Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sep. 19

first_imgGazette should not endorse in electionsAs the upcoming political elections draw near, I would like to request that The Daily Gazette refrain from endorsing any candidate or issue that is on the ballot.In our country, the news media, including The Gazette, is under extreme pressure to justify its existence as a legitimate and unbiased news source.In many cases, it fails to make that justification. While any newspaper has every right to express its opinion, endorsing any candidate or issue reinforces the perception that it backs one candidate or political party over another and reduces the credibility of The Gazette as an unbiased reporter of the news.Rather, I would encourage The Gazette to identify the candidates and initiatives on the ballot, provide their positions on each of the major issues, provide the strengths and weaknesses of any initiative, and let the voter or reader decide for him or herself.Ken MooreSchenectady Tell officials to vote no on 5G wirelessEveryone is concerned about climate change, which I think is a hoax. The Bible says there will always be the sunrise and sunset.People will continue to go on living as usual until God decides to come back to Earth and make changes.A 5G crisis summit was held recently and free online from Aug. 26 through Sept. 1. It had many knowledgeable speakers. 5G stands for fifth generation cellular wireless, which is very harmful to people, animals, insects, plants, etc. There are thousands of independent studies concluding that wireless radiation causes biological harm.According to these professional scientists, physicians and engineers, we should be very worried about the placing of 20,000 high-frequency radiation-emitting satellites, starting with Space X’s newly FCC-approved 4,425 they want to put into orbit over the next few years. This means we will have more cell installations near our homes and in every neighborhood.Meteorologists issued a statement in June of this year. They are worried 5G will disrupt their ability to sense the weather.So don’t worry about the climate change hoax, but do worry about 5G radiation. Call your elected officials and tell them we do not want this. What we have now is bad enough.Audrey SaltsmanJohnstown Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPoliticians should pass sensible lawsThe math is simple.There are nominally 8,760 hours in a calendar year.Our wonderful politicians are proposing limiting flavors in vaping products because five individuals this year died from the assumed use of those products.This amounts to one person dying from a self-inflicted addiction every 0.0006 hours. On the flip side 14,542 people were murdered in 2018 with guns. This amounts to 1.7 murders per hour from guns where the victims often had little say about their unfortunate demise.Ignoring a cause of one of death being 180,000 times greater than the other shows the pols have taken the easy way out claiming the crisis they are solving for us is vaping while keeping contentious gun regulations at a distance.I support the Second Amendment, but it was written when the state of the art was muzzle-loading flint locks, and we did not have a permanent standing army.The state of the art has evolved beyond what our forefathers could have imagined and needs to be revisited.We did not require registrations and insurance for a horse and buggy, but we now do for an automobile. Now that might be appropriate to firearms given their proliferation. Wouldn’t it be nice if the politicians could use their thinking ends instead of worrying about their legislative seating end and do something meaningful? The foundation of a democracy is the ability to compromise, which seems to be fading.R. Jeffrey WarrickSchenectadycenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Mandiri’s $500 million global bond oversubscribed by five times

first_imgThe debt paper was oversubscribed by almost five times with demand reaching more than $2.4 billion, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.“Around 66 percent of the investors that bought the bond came from Asia, and the remaining 34 percent came from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States,” the bank said in the statement.The bank said the global bond offered a coupon of 4.75 percent per year, higher than the government’s global bond coupon of 3.9 percent issued in April. The five-year debt paper, Bank Mandiri said, would mature in 2025.It is the second global bond issued by state-owned companies this month. On Monday, Hutama Karya successfully launched its first ever global bond of US$600 million with a coupon of 3.75 percent. The bond was also oversubscribed by six times from buyers amid high demand from investors in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Riska RahmanThe Jakarta Post/JakartaState-owned Bank Mandiri has successfully launched its US$500 million global bond as the demand from foreign investors, mostly from Asia and Europe, far exceeded the amount it offered. The bank’s treasury and international banking director Darmawan Junaidi told The Jakarta Post that the proceeds from the bond issuance would be used to strengthen its financing capacity.“It will also be used to support our business in the medium to long term,” he said via text message.He went on to say that the issuance of new bonds followed last year’s global bond issuance of US$750 million that was part of the bank’s global bond ticket of US$2 billion.State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir lauded Bank Mandiri’s global bond issuance amid the uncertain global economic conditions.“Investors’ high interest in the global bond shows that Indonesia has become one of the world’s most interesting investment destinations,” he said, adding that he also encouraged other SOEs to seek other sources of funding and not only rely on funding from banks.Bank Mandiri’s global bond issuance marks the second time SOEs have issued debt papers to the offshore market amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

