Vermont Chamber Hosts Chinese Small Business Delegation

first_imgThe itinerary, with open press availability, includes:10:00 – 10:45 a.m. ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Vermont State House, Montpelier2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Ben & Jerrys, Waterbury3:40 – 4:30 p.m. Cold Hollow Cider Mill, WaterburyVermont is the Shanghai Small Enterprises Trade Development Service Center (SSETDSC) delegations first stop on a 14-day tour of 8 other destinations. Many of these stops include high profile tourism destinations around the country, but here in Vermont, their visit is all business.Chris Barbieri, Director of the Vermont Chambers Asia Division, noted This delegation is coming to Vermont because of the relationship we have with the SSETDSC, and to pursue potential mutual business opportunities between the greater Shanghai region and Vermont. For a number of years, Barbieri has worked with the SSETDSC on economic and trade initiatives. Im delighted that the delegation chose to kick off their trip with a business visit to Vermont, stated Barbieri.The delegations visit comes on the heels of the Vermont Chambers agricultural outreach trade mission to China in October, where the SSETDSC hosted a luncheon for the visiting Vermonters. The Vermont Chamber has maintained international trade offices in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan for a number of years, most recently under the leadership of Chris Barbieri, who lived in China for the past three years.###last_img read more

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Los Monos recruiting children to sell drugs in the Argentine province of Santa Fe

