Spend more money to secure our schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs we all know, a mass shooting at a school occurred again. What we hear is the same old drumbeat of banning some types of guns by the left vs. our Second Amendment rights by the right. If this debate continues, you can be sure nothing will be accomplished.What will work is to harden our schools like we do airports, ballparks, courthouses and other venues where large numbers of people gather. What is common to all of them is a limited point of entry, with metal detectors and guards. Our government buildings and the Smithsonian museums in our nation’s capital are secured in this manner with great success.We have 100,000 schools in our country, so it would be expensive to secure them all. But to do nothing at this point would be unacceptable. The good thing about this approach is that once the funding issues are resolved, the plan would sail through our legislative bodies.Ron BelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Crossgates security shouldn’t fall on taxpayers

first_imgTaxpayers pay the police to patrol their communities and respond to emergencies, not stand guard over each and every one of us, and especially not over a private, profit-making major retail center that so far has been unwilling to provide enough security of its own to protect customers and employees from rampant hooliganism.So any security plan being worked out by the owners of Crossgates Mall and local police for extra coverage to cut down on crime in and around the mall should be paid for by the owner, Pyramid Companies, not taxpayers.The pending arrangement for patrols, reported in the Times Union, is in response to several incidents at the mall.The most recent occurred on Sunday evening, when a fight inside the mall led to a stabbing and then a chase that ended in police nabbing one vehicle on the Thruway and another vehicle after it crashed near St. Peter’s Hospital. Six youths were arrested following the crash.On Christmas Eve, at least a dozen people got into a fight inside the mall’s Beef Jerky Outlet store, throwing punches and knocking down displays while store employees tried in vain to intervene.Back in August, the mall was the site of a brawl that could have been much worse, after a fight between two females at the Get Air Trampoline Park got out of hand amidst a crowd of kids estimated at between 400 and 500. Two police officers breaking up the fight were injured when the surrounding crowd became unruly. And if you remember back in November 2016, a man fired a gun at rival gang members outside the Apple store while holiday shoppers dove for cover.  Categories: Editorial, OpinionWouldn’t it be nice if the town could station a police officer in all of our houses to protect us. But that won’t happen. The new security agreement could result in Guilderland police officers patrolling the mall full-time. But no details of that agreement have been released, including who is going to pay for it or how the mall coverage would affect police coverage of the rest of the town.One question we have. What’s taken so long? Why, especially after the August incident, has it taken over five months to beef up security to this level?The mall owners should be willing and able to protect their property without local police having to take over the job.  And not with Paul Blart Mall Cop patrolling on a Segway, either, but with professional security in large enough numbers to respond quickly and effectively to intervene before incidents get out of hand.Whatever they’ve got protecting the place now clearly isn’t adequate.Surely, the nation’s largest privately owned mall developer can afford to protect its property, the shoppers who support it and the employees of the store tenants who work there.It shouldn’t rely on taxpayers to do the job it should already be doing itself.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more


first_imgThe Past 12 months have seen a steady increase in demand for office and industrial space throughout Devon.Offices In Exeter the oversupply of out-of-town offices diminished in the first part of 1998 following strong demand in 1997.This year will see the construction of a major pre-let office building at Exeter Business Park, along with other similar facilities. These developments follow the construction of a new Bass public house and Holiday Inn Express on this prominent site, adjacent to the M5’s new junction 29.The city centre office market has seen good demand in the prime area of Southernhay, with a steady increase in rents during the middle and latter part of last year. Prime ground floor space with a frontage to Southernhay is again achieving £129/sq m (£12/sq ft). Larger, less prominent areas in modern buildings are available at rentals of £86-£97/sq m (£8-£9/sq ft).In Plymouth there has been patchy demand: the major deals have been for strategically located accommodation. There is a shortage of quality properties in the market. However, the city is proving attractive as a location for call centres and several organisations are considering buildings of 3,700-14,000 sq m (40,000-150,000 sq ft).Outside Exeter and Plymouth, the office market is confined to small suites in semi-rural locations. These have proved popular with those who wish to avoid the congestion of cities and enjoy the quality of life that the Countryside offers, while taking advantage of modern communication. Mamhead House near Exeter is a typical example of quality space of this type.Meanwhile, the takeover of London & Manchester by Friends Provident and Weslyan’s proposal for the former Medical & Sickness space at Pynes Hill in Exeter could bring two major areas of office accommodation on the outskirts of the city into the market.In addition, both Exeter and Plymouth are competing hard to attract the Regional Development Agency to locate in their cities.Industrial Industrial supply has reduced dramatically throughout the county with a steady take-up of secondhand space, following record take-up in 1997.The result of this is strong demand for design-and-build facilities, where the county is well placed with a good supply of development land.At Matford Park in Exeter, Double Glazing Supplies has had a unit completed, Tile Flair is on site and a planning application is awaiting approval for a 7,897 sq m (85,000 sq ft) Car Land dealership.Sowton 30 Exeter is a new development by John Laing Property of 7ha (17 acres) for B1, B2 and B8 use, adjacent to the M5’s junction 30. It will be developed in two plateaus, to accommodate up to 26,500 sq m (285,000 sq ft). Main road positions are in strong demand, with rents of £65/sq m (£6/sq ft) being achieved on existing space. New space may command even higher figures.Throughout Devon there has been a steady improvement in the market for industrial space.At Barnstaple, Priority Sites has constructed two 930 sq m (10,000 sq ft) speculative units at Roundswell, providing much needed quality space for local companies. In Plymouth, Cattedown Regeneration is undertaking a scheme to produce two separate 2.4ha (6 acre) sites with a total of 15,027 sq m (161,750 sq ft) of commercial space. These include a cash and carry, a builders’ merchant and 1,347 sq m (14,500 sq ft) of non-food retail.The outlook for 1999 is good for new build industrial and out-of-town pre-let office schemes. Demand for high street retail space has continued to be exceptional, with the number of registered requirements in both Exeter and Plymouth probably at an all-time high.Major developments are planned for both cities’ centres. In Exeter, Land Securities’ £80m scheme in Princesshay will provide much needed new shopping in the city centre.Major local businesses have backed the proposal, viewing it as a good opportunity to enhance the city’s regional position.In Plymouth, P&O Properties applied for an undercover shopping mall last year. It is due to unveil updated plans after consultation with the city council.There have been some major transactions in the county over the past 12 months, with Dawnay Day purchasing a 12,080 sq m (130,000 sq ft) office investment at Southernhay Gardens in Exeter, from National Mutual. Smaller investment lots have moved quickly. Investors have cash available for both fully-let and partly-let space, ready to take advantage of an improving market.last_img read more

