Prioritize clean water over new bike trails

first_imgThis problem with the water mains has been ongoing for years. Yet, the state with its “logic,” awarded $7 million for bike trails. That makes sense. Let’s appease a select few while everyone has to deal with poor water service. Yes, this is New York at its finest. Protect grass and dirt and forget the water.Now condos have been built on Curry Road and, it seems, not much thought was given to the added stress on the services of the town.I wish I could enjoy the trails, but I have to search for water, since stores are running low.Thanks, Rotterdam – formerly known as the nicest place to live.Katie GaffneyRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Surprise, another water main break in Rotterdam. All residents have to boil water, if they have any. last_img read more

Thorn in side of developers

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Lipton to lead new commission

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PREMIUM‘Blessing in disguise’: Electricity megaproject delay gives PLN breathing space

first_imgForgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account 35-GW-Power-Project PLN energy-and-mineral-resources-ministry electricity power-plants economic-growth GDP-growth Jokowi Google Topics : Various in-the-field problems have delayed completion of Indonesia’s ambitious plan to create all 35 gigawatts (GW) of new power plants by 2025, giving the country’s largest electricity company more time to weather a power oversupply.Updated Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry data announced on Wednesday show that only 94.8 percent of the expected power plants are to be completed by 2025. Completion of the remaining 5.2 percent, most of which are coal-fired power plants, is to be delayed by four years from the initial target because of land acquisition, permit and social resistance issues.Despite the setbacks, the energy ministry’s electrification director general, Rida Mulyana, said the delay was “a blessing in disguise” because Indonesia’s electricity consumption had been falling behind the growth expectations imbued in the 35GW project…. Facebooklast_img read more

Islamic Jihad launches new round of rockets towards Israel

first_imgIslamic Jihad fired a further volley of rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel Monday, following a flare-up between the group and the Jewish state that triggered school, road and train closures in southern Israel.  Israel’s army said in a statement that 20 “projectiles” had been fired from the Palestinian enclave on Monday, 18 of them intercepted by its air defence systems.Israeli police images showed that at least one of the projectiles landed in an empty children’s playground. On Sunday, in response to Israel’s killing of a militant along the border, Islamic Jihad launched more than 20 rockets from Gaza into Israel. Israel’s military said it responded to the rockets with airstrikes targeting “terror sites” throughout Gaza as well as near the Syrian capital. The Damascus strike killed two Islamic Jihad fighters and four other Iran-backed militants allied to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor. Since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria, mainly targeting government troops as well as allied Iranian forces and the Tehran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah. Israel rarely confirms responsibility for such strikes, but did so on Sunday, describing the target as a base “used as a hub” for Islamic Jihad activities in Syria. – Schools, roads closed -Israel took a series of precautions amid the rocket fire from Gaza.The education ministry ordered 65,000 students in towns near Gaza to stay home, postponing exams at universities in Ashkelon, Sderot and Netivot.  The transport ministry cancelled trains between Ashkelon and Beersheba, a major southern city roughly 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Gaza. The military said Zikim Beach on the Mediterranean Sea just north of Gaza had been closed to visitors. Sunday’s fighting was the most intense between Israel and Islamic Jihad since November, when an Israeli airstrike killed Rasmi Abu Malhous, described as a senior group commander. That strike also killed nine members of a Palestinian family unrelated to the armed group, and was followed by a three-day conflict that left 35 Palestinians dead and more than 100 wounded, according to official figures. There were no Israeli fatalities.Islamic Jihad is allied with Hamas, the Islamist group that has controlled Gaza since 2007.But it has not accepted the informal truce Hamas has agreed with Israel in exchange for an easing of the crippling blockade on Gaza.  Hamas and Israel last fought a full-scale war in 2014, but smaller flare-ups are relatively common.- Bulldozed -The latest escalation with Islamic Jihad came after Israel’s military said Sunday it had killed a militant in Gaza who had tried to plant an explosive device near the border fence. Israel later confirmed that it extracted the militant’s body with a bulldozer.  A video emerged later on social media, which was authenticated by AFP, showing a bulldozer approaching a body while a group of young, apparently unarmed men, were trying to retrieve it. The sound of gunfire is heard and the men ultimately run away as the bulldozer scoops up the body.Israel’s hawkish Defence Minister Naftali Bennett has pursued a policy of retaining the bodies of militants from Gaza as bargaining chips to pressure Hamas, which has held those of two Israeli soldiers since 2014.Palestinian prime minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, speaking before a weekly cabinet meeting, called the bulldozer incident “a heinous crime.””(Israel’s) occupation kills Palestinians in cold blood and with images that should shame humanity, and in violation of international law which Israel breaches day and night,” he said. Topics :last_img read more

Diamond Princess crew member suspected of having COVID-19 treated at Jakarta’s Persahabatan hospital

first_imgA crew member of the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship has been put in isolation at Persahabatan Central General Hospital (RSUP) in Rawamangun, East Jakarta, over fears of having contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“There were 69 Diamond Princess crew members that we picked up, and they are now located on Sebaru [Island]. Of the 69, there is one that has been put into isolation. Read also: BREAKING: Indonesia confirms two new COVID-19 cases “Although [the patient] is in good condition, we are suspicious that he has probably been infected with COVID-19,” government spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters Achmad “Yuri” Yurianto said at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com. Yuri said the 10 medical workers who had gone to Japan to pick up the crewmen had been observed and had tested negative for the virus. Read also: Indonesia launches official protocols for COVID-19 outbreakThe 10 people are now on Sebaru Kecil Island and are monitoring the quarantined crewmen with the help of 20 more medical personnel.In total, there were 78 Indonesian nationals working as crew members aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Only 200,000 of 5.9m applicants accepted in first batch of pre-employment card program

first_img The government increased the maximum number of applicants it would admit every week to 200,000 from 164,000, a small increase in light of the swelling number of applicants.“Going forward, we are planning to have a weekly review of the capacity, the mechanism and how we disburse the funds to the recipients’ accounts,” Minister Airlangga said.The applicants, if accepted, will receive Rp 3.5 million (US$226.06) each during the four-month training program: Rp 1 million for training costs, a monthly stipend of Rp 600,000 and Rp 150,000 for survey expenses.The government opened the registration last week, earlier than the initial plan, to help laid-off and furloughed workers as well as owners of small and medium enterprises hit by the COVID-19 outbreak.As of April 13, 2.8 million people in Indonesia had lost their jobs as many companies shut their factories as a result of social restrictions imposed by the government to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to data from the Manpower Ministry and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).To prepare laid-off workers to participate in the job market again once the outbreak subsides, the government is partnering with eight companies, including online learning platform Skill Academy and e-commerce companies Tokopedia and Bukalapak, to offer more than 2,000 courses on various subjects.“There are plenty of options, and the government will not dictate which one to choose,” said Airlangga, who also serves as Golkar Party chairman. “It depends on each individual.”Topics : The pre-employment card program, established by the government to help unemployed people find new jobs, attracted 5.9 million applicants during its first phase of registration, a senior minister has said.However, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in an online briefing on Thursday that only 200,000 of the applicants had been accepted to join the first batch of the program as a result of limited training capacity.Most of the total the applicants recorded at the end of the first phase of registration on Thursday came from Jakarta, West Java, Banten, Central Java and East Java, Airlangga said, adding that the applicants who had been verified but could not join the first batch would be automatically screened for the next batch.last_img read more