Hafez will bring new voice to City Council

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe have the opportunity on Election Day, Nov. 7, to get some new blood on the City Council of the city of Schenectady and diversify its mostly one-sided party makeup. In my opinion, it is more important to have council members with common sense rather than the proper party affiliation. Proof positive is Vince Riggi, who was never previously a politician but has become an outstanding council member.I would like to see Mohamed Hafez join Vince on the council as a practical, reasonable check against monolithic party rule. Mr. Hafez, owner of Crane Insurance Services, would bring his financial expertise to a city that often seems to lack common sense in that area.As a representative of the Republican Party, Reform Party and Green Party, he’s a practical person who wants to take action to solve problems, rather than simply discussing them in ad finitum. This includes middle-class issues like property taxes, but also crime reduction and investment in our lower-income neighborhoods to strengthen and lift up the city overall.Please join me in voting for Mr. Hafez on Nov. 7. It’s far past time to have more voices with new ideas on our city council.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: 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: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Record profits for Countrywide

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King Kong

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Offices: Unleashing Leeds

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Australian rules

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Tesco back in development

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Inner city

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Storm Ciara lashes sports events across Europe

first_imgThe women’s Six Nations clash between Scotland and England was also postponed after Saturday’s Calcutta Cup clash between the two countries’ men’s teams in Edinburgh had been marred by terrible conditions.Much of France was lashed by the storm Sunday but all three Ligue 1 matches were played, as was the blustery Six Nations rugby clash between France and Italy at the Stade de France outside Paris.A 10km London road race was also called off due to the weather as the 25,000 expected runners were advised not to travel.Storm Ciara did help one new record get set, but not in sports.A British Airways 747 set the fastest flight by a conventional airliner from New York to London thanks to powerful tailwinds.The flight took off from John F Kennedy airport and had been scheduled to land at Heathrow at 0625 GMT on Sunday, but arrived 102 minutes early at 0443 GMTTopics : The unusually high winds that Storm Chiara blew up on Sunday played havoc with sports events across Europe as soccer and rugby matches were cancelled and a London road race was called off.Top tier soccer matches in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and England were called off as 140kmph gusts (87 mph) were recorded.Manchester City’s Premier League clash with West Ham was among the more high profile events called off as howling winds disrupted transport links and travelers were advised only to make journeys if absolutely necessary.last_img read more

China transparent in virus response: UN envoy

first_imgChina has handled the new coronavirus outbreak in a transparent and “highly responsible” way, the country’s UN ambassador said Wednesday, after criticism that local authorities did not react quickly enough.Since its emergence in the central province of Hubei in December, the COVID-19 virus has killed more than 1,350 people and infected tens of thousands.There have been more than 500 infections in almost 30 countries and territories outside mainland China, including two deaths. “Facing the epidemic, we have always adopted an open, transparent and highly responsible attitude,” Beijing’s United Nations Ambassador Zhang Jun told the UN Commission for Social Development.”We have reported the epidemic information to the WHO, the relevant countries, and Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan regions as soon as it is available, shared the genetic sequences of the virus, actively communicated with other countries in order to come up with responses,” he said. Most of the cases have been in Hubei, where about 56 million people have been placed under virtual quarantine. Authorities have restricted the movements of people in several other cities far from the epicenter in an unprecedented containment effort.”Not only for the sake of China, but also the world, we have adopted rigorous prevention and control measures… effectively curbing the spread of the epidemic,” Zhang said. China drew international condemnation for covering up cases during the 2002-03 SARS outbreak, whereas the World Health Organization has praised measures taken by Beijing to combat COVID-19.But anger erupted in China this month after the death of a doctor in Wuhan, the Hubei provincial capital and virus epicenter, whom police silenced when he flagged the emerging virus in December.Local authorities in Hubei and Wuhan had already faced rare, uncensored criticism online for initially downplaying the magnitude of the outbreak.Critics say precious time was lost by the early inaction of the local government.Hubei and Wuhan officials held important political meetings in the first weeks of January. The death toll and number of cases only began to soar afterwards, going from one fatality on January 11 to more than 630 barely four weeks later.”Addressing global public health issues is a common challenge faced by all countries,” Zhang said, calling for international cooperation.Topics :last_img read more

Richard Branson’s new luxe cruise line won’t allow kids

first_imgRichard Branson’s Virgin brand launched an adults-only cruise ship arm that opens in April — just as the fast-growing sector suffers its most serious setback in years from the coronavirus outbreak.Scarlet Lady, unveiled in Dover, England, on Friday and the first of four new vessels that will form the Virgin Voyages fleet, aims to bring “the luxe experience of a boutique hotel to the sea,” the billionaire said in a statement.While the ship will be based in Miami for voyages in the Caribbean, thousands of miles from the Asian epicenter of the virus, it’s not clear what impact the epidemic will have on wider demand. The ordeal of 3,700 people held on board a vessel in Japan as disease spread among passengers has made headlines around the world, while Carnival Corp. and Royal Caribbean Cruises have issued profit warnings. Virgin’s fleet will aim to capitalize on a boom in cruising among younger people. Ships will boast interiors by Tom Dixon and Roman and Williams and offer gym programs, yoga, 20 restaurants featuring Michelin-standard food and entertainment including drag acts and sets by star DJs including Mark Ronson.Among major operators, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is least exposed to Asian markets, followed by Royal Caribbean and Carnival, according to a note from Berenberg analysts. There’s as yet no evidence that media coverage of the vessel quarantined in Yokohama or another turned away by five countries is affecting bookings globally, rather than just in virus-hit Asia, they said.Scarlet Lady, built in Genoa, Italy, will ply routes that include stops in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Key West and the Bahamas, where passengers will be able to use their own beach club. A second ship will be based in Barcelona and offer Mediterranean cruises starting next year.Topics :last_img read more