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  • Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 8

    first_imgWhat makes Stefanik such a role model?I was interested to read the Nov. 22 letter from Meg Messitt (“Rep. Stefanik serves as an inspiration”), noting her uncritical admiration of her congressional representative, Elise Stefanik.Let me say at the outset it is pleasing to hear of high school students being politically aware; I believe America would be a better place if more of her generation were thus involved.What is surprising is her enthusiastic endorsement of Ms. Stefanik, whose most recent distinguishing trademark is her obsequious defense of her president, whose transgressions with respect to his self-serving dealings with Ukraine have been clearly revealed in the impeachment hearings.It is appropriate for young people to have role models; my question for Ms. Messitt is:Why Elise Stefanik? Does she imagine America would be a better place with another Stefanik?Or would young people be better advised to model themselves on someone like, say, Fiona Hill, whose intellect, skill and love of and dedication to her adopted country shone through in her testimony, which the Republican representatives were wise (for once) to not even challenge.Michael BishopScotiaSome don’t fit into definition of moralityBeing moral is not about obeying a list of rules, whether the list contains 10 rules or 20,000 rules.Being a moral adult means incorporating into the balance of your decision making the effect on, and the feelings of, others.The foundation of morality is nurtured empathy.To be totally without empathy for your fellow man is to be a sociopath.This is modern psychological thinking, but it is not new. Consider the 17th century admonition of John Donne about “tolling bells.”Also consider this 13th century verse from the Persian poet Saadi Shiraz:All men and women are to each other the limbs of a single frame/ since all at first from the same essence came./ When time afflicts a limb with bane,/ the other limbs at rest cannot remain./ You, who will not feel another’s’ pain, you forfeit the right to be called human.Hmm… Bring anyone to mind?Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyCartoon mocking police wasn’t funnyI could not believe your sense of humor when your cartoon showed a state policeman offering to tear up a ticket if the motorist paid him off.My grandson happens to be a New York state trooper.The hours are long, like a lot of jobs, but he and they don’t know what he’ll face when he goes to work. Is your job like that?We really need out troopers in this day and age. Don’t you agree?I haven’t met anyone who says he or she wants to do it, have you?I saw a film of the training. It was awful.How would you like pepper spray in your face? My grandson had to do that to a man once.He’d kicked my grandson in the mouth.I’m trying to stay on the straight and narrow.Eunice KilmerJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTreatment plant not worthy of its award I read the story in the Nov. 29 Gazette’s Your Niskayuna about the town of Niskayuna Wastewater Treatment Facility winning a local award and was aghast.While I am all for a better facility, this effort was far from award worthy.Those who give this award must not have visited the facility or the surrounding Mohawk River State Park and homes to smell the foul air.Nor did they consider that the state Department of Environmental Conservation hasn’t issued its final permits for the project, the negative impacts of over 20 daily passes of large trucks along the border of the park, or the massive cost overruns.I guess it doesn’t take much to win this award.Jeffrey MeyersNiskayunalast_img read more

  • PREMIUMTempeh tipped to be Indonesia’s next big export to US as market for meat alternatives grows

    first_imgTempeh, a traditional Indonesian soybean-based culinary product, has potential to be the country’s next big export to the United States during the health crisis as the market for meat alternatives continues to grow, government officials and businesspeople have said.Arifi Salman, Indonesian consul general in New York, said that as the US meat supply chain had been disrupted by the unfolding pandemic, there was potential to boost sales of tempeh products in the country.He noted that sales of meat alternative products had increased 53 percent month-to-month (mtm) from April to May, according to data compiled by the consulate.“There has been significant growth in [meat alternative] sales because of the disruption to the meat supply chain caused by the pandemic. However, tempeh also has long-term potential, as Americans have become more concerned with their health,&rdq… Log in with your social account Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Topics : tempeh export US Indonesia COVID-19last_img read more

  • Detainees returned to AGO building after fire

    first_imgTopics : Twenty-five detainees have returned to detention facilities at the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in South Jakarta two days after a blaze gutted its main building on Saturday evening.The detainees were evacuated to the South Jakarta District Attorney building at 9 p.m. on Saturday shortly after the fire broke out.AGO spokesman Hari Setiyono said the cells where the detainees had been held were in good condition as they were located in a separate building that did not catch on fire.”The AGO’s prosecution director had checked the detention facilities’ conditions and they are in good condition, so we returned [the detainees] to their original cells,” Hari said on Monday as reported by kompas.com. Read also: AGO infernoHari said the detainees were transported to the AGO’s office gradually from Sunday afternoon to Monday morning after the main building stopped smoldering.The fire broke out on the sixth floor of the main AGO building on Saturday and engulfed its entire structure. The fire lasted for more than 10 hours, according to the South Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency.  It took 325 personnel and 65 fire engines to extinguish the flames at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday.Hari said the detainees were evacuated after smoke reached their cells.”For their health and safety, we evacuated them right after smoke reached their cells,” he said.Hari said the office of the assistant attorney general for intelligence and human resources department had sustained most of the damage from the blaze.The AGO claims the fire did not destroy important data or documents. (nal)last_img read more

