the first time on Thursday to explain why the pope was spending his day around his Saint Martha’s guest house in the Vatican.But he still continued celebrating the morning mass and receiving visitors even as football matches were being cancelled and businesses were telling their employees to work from home.He met with the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church head Sviatoslav Shevchuk on Saturday and spent almost 15 minutes speaking on Sunday from his Vatican window.The Argentine-born pontiff has enjoyed a life of good health despite losing part of a lung as a young man and suffered from sciatica — a nerve condition that causes pain in his hip.Yet he rarely cancels appointments and normally takes extra time to mingle with supporters and the faithful.Topics : The annual retreat will still start Sunday but only include members of the Roman Curia administration team of the Holy See.The pope will be staying home while the rest of Italy battles Europe’s worst outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has spread from China to every continent except for Antarctica.Pope Francis wipes his nose during the Ash Wednesday mass which opens Lent, the forty-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians before Holy Week and Easter, on February 26, 2020, at the Santa Sabina church in Rome. – Pope Francis postponed his official appointments on February 28 and was working from home, the Vatican said, a day after cancelling a scheduled appearance at mass because of “a mild ailment”. Francis, 83, had appeared earlier in the week to be suffering from a cold. He was seen blowing his nose and coughing during the Ash Wednesday service, and his voice sounded hoarse. (AFP/Alberto PIZZOLI)The number of cases in Italy surpassed 1,000 on Saturday and the toll continues to mount.last_img read more

Sanders shrugs off primary defeats, remains in Democratic race

first_imgSpeculation had been growing that he might respond to pleas from Democratic activists to step aside for party unity, giving Biden — his only rival — a chance to focus on campaigning against Trump.But Sanders, 78, broke his silence to say he was preparing for his first one-on-one televised debate Sunday “with my friend Joe Biden.”While he remained defiant, Sanders did make a number of unusual statements, accepting both his losses during the primary race and perceptions that he would fare less well against Trump.”I cannot tell you how many people our campaign has spoken to who say they agree with us but will vote for Joe because they believe he’s the best to beat Donald Trump,” he said. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday shrugged off a string of primary defeats and pressure to drop out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying he remains in the fight against centrist frontrunner Joe Biden.In his first remarks since losing to Biden in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho on Tuesday, the leftist senator from Vermont said his main priority was defeating “dangerous” President Donald Trump.He acknowledged, however, in a brief, passionate speech that many Democrats see him as less electable than the 77-year-old former vice president — perhaps preparing the ground for his eventual exit. “Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion, but that’s what millions of Democrats and independents say.”Sanders then listed questions he wanted Biden to answer on how to deal with far-reaching inequality and other structural issues that he believes can only be addressed by radical economic change or “revolution.””Joe, what are you going to do?” he asked in what sounded less like an attack on Biden than an appeal for him to reach out to the party’s left wing. Biden unstoppable? Biden’s trajectory to a November showdown with Trump began looking unstoppable after his primary wins on Tuesday, including in the industrial powerhouse of Michigan — a state that Sanders won over Hillary Clinton in 2016 and will be crucial in the general election.Sanders’ only win came in North Dakota while votes were still being counted in Washington state, where Sanders and Biden were in a dead heat.Biden now has about 860 delegates to Sanders’ 710, and looks set to reach the 1,991 needed to be declared the party standard bearer at the Democratic convention in Milwaukee in July.The next primaries are on March 11 in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio and campaigning in the delegate-rich states is being disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak.Biden and Sanders cancelled rallies which had been scheduled in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday night and the former vice president announced further cancellations on Wednesday.The Biden campaign said because of health risks it was cancelling an event that was to have been held in Chicago on Friday and one that was scheduled for Miami on Monday.It said they would now be “virtual events” but did not release details of the format.The Sunday debate will also be without a live audience as a result of the health scare.Addressing supporters in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Biden reached out to Sanders, thanking him and his supporters for their “tireless energy and their passion.”Biden struck a unifying tone as he affirmed that he and Sanders “share a common goal and together we will defeat Donald Trump.”Uniting the ticket With Biden’s path to the nomination increasingly locked in, the main question now is whether Sanders will swallow his pride and get his supporters behind the candidate — or risk party civil war.”It will be vital for Sanders to mobilize his supporters behind the ticket,” tweeted Princeton University history professor Julian Zelizer.”But Biden has to reach out to Sanders’s energized movement. It will require a two-way effort to unite the ticket.”Many Democrats accuse Sanders and his devoted supporters of fatally damaging Clinton four years ago during their bitter nomination battle. They warn a similar scenario could play out this time.Reflecting the shift in power, Democratic political action committee Priorities USA, which had been neutral in the race, came out in support of Biden.”The delegate math is now a straight line to Joe Biden’s nomination,” chairman Guy Cecil told US public radio network NPR. “So we’re going to do everything we can to help him in the effort looking forward to November.”Topics :last_img read more

