Display statue in prominent location

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m sorry to say that Janet Chen’s March 25 letter to the editor has got it wrong. Lady Liberty belongs not in “Goose Hill,” but where it was originally installed, or somewhere central in the downtown part of the city where it can still honor the efforts of Schenectady’s Boy Scouts.I feel strongly about this because I was there — not only at its dedication — but involved in the fund-raising for it. My name is on a scroll in the time capsule along with my fellow Scouts. At the time I was a member of Cub Scout Pack 25, Den 3. My Den was located in the Mount Pleasant section of the city.I, too, can understand Ms. Chen’s desire to modernize Gateway Plaza, as it now looks great. But history is history. It needs to be remembered and its patriotic supporters honored. I ask Mayor Gary McCarthy to either reinstall the statue in its original location or in some other prominent downtown location with an appropriate historical marker. It should not be hidden away.Lance R. JacksonGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Plastic recycling company looks to expand as circular economy blooms

first_imgTridi Oasis CEO Dian Kurniawati said the company would use the funds to set up a larger recycling facility outside of Jakarta and to recycle other types of plastic beside the common polyethylene terephthalate (PET).“Circulate Capital also provides technical assistance and mentoring,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “They help us broaden our customer base in Indonesia and in the region.”The company works by collecting PET bottles from domestic waste management with a network of local suppliers that separate the plastic from other materials. The plastic bottles are then processed into plastic flakes, which can be used to manufacture packaging and textiles.Dian said demand from manufacturers for high-quality plastic flakes had risen as companies look to improve the sustainability of their supply chain and move toward recycled packaging. In 2018, the company processed around 60 million PET bottles, and it has been growing since, she added. Tridi Oasis’ primary customers are based in foreign markets in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and textile industries. However, there was significant domestic potential as big brands began to look for locally sourced recycled plastic for their products, Dian said.She went on to say that regulations in foreign markets, such as the European Union requiring manufacturers to include a minimum of 30 percent of recycled plastic in their PET bottles by 2030, created more opportunities for the recycling industry.“But we are also aware that the Indonesian government has set a target to reduce marine plastic debris by 70 percent by 2025,” Dian said. “So, we have definitely seen an increase in awareness of the importance of implementing a plastic circular economy at home.”Recycling has been gaining traction over the years as major polluting companies, such as Indofood and Danone, were working together and creating initiatives in waste management.Despite the rising potential in the industry, Dian noted that securing funding had been one of the biggest challenges since the company started in 2016, as most investment for start-ups went to technology companies rather than the environment or social impact sector.Rob Kaplan, Circulate Capital CEO concurred with Dian’s take on waste management investment, saying that attracting the billion dollars needed to solve the ocean plastic problem had always been the challenge.According to Ocean Conservancy, global plastic waste leakage to the ocean could be reduced by 45 percent by 2025 if five countries with the largest share of plastic waste in Asia, including Indonesia and China, invested $5 billion annually in waste management and recycling.“The only way investors will act at scale to address this crisis is if they believe this is a money-making opportunity,” he said. “Our objective is to show that investing in the recycling sector can generate attractive financial returns as well as bringing environmental and social benefits.”The investment company planned to disburse four to five more investments by the end of the year by deploying about 20 percent of the CCOF funds raised this year.“We see great opportunities to help Indonesian entrepreneurs in the circular economy sector. I invite Indonesian start-ups and SMEs that are developing innovative solutions to apply for our funding,” he said.Recently, another Indonesia-based waste management start-up Waste4Change had also received an undisclosed amount of funding from three venture capitals firms, namely Agaeti Ventures, East Ventures and SMDV.The funds were said to be used for reaching the start-up’s target to manage up to 2,000 tons of daily waste by 2024.Waste4Change founder M. Bijaksana Junerosano said last year that Indonesia could gain a potential $7 billion from implementing better waste management and an additional $28 billion from implementing a holistic value chain with the circular economy model.Indonesia is the second-largest ocean plastic polluter in the world – producing 4.8 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste every year, of which 620,000 tons end up in waterways and the ocean.Topics : Homegrown plastic recycling company PT Tridi Oasis Group is looking to expand its business in the flourishing circular economy, as it received part of a US$6 million investment dedicated to tackling the ocean plastic crisis in South and Southeast Asia.The funding, claimed as the world’s first investment fund dedicated to the cause in the region, was disbursed by Singapore-based Circulate Capital on April 28 and was shared with Indian recycling company Lucro.The investment is part of the Circulate Capital Ocean Fund’s $106 million in dedicated debt and equity financing for circular economy start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in countries like Indonesia, Thailand and India.last_img read more

