Oct
20

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sept. 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionState has a double standard on vapingGov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York state Democrats are the biggest hypocrites I know.How come electronic-flavored cigarettes are being banned, yet when it comes to marijuana Democrats want it legalized.The smoke from marijuana is inhaled and is harmful to people’s lungs, just like what we are told about e-flavored cigarettes.Also, the purchase of marijuana supports drug cartels, while the purchase of e-flavored cigarettes benefits legitimate businesses.Stop the double-standard of demonizing the vaping industry and its smokers but promoting marijuana.Mark BrockbankRotterdamCuomo, Democrats are taking our rightsGov. Andrew Cuomo overstepped his authority on his red flag law.Anyone can make allegations about your mental state, but without documented proof and a court order, no one can seize your firearms.If the allegation is a lie, that’s called perjury which means jail time. Every rod and gun club has to join this fight.Why does a licensed hunter or a pistol permit holder have to wait 30 days to buy a firearm or ammo, when the criminal can buy them in 10 minutes?Who is Cuomo hurting — the law-abiding citizen. If disaster strikes, you might survive the disaster, but will you and your family survive the looters who rape, steal and kill because you have no defense?Cuomo and his Democratic Assembly and Senate are working on your emotions. Don’t blame the shooter, blame the gun. Don’t blame the drug dealer for some kid’s death, blame the user for the overdose or blame it all on Trump.They’re trying to unseat our president and get our guns. Every state or city under Democratic control has high crime. Why? To invoke more laws against law-abiding citizens. The Department of Justice has to get involved in these states that defy the president and the people of the United States.New York should be first to stop a revolt, which is soon to come.Claude Rizzicone, Jr.SchenectadyPeople in detention centers need help tooI’m glad to see that the Schenectady Maple Avenue Animal Shelter received a big donation to expand facilities for the care and comfort of helpless, lost cats and kittens.It’s wonderful.I hope we are also concerned with improving the living conditions of the detention camps that house the helpless, lost migrant adults and children in our country.Ultimately, we should work towards getting them out and reunited with family.Meanwhile, we need to insist on more humane conditions while they are being held in these places.A good organization that has been working for migrant rights for 30 years or more is located at the Texas border and does various tasks to help these victims of poverty, violence and oppression.  It’s called Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).I know that most of us are compassionate and generous and want to do what we can whenever we see suffering among animals and people. There is so much need in so many places.But I hope some of you reading this will be interested enough to look into this or other organizations that are helping these people in concrete and effective ways.The website for this proven organization is www.raicestexas.org.Terri RobenGlenville Grateful for joy from going apple pickingFor 8 years my granddaughter and I were involved in the horse world.In the fall we would go to the apple orchard and pick such beautiful apples and then go straight to the stables.When a horse bit into the apple with a big crunch, juice would squirt every which way. What fun. It was $5 to enter the orchard. It’s a bargain from the horse’s mouth.Thank you, Mr. Apple Farmer, for all your hard work. You and your apples are the best.Jana HarrisSchenectadyKids on bikes should always wear helmetsOnce again (I think this is the third time) I’m writing to point out the picture in the local section of the child learning to ride a bike. He is young, very cute but he is riding a bike without wearing a helmet. One of my biggest pet peeves is anyone riding a bike without a helmet but especially a child clearly under the age of 14. It is against the law in the first place and the caption says the child is learning to ride. Really? Please don’t publish photos of children riding bikes without helmets. Furthermore, adults need to make sure kids wear helmets. There are organizations that will provide helmets for free. A brain injury is serious.Christine FeeneyNiskayunaLess reading of GPS, more watching signsI think the main reason so many trucks get stuck under the Glenville-Clifton Park railroad bridge is because the drivers are following their GPS and not paying any attention to road signs.Linnea D’AndreaRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Oct
20

