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

Fuller Peiser loses deals as top agent jumps ship

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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

Jamie Carragher explains omission of Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his team of the season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Apr 2020 8:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Jamie Carragher explains omission of Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from his team of the season Jamie Carragher’s Premier League team of the season GK: HendersonRB: Alexander-ArnoldCB: GomezCB: Van DijkLB: RobertsonCM: De BruyneCM: HendersonCM: GrealishRW: SalahST: AgueroLW: Mane Comment Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will be keen to hold onto his clinical striker this summer, with rumours swirling of his exit from north London.The 31-year-old has just over a year remaining on his current Gunners deal, with the club reportedly setting a £50million price tag if interested parties Manchester United or Barcelona go in for him.MORE: Arsenal transfer target Pau Torres learning English after talks with Santi CazorlaMORE: Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City in race with Real Madrid and Juventus for Houssem AouarFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Carragher opted to go with Mane on the left (Picture: Getty Images)‘It’s difficult to say he’s ahead of Mane or Sterling on the left, I couldn’t have just done that, I couldn’t justify that.‘It’s the same when I go to the centre forward position. I looked at Aubameyang, Jamie Vardy and Roberto Firmino, but I have gone for Sergio Aguero.’Carragher’s team is filled mostly by Liverpool players, given Jurgen Klopp’s side have amassed 82 points from a possible 86.Jack Grealish, Dean Henderson, Kevin De Bruyne and Aguero were the only non-Reds players to make the grade. Advertisement Advertisement Aubameyang has been in top form again for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has admitted that Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plays in too many different positions to be included in his Premier League team of the season.The ex-England defender opted for a three-pronged attack including Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who were joined by Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.There was no place in the team for the Gabon international, who is the league’s second-highest scorer on 17 goals, two behind Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy.Carragher told Sky Sports: ‘I was thinking about Aubameyang and the only problem with Aubameyang is he plays in so many different positions across the front three that I thought it’s hard… he doesn’t play on the left all the time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Sometimes he plays up front, sometimes he plays in a front two with Lacazette, now and again he plays on the right. So it’s hard to sort of put him in.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

USG discusses funding

first_imgTuesday night’s USG senate meeting featured presentations from the Student Leadership Fund and the Women’s Student Assembly, as well as a presentation for allocation of funds to USG’s Program Board.USG Leadership Fund Director Julie Stripe reported an increase in organizations sponsored. The Leadership Fund typically sponsors advocacy groups and leadership seminars.“The leadership fund has added 40 percent of new organizations, which is very good — it means that we’re getting the word out and organizations feel comfortable coming to us for funding,” Stripe said.The Women’s Student Assembly presented next, announcing its upcoming event, “Take Back the Week.” The event will focus on issues of sexual assault and how to prevent them on campus.“[Sexual assault] is a very sensitive issue, but it’s very critical considering the recent establishment of the White House task force,” said WSA Executive   Co-Director Carol Ciricao.The White House was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to explore strategies for preventing sexual assault on college campuses.Take Back the Week takes place next week on campus. WSA said that the event is to open all USC students.USG Treasurer Kameron VanWoerkom ended the senate meeting with a presentation of the 2014 budget allocations for USG’s Program Board. The Program Board is an umbrella organization that organizes USG-sponsored groups and events at USC, most notably concerts such as Conquest and Springfest.Though funding for spring 2014 is comparable to previous semesters, VanWoerkom believes the program funding charged alongside student tuition must eventually be raised to match inflation and rising tuition costs.“We’re really lagging behind in programming fees,” VanWoerkom said. “I had someone email me the other day and say their funding was ‘inadequate.’ That really hurt.”The programming fee, still $52 per student, has not changed since 2010. VanWoerkom believes that even a small increase could greatly increase the efficacy of Program Board funds.“I don’t want to set an expectation, but if it increased by $3, we could keep all of the program boards funded and give the concerts a big headliner,” VanWoerkom said.USG votes on the budget allocation next week.last_img read more

