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Support efforts to protect water supply

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the New York State Drinking Water Council to determine what courses of action the state should take in protecting our most vital resource.The council is responsible for making sure that our communities have access to clean and healthy drinking water, while also addressing other major water-quality issues, including setting limits on extraordinarily dangerous and currently unregulated contaminants that have been linked to increased risks of various cancers, hormonal disorders, and birth defects.In the face of crumbling water infrastructure, the presence of toxic and industrial pollution, and the slashing of the Environmental Protection Agency at the federal level, it is more crucial than ever that New York takes the strongest measures toward protecting every water supply throughout the state.We as New Yorkers must use our voice to urge the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council to put forth the strictest health standards for unregulated water contaminants, to grant our water infrastructure an adequate budget for improvement and safety, and to guarantee that we know what is in our drinking water. This council has been granted an enormous task, and the public must be part of the process to ensure that it is fully completed.The New York State Drinking Water Quality Council is taking public comments via email, at dwqc@health.ny.gov.To learn more about the quality of your community’s water, visit www.nypirg.org/whatsinmywater.Eric WoodNew PaltzThe writer is the regional coordinator for NYPIRG. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 3

first_imgRHA should inspire votes of conscienceThere were many reasons for me to vote for Donald Trump: He made conservative sounding noises; he was (uniquely among politicians) willing to oppose the lopsided trade policies that are funding an existential threat from China; and I certainly didn’t want more of the Clintons’ shenanigans, not the least of which was facilitating the trade policy mentioned above.But among the many warts on Donald Trump was one that I could not tolerate — his support of increased coal burning and his gross denial of related environmental data. My conscience on this issue overcame my preferences in the other issues, and I could not vote for Trump. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSchenectady Italian food a taste of home In the movie “Goodfellas,” Henry Hill, who was from East New York,  Brooklyn, was put under the witness protection program and sent to a secret location.The only hint we have as to where he went is this sentence: “Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and got egg noodles with ketchup.” We know for sure that he was not sent to Schenectady. Frank ColemanScotia In memory of Mary E. Cappiello: In 1990 I moved from Queens to Glens Falls and worked at Fleet bank in Albany.On the first day on the job, I met Lou, an Italian from Brooklyn, who asked, “What are you going to miss from New York City?”I responded Yankee stadium baseball games, tickets on Broadway, the noisy subways and of course New York Italian food, to which Lou followed up with, “Have you ever been to Schenectady?” I responded “No.”Lou from Brooklyn went on to tell me that the Italian food in Schenectady was as good as anything in the boroughs, including the Arthur Avenue stores in the Bronx.A year later, I moved to Schenectady and walked into Cappiello’s. The smells of good food told me that I wasn’t going be homesick for New York’s Italian food anymore.I often tell my friends and family in the city that Schenectady has the best Italian food in the state. I brag about Cappiello’s, Villa Italia, Ferrari’s Perreca’s and Canali’s.  Among the many warts on Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one that I hope my Democrat and liberal friends will find intolerable. The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) is an obscenity, and the joyous celebrations by Cuomo and his supporters in the Legislature after passing it made me sick.  I respect arguments that the moment of conception should not initiate the legal status of “person.” Accordingly I would not ask the state to ban first-trimester abortion. Sparing the reader the details, second=trimester abortion is harder to tolerate. But the Reproductive Health Act denies full protection under the law to third-trimester fetuses. Terminating a 25-week-or-older fetus is inarguably killing a baby that has not passed through the birth canal. I beseech the Democrat and liberal citizens of this state to have enough conscience to protest this disgusting law with their votes in the future.Norman PerazzoGlenville  New super party will be the end of AmericaI agree wholeheartedly with Bonnie Decker’s Feb. 28 letter saying that undocumented Americans in this country illegally don’t deserve better treatment than native Americans.I believe we’re seeing a shift in the control of the nation’s future.  The Demo-cRAT party and the RepubliCan’t parties are morphing into a single super party. The first party would rather see the nation fail; it hates the president. They hate hard-working Americans. Immigrants here illegally are more deserving. They will throw us under the bus because they are RATS.The second party can’t bring itself to support an outsider. They frequently can’t agree what to do about the opposition. They can’t bring themselves support America.The coming super party will negatively affect the lives of all Americans as the new, group pushes changes that will allow them to stay in power. As the undocumented immigrants are allowed in, they will feel a party loyalty for likely several generations. The Demo-cRAT-RepubliCan’t super party will control every aspect of our lives.The parties are being joined together by a fundamental distaste for Americans. They are joined in their hatred of President Trump. They are joined in their desire to stay in office.Undocumented immigrants will be allowed to vote, first in state elections. Then the states will eventually allow them to vote in national elections. Then it will only be a matter of time until we’re overrun, totally disenfranchised and left for dead as a viable country.The new party expects it will control the one-world government. The super party won’t see the blade coming for our collective throats.Frank Van StaverenScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Govt revokes export ban on PPE amid oversupply

