Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sept. 9

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmericans should be more compassionateIt is inconceivable to me that our president put so much emphasis on appointing Supreme Court justices who would embark on overturning Roe Vs. Wade because he was so outraged with ending the life of a fetus.Yet he so callously ignored and dismissed the importance of ending a medical program for those from other countries needing to be in the United States for life-saving medical interventions.Within the month, this administration will end this program resulting in medical consequences for many of those people here in the United States for medical support.One might argue that because they are undocumented immigrants, they have no right to receive this help.Others might think that America is a country of compassion that will provide others with the support they need under dire circumstances.These people pose no threat to us.The threat to America is the deserved condemnation against this administration by anyone or any country that has a conscience about how a person is treated when such a program is terminated.Bill ShapiroSchenectady World not yet giving up on its use of coalWhile Americans are noble in their attempt to outgrow coal, the world consumption is increasing.A billionaire coal magnate died recently after just seeing the last obstacle of developing the most recent major coal find in Australia.In the past year, India burned over 600 million metric tons of coal. They welcome cheap Australian coal.In India, 70% of electrical generation is coal-fired electrical generation.India has announced its intended mandate is to bring electricity to 300 million Indians who don’t have electricity. Their fuel of choice is coal because it’s cheap. India has abundant coal reserves, and the direct negative impacts on climate are ignored.India is going to sell coal-generated electricity to Bangladesh.What is ironic is that Bangladesh will be one of the greatest death sources during major weather events.Millions of acres of Bangladesh are only a few feet above sea level.They will suffer hundreds of thousands of casualties from storm surge, malaria and cholera during the next typhoon.Richard MoodyMiddleburghlast_img read more

Activists demand police investigate alleged hacking of government critic Ravio Patra’s phone

first_imgOn Wednesday at 2:35 p.m., a message calling for nationwide looting on April 30 was spread from Ravio’s WhatsApp account. The next morning, Ravio was taken into custody but the coalition mentioned several legal problems regarding the arrest.“During the arrest, the police were unable to show the search warrant even though Ravio had requested a copy. The police also seized evidence that was not related to the alleged criminal act such as books, a friend’s mobile phone and an office laptop,” the coalition said.The coalition further said that the police prevented the legal team from swiftly providing legal assistance. “The legal team had trouble getting information on Ravio’s whereabouts because all of the police denied that Ravio was held in their headquarters. Only at 2 p.m. on Thursday did the Jakarta Police admit to holding Ravio.”The coalition also pointed to inconsistencies in Ravio’s status and the charges. “Ravio was initially investigated as a suspect from 3 to 6 a.m. on Thursday. But from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., he was questioned as a witness,” the coalition said.Topics : After being apprehended over an accusation of inciting riots through a WhatsApp broadcast and questioned for 33 hours by the Jakarta Police, an independent researcher known for being critical of the government, Ravio Patra, was released on Friday morning.A coalition of human rights groups, which stated that Ravio is innocent and a victim of identity theft, has demanded that the police arrest the person who allegedly hacked Ravio’s phone to spread hoaxes. The coalition also suggested that Ravio’s arrest was a warning to critics. “We believe that the hacking of Ravio’s account and his arrest is related to the criticism he often delivered through his social media. We demand that the police stop accusing Ravio and stop terrorizing and criminalizing critics,” the coalition said in a statement on Friday.Among the coalition members are the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), Amnesty International Indonesia and the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (IJCR).Ravio was critical of presidential special staffer Billy Mambrasar, whom he claimed had a conflict of interest over the government’s projects in Papua. He also criticized the government’s lack of transparency in handling the data of COVID-19 patients.Read also: The curious case of Ravio Patra: Why Indonesian cyberspace is a dystopian nightmarelast_img read more

