Why has all become political?

first_imgTo the Editor:We have all heard about the recent vote by the Hudson County Freeholders regarding the ICE contract. We have also heard about immigrants and their families being separated at the border. If you truly think about the above two issues, they are frankly quite similar. Why would anyone, especially our Local, State, and Federal elected officials who are most likely against separating families at the border, supporting the end of the ICE contract? How can our elected officials say they are for “democratic values” but for political purposes only, want to end this contract. Just because some elected officials may or may not believe in the President, they definitely should not be using “that mindset” to end the ICE contract.Local Governments should allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement do their job and cooperate. This contract has provided Hudson County on average $1.2 million a month in 2015 and $1.9 million a month in 2018. How will Hudson County recoup these funds? Will the County have to raise taxes on the 12 municipalities? Will every municipality have a tax increase just to satisfy the protests and protesters? This is certainly unfair to every citizen who does not agree with ending this contract and regular taxpayers, who have no opinion. We, the people, hold the power and next vote around, if this is the case, all should be voted out.The ending of this contract is purely political. The changing of mindsets of our elected officials is also suspicious. How can Senator Menendez, who took an oath to “defend our Constitution” also support an Abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement rally? This is basically promoting “breaking Federal Immigration Law”. How can you say you care about the immigrants in our County and choose to send them farther away from their families. You are putting politics above people. The holding of detainees in Hudson County keeps the detainees close to their families and if the detainees are moved, puts these families now in a position to have to spend more money to see their loved ones. How does this help these families, your constituents? Will the County pay for the extended time off or the added transportation costs to see their loved ones?There are some who don’t believe in Immigration and Customs Enforcement but I do because the law is the law. If the United States had no laws and no borders, there would be complete anarchy. Yes, the system is flawed but let’s protest getting the system fixed already. Comprehensive Immigration reform should be put back on the table and the work should be done by both parties to Finally fix for our Nation, our Nation of laws. DACA came and went and is heard of no more, Why? Politicians care about their next talk show, their next interview, their next speaking point, and NOT the true issues, we all care about. Listen to most of them speak and you know, no one will change their mind because it’s about them and not us.Hudson County Executive DeGise supported this contract at first, but now he reversed his position. Why? Is it because it doesn’t align with Governor Murphy or Senator Menendez or Congressman Sires? Why must everyone just fall in line? I just do not agree. The new Hudson County Chair Amy DeGise also agreed with her father at first but nothing has been said since. Why Not? What’s the Progressive direction? Separate families or keep the detainees closer to their families? I understand one must stay true to Party but common sense is common sense and just because you don’t agree with the President 100% does not give any elected official the right to tear families away from their loved ones. Those also who want to end ICE should move to another open borders country. We are a Nation of Laws, Period.If the Hudson County Freeholders want to end this contract, then they should show the plan to make up the $19 millions dollars first without raising taxes on the citizens in Hudson County. We all pay enough taxes already, especially Bayonne taxpayers.JOHN MILAN SEBIKlast_img read more

Aretha Franklin Cancels Jazz Fest Set, Rod Stewart Added To Lineup

first_imgThe Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has canceled her upcoming headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Her slot at the festival’s Acura Stage—scheduled for Saturday, April 28th—will be filled by replacement headliner Rod Stewart.Unfortunately, Franklin’s will be unable to perform at a number of other previously scheduled concerts as well due to doctor’s orders. A statement from the legendary singer’s management reads:Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months. She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to.As previously reported, this year’s Jazz Fest will also feature performances by Aerosmith, Sting, Jimmy Buffet, David Byrne, Jack White, Beck, Lionel Richie, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt, Sturgill Simpson, Khaled, LL Cool J with DJ Z-Trip, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Common Cage The Elephant, and many more. Plenty of Louisiana favorites will be on hand for the annual celebration as well, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Revivalists, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, The Radiators, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings, Big Freedia, Rebirth Brass Band, Tank & The Bangas, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, and Better Than Ezra, among dozens of others.Jazz Fest will return to its longtime home at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course on April 27th – 29th and May 3rd – 6th. Tickets for the festival are currently on sale via the event website.We wish Aretha Franklin all the best. Rest up and get well soon!last_img read more

