Create space for museums in the city

first_imgIn March, I had the pleasure of visiting the Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum on the east side of downtown Buffalo. I was very impressed and thought: Why couldn’t Schenectady have a similar facility for our now homeless museums? Occupying one city block, the Pierce Arrow Museum consists of a remodeled industrial warehouse with a new, airy, multi-story atrium wing attached. The collection consists of antique motorcars, motorbikes, bicycles, a few horse drawn carriages and a number of smaller exhibits, including radiator caps and advertising posters displayed in glass cases. The centerpiece is a large mock-up of a Frank Lloyd Wright gas station.Having visited both the Edison Tech Center and ALCO Historical & Technical Society, I have long thought that both would do well has cohabiters of a larger museum of industrial heritage. They could have separate wings with exhibits, curation, offices and storage space, but share a common lobby, rest rooms and gift shop. There could also be a separate gallery for visiting expositions and special events.How such a faculty could be organized and financed is beyond my talents, but I think it would be a worthwhile public endeavor. Perhaps it could be part of an expanded miSci Museum. You don’t need to spend a billion dollars hiring Frank Gehry. The Pierce Arrow Museum is an attractive but relatively modest building.Schenectady is building up the makings of a robust tourist economy with Proctors, the casino, new hotels, restaurants and bars, and a new train station. Museums are sadly the underdeveloped component. This should change.Benjamin TuronBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Guilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Patimban port slated to begin operation in September

first_img“The bridge will connect the autoterminal and the port in the middle of the sea. It will be 1 kilometer long and as the operation of the autoterminal is scheduled for September, the connecting bridge must be completed long before, hopefully in April or June,” Agus told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday. On Thursday, the ministry signed the third package of the contract for development of the port, which will be the base for the construction of the connecting bridge, with a contract value of Rp 524.1 billion (US$38.2 million). State-owned construction companies Wijaya Karya and PP will build the bridge. Patimban seaport is one of the government’s national strategic projects, funded by an official development assistance (ODA) loan from the Japanese government amounting Rp 14.2 trillion for the first development phase.Key details of the Patimban Port project (JP/File) Phase I of the development includes construction of the terminal, the breakwater, seawall, revetment, backup area, road access and connecting bridge.  The ministry reported that the vehicle and container terminals were 58 percent complete as of Jan. 26. The breakwater, seawall and revetment were 25 percent complete as of Feb. 11. In the first development phase, Patimban port is planned to serve 3.75 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and accommodate 600,000 complete built-up (CBU) vehicles. Meanwhile, in the second phase, Patimban’s capacity will increase to 5.5 million TEUs and it is expected to reach its final capacity of 7.5 million TEUs in phase 3.Patimban port is expected to be Indonesia’s primary export port. It is also expected to solve the overcapacity of Tanjung Priok Port and traffic congestion in Jakarta from the transport of cargo.Topics : Patimban port in Subang West Java, a strategic project expected to ease logistics in the busy industrial neighborhood, has been scheduled for partial operation in September, according to the Transportation Ministry.The ministry’s sea transportation director general, R. Agus H. Purnomo, said the autoterminal would be the first part of the port to be operational, opening in September. The port is located about 70 kilometers from the Karawang industrial estate in West Java, where many Japanese companies have built factories.The operation of the autoterminal is awaiting the completion of a connecting bridge that will be the main access that links the terminal with the backup area.last_img read more

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PREMIUMCourt orders govt to disclose data on Papua land ownership

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Google Log in with your social account Environmental groups have urged the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry to disclose data on landholding in Papua and West Papua following a court ruling that the data be treated as public information.The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN Jakarta) ruled on Feb. 19 in favor of Greenpeace Indonesia in a dispute case against the Public Information Commission (KIP) and the ministry involving the disclosure of right to cultivate (HGU) land permits in the country’s easternmost provinces.In October, the KIP had rejected a request by the environmental group for data on land permits in the provinces, arguing that the data was not public information. Greenpeace then brought the case to the PTUN Jakarta.   The court ruling is in line with a 2017 Supreme Court ruling that mandates disclosure of HGU land permit data on oil palm plantations in the country.Green… PTUN plantations law land mapping-data Papua West-Papua palm-oil oil-palm-plantationslast_img read more

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South Korea declares new ‘special care zone’ as coronavirus spreads

first_imgDozens of newly commissioned military nurses were due to begin work in Daegu on Thursday, the health ministry said.The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported three more deaths from the virus, bringing the total in the country to 35.NEW US CASESUS Forces Korea (USFK) reported two new cases, for a total of six cases in soldiers, employees or people related to the roughly 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.Despite the new cases, USFK had resumed sending troops to bases in Daegu and surrounding areas, according to military newspaper Stars and Stripes.Commanders believed the bases were protected from the outside population, and that the troop rotations were needed to maintain readiness in the face of continued threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, the newspaper reported.Australia’s move to ban the arrival of foreigners from South Korea is a blow to Seoul’s efforts to prevent the United States from imposing such restrictions.South Korean officials met the US ambassador in Seoul on Wednesday to urge the United States not to limit travel.According to the US State Department, anyone with a fever of 100.4 F (38 C) is already banned from boarding direct flights from South Korea to the United States.Korean Air Lines said on Thursday it would screen all passengers departing Incheon airport for high temperatures and reject those deemed a risk.South Korea sent three “rapid response” teams to Vietnam on Thursday to assist more than 270 citizens quarantined in that country over coronavirus concerns, the foreign ministry said.Topics : Gyeongsan has seen a spike in new cases, including at a nursing home. Similar zones have been declared around neighbouring Daegu city and Cheongdo County.Around 75% of all cases in South Korea are in and around Daegu, the country’s fourth-largest city, where the flu-like virus that emerged from China late last year has spread rapidly through members of a religious group.”Everyday is sad and tough like a war. But our Daegu citizens are showing surprise wisdom and courage,” Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin told reporters on Thursday.Officials said hospitals in the hardest hit areas were struggling to accommodate new patients. Daegu city officials said 2,117 patients were waiting for rooms in the city. South Korea declared a “special care zone” on Thursday around a second city hit hard by the coronavirus and the US military confirmed two new cases among relatives of its troops in the country, which is battling the biggest epidemic outside China.Australia became the latest country to impose travel restrictions on South Koreans, with almost 100 nations now limiting arrivals from the East Asian country which reported 438 new coronavirus cases on Thursday for a total of 5,766.The South Korean government declared a “special care zone” around Gyeongsan, a city of about 275,000 people 250 kms (150 miles) southeast of Seoul, promising extra resources such as face masks and warning people from travelling there.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Indonesia to provide financial incentives for frontline doctors, nurses