Jokowi must make case for lockdown as COVID-19 may spark social unrest: Report

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration must make the case for a lockdown in Indonesia as the COVID-19 pandemic is projected to overrun health systems and put a strain on the economy, which may lead to social unrest, according to a recent report by a London-based business consulting group, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).The report, released on Friday, casts a dark outlook over the country’s fight against the pandemic while also emphasizing the need for a lockdown to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. The group stated that Indonesia did not have enough resources and lacked the ability to contain the spread of COVID-19.“The possibility of social unrest is high. It is essential that the government makes the case for lockdowns with clarity, precision and sensitivity, or else a greater number of lives will be lost,” the report said. The EIU projected Indonesia’s health system to be overrun with cases, as access to intensive-care beds are limited while protective measures toward health workers remain insufficient.A leaked document obtained by The Jakarta Post on March 13 shows that, of the Health Ministry’s list of 132 COVID-19 referral hospitals, only 49 are “ready”. The document is the minutes of a meeting involving several institutions, including the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the Health Ministry, on March 10.“As in many low- and middle-income countries, this lack of capacity is likely to raise the fatality rate. Health workers will also face higher risks than in some developed countries owing to a lack of protective equipment,” the report stated.On the economic front, the EIU projects COVID-19 to severely disrupt the Indonesian economy despite coordinated and swift responses from the government and Bank Indonesia (BI) to keep the economy afloat. Topics :center_img “The government and BI have so far provided a coordinated response, but a steep slowdown this year is certain. The economy will suffer deeply,” according to the report.Indonesia has allocated Rp 120 trillion (US$7.5 billion) from this year’s state budget for stimulus packages to cushion the economic impacts of the pandemic. The central government has also bought about Rp 163 trillion worth of government bonds to stabilize the country’s financial market.Despite such efforts, BI data recorded Rp 105.1 trillion in capital outflow as of Thursday, of which foreign investors dumped Rp 92.8 trillion worth of government bonds and Rp 8.3 trillion in stocks.The rupiah has weakened more than 15 percent against the dollar this year, touching Rp 16,000 per US dollar as of Friday, a level unseen since the 1998 crisis.The EIU also put a spotlight on the impact the COVID-19 will have on Ramadan and Idul Fitri, when the group predicts millions will be barred from going to their hometown during the holiday season’s annual exodus.“We believe that the government will be forced to restrict travel during Idul Fitri, if not before. This would be unprecedented, and a significant military and police presence could be required to maintain order,” the report said. (mpr)last_img read more

Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion as virus threatens deeper recession

first_imgTopics : Japan is boosting its new economic stimulus package to expand cash payouts to its citizen as the coronavirus fallout threatens to push the world’s third-largest economy deeper into recession.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled the new stimulus less than two weeks after his cabinet approved an earlier plan to spend 108.2 trillion yen ($1 trillion), which had detailed payouts of 300,000 yen to households with sharp drops in incomes hit by the outbreak.Abe has caved into pressure from within his own ruling bloc to boost the help with a payment of 100,000 yen for every citizen instead of 300,000 yen for limited households, analysts say, even as the new amount triples the cost to 12 trillion yen from what the government had originally planned. Expansion of the scheme may support private consumption that accounts for more than half of the economy, some analysts said, while others believe most of the payout would end up in savings rather than spending to shore up the economy.”Recipients of the payouts include the rich and the people whose incomes are not suffering, so savings will also rise,” said Ryutaro Kono, chef economist at BNP Paribas Securities. “Even considering more people will suffer an economic pain this time than during the 2009 financial crisis, the proportion of the payouts that will be spent is estimated at about 40%. As such, it would push up GDP only by 0.3 percentage points.”The upsized package will total 117.1 trillion yen ($1.086 trillion), with fiscal measures making up less than half of it, a draft reviewed by Reuters showed. Some 25.7 trillion yen will be funded by an extra budget for the fiscal year from April 1, compared with an initial extra budget worth 16.8 trillion yen.Monetary, fiscal policy mixcenter_img While the government boosts fiscal stimulus, the Bank of Japan has also joined other central banks to roll out stimulus to stave off the risk of global recession.The BOJ eased monetary policy last month by pledging to boost risky asset purchases and create a new loan scheme to pump more money into firms hit by slumping sales. The central bank will discuss further steps to ease corporate funding strains at this month’s rate review as the impact hits profits.The government now plans to issue extra bonds worth 25.6914 trillion yen to fund the supplementary budget, the draft showed.Of the extra bond issuance, some 23.3624 trillion yen will be deficit-covering bonds and the reminder will be used to finance infrastructure spending, bringing the amount of market issuance to the upper range of 152 trillion-153 trillion yen.The extra borrowing will add to the industrial world’s heaviest public debt burden, which is more than twice the size of Japan’s $5 trillion economy.It is rare for the government to compile an extra budget at the start of a new fiscal year, and it is even rarer to revise a budget draft that has been approved by the cabinet after coordinating closely with the ruling coalition.Last week, the prime minister, who has been criticized by some over his handling of the pandemic, apologized for confusion over a plan to start distributing coronavirus relief payments next month.Abe’s cabinet is expected to endorse the stimulus spending plan as early as Monday.More than 200 people have died from the virus in Japan, which has reported over 11,000 infections, of which more than a quarter are in Tokyo.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to end flogging as form of punishment: Document

first_imgFlogging has been applied to punish a variety of crimes in Saudi Arabia. Without a codified system of law to go with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic law, individual judges have the latitude to interpret religious texts and come up with their own sentences.Rights groups have documented past cases in which Saudi judges have sentenced criminals to flogging for a range of offences, including public intoxication and harassment.Read also: Aceh unveils new female flogging squad”This reform is a momentous step forward in Saudi Arabia’s human rights agenda, and merely one of many recent reforms in the Kingdom,” the president of the state-backed Human Rights Commission (HRC) Awwad Alawwad told Reuters.Other forms of corporal punishment, such as amputation for theft or beheading for murder and terrorism offences, have not yet been outlawed.”This is a welcome change but it should have happened years ago,” said Adam Coogle, Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. “There’s nothing now standing in the way of Saudi Arabia reforming its unfair judicial system.” Topics : Saudi Arabia is ending flogging as a form of punishment, according to a document from the kingdom’s top court seen by Reuters on Friday.The decision by the General Commission for the Supreme Court, taken sometime this month, will see the punishment replaced by prison sentences or fines, or a mixture of both.”The decision is an extension of the human rights reforms introduced under the direction of King Salman and the direct supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,” the document said.last_img read more

