Politics has no place in Benghazi, Niger

first_imgThe present administration knew of the danger facing our servicemen and women in Niger and did nothing to protect them. Does this sound familiar? The truth is what occurred wasn’t preventable, just as the attack in Benghazi wasn’t preventable. Putting the blame on anyone is nothing but politics.Republicans say the two incidents are entirely different and can’t be compared. Many veterans know about being attacked by the enemy and this is why they have “point” men to let them know where the enemy is waiting. Secretaries Tillerson and Clinton, and for that fact even our president, who I don’t feel is being presidential, are not to blame for what occurred.What happened at Benghazi and Niger has happened before and will happen again. When it does happen, politics should have nothing to do with putting the blame on anyone. We’re all Americans and as such, we will continue to have incidents happen. I say get a grip on it and stop pointing fingers. The good Lord above has given each of us the right to express our views, but they should be truthful.What we should be doing is praying for the families left behind by the deaths of four heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice.Gary Philip GuidoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette: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 censusRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighbor It’s unfortunate but now Republicans have their own Benghazi, with the four sergeants killed in Niger. Who is to blame four this attack? Should we make Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the scapegoat? He’s an honorable man trying his best to do an important job, just like past Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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US growth, job gains slowing, Fed reports

first_imgBased on data through August 24, the Fed’s beige book showed a mixed picture and lingering uncertainty as the coronavirus continues to impact the world’s largest economy, where more than 185,000 people have died from the disease.While the report showed economic growth continued in much of the country, “Gains were generally modest and activity remained well below levels prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.”Home and vehicle sales were strong but “many districts noted a slowing pace of growth in these areas, and total spending was still far below pre-pandemic levels,” the Fed said.”Employment increased overall among districts, with gains in manufacturing cited most often. However, some districts also reported slowing job growth and increased hiring volatility,” the survey said. Economic growth and job gains continued in most of the United States but the pace has slowed in many areas while spending remains far below pre-pandemic levels, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.The Fed’s beige book survey of economic conditions highlighted “rising instances of furloughed workers being laid off permanently as demand remained soft,” especially in the hard-hit services industries.As monetary policymakers prepare for their next meeting later this month, the report shows the economy has not seen the sharp bounceback some had predicted, and which President Donald Trump has been betting on as the November presidential elections approach. In the New York region, growth “has stalled … even as the spread of the virus has remained subdued and more businesses have gradually reopened.”In Chicago, “Employment and manufacturing increased strongly,” but a full recovery is not expected until late next year.The report came after United Airlines announced it was laying off 16,000 workers next month on top of thousands of voluntary departures, the latest sign of the ill health of the travel industry, which executives say will not recover for months.Exploding government debtBut companies also reported that they “continued to experience difficulty finding necessary labor, a matter compounded by day care availability, as well as uncertainty over the coming school year and jobless benefits,” the Fed said.Congress in late March approved the US$2.2 trillion CARES Act to provide emergency aid to businesses and workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 shutdowns, and Fed contacts in several districts described the bill’s impact as positive while hoping for additional aid.In the Philadelphia area “uncertainty is extremely high, as contacts worried about the end of stimulus measures, pending layoffs and an inevitable rise of evictions, foreclosures, and bankruptcies.”Even as many businesses, including the hard-hit airline industry, are calling for more government aid, the ballooning federal debt and deficits hang over the economic outlook.In a separate report Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the mountain of US government debt, swelled by rising deficit spending to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, will surpass the size of the national economy next year.The deficit will increase to 107 percent of GDP by 2023, “the highest in the nation’s history,” surpassing the previous peak in 1946 after World War II, according to the CBO, which said its updated forecasts project that by 2030, the debt would equal 109 percent of GDP.The budget deficit this year is expected to triple to $3.3 trillion, or 16 percent of GDP — the largest since 1945.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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With foreign tourists gone, Balinese rediscover seaweed farming