first_img Argentinian security forces in the La Granada district discovered in March two tunnels connected to properties owned and used by Los Monos. Los Monos used the tunnels to flee from law enforcement officers. Sinaloa Cartel used similar tunnels to smuggle drugs, weapons, and people from Mexico across the U.S.-Mexico border. The use of tunnels was pioneered by Sinaloa Cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in the 1980s. Mexican Marines and police agents captured El Chapo in Mazatlan in February 2014. Following the discovery of the tunnels, someone sent a series of threatening electronic messages to authorities. At least one of the messages included a death threat against the security minister of Santa Fe province, Raúl Lamberto, and two of his aides. “What you are going to find underground are their bodies,” one of the messages warned. Lamberto has launched a series of security initiatives against Los Monos. He and his aides have not been harmed. Sophisticated tunnels Los Monos threatens to kill judge and prosecutor Los Monos is capable of extreme violence and is even willing to target law enforcement officials. In March 2014, after obtaining a court order, authorities recorded a phone conversation in which an inmate in a prison in Santa Fe province spoke to another inmate in a different detention facility. The taped conversation revealed that the inmates were scheming to kill a prosecutor, Guillermo Camporini, and Judge Juan Carlos Viena, who were investigating Los Monos. Los Monos was planning on having an enforcer known as “Anteojito” kill the prosecutor and the judge, authorities learned from the phone call. The prosecutor and the judge have not been harmed. By Dialogo April 20, 2014 Rosario is key location for drug trafficking The city of Rosario is a strategic point for drug traffickers. Roads converge in the city with international connections to Bolivia and Paraguay. The province has several private ports on the bank of the Paraná River where drugs can be exported to other countries. From Jan. 1 2014 through March 31, the Argentinian Anti-Narcotics Police seized 25 tons of cocaine and 80 tons of marijuana throughout the country, authorities said. In addition to Los Monos, several other organized crime groups operate in Argentina. Some of these, such as Los Urabeños, Envigado, and La Cordillera, are based in Colombia. Elements of the Shining Path, a leftist Peruvian group which engages in drug trafficking, and the Sinaloa Cartel also operate in Argentina. Argentinian security forces must remain vigilant in the battle against Los Monos and other organized crime groups, according to Tibiletti, the security analyst. The various criminal activities of Los Monos and other organized crime groups pose a “complex problem,” Tibiletti said. “There is no unique solution.” Security forces at the federal, state, and local levels should share information and cooperate to fight micro-trafficking and other criminal activities, Tibiletti said. Los Monos and other Argentinian gangs are using children, threatening law enforcement officials and escaping through tunnels as the violent battle for control of drug trafficking routes in department of Rosario continues to escalate. Los Monos and other gangs are providing firearms to children, who are known as “little soldiers,” and ordering kids and teenagers to act as hit men. Gang members, including young men, teenagers, and children, usually kill each other. Most of the victims between rival gangs are male and between the ages of 15 and 35, authorities said. In a typical killing, two or three armed youths will shoot a drug gang rival on the street, in the open, then run away, officials said. “Perhaps, the most painful face of this production and criminal system are the teenagers recruited as little soldiers and the workers in bunkers and kiosks (drug distribution centers),” according to the documentary “Lost Streets,” produced by the National University of Rosario (UNR). Gang leaders pay young soldiers, those who are younger than 16, between $10 and $37 (USD) a day. In Rosario, drug gangs sell about $250 million (USD) in drugs annually, according to the documentary “Lost Streets.” Youths sell drugs from locked sheds or kiosks. Young gang members who sell drugs are forced to hand over the money to an adult gang member at the end of an 8-hour shift, according to the documentary. The child then leaves and is replaced by another youth, who will continue to sell drugs from the shed or kiosk. The drug violence has left a deadly toll. For example, 264 people were killed in the city of Rosario in 2012, according to local government statistics. The number of killings in Rosario rose to 365 – an average of one per day – in 2013. Between Jan. 1, 2014, and March 31, police said 80 killings were connected to fights between rival drug gangs, according to a report issued jointly by the Fundación La Alameda, which fights human trafficking, and the National Anti-Mafia Network. Los Monos is responsible for much of the violence in Rosario, said Paz Tibiletti, representative of the Latin American Security and Defense Network (RESDAL), based in Argentina. Los Monos has dominated sales of marijuana in Rosario since the 1990s, according to Tibiletti. Since it took over the marijuana trade, the gang has expanded its drug activities to the production of coca paste, which is used to make cocaine, and the selling and trafficking of cocaine. Los Monos strengthened its distribution network by forming an alliance with the Cantero crime family. In addition to selling and trafficking drugs, Los Monos engages in money laundering, extortion, and other criminal enterprises. Los Monos is led by Ramón Ezequiel Machuca, who is also known as “Monchi Cantero”. Los Monos has the capacity to pay off corrupt officials and has a “multilayer structure similar to Mexican cartel structures,” retired Argentinian General Norberto López Camelo wrote on his blog. Los Monos has the capacity to pay off corrupt officials and has a “multilayer structure similar to Mexican cartel structures,” retired Argentinian General Norberto López Camelo wrote on his blog. Security forces battle complex problem Los Monos This world is getting worse everyday. I’m surprised by Argentina, where they love and respect children so much. How unfortunate that they are ending their future, this way we are going to become extinct. The ones greatly responsible for the violence in Rosario are the provincial police and the Socialist government. The police (ungovernable) is a partner in drug trafficking by providing arms to children and looking the other way, because they are hired by the drug lords. Before they used to handle other crimes, and were always associated with the local security forces. You forgot to add that to date, most of the stands have been or are being destroyed by the federal forces that surrounded all the city and its surroundings as part of an undercover movement. The first thing that the countries in the world need to do is preach more the words of Jesus Christ. Worry more about spiritual things instead of material and sexual ones. You also forgot to interview the security officials who are doing a fine job by disarming the drug gangs in Santa Fe. You put together a note by collecting information from the internet, at least do a proper search. It’s OK if you make a reference from a documentary made by an university, but you also need to interview the officials, who are the ones with accurate and current information. Unless the intention of the note is to discredit Argentina. WE MUST END THESE ACTIVITIES ONCE AND FOR ALL, THEY ONLY SERVE TO HARM CHILDREN AND NOT TO OFFEND A FEW PEOPLE, I DON’T KNOW HOW TO CALL THEM. WHO ARE READING, AND TO FILL THEIR POCKETS AT THE EXPENSE OF THESE LITTLE BEINGS/CREATURES OF GOD. Always the same, it’s tiring. May God help us. We must pray a lot so that NSJ can help those families who have been segregated and who don’t even realize that they are lost. Wow, now I understand the amount of corruption in the world, especially here in Peru.last_img read more