Delta Lloyd, PGGM exit market for APF consolidators

first_img“As a consequence of uncertainty around the takeover, we had fallen behind on the acquisition of clients,” he said. “Keeping an APF running costs at least €1.5m a year. And although we had the means to continue, acquisition is a slow process. Moreover, we would have needed more than €2bn of assets to make the business profitable.“As we had insufficient guarantees from interested parties, we didn’t want to continue for too long, in order to avoid the participants paying the price.”According to Hagendijk, a merger with NN’s APF wasn’t on because both boards found that the governance structures weren’t compatible.The Delta Lloyd APF was the smallest of the six commercial APFs in the Netherlands, with just two clients.Hagendijk said that the Delta Lloyd APF would try to relocate their pensions elsewhere, possibly with another APF.Clients mull future after PGGM pulls its supportSeparately, the chair of Volo has expressed disappointment at PGGM’s decision to pull out of the APF market as a result of a strategy change. PGGM launched Volo as the first non-commercial APF in 2016.Speaking on behalf of the former Pensioenfonds Jan Huysman, one of Volo’s two clients, Erik Goris said: “We have spent much time, money and energy setting up the business, which needs time to establish and distinguish itself.“We were in discussions with seven pension funds, which had received quotes based on our proposition offering the benefits of scale and expertise of PGGM. At several schemes, we were the preferred partner. Had they joined, our current assets of €330m would have more than doubled.”The Volo chair said that the APF and its two clients would assess all options in the interest of members. However, given Delta Lloyd’s exit from the market, he said he didn’t see many strategic players in the market that were willing to take over an APF.That said, he noted that there was no real hurry for finding a solution.Goris added: “PGGM has made clear that it was willing to complete its contract, and we could do the same if our clients want to.”Gerrit Timmer, former chair of Volo’s other client, Pensioenfonds Ortec, said: “PGGM’s choice is not the one we had hoped for.”According to Timmer – co-founder and chief financial officer at Ortec – both the pension fund and the APF wanted to stick to the contracts between Volo and PGGM, as well as between Ortec and Volo.“But I can also imagine that in this new situation, it could be attractive to all parties not completing existing contracts,” he added.The Ortec scheme transferred its 1,400 members and €64m of assets to the Volo APF at the start of this year.Volo has a seven-year contract with PGGM, and has committed to its clients for five years. The Delta Lloyd General Pension Fund is to exit the market after falling too far behind its competitors in the wake of the takeover of its parent company Delta Lloyd.Only months after the vehicle – known as a “general pension fund” (APF) – received its license from supervisor DNB, Delta Lloyd was taken over by NN Group, which already had an APF, De Nationale.APFs are consolidation vehicles in which small and medium sized Dutch pension funds can pool resources such as investment and administration under the oversight of one board.According to Ruud Hagendijk, chairman of Delta Lloyd APF and former CEO of the €130bn asset manager MN, its board had concluded that continuing was not sensible, despite finding parties willing to carry out both administration and asset management.last_img read more

Cottage in blue chip suburb sells for stunning entry level price

first_imgThe property last sold about 20 years ago.Auctioneer Paul Curtain, who’s also Place Estate agents joint managing director, said the entry-level property had all the fundamentals for Paddington, including great location, across the school, and the smaller block size opened it up to more buyers.“Because it’s on smaller block of land, what it does is it give somebody an opportunity to get into this market at the entry level price.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The home has been tenanted for the past 14 years.Bidding opened at $400,000, before jumping to $450,000, $475,000 and then half a million dollars. It then jumped in $10,000 lots until it his $570,000, during which two more bidders registered. When the bids hit $590,000 it jumped in $5,000 lots until $615,000 before two final bids were made at $617,000 and $620,000. Australia’s first home buyer hotspot revealed This home is across the road from Milton State School.“I couldn’t tell you just yet (how much the renovation will be). We have to have the architect take a look, see what she can do and what we can do with council restrictions.”Agent Alex Rutherford of Place New Farm said six bidders registered, including two late registrations, with two out of state bidders. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago Paddington residents Roze and Sash Markovski sealed a $620,000 deal in a suburb where the median is over $1m. Picture: Sophie FosterPaddington residents Roze and Sash Markovski had “been looking for a while” before they spotted the property two weeks ago.Mr Markovski said their plan was to raise the house and undertake a renovation.His wife Roze said it was the couple’s second renovation.“We will have to get our development approval and that can take six months. So once they’re through then we’ll start the work. This home at Baroona Road, Paddington, sold for $620,000 on Saturday.A workers cottage in a milliondollar blue chip location sold for about 60 per cent of the suburb’s median price in an auction that had people signing up as bids were running.An overjoyed Brisbane couple emerged as the new owners of the property in Baroona Road, Paddington, on a winning bid of $620,000 — which is about 60 per cent of the suburb’s median price ($1.05m).The home sits across the road from Milton State School and was on the market for the first time in about 20 years.center_img MORE: Biggest home sales of 2018/19 The crowd spilled onto the pavement at the auction. Picture: Sophie Foster“Fifty-four groups came through which is not bad because the block size is 274sq m. It’s the smallest block I’ve sold,” she told The Sunday-Mail. Demand for workers cottages was strong, with families and developers both on the hunt.“They are really hard to find. If we had been on a 405sq m block, we probably would have had 25 bidders.” New owner Roze Markovski plans to undertake a major renovation of the property, with husband Sash. Picture: Sophie Foster“Buyers respond to auctions because they like the fact the seller is there ready to make a decision so it’s a good investment of buyers’ time,” Mr Curtain said.The house was marketed as a traditional Queensland cottage in a sought after Rosalie location, with high ceilings, polished hardwood floors, archways and VJ walls.It’s also within the Milton State School and Kelvin Grove State College catchments. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Australia’s sexiest pool hits marketlast_img read more