first_imgLike many locals on this speck of an island about 50 km (30 miles) off Bali, he and his wife Kadek Kristiani now wade through pristine waters to gather seaweed growing on lines.Bali normally attracts millions of visitors a year, many attracted by beaches in spots like Lembongan, but plans to reopen to foreign tourists have been postponed indefinitely due climbing COVID-19 cases in Indonesia.With many restaurants and bars shut on the island, drying seaweed fills the streets as tourism workers return to an industry that died down a decade ago, despite Indonesia’s status as the world’s second-biggest seaweed producer behind China. “Farmers are starting to plant seaweed again,” said Boedi Sarkana Julianto of Indonesia’s Natural Resources Network Topics : Before the coronavirus pandemic took its grip on Indonesia, the pristine beaches of Lembongan island lapped by the Indian Ocean were dotted with sunbathing tourists from across the globe.Now, with many visitors gone and the economy in tatters, locals are often seen carrying baskets laden with seaweed up the shore amid a shift back to former ways of making a living.”I feel sad because we lost our jobs and now we have to start from scratch,” said I Gede Darma Putra, 43, a native of Lembongan, who used to guide tourists as a dive master.last_img read more

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Stan Kroenke wanted to give Unai Emery more time at Arsenal before sacking

first_imgStan Kroenke wanted to give Unai Emery more time at Arsenal before sacking Unai Emery had failed to register a win in seven games for Arsenal (Reuters)Kroenke made the final decision to dismiss Emery but according to Sky Sports, Arsenal’s owner was holding off the decision to sack the Spaniard and ideally wanted to wait until the end of the season to change manager.Other senior figures at Arsenal had already decided Emery’s time was up but despite the team being on their worst run of results since February 1992, Kroenke was keen to stick with the Spaniard.But the defeat against Frankfurt proved to be the final straw for Kroenke, who gave the green light to sack Emery after the match on Thursday evening.Sacking Emery and his coaching staff is believed to cost Arsenal around £4 million.A statement from Arsenal on Friday read: ‘The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLjungberg will now take charge of Arsenal for their trip to Norwich City on Sunday.Meanwhile, Arsenal’s hierarchy are now searching for a permanent successor to Emery and have reportedly made contact with Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo and former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri.Brendan Rodgers has also been linked but the Leicester City manager distanced himself from a move on Friday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 4:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke had held off sacking Unai Emery (Getty)Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke was intent on giving Unai Emery enough time to turn the team around before he decided to sack the Spaniard, according to reports.Following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening, Emery was sacked at the club’s training ground on Friday morning.Emery, who gave no indication to his players that he would lose his job after the loss against Frankfurt, arrived at London Colney to take a training session but was sacked during a meeting with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and their technical director Edu.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal’s players were told separately before Freddie Ljungberg, who has been appointed as interim manager, took charge of training.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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OPINION: Have those backing reform thought through the implications for construction worksites?

first_imgMore cannabis use not what the construction sector needsStuff co.nz 11 September 2020Family First Comment: “The 2019 Civil Contractors NZ annual report highlighted legalised cannabis as an issue looming over the construction sector with 65 per cent of respondents saying it would negatively impact their operations as businesses were already struggling with staff recruitment due to substance abuse – in effect removing them pending a clear drug test.From a health and safety perspective, construction sites are hazardous and dangerous work areas, and require employees to be alert.”Of course!OPINION: The upcoming general election and the referenda, including the proposed legalisation of cannabis, pose a concerning dilemma for the construction industry.The construction industry is one of New Zealand’s largest employers and anecdotally we suspect that many of our 250,000 workers already routinely abuse drugs like alcohol, methamphetamine and, to a lesser degree, cannabis.Unlike alcohol, cannabis can stay in the human body for several weeks. If employees return a positive drug test in that time they are unable to work and contribute to society.Medically it is acknowledged that the active psychedelic ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the “high” effect, also impairs and affects people’s judgement because it alters the way information is processed by the brain.This impairment occurs over the time that THC stays in the fatty tissues of a person’s body and can impair motor performance, cause loss of balance and coordination, decrease attentiveness and alertness, prolong response time to stimuli and danger, and decrease the ability to judge distance and space.If recreational use of cannabis is allowed in the September referendum, then construction companies will also be required to introduce pre-selection drug testing of employees – many are already doing this – and the issue then also becomes one of finding and hiring enough drug-free workers who can pass the pre-employment screening.The legalisation of cannabis in the referendum is a simple yes or no question and so most people being asked to make a very critical decision on a powerful drug will be unaware of the potential consequences for the New Zealand workplace, including the construction sector.Perhaps the question should be asked if cannabis is legalised will the Government pay businesses compensation for employees who are unable to work following a positive drug test or change the employment legislation allowing for faster failed drug test dismissals without any recourse to personal grievance procedures?There will be both social and economic impacts arising if there is a legalisation of cannabis. But have our legislators fully thought through all of the implications if a larger proportion of the construction workforce is unable to work at a time of economic recovery where keeping jobs and growth in a post-Covid-19 environment will be paramount? Hopefully the voting population are smarter than that.Gary Walker is chair of the Construction Strategy Group and general manager, Fletcher Construction, buildings.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/300104507/more-cannabis-use-not-what-the-construction-sector-needs?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

