Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Trump has diminished our international credibility by withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord and by failing to certify the Iran Nuclear Deal. Moreover, his actions have opened the door for our major adversaries, China and Russia, to fill the leadership void Trump has created. Mr. Trump has criticized our NATO allies while he has praised dictators such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. In doing so, he has shown a preference for totalitarian leadership over democratic leadership and thus exhibited a disdain for the very foundations of our country.Mr. Trump has acted contrary to American values by fanning the flames of prejudice, discrediting immigrants, and threatening incarceration without due process. He has tolerated the actions of Neo-Nazi and White Supremacist groups.Mr. Trump’s actions have confounded our allies and caused discord domestically. What more could Russia ask for?Don SteinerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes We may never know if Donald Trump directly colluded with Russia prior to the 2016 elections. However, it’s clear that the Trump presidency is advancing the international political goals of the Kremlin. For decades, Russia has been working to undermine the institutions and credibility of the West in general and the United States in particular. Until the 2016 presidential elections, the Russian efforts have yielded only limited success.However, now the Kremlin has found an ally in Donald Trump, whose rhetoric and behavior are yielding results which the Russian propaganda machine could not achieve alone.Mr. Trump has undermined our institutions by attacking our judicial system, vilifying our media, questioning the findings of our intelligence agencies, and casting doubt on the validity of our election process. These accusations, remarkably promulgated by an American president, directly support the Kremlin’s propaganda goals.
He said “selected” corporates would remain in the portfolio, and that the pension fund would focus on high-yield investments and peripheral European bonds – “but not Greece”.With respect to its exposure to the European periphery, Zakostelsky pointed out that investors had to be careful not to let “exaggerated emotions swing the pendulum one way or the other”. Further, Valida has increased its equity allocation from 33.3% to 35%. In 2012, it had been less than 30%.“We will continue to dynamically adjust the equity allocation – with caution,” Zakostelsky said.Together with the Siemens Pensionskasse, Valida also bought the company’s severance pay fund, or Vorsorgekasse, which is to be “fully merged” with the Valida Vorsorgekasse this year.Both Vorsorgekassen in the Valida group managed a joint 3.19% return, compared with a market average of 2.8%.At the €1.6bn Valida Vorsorgekassen, almost half of the assets were invested in money-market instruments, another third in corporates and 13% in government bonds.The equity exposure was just 6%, which is typical for Vorsorgekassen that have to guarantee payout almost annually. Austria’s €5bn Valida pension fund – comprising Valida Pensionskasse and Valida Industrie Pensionskasse – has performed in line with the market average for multi-employer schemes after posting a 5.33% return for 2013. Last year, the Valida group integrated the former Siemens company pension fund and began to introduce a life-cycle choice for members, which is now in place. For 2014, the Pensionskasse will continue to reduce “slightly” its exposure to corporate pension funds and go into higher-yielding fixed income investments instead, according to Andreas Zakostelsky, chairman of the board at the Valida group.He told journalists in Vienna today: “The phase for real outperformance by corporate bonds is rather over.” read more
Image courtesy of Grupa LotosPolish companies Grupa Lotos and Remontowa LNG Systems signed a letter of intent to develop a pilot liquefied natural gas distribution system. The project will be co-financed by the European Union under its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program, and it includes the design, construction and implementation of a pilot docking station as part of the LNG distribution system based on cryogenic tank containers.The main task of the station will be sustaining crucial safety technical parameters of intermodal, cryogenic LNG tank containers, enabling long-term storage. This will allow further LNG distribution via all possible transport means (rail, road and sea).The station will have an additional functionality enabling L-CNG refueling. The pilot station will be located in the logistic terminal in Sławków (Śląsk region), which is a core rail/road terminal located on the Baltic-Adriatic TEN-T Core Network Corridor, Remontowa LNG Systems said in its statement.The project is valued at €1.890.582 ($2.35 million) with the EU providing €945,291.In April 2017, Grupa Lotos also requested funding for the feasibility study of the construction of a small-scale LNG reloading terminal in the port of Gdańsk and of LNG bunkering vessels as well as at launching the related preparatory activities.1 EUR = 1.24154 USD LNG World News Staff read more
Vincent Enyeama has relived his starring performance in Nigeria’s 2-1 win against Cote d’Ivoire at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Former Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama Having qualified as Group C runners-up, the Super Eagles were faced with the arduous task of defeating a Didier Drogba-inspired Elephants side in Rustenburg. With the score still at 1-1 after Cheick Tiote had levelled following Emmanuel Emenike’s opener, the francophone nation attacked Stephen Keshi’s men in their numbers with Enyeama called to make several brave saves.Seven years later, the former Nigeria international has picked his double save in the 67th minute as his cherished moment of that match. First, he stopped Yaya Toure’s effort before parrying Gervinho’s rebound for a cornerkick.Advertisement He posted the video on Instagram while adding a caption to wish his fans a happy new month. “Just like yesterday #purejoy #pride #proudlynaijaboy. Happy new month friends. May this month bring us joy and a reason to celebrate,” he wrote. Sunday Mba was the hero after scoring the winner as Keshi’s team went on to lift the diadem for the third time. Read Also: Enyeama, Milla join awareness to fight Covid-19Enyeama retired from international duty in 2015 after a fractured relationship with former national team coach Sunday Oliseh. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentTarantino Wants To End His Career With This Movie?Will 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!Take A Look At The Celebs Who Lost Their Money And Why read more