USCG Grants BWM System Approval to Chinese Firm

first_imgChina’s Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering has received a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate from the United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Center.The fourth certificate was issued after a detailed review of the manufactures type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The Sunrui BalClor system incorporates a three step process consisting of filtering and electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers fourteen models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 170m3/h and 8500m3/h.In early December, the USCG awarded the first type approval certificate to Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin for its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS).Later the same month, Swedish Alfa Laval Tumba AB and Norway-based OceanSaver AS received BWMS type approval certificates.The Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 system incorporates four ultraviolet reactor sizes, which can be arranged either individually or in parallel to achieve treatment capacities ranging from 85m3/h to 3000m3/h.The OceanSaver BWTS MKII incorporates an electro-chlorination, or electrodialysis, process to achieve treatment capacities ranging from 200m3/h to 7200m3/h.last_img read more

Man City clinch third straight League Cup title

first_imgManchester City have been crowned League Cup champions for a third straight season after defeating Aston Villa in Sunday’s final at Wembley Stadium. Sergio Aguero celebrating the opening goal Pep Guardiola made wholesale changes with only IIkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker and Rodrigo remaining from the UEFA Champions League win over Real Madrid but there was a return for Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling. Villa were fashioning chances in the early stages but it was the Citizens who drew first blood in the 20th minute after Aguero fired home a volley into the far corner from Phil Foden’s headed knock down. Guardiola’s charges were two goals up ten minutes later after Rodrigo guided home a towering free header in the six-yard box from Gundogan’s corner. Just when many though City would run over Villa, Dean Smith’s side pounced on a mistake by John Stones at the back with five minutes left of the first stanza as Anwar El Ghazi delivered a well-weighted cross to Mbwana Samatta, who nodded past Claudio Bravo. City were unable to find passing rhythm early in the second stanza which resulted in Guardiola introducing Kevin De Bruyne just before the hour-mark in place of Gundogan/ De Bruyne gave the Citizens a new dimension after coming on as Rodrigo almost restored City’s two-goal advantage with 16 minutes left after but Nyland produced a superb save to keep out the midfielder’s header. Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s Daughter9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actresses15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney PrincessesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved Loading… Read Also: Botafogo: Man City hero makes extra demands Aguero had a chance to wrap up the game for Guardiola’s men in the last ten minutes after Bernardo Silva, who had just come on, made a galloping run on the left channel and dinked a pass on the far side but the Argentine’s volley hit the side netting. Villa came very close to snatching the equaliser in the last two minutes after Bjorn Engels powered a header towards goal from a corner but City shot-stopper Claudio Bravo tipped his effort into the outside of the post. The game stretched from end to end in the latter stages, with Villa pressurising City and threatening to snatch the equaliser but Guardiola’s men held on to clinch a 2-1 win and were crowned champions for a third straight year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Tiger says he would’ve been healthy for Masters this week