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What Nepal Has Lost Is A Lesson For Humanity

first_imgView image | Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first dead body I ever saw was lying on a funeral pyre in Nepal. It wasn’t a high-caste affair at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. There was no tell-tale shroud, so I was surprised when I realized that the oddly shaped stick being licked by the flames was actually an emaciated brown limb. Then I noticed the calloused foot.Now there’s so much death, so much destruction, it’s all you can see. The death toll is rising into the tens of thousands as the international rescue effort struggles to reach the far-flung villages of Nepal. As the days stretch into weeks before help arrives, I hope the living won’t come to envy the dead. I’ve trekked on those steep winding trails, climbing one hill only to descend to a narrow valley, and having to cross swinging rope bridges over raging rivers that would have given Indiana Jones second thoughts.When I spotted the top of a stupa, a Buddhist temple, overlooking a pile of rubble in Kathmandu, I felt some relief to know that some artifacts of the country’s priceless heritage survived the devastation. But so much will be lost forever.Kathmandu had its heyday about 500 years ago, give or take a century or two, when the silk trade between China and India was very lucrative through those Himalayan passes. At one point in the Kathmandu valley there were actually three kingdoms, when the royal family split apart, each son apparently competing with the others to build the most impressive temple complex in Bhaktapur and Patan as well as in the original royal city. Those are the pagoda structures that took the biggest hit from the massive shockwave. View image | An earthquake in 1988 had registered 6.5 on the Richter scale and left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Saturday’s quake had a magnitude of 7.8. The loss is incalculable.Until 1951, Nepal was known as “the forbidden kingdom,” a Hindu monarchy about the size of Tennessee wedged between India and Tibet, separated on the north by the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world culminating with Mount Everest, and on the south by the Terai, tropical lowlands where the Buddha was born in Lumbini more than two millennia ago. The country’s sovereignty was protected by a treaty between Great Britain’s East India Company and Nepal’s aristocracy, who guaranteed a supply of troops in exchange for never becoming a colony like India. It was those fierce soldiers, the Gurkhas, who made a name for themselves fighting alongside the Allies against the Japanese in World War II.When they returned home after the war, they brought a different world view that ultimately led to a unique revolution. Instead of overthrowing the raja—the king—it restored him to power because since the 19th century the ruling family were the Ranas, whose progeny became Nepal’s hereditary prime ministers. The status quo came to an abrupt end in 1950 when King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah managed to escape the Ranas’ guards by allegedly going on a hunting trip with his family but instead seeking asylum in India. Tellingly, the Nepalese regard him as the Father of the Nation because he set the country on the path to a constitutional monarchy. He died in 1955.I arrived in Nepal in time for the 1975 coronation of his 29-year-old grandson, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, which had been delayed for a few years by the royal astrologers until the signs were most auspicious. Thanks to my college program, I’d taken my junior year abroad to live with a Nepalese family and get academic credit for making a 16 mm film and writing an article for The Rising Nepal Newspaper.That’s how I ended up at the home of Rishikesh Shah, Nepal’s first ambassador to the United Nations. On the walls of his study were photos of him shaking hands with President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Krushchev. But I never met him because he was residing out of the country while writing a book about the monarchy. Instead, my official host was his wife, a friendly, rather rotund woman, who greeted me upstairs in her bedroom, where she was seated in the middle of a large bed surrounded by paperback novels written in Newari, one of Nepal’s dozens of dialects. She was entertaining a stately, elderly gentleman who seemed to be most amused by my purpose in coming to Nepal.What caste, he asked me, did I wish to be considered equal to? Being an uppity 22-year-old, I scoffed at the notion and told him brashly that in America we had no castes; everyone was equal in the pursuit of happiness. He turned to Mrs. Shah and they nodded at each other knowingly. And so I found myself eating my meals and hanging out with her servants. My dinners were their nightly entertainment. Sometimes, I’d eat before 10 people, all crowded into a tidy kitchen at the back of Mrs. Shah’s compound, watching me plow through mounds of rice, hot chili curries and lentils, the sweat dripping off my brow. And whenever I managed to utter something in Nepalese, which I was allegedly learning during the day, they burst into laughter and smiled broadly.One of the highlights of my five months’ stay was seeing the raja and rani perched in their red velvet-canopied throne atop a lumbering decorated elephant as the royal procession left the old palace in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square after the coronation ceremony. Rani, also known as Queen Aiswarya, didn’t look too comfortable riding up in their howdah, no doubt preferring to be in the back seat of Rolls-Royce. But that ride was a breeze compared to the turbulence to come. With the vast majority of the country living in extreme poverty, tourist dollars and foreign aid, even before a major catastrophe like the recent earthquake, never trickled down far enough. A Maoist insurgency sprung up to bedevil the government, claiming thousands of lives as the rebels demanded land reforms, no royal family and no close ties to India.By the 1990s, Raja Birendra had his hands full. But the worst was yet to come. In June 2001, he and seven members of his family were murdered by his own son and heir apparent, Crown Prince Dipendra, in the new palace. Apparently, the raja, regarded as the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, was no match for the barrage of bullets fired by his 29-year-old son who may have become unhinged because he’d fallen in love with a woman his mother disapproved of—and the astrologers had advised postponing his marriage until he was 35.The Maoist rebels put their guns down in 2006 but the Nepal government has never gained ground, let alone the upper hand. The average annual income is pegged at $700 a year, and that’s generous. One of the highest-paid gigs is also one of the most dangerous, being a Sherpa guide up Mount Everest where the pay might be up to $5,000. When the recent earthquake struck, it triggered a deadly avalanche that leveled the base camp at 18,000 feet above sea level, killing at least 18 people, injuring and stranding dozens more.The same geological force propelling Mount Everest to become the summit of mountaineers’ aspirations—the tectonic collision slamming the Indian and Eurasian plates—has torn the land asunder. It was only a matter of time. View image | When I visited Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a redevelopment team led by West Germans was training a cadre of skilled Nepali carpenters to restore the temples to their original glory. The project also involved installing public sewers, improving the drinking water and building a bus depot for tourists because all cars were going to be banned from the temple square. The old buildings were too fragile, the project coordinator told me back then, 40 years ago, adding that “heavy traffic” would shake them apart.Today these irreplaceable structures lie in ruins.The question now is not about replacing the past, but helping the Nepalese survive the present.Read about local relief efforts and how you can help HERE.last_img read more