Revenge porn victim files judicial review of Pornography Law

first_imgPA said her ex-husband, who is 14 years her senior and who married her when she was 16, asked to record their sexual activity for private consumption. She herself had never seen the video. She later found out that, after their divorce, the man distributed the video without her consent.However, instead of going after her ex-husband, the police charged PA with violating Article 8 of the Pornography Law, which forbids a person “from deliberately, or with their consent, becoming an object or model of pornographic content.”She said she requested a judicial review against Article 8 because the article was ambiguous and enabled the abuse of power.”With this standard, anyone has the potential to become a violator [of the law] even if [the alleged pornographic content] is intended for personal consumption or [the subject is a victim of] coercion, threats or deception,” PA said in her petition.PA demanded the article be annulled and declared contrary to the 1945 Constitution. According to PA, Article 8 of the Pornography Law gave the state license to interfere in private matters.”The provisions are vague because there are so many factors that can influence someone’s willingness to become a model or object including personal reasons, which is a factor of privacy. Everyone is entitled to the right to privacy,” she said. (aly)Topics : A woman from Garut regency, West Java, who claims to be the victim of revenge porn but who was charged by the police for violating the 2008 Pornography Law, has filed a judicial review against Article 8 of the law at the Constitutional Court.The court uploaded the woman’s petition on its website on Monday.According to the petition, the woman, identified only as PA, initially reported her ex-husband to Garut Police for commercially distributing a video of their past sexual activity without her knowledge.last_img read more

ABP seeks to force governments to keep infrastructure promises

first_imgShe said ABP also had a negative experience with its investments in solar power generation in Spain, with the government abolishing subsidies prematurely.An investment charter with countries in which large-term investments are made should prevent governments from changing the rules for specified areas, in order to safeguard returns, she said.Wortmann-Kool also argued that a government should pay compensation for violating the charter.In her opinion, national governments would benefit from such agreements, as this would make investing more attractive.ABP’s chair declined to say whether the absence of an agreement would make or break an investment decision, but she stressed that the scheme would not invest if there were too much uncertainty.She said ABP had already started talks with the European Commission on the issue, as the EC’s €300bn investment plan had “triggered similar worries”.Wortmann-Kool took pains to underline that the pension fund also wanted to rely on existing governments’ promises for projects related to the so-called Juncker Plan.In the Netherlands, ABP is seeking to discuss the issue with the Ministry of Economic Affairs. ABP, the €356bn pension fund for Dutch civil servants, is seeking to negotiate “investment charters” with national governments to force them to keep their long-term promises.ABP chair Corien Wortmann-Kool, speaking at the World Pension Summit in The Hague, said these agreements would prevent governments from undermining pension funds’ long-term investments with sudden changes in legislation.She said pension funds were keen to increase their investments in infrastructure, climate and energy but wary of governments changing legislation and subsidy arrangements.As an example, Wortmann-Kool cited an ABP investment in toll roads in France, where the government introduced limits for raising toll tariffs, which jeopardised the expected returns.last_img read more

Australia embraces new gender guidelines

first_imgNZ Herald 14 June 2013Australia has embraced a growing global trend towards acknowledging greater gender diversity with individuals now able to be referred to as “indeterminate, intersex or unspecified” on official documents rather than male or female.Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said new national guidelines, which come into force on July 1, will make it simpler for people to establish or change their sex or gender in personal records held by government departments and agencies.“We recognise individuals may identify, and be recognised within the community, as a gender other than the gender they were assigned at birth or during infancy, or as an indeterminate gender,” he said in a statement late Thursday.“This should be recognised and reflected in their personal records held by departments and agencies.”The move comes after the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2009 recommended the government consider developing national guidelines concerning the collection of sex and gender information.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10890645last_img read more

