first_imgWhen a medical student asked where he would get the money to pay for all the new programs, Bobby responded, “From you.”The campaign’s most moving event took place in Indianapolis after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.Speaking to the predominantly black crowd, Kennedy talked publicly about his brother’s death for the first time and called for racial reconciliation.Riots broke out in over 100 cities, but Indianapolis stayed calm.Jack Newfield’s memoir captured Kennedy’s essence: “Part of him was soldier, priest, radical and football coach. But he was none of these. He was a politician.Orwell’s observation about Gandhi applies to Robert Kennedy, “Regarded simply as a politician, and compared with the other leading political figures of our time, how clean a smell he has managed to leave behind!” William Hogan is a freelance writer from Albany.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Biographer Larry Tye noted, “The values and qualities that would define him were present from the beginning, but they fully blossomed only after his father’s disability and his brother’s death.”Bobby was intense, passionate and courageous, but lacked JFK’s confidence, dispassionate intellect and disarming personality.Bobby Kennedy was deeply affected by the poverty he saw in Mississippi, in Bedford Stuyvesant, on Native American reservations and among migrant workers.Soon after Bobby launched his presidential campaign, President Lyndon Johnson withdrew from the race.Kennedy found his voice on the campaign trail and was attempting to build a coalition of poor whites, blacks and youth.He demonstrated political courage that was rare in 1968 and even rarer today.Addressing students, Kennedy said that college draft deferments should be eliminated because they were unfair to those unable to attend college. “He lived through a time of unusual turbulence in American history; and he responded to that turbulence more directly and sensitively than any other political leader of the era. History changed him, and, had time permitted, he might have changed history. He never had a chance to fulfill his own possibilities, which is why his memory haunts so many of us now.”Kennedy’s time as U.S. attorney general was important in his political growth.The Kennedy brothers hoped to move slowly on civil rights to avoid alienating Southern voters, but Bobby recognized it as a moral issue.He became a lightning rod for the anger of Southern whites.President Kennedy’s assassination was the turning point in Bobby’s transformation. He became more introspective, empathetic and fatalistic.Richard Goodwin observed: “Bobby Kennedy, after November 1963, was like a landscape riven by an earthquake, familiar landmarks shattered.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily Gazette Fifty years after he was assassinated on June 5, 1968, Robert Kennedy remains the standard for enlightened political leadership.Barack Obama described his legacy: “This man who was never president, who was our attorney general for only three years, who was New York’s junior senator for just three and a half, still calls to us today. Still inspires our debate with his words, animates our politics with his ideas, and calls us to make gentle the life of a world that’s too often coarse and unforgiving.”Kennedy is the haunting “what if” of recent history.Would the political landscape be different if he had not been murdered? This question has intrigued biographers and was the premise of Mitchell Freedman’s novel, “A Disturbance of Fate, the Presidency of Robert F. Kennedy.”A challenge in assessing Kennedy is reconciling the arrogant young man who worked briefly for Sen. Joseph McCarthy and plotted to overthrow Cuban leader Fidel Castro with the more open-minded incarnation that read the Greek classics, opposed the Vietnam War and fought for the disenfranchised.The key to Kennedy’s transformation was what historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. called his “experiencing nature.”last_img read more


first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy oppose those who are doing goodIt’s sad how little compassion and understanding people have when they are bothered by something that’s very monochromatic, no shades of gray.“I don’t like it, fix it,” then,“Look, all these people agree with me.” It’s a very cookie-cutter situation and the result can go either way depending on the facts, how truly wrong it is and who is the ultimate decision maker. A guy buys a house and a while later realizes that his neighbor is a cat lady. Personal differences aside, they never tried resolving the feud. He judged her, acquired back-up testimonials and wants to destroy something he sees as wrong.She chose to be a guardian of wayward animals (like the stolen bunny she found), educates on disease and is a conduit for healing, vaccinating, testing and neutering/spaying of animals. She stays up all-night as a hospice nurse to those facing their end, or she is out trapping in the middle of nowhere. She’s bringing kitties to get “fixed” and vaccinated so they can be adopted. She’s vetting adopters so the animals go to proper homes.He wants to stop a much needed resource for this area and beyond. The neighborhood is being helped by having someone maintain the population and limit the diseases that inhabit it far more than they are disturbing it. We are a cat rescue. But I assure you, we love all God’s creatures and want a way to continue our mission by being a voice for the voiceless.Derek JonesSchenectady Warn kids about the dangers of vapingI would like to give my opinion about this latest vaping accident.It doesn’t matter if it’s cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vaping or e-cigarettes. They all lead to cancer. If you have a smart girl or boy, tell them it’s no good. It doesn’t matter if it comes in different flavors; you still could get lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, etc.Steven GoldbergSchenectadyNew plates should reflect entire stateWho designed the new license plates for New York? Why is everything always about downstate?Why no picture of the capitol in Albany or Lake George or Plattsburgh Air Force Base?And a picture of the Mario Cuomo bridge? Really? Who selected that?Even when I travel, I always have to say I am from upstate New York or people assume you mean New York City — like we up here aren’t part of New York.Jacquelyn LotanoGlenvilleGrateful for care and kindness to brotherI would like to thank the staff at Ellis Hospital for the great care of my brother, who is a person who is I/DD. The care was excellent. The patience that the staff showed was just outstanding. The staff on A-6 was just marvelous. My brother at times can be very difficult but the staff was just so understanding.I would also like to thank Schenectady ARC who sent a staff person to be with my brother 24/7. If you need a reason to join an organization that helps individuals with I/DD, this is just one of many. Angelo DeFelippoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more


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first_imgMichael “Mick” Doohan, the GP500 era MotoGP legend, has stated that the Mandalika circuit would stand out from other circuits because in terms of design and layout, the circuit had a more modern run-off.The Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), which manages the Mandalika circuit, has stated that all preparations in regards to quality and safety standards set by the International Motorcycling Federation will finish by year-end.In accordance with the timeline, the road asphalting was begun in January and is expected to be finished by the end of this year, before the circuit is tested by riders prior to the race, the ITDC reported.The ITDC also opened ticket reservations for the Mandalika MotoGP on Jan. 20. Approximately 4,000 of 10,000 tickets were sold in the first order period.“The [Mandalika] MotoGP will be held for three days, which are the testing day, the qualifications and the finals, from Friday to Sunday,” ITDC corporate secretary Miranti Rendranti told Kompas recently. (syk)Topics : Marquez added that he and his team members had a lot of fans in Indonesia, so he was glad to have the chance to race in Mandalika as he knew the racing community in the country had been waiting for quite some time.Repsol Honda Team manager Alberto Puig admitted he was also excited to see the Mandalika circuit, which he said he believed would be a fun place to race.“From what I hear, this circuit will have some fun facilities. This will be an exciting race series in Indonesia,” Puig said.MotoGP management has uploaded a short video on its official social media account, showing a 3D illustration of the Mandalika street circuit with coastal views. MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team warmly welcomed Indonesia’s plan to host one of MotoGP’s series next year, which is to be held on the newly built Mandalika street circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara.In a promotional visit for his Repsol Honda Team to Indonesia on Tuesday, Marquez expressed his excitement about Indonesia hosting the MotoGP race.“Now we have Malaysia and Thailand, then Indonesia. We have come here many times and this is not the first time we have made a presentation in Indonesia,” Marquez said, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more


first_imgThe World Health Organization has warned against a global over-reaction to the new coronavirus epidemic following panic-buying, event cancellations and concerns about cruise ship travel, as China’s official death toll neared 1,900 on Tuesday.More than 72,000 people have now been infected in China and hundreds more abroad, although the WHO stressed the disease has infected a “tiny” proportion of people outside its epicenter and the mortality rate remains relatively low.The outbreak is threatening to put a dent in the global economy, with China paralyzed by vast quarantine measures and major firms such as iPhone maker Apple and mining giant BHP warning it could damage bottom lines. Trade fairs, sports competitions and cultural events have been disrupted, while several countries have banned travelers from China and major airlines have suspended flights.The cruise ship industry has come into focus as hundreds of people became infected aboard a vessel off Japan. One passenger tested positive after disembarking another liner in Cambodia.The WHO, which has previously said travel restrictions were unnecessary, rejected the suggestion that all cruises should be halted.”Measures should be taken proportional to the situation. Blanket measures may not help,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva. The WHO has praised China for taking drastic measures to contain the virus.Authorities have placed about 56 million people in hard-hit central Hubei under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country.Other cities far from the epicenter have restricted the movements of residents, while Beijing ordered people arriving to the capital to go into 14-day self-quarantine.More than 450 people have tested positive for the virus aboard the quarantined Diamond Prince cruise ship off Yokohama in Japan.On Monday, the US repatriated more than 300 Americans, who now face another 14 days under quarantine.Attention was also turning to the Westerdam, a cruise ship in Cambodia, where many of the 2,200 people aboard passengers were allowed to disembark after all initially receiving a clean bill of health.They were met by Cambodia’s premier, taken on a bus tour of the country’s capital, and allowed to fly around the world.But an 83-year-old American woman was later diagnosed with the virus after arriving in Malaysia.The official death toll in China hit 1,868 