High Notes: Mud run for substance abuse, Lion’s run, fun for kids

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIn Saratoga Springs, kids and adults participated in the 7th annual Tuff eNuff Obstacle Challenge mud run to benefit the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council of Saratoga County. The challenge, which regularly draws about 550 participants and more than 1,000 spectators, features mud-covered terrain with hurdles to jump over, crawl under and tread through.” All proceeds of the event go toward the council’s efforts to educate and inform the community about substance abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The council also offers services to help diminish the adverse effects of substance abuse.In Saratoga Springs, about 350 people participated in the Saratoga Lions Foundation’s 14th annual Memorial Day weekend duathlon, 5K race and team challenge at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The event helps support the club’s efforts to help people with sight and hearing conservation, to fight diabetes and to provide scholarships and community initiatives for kids and military veterans. When the bike-marathon race was first held on the grounds of Skidmore College, only about 50 people participated. Now the event has grown in leaps and bounds, annually raising around $30,000. It also provides serious triathletes with an early-season training opportunity, as well as provides a fun outdoor activity for families and local businesses.In Schenectady, volunteers from Union College, the Social Enterprise And Training Center, Junior ROTC, Proctors, CREATE Community Studios and individual residents, along with contributions from 18 companies and 23 individuals, brought art and fun activities for children and their families as part of the Kids Arts Festival. In addition, free entertainment highlighted local talent, ranging from the Puppet People, Mopco Improv Theater and Dance Me Elite Performers to Mike Purcell and the Oneida Middle School Jazz Band. More than 100 volunteers either helped set up or take down the event or worked with kids on 50 activities that included creating collages, sculpting clay, writing poetry, drawing and painting, learning Chinese calligraphy, and weaving and spinning wool. The Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department provided 98 Safe Child IDs and the city fire department provided fire safety lessons. The event, held in the area of Jay and Franklin Streets and outside Schenectady City Hall, was hosted by the ElectriCity Arts District, a nonprofit arm of Proctors.High Notes is a feature of The Gazette Opinion section that appears every Monday to spotlight the good being done in our communities by individuals, organizations and businesses. Reader submissions to High Notes are welcome. Send suggestions to Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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The price was right

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Bournemouth’s £250m retail scheme opens

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The seven-year hitch

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Hong Kong airline Cathay asking 27,000 staff to take unpaid leave: CEO

first_imgHong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific is asking its 27,000 employees to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave, CEO Augustus Tang said Wednesday, as the airline faces a crisis in the wake of the new coronavirus outbreak.”I am hoping all of you will participate, from our frontline employees to our senior leaders, and share in our current challenges,” Tang said in a video message posted online.The request lays bare desperate times at Cathay, which was hammered last year by months of political chaos and protests in Hong Kong and has now been hurt further by the fallout from the virus outbreak. The coronavirus, which was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, spread over the Lunar New Year holiday, which would normally be one of the busiest times for regional airlines. Instead dozens of international carriers have reduced or suspended flights to China in a bid to halt the pathogen’s spread and as passenger numbers fall off a cliff.In his video message to employees, Tang warned Cathay was experiencing “one of the most difficult Chinese New Year holidays we have ever had” because of the virus. “And we don’t know how long it will last,” he added. “With such an uncertain outlook, preserving our cash is now the key to protecting our business.” He announced a series of measures to tackle the crisis, including asking staff to voluntarily take unpaid leave. “I realize this is difficult to hear. And we may need to take further steps ahead. But by supporting the special leave scheme, you will be helping at our time of need,” he told staff.He also asked suppliers to reduce their prices and said the airline would make short-term adjustments to its capacity, including an already announced move to reduce flights to the Chinese mainland by 90 percent.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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South Korean teen death not linked to virus: officials

first_imgA teenage pneumonia patient who died Wednesday morning in Daegu was coronavirus-negative, health officials said Thursday.In a briefing Thursday afternoon, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the 17-year-old’s death was not linked to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.Medics at Yeungnam University Hospital in Daegu, where the patient was treated, tested him for COVID-19 several times, as his chest imaging showed signs of a possible infection. Results came out negative in nine of the tests and positive in one. The KCDC’s Vice Director Kwon Jun-wook said the agency as well as two hospitals conducted postmortem virus tests on the patient’s samples, including blood, urine and liquid from the lower respiratory tract. The virus was not detected in tests run by the three institutions. The earlier positive result appears to be due to a technical error or contamination at the lab, Kwon said.The state clinical committee for emerging infectious diseases has concluded an autopsy was unnecessary, as the case was not a virus fatality. Yeungnam Hospital said the patient had no previous comorbidities or other health problems. His cause of death certificate attributes multiple organ failure.  Topics :last_img read more