Secret Bay launches residences program to commemorate one year anniversary

first_imgLocalNews Secret Bay launches residences program to commemorate one year anniversary by: – June 19, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Secret Bay, Dominica – June 19, 2012 – Just a year after its June 2011 debut, Secret Bay resort has received such high accolades from guests that it has decided to give them a special anniversary present – the opportunity to keep a part of this secret for themselves through the launch of the property’s highly anticipated Residences Program.Guests who have fallen in love with Secret Bay’s unconventional concepts and individualized yet inconspicuous service can now purchase whole or fractional shares of a limited number of the property’s villas and bungalows. These exquisite villas and bungalows will be built across the 4-acre site by hand and without heavy machinery in keeping with its trademark sustainable style, thereby continuing its commitment to the environment while simultaneously ensuring that the guest experience remains tranquil and in harmony with nature in every aspect. As with the existing villas and bungalows, these new accommodations will offer all the personalized service and signature amenities that create the exclusive, unrivalled vacation experience for which Secret Bay is becoming known. From a dedicated personal cook and attendant to extensive concierge services and even one-man jazz concerts in the privacy of a guest’s home away from home, Secret Bay takes care to imbue every guest stay with an unparalleled level of customization delivered with impeccable service. Over the past twelve months, Secret Bay has not only earned abundant praise from guests but it has received outstanding reviews from multiple respected authorities on travel. In addition to receiving a prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor, it has recently become the first property in Dominica to be named to the highly-regarded “It List 2012” by Travel + Leisure. Only 50 hotels were chosen from over 3,000 around the world, and of the 50, Secret Bay was one of just five presented by Travel + Leisure on the NBC Today Show to represent its “It List 2012”. Secret Bay has also won the impressive Development of the Year 2011 recognition at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit and has been featured in such top publications as Vogue, Martha Stewart Living, The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and MACO Caribbean Living.Press Release Tweetcenter_img 19 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Osimhen benched for Napoli opener

first_img Loading… read also:Mourinho: Osimhen ‘afraid’ of Kane competition Instead, it will be a classic 4-3-3 formation with Dries Mertens flanked by Matteo Politano and Lorenzo Insigne. Osimhen requires more of a 4-2-3-1 system with more players fanning out in support of the Nigerian striker. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gennaro Gattuso will reportedly leave Victor Osimhen on the bench,  in Napoli’s Serie A season opener with Parma. The coach was expected to test out his starting XI during a friendly against Sporting CP last night, but that was cancelled at the last minute after the Portuguese team had several COVID-19 positive tests. According to Radio Kiss Kiss, Napoli will initially leave record-breaking signing Osimhen on the bench against Parma on Sunday.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple Mistakelast_img read more

Trojans down Old Town 21-14 in Class C football quarterfinal

first_imgTeagan Candage of the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans tackles Old Town’s Drew Rich in midair during Saturday’s playoff game at MDI.BAR HARBOR — Saturday’s quarterfinal playoff win by the Mount Desert Island Trojan football team must have seemed like deja vu all over again.For the second time in a week, the Trojans defeated the Old Town Coyotes, this time by the less lopsided score of 21-14.With the Waterville Panthers next up in their sights, the Trojans are once again looking for history to repeat itself. Earlier in the season, MDI handed Waterville its only loss in a 42-35 slugfest.The key for MDI against Waterville will be avoiding costly turnovers, Coach Mark Shields predicted. “If we want to win, we just can’t give the ball away,” he said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSaturday’s game is slated to begin at noon in Waterville.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Bio Historic, high-end houses hit market – August 28, 2017 Earl BrechlinEditor at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor. Latest posts by Earl Brechlin (see all)center_img Latest Posts Acadia advisory board suspended – May 17, 2017 MDI philanthropist, Rockefeller patriarch dies at 101 – March 20, 2017last_img read more

Cricket News MS Dhoni continues great form, hits 70th fifty in tense game at Melbourne

