No justification for personal attack ads

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m a lifelong resident of Niskayuna and also a social studies teacher at Schenectady High school who teaches civics. A basic lesson in all classes is that during a campaign, you attack policy positions, not people. The recent Democratic committee flyer I received for Niskayuna Town Board is disgraceful. Supervisor Joe Landry owes us an explanation.I’m a registered Democrat, but in my job, I work with an ideologically diverse group of colleagues. Politics is an area that is often debated, respectfully. My Republican colleagues and I get passionate; it’s part of our job. We never devolve into name calling and hateful rhetoric. We challenge policy; we don’t attack each other personally. Then we go get a cup of coffee or lunch together, and we always remain friends.For the Niskayuna Democratic Committee to mail an attack ad that likens the Republican candidates to hate mongers like Bannon and Limbaugh is shameful and dishonest. Candidates should run on, and win, elections based on their record or positions. This is especially true for incumbents like Joe Landry. To date, Supervisor Landry has been silent on this issue. It’s deafening.National politics has devolved into name calling, demagoguery and Twitter attacks, Niskayuna can do better.Chris OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

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Indonesian airlines carry out layoffs to cope with COVID-19 pressures

first_imgTopics : “Such crisis has also hit supporting industries, such as aircraft maintenance, ground handling and travel agents. Therefore, INACA is really hoping for a positive response from the government to avoid more job cuts,” the chairman said.A drastic drop in flight frequency and vast flight cancellations have been reported since January. Angkasa Pura I (AP I), for example, saw massive flight cancellations between January and February at its 15 airports across the country due to decreasing demand.During the period, AP I reported that as many as 12,703 flights with about 1.67 million passengers had been canceled – 11,680 of which were domestic.  “If there is more uncertainty about when COVID-19 can be contained, this will worsen the aviation industry [situation] and may even lead to operational termination due to bankruptcy,” Denon said in an official statement.He added that airlines had been halting operations and laying off employees to reduce financial loss.Denon went on to say that the industry needed help in the form of fiscal incentives, such as corporate income tax payment postponement and spare part import duty suspension, as well as stimulus from the government through discounts on several fees to keep the industry alive during the pandemic and recovery period.Moreover, the industry hopes state-owned enterprises (SOEs) provide assistance, including with a reduction in airport and navigation fees.  If the government and SOEs did not immediately respond to such demands, Denon said there would be more massive layoffs to ensure the airlines’ survival.center_img A number of Indonesian airlines have started taking efficiency measures amid challenging times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by laying off employees, ranging from pilots, flight attendants, technicians to other supporting crew, as reported by the Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA).The pandemic has hit the airline industry hard, with many airlines forced to cut both international and domestic flights due to travel bans and restrictions to several countries. Virus fears have also held people back from traveling by air.INACA chairman Denon Prawiratmadja said on Thursday that there had been a drastic decline in the number of air passengers since early March, causing all airlines to cut flight frequency and routes by 50 percent or more.last_img read more

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London Stock Exchange in merger talks with Deutsche Boerse

first_img“The boards,” LSE said, “believe the potential merger would represent a compelling opportunity for both companies to strengthen each other in an industry-defining combination, creating a leading European-based global markets infrastructure group.”Shares in LSE reportedly rose by more than 17% after the news of merger talks was confirmed, while Deutsche Boerse’s gained some 7%. London Stock Exchange (LSE) is in “detailed discussions” about a merger with Deutsche Boerse, it confirmed today.It made the announcement after media reports about a merger led to “movement in LSE’s share price”. The potential merger would be structured as an all-share merger of equals under a new holding company, according to the LSE statement.Based on the exchange ratio proposed, Deutsche Boerse shareholders would hold 54.4% of the combined group’s share capital and LSE shareholders 45.6%.last_img read more

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Essex pension fund tenders global property mandate

first_imgApplicants must manage at least £1.5bn of real estate globally, with at least £500m invested in each of Europe and North America, and £300m in Asia Pacific. At least three experienced real estate professionals must be based in each of these regions.The pension fund already invests in UK property via Aviva Investors. According to its most recent annual report the market value of this portfolio stood at £618m as at the end of March 2018.Essex is part of the ACCESS asset pool that has been set up by 11 pension funds in the UK’s local government pension scheme (LGPS).Brunel Pension Partnership, another of the eight LGPS pools, recently announced £340m of commitments to two UK long-lease property funds.Essex’s procurement is managed by Hymans Robertson. The details are available here. Essex Pension Fund, part of the UK’s local authority pension system, is looking for a global property manager for a £250m (€282m) mandate.The £6bn fund said it would consider separate accounts, open-ended funds and closed-ended solutions.It was not necessarily looking to allocate to real estate debt or listed real estate, but said it may allow an allocation of no more than 20% of the mandate.The successful manager must be able to “demonstrate a global perspective on real estate and be able to give objective advice on global real estate markets (private and public) and on investment timing”, it said.last_img read more

