Look at gambling as root of other problems

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I buy and read The Gazette daily. After the carnage in Las Vegas, I saw a story about gun protests in Saratoga Springs. I find it biased that this community has ignored the one addiction this crazed person had: gambling. Even the law enforcement people say this shooter exhibits no “markers” that are found in these type of crimes.Saratoga has a problem focusing on anything negative that would implicate its troublesome cash cow. Gambling is an addiction. Saratoga has a problem accepting there is a problem with it.Look at how they “sugarcoat,” ignore or deny the evil it causes. Illegal aliens are “undocumented immigrants.” Undocumented equals illegal; immigrants are lawful and documented. Then these protesters seem to forget that these people are humans. They don’t want to acknowledge the housing and treatment of these humans is worse than the animals they work with. How about their wages? Less than what would be considered a “living wage.”I could go on for pages, but must end because of editorial limits. But let’s face facts. Yes, guns did the killing, but not until they were in the hands of someone with a problem. These protesters might want to look in a mirror when they claim to be the perfect community. They are far from it and don’t recognize (or refuse to) the symptoms this glorified addiction spawns. Now, because of Las Vegas, the mecca of this addiction, we may see another symptom added to the list of destruction it causes.Robert BramskiGreenwichMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Trump must resign over accusations

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion It’s a matter of public record that Donald Trump stands credibly accused of persistent and vile sexual harassment. Donald Trump admits and even brags about these repulsive actions in a taped conversation.As president, he represents all Americans, and he stains all Americans. Many others have been fired or stepped down from their positions with less evidence against them and with less at stake for all of us.Donald Trump must step down immediately. Those who remain silent or try to excuse him will not escape the searchlight of history. They will be sharply and shamefully defined until the end of time.I call on The Daily Gazette to forcefully endorse the actions of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and her colleagues in this matter.Glenn SandersSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Obama, Clinton votes all for wrong reason

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Feb. 24 letter, “Criticism of Trump is completely valid”: I have never seen such hatred toward a president. I’m not going to lower myself by calling people names. But if Hillary Clinton was (per Diane Sanders Hombach) the “smartest, most experienced person this country has had in our modern era,” then why didn’t she win the election?  Diane, it was because people didn’t like her. After losing to Obama in the 2008 primary and then Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, I think it finally hit home. I’d like to see our politicians from both sides come together and get this country in order.  And as for Obama winning twice, I think many people wanted to be a part of history and voted for an African-American candidate. So my feeling is that many more people came out to vote because of this.  Also, Obama is very likable and connects with people. But I don’t think that’s the main reason he was elected. And when Hillary ran, everyone was so excited that history would be made again. Just think — a woman president.  And then Donald won.Lorraine VanDerWerkenRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Waiting on rating

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Offices Breaking down barriers

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Hulme heroine for regeneration fund

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Greenbelts prove a grey area

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US prosecutors accuse ex-Alstom Indonesian executives of bribery

first_imgBy the fall of 2003, a second consultant was hired to “more effectively bribe” the Indonesian state energy company — an effort that was eventually successful.The three executives are accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which allows the authorities to investigate illicit conduct by companies listed on a US stock exchange, or by its citizens or residents.Alstom was delisted from Wall Street in 2004. The company has focused on transport after ceding its energy interests to General Electric five years ago.The latest charges are part of a long-running investigation into corruption by officials working for both Alstom and Marubeni.The Justice Department said five other people, along with both companies, have pled guilty in the probe, while one defendant, former Alstom senior vice president Lawrence Hoskins, was found guilty by a jury last November of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the FCPA.Topics : Federal prosecutors in the United States on Tuesday revealed bribery charges against two former executives of French company Alstom and a former executive of Japanese conglomerate Marubeni.The defendants are accused of paying bribes to Indonesian officials in exchange for the award of a $118 million electricity contract to Marubeni and to Alstom’s subsidiaries in the US state of Connecticut and Indonesia, the Department of Justice said in a statement.Reza Moenaf, 63, former president of Alstom’s subsidiary in Indonesia, Eko Sulianto, 63, the subsidiary’s former sales director and former deputy general manager of Marubeni’s Overseas Power Project Department Junji Kusunoki, 57, are accused in the scheme. The Justice Department said those targeted for bribing were a high-ranking Indonesian parliamentarian and the president of the state-owned electricity company — both unnamed.”To conceal the bribes, the defendants allegedly retained two so-called ‘consultants’ purportedly to provide legitimate consulting services on behalf of the power company and its subsidiaries in connection with the Tarahan project,” the Justice Department said, referring to the power contract’s name.”The indictment, however, alleges that the primary purpose for hiring the consultants was to use the consultants to pay bribes to Indonesian officials.”The first consultant “allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in his Maryland bank account to be used to bribe the member of Parliament,” the statement said.last_img read more