Off-on centre

first_imgRetailing in Chester faces its biggest challenge yet. With competition from out-of-town centres at Trafford Park and Cheshire Oaks taking its toll, and a further 27,900 sq m (300,000 sq ft) of retail warehousing planned for nearby Broughton, the city needs to get its act together.However, plans for a 23,225 sq m (250,000 sq ft) extension to the Chester retail mix have hit the buffers, with agents saying they can’t predict when the development will take place.The storm revolves around the city’s 7,400 sq m (80,000 sq ft) Forum shopping centre, anchored by Liverpool retailer TJ Hughes. After difficulties and delays, it was announced last October that Chester City Council had stepped in to take the lead on plans to redevelop the Forum centre. This marks the most recent stage in long-running attempts to improve one of the crowded city centre’s few developable sites.Protecting Chester’s retail core The council’s move follows landlord Scottish Widows’ decision to withdraw a planning application to extend the Forum centre. The application had suffered months of delay after the government decided to call it in for review.Simple arithmetic explains the collapse of Scottish Widows’ plans. The company’s hopes for a 23,225 sq m (250,000 sq ft) extension to the Forum, including a department store, simply did not add up. No one element is to blame, say sources close to the landlord; it simply did not work, however often they tried to make the sums balance.The collapse of extension plans, which would have used council-owned land behind the Forum – currently a bus station and market – along with additional Scottish Widows property, has been greeted with disappointment by local observers. They saw the Forum extension as an essential part of Chester’s fight against competing centres.Simon Bolton, partner at Chester agent Bolton Birch, says: ‘It’s important to Chester that the Forum gets redeveloped, because there is a need to confirm the vitality of the city centre in the face of so many threats from outside.’ Donaldsons, which has been advising the council, agrees that the city faces threats from beyond its borders. In 1995, it published a report that demonstrated that the city needed to react to protect its retail core.Paul Ellis, a partner at Donaldsons, says: ‘The council aims to create a more mixed-use scheme, which will not only reinforce the city’s retail offer but also broaden the range of users – particularly those aimed at the evening economy – and enhance the city’s overall vitality and viability.’ That is going to mean more residential, more leisure, and less retail – even if retail remains the scheme’s anchor. The council is already looking at creating a masterplan for the entire area and intends to launch a design competition.A spokesperson for Scottish Widows says: ‘We hope we have the opportunity to work with the council in moving redevelopment of the area forward.’ According to Ellis, almost everything remains to be agreed. The new scheme will be more than 9,300 sq m (100,000 sq ft). How much more, no one can say. It will involve either the city council and Scottish Widows or another party or a joint venture partner. And it will start on site at some unknown date.Additional unavoidable complications are provided by the site itself. Hedged by historic buildings and roads, it is neither as large nor as flexible as anyone would like.The limbo does not leave locals feeling confident that Chester has its defences in place to fight out-of-town threats such as the Trafford Centre and Cheshire Oaks.Local agent Simon Bolton says: ‘The plans now seem to be on hold and, in the meantime, market conditions are changing. I think the new scheme will happen but it may be a separate development and not an extension. That would be a shame because the city needs the extension to be integral to the Forum. I think everyone in the city thinks that.’ The coming months will either resolve or reaffirm local fears that the Forum saga is far from a solution.last_img read more