first_imgMeanwhile, manufacturers can now produce 54 million coveralls a month, dwarfing the pre-pandemic figure of 1 million per month.Read also: PPE production soars but quality, distribution issues remainAgus said the now-defunct export ban under Trade Ministery Regulation No. 23/2020 in part made the excessive medical supplies possible. The regulation had been put in place to ensure national demand for PPE during the ongoing health crisis was met.In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, prices of face masks skyrocketed in several parts of the country as people stockpiled protective supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer, to protect themselves from the virus.“The temporary ban had a positive impact on an excessive supply of antiseptic,” Agus said. “With the issuance of this trade ministry regulation, we hope that it will provide certainty for medical equipment manufacturers in Indonesia.”Topics : “This trade ministry regulation that I have signed and that is currently undergoing the legislation process at the Law and Human Rights Ministry aims to spur national economic growth, particularly for manufacturing, and improve our export performance amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” the minister was quoted as saying in a statement on Tuesday.The country’s exports have fallen by 28.95 percent year-on-year (yoy) in May to US$10.53 billion, the lowest level since July 2016, due to reduced shipments of coal, coffee, palm oil, as well as oil and gas.Meanwhile, textile manufacturers, who are suffering from dwindling demand due to the pandemic, have switched to produce PPE products, leading to an oversupply of the domestic production.For example, Indonesia’s production capacity of surgical mask has more than doubled to 394 million per month in April compared with the pre-pandemic level, according to an estimate by the Industry Ministry. The supply is expected to exceed domestic consumption by 2 million this year. The Trade Ministry has lifted an export ban on personal protective equipment (PPE) amid oversupply in national production as it seeks to restore exports hard hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis.Ministerial Regulation No. 57/2020, issued by Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto on Tuesday, will allow manufacturers to export surgical masks, N-95 masks, coveralls, surgical gowns and raw material to make face masks, thereby annulling the previous ban that had been imposed to ensure domestic supplies during the pandemic.Manufacturers can apply for the export permit via the government’s export-import online licensing system Indonesia National Single Window (INSW). They will then be required to provide documents such as a business permit, six-month export plan and statement to prove that they have stocks to meet domestic demand, in order to be granted export approval.last_img read more

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Executive column: It’s always important to expand our operations: Qatar Airways

