Anniversary ad for Rivers Casino was over the top

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWith regard to your Rivers Casino ad/wrap, a word of guidance.If you are looking for the line, turn around. You just crossed it. Phil SheehanScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Trump military plan is set in old ways

first_img“Generals prepare to fight the last war.” An old saying that reflects our proposed military budget for 2018 by a president who gladly pursues the “old days.” The administration has requested $686 billion for the Defense Department, an $80 billion, or 13 percent increase, from 2017. Let’s not forget that the United States spends more each year on defense that the next eight nations combined. The United States represented 36 percent of total world military spending in 2016 before this proposed 13 percent increase.The controversial F-35 fighter jet is a good example of our military thinking. Each jet costs about $100 million, one of the greatest boondoggles in military purchasing history. Projections say the F-35 project will cost $1.5 trillion over its decades-long life. Contrast this current style of military thinking with a modern-day opponent. That opponent might be sitting comfortably in a small room in front of a computer. He or she is termed a hacker, and the scope of damage the hacker can do to our country and military is vast.For instance, they might hack computer chips embedded in weapons systems so our service members mistakenly fire at each other rather than the enemy. Disabling propulsion systems on multi-billion-dollar aircraft carriers is another tactic. And, of course, there’s disabling civilian infrastructure such as the electrical grid, transportation and financial activities, not to mention the greatest threat of all to our democracy, compromising our election process.Comparing the money we spend on the “old way” to fight a war, contrasted with what a modern-day hacker must invest, is a deafening shout that our proposed defense budget is based on misplaced priorities and a denial of the future. But what else would one expect from a president who refuses to accept science and modern thinking? Don CooperAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

New City HQ for Close Bros

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Goldman gets bullish about property stocks

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Legal & General adds to Bracknell site

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All change at Piccadilly

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COVID-19: People will feel calm if govt is credible, SBY says

first_imgThe former Democratic Party chairman said he was worried that the currently small number of detected COVID-19 cases in Indonesia would increase when other countries saw declines, adding that a late policy response could make Indonesia a “new epicenter” of the pandemic, which has now shifted to Europe from China.He said some countries and cities had been put themselves under lockdown to save their people, in which the administrations prohibited people from leaving their homes and restricted activities in crowded places, such as restaurants and malls.“Some people may be uncomfortable by this policy, which also has risks, including economic losses, but such policies and actions must be taken. Public health and safety should be prioritized above all else,” he saidSBY also warned that the global economic turmoil caused by the pandemic was also serious, especially a series of trading halts as stock markets swung, as well as oil prices and exchange rates plummeting in the past week. “This has reminded me of the 2008 [economic crisis],”He went on to say that at the time, policy responses carried out collectively by the world, both monetary and fiscal, were unable to necessarily calm the market, as it required each country to come up with national policies and actions.”Indonesia should not be late in carrying out policy responses and concrete actions. Don’t be ‘too little and too late.’ Save our economy, save the people.”As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19.Topics : Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration to take the novel coronavirus more seriously by correcting their existing policies, saying that the government seemed have underestimated the virus at the beginning.”The people will feel calm and not panic, like the government wants, if they believe that the government is taking the right, credible steps,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. “The people will also feel calm if they are given the information they need, together with what the government expects of them.”last_img read more

Merkel in quarantine after meeting virus-infected doctor

first_imgGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel will quarantine herself at home after being treated by a doctor who has since tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a government spokesman said Sunday.”The Chancellor has decided to quarantine herself immediately at home. She will be tested regularly in the coming days… [and] fulfill her official business from home,” Steffen Seibert said in a statement.The doctor had visited Merkel Friday to vaccinate her against the pneumococcus bacteria. It could take some time to determine whether the chancellor is herself infected as “a test would not yet be fully conclusive,” Seibert said.During her 15-year term in office Merkel has largely enjoyed robust health, although she suffered repeated shaking spells in public appearances during a summer 2019 heatwave that were never fully explained.In response to the tremors, she chose to sit on a chair when receiving guests with military honors outside the chancellor’s office in Berlin.Previously the veteran leader broke her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident in 2014. Topics :last_img read more

