Dreamers should all serve in military first

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI am a disabled veteran of World War II. To all you liberal Democrats: You don’t know what it is to suffer for this great country of ours.You want everything, but you will not sacrifice anything for this great country. You want the Dreamers to become citizens. Regarding Dec. 7, 1941, if we where all liberals and let the Japanese take over our great country, would you have the freedom we have now? If you want the Dreamers to be citizens of our great country, let them serve four years in the military — active duty — and then they will be come good citizens of this great country of ours.Thank God, we have a president that is trying to protect us. Vincent BelardoAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Leicester – Sowden and Davis set to end development famine

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Small firms must embrace technology to survive

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Offices: County fares well

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Whispers in Watford warm faint Herts

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Gateshead’s big match

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PREMIUMIndonesia sees gloomy outlook on economy as growth falls below 5%

first_imgIndonesia’s economy headed into 2020 with sluggish outlook as household consumption, exports and investment are expected to further weaken due to global economic risks including the coronavirus crisis, economists say.Gross domestic product (GDP) grew 4.97 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019, the weakest level in almost three years, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Wednesday. Throughout 2019, Indonesia’s economy grew 5.02 percent, the weakest year since 2015.Read also: Indonesia’s GDP growth stagnated at 5.02 percent last year, weakest since 2015Bank Central Asia chief economist David Sumual said that gross domestic product (GDP) could be adversely affected by the impact of a spiraling coronavirus crisis, calling the government’s economic target of 5.3 percent as unrealistic.“Economic growth below 5 percent in 2020 should not be ruled ou… Facebook Google Forgot Password ? Topics : Linkedin Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Indonesia GDP economy economic-growth Q4 2019 outlook-2020 coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia investment domestic-consumptionlast_img read more

DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers making own masks amid shortages

first_imgSome are turning to DIY solutions — albeit of questionable quality.Judy, a 73-year-old out shopping in the district of Wanchai, was spotted in a homemade mask.”I found the material — my handkerchief, and some non-woven fabric — and I combined them and used some wire for the top, and some elastic,” she told AFP, declining to give her surname.While Hong Kong’s economy reels, business has been brisk on one street in the working-class Sham Shui Po district that boasts many fabric and tailoring shops. A colorful array of cloth masks hangs outside many of the cramped storefronts as shoppers haggle over the din of whirring sewing machines.Elase Wong, a tailor, said she was giving away her face mask sewing design.”Some people couldn’t buy any masks… So if they can make them themselves, that would be great,” she told AFP. “I hope everyone can achieve self-sufficiency.”Pop-up assembly lineThe cost of masks has skyrocketed with scarcity and the government resisting price controls or rationing, as in nearby Macau and Taiwan.A set of 50 simple surgical masks can sell for up to HK$300 (US$40), while the top of the range N95 variety is going for as high as HK$1,800 a box.A film director surnamed Tong was this week putting the finishing touches to a face mask assembly line in an industrial building.”I was shocked by the price of face masks,” he told AFP.”I did some research and realized that masks are not that difficult to make. Why do people have to bear such a high cost? Because there is no production line in Hong Kong”.With the help of an investor he managed to import a machine from India, and plans to ship more. Currently in the testing phase, the device will produce 60-80 surgical masks per minute from Saturday in a dust-free room. Tong said the masks will be sold online for HK$1-2 each, limited to one box per person. The administration of chief executive Carrie Lam says it is doing all it can to secure new supplies of face masks amid a global shortage.Output has been ramped up on a prison labor production line and there are plans to set aside HK$1.5 billion to support the creation of domestic factories.The lack of stockpiles has sparked criticism of Lam, even from among her pro-Beijing political allies.Many have expressed surprise that a city which suffered 299 deaths during the 2003 SARS outbreak was not better prepared.Since SARS, which Beijing initially covered up, Hong Kongers have embraced higher communal hygiene standards and face masks have long been a common sight, especially during the winter flu season.Joseph Kwan, a public health expert from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, said widespread mask use during SARS also lowered cases of the common cold that year.In a tightly packed city like Hong Kong, new viruses will “spread like wildfire if nobody wears a mask”, he said. “It would be a public health disaster”. Topics :center_img With chronic face mask shortages in the midst of a virus outbreak, Hong Kongers have started making their own — with a pop-up production line and seamstresses churning them out on sewing machines.In one of the most densely populated cities on earth, face masks have become hot property as people scramble for protection against the new deadly coronavirus.Long queues — sometimes thousands strong — routinely crop up outside pharmacies when supplies are in, and there is anger at the government’s failure to have stockpiled.last_img read more