20 Oct

Save trees for the good of our health

first_imgI suspect we have become, by and large, a white collar country with little knowledge or skill to deal with day to day “blue collar issues,” but the problems this causes are truly life threatening. In Niskayuna, the care and maintenance of trees seems to include removal on request of residents, with little examination as to the necessity of the removal by a qualified professional. Despite what town code chapter 201-8 specifies, “The Town shall replant or replace any public tree that it removes, wherever practicable,” roughly 90 percent of trees have been removed in old Niskayuna with maybe 25 percent have been replanted.Trees give 20 percent of our oxygen. Tree cover has an positive effect on helping reduce respiratory disease, including deaths, in children, the elderly and even in otherwise healthy adults from asthma. Trees cool the streets and keep the deadly gases produced from the heating of organic volatile compounds found in blacktop out of the air. They prevent flooding and landslides.It’s dangerously short-sighted to undertake such extreme denuding of public and private lands. Let’s see which is more important: your life and the ability to go to sleep at night and not worry that you may die from asthma or the ability to drive your SUV up to your front door and sit and play with your cell phone.Beth R. JacobsNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census  It has become a frightening trend to cut trees down to suit property owners. Trees on both public and private property are being cut down with little regard to the value they bring or if they truly need to be removed. They aren’t being replaced, either. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

20 Oct

Regus revenues reach £421m…

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20 Oct

British Land JV sells £113m shop units

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20 Oct

Planning: vision of a linked-up Liverpool

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20 Oct

Noé in talks to buy Derwent Valley

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20 Oct

Is Paradise lost?

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20 Oct

RICS review ‘fudge’ fails to placate rebel members

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19 Oct

London’s burning: Terror attacks in Britain since 2005

first_imgAn 18-year-old Iraqi asylum seeker, Ahmed Hassan, believed to have trained with the Islamic State group in Iraq is later given a life sentence. The judge said it was an attempt to kill as many members of the public as possible.June 19, 2017: Mosque attack A van ploughs into people leaving late-night prayers at a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London, killing one man and injuring 11 others.The driver, 47-year-old Darren Osborne, is later given a life sentence for murder. He said he was seeking revenge for Islamist terror attacks and a child sex scandal.June 3, 2017: London Bridge attack Three men wearing fake suicide vests mow down pedestrians with a van at a popular nightlife hub around London Bridge before getting out to stab people. They are killed by police.Eight people are killed and about 50 are hurt. The Islamic State group claims responsibility.May 22, 2017: Manchester Arena bombing A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a pop concert by teen idol Ariana Grande in Manchester, killing 22 people and injuring 116. Seven of the victims are under the age of 18.The attack was carried out by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, a Manchester-born university drop-out of Libyan origin, and claimed by the Islamic State group.March 22, 2017: Westminster Bridge attack Five people are killed and more than 50 wounded when a man rams his car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London before crashing into the barriers surrounding parliament and then stabbing a police officer to death.The attacker, 52-year-old British Muslim convert Khalid Mahmood, is shot dead by police. Investigators describe it as a lone-wolf attack and “Islamist related terrorism”.2013: British soldier slain British soldier Lee Rigby, 25, is hacked to death in May by two Britons of Nigerian descent whom witnesses say shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) before being injured and arrested. Michael Adebolajo, 29, is later sentenced to life in prison for the murder while Michael Adebowale, 22, receives a minimum of 45 years behind bars.2007: Glasgow airport attack -Two men in a burning vehicle ram into the main terminal of Glasgow Airport in Scotland in June. An Indian man driving the car suffers serious burns and later dies. The passenger, Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, 29, is jailed in December for at least 32 years for plotting to murder hundreds of people.2005: London transport hit On July 7 four British suicide bombers inspired by Al-Qaeda attack London’s Underground network and a bus during rush hour, killing 52 people, as well as themselves, and wounding 700.It is the deadliest attack on British soil since 1988 when an airliner blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people. November 29, 2019: London Bridge Police shoot a man on London Bridge, in the heart of the capital, after several people were stabbed in what officers said was a terrorist incident.September 15, 2017: Tube bomb A bomb partially explodes on a London Underground train at Parsons Green station in southwest London during the morning rush hour. It leaves 30 people injured.  Topics :center_img Britain has been struck by a string of attacks in recent years, many claimed by jihadists. Here is a recap of some others since 2005.February 2, 2019, Streatham A man is shot dead by police on Streatham High Road, a busy thoroughfare and shopping street in south London. At least two people were injured, according to initial police reports.last_img read more

19 Oct

PREMIUMFrom robots to power suits, Japan gears up for high-tech Olympics

first_imgFacebook Japan is all set to host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics with up-to-date technology to support the summer event amid concerns of security and health.The Tokyo Olympics Game 2020 Organizing Committee’s press relations project director Michiko Makino said the event would make use of Japanese technology. The technology includes human support robots and delivery support robots developed by Toyota Motor Corp. to help spectators, especially those in wheelchairs, such as by carrying food and other items, guiding people to seats and providing information.Power assist suits developed by Panasonic Corp. will unload and transport heavy objects, easing human workload with a healthier and safer working environment. “There are more technologies in the pipeline and we will reveal more this year,” Makino told ASEAN reporters during a visit to the … Topics : Linkedin Forgot Password ? Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Japan Olympic-Games 2020-Tokyo-Olympic-Games 2020-Summer-Olympic-Games sporting-eventlast_img read more

19 Oct

Table tennis world team championships postponed over virus

first_imgVolleyball, basketball and handball have taken similar measures as confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 893 in South Korea, with eight deaths.”In light of the emerging situation in Korea Republic and to best preserve the health and safety of players, officials and fans, the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan have been postponed with the dates of 21-28 June provisionally reserved,” said an ITTF statement.”By continuing to work hard and in close cooperation with all stakeholders in Busan, the ITTF remains confident about putting on a great World Championships in June.”The coronavirus has had a serious impact on sports events worldwide, with football matches in Italy, China and Japan postponed as well as the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and elite women’s LPGA golf tournaments in Thailand, Singapore and China. Table tennis’s world team championships, due to take place next month in the South Korean city of Busan, were postponed on Tuesday following a leap in novel coronavirus cases.The International Table Tennis Federation said the event, originally planned for March 22-29, had been provisionally rescheduled for June 21-28 following an emergency meeting with local organisers.South Korea’s K-league had already postponed the start of the new football season on Monday as the virus causes chaos in the country’s sporting calendar. The Korean Volleyball Federation said it would hold matches behind closed doors until “an improvement in the situation”.The Women’s Korean Basketball League took a similar decision last week and offered fans full refunds.And the Korea Handball Federation cut its season short, cancelling the playoffs and finals.Nearly 2,700 people have died in China but the rising number of coronavirus cases and deaths elsewhere has deepened fears about a potential pandemic.More than 2,000 cases and 30 deaths have been reported outside China.Topics :last_img read more