  • Indonesia calls out Vanuatu over Papua remarks at UNGA

    first_imgIn exercising Indonesia’s first right of reply to Loughman’s speech on Saturday, second secretary at the Indonesian mission to the UN, Silvany Austin Pasaribu, accused Vanuatu of having an “excessive and unhealthy obsession” about how Indonesia should govern itself.Citing the UN Charter, Silvany said that countries must respect the principles of non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries and respect their sovereignty and territorial integrity.“At times of an emergency health crisis and great economic adversity, it prefers to instill enmity and sow division in their advocacy for separatism with flowery human rights concerns,” she said in a recording on UNTV.She then reiterated Indonesia’s position that the provinces of Papua and West Papua were irrevocable parts of Indonesia since its independence in 1945 – and that it was endorsed by the UN and the global community.“You are not a representation of the people of Papua – stop fantasizing about being one,” she said.Indonesian officials have entertained repeated efforts to undermine the nation’s sovereignty at the multilateral forum, having noted what they consider a regular uptick in provocations in the easternmost provinces around September, when the annual UN summitry commences.Papua and West Papua are the site of decades of simmering tensions between separatist groups and security forces, which at times resulted in what activists have flagged as alleged human rights violations. The separatists have seized upon this opportunity to influence other nations.Since then, Jakarta has launched a charm offensive and ramped up engagement in the South Pacific, a region with overarching ethnic and cultural affinities with the people of Papua and West Papua. Most of its residents, as well as a few others from other provinces in Indonesia’s east, are ethnically Melanesian.Other Pacific island nations, which initially followed Vanuatu’s lead, have since sought constructive relations with Indonesia.Read also: RI, island states pledge sustainable solutionsMore recently, the task of rebuking critics at the UN has fallen to the laps of Indonesia’s junior diplomats, a diplomatic gesture that makes light of the criticism.Dewi Fortuna Anwar, an international relations research professor, noted that while Vanuatu’s “persistent and routine” criticism should not warrant an overreaction on Indonesia’s part, the country still needed to ensure that others are not swayed by the island nation’s opinions.“The Indonesian government must of course ensure that policies in Papua are consistent with what the diplomats are saying. If you want to change the image you need to change the reality on the ground,” said the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) expert.The COVID-19 pandemic has not deterred violence in Papua, most recently with the death of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Hitadipa district of Intan Jaya regency, who was allegedly shot by personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI).The death of the senior missionary has prompted grievances from Papua’s residents, most recently by the Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI).Citing reports from leaders of the Indonesian Evangelical Christian Church (GKII) and local media in Papua, PGI chairman Gomar Gultom alleged that Yeremia was shot by military personnel when he was on his way to his pig pen, at the same time as a military operation was reportedly taking place.However, the military published a statement on Sunday saying Yeremia had been shot by an armed criminal group in the area.Separately, LIPI’s head researcher on Papua studies, Adriana Elizabeth, expressed regret that Indonesia had allowed itself to be dragged down by a small island nation.”The five-minute response should not have been spent only to respond to what Vanuatu said. The fact that this is Indonesia’s domestic affair is enough, but it should have pointed out that many things have been done to manage the conflicts – something Vanuatu knows nothing about,” she said.Read also: Papuans return Veronica Koman’s scholarship funding to Indonesian governmentAdriana said the government had for a long time tried to address conflict and violence in the two provinces, including through the special autonomy status, prioritizing infrastructure development in the two provinces and empowering local politicians.”So instead of giving the same response, we should point out that Papua is different now,” she said.Topics : “To date there has been little progress on this front. I therefore called on the Indonesian government to please hear the previous call of Pacific leaders,” he said on Saturday, according to a recording on the UN website.Leaders of countries grouped under the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) had raised concerns last year over the handling of alleged human rights abuses in Papua, a move Indonesia immediately objected to.In a communiqué from a PIF summit in Tuvalu last August, the leaders “strongly encouraged” Indonesia to finalize the timing of a visit by the UN human rights commissioner to investigate alleged human rights abuses and allow the commissioner to create an “evidence-based, informed report” on the situation in Papua.Read also: RI’s priority programs help South Pacific Indonesia has again sent a junior diplomat to defend its national interest to protect its easternmost provinces at the United Nations General Assembly, where the small island nation of Vanuatu renewed its call to investigate alleged human rights violations in Papua.In a pre-recorded statement at the General Assembly over the weekend, Vanuatu’s Prime Minister Bob Loughman said there was a “selective approach” in addressing human rights violations in the region, claiming that the people of West Papua continued to suffer from human rights abuses.Loughman said the leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum had made a call last year for the Indonesian government to allow the UN Office of the Human Rights Commissioner to visit Papua and West Papua provinces.last_img read more

