Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 9

first_imgI believe that it’s myopic and naïve for anyone to expect one person to bring positive change if the members of the different departments are not working together. That’s not to say that some weren’t.It’s important that city officials (including Schenectady City Council members) work together in coalition with the Public Safety commissioner in dealing with disgruntled employees, unions, corporate council, department heads, etc., in order for the city to move in a positive direction.Thank you, Mr. Eidens, for your service to Schenectady and its resident. I wish you all of the best in your future endeavors.Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectady Case for collusion? Connect the dotsIt’s hard for me to see any United States ties to Russia except for the Roger Stone things, and the Manafort, Cohen and the Flynn things, and the Maria Butina/NRA thing, and the Tillerson thing, and the Sessions thing, and the Kushner thing, and the Carter Page thing, and the Felix Sater thing, and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing, and the Azerbaijan thing, and the Sergey Kislyak thing, and the hack of the DNC thing, and the Guccifer 2.0 thing, and Trump’s request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing, and the Trump house sale at $100 million Russian fertilizer king thing, and the Wilbur Ross with his Cyprus bank thing, and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing, and the election hacking thing, and the GOP platform change to the Ukraine thing, and the Steele Dossier thing, and the Sally Yates firing thing, and Trump warning the Russians before the bombing thing, and Flynn’s Turkish lobbying paid for the Russians thing, and the Trump asking Comey for a “loyalty oath” thing, and the Trump firing Comey thing, and the finding out that Trump actually tried to fire Robert Mueller in June 2017 thing, and the lying to the American public during the campaign about having no business in Russia thing and the Ivanka super-duper Moscow hotel spa thing.So there’s probably nothing.  It’s coincidental, and those dots don’t make the picture that you are seeing.Glenn GraySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEidens’ resignation came as no surpriseI’m not surprised to read about the resignation of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Eidens.I don’t know why Mr. Eidens made this decision. However, when he was first hired, I was concerned that he would burn out with all of the responsibilities expected of him.Not only was Mr. Eidens expected to oversee the Schenectady police and fire departments (and their unions), but also code enforcement and possibly some additional responsibilities.I also felt that the $130,000 salary should have been higher due to Mr.  Eidens’ oversight of such important city departments. Maybe if Mr. Eidens had a magic wand?Knowing Mr. Eidens personally by working with him via the League of Women Voters’ justice committee on alternate courts, I found him to be of the highest character, working for positive change for Schenectady residents.last_img read more

New face on SocGen team

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Mapeley brings in Morgan Stanley to beef up PFI team

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City take-up and rents hit new highs

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Law firm lettings counteract bank cuts at Canary Wharf

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Fuller Peiser loses deals as top agent jumps ship

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Boots kicks workplace parking

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Neymar sent off as PSG beat Bordeaux in seven-goal thriller

