Letters to the Editor

first_imgGE must come back to SchenectadyIn the 1940s during World War II, Schenectady’s population was 30,000. General Electric employed 50,000. After the war, GE kept other companies from moving to Schenectady because they didn’t want employment competition.During those years, GE took care of their employees and Schenectady was prospering. We were called the Electric City.Somewhere in the 1960s, GE changed from industrial to financial. GE was doing so good in the finances, it started to cut its industry market. It started to move out of Schenectady and go south.After Schenectady workers made GE billions, the company left us flat. Our taxes went up, we received less in our pensions, and GE got rid of our health insurance. GE took our best years and gave us nothing in return. Dems to blame for immigrant violenceThe Democratic leaders in Congress have blood on their hands. How many more American citizens have to die at the hands of illegal immigrants? The Democrats have refused to accept the fact that President Trump won the election. Well he did. Get over it.Lowell MontgomeryMayfieldMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Take a look at some of the presidents we had and how bad they were. The Democratic Party isn’t what it used to be.They were good for the country and the people – not anymore.  They fight Trump on closing the border. Do you know that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in this country who have jobs? These jobs are taken away from good citizens of this country.Take a good look at this last election. In New York, it’s all Democrats. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give criminals a college education and the right to vote and also believes in abortions. Paul Tonko helps illegal immigrants. Wake up. Have respect for our president and the ones who fought for this country. Let’s build the wall. Rep. Pelosi, Sen. Schumer and former President Obama – all Democrats — are just looking for the votes to control the country. God help us.Vincent BelardoAlbany Schenectady was their gold mine, and they deserted us. We built the best turbines gas and steam generators in the world and taught Japan and China how to build them. Then GE moved there. Schenectady was a parts supplier. The only way GE will recover is to come back to Schenectady where it had the best of the best employees. Schenectady has to be its priority in employment.New York has to give GE a tax break, along with Schenectady. President Trump has done his part for tax breaks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has to follow suit.My dad put in 41 years with GE. I had 20 years with GE and was a union rep. General Electric will rebound.Claude Rizzicone Jr.Schenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems, not Trump, are the big problem  I was a registered Democrat, and as a 100 percent disabled veteran of World War II, I can’t see how you keep bashing President Trump.How can you listen to all this garbage the Democrats put out? All this Russian investigation is a waste of money. Why bring up what happened before he became president? Let him do what he said he would do if he won. He’s not a politician. He’s a street person with more brains than the politicians we have now. Do you believe that Russia can tell you how to vote?last_img read more

Research Making the West of it

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Kingston upon Hull: Deep impact

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Eurohypo active

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The market in minutes

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The gathering storm

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Jokowi inaugurates new-look Manahan Stadium in Surakarta following renovations

first_imgJokowi marked the reopening by signing a stone tablet, and then proceeded to kick a soccer ball into a goal flanked by players from Surakarta soccer club Persis and Bandung soccer club Persib. Both teams were set to face off in an exhibition match later that evening.“Alhamdulillah [praise God], today we are able to use the Manahan Stadium again after the renovations. The stadium has turned into an extraordinary venue,” Jokowi said in his speech at the event.Manahan Stadium was closed for renovations from early 2018 to 2019 and now boasts a capacity of 20,000. It is also equipped with a number of facilities designed to accommodate the needs of players, such as hot tubs and warm-up rooms.The Youth and Sports Ministry previously announced that Indonesia would host the Under-20 World Cup from May 24 to June 12 next year. The country was initially set to host the 2020 cup, but the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) asked to push back the year, as this year’s cup will be held close to Idul Fitri, which is predicted to fall on May 14.FIFA has approved six stadiums to be used as venues for Indonesia’s hosting of the tournament. The stadiums are Manahan Stadium, Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Senayan of South Jakarta, Pakansari Stadium in Bogor of West Java, Mandala Krida Stadium in Yogyakarta, Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya of East Java and Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Gianyar of Bali. (rfa)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo officially reopened the recently renovated Manahan Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java, on Saturday. The multipurpose sports stadium, which cost the government around Rp 300 billion (US$21.9 million) to renovate, is set to be used as one of the venues for the Under-20 World Cup in 2021.Jokowi, clad in a red national soccer team jersey, arrived in Manahan Stadium at around 8 p.m. alongside First Lady Iriana and a number of state officials, including Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimoeljono, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, and Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatno.last_img read more