first_imgThe global aviation industry has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has prompted government to close borders and impose movement restrictions across the world. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast losses totaling US$84.3 billion for airlines this year amid the global health crisis.In Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the number of foreign arrivals has dropped by more than 59 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 3.09 million, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data.As the number of passengers dropped, airline operators have been taking a number of initiatives to keep their companies afloat, including cost reduction measures and cargo service optimization. The Jakarta Post’s Mardika Parama and Farida Susanty interviewed Qatar Airways chief strategy and transformation officer Thierry Antinori on July 17 to learn more about the global airline’s strategy to weather the crisis.Question:  Has the pandemic changed Qatar Airways’ short-term and long-term strategy in Southeast Asia and particularly in Indonesia?Answer: I think Indonesia and Southeast Asia’s markets are important because of the country and the region’s demography. Therefore, it’s always important to expand our operations to Indonesia and Southeast Asia, even though it has been slow since last year due to an illegal blockade imposed on Qatar by neighboring countries. Nevertheless, we want to further consolidate our position as the leader of the global connector during the COVID-19 pandemic and become the leading airline connecting Indonesia and Europe.What will Qatar’s future operations in Indonesia be like amid the drop of international travelers? Is there any plan for a route expansion? We have been increasing our flight schedule through Jakarta from seven flights per week in June to 11 flights per week. We also started to fly to Bali with three flights per week, which is more than other airlines.What makes Bali an important destination for Qatar’s operation? Will the tourism recovery of the island help the airline’s operation?Bali is a tourism center and one of the favorite travel destinations for our European customers. As we operate from 20 cities around Europe, we could fly them to the island. We understand that today Bali is partly closed. However, we want to keep the economic engine running by helping the tourism stakeholders in the island.How did Qatar Airways transform its operations to adapt to the current situation, and what is the current status of the airline’s operations in terms of occupancy rates?There has been a bit of change in our financial metrics. Currently, we are counting our revenues from cargo and passengers versus the operation cost and also draw comparisons between operating or grounding the flight routes.Qatar Airways has been fortunate to have a cash positive status from our revenue compared to the operating costs. Of course, we still need to consider the fixed cost, which means we are still losing money, like other airlines, but we lose less money and generate more cash.Our flights to Jakarta have also shown a very good load with [relatively high] occupancy. We also notice that our market share has been growing lately.Many airlines have taken many cost-saving measures during the pandemic. Have there been such measures within Qatar Airways?We have accelerated our cost planning transformation that [started] prior to the COVID-19 [pandemic]. We also let go of 20 percent of our staff, but we didn’t impose wage cuts as big as others. We renegotiate with our suppliers, review our processes and do the classic works. However, to emerge positively from COVID-19, we would still need customers and trade. Therefore, we’re not only cutting costs but also continue to invest in our products to generate more revenue, with a higher share, as the global flight market is currently smaller.Recently, British Airways decided to retire its entire Boeing 747 fleet to push down costs amid the drop in flight occupancy. Will Qatar Airways retire some of its big aircraft?What we decided to do is to ground the Airbus A380, the biggest aircraft in our fleet, as long as demand hasn’t recovered. We don’t want to use this aircraft on any routes during these conditions, because it’s not financially viable and environmentally friendly. However, we do not plan to retire our aircraft at this stage. In the case of British Airways, we think it’s a good decision, because the Boeing 747 is a very old aircraft. Meanwhile, we have younger aircraft that are less than around five years old.In late March, Qatar Airways group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said Qatar Airways would have to seek government support as the company’s cash was thinning. Has there been any further discussion with the government on a possible rescue package?Because we are able to generate cash during the crisis, we’ve been able to avoid going back to our shareholders for a capital injection at this stage, due to our credit lines and cash generated by our operations. However, Mr. Al Baker said clearly, like a normal company, we would have to go to our shareholders if the situation continues, in regards to a possible capital injection, but that has nothing to do with government subsidies.Topics :last_img read more

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DeAWM sees scale as vital but has no immediate plans for acquisitions

first_imgHowever, he also foresaw a “dichotomy”, in which “really specialised but small boutiques” with a product or a regional focus could survive.“There will be a combination of some Darwinian process, after which the winner takes all, and M&A activity in the industry,” Faissola said.For DeAWM, he stressed that “no further parts of the business will be put on sale” for the foreseeable future.The asset manager had aborted sales talks over its real estate branch RREEF in 2013 and is now in talks with BNY Mellon to outsource the administrative side of its real estate fund business, including reporting or book keeping.But Faissola also said that, while he was “not opposed” to further acquisitions, it “might be a little bit too early to consider that”.He added: “Once we have completed all our integrations, I am not against it, but it needs to be targeted, additive and provide added value.”Barbara Rupf-Bee, the newly appointed head of EMEA for the asset manager, also identified regulation as one of the drivers for consolidation in the market.Speaking on a panel during the event, she pointed out the importance of dialogue and engagement with the regulators, which “leads into certain costs”.“Regulators are now starting to become more savvy in seeing what works and what doesn’t, and we will see more focus on the suitability of regulation,” she said.She also said she was convinced the trend of institutions “weaving” hedge funds and other alternative strategies into their portfolios would not be hindered by regulation.“Particularly, insurers and pension funds are forerunners of this,” she said.Rupf-Bee pointed out that, “historically, alternatives have been sitting on the far right side of the portfolios, and nobody knew quite how to integrate them”.She added that any existing regulation hindering such asset class cross-overs could be “worked around”.In countries such as Germany, she said, the fact the full range of alternatives was not available to pension funds must be taken into account. “But,” she added, “as we go into new trends, the regulation will follow – it will almost never lead.” The integration of DWS into the re-branded Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) last year saw Germany’s largest asset manager increase its domestic assets under management by more than 50% to €931bn, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey.For DeAWM, size in key.Speaking at a recent press event in London, DeAWM head Michele Faissola said that, as an asset manager in a market where margin pressure would continue and fragmented regulation remain a major challenge, “you need to be efficient and have the scale” .He predicted the “big ones will get bigger” over the long term and that those in the middle “will get crushed”.last_img read more