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Rand Paul becomes first US senator diagnosed with coronavirus

first_imgSenators must be present to vote, and current rules don’t allow remote voting — although pressure is mounting for that to change.“The responsibility of the Senate is to remain open,” Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, said on Twitter. “Remote voting must be instituted immediately.”Paul, 57, is feeling fine and isn’t aware of any direct contact with any infected person, his Twitter message said. Symptoms of the virus can include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.A follow-up tweet said he expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period has ended, and that virtually no staff has had contact with the senator in the past 10 days, when his DC office began working remotely.Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, and Representative Ben McAdams, Democrat of Utah, last week both revealed they had been diagnosed as positive.The three join more than 31,000 other Americans known to have the virus, according to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University. Some 390 have died in the US Globally, cases have exceeded 328,000 with over 14,000 deaths.Paul was among a handful of Republican lawmakers on March 18 to oppose a $100 billion stimulus package to offset the impact of Covid-19 on the US economy. The measure was approved 90-8 and signed into law by President Donald Trump.Earlier this month, Paul was the lone vote against an $8 billion emergency spending package aimed at boosting funds for testing and lowering the cost of certain related medical treatments. He proposed an amendment that offset some of the costs of the legislation with cuts elsewhere, which was rejected.The senator’s father, former Texas Representative Ron Paul, has been one of final holdouts among coronavirus skeptics as the impact of the pandemic has broadened this month and state governments have ramped up their response.The 2012 Republican presidential candidate penned a column entitled “The Coronavirus Hoax,” dated March 16.“Governments love crises because when the people are fearful they are more willing to give up freedoms for promises that the government will take care of them,” the elder Paul wrote.He termed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, “the chief fearmonger of the Trump administration.”Topics : Two other Republican US senators said they’ll go into self-quarantine after Rand Paul of Kentucky announced on Sunday that he’d tested positive for Covid-19.The moves by Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney of Utah have thrown a wrench into efforts by the Senate to pass a massive coronavirus economic stimulus package by Monday.Two other Republicans, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and Senator Rick Scott of Florida, have also been in self-quarantine in response to possible exposure to the virus from other infected individuals. Paul, who voted against two emergency coronavirus spending bills this month, tested positive for the virus and is in quarantine, according to a post on his Twitter account on Sunday.He’s the first US senator, and third member of Congress, known to have become infected. Lee subsequently said he would self-quarantine for 14 days — which means “no traveling or voting” — on the advice of the Attending Physician of the US Congress.Paul, the Kentucky lawmaker, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” due to his extensive travel and events, according to the tweet.Paul and Lee will miss a vote expected Monday on a bill to provide some $2 trillion in direct and indirect stimulus to the US economy as it reels from the widening effects of the pandemic.last_img read more

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UFC to beat virus lockdown with event on tribal land

first_imgThe Ultimate Fighting Championship is aiming to circumvent coronavirus lockdown restrictions by staging an event on an Indian reservation in California later this month, US media reported on Wednesday.The New York Times reported that UFC chief Dana White planned to hold UFC 249 at the Tachi Palace Resort Casino in central California on April 18, sidestepping state guidelines that have brought sports to a standstill.The casino — which has been closed since March 20 because of the COVID-19 pandemic — is on land belonging to the Tachi-Yokut Tribe. Indian reservations typically operate independently of the states in which they are located, outside of local government or US federal government control.By staging the event on tribal land, organizers also evade the requirement to obtain sanctioning from the California State Athletic Commission. White has repeatedly voiced determination to continue holding UFC cards, insisting that the circuit can continue safely with events held without spectators.On Monday, White told ESPN that he had secured a venue for UFC 249 and further events but did not state where. White also said he had secured the use of an “island” to stage figts. Topics :center_img “This place where this fight is going to be on April 18 I have locked up for two months, so I’m going to continue to pump fights out,” White said.”I’ve got an island. The infrastructure is being built right now. We’re going to do all of our international fights on this island. We’re going to start cranking. The UFC will be back up and running, internationally and here in the states.”The Ultimate Fighting Championship has already postponed three events after officials were unable to find venues to stage fights amid restrictions put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