Trump administration raises duties on EU aircraft to 15 percent

first_imgThe US is deploying a trade tactic known as carousel retaliation, whereby governments periodically shift duties and tariff rates on different groups of goods in order to increase pain and uncertainty for exporters. On Oct. 18, Washington imposed the original 10 percent duties on Airbus aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on a range of European consumer exports, like cheeses and Spanish olives.The US list continued to spare an Alabama Airbus plant that assembles single-aisle aircraft like the A320 by not hitting airplane parts. But the higher tariffs will hit wide body Airbus models not assembled in the US and mean higher prices for those models for US airlines that have orders on the books.Both Boeing and Airbus have pushed US and EU officials to try and reach a negotiated settlement.The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said that is what it was aiming for as well. “In our view the focus now should be on finding a negotiated solution to the aircraft disputes on the basis of the concrete EU proposals for existing subsidies and future disciplines in this sector,” spokesman Daniel Rosario said in an emailed statement.Fifteen years ago, the US filed a dispute against the EU’s subsidies for Airbus, and the EU filed a counter-suit shortly thereafter. The WTO has subsequently ruled that both the US and EU were guilty.The dispute came to a head last fall when the WTO said the US could legally impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of European exports in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus. The award was the largest in WTO history — almost twice as large as the previous record of $4.04 billion set in 2002.At the time the US held off on penalizing certain luxury goods like cognac and handbags, with administration officials saying their goal in imposing the duties was to persuade the EU to negotiate a settlement.But a transatlantic trade peace has proved elusive and US officials say the EU’s overtures have been unacceptable.The US Trade Representative subsequently launched a review of its tariffs and sought input on whether it should remove some products from the October list of tariffs; increase duties on certain goods on that list up to 100 percent; or impose levies on additional products not included in the October list.“The longer these disputes are unresolved, the greater the threat of even more tariffs on our industry,” the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said in a statement Friday. “The EU has stated it may impose retaliatory tariffs this spring on US rum, vodka, and brandy in its parallel case at the WTO concerning Boeing.”Topics : The US said Friday it will increase the tariff rate imposed on aircraft imported from the European Union to 15 percent from 10 percent on March 18.The move is part of a long-running spat in which the US has sought to penalize the EU for offering illegal subsidies to Airbus that harmed American aircraft maker Boeing.The US Trade Representative said in the statement Friday that it is leaving duties on certain other European goods such as Scotch and French wine at 25 percent and will make minor changes to the previously released product list.last_img read more

German states report total of 20 new coronavirus cases

first_imgFour western German states reported a total of 20 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, a day after the federal health minister said the country is at the start of an epidemic.In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, the health ministry said 14 more people tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday in the Heinsberg area, where a couple were the first confirmed cases in the state.The new cases took the total in the Heinsberg area to 20. Of the latest cases, all those concerned were isolated at home and did not require hospital treatment, the state’s health ministry said. Further south, Baden-Wuerttemberg reported four new cases, taking its total to eight.In Bavaria, the state health ministry said a man had contracted the virus who had come into contact in Germany with an Italian. The Italian tested positive on his return to Italy.The state of Rhineland-Palatinate also said on Thursday a man there, in Kaiserslautern, had tested positive for the virus.”The male patient is doing well so far. He’s in isolation,” Rhineland-Palatinate’s state government tweeted.On Wednesday, the federal government’s health minister, Jens Spahn, said Germany was at the beginning of a coronavirus epidemic after new cases emerged which could no longer be traced to the virus’s original source in China.Topics :last_img read more

Corona beer maker says US sales remain strong despite virus outbreak

first_imgCorona beer maker Constellation Brands Inc said on Friday sales of its Corona Extra beer remained strong in the United States in the four weeks to Feb. 16, amid the rapid global spread of the coronavirus.The Modelo Especial beer maker also said all units supporting its beer business are seeing positive sales trends for the brand thus far in 2020 despite claims about the impact of the coronavirus on its business.There have been a few media reports inaccurately claiming sales of the beer were being impacted by the virus, a Constellation spokesman said. “We’ve seen no impact to our people, facilities or operations and our business continues to perform very well,” Chief Executive Officer Bill Newlands said in a statement.Newlands added the company does not have much exposure to international markets such as China that have been most impacted by the outbreak.The epidemic has killed over 2,700 and infected at least 80,000 people, most of them in China.  Topics :last_img read more