first_imgAnother domestic title has looked inevitable for some time, although it will all feel rather hollow should the Qatar-owned club fail to turn around the Dortmund tie when the sides meet again on March 11.Tuchel came in for criticism after Tuesday’s game, including veiled criticism from Neymar over the handling of his latest injury. Tuchel also admitted he was less than impressed at his squad after videos appeared on social media of them out partying on Thursday night to celebrate the birthdays of Cavani, Angel di Maria and Mauro Icardi.Defensive worries A banner at one end of the Parc des Princes on Sunday asked the players if they “deserved to wear the colours. Find out on March 11″.They endured a bad start against mid-table Bordeaux, with skipper Thiago Silva going off hurt just before Hwang put the away side in front on 18 minutes, heading in a corner for his sixth Ligue 1 goal.PSG were level in the 25th minute, though, as Di Maria’s cross was headed in by Cavani, allowing the Uruguayan to reach a double century of PSG goals.He then hit the post from close range before Marquinhos put Paris in front in first-half stoppage time, using his shoulder to covert Di Maria’s free-kick.Nevertheless, there was still time for Bordeaux to equalise at 2-2 before the interval. Selected ahead of Keylor Navas in goal, Sergio Rico’s clearance from a Marco Verratti back-pass struck Pablo and the Spaniard looked on in horror as the ball ricocheted back into the net.However, Marquinhos netted from close range for his second of the night in the 63rd minute to make it 3-2. Then, when Ruben Pardo lost possession, Cavani set up Mbappe to score PSG’s fourth, and his 16th in the league this season.Pardo made some amends with a stunning strike for Bordeaux’s third, and the ninth goal Paris have conceded in three games altogether.Icardi then had another goal disallowed before Neymar was sent off for his second yellow at the death.”They have had quite a difficult week in terms of results and their confidence has taken a knock too,” said Bordeaux’s Laurent Koscielny of PSG.”When you lose points and games then your confidence can quickly disappear but they are great players and they are capable of overcoming that.”Earlier on Sunday, Rennes reclaimed third place from Lille by coming from behind to beat Nimes 2-1 as M’Baye Niang scored twice.Topics : Edinson Cavani scored his 200th Paris Saint-Germain goal and Marquinhos netted twice as the Ligue 1 leaders bounced back from their Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund to beat Bordeaux 4-3 on Sunday, but their victory was marred by Neymar’s late sending-off.After losing 2-1 in Germany in their Champions League last 16 first leg in midweek, PSG’s defensive weaknesses were again exposed as South Korean international Hwang Ui-jo gave Bordeaux the lead at the Parc des Princes.PSG turned it around thanks to goals by Cavani and Kylian Mbappe either side of a Marquinhos brace, but at the other end there was a bizarre goal credited to the Brazilian defender Pablo and a Ruben Pardo strike had the home side hanging on at the finish. The evening concluded with Neymar being sent off in stoppage time for a second yellow card for grappling with Bordeaux’s Yacine Adli, leaving the world’s most expensive player facing a suspension.Along with the shortcomings at the back, it is another problem for coach Thomas Tuchel to think about, even if his team are now 13 points clear atop Ligue 1 from Marseille, who lost 3-1 to Nantes on Saturday.”He is human too and he was angry. The guy who fouled him just before was not even booked, so it was a bit bizarre,” said Tuchel of Neymar’s sending-off.”We have let in seven goals in the last two league games and that is not normal. It is difficult to get back confidence, but the best thing for us was to win. That gives us a base to build on.”last_img read more

PREMIUMAssistants to the assistants: Multiple staffers thwart Jokowi’s bureaucratic reform

first_imgThe government’s decision to set up teams of expert staffers at several ministries and other state agencies has sparked concerns among observers who fear the policy is a setback to the government’s bureaucratic reform agenda.Social and political research institute Cakra Wikara Indonesia deputy chairman Dirga Ardiansa said the recent inauguration of teams of expert staffers and special staffers at various government institutions was an indirect result of the appointment of politicians as ministers in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Indonesia Onward Cabinet.“This is part of the effort [by the ministers] to secure the political interests of minister-level officials. They have political interests that need to be secured [such as] generating resources for the interests of their parties,” said Dirga. “There needs to be people who can sec… Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? cabinet Joko-Widodo Joko-Widodo-Maruf-Amin staff expert-staff KSP Presidential-Chief-of-Staff Moeldoko Sri-Mulyani LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Topics : Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

S&P 500 plunges 7 percent, triggering market-wide stock trading halt

first_img“Even though people are concerned it could create more problems, it does allow people to step back and re-assess what they’re doing,” said Matt Maley, an equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. “The one thing is, it’s been a long time since any of these circuit breakers kicked in. Back then, it was positive. It allowed people to calm down a little bit.”The last time the futures trading limits hit was Nov. 8, 2016, following Donald Trump’s shock election victory. This time, a plunge in oil prices added to weeks of concern that the spreading coronavirus will derail the global economy. Crude oil fell as much as 34 percent to US$27.34 a barrel, the worst day since the Gulf War in 1991, after Saudi Arabia initiated an all-out price war.Volatility has reigned in markets around the world amid an outbreak that has infected more than 108,000 people. At least 10 billion shares have traded on US exchanges each day for two weeks, and the VIX has closed above 30 for seven days straight. Such turbulence is putting the vitality of the longest-ever bull market in jeopardy. The severe rout in US stocks triggered trading curbs that the New York Stock Exchange put in place after the 1987 Black Monday crash.A 15-minute trading halt took hold after the S&P 500 Index fell 7 percent to 2,764.21 as of 9:34 a.m. in New York, triggering the breaker for the first time since December 2008 at the depths of the financial crisis. Futures had plunged 4.89 percent overnight Sunday, triggering exchange rules that limit losses on those contracts and distorting price discovery for the cash market before the opening.When trading resumes, another 15-minute pause will happen if losses reach 13 percent, a drop that would put the S&P 500 at 2,585.96. If the decline hits 20 percent, or 2,377.9, markets will close for the day. Only the 20 percent rule applies in the final 35 minutes of cash trading. Traders have never seen a 13 percent or 20 percent breaker trip. Topics :last_img read more