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Vryhof units score first-ever gig with Cooper Energy

first_imgTwo Vryhof businesses, Deep Sea Mooring (DSM) and Vryhof Anchors, have secured a contract to provide full-scale mooring and anchoring services to Australian energy company Cooper Energy.DSM said that the companies won the contract in Cooper’s main target drilling area – offshore Victoria, Australia – for the first time.The company added that the contract would result in full-scale engineering, pre-lay mooring design, and analysis from Deep Sea Mooring that would be provided to Diamond Offshore’s semi-submersible drilling unit – the Ocean Monarch.Vryhof Anchors will also assist Cooper with the correct anchor selection for each offshore location. Local back deck services and marine representation will also be provided.The Ocean Monarch is part of a ten-well drilling campaign for Cooper Energy in the Otway and Gippsland Basins that will take place between January and August 2018.Barry Silver, Asia Pacific managing director for Deep Sea Mooring, said: “We see this as a milestone contract in our development and look forward to a long-term relationship with Cooper. We are also confident that this will provide us with a crucial platform for opening up our products and services across the Tasman Sea in another key target region – New Zealand.”Deep Sea Mooring and Vryhof Anchors’ equipment and anchor handling vessels will be coordinated and based out of Karratha, West Australia, and at Port Melbourne.As for the rig, the Ocean Monarch semi-submersible is managed by Diamond Offshore Drilling. The rig can operate in water depths of up to 10,000 feet and drilling depth of 35,000 feet.last_img read more

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Video games as addictive as gambling: study

first_imgABC News 25 November 2012A Canberra psychology researcher has confirmed what many have long suspected – video games can be just as addictive as gambling or alcohol.As part of her PhD at the Australian National University, Olivia Metcalf found excessive gamers were unable to stop thinking about gaming when they tried to focus on other tasks. This “attentional bias” is a phenomenon found across heroin, alcohol and gambling addictions. “We didn’t find that pattern in people who play video games but don’t experience any negative symptoms,” Ms Metcalf said. “So it’s not something that occurs because you do a behaviour a lot. It’s some sort of change that occurs in your attention system, in your brain, when an addiction is developing. “So we found this core sign of addiction in these thinking systems of these people who play games excessively.” Ms Metcalf says her research is some of the first scientific evidence that video gaming can be addictive. “We know that people are gaming excessively but we’re not sure yet what type of problem that is,” she said. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-25/gaming-as-addictive-as-gambling/4390920last_img read more

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Donor kids must not be forgotten

first_imgMelinda Tankard Reist – Herald Sun 31 Mar 2013When Lau­ren Burns lis­tened to the Prime Min­is­ter’s na­tional apol­ogy to those who suf­fered forcible adop­tion, she wanted to ask: what about me? It wasn’t that the 29-year-old Mel­bourne woman didn’t find the speech mov­ing. She be­lieves the moth­ers and chil­dren so cru­elly sep­a­rated de­served the apol­ogy.But she, and so many like her, felt left out. Lau­ren is one of thou­sands of chil­dren (ex­act fig­ures are not known — in the be­gin­ning records weren’t kept) born as the re­sult of donor sperm or eggs, who be­lieve they too have been de­nied an op­por­tu­nity to know their bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents.It was these words which most af­fected her: ‘‘To each of you who were . . . de­nied the op­por­tu­nity to grow up with your fam­ily and com­mu­nity of ori­gin, we say sorry. We ac­knowl­edge that many of you still ex­pe­ri­ence a con­stant strug­gle with iden­tity, un­cer­tainty and loss and feel a per­sis­tent ten­sion be­tween loy­alty to one fam­ily and yearn­ing for an­other.’’‘‘I found it in­cred­i­ble that the Govern­ment was apol­o­gis­ing to adopted peo­ple for the very things that are still hap­pen­ing via donor con­cep­tion and sur­ro­gacy,’’ Lau­ren says. ‘‘It was frus­trat­ing that al­most no­body ex­cept us could see that by sim­ply in­sert­ing ‘donor con­cep­tion’ for ‘adop­tion’, the PM could have been speak­ing to us. She promised no gen­er­a­tion of Aus­tralians would suf­fer the same pain and trauma they did. But it’s not true.’’http://melindatankardreist.com/2013/04/donor-kids-must-not-be-forgotten-mtr-in-sunday-herald-sun/last_img read more