Cuomo Enacts New Hospital Measures Amid Covid-19 Uptick

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With coronavirus hospitalizations on the rise, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rallied for resources for medical centers to increase capacity while considering lockdowns and suspending elective surgeries in some areas.The governor invoked Sun Tzu’s Art of War — as well as A.J. Parkinson — in a Monday press conference in making an announcement that outlined a plan going into the holiday season which health officials have warned could result in strain for medical staff.“Covid is shifting the battlefield dramatically and we have entered a new phase, it came with the colder weather,” Cuomo said. “We now have a holiday surge on top of a fall surge.”As such, yellow, orange, and red zones will now be established based on new indicators: hospitalization rate, death rate, case rate, available hospital beds, available ICU beds, available staff, PPE, and equipment availability.The Northwell, Montefiore, and NYC Health and Hospitals systems will all begin sharing the workload from the surge already underway. He ordered elective surgeries suspended in Erie County to create more bed space in the hard-hit region.“We’re going to have a problem in the hospitals, I’m telling you right now,” Cuomo said.According to Cuomo, 65 percent of all cases can be traced back to social gatherings in homes — limited to 10 people — leading to the decision to not impose more restrictions on indoor dining as they observe the spread taking place elsewhere.Out of concern for staffing shortages, Cuomo is calling into action a strategy from the spring surge and mandating that hospitals compile a list of retired nurses and doctors who may be able to return to service in the coming weeks.Cuomo added that he was more concerned that hospitals would run short on staff before they run short on beds, a seemingly different reality from expectations in the spring which indicated that capacity would be strained considerably.Hospitals are currently required to have a 90-day supply of PPE which Cuomo believes will help avoid hospitals from being inundated with patients and not enough simple provisions such as masks. As of Monday, the total in hospitals with Covid-19 was 3,532 while the statewide infection rate is about 4.57 percent. There was a total of 54 deaths on Sunday, according to the governor’s office.This story first appeared on amny.comFor more coronavirus coverage, visit longislandpress.com/coronavirusSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.,Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

How critical is the weather for the SpaceX launch?

first_imgNasa and SpaceX were due to send four astronauts to the International Space Station late on Saturday – but then the weather changed their plans.Crew-1 is currently scheduled to blast off on Sunday but their most recent launch, in May 2020, was delayed several days by bad weather.- Advertisement – With lives at stake in a multi-million pound lift off, just how important is the weather is to getting space travel right? – Advertisement –last_img