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Kühne Ups Stake in Hapag-Lloyd

first_imgPrivate investment firm Kühne Holding AG has increased its stake in German liner company Hapag-Lloyd to more than 17 percent.As informed, Klaus-Michael Kühne’s company already held a 14.1 percent share in Hapag-Lloyd through Kühne Maritime, after its merger with the United Arab Shipping Company (UASC).Kühne said it “used the opportunity” which was offered by the withdrawal of travel and tourism company TUI Group from the container shipping sector to further invest in Hapag-Lloyd. Earlier this month, TUI informed it decided to sell its stake in Hapag-Lloyd.Karl Gernandt, Executive Chairman der Kühne Holding AG, said that the consolidation in the shipping industry offers Hapag-Loyd new perspectives for a further rise and improves the company’s position among other big container carriers. Gernandt added that Kühne Holding AG sees itself as a long-term investor.Hapag-Lloyd told World Maritime News that the shareholder structure is now as follows: CSAV (22.6%), Kühne (17.6%), the City of Hamburg (14.9%), Qatar Investment Authority (14.4%), the Public Investment Fund on behalf of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (10.1%).In addition, there is a free float of 20.4% – percentages have been rounded and the free float includes institutional shareholders with a shareholding of less than 5%.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Man City officially appeal against European ban

first_img Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka TrumpWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs City face losing hundreds of millions of pounds in prize money, TV revenue, gate receipts and sponsorship income should their appeal against the ban fail. Last week City Football Group CEO Ferran Soriano said the club hoped to have their appeal heard by CAS before the start of next season’s Champions League. Read Also:Fans mock Man City for copying Real Madrid travelling outfit He said UEFA’s charges against the club of overstating their sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016 and failing to cooperate with an investigation were “simply not true.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year European ban has been officially registered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS announced on Wednesday. Man city players celebrate afte lone goal deal of Leicester city Feb 22 The Premier League club have vowed to fight the sanction imposed by UEFA on February 14 for breaching financial fair play regulations. Although CAS did not indicate a time-frame for the appeal process, it is expected to take several months. In a statement, CAS said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Manchester City football club against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).”Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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June 29, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgJune 29, 2017 Police Blotter062917 Batesville Police Blotter062917 Decatur County EMS Report062917 Decatur County Fire Report062917 Decatur County Jail Report062917 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

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Greensburg Bread of Life seeks volunteers

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. – Greensburg Bread of Life is seeking volunteers for a drive-thru soup kitchen each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.Volunteers are needed to serve as preppers, servers, and delivery drivers.“If you have not been traveling within the past 2 weeks and have not been ill, please consider volunteering to help in the kitchen. It takes 300 volunteer hours to provide over 400 meals each week,” Bread of Life announced. Contact Tina at 812-662-4887 or 812-663-1055 if you would like to help.last_img

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Redknapp showers praises on Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Jamie Redknapp has described the arrival of Odion Ighalo at Manchester United as a “brilliant signing” for the Red Devils. The 30-year-old has been settling into life at Old Trafford after having signed for the Red Devils on a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in something of a surprise move in the January transfer window. Ighalo scored his first two goals for Manchester United last week when he netted twice in the 3-0 victory over Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round. The forward will now be hoping to push on and prove himself as worthy of a permanent move to Old Trafford as he bids to help Manchester United end the season on a high. Ighalo was brought in as cover up front after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for a number of weeks with a back injury. And former Liverpool FC midfielder Redknapp feels that the signing of the Nigerian forward has been an astute one. Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Redknapp said of Ighalo: “Brilliant signing,” Redknapp added. “There was no doubting his ability. “Even at Watford he showed glimpses and Ole obviously knew him, so they’re inspired signings and they’re the ones you want. “If you’re building a team for the future, you’re not going to put Ighalo in it for the next five years but right now, as a stop gap with Marcus Rashford injured, Ole needed somebody to come in and make a difference and against Derby he was fantastic and took his second goal extremely well. “And that will give him a lot of confidence. Even if he doesn’t start, to come off the bench and make a difference, that’s what you need as a manager.” Manchester United will travel to LASK in the first leg of their Europa League last 16 clash on Thursday night.Tags: Jamie RedknappMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloOld TraffordRed DevilsShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

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