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

Pellegrini calm over Toure absence

first_img Press Association “We get fantastic players and I think you’ve been able to see when we miss Aguero with injury, we’ve been able to cope without him. “When you see we miss Kompany we’ve been able to cope without him, but at the moment I think we’re in good shape.” In the same interview, however, Toure did give further mixed messages about his future. Toure sparked considerable speculation over his status at City during an unsettled last summer when he voiced criticisms of the club amid the notorious birthday cake saga. He again cast doubt over his position when asked if he would still be at Eastlands next season. “I don’t know. I’m at City at the moment,” he said, before laughing. It is not the first time Toure has been vague on the subject but Pellegrini has no concerns about it. The Chilean said: “I think Yaya is 100 per cent committed with our team and with this team. I don’t have any doubts about that.” When pressed further Pellegrini, speaking at a press conference to preview the Arsenal game, acknowledged circumstances can change but presently has no doubts and insists there is no link to last year’s issues. He said: “I don’t think any of us know what will happen in six months more. We don’t know where you can be, we cannot know what will happen in the future. “But it’s not a problem with his commitment. You can’t link one thing with the other. I repeat, Yaya is very happy here. His commitment with our club is not a problem.” Toure has played a key role in City’s development over recent years and Pellegrini is determined to maintain progress, with success in the Champions League an obvious target. Pellegrini recently suggested his playmaker David Silva lacks the recognition he deserves because he is not at one of Europe’s bigger clubs. However, he believes winning Europe’s greatest prize with City is a realistic ambition and accolades for individuals could then follow. Asked if City could one day win the Champions League, Pellegrini said: “I think so, the way we are growing, and we will continue improving with this squad and bringing in new players. Of course, I think we have chances to continue winning important things. “Maybe we do not have the whole history of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United but that is part of the reason this club tries to improve every year. “We need to win important trophies and that way our top players will be on the list of the best players of the year. “Our club must improve and grow every year, winning important titles.” City will be without the influential Toure for up to another four weeks due to his involvement in the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast. Toure was sorely missed during the tournaments of 2012 and 2013, and although he has not been at his formidable best this season, his recent form has been good. Following last week’s draw with Everton – the first match of Toure’s absence – City have actually not won in the Barclays Premier League without the former Barcelona player since last April. Toure was rested when City were surprisingly held by Burnley on December 28 and also when they drew at Arsenal in September. Pellegrini said: “Of course we are going to miss Yaya because he is a very important player – in the same way that we miss Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, David Silva, or all the players that for different reasons cannot play every week. “But we have a squad and we have to replace Yaya. We must continue fighting for the title with or without Yaya. We have to play two more games without Yaya and he will arrive here in February. I don’t think our team depends just on one player.” In terms of league action, Toure will definitely miss Sunday’s return clash against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium and the January 31 trip to title rivals Chelsea. City have coped without the 31-year-old before, most recently in the Champions League when he missed the vital wins over Bayern Munich and Roma in November and December through suspension. Toure himself is confident City can come through the spell. Speaking in an interview while on international duty, Toure told CNN: “I think City can compete without me to be honest with you. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident his side can overcome the absence of midfield driving force Yaya Toure. last_img read more

GMR&SC Drag Championship| Last chance for competitors to test and tune

first_imgTODAY is the last day for prospective competitors of round one of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) National Drag Race Championship.A full-timing system is expected to be in operation today for official testing which commences just after noon.Competitors will have a chance to test their cars and bikes on the full quarter-mile stretch with timings available.The confirmation of the Dutch competitors will add to the excitement of tomorrow’s meet but the headline with be Team Mohamed’s and their pair of Nissan GTR cars.Cars were seen testing on the venue on Thursday and yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s meet, and the feedback on the traction was one of general satisfaction.Ticket prices for fans desirous of witnessing the action will be $1 000 for adults, $500 for children, while there are VIP seats available at $4 000.The sponsors for the event include Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat Auto Sales, Motor Trend Service Centre, Delco Ice Factory, Trans-Pacific Motor Spares, Supreme Ventures, Air Services Limited, PowerLine Auto, Cyril’s Taxi, Omega Brokers, E-Networks, Prem’s Electrical, Miracle Optical, Choke Gas Station and Super Bet, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Hand-in-Hand Insurance and Top Brandz Distributors.last_img read more

