20 Oct

More must be done about Mohawk River ice jams

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhat can be done to alleviate the almost yearly ice jam along the Mohawk River? Generations of my family have lived on Schonowee Avenue in Scotia. In my 87 years, 70 of those years have seen ice jams and dangerous flooding from Jumpin’ Jacks through the Stockade in Schenectady, past the Waters Edge Lighthouse and the marina in Alplaus and past the Rexford Bridge where the jam begins in the wide part of the river before Lock 7. I read news reports about Coast Guard cutters and excavation activities along the Connecticut River and Penns Creek, and I wonder if our local authorities have considered these or other alternatives to watching the flooding occur and strengthening evacuation procedures. It would be helpful to those of us with homes or businesses along these banks to understand what is going to be done, if anything.Ken FetterScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: 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 intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

20 Oct

No reason not to test for colon cancer

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionColon cancer (also called colorectal cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men and women in New York, but it doesn’t have to be. Colon cancer can be prevented through screening. Abnormal growths in the colon and rectum can be found and removed before they turn into cancer; and if found early, colon cancer is highly curable. But the key is getting screened.All men and women ages 50 to 75 years old should be screened regularly for colon cancer.March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so on behalf of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties, I’d like to clear up a few myths about colon cancer. Some believe that if they don’t have a family history of colon cancer, screening isn’t needed. This isn’t true. Most people diagnosed with colon cancer don’t have a family history. Others think that screening is only needed if they have symptoms such as blood in their stool. Many cases of colorectal cancer happen in people who do not have symptoms, which is why getting tested is important. Another misunderstanding is that the tests are painful and the preparation is unpleasant. However, there are several tests to choose from, including stool-based tests that are easy, painless and can be done at home.Many people think that screening is expensive. Not so. Health insurance plans in New York state are required to cover colon cancer screening. And for those who are uninsured, our program provides free screening to men and women age 50 and older.So, why take a chance with colon cancer? Ask your doctor if it’s time for you to be tested. Or you can contact our program at 518-841-3726 for help or information.Margaret BrodieAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

20 Oct

Industrial

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20 Oct

Innovation Centre bought for £4.3m

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20 Oct

Doctor Smith’s casebook

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20 Oct

Frontier marks north-west debut with Manchester buy

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20 Oct

Fulfilling stations

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20 Oct

Case news

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20 Oct

Whitehall on the Clyde

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19 Oct

Mount Merapi erupts, spews 2,000-meter-high ash column

first_imgAn eruption rocked Mount Merapi volcano, which stands on the border of Yogyakarta and Central Java, at 5:16 a.m. on Thursday morning.“The eruption lasted 150 seconds, spewing smoke and 2,000-meter-high ash column,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said in a statement on Thursday.He added that during the eruption, the wind was blowing in a northwest direction, according to the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center (BPPTKG). In a separate statement, BPPTKG head Hanik Humaida said the eruption spewed volcanic material over a radius of 1 kilometer from Merapi’s peak. It also brought ash rain down on several villages located 10 km south of the volcano.Read also: Mountains rumbling: Five most active volcanoes in the archipelagoThe BPPTKG added that Mount Merapi had erupted four times between September and November 2019, followed by volcanic earthquakes occurring at a depth of more than 1.5 km.“There has been an increase in Merapi’s volcanic activity from mid-December 2019 to mid-January this year, both under and on the ground,” Hanik said in the statement. “Similar eruptions can still happen in the future as an indicator that the magma chamber is still supplying magma.”Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. An eruption in 2010 left more than 300 people dead and forced almost 400,000 people to take refuge. Authorities have raised Merapi’s alert level to waspada (caution), the second-highest level in the country’s four-tiered alert system.The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has advised residents and tourists to stay outside a 3-km radius of the peak of Merapi to avoid any possible danger.Topics :last_img read more