Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 17

first_imgThe best chance the Democrats have in 2020 is to embrace populist ideas such as Medicare for all, or free college, or ending the wars (which in my opinion wouldn’t only be effective policy, but nearly every poll has indicated them to be popular among the American people) and not just being an Anti-Trump Party. On the campaign, they’ll become stronger candidates, and in office, they’ll make America a better nation. Matt OillGlenville Writer gave bad info about abortion billI have rarely been bothered by political cesspool stink. Regarding Laurie Cox’s Feb. 9 letter opposing the Reproductive Health Act, she needs to know she is wrong.To try to push your beliefs on people that read this paper by not saying the Senate bill #S240 is the Reproductive Health Act, instead of #A00021, which is not. Muckraking should be left to the Republican talk show hosts who would at least research a subject before faking the unfair alternate truth.Should you wish to check my research, go www.ny.gov and apply some effort instead of listening to those who repeat rumor and innuendo. Lord forgive them, for they know not what they say.Jeff PelkyBroadalbinMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Teachers who put in long hours educating students deserve more money than they do. Teachers wouldn’t have to feel guilty about getting it either. Why are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer wasting time trying to stop Trump from building his wall? It’s because of them that people aren’t getting their money, not the president. They will stop at anything to stop his wall. Why don’t the people without paychecks go after them? And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants free health care for everyone in New York City. Who do you think will pay for that? Us in upstate New York. The Democrats will stop at nothing to get votes.James MaxfieldScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump has had many accomplishments In Mr. Wouk’s Feb. 8 letter, he refers to President Trump as a “gelatinous gas bag” and describes him as a runaway train in search of a wreck. He states further that our president provides no details, resources or factual basis. Mr. Wouk, are you living in a cave? A simple Google search quickly lists 289 Trump accomplishments to date. Let’s see: the economy is growing at such a tremendous pace in spite of the previous administration’s claim that it was impossible to achieve; 4 million people have been added to the work force; unemployment is at an all-time low, including African Americans; and the military has been rebuilt, just to name a few of the 289. Those, Mr. Wouk, are just some of the facts that you say are missing.Gerald DeAngelusNiskayunacenter_img Democrats will do anything to get votesHave you noticed the ads on TV [Optimax tax, tax relief, credit card relief, credit associates, etc.] telling people that they can reduce exuberant money that they have already racked up on their credit cards?We will have to pick up the difference so they can go out and charge up more debts. Talk about greed. Now our legislators are going to give themselves a raise for sitting on their butts making laws for us to obey not them. To beat Trump, Dems must be populists  As the 2020 election approaches, the pressure is on for Democrats to win and get President Trump out of office. With that goal in mind, a quote by writer Arundhati Roy regarding Trump comes to mind: “…the danger with that kind of obsession with a single person is that you don’t see the system that produced him.”I completely agree with her, and I believe that system to be the corruption of our establishment. Looking back, if any theme defined the 2016 election, it’s that people were tired of the status-quo of our government.Donald Trump campaigned on quite a bit of anti-establishment rhetoric such as bashing NAFTA and TPP (both of which have screwed over working people) or railing against our endless wars. I believe that rhetoric drew many Bernie Sanders supporters to Trump, (as opposed to Hillary Clinton, who was essentially the face and mascot of the establishment and status-quo), and ultimately may have won him the election. Granted he has gone back on much of that rhetoric since taking office and has become massively pro-establishment, but nevertheless.last_img read more

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Minister Luhut claims Indonesian climate can beat coronavirus, but WHO says it’s a myth

first_imgA senior minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Cabinet is adamant that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the deadly coronavirus disease, will soon get “weaker” in the country as Indonesia enters the dry season in April.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan said Indonesia’s relatively high temperature during the dry season as well as its humidity meant that the virus would be unable to survive, adding that the finding was a conclusion from an undisclosed research study.“The virus will be weaker in high-temperature locations, and that could be Indonesia’s advantage compared to other countries,” Luhut said during a video conference on Thursday.However, he said the advantage would be futile if the public kept on resisting the government’s call for physical distancing, which is necessary to slow the transmission of the contagious disease.“If you have the virus but it is undetected, and you insist on performing mudik [exodus], you can kill others, including your family,” Luhut went on to say, “Thus, we urge our Muslim citizens to refrain from returning to their hometowns for Idul Fitri.”The minister’s claim, however, has previously been debunked by the World Health Organization (WHO).The UN health body said exposing people to the sun or to temperatures higher than 25 degrees Celsius would not halt the spread of COVID-19, given that the disease has also emerged in countries with a hot climate.“You can catch COVID-19, no matter how sunny or hot the weather is,” the WHO said on its COVID-19 myth busters page.”To protect yourself, make sure you clean your hands frequently and thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.”Topics :last_img read more