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Rushville Invitational

first_imgThis coming Saturday will be the Rushville Cross Country Invitational.  Rushville started this event almost 40 years ago.  At that time cross country was just becoming popular in southeast Indiana.  In the early days more than 40 teams participated in this event, and it was a boys only meet run in classes based on enrollment.Batesville was very fortunate because they won this event early and often.  Many of the large Indianapolis schools ran in this event.  It was a preview of the state meet.  In fact, there were more teams participating in this meet than ran in the state meet.  When Batesville runs in this event this Saturday, the number of teams will not be as many as there were in the old days, but it will be a boys and girls invitational.  Good luck to all the teams from the area who will be running in this event.last_img read more

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Carter shocks Higgins

first_img Carter, who could not take part in last month’s Haikou World Open due to complications with his Crohn’s disease, sealed a place in the last 16 with the win. He took advantage of a missed red to make a 79 clearance in the first frame before Higgins made it 1-1 with a run of 111. Carter then made it 3-1 and 4-2 to progress. Fit-again Ali Carter upset four-time world champion John Higgins with a 4-2 victory in the first round of the PTC Grand Finals in Galway. “I’ve been really struggling with my Crohn’s disease and haven’t been able to practise much so it’s a big win for me,” said Carter. “I just dug in and it was a good performance. The first frame was massive, it’s hard to clear up from 60 behind, especially against John Higgins. Chinese number one Ding Junhui reversed a 3-1 deficit to defeat Andrew Higginson 4-3. Higginson, a semi-finalist here last year, reeled off breaks of 57 and 71 on his way to a two-frame lead but Ding changed the momentum irreversibly with a turn of 118 in the fifth. “I didn’t play well for the first few frames, I found it difficult to control the white. After that I came back nicely,” said Ding. “I’ve been playing okay for the last few months so I’m happy at the moment.” His compatriot Xiao Guodong was also successful, securing a 4-1 win over former world champion Graeme Dott, who was in ragged form. Rod Lawler denied China another winner on the night as he defeated Cao Yupeng 4-2. After losing the opening frame, Liverpudlian Lawler took the next three to put him on the road to victory. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wenger: We must prove we’re champs

