Letters to the Editor

first_imgThe agreement establishes a Free Trade Commission, which will have complete control over the USMCA agreement once it is in effect, ultimately controlling tariffs, imports, exports, industrial and agricultural production, etc. — all affecting the economic wealth of the country. This is a direct conflict with Article I, Section 8, of the United States Constitution, which states Congress shall have power to regulate commerce with foreign nations, the states and Indian tribes.Chapter 8 of USMCA guarantees Mexico’s continual control over natural gas and oil. It does not grant this to the United States or Canada. Mexican officials are concerned about control over natural resources. Apparently, U.S. negotiators were not concerned. The loss of these resources would be devastating to any country. The agreement places itself under the jurisdiction of the United Nations. If that is the case, how would this affect the future of the USMCA and the United States, without the nation’s approval?The new agreement may contain export advantage regarding milk and milk products, etc., but these improvements do not outweigh the loss of our nation’s sovereignty in issues of trade and natural resources.George Van SchaickSchenectady GE’s decline began when former CEO Jack Welch transformed GE from a respected, innovative manufacturing company to one that was focused only on raising earnings and the stock price GE increased earnings every quarter during Welch’s 20 years as CEO. These too-good-to-be-true earnings resulted from lay-offs of engineers, scientists and workers from its manufacturing businesses and by closing the labs that supported manufacturing with new technologies and QC. The Schenectady Turbine Technology Lab that supported Power Systems was one of the labs closed.Wall Street applauded Welch’s “genius” for increasing earnings and the stock price. The earnings increases resulted by stripping GE of the engineers needed for new innovative products. This is why the company that gave the world jet engines, gas turbines, unbreakable plastics and silicones did not produce any new blockbusters during the 20 years Welch was CEO.The destruction done by Welch could not be undone by Immelt when he tried to restore manufacturing and rid GE of Welch’s disastrous financial acquisitions. It took a hundred years and generations of engineers and scientists to make GE a successful company, but only 20 years of Welch’s greed to enrich himself with stock options to destroy GE.Mark  MarkovitzNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWelch destroyed GE through sheer greed More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists GOP fails to face new demographicsFollowing the 2012 presidential elections, the Republican National Committee (RNC) commissioned a report to identify the mistakes that resulted in back-to-back losses to Barack Obama.  Among the mistakes noted in the report was alienation of the fastest-growing groups in the country that have gained increasing political influence.  These groups included Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asian-Americans. The report offered up a road map for the GOP to shed its reputation as a party dominated by white men and thus earn more votes from the groups noted above. The RNC report accurately assessed the evolving demographics in the United States. Currently, the population in the U.S. is 61 percent white, 18 percent Hispanic, 12 percent African-American, and 5.6 percent Asian-American, the rest being “other.” A recent report by the Brookings Institution projects that by 2045, the U.S. population will be 49.7 percent white, 24.6 percent Hispanic, 13.1 percent African-American, and  7.9 percent Asian-American, the rest being “other”.Ironically, Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 by doubling down” on the mistakes noted in the RNC report.However, the 2018 midterm elections suggest that the Trump strategy could imperil the GOP party for years to come.The congressional freshman class of 2019 is the most racially diverse and most female group of representatives ever elected to the House. The new class includes the first Native American congresswoman and the first Muslim congresswoman.The diversity noted above is essentially all on the Democratic side. The Republican congressional makeup remains almost entirely white men. The GOP is ignoring the handwriting on the wall.Don SteinerSchenectady New NAFTA deal is bad for our countryThe recently proposed trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada will, if approved, replace the 1994 NAFTA agreement. The proposed agreement — comprised of 34 chapters (1,809 pages), 12 more chapters than the 1994 agreement —might be described as NAFTA on steroids and is not in the interest of U.S. sovereignty.last_img read more