Jakarta back under PSBB, but less strict than before

first_imgThe Jakarta administration has decided to reimpose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting on Monday, but the curbs are more relaxed than when they were first implemented in April, leading experts to doubt the policy will bring down cases and deaths in the capital.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said at a press conference on Sunday that the measure would last for two weeks and could be extended.Workplaces in 11 essential sectors – including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail – will be allowed to remain open at 50 percent of capacity, while private companies outside these sectors as well as government offices must implement work-from-home policies and allow no more than 25 percent of their employees to work in the office at the same time. “We’re now seeing cases emerge mostly from offices. That’s why, for the PSBB starting on Sept. 14, our main focus will be on restrictions in office areas,” he said.Some of these restrictions were more relaxed than the first time the city imposed the PSBB in April, when all places of worship had to be closed, malls and markets were allowed to open only for essential daily needs and nonessential companies had to get an Industrial Ministry permit to operate.”There’s no difference to the past six months. I’m confused as to how they could distinguish between the 25 and 50 percent capacity,” Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said.She expressed doubt that the measure would reduce COVID-19 transmissions, saying that now, with new cases reaching thousands, all people in the affected areas should be required to stay at home. “During the PSBB in Jakarta, there could be people traveling to their hometowns, and when the PSBB is lifted, they’ll come back to Jakarta. This has been happening repeatedly over the past six months; adding new cases in other regions […]. When Jakarta sees declining cases, they’ll rise again. This is what’s called ping-pong transmission,” Masdalina said.Under the reimposed PSBB, travelers will not need to provide the previously required exit and entry permits (SIKM), while app-based motorcycle taxis, previously allowed only to carry goods, now may still carry passengers, provided they abide by health protocol, although a separate Transportation Agency regulation is to regulate the matter further.Public transportation will be limited to 50 percent of passenger capacity, and the odd-even license plate traffic policy will be suspended for the duration of the PSBB.Read also: 50 days of Indonesia’s partial lockdown. Is it enough for the ‘new normal’?The government’s spokesperson for all things COVID-19, Wiku Adisasmito, said during the press briefing that Jakarta’s decision to reimpose the full PSBB had been coordinated with the national COVID-19 task-force and the central government.Anies announced the return to full PSBB on Wednesday, citing an increasing number of daily new COVID-19 cases and a decreasing number of free hospital beds. The announcement sparked concerns over the country’s economy among many, from government officials to the business community.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the plan should be “well and cautiously calculated”.One of Indonesia’s richest men, Budi Hartono of tobacco company Djarum, sent a letter to the President on Friday expressing his objection to the plan and citing data that, he said, showed that “the PSBB policy has proven ineffective in reducing infections in Jakarta”.A biostatistics researcher at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Public Health, Iwan Ariawan, who has been analyzing data for Jakarta, said that, during the first full PSBB, cases had in fact been on the decline, but spiked again afterward, when the city entered the so-called transition phase.Iwan said his team’s analysis since April showed that, as the proportion of people staying at home since April dropped, there was a rise in estimated new cases per day.His team used mobility data from Cuebiq mobility insights and UNICEF and Jakarta’s daily data on new cases based on reported symptom onset, concluding that, when fewer than 50 percent of Jakarta’s residents stayed at home, there was an estimated increase of 100 cases a day for every 1 percent reduction in the share of those staying at home.When the proportion was between 55 percent and 65 percent, as observed during the full PSBB, there was no difference in daily cases at around 140 cases per day.Read also: Jakarta gears up for possible collapse of healthcare systemIwan expressed doubt that the new PSBB phase would lift the proportion of people staying at home to the desired 60 percent to suppress transmission. In that case the government had to ensure that at least 85 percent of the people who do not stay at home follow health protocol regarding face masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing, Iwan said, citing studies conducted abroad.”If things run just the way they do now, it won’t be enough. There need to be stronger efforts in communicating and raising people’s awareness, as well as in enforcement,” he said.But even such restrictions and health campaigns, experts said, would not be enough to reduce transmission without improved isolation and contact-tracing.Iwan said the Health Ministry’s protocol had to be changed to require that all close contacts be tested right away, rather than just being advised to self-isolate for 14 days, and even if isolation was suggested, there should be tighter monitoring.Topics :last_img read more

INDOT job fair tomorrow in Aurora

first_imgPrintAurora, IN—The Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a statewide hiring fair on Tuesday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at a number of locations across the state to recruit candidates for over 100 winter seasonal and full-time positions. Event locations in the Southeast District include Aurora and Bloomington, but opportunities are also available at other INDOT facilities.Seasonal positions run from November through March, with a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT is offering a $250 sign-on and $500 retention bonus for eligible candidates.Additional information can be found at www.indotjobs.com. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online prior to Tuesday, but are not required to do so as walk-ins are welcome. Those applying online or attending a hiring event in person should have proof of commercial driver’s license (CDL). A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate is preferred, but not required.Southeast District hiring fair location is at:Aurora Sub District8074 U.S. 50, Aurora, IN 47001last_img read more

Van Persie hails Bukayo Saka display

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Former Arsenal captain, Robin van Persie, has hailed Bukayo Saka following his remarkable breakthrough season in North London.The 18-year-old has been a mainstay in Mikel Arteta’s side since the Spaniard replaced his compatriot Unai Emery in December, having also earned opportunities under the former. That has seen Saka widely regarded as Arsenal ‘s best academy graduate since former captain Cesc Fabregas, with the teenager backed to become a star at the Emirates Stadium.Van Persie has now spoken about his admiration for the young winger, who he believes offers a wide range of talents to his side.“If you point out Saka, I’m a huge fan of his. He can play as a defender, he can play midfield, striker, not the main striker but on the wing,” he told BT Sport.“He’s a multi-talented player who can offer assists, goals, he’s a joy to watch.”Saka has enjoyed a remarkable breakthrough season, netting three goals and contributing 10 assists across 33 appearances in all competitions. Tags: ArsenalBukayo SakaCesc FabregasMikel ArtetaNorth LondonRobin Van Persielast_img read more

