Use deep freeze to defrost your freezer

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What good is all this cold weather?Glad you asked. These frigid temperatures, especially what is predicted for this weekend, make it the perfect time to defrost that freezer in your cellar. Pack up your frozen food in a cooler and throw it out in the snow. It will stay hard as a rock. And when the ice is gone from the cooling coils in your freezer, it will dry out quickly. The air is extremely dry.I defrosted mine a few nights ago. Now I’m ready for spring.Paul Donahue NiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

Trump didn’t keep resume a big secret

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRecently you published a letter about someone with a resume of tax evasion, sexism, collusion with the enemy and a war monger who is a profound racist and who is mentally and physically unfit.  The reason people accuse him of these things is he brags about most of them. Supporters are only listening to his puppet “news” channel.Calvin MooreColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img

Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, July 2

first_imgBallston Spa baseball had winning qualitiesCongratulations to the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.New York State Class A champions, a No. 1 state ranking and 30th in the country. Certainly a history-making season.Not only were they a hard working and talented group of players, there were three factors that can’t be measured by statistics that this team possessed.The first was dedication. Each player was dedicated to baseball. They practiced hard each day and during the off-season. The second was team chemistry. Their coach, Curtis Nobles, set the tone. He often referred to his team as “ his family, his brothers.” The players were constantly encouraging one another.Third, and most important in my mind, is the fact that they had fun. The atmosphere, fostered by the coach, was fantastic. The team had music playing in the dugout, a rally “hobby horse,” and a WWF replica belt given to a player after each game. They even had a jumpy-jump for the young children during one game.We sometimes lose sight of the fact that these players are still high school students and their high school years should include having fun, not being put under constant pressure of winning. With the right training, atmosphere and chemistry, winning will be achieved. Ballston Spa proved that. Kudos to Coach Nobles and the Ballston Spa High School baseball team.Paul FoxSchenectadyIsrael letter writer should rethink viewsThe June 22 letter from Saratoga regarding the unnecessary existence of Israel had some interesting details, but made little sense.First, Israel’s main Western ally, the United States, does not support its continued existence because of guilt over the Holocaust. Any such guilt should lie in Europe.Rather, I think that our government, with the exception of a few members of Congress, supports Israel’s continued existence because it is a democracy, a survivor among tyrannies and terrorism.To suggest that the disappearance of Israel would be good for the Middle East is so ludicrous that, at first, I thought the letter from Saratoga was a hoax.I do give credit to The Gazette for printing a wide range of letters, and I’m fairly sure that its readers are smart enough not to be swayed by the extremism expressed in certain letters printed on its opinion page.Roger ShefferSchenectadyLadies golf tourney deserved coverageYour recent article, supplied by the New York Times Service, highlighted the many efforts being made to familiarize the public with the outstanding golfers on the LPGA tour. What I found truly ironic was The Gazette’s complete lack of reporting on the Women’s PGA Championship final round held the previous Sunday. As expected, Monday morning there was a big article on Chez Reavie’s well-deserved win in Hartford, but not one single word about the ladies major tournament in Minnesota. Not one single word. Is it any wonder the tour suffers from lack of recognition?Virginia NewtonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPrioritize humans over animals in NYWe face a lot of problems in upstate New York.We have local nursing homes neglecting their elderly residents. We have families leaving our state in search of stable employment, lower taxes and higher morals.We devalue the dignity of human life through extreme abortion expansion. Our legislators should devote their time and attention to solving these problems.But instead, what do the Democrats choose to focus on? Banning cat declawing.Democrats pushed the Cat Declaw Ban through the state Assembly and Senate while the Republican-sponsored bill, Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sits dormant in committee never to see the light of day.Our Democratic majority needs to get its priorities straight. The Democrats waste our time and resources focusing on temporary animal discomfort, when they should focus on eliminating human suffering.Human lives are more important than cat claws.Our Democratic majority has turned New York state into the laughingstock of the nation. Instead of leading other states by example, other states look at New York as an example of what not to do.Our friends in other parts of the country think we’ve lost our minds. We must change the leadership in Albany before we continue to prioritize animals over humans and before all good families leave.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Land rationing in the planning system can only benefit the lucky few

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Flatpack fiasco

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Pub partnership creates low-yield market

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Blinded by the light, firefly species face extinction