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COVID-19 patients in West Nusa Tenggara break out of isolation, pray at mosques

first_img“Based on his statement, he walked westward passing through the Central Lombok Council building,” said Omdah.He went on to say that SL had stopped at a mosque in Batujai village.“The patient said he performed subuh [dawn prayer] at Wage Mosque and later proceeded toward Panujak village, where he was found by health workers in the morning,” Omdah said.Read also: Outbreak breakout: COVID-19 patient flees isolation ward in JakartaAnother incident occurred in the provincial capital of Mataram, where a COVID-19 patient placed under isolation went out and participated in congregational tarawih (evening Ramadan prayers) at a local mosque.A team from a community health center (Puskesmas) in Taliwang was deployed to conduct contact tracing on the patient, a 57-year-old man identified as S.  “The patient was not at home when we visited him,” Cakranegara district head Erwan said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.He added that S was supposed to self-isolate upon returning from Gowa, where he attended an Islamic event last month.S, who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, did not immediately report the test result to health authorities. The patient initially resisted being placed under isolation, but eventually relented.The patient has since been taken to Mataram General Hospital for quarantine, Erwan said.West Nusa Tenggara has recorded 221 confirmed cases and four deaths linked to the disease as of Wednesday. Provincial capital Mataram is the outbreak epicenter in the region, with 77 COVID-19 cases and two deaths due to the disease. (rfa)Topics : “We finally found him in a field near the Lombok International Airport overpass,” an unidentified person recording the video said in the footage.SL recently traveled to Gowa, where more than 8,200 people gathered for an international Islamic event last month, and has since tested positive for COVID-19. Central Lombok Health Agency head Omdah confirmed the authenticity of the video.  Several COVID-19 patients in West Nusa Tenggara with a recent travel history to a tabligh (Islamic mass gathering) in Gowa, South Sulawesi have escaped quarantine, putting others in their vicinity at risk of contracting the disease.A confirmed case in Central Lombok regency, identified as 50-year-old SL, broke out of isolation at a local hospital and walked home.He snuck out of an isolation room at Praya General Hospital on Tuesday evening. His escape attempt was recorded by a hospital CCTV camera, as reported by kompas.com.center_img SL was later found in a field in Penujak village located nearly 10 kilometers from the hospital and taken back to the hospital by local health workers. The video depicting the encounter, as well as CCTV recording of SL’s escape has since circulated on social media.last_img read more

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BTPN records double-digit growth in profits, loans

first_imgPublicly listed lender bank BTPN recorded double-digit growth in net profits and loans in the first quarter of this year, as it weathered the COVID-19 crisis.The bank booked Rp 752 billion (US$50.7 million) in net profits in the first three months of this year, up by 48 percent compared with the same period last year, BTPN announced in a statement on Tuesday.In line with the growth in profits, the bank also recorded a 12 percent year-on-year (yoy) growth in loan disbursement in January to March to Rp 157 trillion, supported by loans to the corporate segment of Rp 92 trillion. Meanwhile, BTPN also managed to maintain its gross non-performing loan (NPL) ratio at 0.97 percent as of March, well below the banking industry figure of 2.77 percent, as it stressed that it remained cautious in disbursing its loans.Ongki went on to say that the bank still had ample liquidity to get through the current challenging economic conditions as its liquidity coverage ratio (LCR), which indicates the bank’s short-term liquidity ratio, stood at 212 percent.Meanwhile, its net stable funding ratio (NSFR), which indicates its long-term liquidity, stood at 116 percent, above the minimum requirement of 100 percent.The bank’s capital adequacy ratio (CAR), meanwhile, stood at 22.5 percent. This signaled that the bank still had strong expansion capability, it said in the statement.“The COVID-19 situation is very challenging, including for us in the banking industry. But we are grateful for the performance at the beginning of this year,” Ongki said.Topics : “With the uncertainties of the global economic situation, added to by the current development of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are trying to maintain the positive performance of the bank,” BTPN president director Ongki Wanadjati Dana said in the statement.In the corporate loan segment, BTPN focused on syndicated loans for various projects such as energy security, food security and infrastructure. The bank also disbursed loans bilaterally to private and state-owned entities, as well as automotive and trading firms.To support the high loan growth, BTPN also managed to raise Rp 161.2 trillion in funding as of March, higher by 3 percent yoy.The funding was sourced from third-party funds of Rp 97.1 trillion, while other party loans and subordinated loans contributed Rp 57 trillion and Rp 7.1 trillion, respectively.last_img read more

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