Kwese TV Hit by Cash Flow Problems, Misses Payments for World…

first_imgThe report added that the pay-television provider has also missed out on payments to ESPN for a package including rights to many US sports properties, use of the ESPN brand name and the creation of bespoke content for an ESPN-branded channel from 2017 to 2024.Similarly, payment has not been made to the NBA for exclusive platform-neutral rights to the league from 2016-17 to 2020-21.The report quoted senior staff of Kwese as saying they were reasonably optimistic about the funding rounds.Joseph Hundah, Chief Executive of Kwesé’s parent company, Econet Media, was quoted by TV Sports Markets as saying that building the pay-television company’s portfolio of sports rights had “required more investment than initially forecast”.“To ensure transparency during this process we have been in continuous communication with our partners who remain extremely supportive and have shown great belief in our business,” Hundah told TVSports Markets.The publication quoted a source at one of the rights holder owed money by Kwesé as saying the pan-African pay-television company had variously promised payment in January, February and March, but did not deliver.“There’s no change in the relationship though. We do believe the money will come through,” he was quoted as saying.The slow roll-out of Kwesé’s pay-television operation across sub-Saharan Africa, gradual subscriber growth and its considerable expenditure on rights are believed to be responsible for the serious cash-flow problems. Kwesé is thought to have 120,000 subscribers across the 13 territories in sub-Saharan Africa in which it currently operates.Hundah, however, declined to comment on the subscriber numbers, saying: “We are extremely happy with our progress on subscription numbers across our markets considering that we only launched in the last quarter of 2016.”A Kwese source told TV Sports market that the company’s future could depend on two rounds of funding, one thought to have been recently concluded, and one to begin in June. Senior members of the company are said to be “optimistic” about the funding rounds.Rights holders have been promised payment by the end of April, the report reveals and goes further to claim that right holders are ready to give Kwese a chance despite its inability to meet payment deadlines, with the belief the company will eventually come through and meet its commitments.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Pan-African pay-television service provider, Kwese TV, has been hit by a cash crunch, forcing it to default on payments to rights holders to some of the content it seeks to broadcast.A recent report published by TV Sports Market listed rights holders to whom Kwese TV owes financial obligations to include football’s governing bodies, FIFA and UEFA as well as National Basketball Association (NBA) of the United States of America.According to the report, Kwese TV has missed out on payment for rights to the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia. It has also delayed in paying to UEFA for the rights to Euro 2020, European qualifiers and the Nations League.last_img read more

Shrinking Brains Prove Human Evolution

first_imgEver since Darwin, brain size has been the measure of human nature (e.g., 03/27/2007, 05/27/2009).  Except for some anomalies with Neanderthal and Cro-magnon skull sizes, the iconic march of human evolution showed growing upright posture accompanied by increasing brain size (example on Daily Mail), and brain size was used to discriminate between races on the presumption it was a measure of intelligence.  It is not clear, therefore, what to make of a question on PhysOrg, “Are brains shrinking to make us smarter?”    It seems evolutionists want to have it both ways.  Larger brains are evidence of evolution; smaller brains are evidence of evolution.  Does the new claim muddy the waters of brain size as the measure of increasing human intelligence?  The article tries to draw links between brain size as a function of body mass, or of population size, but it’s not clear any trend is detectable.  In fact, the article later admits that brain size is not well linked to intelligence.  Brian Hare (Duke U) said, “But the downsizing does not mean modern humans are dumber than their ancestors – rather, they simply developed different, more sophisticated forms of intelligence.”    The article ended by Hare hoping that humans will express their inner bonobo.  Chimps are more aggressive and violent.  “Humans are both chimps and bobos [sic] in their nature and the question is how can we release more bonobo and less chimp,” he said.  “I hope bonobos win… it will be better for everyone.”This comedy show is brought to you for your Superbowl halftime entertainment.  Imagine if the Steelers were able to set the rules so that no matter which goal the ball landed on, they would win – and they could get away with it, because they bought off all the referees.  The Packers can’t complain because if they don’t play according to those rules, they are accused of practicing religion instead of Football.  The cameramen aim the cameras to make the Steelers look good and the Packers bad, and the commentators have their talking points down to make it all look enlightened and progressive.  Anyone who complains this is unfair gets Expelled from the stadium.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more