Airport operators pivot to cargo services to survive pandemic

first_imgThe company also reduced its operational costs at storage facilities across the AP II airports by 40 percent compared to normal operations, Riyanto added.In addition, AP II provided warehouse facilities for airlines via its subsidiaries PT Angkasa Pura Kargo and PT Gapura Angkasa. For example, Gapura Angkasa, which owns a warehouse more than 8,900 square meters in size at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, provides access to facilities like cold storage and animal storage.Tapping into these aspects of the cargo business line, as opposed to relying on air passenger traffic, has allowed the airport operator to begin softening the impact COVID-19 has had on the industry.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), domestic air passengers fell 85.18 percent yoy in April to around 840,000 people, while international air passengers fell 98.26 percent yoy.The drop in passenger traffic has hit airport revenues hard, as data from the 2019 Airports Economics Report, released by Airports Council International (ACI), shows that 54.6 percent of total airport income in the Asia-Pacific comes from passenger-related revenues.AP I cited revenue diversification through the establishment of an airport ecosystem that includes a cargo village as part of its survival strategy during the pandemic. It aims to create a new business stream that depends little on aircraft and passenger traffic, it stated.“Angkasa Pura I has prepared a rebound strategy to anticipate the new normal and to prepare for a jump in the company’s growth in 2021 through a multidimensional performance improvement program,” AP I president director Faik Fahmi said on Saturday in a press release, adding that the current situation was “challenging for airport operators”.AP I logistics subsidiary Angkasa Pura Logistics (APL) launched its own air freight service on June 4.It aims to provide logistics services that can reach areas that are difficult for commercial planes to access due to short runways. For its operation, APL would focus on the delivery of marine and perishable goods, which require quick shipping times to ensure freshness.Transportation expert Djoko Setijowarno told the Post that the companies made the right decision by focusing their business on the cargo sector.“It’s a step that must be taken during the pandemic as passenger numbers are slumping. Logistics could serve as a source of income for the airports and there is also huge potential for domestic cargo in Indonesia,” Djoko said in a phone interview on Monday.Topics : State-owned airport operators Angkasa Pura I and II are turning to cargo and warehousing services to shift their revenue source as the government’s social restrictions continue to affect air passenger numbers.Operating in an archipelagic nation, where air transportation is essential to connect far-flung islands, Angkasa Pura (AP) II sees potential for growth in the air cargo industry in Indonesia, despite having recorded a decline in cargo volume at its airports during the pandemic.Air freight volume at its 19 airports fell 34 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 79,556 tons between April 1 and June 7, data from AP II cargo subsidiary Angkasa Pura Kargo (APK) show. However, the operator managed to record 34,000 tons of cargo traffic between May 7 and June 7 alone. “The cargo volume is not as high as in normal conditions. But the shipment volume, which still stands at 34,000 tons, shows that business prospects in air shipment remain stable and have the potential to grow this year,” AP II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said in a press statement on Sunday.Awaluddin also noted the absence of restrictions for air cargo amid the pandemic, as well as the decision by commercial airlines to modify their fleets with freighters to support the airport cargo business.To further capitalize its air cargo business, AP II through APK established a partnership with cargo agents while also employing cost-efficiency measures at its storage facilities.“We are consolidating cargo loads from several sub-agents and bundling them together so they can be shipped using a chartered carrier. We already established charter cargo flights twice a week in June, and we aim to double it to four flights per week,” APK operational director Riyanto Cahyono told The Jakarta Post via text message on Monday.last_img read more

France backtracks from ban on chokeholds by police

first_img“While awaiting a clarification of the new framework and when circumstances require it, the technique known as a chokehold will continue to be used with restraint and discernment,” national police chief Frederic Veaux said in a letter to staff on Monday, seen by AFP.In particular, the technique can be used when a person resists arrest or threatens an officer or other people.Veaux said a commission would be set up on Wednesday to begin working on possible “substitution techniques”, with recommendations due by September 1.Police unions, which have staged angry protests across France that saw officers throw down their handcuffs while rejecting claims of systemic racism or violence, welcomed the reversal. “It’s a step in the right direction, but it won’t be enough to dissipate the anger among the police,” said Patrice Ribeiro, head of the Synergie-Officiers union.”It’s a note that comes late but is welcome,” agreed Yves Lefebvre of the Unite-SGP-FO union.Police forces in several countries are debating the continued use of chokeholds, as protesters call for reforms in the wake of Floyd’s death, the latest in a series of black Americans killed in police custody.This month, the state of New York adopted a chokehold ban among several laws aimed at ending excessive force by officers.In France, the protests have coalesced around the case of Adama Traore, a 24-year-old black man who died at a police station shortly after his arrest in 2016.Traore’s family claim he was suffocated as officers held him down, an accusation that medical assessments ordered by French investigators have rejected. Prosecutors said this month that the inquiry was still going on. The French government has suspended a ban on chokeholds by the police, a technique that has been widely denounced by Black Lives Matter activists at rallies against racism.The ban was announced last week after demonstrations spurred by the death of George Floyd in the US, a black man who pleaded “I can’t breathe” as an officer kneeled on his neck.But the move sparked furious protests from police unions, who said the long-used technique was essential for ensuring officers’ safety, and accused the government of failing to appreciate the perils of their work.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Seoul’s unification minister resigns over North Korea tensions