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A severe pandemic is not overdue – it’s not when but if

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – We have no grounds for confidence that a severe pandemic is imminent. Our communications shouldn’t imply otherwise.Medical historians tell us there have been nine influenza pandemics in the past 300 years. So one every 30 to 35 years or so, or roughly three per century, is everybody’s best guess about the future frequency of influenza pandemics.But extrapolating from nine cases is far from a sure thing. Scientists wouldn’t be all that shocked if pandemics started coming more frequently or less frequently. And even if the average remains three per century, it’s only an average. The 21st century could still give us just one pandemic—or five.A semi-official list of the nine pandemics since 1700, listed by the year they started is:172917321781183018331889191819571968There is nothing cyclic about this list. The shortest gap between pandemics is 3 years; the longest so far is 56 years. (Some authorities include 1899 and 1977 on the list as well. Adding them doesn’t improve the pattern any, though it does increase the expected frequency a bit.)To all intents and purposes, flu pandemics are random events. So there are no grounds to claim that a pandemic is overdue simply because there hasn’t been one since 1968. A random event cannot be “overdue.” Risk-perception experts have a name for the mistaken view that random events are patterned. They call it the gambler’s fallacy—named for the tendency of many roulette players to imagine that a number is overdue because it hasn’t come up all night. (The other gambler’s fallacy is imagining that a different number is “hot” because it has come up several times in quick succession.)Bottom line: The probability of a flu pandemic hasn’t increased because we’ve gone without one for 38 years. And if we have one this year, the probability of having another (of a different strain) the next year won’t decrease.Still, scientists would be pretty surprised if influenza pandemics simply stopped happening altogether. So it’s fair to say about the next flu pandemic that “it’s not if, but when.” And a lot of people have said just that. A Google search for “pandemic” plus “not if but when” yielded about 1,000 links (some of them from CIDRAP).But this is not a fair thing to say about a severe flu pandemic. By most accounts, 1918 was the mother of all flu pandemics, worse than any (or nearly any) we know about before or since. Most survivors of the 1918 pandemic remembered losing friends or relatives to it. By contrast, most of us who lived through the pandemics of 1957 and 1968 barely noticed.Maybe a pandemic as bad as 1918 happens once every 300 years or so. (There was apparently a big one in 1580, too.) Maybe 1957 and 1968 will turn out to be the exceptions, and most future pandemics will be more like 1918. We don’t know. That’s why I say that, when we’re talking about a severe pandemic, something as bad as 1918 or worse, it’s not when but if.Precisely because 1957 and 1968 were so forgettable, the claim that future pandemics are inevitable is often heard as a claim that severe pandemics are inevitable. And that’s just not true.Or it may be heard as a claim that the influenza strain that currently dominates news coverage, H5N1, will inevitably launch a pandemic. That’s not true either. H5N1 has been around at least since 1997 without becoming capable of efficient human-to-human transmission. Does that mean that it probably won’t? We don’t know. H5N1 has proved incredibly deadly to both poultry (millions) and people (scores). Does that mean that if it becomes capable of efficient human-to-human transmission, the pandemic it launches will be a severe one? We don’t know that either.Right now is the first time we’ve ever been able to watch closely as a new bird flu strain either does or doesn’t lead to a human pandemic. So we can’t say whether H5N1 is acting like past bird flus that later launched bad pandemics, or past bird flus that later launched mild pandemics, or past bird flus that never launched pandemics at all.In recent months there have been a few news stories on the theme: “Whatever became of the bird flu scare? How come the predicted pandemic didn’t happen?” What’s missing from these very damaging stories is the crucial fact that the pandemic risk hasn’t abated simply because no pandemic has materialized so far.Pandemic preparedness advocates blame these sorts of stories on the short attention span of the media. But we who give the mainstream media their information—including CIDRAP—deserve some of the blame ourselves. If reporters and the public earlier got the impression that a severe H5N1 pandemic was imminent, they got it from us. The misimpression that the risk was necessarily imminent and the misimpression that the risk is now past are identical twins. The first gave rise to the second.Two closely connected risk-communication principles are at stake here.The first principle is to acknowledge uncertainty. An overconfident risk communicator is likely to generate skepticism in the audience even before the truth is known. And if the truth turns out to be different from your confident prediction, trust in you erodes. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make predictions. It means your predictions shouldn’t sound more confident than the facts justify. Talk about H5N1 the way weather forecasters talk about a distant hurricane. It might be headed our way—or not. It might strengthen—or weaken. We need to track it closely, stockpile essential supplies, and make contingency plans. Will it be category 5 or category 2? Will it hit here or go elsewhere? It’s not when, but if.The second principle deals specifically with worst-case scenarios—that is, low-probability, high-magnitude risks. The wisdom of taking precautions depends not just on the probability of a risk, but also on its magnitude. When a risk is awful enough, precautions make sense, even though the risk may be unlikely and the precautions may be wasted. We don’t buy fire insurance because we’re confident our house will catch fire; we buy it because a fire could be devastating. And wise insurance salespeople don’t tell us that we’re overdue for a fire. They don’t claim that it’s not if but when our house will burn.I’ll say more about the communication of worst-case scenarios in my next column.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site ( For an index of pandemic-related writing on the site, see read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, June 22