Princeton’s 3-goal 3rd period extends Syracuse’s losing streak to 8 games

first_imgDown one goal with the seconds ticking off the clock, Syracuse forward Savannah Rennie tried to find a teammate with a pass. Instead, the puck was intercepted by Princeton’s Sylvie Wallin. She slid down the ice and found an open Carly Bullock, scoring in a empty net. That goal — Princeton’s third of the period — sealed the Tigers’ come-from-behind 3-1 win over Syracuse.Syracuse (0-8) found itself on the wrong side of a comeback as No. 6 Princeton (1-0) scored three goals in the third period to win 3-1. It was Syracuse’s first road trip of the season as they travelled to Hobey Baker Rink for Princeton’s season-opener. The Tigers notched their first win of the season while the Orange were overwhelmed in the third period and eventually succumbed to the Tigers offense.“They’re (Princeton) loaded, they’re loaded, like they’re really good,” head coach Paul Flanagan said last week.Syracuse took a one-goal lead halfway through the first period on the power play with a goal from Rennie. It was her first goal of the season after seeing an increase in power play time the past few games. Rennie took the initial shot from the side of the goal. It to trickle through the goalie’s five-hole, and Rennie followed it up into the open goal.In the second, neither team managed to find a breakthrough. It was a chance for both goalies to shine as Syracuse’s Allison Small and Rachel McQuigge went back-and-forth with acrobatic saves. First, it was McQuigge with multiple stops on the penalty kill. Then, it was Small with game saving stops on multiple Princeton breakaways to maintain SU’s lead going into the third period. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the third period, Princeton shook off its rustiness to open up its scoring. The Tigers outshot the Orange 23-3 in the third period and took advantage multiple times on the power play. Even though SU took only three penalties, it was punished on the power play as Princeton scored its game-tying and game-winning goal on the advantage.“I think discipline’s huge, we gotta stay out of the box,” Lindsay Eastwood said after a loss to Colgate. “I think we play better when it is five on five, we’re a totally different team and it hurts us when we have to kill penalties.”First, it was Princeton’s Carly Bullock using a defender as a screen to roof a shot on Small. Then, it was Mariah Keopple using traffic in front of the net to score and win the game for Princeton, handing Syracuse its eighth straight loss. Comments Published on October 25, 2019 at 9:08 pm Contact Gaurav: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wikipedia’s Inkblots: Normality in Tech and Medicine

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#crowdsourcing#health#web dana oshiro Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Wikipedia is aflutter with angry psychologists demanding that the community take down reproductions of 10 original Rorschach inkblot plates and their statistically common responses. The Rorschach tests have been used since the 1920’s to determine psychological disorders through the analysis of images. Twenty-five percent of all forensic cases utilize the Rorschach test in assessing defendant competency and criminal responsibility. According to the New York Times, Dr. James Heilman of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan originally uploaded the files and discussion has exploded ever since with doctors on both sides of the argument.Although Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach (the creator of the test died) in 1922, the inkblots are still widely used in personality and psychological assessment today. However, once an image’s copyright owner passes away, that image is automatically released into the public domain 70 years after his/her death unless an extension is filed. While many argue that Wikipedia’s release of the inkblots invalidates testing and causes potential harm to patients, others argue that the images are already widely accessible and too relevant to the article to omit. For now, the Wikipedia discussion page states,”Prior discussion has determined that Rorschach inkblots images shall be displayed in this article, and removal of pictures without consensus at Talk:Rorschach test/images [the discussion page] will be reverted.”Times reporter Noam Cohen writes about those against the posted images saying, “For them [the psychologists], the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.”The fact that both of these tests are based on normative results adds another dimension to the Wikipedia debate – whether or not the inkblot test is a valid metric in the first place. In the late nineties, based on reviewing the demographics of students with the lowest averages in the country, critics called the SAT racist, urban-centric and classist. With the test determining college placement, scholarship eligibility and in some cases, job placement, it remains an important one. For this reason, it was redrafted in 2005 to be more tolerant of diversity and more reflective of classroom curriculum. With the Rorschach inkblots having been established since the 1920’s, what are the chances that each of us aren’t already showing signs of major psychosis? If there’s a doctor in the house, by all means, let us know if and how the psychological indicators of the test have changed over time. There’s no doubt that a number of those awaiting SATs and psychometric testing might choose to game the system. While higher SAT scores improve college eligibility, average Rorschach inkblot results might alleviate the fear of being estranged from friends and family. Unless the person being psychologically profiled wants to shirk criminal responsibility or can see themselves as a danger to themselves or others, it makes sense to want to establish “normality”. But why is Wikipedia more responsible to protect Rorschach testing than scientific journals or medical websites? Admittedly, I am not an expert in medicine, psychology or the forensic sciences and I have no idea how these Wikipedia images will affect the patient community. However, as a tech blogger, I understand this issue to be Wikipedia’s dedication to free and educational content – even when that education is widely debated. It will be interesting to see if those against the inkblot posting will be able to determine a consensus to have them removed. last_img read more