first_imgThat meeting foundered on what the nuclear-armed North would be willing to give up in exchange for a loosening of sanctions.A pro-engagement academic and a longtime confidant of Moon, Kim was appointed to the post in March last year, days after the Hanoi meeting.Reports say John Bolton, the former US national security advisor, criticised Moon in his new memoir for encouraging both Kim and Trump to have unrealistic expectations of the other.Moon, who has also long backed engagement with the North, has been called unrealistic by his critics for his dovish approach.On Monday the left-leaning president gave a speech calling for inter-Korean dialogue and stressing the importance of peace on the peninsula.But Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader, called the speech “disgusting” and “shameless and impudent”, adding Moon “seems to be insane though he appears to be normal outwardly”.The two Koreas remain technically at war after hostilities in the Korean War ended with an armistice in 1953 but not a peace treaty.Topics : Since early June, North Korea has issued a series of vitriolic condemnations of the South over anti-Pyongyang leaflets, which defectors send regularly, usually attached to balloons or floated in bottles.Analysts say the North may be seeking to manufacture a crisis to increase pressure on the South to extract concessions.On Tuesday it reduced the building on its side of the border that symbolised inter-Korean rapprochement to rubble, and the following day threatened to bolster its military presence in and around the Demilitarized Zone.Inter-Korean relations have been in deep freeze for months, following the collapse of a summit in Hanoi between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. South Korea’s Unification Minister, its point man for relations with the North, resigned on Friday over heightened tensions on the peninsula, days after Pyongyang blew up its liaison office with the South.President Moon Jae-in “accepted Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul’s offer to resign”, the presidential Blue House said in a statement, without giving further details.Kim had offered to step down on Wednesday, a day after the North demolished the liaison office, saying he “takes responsibility” for the worsening of inter-Korean relations.last_img read more

Australian snowboarder Pullin drowns while spear fishing

first_imgAustralia’s double world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin drowned while spear fishing off a Gold Coast beach on Wednesday, plunging the country’s winter sports community into mourning.Pullin, Australia’s flagbearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, was found by a snorkeller on an artificial reef just before 11 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) in waters off Palm Beach, state broadcaster ABC reported.Lifeguards and paramedics attempted to resuscitate the 32-year-old on the beach after pulling him from the water. Queensland Ambulance Service officer Justin Payne said he did not survive. Another diver had found Pullin on the sea floor in “very upsetting” circumstances, said Gold Coast Police District Duty Officer Chris Tritton.”He didn’t have an oxygen mask, we understand he was free diving and spearfishing out on the reef,” Tritton told Australian broadcaster Channel Nine.”It appears he was diving alone. There were other divers out there but he was not with a friend.”Brisbane-based newspaper the Courier-Mail earlier reported that Pullin was thought to have “suffered a shallow water blackout”. Pullin, nicknamed “Chumpy”, won world championship titles in snowboard cross in 2011 and 2013, competed at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and placed sixth in his event at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea two years ago.”It is an incredibly sad day,” Geoff Lipshut, the chief executive of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, told Reuters.Lipshut said Pullin had retired from his sport last month but had yet to announce it.”Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin was one of our great winter sports pioneers … He attacked every day with intensity and purpose,” he said.The New South Wales Institute of Sport wrote on Twitter: “Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin was an extraordinary individual who pursued his passions in sport and in life. This loss is tragic to everyone he inspired and loved.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bali sea turtles set free after poacher arrests

first_imgTopics : “Hopefully these 25 turtles will survive so that they can lay their eggs again,” said Bali conservation agency chief Agus Budi Santosa, adding that 11 others rescued at the time would be freed later.The turtles, which can grow to more than a meter (three feet) in length and weigh upwards of 300 kilograms (700 pounds), are under threat due to poaching and habitat destruction.Their eggs are considered a delicacy and they are also slaughtered for their meat, skin and shells. Around two dozen green turtles were released back to the wild in Bali on Wednesday after the endangered creatures were rescued from poachers on the Indonesian holiday island.Marine officials carefully guided the giant reptiles as they thrashed their flippers in the sand to propel themselves toward the water. The turtles were among 36 seized after a raid last month that saw the arrest of several suspected traffickers — who could face five years behind bars if convicted under Indonesia’s wildlife protection laws.last_img read more

India bans 118 Chinese apps in new backlash over border dispute

first_imgIn June, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in hand-to-hand combat in the Ladakh region. An Indian special forces member was killed in one of two incidents at the weekend.China has also suffered casualties in the high-altitude battle at more than 4,200 meters but has not given figures.India had already banned 59 Chinese apps — including the video-sharing platform TikTok — after the June battle. Another 47 were added in July.The PUBG mobile app has millions of young users in India. The company said it had been made aware of the government action but had no comment. PUBG was developed by a South Korean company, but the mobile version that has taken off around the world was developed by Tencent. India on Wednesday banned 118 more Chinese apps as the backlash intensified against Beijing over an increasingly bitter border showdown between the giant neighbors.The government said the apps — including the popular video game PUBG and other services provided by Chinese internet giant Tencent — promoted activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order”.India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have been embroiled in a series of deadly clashes and showdowns on their disputed Himalayan frontier in recent weeks. Chinese selfies banned Other apps targeted by India include games, online payment services, dating sites and even software to edit selfies.The IT ministry accused the apps of stealing user data and moving it abroad.The “mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures”, it said.India has increasingly used economic weapons against its neighbor in the dispute.On top of banning the apps, India has frozen Chinese companies out of contracts including for its 5G mobile phone infrastructure and blocked Chinese goods at ports and customs posts.India has warned that relations risk permanent damage unless China pulls its troops back to positions they held before May.Tensions at the border are now at some of the highest levels since the 1962 war.Both sides have sent tens of thousands of troops to the region with India dispatching more since the weekend, according to sources in Ladakh.Indian and Chinese military officers held a third day of emergency talks at the border Wednesday but no progress in easing tensions has been reported.India accused Chinese forces of seeking to take more territory at the weekend, but its troops, including special forces, seized a number of hills that dominate a strategic valley.China reacted with anger again Wednesday.”Since the start of this year, India has repeatedly violated bilateral agreements and important consensus” on the frontier, foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in Beijing.”It has tried to unilaterally change the status quo by force, undermined the peace and stability of the border area, and caused tension in the border area. The responsibility is undoubtedly solely on the Indian side.” Topics :last_img read more