On the other hand, Iloilo PoliceProvincial director Colonel Roland Vilela disclosed that as of 4 p.m. yesterday, they recorded no untowardincidents. In Iloilo City, police directorColonel Martin Defensor said they apprehended at least 59 cemetery goers forbringing banned things such as deadly weapons. ILOILO City – This year’s observanceof All Saints’ Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) was generallyorderly and peaceful across Western Visayas. This was the assessment of thePolice Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) as there was no untoward incident recorded asof 3 p.m. on Saturday. Defensor said the seized items includedeadly weapons, cigarettes, paints, liquor, barbeque sticks, blades, screwdrivers, and pointed objects. Those who were caught were permitted to go afterthey justified to the police why they have deadly weapons. “So far it was peaceful. We maintainour vigilance and no letup in our security operations,” said PRO-6 directorBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan. Of the 59, seven were caught inAglipay Cemetery City Proper; seven in La Paz Public Cemetery; 46 in MoloCatholic Cemetery and two in Mandurriao Catholic Cemetery. According to Pamuspusan, no significantincident happened in the region except for those who were reprimanded forbringing items prohibitedinside the cemetery. Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN “We have enough personnel to man our cemeteriesand transport terminals. We have force multipliers who augmented to our organicpolice personnel,” Vilela said./PN read more
Recently Ron Jobst of Batesville was named the 2013 Baseball Umpire of the Year in this district. Ron won this coaches’ accolade for the second time in his career. He has the ability to react to, and with, the players in the game that he is working. This reaction is positive even when the call is against that player. Ron is able to do this because during the game he congratulates good plays, jokes with a player when it is appropriate, and defuses situations before they really get started. Neither players, nor umpires, want to be shown up, and Ron tries his best never to do this. Because he is usually talking with the players, they are less likely to react badly to his calls and this allows the game to go on much smoother. Ron has had the privilege to umpire the State Finals at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Mr. Jobst worked his way back into full-time officiating by getting his body composition in top shape through a lot of work. Congratulations to Ron, and keep up the good work!! I am looking forward to his working basketball games this winter. read more
Greensburg, IN—Congratulations to Dr. Trent Austin and the staff of AccuDoc Urgent Care in Greensburg as they held a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Greensburg Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Trent Austin established AccuDoc Urgent Care over 14 years ago in Batesville Indiana. The family-owned company has since grown to Greensburg and Harrison and continues to provide excellent care to those and surrounding communities.The three locations have highly trained staff consisting of Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Radiological Technologists, LPN’s and Certified Medical Assistants. The new location is next to Chili’s on SR 3. read more
Lawrenceburg, IN —Purdue Extension Dearborn County is partnering with Prairie Farms and Indiana Farm Bureau to provide over 4,000 gallons of free milk to residents in Dearborn County and the surrounding communities.It will be held on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm at the Dearborn County Fairgrounds.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is “relaxed” about Raheem Sterling’s contract situation despite claims that the latest discussions have failed to find a solution to a long-running impasse. Press Association Asked why he thought a deal had not been agreed yet, the manager said: “I’m not sure. It is not in my area really. “I speak to Raheem about his football and concentrate on his football and see what goes from there.” Sterling and Jordan Henderson, who has been captaining the side in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard, are the two players whose contracts appear to be taking most of the headlines. However, with Liverpool closing in on a top-four place and having one eye on a possible FA Cup final, it is imperative they do not allow off-field issues to distract them. Rodgers is confident neither player will drop their standards as he believes they are both focused on the job in hand. “These are two players who want to ensure they are here for the future,” he added. “The model of this club is to develop the talent and create world-class players and then, of course, it is important we keep those – especially when they are here already – and that is something we are working hard to do. “The players are working well, they are concentrated, and that side of it they have to leave to their representatives and the club so we’ll just focus on the football. “It is never easy but there are players, with all due respect, in League Two and League One who are working on six-month or one-year contracts. “It