Maria Sharapova withdraws from Italian Open with lingering shoulder injury

first_imgSharapova, a five-time Grand Slam champion, hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match. She won three matches at the Australian Open and is ranked 28th.Sharapova said in February that she had undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that would need a few weeks to heal. She added that she has struggled since midway through last year with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMissing Rome puts Sharapova in doubt for the French Open, which begins at the end of the month.Sharapova won the Italian Open in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia attends her meeting with her fans at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia. Three-time champion Sharapova has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury. Rome organizers announced Wednesday, May 1 that Sharapova’s spot in the draw for the May 13-19 tournament will be taken by 45th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)ROME— Three-time champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open as she continues to recover from a right shoulder injury.Rome organizers announced Wednesday that Sharapova’s spot in the draw for the May 13-19 tournament will be taken by 45th-ranked Viktoria Kuzmova of Slovakia.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Vince Carter coming back for record 22nd NBA season Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Girl who died after being hit by Calgary commuter train wandered off

first_imgCALGARY – The father of a six-year old girl who died after being hit by a light-rail transit train says she wandered off as her mother was getting their children ready for school.The girl, who has been identified in a GoFundMe page as Efua Ogbeide, was struck by the train on Monday morning at an intersection near a Calgary CTrain station. She was rushed to hospital where she died from her injuries.The girl’s father, Jeff Ogbeide, told CTV Calgary that his daughter wandered off as her mom was getting her and the other children dressed for school.“She went upstairs to grab a school bag and by the time she came back downstairs the door was open,” he said.Ogbeide said his wife told him that the school bus was there when she came outside and that she waved and the bus left.His wife didn’t know whether she was on the bus so he called the school to make sure. When no one answered, he drove to the school to check whether she made it safely.“I got to the school and they said she was not on the bus and she’s not at school,” said Ogbeide.They later learned she had been hit by the train and taken to hospital.Ogbeide said they didn’t know she had left the home, which is a few blocks from the LRT station.Her father said she has never left like that before and was never allowed to walk alone.“She did not go to school all by herself. My daughter doesn’t go to school by herself,” he said. “The bus always comes to pick her up right in front of my house.”Officials with the Calgary Catholic School District have confirmed the girl attended St. Jude, an elementary school in the southwest neighbourhood of Woodbine.“A letter was sent home to families,” Joanna French, a spokeswoman for the school district, said Tuesday. “We would just let them know of an incident that took place and to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.”She wouldn’t say what grade the girl was in for privacy reasons.French said members of the district’s critical incident response team were sent to the school to provide counselling for any students or staff struggling with what happened.The Woodcreek Community Association, which includes the Woodlands and Woodbine communities, also expressed sadness on Facebook.“This will be a tough time for our littlest community members,” said the post. “Let’s endeavour to show extra kindness, as we hold them all in our hearts.”The association declined to comment further. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Democrats Add New Members to House Armed Services Panel

first_imgHouse leaders released the names of 15 members joining the Armed Services Committee, which will be chaired by Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.).The new Democratic members are Reps. Gil Cisneros (Calif.), Jason Crow (Colo.), Veronica Escobar (Texas), Jared Golden (Maine), Deb Haaland (N.M.), Katie Hill (Calif.), Kendra Horn (Okla.), Chrissy Houlahan (Pa.), William Keating (Mass.), Andy Kim (N.J.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.), Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.), Lori Trahan (Mass.) and Filemon Vela (Texas)More Democrats will be added, including some members who served on the committee in the previous Congress.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Calif.), the panel’s former chair, will be the top Republican on the committee. Other Republican committee members have not been announced. ADC AUTHORlast_img read more