Spain to lock down capital, angering regional government

first_imgResidents of infection hotspot Madrid are to be barred from leaving except on essential trips under new rules to fight the coronavirus resurgence, Spain’s government said on Wednesday.But regional authorities said the decision had no legal basis, setting the stage for a political showdown in an area accounting for more than a third of Spain’s 133,604 new cases in the past two weeks.”Madrid’s health is Spain’s health. Madrid is special,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told a news conference to announce the new regulations, due to come into force in days. The capital city, with more than 3 million people, and nine surrounding municipalities with at least 100,000 inhabitants each, are to see borders closed to outsiders for non-essential visits, the government said.People would be allowed to cross boundaries for work, school, doctors’ visits or shopping, but not for leisure.Other measures include the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 p.m., from a previous curfew of 1 a.m., as well as shutting parks and playgrounds.Social gatherings will be limited to six people. Madrid has 735 cases per 100,000 people, one of the highest of any region in Europe and double Spain’s national rate.The conservative regional assembly had already enforced localized lockdowns in 45, mostly poor districts, often with a high immigrant population.But the wider restrictions announced by Illa see the Socialist-led central government override the regional authority after weeks of fighting over what should be done.”The decision is not valid legally,” regional health chief Enrique Ruiz Escudero repeatedly told a news conference of the lockdown plan, even though the local authorities had seemingly accepted some steps on Tuesday. “The Spanish government is in a hurry to intervene in Madrid but not to defeat the virus.”Escudero did not specify what measures regional authorities may take to oppose the lockdown.Political polarization over the pandemic has exasperated people in Spain, which has recorded 769,188 cases – the highest in Western Europe – and 31,791 deaths. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal flop Denis Suarez cannot wait to end his Gunners misery

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Apr 2019 1:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link298Shares Advertisement Denis Suarez’s only start for Arsenal came in a friendly against Al-Nasr (Picture: Getty)Indeed, the former Villarreal winger’s last competitive appearance came against Manchester United almost a month ago when he played the final 10 minutes as a second half substitute.‘He has two years left at Barcelona. This year in England hasn’t been his best. He’s played little and hasn’t been able to find a rhythm,’ Suarez’s agent told Radio Kiss Kiss earlier this week.‘At the moment, he’s injured. He has muscle fatigue and an injury. ‘We’re awaiting the results from the exams.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Arsenal flop Denis Suarez cannot wait to end his Gunners misery Comment Denis Suarez has not made a single start for Arsenal since his loan move from Barcelona (Picture: EMPICS)Denis Suarez is counting down the days until his miserable loan spell from Arsenal is over.The 25-year-old was hopeful of reigniting his career under Unai Emery, his former manager at Sevilla, but has been restricted to just six substitute appearances since his arrival in January.Suarez’s prospects of playing a significant role in Arsenal’s run-in have been hampered further by a groin injury which has ruled him out of the squad which flew to Naples on Wednesday morning ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League quarter final second leg.According to the Evening Standard, Suarez has struggled to adapt to life in England and is rarely seen smiling, while he is often the first player to leave the Emirates on a match day.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal have the option to make the Spaniard’s move from Barcelona a permanent one at a cost of £22million in the summer but are almost certain not to take up that option.Suarez’s only start for Arsenal thus far came against Al-Nasr earlier this month during a warm weather training camp in Dubai, but an encouraging performance there failed to convince Emery he was ready for the rigours of the Premier League.last_img read more

Unai Emery responds to Bukayo Saka claiming he can’t understand his instructions at Arsenal

first_imgBukayo Saka admitted he had difficulty understanding Unai Emery (Getty Images)‘I have conversations particularly with Bukayo and Freddie does the same with individual players, not only with Saka.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Also I spoke to Saka alone in my office and prepared sometimes some videos [for him]. I have also done videos with English players, Spanish players, German players, French players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Last year on my first day I spoke to them [the players] very bad, worse than today.‘But I have [continued to speak] English and now I think better.‘My English is, from one to 10, maybe a six. But at six I think the players can understand me. But if not, some help is good.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 29 Sep 2019 11:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery says there is no language barrier at Arsenal (Getty Images)Unai Emery has dismissed suggestions from Bukayo Saka that he is struggling with a language barrier at Arsenal.Earlier this month, Saka admitted that he seeks out Freddie Ljungberg, who was promoted to Arsenal’s first-team coaching staff this summer, as he unable to understand what Emery is saying.‘Sometimes when I don’t understand, when the coach is trying to communicate with me, I have a better communication with Freddie sometimes, he speaks better English,’ said Saka, who scored his first senior goal in the 3-0 Europa League win over Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago.But when asked if communication is a problem at Arsenal, Emery replied: ‘I think no.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery responds to Bukayo Saka claiming he can’t understand his instructions at Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg wants former Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva on coaching staff

first_imgAdvertisement Silva played alongside Ljungberg in Arsenal’s Invincibles team (Picture: Getty)The Brazilian has limited coaching experience, but did serve as technical director at Greek side Panathanaikos in 2016.Arsenal travel to Norwich on Sunday for Ljungberg’s first Premier League game in charge.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAlthough Ljungberg is not presently being considered for the permanent position at Arsenal, the Swede could be given the rest of the season to stake his claim.Ljungberg coached Arsenal’s Under-23s before linking up with Emery’s senior coaching set-up and is well liked by the first-team players.Arsenal are without a win in their seven games in all competitions and Emery was axed in the wake of another humiliating defeat, this time at the hands of German side Eintracht Frankfurt. Emery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt lossTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:03FullscreenEmery defends Arsenal team’s performance after Frankfurt losshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-defends-arsenal-teams-performance-frankfurt-loss-2059112/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. Arsenal play Norwich in Ljungberg’s first game in charge (Picture: Getty)Ljungberg sent a message to Arsenal fans after his appointment, saying: ‘However long I oversee Arsenal for I will give everything, I have to put smiles on faces again.‘We have a busy few weeks ahead and the team needs your support. Let’s get to work.’Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri, Nuno Espirito Santo, Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta are all reportedly under consideration by Arsenal, with the Gunners expected to take their time to name a new head coach. Comment Freddie Ljungberg wants former Arsenal team-mate Gilberto Silva on coaching staff Coral BarrySaturday 30 Nov 2019 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Ljungberg is assembling his coaching staff (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg is considering bringing on former Gunner Gilberto Silva to his Arsenal coaching staff, reports say.Arsenal’s decision to sack Unai Emery and his backroom staff on Friday mean Ljungberg can name his own team.Ljungberg is expected to finalise his coaching staff this weekend and the Guardian claim Silva has emerged as a shock contender.Silva lives in London and he and Ljungberg played together in Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

