No repeat of Korean War’s casualties

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A perusal of statistics on the internet reminds us that 54,260 Americans lost their lives in the Korean War. In addition, 415,000 South Koreans were killed and 429,000 were wounded.According to this source, 1.5 million North Korean and Chinese people lost their lives. Why would anyone with an ounce of sense and any sympathy at all for their fellow human beings want to behave in a way that would bring about another catastrophe of this magnitude?FRANCIS R. TAORMINASchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Japan eyes legalizing morning-after pill

first_imgJapan will consider easing regulations on the sale of emergency contraceptive pills without a prescription, the health minister said Friday, taking a step toward allowing the kind of over-the-counter birth control that is already available in dozens of other countries.The “morning-after pill” is currently only available with a doctor’s prescription in Japan, but activists have long argued that it should be freely available to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”We would like to thoroughly discuss (the issue),” health minister Norihisa Tamura told a press conference. Tamura said he is aware that there is demand for the pills as a means to avoid unwanted pregnancies, and that the results of past government discussions on the issue will be taken into account when the ministry conducts a further review without setting a deadline.If everything goes well, the pill could be legalized next year, government sources said.Under the current rule, women including victims of sexual assault need to go to clinics or hospitals for a prescription in order to obtain emergency contraceptives, which work best within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.On Thursday, a government panel on female empowerment decided to include a policy of making non-prescriptive contraception available under a proposed five-year plan for promoting gender equality.As of Friday, an initiative calling for non-proscription sales of the pills in Japan on the online petition platform Change.org had received just over 91,000 signatures.Abortions are legal in Japan with some 160,000 reported in the fiscal year ending in March 2019, including 13,588 cases involving women under the age of 20, according to the health ministry.Topics :last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Kimpton Hotels Restau

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterKimpton Hotels & Restaurants has entered the Asia market with the debut of a new luxury hotel, Kimpton Da An Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. With its unique location in the heart of the Da’an District and an elevated, sophisticated design, the hotel is an urban sanctuary for the laidback luxury traveller.Kimpton Da An is ideally located in the heart of Taipei city, allowing guests easy access to local cafes, boutiques and galleries, while providing a welcoming environment decorated with artwork from local artisans.Kimpton Da An will enjoy Kimpton’s signature perks such as in-room yoga mats and a Morning Kick-Starter, as well as tea and coffee served in the lobby living room to energise guests. Guests can also take part in morning yoga on the rooftop, free fitness and wellness classes or explore the city with complimentary bicycles. Guests can also meet fellow travellers at Kimpton’s daily social hour in the hotel’s lobby lounge.Jolyon Bulley, CEO of IHG Greater China, commented: “As the world’s largest operator of lifestyle hotels, the luxury lifestyle hotel segment is a key IHG focus. We’re delighted to bring the Kimpton brand to Taiwan, one of the most renowned destinations in Asia. Today’s opening marks another milestone for the brand, as it pushes the boundaries to bring design-led hotels and heartfelt, human service to more guests around the world.”IHG currently has six hotels operating under four brands in the Taiwan market, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Express, with another six hotels in the pipeline. In the next few years, Kimpton is slated to open new hotels in Shanghai, Beijing, Sanya, Tokyo and Bali.Rooms at Kimpton Da An Hotel start from US$230.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more