Nakivubo stadium board asks government for bailout

first_imgHe blamed KCCA for the delay in approving redevelopment plans submitted by Nakivubo stadium and their partners, which has stalled an expected new source of revenue. Without the approvals, Nakivubo cannot engange the partners to help resolve the tax issue.Bakabulindi said that is why the stadium is appealing for a bail out from the government so that URA writes off a the current tax arrears.However, this was opposed by the Member of Parliament for Kumi Municipality Silas Aogon who said that the administrators of national institutions and facilities have made it a habit to mismanage them and in turn ask for bail outs.A new board of trustees that manages Nakivubo has been appointed by  Bakabulindi and will work for two year tenure 2016 to 2018.The chairman of the board is Godfrey Mabirizi, the vice chairman is Charles Egou with Fred Kateregga, Hajjat Minsa Kabanda, Ahmed Bogere Masembe, Junior Sembatya, Boniface Oryema, Fariday Mayanja and Yusuf Mukoka as board members.Share on: WhatsApp A section of Nakivubo stadiumThe board of trustees of Nakivubo War Memorial Stadium has asked government for a bailout to pay tax arrears they owe Uganda Revenue Authority (URA).State minister of sports Charles Bakabulindi told parliament on Tuesday that the stadium cannot raise sh484 million in unpaid taxes. Nakivubo Stadium was closed on July 19 2016 over unpaid taxes accumulated since 2013, and is currently being run by URA in order to analyse its revenue flowPresenting a statement on the closure of Nakivubo before the house presided over by the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya, Bakabulindi said that while the board and URA had agreed they deposit sh100m so they can continue managing the facility, they have no source of funds to raise the amount.State minister BakkabulindiBakabulindi explained that before 2009, the board was able to raise revenue from development partners following the signing of a series of Public/Private partnerships arrangements with potential developers which is no longer the case.“The stadium management had committed to pay URA sh21,500,000 per month which was being collected from park yard market before it was gutted by fire but this is no longer forthcoming, which resulted into management failure to remit funds to URA,” said Bakabulindi.He stated that that the major source of income at the time when the memorandum of understanding was reached with URA  was the park yard market which was gutted by fire  several times thus denying a definitive revenue source earmarked  for servicing of the tax obligations.last_img read more

French Open Watch…Venus back in school; Serena and Kardashian

first_imgVenus Williams of the U.S, reacts after defeating Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Williams won 6-4, 6-1. (AP Photo/David Vincent)PARIS (AP) — BACK TO BUSINESS: After nearly 20 years as a professional tennis player, Venus Williams is going back to school.The seven-time Grand Slam champion said she is taking business classes at Indiana University East, focusing her spare time on doing homework.“I just thought it would help me out in terms of just being more well-rounded with my design businesses,” Williams said after winning her opening match at the French Open. “And I was in school a while, but I had to take some time off because my health went down. I didn’t have the energy to do everything.“So now I’m back and I’m going to close it out, you know, like you’re at 5-1 in the third.”— Chris Lehourites___HELPING ‘KIMYE’ CELEBRATE: Serena Williams said she’s been keeping up with reality TV star Kim Kardashian, helping her pal celebrate before her nuptials.Williams said Sunday after opening the defense of her French Open title with a straight-set victory that she “went to a few of the festivities” in France — including “dinner in Versailles and stuff” — that led up to Kardashian’s wedding in Italy on Saturday to rapper Kanye West.Asked if she had fun, Williams replied: “Always fun with Kim.”— Howard Fendrich, http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___Roger Federer is known for his calm and poise, and for winning a whopping 17 Grand Slam titles.But if you want to get him flustered, just stare at his nose.“I don’t like it when they come too close,” Federer said Sunday about the cameras at tennis tournaments. “Not necessarily the Spidercam, but the cameraman himself, when I feel like he’s just filming my nose or something.”Another issue is when the cameras get close as Federer is changing shirts during a match.“It’s not like because I like to do that, but it’s because I have to,” Federer said. “And then it’s like that focus, I feel like it’s a bit odd, you know, ‘Who is that guy controlling the camera?’ I don’t know. Is he a weirdo or not? I don’t know. That’s probably why.”The cameras will surely be focused on him again at this year’s French Open because Federer advanced to the second round by beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2.— Chris Lehourites___HELLO, MY NAME IS …: Tomas Berdych might not wear his heart on his sleeve, but he wears his name there.Berdych sported a blue track suit that had “TOMAS BERDYCH” in white lettering along the arms and legs when he showed up for post-match interviews after winning his first French Open match Sunday.It wasn’t the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up’s only original sartorial choice.During his 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Canada’s Peter Polansky, the sixth-seeded Berdych wore a blue flower-print shirt — not the typical attire for a Grand Slam tennis player.“Everyone wears the same and everyone looks the same,” Berdych said. “So this is something different, which I like.”— Howard Fendrich, http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich___French Open Watch follows tennis’ clay-court Grand Slam tournament in Paris as seen by journalists from The Associated Press. It will be updated throughout the day.last_img read more