Ian Wright reveals how he sparked a brawl against Man Utd by punching Steve Bruce in Old Trafford tunnel

first_img Comment Ian Wright revealed how he sparked a brawl in the Old Trafford tunnel after punching Steve Bruce (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has revealed he once sparked a brawl in the Old Trafford tunnel after leaving former Manchester United captain Steve Bruce with a black eye. The Arsenal legend was no stranger to controversy over the course of his eventful career and often struggled to keep check of his emotions and his fiery temper.Wright was infamously involved in a long-running battle with former Untied goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, but it was Bruce who bore the brunt of the former England striker’s combative nature. Speaking with Gary Linker and Alan Shearer on the Match of the Day podcast, Wright recalled how he once confronted Bruce during a typically heated encounter between Arsenal and United, but ended up scarpering for the safety of the team coach once he realised the severity of his actions. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘We were at Old Traffod and I always tried to run off of Brucey and to be fair he always played me pretty well. He always got me booked so I had to try and be a little bit calmer. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 7:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link993Shares Ian Wright reveals how he sparked a brawl against Man Utd by punching Steve Bruce in Old Trafford tunnel Advertisement Ian Wright and Steve Bruce were adversaries during their time at Man Utd and Arsenal respectively (Picture: Getty)‘At Old Trafford the tunnel is down that end, me and Brucey are having a little tete-a-tete and then he’s gone ‘right that’s it you, I’ll see you in the tunnel’. The whistle goes and then you have to run down there and he bangs into my shoulder. I knew Brucey was going to get me.‘The problem I had was Tony Adams and Bouldy were already too close to the end so I had no back-up. The biggest guys have gone in. I tried to run down the tunnel really quickly but Brucey was waiting for me, fist clenched, standing there.‘I played possum. I said ‘what’s happening man, you know how it is?’ but all the time I was talking as I got closer to him I thought I’m in arm’s shot here and as he put his hands down I went bang right in his face.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsRather than face up to the consequences of his actions, Wright disappeared before Bruce could retaliate and only subsequently apologised following a phone call from his England roommate and former United midfielder Paul Ince. ‘I then ran off and it all kicked off in the tunnel. Afterwards I went straight on the coach but Dicko and Bouldy said afterwards they went in the lounge and the doors opened up and Bruce said ‘where is he?’ but I was already sitting on the coach.‘I spoke to Incey, we shared rooms with England. He phoned me on the Sunday morning and said ‘you’re bang out of order you’ve got to phone him’. I said sorry to him and told him my step dad told me ‘if you’re smaller you’ve got to get the first punch in’.’MORE: Mikel Arteta names his three favourite Arsenal midfield partnersMORE: Darren Bent slams ‘snake’ in Arsenal dressing room after Mesut Ozil exposedRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 10, 2016 BLOG: Three Major Challenges Facing Older Cities and How We Can Help Infrastructure,  Innovation,  The Blog Helping older cities address their challenges isn’t just a city challenge; it’s a commonwealth challenge. That’s because the challenges older cities face are challenges for all Pennsylvanians. All of us need our cities to succeed and flourish.Let me start with a little background. Up until a few years ago when I entered a career in politics, I was a business owner in York, PA. As a business owner in York, I had a big interest in seeing York succeed. I was involved in a number of York-centered civic organization. Most prominent among them was Better York, a CEO organization devoted to the revitalization of the city of York. The members represented different sectors of the economy, but we were united in the belief that our region could not survive a declining and decaying city at its heart. And that’s exactly what York was doing – declining.Like every other third class city in Pennsylvania, York was struggling. Its struggles looked a lot like the struggles other Pennsylvania cities were facing. But why was York struggling?The problems with urban areas stem from failures in the broader society in which those cities operate. First, cities are constantly assaulted by policies that hamstring them. Second, cities suffer from social imperfections. And finally, our older cities suffer from a lack of imagination.First of all, the public policy environment in a place like Pennsylvania is not at all kind to cities.One strong example of this is our public education system in Pennsylvania. It is an unfortunate truth that Pennsylvania’s public education system relies on local funding for its existence.This means that for the most part, education funding is most generous to America’s most prosperous communities and of course least generous to its least prosperous citizens. The greater your school’s challenges, the less funding we give you.The commonwealth ranks 45th in the nation in terms of the state’s share (%) of funding for basic education. This, combined with the small sizes of Pennsylvania’s school districts leads to very large fiscal disparities between school districts. Poorer school districts get far less than we need them to get. As a result, children in these poorer school districts get less of an education than we need them to get and as a result, the areas of concentrated poverty have schools with fewer resources and higher taxes.We could do a lot to level the tax playing field by making the funding of public education fairer. And we could accomplish this simply by having the commonwealth pick up a bigger share of the funding burden from the local levels. All local municipalities would benefit from this change. Cities would benefit the most.Second, social pathologies have harmed cities.There is a clear pattern of racial segregation in the sprawling pattern of metropolitan growth. For example, in 1990, the African American population of the York metro region was 2.9% of the total population and almost 82% of them live in the city of York.By almost any statistical measure, this made York one of the most segregated metro areas in the nation. As a consequence, to be poor and a person of color was very different than being poor and white in the York metro region. That’s because white poverty is evenly distributed throughout the region. Six out of seven poor white families send their kids to middle-class schools. By contrast two out of three African American and Hispanic children go to schools where the poverty rate is above 60%. This pattern does not appear to be random. Race does still play a role in shaping living and migration patterns in America. And it has led to patterns of metropolitan growth that has had a negative effect on the economies of cities.Finally, urban areas face a challenge of imagination.Too many Americans have come to feel that cities are a bad bet, a throwback to a different era. The goal of the typical American is to inhabit the suburban space. So pervasive is this idea that it has come to be regarded as fact. The form of the city remains relevant today.My wife and I rent an apartment in Philadelphia and it’s liberating that we can walk – not drive – out of our apartment and find a restaurant, supermarket, retail store, museum, theater, or a nice park within a short walk. No suburb offers that kind of convenience. Nor do most suburbs offer the diversity of population, experiences, or opportunity that most cities can offer.So what do we do to improve the lot of cities given these challenges?Here are my suggestions of policies we should consider:Regional land use planningZoning ordinances and planning codes that allow mixed use, high density communitiesUrban growth boundaries like Portland, OregonInclusive zoning like Montgomery County, MarylandChange public infrastructure investment strategy to promote redevelopment of old settlementsStrike a better balance between highway and mass transit fundingConsolidate and restore old industrial sites for redevelopmentReform local tax policies starting with the state taking a bigger share of funding for public educationIn the end, the struggle for our cities will depend on the outcome of the competition between suburbs and cities. The outcome will largely be determined by the extent to which that competition is a fair one.center_img By: Governor Tom Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Governor Tom Wolf on Substance Use Disorder and Criminal Justice

