Month: October 2020

Liberal media hiding vital information

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI am a little up set with the paper this morning [Feb. 3]. After a major news story broke yesterday [Feb. 2] with the GOP document being released, your front page led off with the flu cases on the rise. If I didn’t stop to read the small print, you would have never known that the Democrats tried to pull a fast one on the American people. It’s a shame that all news outlets are in bed with the liberals. Upstate New York is more Republican then you think. It’s only our inner cities that are liberal. But we are slowly chipping away at that. But as long as they have outlets like yours to try and bury it in small print, it only makes it a little harder.Steven Santore Sr.Ballston SpaEditor’s Note: The 1,033-word, three byline article appeared on the front page, above the fold, with a 40-point headline and two photos.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: 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 censusGuilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

High-rise in Catalonia

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Railtrack aims for 20 depots

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Twin towns: the second- and third-most expensive office locations in the world

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Master of all I survey

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Kingston and Richmond Tight supply spells opportunity

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Time for nuclear power? Luhut tells tale of Indonesia ‘having it all’

first_imgCoordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has shared a story of his enlightenment that maybe Indonesia, after all, needs to have nuclear power.Luhut, a retired Army general, recalled a moment at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last month, in which he spoke to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, asking: “Who has wrought havoc in the world? It’s countries with nuclear power.”Luhut shared the story at the launch of the “Agriculture War Room” at the Agriculture Ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday. He said he was “triggered” to start the discussion on nuclear power with the President after seeing an American general who only wanted to speak with North Korea and China, and not with Indonesia. “[Indonesia] was overlooked. In my mind I was, ‘damn you’. I told him, ‘Hey, general, I am also a US graduate. You know what? Our country has it all’,” Luhut said.“As a general I also thought of having nuclear power, but President Jokowi is still discussing about prosperity issues. [But the American general] told me, ‘General, don’t ever think about that’. I thought in my mind, maybe only if we have nuclear power will it scare you.”Luhut closed his remarks with that statement, after boasting of the vast resources of green energy that Indonesia can develop. He shared the nuclear story to make a point that: “Indonesia has it all” in terms of resources for power generation and to become self-sufficient.It was not certain whether Luhut implied that he would use nuclear power for power plants, research or weaponry. Still, his current position contrasts with his previous stance that prioritized nuclear development for research purposes only, not as an energy source.Luhut in 2017 expressed reluctance when the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation offered to develop turnkey nuclear power plants in Indonesia.“However, we have told them that we are not ready yet. We need to raise public awareness, which takes time,” he said following a meeting with Rosatom representatives at his office in Jakarta in 2017.The new “Agriculture War Room” will allow the Agriculture Ministry to better update its data through a satellite-backed monitoring system, generating informations on the area of ​​paddy fields, fertilizer supply and harvest area. Apart from Luhut, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo and House of Representatives’ Commission IV chairman Hasan Aminuddin attended the launch event, among others.Topics :last_img read more

Precious Griezmann goal earns Barcelona draw at spirited Napoli

first_imgAntoine Griezmann’s second-half equalizer handed Barcelona a vital away goal and earned them a 1-1 draw at Napoli in their Champions League last-16 first leg meeting on Tuesday.A superb curling strike from Dries Mertens put the home side in front after half an hour and saw the Belgian draw level with Marek Hamsik as Napoli’s all-time top scorer with 121 goals.But Barca breached a well-drilled Napoli defence in the 57th minute when Griezmann fired in a Nelson Semedo cross. The visitors ended the game with 10 men after Arturo Vidal was sent off late on for picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.The two sides, who were facing each other for the first time, will meet again at the Camp Nou for the second leg on March 18 with Barca now firm favorites to progress despite having Vidal and Sergio Busquets suspended for the return.Barcelona dominated possession from the first whistle but struggled to find their way through the well-organized Italians, who then struck with their first meaningful attack of the game.Junior Firpo lost the ball to Piotr Zielinski and the midfielder pulled a pass across to the waiting Mertens, who took a touch just outside the box before curling in his sixth goal in seven Champions League games this season. But the Belgian limped off through injury early in the second half after a hefty tackle from Busquets, which earned the midfielder the yellow card that will rule him out of the second leg.Barca soon equalized when Griezmann fired home from close range after a neat passing move from the visitors but Napoli responded with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon both being denied by excellent saves from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.In the 89th minute, Vidal was booked for a foul on Mario Rui and immediately shown a second yellow for butting heads with the defender in the aftermath. center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Triple market intervention’: BI buys bonds, rupiah to prop up prices amid viral rout

first_imgThe rupiah erased losses of 0.6 percent after the announcement and traded 0.4 percent higher at Rp 14,260 to the US dollar.Last week, foreign investors sold a net Rp 33.6 trillion (US$2.36 billion) in both Indonesian stocks and bonds, as $5 trillion was wiped off stock markets around the world in the worst week for global shares since the 2008 financial crisis.Over the week, the benchmark stock index, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), fell 7.3 percent to 5,452 and the rupiah depreciated by 4.1 percent to 14,234 per US dollar. Ten-year Indonesian government bond yields, which indicate investment risk, rose 35 basis points last week to 6.83 percent, the third-biggest increase after Turkey and Russia. “We’ve increased the volume [of intervention] so the market is assured and confident that BI is always in the market to guard the market,” Perry said at a news conference on Monday after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced first two coronavirus cases in Indonesia.“BI will intensify intervention in the financial market through triple intervention to stabilize the rupiah to follow its fundamental [value].”Read also: Disappearing act: Market braces for volatile March after $2.4b vanishes in a week Topics :center_img Bank Indonesia (BI) will “intensify intervention” to stabilize the local financial market by buying government bonds and the rupiah amid heavy selling pressure caused by coronavirus fears as Indonesia reports its first two cases.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the central bank was conducting “triple intervention in the financial market”: stabilizing the rupiah in the domestic non-deliverable forward (DNDF) and spot markets, as well as buying government bonds (SBN) on the secondary market.The central bank has bought Rp 103 trillion (US$7.24 billion) worth of SBNs, Rp 80 trillion of which followed its assessment that the novel coronavirus may pose risks to Indonesia’s economy.last_img read more

Seventy trapped after Chinese coronavirus quarantine hotel collapses

first_imgIt collapsed at about 7:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) and 34 people were rescued in the following two hours, the Quanzhou municipality said on its website.No reason was given for the collapse.A woman named only by her surname, Chen, told the news site that relatives including her sister had been under quarantine at the hotel as prescribed by local regulations after returning from Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak.She said they had arrived on Feb. 25 and had been scheduled to leave soon after completing their 14 days of quarantine. About 70 people were trapped on Saturday after a five-story hotel being used for coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the port city of Quanzhou in southeast China, state media said.A live video stream posted by the government-backed Beijing News site showed rescue workers in orange overalls clambering over mounds of rubble and carrying people towards ambulances gathered around the site.Beijing News said the Quanzhou Xinjia Hotel had been five stories high. Topics :center_img “I can’t contact them, they’re not answering their phones, she said.”I’m under quarantine too [at another hotel] and I’m very worried, I don’t know what to do. They were healthy, they took their temperatures every day, and the tests showed that everything was normal.”The official People’s Daily said the hotel had opened in June 2018 with 80 rooms.Quanzhou is a port city on the Taiwan Strait in the province of Fujian with a population of more than 8 million.The Fujian provincial government said that as of Friday, the province had 296 cases of coronavirus and 10,819 people had been placed under observation after being classified as suspected close contacts.The official Xinhua News Agency said the committee responsible for working safety under the State Council, China’s cabinet, has sent an emergency working team to the site. last_img read more