Oct
20

Swindon

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Oct
20

Enron to set pre-let record as availability plummets

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Oct
20

The upper brand

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Oct
20

Hammerson trumps Grantchester MBO

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Oct
20

Morley’s £120m high street shop sell-off

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Oct
20

Of mice and malls

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Oct
19

West Java offers mine access road project to mining companies, investors

first_imgAround 44 hectares of land will be needed for the construction, according to the West Java Bina Marga road and spatial planning agency. The project was designed to go through as little residential area as possible to ease the process for land acquisition.Asep added that the administration could also propose that the project be included on the national strategic projects list.The provincial administration initiated the mining road project late last year, following protests from locals on social media about the number of trucks using the public road in Parung Panjang. The hashtag #SaveParungPanjang trended at the time.Bogor regent Ade Yasin said at least 3,000 mining trucks used the road in the regency to get to a highway in Banten, damaging 9.1 km of the 25 km road in Parung Panjang.In response, the Bogor regency administration limited the operations of mining trucks in the area. Mining trucks were only allowed to pass through the road in the regency from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Tangerang regency administration followed suit by only allowing mining trucks to pass between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.According to data from the West Java Energy and Mineral Resources Agency, there are 55 mining sites within the vicinity of the road development plant. The agency added that 51 sites had permits to mine andesite, while the rest had permits for mining clay, galena sand and tidal sand.Andesite mining is the most productive form of mining in the area, with 27.7 million tons of the commodity mined last year, followed by galena with 59,000 tons. (eyc)Topics : He added that the project, worth Rp 524.9 billion (US$38 million), would connect several mining sites in Bogor regency with a toll road in Karawaci, Banten. The road would prevent mining vehicles from using public roads.“The road will be connected to a toll gate in Balaraja, around 2 km from [our borders with Banten],” said Asep Supriatna, the secretary of West Java Bina Marga road and spatial planning agency.Read also: New Bogor leaders urged to solve Parung Panjang road problemsThe 24.8 km road will start in Rumpin, Bogor regency, and head toward Parung Panjang in the same regency, before eventually entering Banten. The West Java administration is offering a project to construct 24.8 kilometers of road connecting several mining sites across the province to mining companies and investors, as the administration has finished designing the project.West Java economic and development assistant Eddy Iskandar Muda Nasution said the administration would prioritize offering the project to mining companies first.“If they are not interested, we will find investors [to fund and complete the project],” Eddy said on Thursday.last_img read more

Oct
19

Helicopter service, glamping sites proposed to boost tourist experience on Mount Rinjani

first_img“The company has proposed the plan to the relevant stakeholders, including those in the hiking service business,” Dedy said as reported by Antara on Wednesday. PT RGI, meanwhile, has proposed a plan to build luxurious sites for the activity known as “glamping” — a portmanteau of glamorous and camping — around the area of Segara Anak, the mountain’s crescent-shaped crater lake. Read also: Walhi opposes plan to construct cable car around Mount Rinjani for MotoGP racePT RGI applied to obtain an environmental permit for its plan in 2017, but only received a technical consideration from North Lombok Cultural and Tourism Agency, as well as the TNGR in 2017.  Airbus Helicopters Indonesia and PT Rinjani Glamping Indonesia (RGI) are eyeing opportunities to boost the tourism experience for visitors to Mount Rinjani, one of Indonesia’s most popular hiking destinations, on Lombok Island. Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) head Dedy Asriady said that Airbus Helicopters Indonesia planned to run an air transportation service for tourists by taking them on helicopters to enjoy the view of the mountain. The plan is, however, still in its initial stage of proposal and the company has yet to obtain any permit regarding the matter from the government, he said.  Dedy said that PT RGI still had to meet various requirements, including drafting a feasibility study and natural tourism development plan (RPPA), the latter is required to go through a public review mechanism. Investors are also required to obtain a commitment permit from the Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) Directorate General at the Environment and Forestry Ministry.“The two investors still have to go through long processes before they obtain their permits,” Dedy said.Airbus Helicopters Indonesia corporate sales manager Sussy Kusumawardani confirmed the plan, saying that the company wanted to provide a helicopter service for tourists to enjoy the beauty of Mt Rinjani without having to go hiking. “We are interested in providing air transportation facilities because tourism is a priority for the Indonesian government and [improving] access is one of the keys [to tourism success],” Sussy said.Meanwhile, PT RGI Director Diyson Toba said it planned to build glamping facilities on Mt Rinjani as it targeted new and upper- and middle-income tourists who wanted to savor the view of the mountain in luxury. (gis)Topics :last_img read more