Khashoggi’s fiancée says ‘no one has right’ to pardon killers

first_img“The killers came from Saudi with premeditation to lure, ambush & kill him… We will not pardon the killers nor those who ordered the killing,” she added. Cengiz was responding to the Washington Post columnist’s son Salah Khashoggi who tweeted earlier Friday that the sons “forgive and pardon those who killed our father” during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting which ends this weekend.Analysts believe the announcement could spare the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the murder in a December court ruling.Turkish officials say Khashoggi, 59, was strangled and his body was cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi group inside the kingdom’s mission. His remains have never been found. The Turkish fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday “no one” had the right to pardon his murderers after his sons said they “forgive” the killers.Khashoggi — a royal family insider turned critic — was killed and dismembered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was accused of ordering the killing but the kingdom has strongly denied this.”His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers. I and others will not stop until we get #JusticeForJamal,” Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz tweeted.center_img Topics :last_img read more

The World’s oldest person, Misao Okawa dies in Japan

first_imgThe world’s oldest person is now believed to be American Gertrude Weaver, who is reportedly 116 In 2013, life expectancy for women in Japan was 86.61, the longest in the world followed by Hong Kong women, according to the health ministry. On the occasion of her birthday early last month, Okawa, a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six, was one of only a handful of people still alive who had been born in the 19th century. Japan, known for the longevity of its people, is home to the world’s oldest man — Sakari Momoi, who celebrated his 112th birthday in February. For men it was 80.21, the fourth longest, after men in Hong Kong, Iceland and Switzerland. Misao Okawa, died a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.Misao Okawa the woman who has been named as the oldest person alive in the Guinness Book of world records has died at the age of 117 years.Misao died early Wednesday at a nursing home where she lived  and where she reportedly breathed her last.She died of heart failure and stopped breathing as her grandson and nursing home workers stood by her side, praising her for achieving a healthy long life, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her Osaka nursing home.Misao Okawa, died  a month after celebrating her 117th birthday. Born in 1898, Okawa was recognized by Guinness as the oldest living woman in February 2013 at 114 and as the oldest living person in August the same year at 115.She was already a teenager when World War I broke out and in her 70s by the time of the first moon landing. When she turned 114, she was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest woman in the globe.last_img read more

Grand Bay man sentenced to two years with hard labour for theft

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweet LocalNews Grand Bay man sentenced to two years with hard labour for theft by: – October 12, 2011 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Johan Charles, a thirty-three year old adult male of Grand Bay was this morning sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour by High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson-Brooks for theft of items worth almost $20, 000.00.The accused was arrested and charged for the burglarizing the home of Mr Eluid Williams on 31st March, 2010 where jewellery items including gold chains, rings and bracelets, a laptop, travelers cheques and a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label totaling EC$19, 395.00 were stolen.Mr Charles pleaded not guilty to the offense of burglary as read to him on September the 26th of September, 2011 at the beginning of the September Criminal Assizes, but changed his plea to guilty to the offense of theft and maintained his not guilty plea to the charge of burglary.According to the facts presented in Court by Attorney Clement Joseph of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, on Wednesday 31st March, 2010 Mr Eluid Williams of 22 Roses Lane in Elmshall, secured his home and left. Upon his return at 12:30pm he found the main door to his house damaged and he immediately called his son Attorney Kondwani Williams.Mr Eluid Williams and his son entered the house together and saw that the house had been ransacked and called the police. Constable Theodore responded and through his investigations into the matter, met the defendant and questioned him about the incident.The defendant admitted to the offense and told Constable Theodore that he had sold the gold items to the Venezuelans for cash, he drank the Johnny Walker Blue Label Whiskey, threw the travelers cheques into the Bath Estate River and used the coins. The defendant was taken to the house where he demonstrated to Constable Theodore, Mr Eluid Williams and Mr Kondwani Williams how he entered the house and what he did. He also apologized to the virtual complainants as Mr Kondwani Williams had represented him before. Attorney Bernadette Lambert in making a plea in mitigation for her client, told the Court that the defendant is one of 22 siblings; 18 on his father’s side and 4 on his mother’s side, that he attended Teacher Rose’s preschool, the St. Mary’s Primary School and the Grand Bay Secondary School; now the Pierre Charles Secondary School, that he was a member of the Pichelin Scouts Troup, that he played football while in school and was at the time engaged in farming.Ms Lambert further explained to the Court that the defendant recognizes the gravity of the offense which he committed and expressed profusely his regret and remorse from the onset as was indicated by Mr Joseph while presenting the facts to the Court.Ms Lambert also stated that the defendant has a seven year old child which he provides for and at the time of the incident he had good job prospects.She pleaded with Justice Stephenson-Brooks to be lenient with her client as she says he cooperated fully with the police and the investigations and also pleaded guilty to the offense.Ms Lambert said she is begging the Court to be as lenient as it possibly can and that it should be recognized that the defendant pleaded guilty and apologized to the virtual complainants.According to Ms Lambert, the defendant has given an undertaking to turn his life around, change his life and make a meaningful contribution to society.In sentencing the defendant, Justice Stephenson-Brooks explained to him that she must consider the aggravating factors; which are that he has previous convictions of the same type, at where he committed the offense in keeping with the Sentencing Guidelines as he targeted a certain economical bracket, a house which he figured would have nice things inside and that nothing was recovered and can be given back to Mr Williams.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also explained to the defendant that she must also consider the mitigating factors which are in his favour; being that he pleaded guilty and apologized to the virtual complainants but that she must ensure that the punishment is properly balanced with his behavior as well as ensure that he does not continue to offend.In the circumstances therefore, she sentenced him to two years imprisonment with hard labour which will commence from today and run concurrently with his previous two year sentence.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also cautioned the defendant to think of his actions whilst in prison and learn to use the skills which he has to earn money and buy the whiskey and gold jewellery that he wants instead of taking other people’s items.He informed the judge that he had just completed a course in the Drug Rehabilitation Programme and she commended him for that and lamented the fact that his counsel had not included this in her plea on his behalf.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Liverpool monitoring Anderlecht youngster Jeremy Doku