first_imgMoving prom date not special treatmentIn her June 12 letter (“Would district move prom for Christians?”) Audrey Saltzman asks if a school would change the date [of a prom] for Christian students. The answer is they wouldn’t have to because events such as proms would not be scheduled on major Christian holidays in the first place.In spite of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, are treated like national holidays. Christmas is even an official national holiday, and Easter would be also if it did not already fall on Sunday, which is the Christian sabbath.Public offices and most non-retail businesses are closed on Sunday. It was not so long ago when retail sales were severely restricted on Sunday, even for non-Christians. No such deference is given to the major holidays of citizens who may be followers of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism.The Muslim students did not get special treatment; they were simply given a small part of the same accommodation to religious observances our society already provides to Christian students. Victor RobertsBurnt HillsEnough effort wasted investigating TrumpAs Paul Tonko’s  office will not acknowledge or respond any criticism from his constituents, I must resort to The Gazette, thank you. A message for him follows.Mr. Tonko, you were elected to represent the people of the 20th Congressional District to fight against the onslaught of socialism, the threat of our foreign adversaries, and to look out for their welfare. You were not elected to further your career at their expense. Please, do you’re your job.A Gazette May 4 article says that you want to impeach our president.We need comprehensive immigration, health care reform, infrastructure improvements; to name just a few. What we don’t need is any more wasted taxpayers’ dollars spent on foolish projects such as the bridge to nowhere in your hometown, or witch hunts. Your party just squandered over two years and untold millions of dollars using 19 partisan lawyers, perverted and discredited witnesses, ruining the lives of many along the way, with an investigation based on a lie.It concluded that your president neither colluded with Russia to win the election nor obstructed anything. No crimes, nothing, Paul.Using the same convoluted logic, Robert Mueller used “we can’t prove he’s innocent.” What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?It then would be fair to say, we can’t  prove that you are guilty of doing anything good for your constituents save for never attending a funeral of someone you didn’t like.Shameful. Impeach him for what? He ate your lunch?Jane PauzeSpring Hill, Fla.The writer is a former local resident.Who owned land before Israel creationWere it not for the approximately 1 percent of truth in James Van Dijk’s June 15 “Israel Experiment” letter, there would be no truth at all.However, I’m curious about one comment. Who are the people who supposedly owned the land (now Israel) for centuries and how was that ownership established? Howard KaplanClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes I’m a proud resident of Niskayuna and member of the Independence Party and I support Yasmine Syed for town supervisor. As an independent, I support candidates who reach across the aisle and, most importantly, who bring reform and foster good government.Despite the “old guard” trying to stymie her efforts, Supervisor Syed has transcended partisan politics and transformed the culture in Town Hall for the better, ushering in a renewed focus on the needs of residents.Supervisor Syed is a dedicated leader who has a record of fiscal responsibility, increasing transparency and governing ethically. This is why I am voting for Yasmine Syed in the June 25 Independence Party primary and I urge my fellow Independence Party voters to join me.Jeffrey VanhoesenNiskayunaCollins will restore fiscal responsibilityAt a recent town board meeting, Duanesburg Supervisor Roger Tidball announced that the town was going to receive an audit by the state Comptroller’s Office. This audit is long overdue.Several months ago, I asked Mr. Tidball what the town’s surplus was. He responded with an answer of $700,000. When the town financial statements were finally posted to the town website, the real total was in excess of $1.7 million.The town continues to overestimate expenditures and under-forecast revenues. This practice has been going for a number of years by this same group of Republicans. This practice was noted in the 2014 Comptroller’s audit, but the town has continued to ignore this finding. Town taxes could be eliminated for a few years by using surplus funds to avoid levying more property tax. The worst of it is that those surplus funds can be spent with virtually no taxpayer oversight. Mr. Tidball, to my knowledge, has never been on time with the town’s annual audit. It’s due in the Comptroller’s Office by April 30 of the next calendar year. The 2017 town accounting was finally posted on the website in November, over six months late. There is no way to know if it was filed on time.To make matters worse, there is no dissenting voice on this board. I’m hopeful residents will vote for Tom Collins, who will provide an independent voice for our residents. More residents need to come forward to help stop the overtaxing strategies of this group.William H. ParkDelansonThe writer is a