Privacy breach, fake news take mental toll on Indonesia’s first COVID-19 cases

first_imgThe message also detailed their symptoms and chronology of events, starting from when they had supposedly contracted the virus to when they were eventually admitted to their current hospital.The Health Ministry has denied responsibility for the leak. Besides the message, photographs of the patients also spread like wildfire. Some were even forwarded with the ironic caption “Please don’t share.” Some people went as far as to question the patient’s profession, correlating it with how she might have contracted the virus. Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said on Monday that Case 1 was a dance teacher and had danced with the Japanese citizen, who he said was a close friend, in a club in Kemang, South Jakarta. Reporters swarmed the patients’ house, taking footage from just a few feet away from the doorstep, prompting the police to set up a police line to drive them away.Read also: Activists, lawmakers criticize disclosure of personal information of COVID-19 patientsThe situation caused Case 1 to write a lengthy WhatsApp message to explain herself, which has also gone viral.In a further statement made on Wednesday, Case 1 shared her account on how she might have contracted the virus and what she did afterward–which differed from the one shared by authorities.Case 1 said she had started coughing and having a fever on Feb. 16 and decided to visit a private hospital along with her mother last Thursday. There, she was diagnosed with bronchopneumonia and her mother with typhus. The following day, her friend in Malaysia called her to let her know that a Japanese woman that had tested positive for the new virus on Feb. 26 had visited a restaurant in Jakarta where she had been hosting on Feb. 15.Case 1 also said that she had attended a dance event at a restaurant in Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Feb. 15, not at a club in Kemang on Feb. 14.”For the sake of national security and health, I informed the doctor that I needed to be tested [for the virus], and that’s why I’ve been isolated since Sunday. I don’t even know nor am I acquainted with the Japanese citizen,” she said. “And I want to emphasize, the Japanese citizen is a woman, not a man that ‘rented’ me like the gossip says,” she added. “I was just in a room with the Japanese woman without knowing who she was.” Case 1 said she had given health authorities contacts of her family members and closest friends to be tested and to ensure that the virus would not spread further.“Please respect me and my family’s privacy, stop spreading our photos and fake news about us,” she said. Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi urges people to remain calm and respect patient privacyThe breach of the patients’ personal data also affected their neighbors, who were also questioning how such detailed data of the patients could be disclosed to the public.”Even us as their close neighbors don’t know those details about them. I wondered whether the authorities were responsible,” one of the patients’ neighbors, Anis Hidayah of Migrant Care, told the Post.She said people in the neighborhood regretted that media coverage had also disrupted their activities; some were not allowed to work by their employers, while app-based motorcycle taxi  drivers were adamant about not accepting orders from the housing complex but even more so because it had framed people she knew personally in unfavorable ways.”I hope this accelerates the issuance of a regulation on personal data protection,” Anis said. (ars)Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify Case 1’s statement about how she came into contact with the Japanese patient.Topics : The President’s announcement came as a surprise not only to the public but to the patients themselves, Case 2 told kompas.com on Tuesday.“We had not been [told that we had tested positive],” she said. “We only found out when [Jokowi announced it].”Worse than the surprise announcement was what followed. Soon after the news broke, personal details of the two patients popped up on WhatsApp groups and social media, with unclear origins. The details came in a viral message that started with the words “Spot Reports” and contained not only the patients’ initials and ages but also their complete home address.  Indonesia’s first two confirmed COVID-19 patients say media coverage and discourse on social media have taken a greater toll than the disease itself, saying that the numerous breaches of privacy have left them “mentally drained.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Monday that a 31-year-old woman (Case 1) and her 64-year-old mother (Case 2), both residents of Depok, West Java had tested positive for the novel coronavirus after coming into contact with a Japanese woman who later tested positive in Malaysia.Case 1 and Case 2 are currently receiving treatment in an isolation ward at Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: 1,000 Students to Get On-the Job Experience at Local Employers

first_imgSouthwest Corner Workforce Development Board$94,358 Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board$317,963 Philadelphia Works, Inc.$730,065 Governor Wolf: 1,000 Students to Get On-the Job Experience at Local Employers Montgomery County WDB$106,088 Bucks County Workforce Development Board$217,663 West Central Workforce Development Board$141,632 Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board$390,344 “These funds will allow us to expand opportunities for youth employment with public sector, for-profit and non-profit employers, and establish exciting career paths for young adults,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “Governor Wolf wants to build the strongest workforce in the nation and has proposed additional funding for his PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.”The SLIP funding to encourage internship opportunities is in addition to Governor Wolf’s recent budget request for additional funding for the PAsmart initiative. PAsmart grants will encourage partnerships with private industry throughout Pennsylvania with on-the-job training, and also support science and technology education in fast growing careers.The 2019 SLIP is 100 percent funded through federal money made available from WIOA.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart. Tri-County Workforce Development Board$53,112 Lancaster County WDB$109,718 February 22, 2019 Partner4Work$146,138 Education,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf continued his commitment to provide students and young adults with the work experience opportunities to succeed in college or start their careers. Today the governor announced $4.4 million for local summer internship programs.“These funds will provide at least 1,000 young Pennsylvanians with paid work experiences to help them develop the job skills they need to succeed in our 21st century economy,” said Governor Wolf. “The State/Local Internship Program (SLIP) provides for summer internships with local employers across the commonwealth to give program participants the real-world work experience they need to pursue future employment opportunities.”The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) provided SLIP funding to all 22 Local Workforce Development Boards (LWDBs) that submitted proposals. The program, funded through the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), helps young adults develop workforce preparation skills helps and provides participants with their first work experience.The 2019 SLIP will operate for an eight-week period between May 6 and August 30, 2019. The program will offer wages at a minimum of $10.35 an hour for young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 years.Following is a list of the 22 LWDBs that received SLIP funds: Chester County Workforce Development Board$28,893center_img Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board$220,137 Northwest WDB$83,122 LWDBFunding Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board$415,306 Northern Tier Workforce Development Board$94,778 Berks County Workforce Development Board$59,602 Delaware County WDB$130,636 North Central Workforce Development Board$430,971 Lackawanna County Workforce Development Board$106,221 Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board$221,841 SCPa Works$177,039 Westmoreland/Fayette Workforce Development Board$124,372 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Peaceful family retreat on offer in Beachmere

