Gazette missed the boat with victims story

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The issue of gun crime is serious, but local protestors aren’t serious about solving the problem, either wanting attention more than a solution or they’re totally clueless about the problem.If students walked out of class to protest abortion, bring our troops home from the Middle East, or anything else, would the Gazette print articles about it and the school treat them like heroes? What good does a League of Women Voters bus to Washington D.C. accomplish, other than giving them an outing and a chance to preen?The Gazette ran a truly sad story about 16 tragic gun deaths that impacted Schenectady over the last several years. The victims and their stories deserve to be remembered and mourned. But the Gazette failed to identify the common factor in each of those murders: the victims were all killed by persons not licensed to own or use guns.JOE GRYGASSouth ColonieMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Writer missed facts on Proctors features

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mary Carol Hart’s March 20 letter [“Glove Theatre should avoid Proctors’ path”] offers an opportunity for fact checking and response. Proctors is proud to continue to have shops open to the public all week on the main floor. Once there was a small lunch deli, but that was replaced by the larger Apostrophe Cafe, which is open 70 hours a week. Hermie’s Music anchors the arcade’s Stratton Plaza entrance and we have two iterations of the Gift Centre at Proctors, both run by a loyal group of volunteers, as has been the case for 30 years. There are also lobby entrances for Key Hall at Proctors and the Parker Inn, as well the snack bar, which is open for Main Stage performances. Regarding our State Street marquee, it’s not original to 1926, but was installed in 1983 to replicate the original, replacing an outdated and deteriorated Art Deco marquee from the 1940s. It was repaired and repainted in 2014, and the signboards were updated to digital displays. But we did not change the marquee in any other way. As to the GE Theatre, it’s described in the industry as a “black box,” and is intended to be quite different than the lush Main Stage. It’s designed for different kinds of uses and programs, including moving the seating to have a large flat-floor for events. Finally, we, too, wish the Glove Theatre nothing but success for its marquee and continuing operations.Philip Morris SchenectadyThe writer is CEO of Proctors, Capital Repertory Theatre and Universal Preservation Hall.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

CLS looks forward to big millennium growth

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Threadneedle bails out of north London leisure scheme

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Oxfordshire offices: Science holds the answers

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New lease of life for Scottish mini-malls as Halladale completes Craigshill buy

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Running on empty

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Inner City

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LSH office mergers prompt Thames Valley closures…

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Google mulls licensing deals with news media: industry sources

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal reported earlier Friday Google was considering deals for a “premium” news product.The California tech giant has remained steadfast about not paying for news article links displayed in search results and is not changing that position, people familiar with the matter told AFP.It has argued that it drives traffic to news websites and thereby helps those publishers get ad revenues.Google’s News Initiative works with publishers to encourage readership and paid subscriptions to their offerings.Facebook, which has been hit with similar criticism, last year launched a dedicated “news tab” with professionally-produced content — a move by the social network to promote journalism and shed its reputation as a platform for misinformation.Facebook was expected to pay some of the news organizations, reportedly millions of dollars in some cases.The move by Google comes amid pressure to comply with a European copyright directive on content in search results.Google said last year it would not pay European media outlets for using their articles, pictures and videos in its searches in France, the first country to ratify the copyright directive, raising the prospect of legal action against the internet titan.The tech giant said it would only display content in its search engine results and on Google News from media groups who had given their permission for it to be used for free. Topics : Google is in discussions on deals to pay media organizations for content, a move aimed at blunting criticism that it unfairly profits from copyrighted news, according to people familiar with the talks.Negotiations between the internet giant and news outlets were said to be in the early stages, with most of the publishers located in France and other parts of Europe.Paying for news would diverge from the Alphabet-owned internet titan’s practice of freely mining the internet for material it displays in search results.center_img A licensing deal would likely be welcomed by news organizations that contend Google derives profits from ads alongside their news articles, including “snippets” in search results.Contacted by AFP Friday, Google indicated it is seeking new ways to help publishers.”We want to help people find quality journalism — it’s important to informed democracy and helps support a sustainable news industry,” Google vice president of news Richard Gingras said in a statement.”We care deeply about this and are talking with partners and looking at more ways to expand our ongoing work with publishers, building on programs like our Google News Initiative.”last_img read more