Spectrum needs more local games

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhen I get the paper in the morning, I look at “Sports On The Air” to see what I want to set up to record. It’s now the time of year when I’m looking for UAlbany, Siena or Syracuse basketball. Recently, I read a short bit about the Siena-at-Lehigh game. It ended with: “There will be no television.” That last statement needs a little more discussion. There will be virtually no Siena or UAlbany basketball on television this year. From what I have been able to determine, the only game on television all season is Siena vs. Louisville Dec. 6 on ESPN2.Why the difference from last year, when between UAlbany and Siena, there were probably 20 games on? The answer is Spectrum. By discontinuing the Time Warner Sports Channels, Spectrum has apparently eliminated any coverage of local sports (except their high school football game of the week). There are several Siena/UAlbany games on ESPN3 during this season, but it seems Spectrum really doesn’t want their customers to be able to watch UAlbany/Siena basketball on TV. The UAlbany/Iona game was on ESPN3 and I tried to Chromecast it from my phone on to my 60-inch TV. I got a message on my TV screen that said my television provider (Spectrum) wouldn’t allow me to cast to this device. I ended up watching on my computer’s 21-inch screen.I’m not sure what legal authority Spectrum has to prevent casting to my own TV, or why they’d want to, since I get my television and internet from Spectrum. The main reason I switched from satellite to Time Warner a few years ago was to get those basketball games, and now it looks like I’ll have to go back to satellite. I doubt they will block me from casting to my own TV.Steven LippincottGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Tyne for a change

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Nottingham – Infrastructure the lure for offices

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Basildon Evolution after global revolution

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Fighting the good fight

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Conservation group lists Soho scheme

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A highly charged battle

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US prosecutors ask for 7-9 years in jail for Trump confidant Stone

first_imgUS prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence President Donald Trump’s longtime aide Roger Stone to between seven and nine years in jail for lying to Congress and witness tampering.Stone was found guilty in November on charges related to his efforts to spare the president embarrassment over the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.He was arrested in January 2019 at his home in Florida after the charges were brought by then-special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation. He will be sentenced on Feb. 20. “When his crimes were revealed… he displayed contempt for this court and the rule of law,” the prosecutors said in a court document.Stone, 67, had argued that the charges against him were politically motivated, but prosecutors demonstrated he lied and bullied witnesses to protect Trump.When Stone was found guilty, Trump immediately responded on Twitter, suggesting that it was a “double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country.”Stone began his career as a political aide to Richard Nixon, whose face he has tattooed on his back.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian netizens warm to idea of lockdown to contain COVID-19

first_img“The sentiment has changed in the past few days as people and mass media begin to move to the ‘neutral’ zone, with the people tending to support lockdown as necessary to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has dismissed the idea to impose a lockdown in Jakarta, the province hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government would instead opt for stricter regulations on physical distancing, coupled with “civil emergency measures.”Out of the 1,414 coronavirus cases confirmed in Indonesia, 698 cases or 49 percent were recorded in Jakarta. Meanwhile, 74 of 122 nationwide COVID-19 deaths were also recorded in the capital city as of Monday.Data from Statgo Analytics from March 23 to March 30, 2020 show that Indonesia online community starting to feel neutral about national lockdown to curb the COVID-19 spread in the country (Statgo Analytics/Statgo Analytics) As netizens’ sentiment on the idea of lockdowns shifted toward positive, their concerns about the supply of staple goods are beginning to turn into negative territory, according to data collected throughout March.“People’s sentiment toward staple needs supply up to the third week of March 2020 remains well. However, in the past few days there has been an uptick in the people’s negative sentiment toward staple needs along with a decline in positive sentiment toward staples,” the report reads.Residents of Kalipasir, Central Jakarta, Spray disinfectant on another resident motorcycle before entering the residential area in Jakarta, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Sri Mulyani said on March 19 that Indonesia was not ready to impose a lockdown, as such a measure would disrupt the distribution of basic commodities to rural and densely populated areas.“The problem lays in the availability of the human resources to deliver basic commodities, not financial resources. How do we deliver the basic commodities to ensure the quarantined population can have access to their basic needs? That’s the primary concern,” Sri Mulyani said.Read also: Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so farThe government has prepared measures totaling Rp 158.2 trillion (US$9.77 billion) to finance the healthcare sector and safeguard individuals, workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Rp 4.6 trillion in cash aid for staple needs for 15.2 million families.House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, as well as both government and opposition lawmakers, have demanded the Jokowi administration enforce stricter measures by implementing localized quarantines as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law, saying that many people were ignoring the President’s call to practice physical distancing.Topics : A new report shows that netizens in Indonesia are becoming more supportive of the idea to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus with local lockdowns.Statqo Analytics, a data and analytics consulting firm, collected data through web crawling from March 23 to March 30 that show a significant surge in neutral and positive feedback regarding the possibility of a lockdown.“Interestingly, there was a tendency from most people to respond negatively toward the lockdown issue in the previous week,” the report reads.last_img read more

Depok makes space to house frontline workers, people with mild COVID-19 symptoms

first_imgRead also: 84 health workers, including two pregnant women, test positive for COVID-19 in JakartaOther institutions in Depok providing accommodation for medical workers include the University of Indonesia (UI) Hospital, which has converted a guest house to offer a space so medical workers can rest. The guest house has 21 rooms that can hold up to 48 beds. The Bhayangkara Brimob Hospital is also converting a polyclinic into a quarantine facility where medical workers can be isolated when they are off-duty.Further, the Depok administration plans to convert a vocational school with around 100 rooms into a makeshift medical facility like the Kemayoran Athletes Village.  The facility would be used to accommodate people under monitoring (ODP) and to treat patients under surveillance (PDP), the mayor said.ODP and PDP are official designations Indonesia is using to differentiate people according to the symptoms they present and their travel history.Read also: COVID-19: Public initiatives grow to produce face shields to help medical workers“We are preparing spaces for ODPs who […] cannot self-isolate at home,” said Idris.Separately, Health Agency head Novarita said that the facility was expected to accommodate more than one person per room, whether an ODP or a PDP with mild symptoms.The Depok administration has so far advised ODPs and PDPs with mild symptoms to self-isolate at home.Depok, a satellite city to the south of Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, recorded 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date, as well as 1,897 ODPs and 451 PDPs. (dfr) The Depok administration is preparing a special “hostel” for medical workers and people with suspected COVID-19 infection to prevent local transmission of the virus.Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said that the hostel would have around 200 rooms ready for use by next week.“We are still preparing [the hostel]. We expect it to be completed by next week.” Idris said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.center_img Topics :last_img read more