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system. There are reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge.An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist from Bekasi, West Java, died on Saturday at Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta. Another doctor, a 34-year-old neurologist, died at the same hospital in the early hours of Sunday. A 70-year-old surgeon from Bogor, West Java, died at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on Saturday.“I would like to offer my deepest condolences over the passing of the doctors, nurses and health workers. They have dedicated their energy to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. On behalf of the government, the country and the people, I would like to thank them for their hard work,” the president added.The government distributed 105 pieces of protective health equipment on Saturday to hospitals across the archipelago. Medical aid from China arrived in Jakarta on Monday morning as part of government-to-government cooperation.As of Sunday, Indonesia recorded 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 48 fatalities. (rfa)Topics : As health workers across the country are dealing with dwindling medical supplies because of the recent surge of COVID-19 patients, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government would provide financial incentives, on top of protective gear, to ensure their safety and security while they do their jobs.The government is to provide a Rp 15 million (US$886.79) incentive to medical specialists, Rp 10 million to physicians and dentists, Rp 7.5 million to nurses and Rp 5 million to other medical staff members, he added.“We will also provide a total of Rp 300 million for compensation in case of death. This is applies to regions that have declared a state of emergency,” Jokowi said on Monday.last_img read more

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Biden under pressure to address sexual assault allegation

first_imgHowever he touted his record of supporting abuse victims when asked a question about military prosecutions for felonies including rape at a virtual town hall late Wednesday.”As you know, I wrote and championed the Violence Against Women Act, transformed how this country gets justice and support to survivors and led the ‘It’s On Us’ campaign to fight sexual assault on campuses. As VP, I fought to provide a special victims counsel for sexual assault cases in the military,” the 77-year-old said.He promised that “all options are on the table” when it came to assaults in the military.Biden spoke as the furor surrounding the claim by Reade continues to grow, despite a statement issued by his campaign on April 13, which said the incident “absolutely did not happen.” Presidential hopeful Joe Biden said Wednesday he has a proud history of campaigning against sexual violence, as he faces mounting pressure to respond to an assault allegation made by a former aide.The presumptive Democratic nominee has been accused by Tara Reade of assaulting her in 1993, when she was a 29-year-old staff assistant in the office of Biden, then a US senator from Delaware.Biden’s campaign has denied the claims, but he himself has not responded directly to the allegations by Reade, now 56. The claim has drowned out other news about Biden, such as his search for a running mate, who he has pledged will be a woman.President Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale has flooded his Twitter feed with mocking references to Reade’s allegation, ignoring the string of accusations made by women against his own candidate.More than a dozen women have accused the real estate mogul of sexual misconduct including rape before he became president.Biden has not been asked directly about Reade’s allegation in either the interviews he has given from his Delaware home, where he has been confined because of the coronavirus pandemic, or various online campaign events. ‘Everything shattered’According to Reade, the assault took place in August 1993 in a hallway on Capitol Hill.”We were alone, and it was the strangest thing,” Reade said in a late March interview on the Katie Halper Show podcast. “There was no, like, exchange, really, he just had me up against the wall.”His hands were on me and underneath my clothes and, yeah, he went, he went down my skirt but then up inside it and he penetrated me with his fingers,” she said.”He was kissing me at the same time,” she said.Reade said she pulled away and Biden allegedly said: “Come on man, I heard you liked me.””For me everything shattered at that moment,” Reade said.Reade has since recounted her story to other media outlets, and filed an incident report with the Washington police in early April — seen by AFP — in which she did not name Biden.”This is an inactive case,” a police spokesman told AFP when asked about the status of the matter.Reade told the right-leaning Washington Examiner that she had filed the report to show she was serious and establish a paper trail.Other women have accused Biden of touching them inappropriately in the past, and Reade’s initial claims were similar — less severe than her most recent allegations.The New York Times reported that it had interviewed Reade on multiple occasions, along with her friends and others who worked for Biden in the early 1990s. According to the Times, no former Biden staffers corroborated her account, and a pattern of misconduct was not uncovered.A friend said Reade had told her about the alleged assault at the time. A second friend said Reade told her in 2008 of a traumatic experience while working in Biden’s office.Reade said she had also related the incident to her brother.The allegations have led some supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders, who dropped out of the Democratic race and endorsed Biden, to call on the former vice president to end his White House bid.”Out of respect for survivors and for the good of the country, he should withdraw from the race,” said Claire Sandberg, the former national organizing director of the Sanders campaign. Topics :last_img read more

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