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Russian scientists hail results of COVID-19 vaccine trial

first_img More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to try to stop the pandemic. Of 19 in human trials, only two are in the final Phase III – one by China’s Sinopharm and another by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford.”We were primarily testing for safety,” Elena Smolyarchuk, a department director at Sechenov University and one of the coordinators of the trial, said.”On non-specific immunity we can only talk about preliminary results. These show a good, positive tendency, a strengthening of non-specific immunity,” she said.However any final conclusions about the immune response among the volunteers will be drawn by the Gamaleya Institute, which developed the vaccine, and are expected towards the end of the month. Russian scientists hailed the results of their first clinical trial of a potential coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, saying it had been proved safe and that volunteers had developed an immune response.Speaking to a crowded room without wearing masks, three of 18 volunteers monitored over a month at the Sechenov University said they all had experienced few side-effects.A larger-scale trial, intended to ascertain the strength of the immune response produced by the vaccine and how long protection will last, is expected to begin in Russia in mid-August. Russia’s health ministry will then decide whether to register the vaccine and begin a larger-scale trial, Smolyarchuk said.The vaccine is administered in two doses and consists of two serotypes of the human adenovirus, each carrying an S-antigen of the new coronavirus, which enter human cells and produce an immune response, Smolyarchuk said.It was first tested on primates and then administered to the volunteers on June 18.The platform used for the vaccine was developed by Russian scientists over two decades and had formed the basis for several vaccines in the past, including three against Ebola, the Sechenov University’s Vadim Tarasov said.The defense ministry, which conducted a parallel trial of the same vaccine on a separate set of 20 volunteers, also said on Wednesday the group had been discharged.”It’s not scary anymore,” Yuriy, a soldier and volunteer, said in a video shared by the Ministry of Defense. Topics :last_img read more

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Norwegian oil fund buys stake in Regent Street building

first_imgThe government pension fund already has a 25% stake in the rest of Regent Street.Paul Clark, director of investment at the Crown Estate, said: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with NBIM, further developing our strategic partnership model, which is central to the future of our business.”This deal had increased the amount of third-party capital the Crown Estate managed for institutional investors to more than £800m, he said.Quadrant 3 contains 270,000sqf (25,000sqm) of office, retail and restaurant space over basement, ground and seven upper floors, the Norwegian asset manager said.The building was recently developed by the Crown Estate and completed to a BREEAM Excellent environmental standard, it said.The Crown Estate said the Regent Street partnership between it and NBIM – now valued at £2.8bn – was transforming the street via the partners’ £1bn investment programme. The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) has bought a 25% stake in Regent Street’s Quadrant 3 building in London’s West End from the Crown Estate.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK4.9trn (€591bn) sovereign wealth fund, said it paid £97.5m (€117.9m) for the stake, valuing the entire building at £390m.The Crown Estate, which manages properties technically belonging to the Queen, said it was keeping a 75% interest in the property and would continue to manage the asset on behalf of the partnership.NBIM said the deal expanded the Regent Street partnership, which the GPFG and the Crown Estate had started in 2011.last_img read more

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Ottawa allots $700M to grow clean technologies

first_imgThe government of Canada plans to invest C$700 million ($563 million) over the next five years to grow its clean technology industry, protect the environment and create jobs.The investment, to be made via Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), will see BDC take on more risk to help high-potential clean tech firms expand by providing them with the capital they need to hire new staff, develop products, support sales, and scale up and compete globally.The government also announced the launch of the Clean Growth Hub as its focal point for clean technology.The hub will focus on supporting companies and projects that produce clean technology, as well as coordinate existing programs and track results, according to the Canadian government.Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said: “Today’s announcement demonstrates our government’s commitment to create well-paying middle-class jobs while growing the economy and protecting the environment.”Michael Denham, President and CEO of BDC, added: “With this new capital, we are looking to back the best in Canadian clean tech, with the aim of helping our most promising companies overcome financing obstacles and scale into global clean technology champions.“Our endgame is to build a commercially sustainable clean technology ecosystem that will, over time, be able to catalyze greater institutional investment into the sector.”The C$700 million is part of Canadian government’s largest ever public investment of C$2.3 billion ($1.84 billion) in clean technologies set aside in the Budget 2017. Illustration (Image: flickr/Olearys)last_img read more

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Into The Glacier: Europe’s Largest Man-Made Ice Cave

first_imgSouth Africa’s Fastest Man Cave Tourism in Rwanda Related Are you looking for an unusual wedding venue? How about inside a glacier? That’s just what Iceland has to offer after completion of a half-kilometer ice tunnel into Europe’s second-largest glacier. But you’ll need to be quick, as climate change erodes the frozen wonders of our world. Let’s go on this magical journey. Largest African fashion conference in Europe returnslast_img

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Happy Birthday, Bengals!