Asian markets extend falls as coronavirus spreads

first_imgFutures now imply a full 50 basis point cut by the Fed in March  while Australian markets are pricing in a quarter-point cut at the RBA’s Tuesday meeting.In equities, e-minis for the S&P500 declined more than 1 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent.Japan’s Nikkei opened 1.3 percent lower at a six month trough. Australia’s S&P ASX/200 fell 3 percent and New Zealand’s NZ50slid 3 percent into correction territory.Benchmark US 10-year Treasuries hit a fresh record low of 1.0750 percent. “There had been a lot of hope that today’s market might open somewhat positive given the finish to the US market,” said Jun Bei Liu, portfolio manager at Tribeca Investment Partners in Sydney, referring to Friday’s late climb from intraday lows on Wall Street.“But the China PMI was significantly weaker than expected, and so we’re seeing the continuation of the sell off,” she said.“Right now the problem is (the virus) is growing exponentially (beyond China), as an equity investor we’re just not sure of what the ultimate demand impact is.”Leaders in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas rolled out bans on big gatherings and stricter travel restrictions over the weekend as cases of the new coronavirus spread.The epidemic, which began in China, has killed almost 3,000 people worldwide as authorities race to contain infections in Iran, Italy, South Korea and the United States.China on Saturday reported its fastest ever contraction in factory activity.“It is now highly probable that the coronavirus will spread globally,” Citi analysts said in a note“Financial markets may over-react until they have visibility on the actual impact.”Investor panic last week sent bonds soaring and stocks plunging. The S&P 500 index fell 11.5 percent, only its fifth double-digit weekly percentage drop since 1940.Oil prices dropped to their lowest in more than a year and even gold plunged as holders liquidated what they could to cover margin calls on riskier investments.On Monday, oil extended losses before steadying on expectations OPEC may cut production.Brent crude last traded at $49.72 per barrel and US crude at $44.89 per barrel.In currencies, investors sought shelter in the Japanese yen, which jumped to a 20-week high on the dollar in tandem with the massive shift in money markets to price US rate cuts.All of this leaves just about every major asset class on edge and few analysts sounding optimistic.“So it was right not to ‘buy the dip,’” said Michael Every, Rabobank’s senior strategist for the Asia-Pacific.The yen was last up 0.3 percent at 107.74.The Aussie huddled near an 11-year low at $0.6551, while the New Zealand dollar slid 0.3 percent to $6225.The euro was up 0.3 percent at $1.1054.That left the dollar index steady at 97.957.China’s Caixin Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), due at 01:45 GMT, and PMI figures from around the world due later on Monday will add more detail to the picture of economic pain.Later in the week, central bank meetings in Australia, on Tuesday, and Canada, on Wednesday, will be closely watched.Topics : The rout in world stocks deepened on Monday, with investors rattled by weekend data from China that showed its fastest ever contraction in factory activity, raising fears of a global recession from the coronavirus.Pandemic fears pushed markets off a precipice last week, wiping more than US$5 trillion from global share value as stocks posted their steepest slump in more than a decade.The sheer scale of losses has prompted financial markets to price in policy responses from the US Federal Reserve to the Bank of Japan and the Reserve Bank of Australia.last_img read more

Jakarta closes Ancol and Monas parks, Ragunan Zoo to contain COVID-19

first_imgAside from public transportation, public services such as district and subdistrict offices, community health centers, as well as mayor and governor offices will be operating as well.“We have also prepared protocols for public or religious events, which we will inform the public about soon,” Anies added.A Flourish mapAnies also asked business owners to prepare for a protocol for remote working for private businesses.“We have yet to prepare a protocol for that, but offices and companies have to prepare for the protocols and procedures. We did not wish for this to happen, but at least they will be prepared if something happens,” Anies said.On Friday, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto announced that the number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia had increased to 69 with 35 new cases.The ministry has recorded four deaths so far. Two of the three new fatalities are Case 35 and 36, identified as a 57-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman, who died in Sulianto Saroso Infectious Hospital. (dpk)Topics : Tourist destinations and entertainment places owned by the Jakarta administration will be temporarily closed for two weeks in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Friday.The destinations are Ancol Dreamland Park, Ragunan Zoo, the National Monument and government-owned museums.“Public transportation will be operating as usual,” Anies said, adding that Car Free Day would be suspended as well to minimize contacts in open public space.last_img read more