first_imgLiverpool are reported to be among several Premier League clubs that are interested in Anderlecht’s teenage prodigy Jeremy Doku. Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad claims he plans to continue with the Jupiler Pro League side until the end of next season and that the Reds are the current frontrunners to sign him in the summer of 2021. Doku has shone, scoring three goals and providing four assists in the league this campaign.Advertisement Promoted ContentDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-197 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks It’s believed that the champions-elect in England have been following his progress for a while. According to his parents, Jurgen Klopp tried to get him to come to Anfield after suggesting he could become Sadio Mane’s successor. Read Also:Anderlecht starlet lined up to succeed Mane turned down Liverpool boss However, the 17-year-old committed his future to Anderlecht in February, signing a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2022. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Lee Road closed due to wet paint spill

first_imgPhoto provided by FCHD.Mixersville, IN — The Franklin County Highway Department (FCHD) has closed Lee Road, near the Indiana/Ohio State line, as someone dumped paint across the roadway and it is still wet. They ask that drivers seek an alternative route of travel to allow the paint to dry.last_img

EPL: Spurs hopeful of Watford defeat

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham vs. WatfordVenue: Tottenham StadiumKick off:3PMTottenham Hotspur will hope that the international break has provided an opportunity to move on from a dreadful run of form when they host Watford this afternoon.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost four of their last five games across all competitions but could barely have selected a better opponent to face when in need of a victory, with Watford still searching for their first win of the season.Often players and managers cannot wait for the next game to come around in the wake of a defeat in order for them to put that loss behind them, but even Pochettino admitted that the international break may have come at a good time for his side.Tottenham’s form heading into the break was nothing short of disastrous; a penalty-shootout defeat to League Two Colchester United appeared to be as bad as it could get for the Londoners, only for a complete capitulation against Bayern Munich and then another humbling at Brighton & Hove Albion to follow.It is a damning sign that it is difficult to identify which has been the lowest point of that horrendous form – the EFL Cup upset, shipping seven at home to Bayern for the heaviest home defeat ever suffered by an English side in Europe or following that up by losing 3-0 to Brighton in a match where their misery was compounded by captain Hugo Lloris suffering a horrific arm injury.The two-week break between games should give Spurs an opportunity to shake off some of the doom and gloom around the club, although the problems date further back than the last few weeks and seem to be much more deeply-rooted than just a string of chastening results.Since the opening day of the season Spurs have only won twice across all competitions, losing to Newcastle United and throwing away two-goal leads against Arsenal and Olympiacos in that time, as well as the four defeats in their last five outings.Pochettino made it clear that he was not entirely satisfied with what happened during the transfer window, including but not limited to a number of wantaway players being kept at the club, and the problems even seem to pre-date their run to the Champions League final last season.Perhaps the most alarming statistic is that Spurs – top-four finishers four years in a row – have lost more games across all competitions in 2019 (17) than any other Premier League team. The last calendar year they lost more games was 2008 (19), and on current form it is hard to see how they will avoid surpassing that tally.A trip to Anfield is their next assignment in the Premier League after this weekend, although they will be grateful to have two seemingly winnable home fixtures against Watford and Red Star Belgrade in which to regain a semblance of good form prior to that match.Indeed, if Spurs could have hand-picked an opponent during their current state then it may well have been a home game against a Watford side still looking for their first league victory of the season.Tottenham have won each of their last nine top-flight home games against Watford, including all six in the Premier League era, giving them their best such 100% home winning record against any club in the competition.Home and away Watford have only ever won one of their 12 previous Premier League meetings with Spurs, while they have lost 16 consecutive Premier League away games against ‘big six’ opponents, during which time they have scored only nine goals while conceding 53.The most recent of those was the 8-0 hammering they received at the hands of Manchester City last month, so the odds do not look good on Watford finally ending their wait for a league win this weekend.On only three previous occasions have Watford endured a longer winless run at the start of a league campaign, and another defeat or draw on Saturday would leave them just one game short of equalling that unwanted record, set in a 2006-07 campaign which ended with them finishing bottom of the Premier League, 10 points from safety. Tottenham possible XI: Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Ndombele, Winks, Lucas, Alli, Son, Kane.Watford possible XI: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Prodl, Kabasele, Holebas, Cleverley, Doucoure, Capoue, Deulofeu, Welbeck.Tags: EPLMauricio PochettinoTottenhamWatfordlast_img read more