first_imgDhoni hit three consecutive fifties for 1st time since 2014Dhoni has scored over 1000 runs in AustraliaDhoni has over 1500 runs in ODIs Down Under New Delhi: MS Dhoni continued his magnificent run of form by slamming his third consecutive fifty in the series against Australia as India stayed on course to achieve a historic series win Down Under. His 70th fifty overall followed the traditional blueprint of taking his time to settle in and then guiding the side in the middle overs. The former Indian cricket team skipper, who was criticised for his slow knock of 51 in Sydney and for his wonderful finishing prowess in Adelaide with an unbeaten 55, came into bat after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed. However, he survived first ball as he was dropped by Glenn Maxwell at point and this proved to be costly for Australia.Dhoni, along with skipper Virat Kohli, steadied the ship and India made smooth progress on an MCG wicket which was becoming difficult for stroke making. Both batsmen pierced the gaps brilliantly and ran the twos and threes hard. Kohli and Dhoni both survived a run-out attempt but they held their nerve. The former India skipper blasted two boundaries off Marcus Stoinis and Peter Siddle while Kohli neared a fifty. However, on 46, Kohli edged a full ball to Alex Carey off Jhye Richardson, falling to the bowler for the third time in the series. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The right-hander from Ranchi was then given good support by Kedar Jadhav and Dhoni notched up his third consecutive fifty in the series. This is the fifth time Dhoni has scored three or more ODI 50s in succession, having last achieved the feat against New Zealand in January 2014. His fifty took his tally of runs past 1500 in ODIs against Australia, the second-most number of runs that he has against a single nation after Sri Lanka, against whom he has scored over 2300 runs.Dhoni also joined Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in scoring over 1000 runs in ODIs in Australia. His contributions have given India a great chance to win a bilateral ODI series Down Under. If India win in Melbourne, they will become only the second team after South Africa to win a series in all formats Down Under. highlightslast_img read more

Solochek: NCAA coaches need a chance

first_imgIt isn’t easy being a head coach in college football these days.Especially with high-profile donors breathing down your neck, fans calling for your head and the constant threat of being upset, head coaching has become as embattled of a job in the college ranks as it has in the pros.Long gone are the days when teams stuck by their coaches through thick and thin. The only two remaining coaches from the days of old are Florida State’s Bobby Bowden and Penn State’s Joe Paterno — and even these two have had fans wanting them to step down for years.Instead, college coaches have come under the same scrutiny as they have in the professional ranks. As we have seen across the NFL in the last few years, coaches unable to field a successful team within a few years of being hired are soon fired. In comes someone new who the team’s management is sure will be able to field a playoff-caliber team the next year.College football has caught on to the trend.This week, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden was fired for underperforming in a division they were supposed to win. Bowden had been the Tigers’ head coach for the past 10 seasons and had some moderate success in a division that has included powerhouses Florida State and Miami (Fla.). He was 72-45 with eight bowl appearances in his tenure at Clemson.Even though Bowden did have a successful career, he was dismissed due to a lack of recent performance. This trend has been seen throughout college football.Just last year, former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr retired after he was criticized for not fielding a National Championship team. Little did people realize Carr led his team to a bowl game every year he was at the helm of the Wolverines and won the National Championship in 1997.After Carr retired last season, the Wolverines hired spread offense guru Rich Rodriguez. Since the spread has changed the landscape of Big Ten football — where running games and defenses dominated for so many years — schools have been clamoring to hire coaches who can install a high-powered offense.Although he has tried to install the spread, RichRod has already received a lot of pressure from both the fans and the university because he has lost many winnable games, including those against Notre Dame and Toledo. However, it is not because Rodriguez is a bad coach. Instead, critics must realize it takes time to recruit players for his system and develop it into the high-octane offense fans saw at West Virginia.Rodriguez isn’t the only new head coach who is under fire. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, who took over the Badgers just three years ago, has led his team to a 3-3 start this year, including a 0-3 record in the Big Ten. During UW’s three-game skid, the boo birds have come out at Camp Randall, and there have been calls for Bielema’s head just a few years into his tenure as head coach.Bielema’s critics have become so harsh that websites such as firebretbielema.com have become increasingly popular. The fans are growing increasingly impatient, especially since the Badgers were so highly touted going into the season and were even ranked in the top 10 at one point.Now, I am not offering an excuse for Bielema or Bowden. There may have been some coaching decisions that were poor, but what many people do not realize is there is no ready-made talent in college football as there is in the professional ranks. It takes time to not only install a new system, as in Rodriguez’s case, or nurture recruits, as in Bowden’s case with new quarterback Willy Corn.Fans and donors in general need to be more patient with coaches. If there is a downward trend over a couple of years, then it would be OK to put some heat on college coaches. However, especially because players on college football teams are only there for a brief time, there is a huge turnover and it takes time to nurture and coach younger players to their full potential.last_img read more