Tuesday after another 98 people died, most in Hubei and its capital Wuhan, where the virus emerged in December.There were nearly 1,900 new cases – a drop from the previous day. Reported new infections have been falling in the rest of the country for the past two weeks.Tedros warned that it was too early to tell if the decline would continue.But the situation remains dire at the epicenter, with the director of a Wuhan hospital dying on Tuesday – the seventh medical worker to succumb to the COVID-19 illness.The WHO has sought to reassure the international community, noting that the novel coronavirus – which has a two percent mortality rate – is “less deadly” than its cousins, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the WHO said.There have been some 900 cases around the world, with only five deaths outside the mainland – in France, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.More than 80 percent of patients with the disease have mild symptoms and recover, the WHO said.”This is a very serious outbreak and it has the potential to grow, but we need to balance that in terms of the number of people infected. Outside Hubei this epidemic is affecting a very, very tiny, tiny proportion of people,” said Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies program.Despite the WHO’s reassurances, global concerns persist, with an international inventions show in Geneva postponed and panic-buying in Hong Kong and Singapore.Supply chains of global firms such as Apple supplier Foxconn and automaker Toyota have been disrupted as key production facilities in China were temporarily closed.Apple said it did not expect to meet its revenue guidance for the March quarter, as worldwide iPhone supply would be “temporarily constrained” and demand in China was affected.BHP, the world’s biggest miner, warned that demand for resources could be hit, with oil, copper and steel use all set to decline if the disease continues to spread.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgThe health ministry said on Tuesday that 92 people had died so far from coronavirus, one of the highest death tolls outside China where the epidemic originated late last year. It said 2,922 people had been infected with the disease.Among those infected is first vice president Eshaq Jahangiri, the IranWire news site reported, citing an “informed source”. There was no immediate confirmation from officials.Several Iranian officials have come down with coronavirus and one senior official died from an infection on Monday.The Islamic Republic has cancelled Friday prayers in all provincial capitals this week because of the coronavirus outbreak, state television reported on Wednesday. Coronavirus has spread to almost all of Iran’s provinces but the country will get through the outbreak with a “minimum” number of deaths, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.”This disease is a widespread disease,” he said during a Cabinet meeting, according to the official presidency website.”It has reached almost all our provinces and in one sense it’s a global disease.” Rouhani said Iran would get through the outbreak with a minimum number of deaths and in the shortest period of time thanks to the skills of its doctors and nurses.He took a jab at an American offer to help with the outbreak without mentioning the United States directly.Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States had offered to help Iran with the outbreak.”They’ve appeared with a mask of sympathy that ‘we also want to help the people of Iran’,” Rouhani said. “If you are really telling the truth, then lift sanctions from medicine.”President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from a multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran in 2018 and reimposed sanctions which have hammered Iran’s economy.US officials have said that the sanctions do not target medicine for Iran, a point Iranian officials dispute.Video aired on state television of Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting showed Rouhani and ministers in a larger room than the usual venue for the weekly gathering.IranWire reported that Jahangiri was quarantined last week after a government meeting on combating coronavirus that was attended by several ministers and senior officials.Separately, Bahrain on Wednesday reported three new coronavirus cases, raising its total number to 52.Oman also reported three new cases – two Iranians and one Omani, raising its total number to 15, according to the Omani health ministry. All three cases were related to travel to Iran, the ministry said.And the Dubai Health Authority reported on Wednesday that a 16-year-old student had tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of cases in the United Arab Emirates to 28.Several countries in the Gulf region have reported coronavirus infections in individuals who had traveled to Iran.Topics :last_img read more


first_imgPlaces where the virus has been felt most severely, such as Wuhan in central China, northern Italy and parts of the United States, share similar climates and temperatures.The 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) eased over the summer months, although it is not clear if that was related to weather or coincided with tighter public health interventions.The World Health Organization said this month that there was no evidence that temperature would play a role in the coronavirus outbreak but it was an avenue worth exploring.In Southeast Asia, which shares a hot tropical climate, many countries had reported few cases even months after the initial outbreak at the end of last year in China, in spite of the region’s close travel, business and investment ties to China.But health experts said, rather than the hot climate, this was more down to limited testing, under-detection due to a lack of resources and more imported cases as the virus moves to multiple epicenters