former 14-year supervisor of the town of Duanesburg.Gary McCarthy most qualified to lead cityNow that I’m officially retired from the city of Schenectady, I would like to air the complete and honest truth about what really goes on at City Hall. The honest truth is there is no one more qualified nor better suited for the position of mayor than Gary McCarthy. I know this because I have seen it first-hand.The continued economic progress and revitalization of our city over the last several years has truly been exciting to watch. But at this juncture in our history, it’s more important than ever that we also continue to lead the way in energy efficiency and sustainability.In 2018, Schenectady was the nation’s top winner in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards. This was due to Gary’s extraordinary vision of moving our city forward to a more sustainable and energy-efficient future. Under Gary’s leadership, the city has acquired a fleet of electric vehicles, expanded its investment in solar power, and will soon replace all streetlights with LEDs.This is true progressive leadership and part of Gary’s vision that will strengthen our community for future generations. Please join me in supporting Gary McCarthy on June 25.Chuck ThorneSchenectadyThe writer has recently retired from his position as Schenectady city clerk.McCalmon offers a new vision for Sch’dyFor too long now, our city’s leadership has traveled down a perilous path.The path of influence over people. We have seen time and time again, whether the casino, the Yates project or even infrastructure repair, that the interests of the affluent come over the interests of the people in general.Worse yet is the lack of transparency with key votes being scheduled three days in advance to cut down on public comment. The aforementioned Yates project, the demolition of blighted properties that could be rehabbed and sold to people now renting, the high-priced apartments and the bloated rate at which our minorities are arrested on marijuana possession are signs of continued gentrification of our city.On June 25, we have a choice, a choice for change. Thearse McCalmon will reverse these frightening trends, listen to the people, be transparent in governing and most importantly move to procure affordable housing for our citizenry.I wholeheartedly endorse Mrs. McCalmon and ask that you do as well, where it matters most, at the ballot box. We the people can no longer just comment. We must act.Edward Smith, Jr.Schenectady Support Syed in Independence primarycenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMany ways now to define a ’family’As far as I can see, our world is changing. For instance, if we were to talk about family, generally speaking you would say it consists of a married mother and father and their biological children living together under one roof.I don’t think we’ll ever again see the father going off to work and mom staying home. I look at our society and see other forms of family emerging, which makes me wonder how we define family.You have more unmarried couples raising children, more gay and lesbian couples raising children, more single women having children without a male partner to help raise them and more people living together without getting married. It’s amazing to me how far we have come, from when we started with the word, “family.” It’s not for me to judge where all this came from, or where it might be going. But I expect there will be more to come.Walter “Neal” BrazellRotterdamMore to NY baseball than the YankeesI just wanted to remind The Daily Gazette that there is more than one major league baseball team in New York. Every morning, you have a long story on the Yankees, accompanied by a color photo, and you have a much smaller one on the Mets with a score for a headline. Really?How about a little more equality in your coverage. And by the way, the Yankees you keep cheering for haven’t won a pennant in 10 years. Can I remind you the Mets were in the World Series four years ago? One more thing: Your coverage of national major college basketball is also terrible. Alan HartGlenvilleMadigan has served Spa citizens wellIt has been my pleasure to know Michele Madigan for over eight years. Michele is a prudent, progressive public servant. She has served our city as commissioner of finance for almost four terms. I have been impressed by her dedication and hard work on behalf of Saratoga Springs.  As commissioner, Michele brought financial reporting and transparency to a new level.  She improved the city’s budgeting process and significantly increased the transparency of the city’s finances for all residents. She posted a portal on the city’s website so that everyone can see in detail where their city’s tax and revenue dollars come from and go to. Her attention to the details of the city’s $47 million budget has provided savings and efficiencies. As a result of prudent budgeting, we have predictable expenditures and rock steady tax rates.Commissioner Madigan championed several progressive causes. She oversaw the development of a solar park, funded affordable housing and established Saratoga’s Smart City Commission.I ask Saratoga Springs Democrats to join me in voting for Michele Madigan, commissioner of finance, on Tuesday June 25.Peter MartinSaratoga SpringsThe writer is the commissioner of public safety.last_img read more