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GoAir places Airbus order as Indian market expands

first_imgThe airline’s managing director Jeh Wadia said GoAir may take 15 planes each yearIndian budget airline GoAir has ordered 72 new A320 Airbus aircraft in a deal worth about $6.1bn (£3.7bn) at list prices.The carrier said it would start taking deliveries of the aircraft in 2015 as it implements ambitious expansion plans for domestic routes.A320s are priced at $85m each, though airlines traditionally negotiate big discounts on bulk orders.In January, rival airline IndiGo ordered 180 A320s, worth $15.6bn.“These are all firm orders and the deliveries will start in 2015. We may take as many as 15 planes each year,” said the company’s managing director Jeh Wadia.India’s airline market is booming as flights become affordable to ever more people.There have been reports that Indian airlines are planning to announce billions of dollars worth of orders at next week’s Paris Air Show.GoAir, launched in 2005, currently serves 18 destinations with about 930 flights a week.The airline is owned by the Wadia Group, which has interests in petrochemicals, electronics, property, and consultancy.BBC News Share Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel GoAir places Airbus order as Indian market expands by: – June 16, 2011center_img 39 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Calvert-Lewin spoils West Ham owner’s Anniversary party

first_img Promoted Content6 Secret Origin Stories Of Modern FoodsPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Most Evil Female Characters In Disney MoviesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations West Ham jubilation cut short with Everton draw In fact, “10 years of failure” was the verdict of the hundreds of disenchanted fans who gathered outside the stadium to protest against the owners before the match. Yet things were looking brighter inside the ground, at least for the majority of the first half, against an Everton side still finding their feet under Carlo Ancelotti. Hammers boss David Moyes, facing his old club, had called for his players to give record signing Sebastien Haller more service and Mark Noble did just that, standing up an early cross which the French striker headed narrowly wide. Read AlsoEPL: Arteta’s Arsenal held again by late Sheffield leveller The Toffees could considered their point away a good one as they still remained with their Nigerian international Alex Iwobi and Andre Gomez among others on the injury list. West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold had their Happy Anniversary party truncated on Saturday after the club settled for a draw against visiting Everton. The weekend marked 10 years since Sullivan and Gold bought West Ham,and the duo were hoping for a resounding victory that will add icing on the cake. Issa Diop’s 40th minute goal had raised hope that the dream is about to come true, but it was soon shattered after Dominic Calvert-Lewin  grabbed an equaliser just four minutes later to register his 11th goal of the season. West Ham owners are not happy with the way things have turned out for the club admitting in their programme notes that the club have not progressed on the pitch as much as they had hoped in that time. It was hard to argue against that sentiment as West Ham were 17th when they took over, and a decade on they kicked off against Everton in precisely the same position.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Tottenham could take the title, says Everton boss Roberto Martinez

first_imgTottenham’s Barclays Premier League title credentials have been backed by Everton manager Roberto Martinez. Press Association Spurs begin 2016 in fourth, just four points off leaders and north London rivals Arsenal, after suffering just one league defeat since an opening-day loss at Manchester United. They appear to have put that surprise home reverse to Newcastle behind them too, winning three successive games since and Toffees boss Martinez sees no reason why they cannot be contending for a maiden Premier League title success come May. “But, at the same time, we’re looking forward to that game because we feel that we’ve been a bit unfortunate with our results and a good performance against a team as good as Spurs, at Goodison, could get us in a fantastic position approaching the start of the new year.” The hosts will be missing James McCarthy as the Republic of Ireland midfielder suffered a recurrence of his hip problem on Monday while Tom Cleverley, who came off the bench to replace him, is doubtful with an Achilles issue. Everton captain Phil Jagielka will return from his two-month injury absence at some point over the next three games, although next week’s fixtures against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup or Dagenham in the FA Cup are more likely comeback dates. Asked whether he believed their opponents this weekend were capable of mounting a serious title challenge, Martinez replied: “Why not? If anything this season is about consistency and whichever team is able to be consistent in the second half of the season will have a great opportunity to achieve a really, really good ending of the campaign. “Spurs have a strong squad, a large squad, they’re competing in Europe. They’ve got a strong mentality as a group and I don’t see them losing any sort of energy or focus over the next few months. “If anything, being such a young team, I expect them to grow even stronger. I see them as strong contenders for a really successful finish.” Much has been made of the attacking talent at Martinez’s disposal, with Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League’s joint top-scorer, earning plaudits for their early-season form. However, their boss concedes he is a fan of Mauricio Pochettino’s own forwards and the likes of Harry Kane, whose goal separated the two sides in the previous encounter at Goodison Park on the final day of the previous campaign. “I’ve been a big admirer of this Spurs side,” Martinez added ahead of Sunday’s match against Tottenham at Goodison Park. “What Mauricio Pochettino has achieved is a really strong team, very young, very athletic, with a lot of energy and with a talented front four that they can score goals from any situation. “It’s not surprising to me how consistent they’ve been and how difficult they are to play against. I expect Tottenham to have a stronger second half of the campaign, that’s why we’ll have to be at our best. last_img read more

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