DevSecs goes Dutch

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Liverpool’s vision

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JV targets industrial

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Cinesite spies a better deal in Soho

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PREMIUMCollaboration makes recycling possible

first_imgMore and more food and beverage companies in Indonesia are pursuing recycling initiatives with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste produced from their products.Indonesia produces around 64 million tons of waste annually, according Environment and Forestry Ministry data from February last year. Of the total amount, about 15 percent is plastic waste, much of which is food and beverage packaging and plastic bags.In December last year, The Jakarta Post had the chance to see how bottled water company Danone-AQUA makes its recycled bottles in Bandung, West Java. Danone Indonesia senior sustainable packaging manager Ratih Anggraeni said the recycling process required collaboration among multiple players, ranging from scavengers and waste collection centers to recycled plastic manufacturers.Waste collectionWorkers check the quality of plastic flakes before … Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here recyclable-plastics recycle danone Aqua West-Java collection bottled-waterlast_img read more

Brazil closes nearly all land borders for 15 days

first_imgTrucks carrying goods and people on humanitarian missions are allowed to continue to enter Brazil.Brazil said a separate decree would be issued later about the border with Uruguay.Latin America’s largest country, with a population of 210 million, has so far registered 428 cases of the coronavirus, with four deaths. Other South American countries, such as Colombia, Chile and Argentina, have taken more drastic measures in recent days, completely closing their land, sea and air borders.Senior Brazilian officials, such as the Chamber of Deputies speaker Rodrigo Maia, had called for a total border shutdown.The decree, which comes into immediate effect, prohibits entry to foreigners from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guyana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname.”The restrictions do not apply to Brazilian nationals or to foreigners residing in the country. Brazil on Thursday announced it was closing its land borders for 15 days to nearly all its neighbors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.A ministerial decree said it was blocking entry “by road or land” from all neighboring countries, with the exception of Uruguay to the south.It shut its border with Venezuela on Tuesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bali orders people to stay at home on major holiday to contain COVID-19

first_imgRegents and mayors across Bali also issued similar policies on Thursday. Some of them even closed access to their regions. Ida Penglingsir Agung Putra Sukahet, who heads the Bali Grand Council of Customary Villages, endorsed the policy to “extend” the Day of Silence, saying it was needed to stop the spread of the virus. “We hope people will follow it. It’s for our safety,” he said, adding that family gatherings could now take place on Whatsapp. While some residents supported the policy, others found it excessive. Kadek Dewi, an employee at a private hospital in Denpasar, had to argue with the pecalang before she could go to work after being told to provide a letter showing that she was, in fact, a hospital employee. “I work at a hospital. Patients need food,” she said.The Russian Embassy in Jakarta sent a letter to the Bali governor on Thursday asking him to exempt a number of Russian tourists scheduled for a flight to Moscow that day. “Many of our [citizens] cannot go to the airport to board the flight,” Russian Ambassador Liudmila Vorobieva said in the letter. Some tourists were still seen enjoying their holiday on the beaches in front of the hotels where they were staying. Despite the enforced physical distancing policy, Gilimanuk seaport and Gusti Ngurah Rai airport were still operating.  “Bali airport is operating normally today, with 171 scheduled flights,” the airport’s spokesperson, Arie Ahsanurrohim, said.Bali declared an “alert” security status on March 15 in response to the outbreak, asking schools to hold classes online and civil servants to work from home. On March 17, the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council ordered a limitation on religious festivals such as ogoh-ogoh (spirit effigy) processions. These policies were followed by the administration’s decision to close major tourist destinations across the island.Topics : The island was uncharacteristically quiet during this year’s Ngembak Geni. Tourist sites, malls, shops, traditional markets and banks were all closed. Only ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen on the streets. Pecalang periodically stopped people from entering or exiting villages. “We are urging all people not to leave their houses to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Nengah Dira, a pecalang from Sumerta village, said. The Balinese administration had previously advised people to practice physical distancing, but on Thursday it chose to make the policy mandatory. The strict policy, issued on March 23, however, will apply only on Ngembak Geni, after which residents are merely advised to practice physical distancing.  “The fast spread of COVID-19 should be responded to with caution and should be anticipated to prevent more victims. The most effective prevention strategy is to limit outdoor activities and social interaction,” Bali Governor Wayan Koster said. To contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the Bali administration ordered people to stay at home on Thursday for the normally bustling festival of Ngembak Geni, the day after Nyepi (Hindu Day of Silence), during which Balinese people traditionally throng the island’s beaches and public places in celebration. The resort island has reported at least nine confirmed COVID-19 cases with two deaths, a relatively small number compared to Jakarta, which has more than 500 cases and 40 deaths. Scientists, however, believe the province may have underreported its cases and that thousands of infected people may have gone undetected. In a first, the police and the pecalang (traditional Balinese security officers) were deployed to enforce the order on Thursday. last_img read more