first_imgThe Malaysian firefly Pteroptyx tener, for example, lives during its larval phase in riverside mangroves, many of which have been ripped up to make way for palm oil plantations and fish farms.The glowworm (L. noctiluca) has another problem — females are flightless, which means that can’t simply buzz off to a new location when their habitat is swallowed by a suburb, commercial crop or country road.Other species of fireflies, which eat only during their larval phase, are “dietary specialists,” meaning they subsist on one or two kinds of snail, earthworm or other soft-bodied prey. When fruit orchards in Mediterranean Spain are abandoned or give way to urbanization, so too do the snails preferred by aptly named Lampyris iberica, leaving the firefly larva nothing to eat.  Adult Pteroptyx in Malaysia, meanwhile, gather for nightly courtship displays in specific trees located along mangrove rivers. Many of those trees have been cut down. Of 10 possible drivers of extinction, experts fingered habitat loss as the top threat everywhere — except east Asia and South America.In those two regions, artificial light was seen as the biggest menace to the world’s luminescent beetles.”In addition to disrupting natural biorhythms, light pollution really messes up firefly mating rituals,” said co-author Avalon Owens, a doctoral student at Tufts.Many species of firefly depend on their ability to light up to find and attract mates.To make matters worse, that window of opportunity is very narrow: while the firefly larval phase lasts months to years, adults typically live only a few days. The twinkling beetles are so focused on reproducing that they don’t even eat. The survey found that fireflies are also being decimated by commonly used insecticides, the third major threat.”Organophosphates and neonicotinoids are designed to kill pests, yet they also have off-target effects on beneficial insects,” the researchers wrote.Fireflies light up by triggering a chemical reaction –- involving oxygen, calcium and an enzyme called luciferase — inside special organs in their abdomen, a process called bioluminescence.Their otherworldly glow has been an enduring source of fascination.  But firefly tourism — long popular in Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan — has also taken a toll, with fragile ecosystems damaged by too much foot traffic.The plight of fireflies at the beginning of the 21st century add a new layer of meaning to lines written more than a century ago by Canadian poet Bliss Carman.”And the fireflies across the dusk, Are flashing signals through the gloom,” he wrote.While climate change is not seen as a current threat, future sea level rise and drought also could accelerate the drive towards extinction.The dozen authors contributing to the study are all affiliated with the Firefly Specialist Group — set up in 2018 — of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which compiles the Red List of threatened species.  Topics : A few, such as the Big Dipper in the United States, seem to be flourishing.”Those guys can survive pretty much anywhere,” said Sara Lewis, a biologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts and lead author of the study, based on a survey of dozens of firefly experts.But other varieties — from the glowworms of southern England to Malaysia’s synchronous fireflies and the Appalachian blue ghost, both of which draw tourists — are being extinguished by humanity’s ever-expanding ecological footprint.”Some species get hit especially hard by habitat loss because they need specific conditions to complete their life cycle,” said Lewis.center_img Fireflies are in deep trouble, with many species facing extinction due to habitat loss and exposure to pesticides, according to the first major review of their global status, published Monday.Adding irony to injury, one of Nature’s most entrancing spectacles is also being snuffed out by artificial light pollution, researchers reported in the journal BioScience.More than 2,000 species of fireflies — which are, in fact, beetles — illuminate wetlands, marshes, grasslands, forests and urban parks worldwide.last_img read more

Another 41 on Japan cruise have new coronavirus: Minister

first_img“The results of the remaining 171 tests came out and 41 tested positive,” Kato told reporters.”Today they will be sent to hospitals in several prefectures, and we are now preparing for that.””In total, out of 273 specimens, 61 tested positive,” he added.There are more than 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship, which has been off Japan’s coast since Monday evening. It docked in Yokohama on Thursday to resupply for a quarantine that could last until February 19.Twenty people who were earlier diagnosed with the virus have already been removed from the vessel and taken to hospitals.Topics : Another 41 people on board a cruise ship off Japan’s coast have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, Japan’s health minister said on Thursday.The new cases raise the number of confirmed infections on board the ship to at least 61, said Katsunobu Kato.Japanese authorities have tested 273 people on board the Diamond Princess, which was quarantined after a former passenger, who disembarked in Hong Kong last month, tested positive for the virus.last_img read more

State ideology agency to promote Pancasila among youth through YouTube, TikTok

first_imgAs per President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instructions, the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) is planning to promote values of the state ideology, Pancasila, through video platforms popular among the nation’s youth, such as YouTube and TikTok.“What I mean by digital platforms are today’s popular platforms, such as YouTube and blogs. We will use these digital means, including TikTok and all that,” BPIP head Yudian Wahyudi said during a meeting with the House of Representatives on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.Yudian said the BPIP’s goal to collaborate with such platforms was to appeal to the younger generations. Topics : Previously, the BPIP said it had cooperated with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to illuminate Pancasila in society through short- and long-term projects.“Roughly speaking, the cooperation will include, one, a long-term educational project and, two, short-term campaigns to promote Pancasila,” Yudian said on Monday. He also said the millennial generation would be the main target in the campaign.BPIP expert staff member Father Antonius Benny Susetyo said the agency decided to cooperate with the KPK because it believed the commission held true to an important Pancasila value, honesty.KPK deputy for graft prevention Pahala Nainggolan said although anticorruption values were already taught at schools and universities, the commission was ready to support the BPIP’s educational endeavor.“The KPK has set its insertion strategy in which, later, together with the BPIP, we will formulate what kind of courses or subjects can include the lessons and can clearly reflect the values of Pancasila,” Pahala said. (syk)center_img “So when the youngsters access [the digital platforms], they will see people introducing Pancasila values while doing activities like playing soccer or singing a song. Maybe there will also be religious films they can feel connected to,” he said.Besides using digital content, Yudian said the BPIP would also introduce Pancasila through relatable events, such as sports competitions involving those whom they idolized.“Through sports, we aim to introduce the values of unity, cooperation and support via objective learning without some kind of indoctrination pressure. They will eventually understand that these values reflect Pancasila,” Yudian said, adding that the same concept would also apply to different fields including music, film and cuisine.Read also: Jokowi wants to tap into Didi Kempot’s ‘sahabat ambyar’ to promote Pancasila among youthlast_img read more

PREMIUMBusinesses call for transparent action in handling novel coronavirus

first_imgTopics : Log in with your social account Google Analysts and businesspeople have called on the government to take transparent and comprehensive steps to prevent a domestic COVID-19 outbreak and mitigate any potential economic risks after Indonesia announced its first two confirmed cases.The government is expected to face rapid capital outflows, leading to continued weakness of the rupiah, according to Fitch Solutions’ Asia country risk research head Anwita Basu.“The other concern we have is that, policymakers have only taken action to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on the external sectors,” she wrote in an email to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “So far, we have seen limited resources going toward the country’s public health services to avoid a domestic epidemic.”Read also: Government delays incentives for foreign tourists after COVID-19 hits IndonesiaLast week, foreign … Facebook Forgot Password ? Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here fitch-solutions novel-coronavirus COVID-19 BritCham Kadin JETRO rupiah jakarta-composite-index JCI stock-market bondslast_img read more