first_imgTiger Woods says he has recovered “night and day” from a sore back that hindered his preparations for the now-postponed Masters and misses the Augusta National showdown while quarantined. In an interview released Thursday by Woods sponsor GolfTV, the 15-time major champion said he is cycling more and playing tennis at times to stay fit and his back pain has eased. Tiger Woods says he would have been ready to defend his title at the Masters this week despite back pain that hampered his preparations for the now-postponed event at Augusta National “Night and day. I feel a lot better than I did then. I’ve been able to turn a negative into a positive,” Woods said. “I’ve been able to train a lot. I’ve been able to get my body back to where I think it should be at.” Woods, who says he would have been ready for the Masters this week, skipped last month’s Players Championship with back pain only to watch it be called off after 18 holes due to the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s hard to unwire those circuits now. I feel a little edgy. I want to get out there. I want to compete,” Woods said. “I felt really alive and wired and kind of irritable. I didn’t know what was going on. I realized it was Sunday and I was supposed to be flying up. “Subconsciously, I had already known I was supposed to be getting ready to go to be playing at the Masters this week. My body was ready to go.” Woods is also able to golf near his home at a course open despite the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed back the Masters to November and kept him and his family isolated at home. “I’ve been able to play some golf,” Woods said. “Medalist is still open here. Every course virtually to the south of us is closed but it remains open so it has been nice to go out there and play and hit golf balls a little bit… just get some activity and some peace of mind.” Players can’t touch rakes or flagsticks and carts are only for drivers, but the strange thing for the reigning Masters champion is practicing with no event in mind. “It’s weird practicing with no end goal to get ready for,” Woods said. “Hypothetically it could be this. Hypothectically it could be that. It seems like it changes from day to day. Week to week there’s always something new.” Read Also: Murray, Kerber to play in virtual Madrid Open“But I did take the jacket off. This jacket cannot get cupcake on it.”Woods said dealing with back pain, which led to spinal fusion surgery that enabled him to resume his career, has helped him cope with the enforced waiting he now faces.“To keep all our hopes up every day, sometimes it’s challenging,” Woods said. “I don’t know how long it’s going to work but so far these little mini goals have worked for us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutDiscover How Women From Famous Paintings Looked Like In Real Life6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies – ‘Go from meal to meal’ – Woods, a five-time Masters winner, stages putting contests with son Charlie to decide in whose closet the green jacket will reside. That’s as close as any rival will get to taking it until November. “I guess I’ll be defending then. Hopefully that all comes about,” Woods said. “This is not the way I wanted to keep the jacket for a longer period of time. I wanted to get out there and earn it again like I did in ’02.” Woods has yet to sit down and sort out what his schedule plan might be when play resumes, knowing the virus impact could delay or cancel more events. “The way the schedule looks we’re going to be awfully busy in the fall,” Woods said. “Trying to figure all that out. “I’m going to sit down with my team and figure out what is the best practice schedule, what are the tournaments I should play in to get ready, when should I rest, all of the things that are kind of up in the air. “What I keep telling everyone around here is let’s just go from meal to meal and it will add up.” – Masters menu food fight – On Tuesday, Woods and his family dined on fajitas, sushi and sashimi with milkshakes for desert, the same menu he would have served that night at the Masters Champions Dinner. This one also included cupcakes and a most un-Masters-like closing food fight. “It got a little interesting at the end,” Woods said. “It got a little ugly where icing was flowing across people’s hair and face so we had a little bit of fun at the end.last_img read more

Bing: Nothing definite yet on Bacolod city hall workers’ bonus

first_img “The SGLG is the barometer of an LGU’sperformance. For us, this is a validation of all the other awards we earned,”he said./PN Leonardiaemphasized that releasing of bonuses under his administration is based on legalbasis and availability of funds. “If an LGU wasawarded with SGLG, it doesn’t’ mean that it will be required to give employeescash incentives by the end of the year,” explained Leonardia. The mayor saidthat they appreciate the SGLG award as the justification, incentive andinspiration in reaching such level of governance. Leonardia willbe the one to receive for this City the 2019 SGLG during the awardingrites at The Manila Hotel on Nov. 5.center_img BACOLOD City –There is nothing definite yet if local government employees here will soon bereceiving their performance bonus after this city earned the Seal of Good LocalGovernance (SGLG) from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Last year, cityhall employees have received “mandatory” bonuses during the last quarter of theyear – including the year-end bonus and performance enhancement incentive –released every 15th of November, and the Collective Negotiation Agreement bonusin December. According toMayor Evelio Leonardia, “it’s premature to disclose as of now if the citygovernment will be giving an additional bonus in relation to SGLG award.”last_img read more

Miller conquers Sunset’s Dancin’ Bare Topless 100

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (July 16) – Kenny Miller took his roof off and then took care of business after taking the lead 12 laps into Sunset Speedway Park’s Dancin’ Bare Topless 100 Saturday night.The marathon victory paid $1,000 and put Miller on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional.T.J. Richman got to the front at the start. Richman managed to stay there before Cody Jones got around him on the third lap. Jones, like Richman, held down the position for only a few laps as Aaron Elwess drove by on the fifth circuit.Elwess lost the coveted top spot on 12 as Miller blazed the trail the rest of the way. The remain­ing 88 trips past the flag stand saw Miller as the leader. It was the first win of the 2016 season at Banks for Miller, the sixth different winner in as many years the event has been held.Craig Cassell was second followed by Jesse Williamson. Rob Ireland was fourth while Jeff Lovell placed fifthlast_img read more

Dorothy Amelia Gorman

first_imgDorothy A (nee Volz) Gorman, 102, passed away February 10, 2019. Born April, 10 1916 in Sunman Indiana, she was the daughter of Stella (Ross) Volz and Edward H Volz.In addition to her Husband Edward J Gorman, who preceded her in death in November, 1989, Dorothy was also preceded in death by her daughter Nancy Gorman Vandeusen on May 10, 2018.Dorothy is survived by her brother, Robert (Bobby) Volz, living in Milan, Indiana; by daughter Mary Gorman Gavin of N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Her ashes will be brought to St Pius Cemetery at a future date this Summer.Online condolences can be made to the family at boomerbaby51@yahoo.comlast_img read more