Make teachers take basic English test

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have just read your biased editorial regarding the lower standards at charter schools. Have you forgotten an earlier article regarding New York State Regents eliminating the English test for teachers? What a high standard that teachers do not have to pass a basic test to teach because certain groups have only a 37 percent pass rate.How qualified are these teachers, thrust into our basic school system, when they themselves cannot pass a test that has been necessary for many years? Why do I feel that the hypocrisy of the teachers’ unions, who are themselves less than literate, are creating a false scenario?Also proven is how ineffectual schools are now, with terrible graduation results and an emphasize on not education but politics.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Thanks for letter on Touareuna Road closing

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlthough I do not know Bernard Witkowski of Scotia, I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his Oct. 17 letter to the editor regarding the town of Glenville’s board meeting of Oct. 4 and the possible permanent closure of Touareuna Road.We are hopeful that the board finds money (as you suggested) to repair the road, enough to keep it opened seasonally, as it has been for decades.Again, Mr. Witkowski thank you for taking the time to voice your support to our concern.Peter MichalskiAmsterdamlast_img read more

Southampton’s six of the best

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Location, location, timing

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Eade on: Death and the minister

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Companies Trump said would create thousands of jobs have failed to deliver

first_imgIn his first address to the US Congress, President Donald Trump hailed General Motors Co, Harley-Davidson Inc, Intel Corp and seven other companies as innovators and job creators, predicting they would be among those producing “tens of thousands of new American jobs” and investing “billions and billions of dollars.”Nearly three years later, with unemployment at the lowest in half a century, that first presidential portfolio has stumbled to fulfill that forecast. While Trump’s 10 companies have spent billions on new factories and upgrades, they failed to keep pace with new hires, according to a Reuters analysis of the group’s capital expenditures and headcount since 2017. Collective employment at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Ford Motor Co, GM, Harley, Intel, Lockheed Martin Corp, Sprint Corp, Walmart Inc and small biotech Amicus Therapeutics has remained flat at about 2 million workers, the analysis shows. In the same period, total US employment has risen by 4.5 percent.Wall Street has not smiled extensively on Trump’s selected companies either. Most of the companies’ total shareholder return has trailed the S&P 500’s 47 percent advance and sector benchmarks since Trump’s February 2017 speech. Only four of the 10 have outperformed the broad benchmark while five have lagged the wider market by 35 points or more, as of Jan. 28. White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere declined to comment about the individual companies, but noted more Americans are coming off the sidelines and finding work, and US wages and consumer confidence are rising. “Despite headwinds from severe monetary tightening and a global recession, President Trump’s agenda of fair and reciprocal trade, lower taxes and deregulation has created the strongest economy we’ve ever seen,” he added. Still, struggles within the Trump portfolio underscore how the president’s economic and immigration policies have produced uneven results as he seeks another term in the White House. Since he took office, only Fiat Chrysler and defense contractor Lockheed Martin have added a meaningful number of net new workers. Lockheed’s US headcount is up about 15 percent. Fiat’s employment is up about 11 percent, with some gains coming from broader North American operations. The net gain of jobs at the two companies is about 22,800 since the end of 2016, according to company disclosures. “What a great brand Jeep is,” Trump said in a shoutout to Fiat Chrysler’s hot-selling vehicle, before signing a tariff agreement with China. By contrast, the combined overall US headcount at Ford and GM has declined by about 10,000, or 5 percent to 184,000, despite investing billions of dollars in their automotive plants.Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian crew from virus-hit Diamond Princess to arrive home on Sunday