first_img October 19, 2016 Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos Addiction too often is an invisible problem. People with substance use disorders and their families fear the stigma of addiction, which keeps them isolated and unwilling to ask for help.The consequences fall to law enforcement, jails and prisons, and understaffed treatment centers.But we can’t arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic. It’s time to recognize that opioid addiction is a disease, not a crime.Visit on.pa.gov/opioids to learn more about how the Wolf Administration is working to provide real solutions to save lives and help addicted individuals and their families get the treatment they need to live long, productive lives. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Tom Wolf on Substance Use Disorder and Criminal Justice SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Renovated Seven Hills home comes with perfect shop front space

first_img72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills. 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.Ms Ford said 72 Valaria Ave, Seven Hills was an opportunity for those seeking a property with a separate, versatile commercial shopfront featuring two private offices. “It’s perfectly suited to a home-based business or to let out for additional income,” she said.She said the property would suit solicitors, medical practitioners, photographers and accountants.Ms Ford said Seven Hills was a burgeoning suburb with continuing capital growth.“We are confident this unique property will be adored by a special buyer looking for an opportunity such as this, that is so rare to the market,” she said. 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.Five years ago, Jennene and Richard Greenall found a home at Seven Hills perfectly suited to their needs and were up for the challenge to undertake a complete renovation in a leafy neighbourhood close to work and local schools. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 202072 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.center_img 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.The big bonus was the shop front, which Ms Greenall has used as a treatment space for her natural-therapies business.The living and dining areas of the home flow through expansive white bi-fold doors and louvres to a saltwater heated plunge pool, framed by a Tallowwood deck and landscaped gardens, creating a unique private sanctuary. 72 Valaria Avenue, Seven Hills.Class Real Estate – Bulimba marketing agent Renee Ford said there was so much packed into the 400sq m corner block. “It’s quite a surprise once you’re inside just how spacious it is with multiple family zones, adequate privacy, tropical gardens and the commercial space is fantastic,” she said. “They have completed a fastidious renovation creating an elegant family home, offering a stylish haven that oozes tranquillity and that ‘living your holiday dream’ feeling.”last_img read more

‘New Farm’s greatest family home’: this is what a $2m reno looks like

first_imgAFTER: Sleek, stylish and a joy to be in, the new bathroom is unrecognisable. Picture: realestate.com.auHe said the property’s 20 metre frontage was bigger than the standard 10 metres in New Farm.It’s also on a 607 sqm elevated block, which is classified as acreage in New Farm.Other features include Vzug kitchen appliances, a Vintec wine fridge, a self-opening dishwasher, in-ceiling speakers, a steam room shower, automated blinds and curtains and even a fireman’s pole.BEFORE: The old dingy carpet haas seen better days…Picture: realestate.com.au AFTER: 24 Bailey St, New Farm, after the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.auMarketing agent Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm said there was nothing else like it in the blue chip suburb.“It’s the greatest architectural family home on the market in New Farm I’ve seen in the eight years I’ve been in real estate here,” Mr Darwon said.What you’ll get for $4m in BrisbaneWhere home values grow the fastestWho paid big bucks for this unitBEFORE: The interior was poretty dated before the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoAFTER: Impressive outside – and in. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home was designed by Shane Marsh Architects and developer Strathallan spared no expense creating a house for the modern family, based around integrated living areas all on one level spanning 480 sqm.The office, laundry, kitchen, living and dining areas all connect through a single 14 metre, floor to ceiling glass door to the backyard.BEFORE: The kitchen before the renovation was basic to say the least. Picture: realestate.com.au AFTER: A cosy haven now, with wonderful sunset views. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home will open for inspections for the first time on Saturday, but Mr Darwon said he had already received 10 inquiries since the listing went up yesterday.The property is being sold by negotiation, but recent comparative sales include 579 Lower Bowen Terrace, New Farm, which fetched $4.8 million and 53 Mountford Road, New Farm, which sold for $3.3 million.Follow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84 AFTER: Now it’s a kitchen fit for a master chef. Picture: realestate.com.auThere you’ll find a no-mow lawn, built-in Weber BBQ, outdoor wood burning fire place, outdoor shower and heated pool.“What people are looking for right now is consolidation of living, so you can see the kids from wherever you may be in the house,” Mr Darwon said.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREBEFORE: The bathroom wasn’t exactly a place for pampering before the reno. Picture: realestate.com.au AMAZING MAKEOVER: 24 Bailey St, New Farm, is for sale after a multi-million dollar reno. Picture: realestate.com.auTHE makeover may have cost a mint, but the results speak for themselves.A rundown, pre-war character house in one of Brisbane’s most exclusive suburbs has been dubbed ‘New Farm’s greatest family home’ after undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift.The facade and roof pitch are all that remain of the original 1930 Queenslander at 24 Bailey Street after undergoing a major renovation estimated to be worth around $1.9 million.BEFORE: 24 Bailey St, New Farm, before the renovation. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more