first_imgThis season the Cincinnati Bengals will celebrate their 50th year of NFL football.  Paul Brown really ran everything for the Bengals when they came to Cincinnati 50 years ago.  In fact, when they came to Cincinnati they did not have their own stadium, so they played in Nippert Stadium–home of the Cincinnati Bearcats.  I attended my first live NFL game that year.Today the Bengals are under the direction of Mike Brown, the son of Paul.  So little has changed in those 50 years.  The Browns believe success comes by keeping things simple and not making many changes.  You won’t see sudden coaching changes with the Browns in charge.  They have not been the most successful franchise since the late 60’s, but they make money, they stay put, and they keep a solid fan base.  I think they will fool a lot of people this year.last_img read more

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Public hearings set for proposed fish, wildlife rule changes

first_imgStatewide— The Natural Resources Commission’s (NRC) Division of Hearings has scheduled two hearings to accept public comments on proposed rule changes.Proposed rule changes include adding ruffed grouse and cisco to the state’s endangered species list, establishing new size and bag limits for saugeye taken on the Ohio River, and allowing air guns during the deer firearms hunting season. For a complete list of proposed amendments with additional information about each proposal, click here.The hearings are scheduled for:• Wednesday, July 29, 6 pm, Mounds State Park, 4306 Mounds Road, Anderson, IN 46017. Fisheries Rules Hearing in the Nature Center, multi-purpose room. Wildlife Rules Hearing in the Pavilion.• Thursday, July 30, 6 pm, McCormick’s Creek State Park, 451 McCormick Creek Park Road, Spencer, IN 47460. Fisheries Rules Hearing in the Sycamore Room. Wildlife Rules Hearing in the Oak Room.Public comments can be submitted online by clicking here. Locate the “comment on this rule” link in the Rulemaking Docket for the FW Biennial Fisheries Amendments or the FW Biennial Wildlife Amendments, whichever rule package the comment applies to.Comments can also be mailed to:Natural Resources Commission Indiana Government Center North 100 North Senate Ave., Room N103 Indianapolis, IN 46204The deadline for public comments is July 30 at 11:59 pm.The NRC will review the public comments before voting on the final adoption of the changes later in 2020. Rule changes that are given final adoption must still be approved by the Attorney General’s office and Governor’s office, and filed with the Indiana Register before taking effect.last_img read more

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FIBA World Cup: Nigeria face Cote D’Ivoire on Friday

first_imgRelatedPosts Nigeria dying under Buhari’s jackboot, by Tunde Odesola Nigeria: We can’t breathe, by Gabriel Agbo Yes, Nigeria is collapsing forward, by Femi Adesina Nigeria’s D’Tigers will now meet Cote D’Ivoire on Friday at the City Arena in Guangzhou, in their opening match of the classification round at the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. The match is the first game for the Nigerian male senior team in the classification 17-32 of the competition, and will come up at 1600hrs (0900hrs Nigeria time). They will go on to take on China at the same venue on Sunday. Nigeria had finished third from the competition’s Group B on Wednesday, dropping to the classification round which can in the long run give them a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games.Tags: 2019 FIBA World Cup2020 Olympic GamesChinaCity ArenaCote d’IvoireD’TigersGuangzhouNigerialast_img read more

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Werder Bremen score six goals to avoid automatic relegation

first_imgFour-times champions Werder Bremen extended their 39-year stay in the Bundesliga for at least another 10 days on Saturday, when they thumped Cologne 6-1 to avoid automatic relegation.They completed the first half of what could become a great escape as they climbed out of the drop zone and leapfrogged Fortuna Duesseldorf to finish 16th in the 18-team table. Werder Bremen now face a two-leg playoff against the team which finishes third in the second division – Heidenheim or Hamburg SV – on Thursday and July 6.Fortuna Duesseldorf lost 3-0 at Union Berlin and were relegated.Recent history is on Werder’s side as the playoff has been won by the team from the top flight eight times in the last 10 seasons.“We pulled off a great performance today under pressure. But we are fully aware that we have achieved nothing,” said Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt.“The emotions will be even greater than today in the playoff. I was impressed by how we stuck with it today.” Werder, who began the day two points behind Fortuna with a worse goal difference, have missed only one season, 1980/1981, in the Bundesliga since it was founded in 1963.The hosts, who had scored only nine goals at home all season before Saturday, struck three times in a six-minute spell midway through the first half.Yuya Osako broke through in the 23rd minute, coolly slotting the ball past Timo Horn after he was picked out by Maximilian Eggestein in the penalty areaFour minutes later, Milot Rashica burst down the left, dribbled past his marker and scored with a left-foot shot which went through Horn’s legs.Then Niclas Fuellkrug got in front of his marker to flick Marco Friedl’s cross into the net. Davy Klaassen tapped a rebound into the empty net after Rashica hit the post in the 55th minute.Osako notched his second three minutes later, latching onto Theodor Gebre Selassie’s cross.Dominick Drexler pulled one back for the Billy Goats after pouncing on a misplaced Rashica pass, before Josh Sergeant made it 6-1 to Werder Bremen in the 68th minute.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan RB Leipzig get approval for some fans in stadium at season opening match Tags: BundesligaFortuna DusseldorfHamburger SVlast_img read more

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