first_img Asked if people were right to question Arsenal, Wenger said: “Yes – we haven’t won the league for a long time, so that is why they question us. “It is not (about nine seasons) without winning a trophy, it is without winning the Premier League. “If you win the League Cup, it does not change anything. “It is the Premier League that is the most important thing, and we haven’t won it for nine years. “Of course, it does not strengthen your belief, because if you win it every year, you go in there and (say) ‘it is just ours’, so it makes the challenge (now) more interesting.” Wenger continued: “At the moment everybody still questions us, even more after our defeat at (Manchester) City. “But I see the game at City the other way round, that we can have even more belief after the game at City.” Wenger maintains his men can rise to the challenges of character they will face again in the first of their hectic festive fixtures. “It adds pressure, but you cannot play in the Premier League without pressure,” the Gunners boss said. “There are periods where the pressure is a bit bigger and periods where it is smaller. “You have to live with that and resist that kind of stress.” Wenger added: “People are only keeping in their mind the big matches that we lose, but we have won some big games. “What is at stake is if you want to win the Premier League, you want to win the big games at home. It is as simple as that.” One player who is certainly due a big performance is Mesut Ozil. The German playmaker has only shown glimpses of his class since a £43million club-record move from Real Madrid. Wenger, though, has every confidence Ozil will come good on a regular basis soon enough. “I believe that he has a personality. He works quite hard and is adapting to the physical challenges of the Premier League at the moment,” said Wenger. “Ozil looks to me like (Robert) Pires. It took a while for Pires to adapt to the physical side of the game. “Once he had adapted he was absolutely amazing and Ozil is a similar type of player.” The Gunners were knocked off the top of the table after Liverpool’s win over Cardiff on Saturday lunchtime, and were soon pushed down into third place when Manchester City won 4-2 at Fulham. Should Chelsea win at the Emirates Stadium tonight, the Gunners – who once held a five-point lead – will be fourth at Christmas. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger accepts people will always question his side until they have proven themselves as Barclays Premier League champions once again. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Toure open to “new challenges”

first_img But Pellegrini did acknowledge Toure’s form this season has been disappointing and speculation linking the Ivory Coast international with a move away has not subsided. Now the 31-year-old has given an interview suggesting he could be open to a move. Toure, who is reportedly City’s highest earner on £220,000 per week, told Foot Mercato: “No amount of wages will make me stay at a club if I feel that I no longer belong there or if no challenge exists for me. “It would be unjust on my part. There comes a moment where numbers don’t stop us, it goes beyond that, even if the English press seem more interested in the numbers than the sport itself. “For the future, I don’t know more than you do, because I will always go where I am offered new challenges. That is in my nature.” Despite those remarks, Toure insisted he remained fully committed to City on the field. The two-time Premier League winner added: “When I arrived at City, Pellegrini was not the coach. Just like the players, managers arrive and leave. As I have said before, I owe it to the City fans to fight until the end of my career at this club. “My decisions will not be affected by changes in management, but more by the challenges that will be offered to me.” Reports last week suggested Toure could be part of a summer clear-out at the Etihad Stadium as the club look to reshape the squad after an underwhelming season. That was denied by manager Manuel Pellegrini, who insisted Toure would “continue playing here because he is a very important player”. Toure has been linked with Inter Milan, whose manager, the former City boss Roberto Mancini, has spoken openly and regularly of his admiration for the player. Toure says the feeling is mutual. He said: “Mancini is a mentor for me, and a coach out of the ordinary. It is no secret that I loved when he was my boss, as I like to play for City today.” Toure is one of a number of players to have faced criticism for City’s disappointing campaign. City have collapsed in the Barclays Premier League title race – slumping from joint-top in Janauary to fourth – and failed in the knockout competitions. Toure said: “When things are not necessarily going well in a club, the key players take the fall. “I am not the only one to have been attacked even if there is tendency to be harsher with me. Football is my passion, my job and that gives me two good reasons to do as well as I can.” Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed he is open to “new challenges” and will not stay at a club simply to collect wages. Press Associationlast_img read more

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NPS, Guwahati student wins gold in CBSE National Speed Skating Championship

first_imgGUWAHATI: Prapti Medhi, a class VII student of NPS, Guwahati won a gold medal in the U-14 category at the CBSE National Speed Skating Championship in Belgram, Karnataka. With this performance, she has been selected to attend the national camp which will be held in Visakhapatnam. She was the daughter of Pradeep Medhi and Karabi Choudhury of Beltola.Also Read: Guwahati Bag Top Spot at 8th All Assam Speed Skating ChampionshipAlso Watch: National Pension Scheme launched at the office of National Chamber of Commerce in Tinsukialast_img

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