  • Manchester United and Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano given lower asking price by RB Leipzig

    first_imgDayot Upamecano is wanted by Manchester United and Arsenal (Getty Images)Manchester United and Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Dayot Upamecano after RB Leipzig lowered the defender’s asking price, according to reports in Germany.The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with the move to the Premier League, although reports claimed last week that the centre-back had agreed to join Bayern Munich.However, Bild now report that Bayern have put their move for Upamecano on hold as they have altered their transfer plans.The German champions have also stalled their efforts to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, who has attracted interest from United and Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report also claims that RB Leipzig have lowered Upamecano’s valuation from €60 million (£52.3m) to €40m (£34.8m). Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 6 May 2020 12:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link461Shares Comment Advertisement Manchester United and Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano given lower asking price by RB Leipzig RB Leipzig will now accept a €40m (£34.8m) offer for Dayot Upamecano (Getty Images)Upamecano has just one year left on his contract with the German club and could potentially leave on a free transfer next summer.But RB Leipzig’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff suggested last week that Upamecano will be sold this summer if he refuses to extend his contract.‘In the Covid-19 crisis, we have other issues greater than concerns about contracts,’ Mintzlaff told Sport1.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We know the terms of our players’ contracts and I know them very well – especially that of our top performers.‘For us, it is a no go that the top performers will be allowed to leave our club free of charge. ‘That’s the case with Timo Werner and that will be the case with Dayot Upamecano. I have the economic stability of the club in mind.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

  • David Luiz pushing for Arsenal to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva

    first_imgLuiz and Silva have played together before (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are interested in signing Thiago Silva on a free transfer and David Luiz is acting as an intermediary between the club and his former team-mate, reports say.The Brazilian duo played alongside each other in defence at Paris Saint-Germain before Luiz decided to return to the Premier League.Luiz has just been handed a new deal at Arsenal and Le 10 Sport claim the centre-back is pushing for the Gunners to snap up Silva.Silva will leave PSG at the end of the 2019/20 season after signing a short-term contract so he can play in the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals and the rest of the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are on the hunt for bargain deals in the next transfer window having been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.The Gunners are desperate to improve a woefully underperforming defence and Mikel Arteta has contacted Silva about joining his project at the Emirates.Luiz put Arteta in touch with Silva and is eager for his international team-mate to join him in London. Coral BarryTuesday 30 Jun 2020 12:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisement David Luiz pushing for Arsenal to sign Paris Saint-Germain star Thiago Silva Luiz is advising Arteta to sign Silva (Picture: Getty)A new contract for Luiz garnered a mixed reaction from Arsenal fans, but Silva is regarded as one of the most experienced defenders in the world.At 35, Silva would only be a short-term solution as he enters the final years of his playing career. Silva is also attracting interest from Everton, where Carlo Ancelotti is in charge.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAncelotti signed Silva for PSG in 2012 and he would be a huge signing for Everton, who are hoping their Italian coach can spearhead a rejuvenation of the club.Luiz is now free to make his return for Arsenal in the Premier League after serving a red card suspension following his sending off against Manchester City.Arsenal take on Norwich on Wednesday night in their first game at the Emirates since the season restarted.MORE: Ray Parlour sends warning to Matteo Guendouzi amid Arsenal exit rumoursMORE: Arsenal target £32m Wout Weghorst as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