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Jurgen Klopp delivers positive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain update following Liverpool U23 setback

first_imgJurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool will take their time over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recovery (Getty Images)Jurgen Klopp has delivered a positive update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fitness after he limped off prematurely during his comeback game for Liverpool’s U23 side against Derby County on Friday.The 25-year-old has been out injured for 11 months after suffering knee ligament damage in Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final first leg win over Roma last April but is nearing a return to first-team football.Having participated in full training with his teammates, Oxlade-Chamberlain was pencilled into to play the first half for Liverpool U23s against Derby but he ended up coming off five minutes earlier than planned and appeared to be clutching his hamstring.AdvertisementAdvertisementThat sparked fears that his spell on the sidelines could be extended further, however, Klopp was quick to clear up the situation by insisting that he was only taken off as a precaution.ADVERTISEMENT Jurgen Klopp delivers positive Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain update following Liverpool U23 setback Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start in 11 months for Liverpool U23s against Derby County (Getty Images)Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich, Klopp said: ‘It’s not really surprising, it’s normal. The good news is the knee is perfect – nothing happened, that was our only concern.‘Football games are different to football training, that’s why he felt the muscle a little bit, and thank God we were smart enough to take him off, even if it was only five minutes earlier than we thought [before the game]. That made absolute sense. Nothing else happened.‘We always said he needs time. Maybe I’m a bit guilty for being too excited about it; if nobody asked me I wouldn’t start talking about Ox, to be honest, but they ask me and I say the truth – and the truth was it looked so exciting in training. But it’s only small-sided games, shooting situations and all that.‘It’s Ox, we all know and love him, that’s cool, but, at the end of the day, we all need to make sure we are ready for the big-size pitch. And for this he just needs time. It’s all good.’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 CityOxlade-Chamberlain made a surprise £40m move to Liverpool from Arsenal in August 2017 a matter of days after being on the receiving end of a 4-0 drubbing at Anfield with his former club.Following a slow start to his career on Merseyside, Oxlade-Chamberlain emerged as a key part of Klopp’s midfield, particularly during their Champions League run before suffering his injury.Although Liverpool have enjoyed an outstanding season in the Premier League questions have been asked of their creativity from midfield in recent weeks and Klopp will be hoping that Oxlade-Chamberlain can return in time to play a part in the club’s run-in.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 Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Mar 2019 4:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link162Shareslast_img read more

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Unit sold for less than 2014 price as Brisbane adjusts to new reality

first_imgGreat spot in the communal pool to soak up some sun – and the views.According to agents Kirsten Braun and Colin Walsh of Tessa Residential Brisbane CBD, the property was “priced to sell”.The 10th floor 90sq m unit is in the up-market River Place complex which was built in 2002.“Situated on the 10th level and currently owner occupied, this apartment will represent brilliant value and is suitable for the owner occupier looking to renovate and add value.”Both bedrooms were air conditioned, and the master also has a study nook and small balcony, and the apartment also has secure storage space on the same level. River Place was built in 2002.The home has the potential to secure $580 a week in rent fully furnished and residents have access to building “facilities including a riverside pool, spa and BBQ area, a sauna, gymnasium and private access to the famous river boardwalks that lead to the Eagle St Pier, Howard Smith Wharves and New Farm”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The apartment was owner-occupied before the sale. 80/82 Boundary Street, Brisbane City, has amazing river bend views.MAJOR price adjustment in the older segment of the Brisbane apartment market has seen a unit with stunning river, city and bridge views sell for less than the owner paid four years ago.The two bedroom, single bathroom, single parking space apartment at 80/82 Boundary Street, Brisbane City, was listed as having sold for $537,000 on Thursday.According to the property timeline, it last sold for $11,000 more four years ago or $548,000 and just seven years ago it sold for $512,000. How many people you know can boast a view like this off their balcony?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agolast_img read more

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The Grand Fond constituence promised attention in tomorrows budget

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNews The Grand Fond constituence promised attention in tomorrows budget by: – June 28, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share 38 Views   no discussions Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Fond constituency Ivor Stephenson says he will ensure that the needs of his people are met.Stephenson, who was a guest on Kairi FM’s Heng program Monday, said he will also ensure that in the upcoming budget, government will continue the projects earmarked for the constituency.The construction of a playing field in Grand Fond is among the projects that Stephenson says will be given major priority.“I can assure the constituency of Morne John Reviere Cyrique and Grand Fond that I will represent them inside parliament and not outside. I want to assure them that I will continue to ensure the improvements in roads. We are looking towards the completion of the Grand Fond playing field. It will significantly improve the lives of the people there,” he said.He said he will also seek to address the issues of unemployment in his constituency.Photo credit: Vibes Newslast_img read more

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