Gold Coast beach house going under the hammer

first_img11 Bilinga St, Currumbin. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago11 Bilinga St, Currumbin.“(This is) an outstanding opportunity to refurbish or build a private oasis,” the listing states.“Liveable as is, revitalise or keep as a classic beach house.”The residence offers two levels with two bedrooms and one bathroom. 11 Bilinga St, Currumbin.The property enjoys treetop views while an balcony overlooks a tropical garden with a pool.Andy Hogarth and Laura Dean of McGrath are taking the property to auction on February 3. 11 Bilinga St, Currumbin is going under the hammer on February 3.A CLASSIC Gold Coast beach house in original condition is set to go under the hammer next month.The tightly-held house on Bilinga St is 500m from Currumbin beach but surrounded by leafy trees. 11 Bilinga St, Currumbin.last_img read more

Bayside beauty sells in a flash

first_imgThe home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia Beach“This particular property was featured on a premiere listing on realestate.com.au,” she said.“With homes like this, you have to take it out of the local market and target international buyers.” The home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia Beach has a putting green.“A lot of properties on the upper end can sit on the market for anywhere between one to three years, but this sold in two months,” she said.Ms Nicholson put the quick sale down to active marketing to interstate and global buyers.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 The home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachMs Nicholson said the market in the area was performing well, with “the region active with buyer demand,” however stock for homes of a similar calibre were limited. Inside 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachThe new owners are from Turkey and are planning on moving over to Australia in the near future. Ms Nicholson said the new owners were attracted to the “quiet lifestyle” the property offered.center_img 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachTHIS waterfront home has sold for $1, 350,000.Marketing agent Victoria Nicholson of REMAX Island Properties, Bellara, said the sale of 27 Seaside Drive in Banskia Beach was a great result for the area. The home at 27 Seaside Dr, Banskia BeachThe two-level home sits on a 799sq m block and has an in-ground pool, miniature putting green and two master bedrooms. last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion’s waterfront views a big selling point

first_img9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.SWEEPING wide water vistas that stretch as far as the Surfers Paradise skyline set the scene for this Carrara home.The views certainly don’t go to waste, with an alfresco area that flows onto a deck with pool overlooking the water one of the home’s standout features.Owner Jenny MacVicar bought the waterfront property at 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive more than seven years ago. 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.Marketing agent Jackson Paradise, of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast, said the views were her favourite part of the home.“(She) loves the area and the wide waterfront views along with views of the 18th hole of Palm Meadows Golf Course, (and) being only moments to Broadbeach and Surfers without being amongst the hustle and bustle,” Mr Paradise said.“The open plan living and kitchen areas all opening out onto the large balcony area overlooking the skyline and waterfront it is a great entertainers home in a fantastic area.” 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.center_img 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara. 9/145 Palm Meadows Drive, Carrara.The two-storey home has five bedrooms and four bathrooms with a combined kitchen, living and dining room that opens onto the alfresco area. It also has two patios and a courtyard as well as a media lounge.Mr Paradise said Ms MacVicar is selling the home to escape to the country.“(She) has purchased elsewhere and is building a large home on acreage in the Gold Coast Hinterland,” Mr Paradise said.last_img read more

Sandstone Point home sells in just days, with most selling in a fortnight

first_imgInside 5 Dunwich Court, Sandstone Point.Ms Watkins said the 5 Dunwich Court home was bought by retirees from the north side of Brisbane who liked its location.“You can walk to the water in one direction or the shops in the other direction,” Ms Watkins said.According to CoreLogic data the median house price at Sandstone Point was $430,000.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 The home at 5 Dunwich Court, Sandstone Point, sold in just days for $525,000.HOMES at Sandstone Point are selling within weeks of being on the market providing that sellers follow two guidelines.The home at 5 Dunwich Court sold for $525,000 just days after going on the market.Richardson & Wrench Bribie Island selling agent Margaret Watkins said many of the homes she marketed sold in a matter of weeks but only if the vendors were prepared to present the home nicely and were realistic with their pricing.“There are some people who need to take a reality check on their expectations, but if you put a property on the market that is well presented and correctly priced it can have a solid contract on it within a week or two,” Ms Watkins said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“If they haven’t been properly priced or presented they can sit there for months.”last_img read more

Barcelona agrees transport authority

first_imgON NOVEMBER 4 the Catalan regional government, Ministry of Development, Barcelona council and local transport operator EMT signed an agreement to create a new metropolitan transport authority for the greater Barcelona area. When new legislation is in place, Autoridad del Transporte Metropolitano will be responsible for investment; the current contract plans agreed with central government expire in 1998.During 1997 ATM will develop its own infrastructure investment strategies, monitor progress with existing works, and define future funding mechanisms. It will have jurisdiction over the Barcelona metro, Catalunya Railways (FGC) and local buses, and hopes to develop a common fares structure. At first ATM will not have control of Renfe suburban routes, but it is hoped to integrate these in due course. olast_img read more