first_img20 Riversleigh Rd, BeachmereMrs Baxter said the home was well-located a few minutes’ drive from the Bruce Highway, 6km from the Caboolture train station and 20 minutes from Bribie Island. “We often toddle off to Caloundra for lunch or go to the pub at Sandstone Point,” she said. 20 Riversleigh Rd, BeachmereThere are three good-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. Downstairs, there is a laundry, storage area, utility room and parking for two cars. Outside there are established gardens, a patio and an above-ground pool. 20 Riversleigh Rd, Beachmere“There’s just land to the back of us and you can drop a line or go crabbing at the end of the street,” she said. “There’s also a park with a playground for the kids.”The home features a sunroom, living area, dining room and kitchen, which opens to the back deck. The kitchen has large benchtops, stainless steel appliances, double ovens and gas cooktop. The home at 20 Riversleigh Rd, Beachmere.THIS renovated colonial Queenslander is in a peaceful pocket backing on to acreage and a short walk to the river. Owners Vickie and Rawden Baxter have lived at 20 Riversleigh Rd, Beachmere for 23 years. Mrs Baxter said they had undertaken extensive renovation of the home, including new kitchen, front veranda, back balcony and landscaping. 20 Riversleigh Rd, BeachmereThe home has been repainted and there are new carpets and light fittings. “It’s now a modern Queenslander but it still has the beautiful jarrah timber floors, cedar windows and french doors,” Mrs Baxter said. “My favourite space would be the back balcony. It’s peaceful and quiet, and we have wildlife right there. The birds come and say ‘hi’ to me and we have green tree frogs.”Mrs Baxter said the home was in a quiet little street. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019last_img read more

Berge Bulk Adds Capesize Berge Logan to Fleet

first_imgSingapore-based vessel owner and operator Berge Bulk has received the 327-meter-long bulk carrier Berge Logan from China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International.The company said that Berge Logan is the latest Capesize to join its fleet after Berge Bulk bought four Zosco-owned second-hand capesizes and the previously NYK-owned Ocean Clarion late last year.The newest vessel in the Singaporean company’s fleet was delivered on February 28 and will sail under the flag of Isle of Man.Following delivery, the 300,000 dwt ore carrier will make its maiden voyage to Brazil.Berge Bulk said that the vessel, named after Canada’s highest mountain, is very similar in design to Berge K2, Berge Makalu and Berge Annapurna. Berge Logan is different from these three ships in that it has a slightly larger draught and a modified layout of the hull.last_img read more

Flex LNG Signs Charter Deal for LNG Carrier

first_imgFlex LNG has entered into a time-charter agreement with an international energy major for one of its LNG carriers.As announced by the company, the time charter period is for a firm period of 12 months and will start at the end of first quarter of 2019.The charterer also has certain extension options, the company said, adding that the time charter rate is variable as a function of the overall market conditions.Flex LNG did not reveal the name of the charterer nor the vessel that would be utilized.“We are pleased to announce a prompt time-charter contract with a super major for one of our vessels,” Øystein M. Kalleklev, Chief Executive Officer, commented.“This contract provides full utilization with a first class charterer as well as exposure to the development of freight rates for large LNG carriers which we have a positive view on.”last_img read more