is a lot more insecure at that level than it is at this level so I am sure they will cope fine knowing they have two or two-and-a-half years left on their deals.” Liverpool will have to watch the race for the top four develop without them this weekend as they do not play until Monday when they travel to Swansea. The squad has been boosted by the return of Gerrard from a hamstring problem which has sidelined him for seven matches while Martin Skrtel, after his head injury last weekend against Blackburn in the FA Cup, and midfielder Joe Allen are both fit. Defender Jon Flanagan has also returned to training after a long-term knee problem. The club have tabled what a couple of weeks ago Rodgers described as an “incredible” offer – reported to be in the region of £100,000 a week. A few weeks before that the Reds boss had suggested an agreement was imminent but latest reports suggest there has been no movement in negotiations. Sterling only signed an improved contract in December 2012 and his current deal does not expire until 2017, which is why Rodgers is content to play a waiting game. “There is nothing new to report on it. I am quite relaxed about Raheem’s situation,” said Rodgers. “He is not going anywhere in a hurry – he has still got this season and another couple of years to go on his contract. “I think it is quite obvious when you look at Raheem’s situation anyone with Raheem’s best interests would see Liverpool as the best option for his career. “He turned 20 in December and he has made 114 appearances, which is a remarkable amount at a club of this size to be given that opportunity. “He has made it clear himself that he loves being here and I think he was quoted as saying this is the best place for any young player to develop, so that makes me quite relaxed. “I am sure the club and his representatives will find the solution for that.” Rodgers has previously suggested the club would not be held to ransom by Sterling’s agent and said the contract offer they had made was more than fair for a player of the England international’s age and potential. read more
Press Association It was he who created the visitors’ clearest opening of the first half when he played Stewart Downing in behind the Newcastle defence, but Krul blocked well with his legs to preserve his clean sheet. The home side should have taken a 52nd-minute lead when Janmaat got the better of Cresswell and surged into the box before rolling a pass into Riviere’s path, but he miskicked with just keeper Adrian to beat. But the Toon Army had to wait just two minutes longer for something to shout about as Gutierrez worked space on the left to cross for Sissoko to climb high above Winston Reid and Cresswell and power a downward header past Adrian. The atmosphere at St James’ was raucous as the anger and frustration of the last few months was replaced, perhaps only temporarily, with joy and relief. On the pitch, the goal seemed to take more of a toll on the Magpies than it did on their visitors, and old boy Kevin Nolan was very nearly handed a chance to equalise as concentration levels dipped. However, the game remained finally balanced heading into the closing stages with Vurnon Anita passing up a glorious opportunity to kill it off when he broke from his own half along with Sissoko, Papiss Cisse and Colback and not a claret and blue shirt in sight, but somehow managed to serve the ball up to Adrian. But Gutierrez had the final say with five minutes remaining when he smashed a skidding shot past the keeper with the help of a deflection to end the quest for survival in style. The 31-year-old Argentinian, playing his final game for the club after recovering from testicular cancer, had already set up Moussa Sissoko for the opening goal nine minutes after half-time when he drilled home a second with five minutes of the game remaining, condemning West Ham to a 2-0 defeat and Hull to the drop. It was a fitting end to a traumatic season for the Magpies, who last collected three points on February 28, and he, his team-mates and head coach John Carver celebrated wildly on a day when the outcome could have been so very different. It was just the third league win of Carver’s 19-game reign, but it could not have come at a better time in what was Hammers boss Sam Allardyce’s final game with anything less leaving them to sweat on Hull failing to beat Manchester United. On a day when owner Mike Ashley gave an unprecedented television interview and insisted he would not sell the club until it had won something under him, the players responded with a performance of real character with failure simply not an option. Newcastle set about their task with vigour with Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat linking well down the right and Emmanuel Riviere in combative mood alongside fellow frontman Papiss Cisse. Indeed, the Frenchman might have given the Magpies a first-minute lead when Sissoko’s cross eventually fell to his right foot, but he lashed the ball across goal and agonisingly wide of the far post. He went much closer in spectacular fashion five minutes later when he acrobatically volleyed just wide from Janmaat’s inviting cross. However, in the meantime, the locals inside St James’ Park had held their breath when Enner Valencia went down under Mike Williamson’s challenge inside the area, but referee Martin Atkinson was unmoved. Janmaat was proving a real threat down the Magpies’ right, and he went just wide from distance on two occasions and planted a header off target from Jack Colback’s cross five minutes before the break. But as the Holland international repeatedly surged forward, West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell took advantage of the space he left behind and twice sent dangerous crosses into Tim Krul’s penalty area, one of which proved only just too strong for Valencia. Jonas Gutierrez signed off from his Newcastle career in style by cementing a first victory in three months to end the club’s Barclays Premier League relegation fears. read more