first_imgThe remaining 68 Indonesian crewmen on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship are expected to arrive home on Sunday, as Jakarta officially dispatched a team on Friday to airlift the citizens from the coronavirus-hit ship docked in Japan.The evacuation team is made up of 23 people, comprising representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the Indonesian Military, the Health Ministry and national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said. “We are praying for the [evacuation] to take place safely and all will return home in good condition,” Retno said on Friday.The Garuda Indonesia airplane departed from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, at 4 p.m. on Friday and was scheduled to land at the Haneda Airport in Tokyo at 1 a.m. on Saturday.The plane is to depart Japan at 6 p.m local time on Sunday and was expected to arrive in Indonesia near midnight on the same day, Retno said. Among the total of 78 Indonesian crew members initially on board the Diamond Princess, only 68 of them would return to Indonesia and all of them had undergone a polymerase chain reaction test, after which they had been declared negative for COVID-19, she said.  Eight crew members had tested positive for coronavirus and were currently being treated in a Japanese hospital, while two other Indonesians had decided to continue working on the cruise ship, Retno added. Japanese authorities quarantined the Diamond Princess and its 3,711 passengers and crew for two weeks starting on Feb. 5 in Yokohama. By the time the quarantine was over 14 days later, more than 600 of those aboard had tested positive for COVID-19.The coronavirus has spread globally since it first emerged from Wuhan city in China in late December and it infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 2,800 by Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering.Indonesia has still reported zero cases of coronavirus so far. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Netherlands record first death in coronavirus outbreak

first_img“All those in contact with the patient who are suffering from a cold or have a fever have been asked to remain at home. If necessary, they will be tested,” the RIVM added. The Netherlands has recorded its first death in the novel coronavirus outbreak, health officials said on Friday.”An 86-year-old man with COVID-19 who was admitted to the Ikazia hospital in Rotterdam has died,” the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said, referring to the disease caused by the virus.”This is the first patient in the Netherlands to die of the coronavirus,” the RIVM said, adding that the source of the patient’s contamination was unknown. The number of novel coronavirus cases in the world is approaching 100,000 and more than 3,300 have proved fatal.The Netherlands now has 82 reported cases.”The man was isolated as soon as it became clear that he had COVID-19,” the RIVM said.Everyone who had contact with the patient — including visitors and health workers — is being questioned about their health, the institute said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMIndofood, ICBP struggle to maintain efficiency amid greater competition

first_imgForgot Password ? Log in with your social account Google Topics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Food manufacturing giant PT Indofood Sukses Makmur and its subsidiary, processed food company PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur (ICBP), are facing a tougher challenge from their competitors, which have begun to cut prices to boost their market share.Corporate analysts said that the two companies’ competitors cut their profit margins to tap into growing demand amid a wave of panic buying among consumers due to fears that the partial lockdown imposed by the government might disrupt supplies.“Consumers are paying more attention to the price of instant noodles [sold] at big quantities, and it shows that Indofood group’s competitors have become the winners,” BNI Sekuritas equity analyst William Siregar told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said their competitors were offering much lower prices, a business strategy that could undermine the market share of Indofood… Linkedin Indonesia FMCG food noodle Indofood Competition market-share price efficiencylast_img read more

Government allocates $209m for electricity discounts

first_imgThe government has allocated Rp 3.5 trillion (US$209.8 million) to provide free electricity and discounts to Indonesia’s lower-income households to help them get through the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Wednesday the funds, which are to come from the state budget, comprised about Rp 2.59 trillion for 25 million of Indonesia’s poorest households, Rp 630 billion for 7 million second-poorest households and Rp 280 billion for an anticipated spike in domestic electricity consumption.“This way we will have space or room to accommodate higher consumption than recorded in 2019, prior to the warnings related to COVID-19,” he said, noting that the ministry was also ready to adjust the scheme over time.The poorest households are defined as those within the 450-volt ampere (VA) category, while the second-poorest as those within the 900-VA range. State-owned electricity company PLN is to give free electricity to the 450VA homes for three months starting in April and a 50 percent discount to 900VA homes over the same period.The electricity discount was one of six social safety net programs, including unemployment benefits and food aid, announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday after he declared a COVID-19 public health emergency. Read also: Jokowi announces free electricity, discounts for households hardest hit by COVID-19 impactsThe safety nets are meant to help Indonesia’s lower-income families for whom electricity bills represents their fifth-highest non-food spending. Many of such families have been hit hard by business closures. The government also seeks to prevent Greater Jakarta’s unemployed from migrating out of the virus-ridden capital, potentially spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus to other provinces.Explaining the discount distribution mechanism, the energy ministry’s director of electricity business development, Hendra Iswahyudi, said PLN would use a mobile app to distribute free or discounted electricity vouchers to eligible prepaid consumers.He said the electricity company would waive the bills of postpaid 450VA customers and halve the monthly bills of postpaid 900VA customers. For the latter category, PLN will start with halving bills issued this month for power consumed last month.Topics :last_img read more