outside of China.Cases spike “At best, warm weather might influence the spread but it will not see the end of it,” said Dale Fisher, chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organization.”What is important is how effectively countries are isolating cases, removing people from communities. That’s the biggest factor, not the weather.”The spike of cases in many Southeast Asian countries has been dramatic in recent days, leading governments to take drastic action to stem the tide.In the Philippines, deaths more than doubled to 12 at the weekend, with confirmed cases rising to 140 – compared to three 10 days ago – prompting authorities to place the entire capital Manila under “community quarantine”.Malaysia reported a further 125 coronavirus cases on Monday – bringing its total to 553 – the highest in Southeast Asia. Many were linked to a single event at a mosque.Thailand, which reported 33 new cases on Monday, its biggest daily jump, plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres, cockfighting arenas and other entertainment centers.Indonesia confirmed 17 more cases on Monday, taking its toll to 134, amid concerns that there could be large under-reporting in the world’s fourth most populous country.Indonesia, which only recorded its first cases on March 2, had carried out only 220 tests a week ago but that has now risen to nearly a thousand.Singapore, which has been widely praised for its monitoring and isolation of infected patients, from Monday implemented tighter restrictions on visitors from other Southeast Asian countries after a wave of imported cases from the region.With so much still not known about the coronavirus, health experts say countries should not rely on warmer weather to slow the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.”It is too simplistic to suggest a tropical climate can stop coronavirus because there are many other factors, like human to human contact which can happened very fast,” said Sugiyono Saputra, a microbiology researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.”Environmental factors may not affect the virus at all.” A dramatic surge in coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia in recent days has increased doubts over a theory that warmer weather could stem the spread of the virus, health experts say.Relatively low cases of infections in many Southeast Asian countries had been cited as possible evidence that hotter weather was suppressing the virus, giving hope to Europe and the United States as they head into spring.But countries from Indonesia to Thailand to Malaysia and the Philippines have recorded their highest rate of infections in recent days as testing has ramped up, in a sign seasonal factors may only play a limited role in coronavirus’ spread. “The temperature theory doesn’t really hold up given what’s happening right now in much of Southeast Asia,” said Tikki Pangestu, a professor at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.”People in Europe hope warm weather will kill the virus. I doubt this will be the reality.”The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19, has infected almost 170,000 and over 6,500 have died.Though a limited amount is known about the new virus, some of the symptoms show similarities with winter influenza, which is more widespread in colder temperatures, although this is partly attributed to people crowding together inside.center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_imgRead also: BI expects Q1 economic growth to drop to 4.9% as virus hurts tourism, tradeSri Mulyani said the ministry would be careful in assessing the full-year economic growth projection, adding that the country must handle the situation well to have “reasonable hope” for the next quarter.“If we can handle the situation by limiting the virus spread and making the public more disciplined then we could have reasonable hope in the second quarter,” Sri Mulyani warned.Indonesia has announced 227 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 19 deaths, as of Wednesday. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected nearly 200,000 people and taken at least 7,900 lives, with more cases reported outside China, where the virus was believed to have originated. The pandemic has triggered lockdowns in several countries, including China, Italy and Malaysia. It has halted business activity and disrupted the global supply chain, triggering concerns of slowing economic growth.Read also: Global recession risk spikes as world powers down, markets slumpThe Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has downgraded its global growth forecasts, estimating that global GDP will stand at 2.4 percent this year, a 0.5 percentage point cut from an earlier forecast in November.The OECD expects Indonesia’s economy to grow 4.8 percent in 2020, a 0.2 percentage point cut from its initial projection in November. The country’s GDP grew 5.02 percent in 2019, the lowest level in four years, as exports and investment cooled.Topics : Indonesia’s economic growth may drop to 4.5- 4.9 percent in the first quarter, with potential to further plunge in the second quarter, amid weakening economic activities driven by the spread of the novel coronavirus, the finance minister says.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said Wednesday that the economy had grown at a range of 4.9 percent until the second week of March, a level unseen since 2016, further lowering from 4.97 percent in the fourth quarter. The last two weeks of March could further drag down gross domestic product (GDP) growth as people limit mobility and travel to slow the spread of COVID-19, she added.“The COVID-19 impact on the economy is significant so we will not underestimate this situation,” Sri Mulyani told reporters via a video conference. “Meanwhile, growth in the second quarter will be pressured significantly by COVID-19.”last_img read more