All people should have a livable wage

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI tried to read Mr. Randy Gray’s Dec. 6 letter regarding personal responsibility and the minimum wage lifestyle in the spirit it was intended. After all, someone who has several children by the age of 28 is probably not making the most sound economic choices. However, this has nothing to do with the buying power of the current minimum wage.Do you remember those heady days of the 1990s when everyone was concerned about “welfare cheats” and people getting something for nothing? This is before we had to bail out the banks that screamed to be unfettered by government regulation and then promptly destroyed the economy. Well, now it seems that people who work and want a fair wage, one they can actually live on, are the new beggars.The economic reality is that even if this 28-year-old mentioned in Mr. Gray’s letter and the article Mr. Gray was referencing had one child or two children, which by the way is the norm, minimum wage would still be a struggle. Rents keeping going up, even when the area in which you live does not seem to merit it. Food certainly has not gotten cheaper.I agree that personal responsibility is incredibly important. But society, to include all employers, also has a responsibility. If you cannot afford to live on a minimum wage, and I mean paying for rent, food and other basic expenses for yourself and one or two children, then basically society is telling workers that the gains made throughout the 20th century, and for which workers fought and even died, were meaningless.Now, it seems the good old days of the company store and forced labor are making a comeback.James CiminoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

Grateful for care at Ellis Hospital’s ER

first_imgI received a call that my mother was transported from Baptist Nursing home to the Ellis ER. My husband and I met her as she was brought in by ambulance.They quickly put her in a room at the ER. At that point, she was resting comfortably. Very soon, there were nurses coming into her room who were very attentive to her medical needs, as well as about informing us of her medical issues.In a short period of time, she was transported to the sixth floor A-wing. As her stay continued, the amazing patient care continued as well. I must say that the level of caring and compassion was something I had never seen before and contrary to the history of Ellis Hospital.I’m very pleased with all the services and communication provided by the doctors, nurses and medical technicians and practiced on my mother’s well-being and medical issues. Kudos to the Ellis Hospital staff.Maria L. Isopo-BarringerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

High fuel prices are not a big surprise

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe’ve been warned about the rising price of gas on the way. Months ago, I felt we were on the verge of being independent from foreign countries due to reports of our ability to produce vast quantities of our own oil.But still, any hiccup in the Middle East causes havoc within our own country’s prices. Trump pulls out of the Iran agreement, price hikes are on the way. I can’t wait to see my fuel oil budget for the next season due to rising prices our crude oil.Supply and demand. Well, it does get cold in the Northeast. No surprise. But the price of fuel oil needs to go up. Nothing new. People drive more in the summer. Nothing new. Surprise, the price needs to spike. These things have been going on forever. But surprise, they never see it coming I guess. Be prepared ahead of time so there are no surprises.Oil companies use any excuse so they can to reap more of our money. We have oil, but where does it go?PAUL ST. ONGECharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

FPDSavills’ Euro move

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Inner City

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Sales pitch

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Dearth of space sends rents flying

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Hammerson plans French REIT

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PREMIUMPLN secures 30 MW power supply deal from South Kalimantan iron miner

first_imgLog in with your social account Indonesia electricity PLN agreement Sebuku-Iron smelter South-Kalimantan Linkedin State-owned electricity company  PLN has signed a large power supply deal with a major iron mining company in South Kalimantan as the country’s largest power producer expands operations in mineral-rich regions ahead of an incoming tide of metal smelters.Under the agreement signed in Jakarta on Jan.31, PLN will provide 30 megawatt (MW) to an iron smelter owned by PT Sebuku Iron Lateritic Ores (SILO) on Sebuku Island in Kotabaru regency.However,  PLN will have to build a nearly 40 kilometer power grid to connect the smelter to the company’s distribution network in Kotabaru, South Kalimantan.In addition to SILO, which will become PLN’s second-largest buyer in the province, the electricity company also expects to secure contracts  to provide power to other mineral ore smelters under construction in the region. “The electricity … Google Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

With North Korea border shut, China warns citizens to keep away, or else

first_imgEntry bansIsolated and impoverished North Korea has imposed strict entry bans during past global epidemics, including a 2014 ebola outbreak.North Korea has not reported any coronavirus cases, but experts say its measures in recent weeks go beyond those it took previously.North Korea moved quickly to restrict travel and trade from China, where the coronavirus emerged late last year.The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 and killed more than 3,000 in China and is rapidly spreading around the world.Most flights and trains in and out of North Korea have been restricted, foreign diplomats in Pyongyang were quarantined for a month, and authorities have cracked down on cross-border smuggling.South Korea, separated from the North by the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), has reported nearly 6,000 cases.In January, North Korea told travel agencies that it was closing its borders to travelers from China, Reuters reported, cutting off one of its few sources of external revenue.It is unclear how much trade continues, but sources who work near the border have said much of the official and unofficial trade was affected. Activists who work with North Korean refugees trying to leave through China said the border lockdown has made an already dangerous journey nearly impossible.”At the border crossings, personnel in charge of inspection and quarantine are discharging their duty in a responsible manner to completely keep the virus from spreading to the country,” the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported last month.Topics : Chinese authorities have told people to stay away from the border with North Korea, which has banned people from China to keep out the coronavirus, or risk being shot by North Korean guards, residents of the area said.Residents said the warning came in a printed notice that Chinese authorities in the area issued this week, the latest indication of how seriously North Korea takes the threat of the virus.Close allies China and North Korea share a 1,400-kilometer frontier that is especially porous in winter, when rivers separating the countries freeze, allowing people to cross. “The public security organs will monitor the border 24 hours a day and anyone found will face administrative detention” by Chinese police, authorities said in the notice, which was seen by Reuters.”Violators will be shot,” it said, meaning by North Korean guards.A Jian propaganda official, who declined to be identified, confirmed by telephone that the city’s border control office issued a similar warning in a text message.”During the epidemic prevention period, any activities including fishing on the Yalu River or shouting to North Koreans across the river are strictly prohibited,” the office said in the message, although it stopped short of warning of shots.The official said the wording on such messages may have gone too far in some areas. Reuters could not reach city officials in Baishan. It was not clear if other cities issued such warnings.China’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.center_img Residents of the Chinese cities of Jian and Baishan were warned that people who get too close to the border might be shot, according to three people who received the notice, which was reviewed by Reuters.”We’re told that we may get killed if we get too close to the border area,” said one restaurant owner in Jian, which is separated from North Korea by the Yalu River, declining to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter.Residents are prohibited from fishing, grazing livestock or throwing rubbish near the river, according to the notice issued this week.North Korea asked China to tighten border controls to avoid its citizens getting shot and killed as North Korea had raised its coronavirus threat assessment to its highest level, it said.last_img read more