  • Belgian pension funds slash liability discount rates

    first_imgMany Belgian pension funds significantly reduced their discount rate for liabilities over the past year, lowering the level from approximately 4% to in some cases less than 1.5%, according to industry organisation PensioPlus.A survey of 62 schemes – representing €19.2bn, three-quarters of Belgian pension funds’ assets – indicated that more than a quarter of funds now apply discount rates of less than 3%.Supervisor FSMA said it was satisfied with this development, but it made clear that many schemes still had assumptions for future returns that were “too optimistic”.Henk Becquaert, board member of the watchdog, said FSMA was in discussions with schemes about reducing discount rates deemed to be too high. He declined to be specific about the numbers of pension funds involved. Becquaert said there were still investment consultants who recommended assumptions for returns that were too high.He said the supervisor took into account the expectations of international bodies – such as the International Monetary Fund and European Systemic Risk Board – but didn’t publish maximum figures, like the mandatory parameters in the Netherlands. “As long as pension funds listen to us, this isn’t necessary,” he said.PensioPlus, which presented the survey results during its annual congress this week, said the lower discount rate had a negative effect on coverage ratios.The 28 pension funds that produced figures saw their funding drop from 123% to 115% on average last year. The pension fund of bank KBC reported that it had to raise contributions in the wake of the reduced assumptions for returns.Pension funds in the Netherlands must discount their liabilities against the risk-free interest level. Dutch pension rights in Belgium-based cross-border schemes are subject to a discount rate equal to the Dutch discount rate for individual value transfers, which is 0.864% this year. In 2016, the rate was 1.629%.As a result of this decrease, one pan-European pension fund with Dutch pension rights incurred a “limited funding shortfall”, according to FSMA.The supervisor added that arrangements had been made to rectify this through an additional payment from the sponsor, who is legally bound to fill funding gaps.Becquaert warned that further professionalising was necessary, in particular for small funds (less than €25m) and some medium-sized pension funds (up to €125m), adding that co-operation or merging into multi-schemes would help.Philip Neyt, chairman of PensioPlus, also called for co-operation, particularly with insurers. He noted that insurers were establishing pension funds for their staff. Neyt said he expected that others would be allowed to join as well. At the congress, concerns were voiced about how schemes’ participants should be informed about the risks following a transition to defined contribution arrangements, how they could be assisted with investment choices, and how pension funds can keep control of costs. FSMA said it expected additional EU regulation on expenses.Last year, Belgian pension funds achieved nominal returns of 5.07% on average.According to PensioPlus, many of them were divesting government bonds in favour of equity, credit, emerging market debt, and illiquid investments, in part as an inflation hedge.last_img read more

  • Anadarko firms up Mozambique LNG sale deal with CNOOC

    first_imgUS independent Anadarko has signed a deal for the sale of liquefied natural gas from its Mozambique LNG project with CNOOC Gas and Power Singapore Trading & Marketing. The SPA is for 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) for a term of 13 years, the company said in its statement on Friday.Mitch Ingram, Anadarko executive vice president, international, deepwater & exploration, said, “this agreement adds to our growing list of customers in the Asia-Pacific region, demonstrating the excellent progress we are making toward our stated goal of taking a final investment decision during the first half of this year.”He added that further SPAs will be signed in the near future.The Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project will be Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 mtpa to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum fields located entirely within Offshore Area 1.Anadarko and its partners have discovered more than 75 Tcf of natural gas resources in the Prosperidade and Golfinho/Atum complexes in Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1, which will be used to feed an onshore LNG terminal on the Afungi peninsula in Cabo Delgado province.Anadarko Moçambique Área 1, a unit of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, operates Offshore Area 1 with a 26.5-percent working interest.Co-venturers include ENH Rovuma Área (15 percent), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1 (20 percent), ONGC Videsh (10 percent), Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique (10 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique (10 percent), and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 (8.5 percent).last_img read more

  • Gewan Island Contract Awarded

    first_imgImage source: UDCUnited Development Company (UDC), a Qatari real estate developer, has awarded the execution of marine works at Gewan Island to UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Company and Promar Marine Contracting Company.UDC president and CEO, Ibrahim Jassim al-Othman, signed the agreements with UrbaCon Trading & Contracting Company vice chairman and Group CEO, Ramez al-Khayyat, and Promar Marine Contracting Company chairman and managing partner, Juliana Chamoun, in the presence of representatives from all parties.The signing ceremony took place at the Oyster, The Pearl-Qatar, on July 16, 2019.At the event, Al-Othman highlighted that the total investment value in Gewan Island amounts to approximately $824 million.According to the contract, the marine works will involve dredging, reclamation fill, and the provision and installation of core, armor, geotextile materials, and concrete elements, as well as the supply and installation of selected fill and beach sand material.Once completed, the island will accommodate 3,500 residents and 3,000 daily visitors and will be home to 712 units, including 639 apartments, 41 waterfront villas (out of which 20 villas are standalone), 26 beachfront villas, six island villas, in addition to 11,000m² of retail space and a number of multi-use buildings.Image source: UDClast_img read more

  • Bulldogs Wrestle At EC 6-Way

    first_imgThe Batesville wrestling team traveled to St Leon to wrestle in the annual EC 6-way. Participating teams include: East Central, Cambridge City Lincoln, Tri High, Lawrenceburg, Shenandoah, and Batesville. The Bulldogs were able to get one team win on the day while the Trojans walked away on the day beating all teams going 5-0.Team scores were:  Tri High 51 Batesville 30; Lawrenceburg 60 Batesville 24; Shenandoah 54 Batesville 30; EC 60 Batesville 12; and Batesville 48 Cambridge City Lincoln 18.Batesville Individual Wins:  John Moody 4-1; Michael Deal 3-1; Jackson Wooldridge 3-2; Chris Schene 3-2; Xavier King 3-2; Jon Kurtz 3-2; Abram Garcia 2-3; Mitchell Thomas 2-3; and Miguel Ramirez 2-1.Courtsey of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more