Masvidal calls for Kamaru Usman rematch

first_imgRelatedPosts Buhari salutes Kamaru Usman for retaining UFC title Masvidal seeks for Kamaru Usman rematch Kamaru Usman retains UFC welterweight title Jorge Masvidal has thrown down the gauntlet for a welterweight rematch with Kamaru Usman, after their hastily organised contest at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.Masvidal, nicknamed Gamebred, filled in with six days’ notice and lost 20 pounds in that space of time to fight Usman at UFC Fight Island, after original opponent Gilbert Burns contracted coronavirus. However, on fight night Usman was too strong and won via a unanimous points decision – but now Masvidal insists he wants another shot at the UFC welterweight champion, stating his willingness for another fight in a tweet on Sunday.Masvidal wrote: “6 days. 20 pounds. Flew to Vegas. Vegas to Abu Dhabi. Fought the champ. Created the damage. He’s out for a minute.“I’ve been ready since I got back. Time to move the division forward. Your move #supernecessary.”Usman, nicknamed the Nigerian Nightmare, was largely dominant throughout their fight on July 12 in the UAE.Yet speaking on the night after the 14th defeat of his 49-fight career, Masvidal said: “There were some areas where I felt that, with a better training camp, I could definitely surpass him. “The weight cut was tough, like everybody knows. I had a little bit of weight to cut but I’m not going to make excuses.”And despite Masvidal’s willingness for a rematch, the 33-year-old champ has other potential opponents waiting in line for a title fight.Burns has now recovered from COVID-19, and Dana White has made it clear to the division that the Brazilian will be Usman’s next opponent in the near future.Other fighters such as Leon Edwards and Colby Covington are keen to be given an opportunity too, though as shown by Masvidal’s late involvement last month, plenty can change, particularly if the appetite is there from the public.Tags: Abu DhabiJorge MasdivalKamaru UsmanUFC 251last_img read more

GOA pledges $1M yearly for Baird

first_img… NSC to help UG scholarship athletesNATIONAL men’s javelin record-holder Leslain Baird is among four athletes who have been offered partial scholarships to study and train in Jamaica, and Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) president K. A. Juman-Yassin says the entity has committed to funding Baird and assisting the other athletes as much as possible.Baird has been offered a place at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Yassin stated that the GOA will be budgeting US$5000 per year to assist Baird towards this endeavour, whichNational men's javelin record-holder, Leslain BairdNational men’s javelin record-holder, Leslain Bairdwill also see Baird studying for a Diploma in Sports Massage.“We are still working out the little fine details. He has to get permission from the GDF. He’s an officer there and we have decided that we will fund the tuition and the other expenses up to a limit. We have budgeted US$5000 for him, and I am hoping that the GDF will pitch in and also assist him,” Yassin explained.Apart from Baird, Hampton Games gold medallist Natrena Hooper and University of Guyana (UG) students Owen Wilson and Emmanuel Archibald have been offered partial scholarships to the University of the West Indies (UWI).According to Yassin, the GOA has reached out to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to also lend assistance. The Commission agreed to assist the two UG students, but Yassin is not satisfied with that.“I do not understand that, and I do not see why assistance cannot come to Ms Hooper. She barely missed the (Olympic) qualifying mark as a high jumper, and for a young athlete … it shows the potential that is there.” Yassin said, at the time directing his remarks at NSC Chairman Ivan Persaud.Yassin made his comments last Saturday at a press briefing, reporting on the performance of Guyana’s team at the recently concluded Rio Olympics, where Persaud was present. Persaud promptly agreed to look into the scenario.Yassin pointed out that having the athletes, particularly, go abroad to train, poses a great advantage to not only the athletes themselves but the development of sports overall in the long run.“Leslain will become a better javelin thrower, and more importantly also, is that when he finishes he has that knowledge so he will be able to coach and develop other young javelin throwers. So we’re looking at three benefits – he is going to get a diploma, he is going to improve his javelin throwing, and then he will be able to coach and develop young javelin throwers in Guyana.” Yassin noted.last_img read more