Ighalo, Osimhen, battle for 2019 Nigeria Pitch Awards

first_img Other nominees include, Oghenekaro Etebo (Getefe CF, Joe Aribo(Rangers FC), and Wilfred Ndidi(Leicester City FC are in the Midfielder of the Year category, as Queen of the Year nominees have Onome Ebi of Henan Huishang FC, Chiamaka Nnadozie (Rivers Angels and Asisat Oshoala of FC Barcelona. Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi, Odion Ighalo of Manchester United and Victor Osimhen are to battle for King of the Pitch award, while Lobi Stars Football Club of Benue, national team , Super Eagles and Enyimba International of Aba are nominees for the Team of the Year award. Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, Former Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby and Usman Abdallah are in the Coach of the Year category, as Sam Kwaraji award attracts Ahmed Musa of Super Eagles, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation and Kunle Soname, Chairman of Bet9ja. Delta, Akwa Ibom and Lagos led the forefront of the State with the best grassroots football development programme, while Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike CON, Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel and Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta battle for Football friendly governor of the Year award.Aiteo group, Zenith Bank and Bet9ja were nominated for the Corporate Sponsor of Football award, while Charles Diya of New Telegraph newspapers, Johnny Edward of the Punch and Tana Aiyejina are in the Football Journalist of the Year(Print). Channels Television’s Cecilia Omoregbe, Austin Okon-Akpan and Mozez Praiz of Supersport are in the television category. Tony Bekederemo of Sports Radio Brila FM, Emmanuel Etim of Nigeria Info 99.3 fm and Wale Adigun of Top Radio contest for Football journalist of the year(radio).Fisayo Dairo of aclsports.com. Samuel Ahmedu of goal.com and Kunle Solaja of sportsvillagesquare are in the online category of the award. Speaking at the briefing, Philips expressed gratitude to the voters for doing a good job and for standing behind the successful hosting of the Awards in the last unbreakable seven years. ‘The Nigeria Pitch Awards has grown to be an integral part of the nation’s football calendar since 2013, we have continued to sustain the tempo which rewards footballers, administrators, coaches, clubs, sponsors. As organisers of this awards, we remain committed to our core principles of credibility, transparency and integrity. Our partners: the Nigeria Football Federation, represented by the Communication Director, Ademola Olajire and SIAO remained committed to the success of the Awards,’ he said FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The names of the three Super Eagles forwards were announced on Friday as the final nominees for the Pitch Awards striker of the Year. Although, the organisers are yet to conclude of a possible date due to its postponement recently.The event, according to Mr Shina Philips, was iniatially scheduled to hold on March 27 in Asaba, Delta State during Nigeria’s duel against Sierra Leone but called off due to the spread of Coronavirus across the world. At the media briefing held at the Ibis Hotel in Ikeja, names of Francis Uzoho of Ononia Nicosia Football Club, Chiamaka Nnadozie of Rivers Angels and Daniel Akpeyi of Kaizer Chiefs of South Africa were listed for the goalkeeper of the Year award. According to the organisers, William Troost Ekong of Udinese, Chidozie Awaziem of Club Deportivo Leganes and Kenneth Omeruo are to contest for the defender of the year award. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow Loading… Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo, OSC Lille of France striker, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal CF are to jostle for the 2019 Nigeria Pitch Awards billed to hold later this year. From Left: Mr Ademola Olajire, NFF Director of Communication, Nollywood Artiste and Director, Segun Arinze, Shina Philips, President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards and Veteran Journalist, Elder Ben Memuletiwon at the Press Conference where Nominees were unveiled on Friday in Lagos last_img read more

Lebanon protesters form ‘human chain’

first_imgDemonstrators form a human chain next to a graffiti during the anti-government protests in Jal el-Dib, Lebanon on Oct. 27. BEIRUT – Protesters formed a humanchain across Lebanon, pressing a historic wave of demonstrations againstpolitical leaders blamed for corruption and steering the country towardeconomic collapse.    Amid a sea of Lebanese flags, peoplejoined hands along coastal roads on Sunday, aiming to span 171 kilometers fromthe south to the north. center_img People from all sects and walks oflife have flooded the streets for 11 days, furious at the “sectarian rulingelite” they accused of plundering state resources for personal gain.(Reuters)last_img read more

FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers lose World Cup opener narrowly

first_imgRelatedPosts Russia: Between poison and vaccine, by Gabriel Agbo Russia expects to produce 5m doses of COVID-19 vaccine monthly – Institute COVID-19: Russia plans to vaccinate medical staff within two weeks Nigeria’s D’Tigers narrowly lost their opening game to Russia at ongoing FIBA World Cup in China. The African champions lost by 82-77 points in a keenly contest tie on Saturday. Nigeria won one and drew in two quarters but lost other quarters by 18-13, 22-22, 18-23 and 24-19. The Alex Nwora lads would aim to redeem their image against Argentina on Monday at 1:30pm Nigeria time.Tags: Alex NworaFIBA World CupRussialast_img read more

London Diamond League meeting cancelled – UK Athletics

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Diamond League athletics meeting due to be held at the London Stadium from July 4 to June 5 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, UK Athletics said on Tuesday.“The decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic,” it said in a statement. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Diamond Leaguelast_img read more