China vows equal treatment for Africans after abuse reports

first_imgChina pledged to ease health measures on Africans in the southern city of Guangzhou, as the country sought to resolve a dispute that could set back Beijing’s diplomatic outreach during the coronavirus pandemic.The government has treated foreigners equally and attaches great importance to their life and health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a statement posted late Sunday. “We reject differential treatment, and we have zero tolerance for discrimination,” Zhao said.African leaders alleged discrimination against their citizens by city authorities in measures to stem the spread of imported coronavirus cases, saying Africans were mistreated, evicted from hotels, and forcefully tested for the virus. Meanwhile, McDonalds China apologized Monday after one of the chain’s Guangzhou restaurants refused to serve black customers. Assistant Chinese Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong told more than 20 ambassadors from African countries Monday that authorities in Guangdong would ease “health management” measures — an apparent reference to quarantines — of Africans. The province planned to gradually remove the restrictions, except for confirmed patients, suspected patients and others with close contacts, Chen said, according to a statement posted on the ministry’s website late Monday.Zhao, the foreign ministry spokesman, separately hit back Monday at the U.S. State Department for a statement Saturday saying that the incidents involving Africans in China were “a sad reminder of how hollow” Beijing’s ties to the continent were. “The U.S. is immoral and irresponsible to sensationalize the situation and it won’t succeed in sabotaging China-Africa relations,” Zhao told a regular briefing Monday in Beijing.Guangzhou has confirmed a total of 119 imported cases of Covid-19, with 25 being foreign nationals, Mayor Wen Guohui told a news conference Sunday. Wen said the Guangzhou government has treated all foreigners equally.“Guangzhou is an open-minded metropolis,” he said. “It’s our consistent principle to have zero tolerance for discriminatory comments and behavior.”Topics : African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed “extreme concern” to Chinese Ambassador Liu Yuxi about “allegations of maltreatment of Africans” in Guangzhou. In a tweet Saturday, he said the African Group in Beijing was engaging with the Chinese government.South Africa, the current African Union chair, separately expressed concern about “alleged ill-treatment of African nationals in China, including the forceful testing, quarantining for COVID-19, and other inhuman treatment.” The country called for an investigation into the matter, according to a statement from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation.McDonald’s China said that it had closed a restaurant in Guangzhou for a half day of diversity and inclusion training Sunday after an investigation confirmed social media reports that it was barring black customers. “We apologize unreservedly to the individual and our customers. The restaurant has been ordered to stop immediately such actions,” McDonald’s China said Monday.The episode underscores the complexity of Beijing’s challenge to manage the fallout from a disease first discovered in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. China has dispatched medical supplies and shared expert advice to assist Africa, where Beijing’s fiscal and infrastructure support has long been a source of both praise and criticism.last_img read more

Former Garuda boss sentenced to eight years for bribery, money laundering

first_imgThe Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Emirsyah Satar to eight years in prison after finding the former president director of Garuda Indonesia guilty of accepting Rp 49.3 billion (US$3.4 million) in bribes and laundering Rp 87.5 billion related to aircraft procurement.The court has also fined Emirsyah Rp 1 billion and ordered S$2.1 million in restitution, as reported by Antara news agency.The sentence was smaller than what KPK prosecutors sought. They advocated for 12 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rp 10 billion based on Emirsyah having received bribes from British engineering company Rolls-Royce in connection with the procurement of aircraft parts and from European aviation giant Airbus in connection with aircraft procurement, among other sources. According to the verdict, one of the reasons for the lighter sentence was Emirsyah’s role in “bringing Garuda Indonesia recognition as a prestigious airline in the world.” Judge Anwar read the verdict during a hearing on Friday.Both the defendant and KPK prosecutors told the court they would take time to consider before appealing the verdict.Read also: After 3 years, KPK concludes probe into Rolls-Royce bribery case implicating ex-Garuda bossThe KPK indicted Emirsyah for accepting Rp 8.8 billion, US$882,200, 1 million euros and S$1.18 million in bribes on five separate occasions while procuring airplanes and parts. The antigraft body also named former Garuda engineering and management director Hadinoto Soedigno and former Garuda executive project manager Agus Wahjudo as Emirsyah’s co-conspirators under the bribery charge.The KPK accused Emirsyah of laundering Rp 87.4 billion through multiple channels and also implicated Soetikno Soedarjo, the former president director of diversified retail holding company PT Mugi Rekso Abadi.The antigraft body stated that a portion of the money was changed into several different foreign currencies and transferred to multiple overseas bank accounts in violation of Article 3 of the 2010 Money Laundering Law.Read also: Emirsyah Satar’s case not related with corporate activities: GarudaIn a separate hearing on Friday, the corruption court gave Soetikno six years in prison and a Rp 1 billion fine for bribing Emirsyah and contributing to the money laundering committed by the former Garuda president director.The verdict was lower than the KPK’s demand of 10 years in prison and a fine of Rp 10 billion. The bench did not grant prosecutors’ wish of US$14.7 million and 11.6 million euros in restitution for Soetikno.Soetikno and the antigraft body’s prosecutors said they would take time to consider before filing an appeal against the verdict. (kuk)Topics :last_img read more