Letters to the Editor for Sunday, May 26

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStay informed on the issues and then voteReading the May 21 edition, “In Ohio, blue-collar workers stick with Trump,” a quote jumped out of the page at me.“The Democratic Party has lost its voice to speak to people that shower after and not before work.” As if this country isn’t divided enough, has a new demographic been introduced? How about folks that shower before and after work? Who represents them?It’s time to start talking about the things all Americans can agree on (and there are many). Stay informed by reading, watching and listening to different sources and make sure you’re registered to vote. Don’t wait till the last minute. Every election is important.Edward VanderwallClifton ParkSAT adversity score undermines fairness The SAT “adversity score” assigned by the College Board has been piloted since 2015 in response to rampant cheating in the Middle East, Asia, and most notably in the Singer scandal.It also strives to increase campus diversity by crediting students with their racial and social backgrounds, and fears that an unreliably conservative Supreme Court may strike down affirmative action have prompted 150 institutions to adopt the measure.Comparisons have been drawn to Harvard’s long-used “personality factor,” which has disadvantaged otherwise stellar Asian applicants. Aside from the possible cultural discrimination, every institution accounts for a student’s extracurricular activities, whether or not they give arbitrary categories such as “likability.”The adversity score, however, is beyond anyone’s control and stigmatizes students based on superficial factors.Given state-control over K-12 education, one doesn’t need to come from “privilege,” as a score below 50 would indicate, to make school a priority.Nonetheless, such privileged students may face undetected adversities including caring for a family member, bouts of depression, unreported domestic violence or bullying.This unfair stereotyping at best nullifies the academic performances of middle-class whites while providing a disincentive for students of all backgrounds to perform. It also provides a cheap excuse for a sub-par public school system.Primary education should require teachers to have a masters in their subjects and encourage parents to have strong connections to religious institutions.Both would provide students of all backgrounds a strong academic and moral foundation necessary to build stable careers and families, regardless of where they are admitted.Stephen DansereauAlbanyMotorists need to abide by safety rulesI needed a ride in the Duanesburg ambulance to Ellis Emergency Room.Every single car behind the ambulance tailgated us, and all of the cars happened to be SUVs.The ambulance driver had to stop several times for potholes, construction, traffic, etc.The back doors of an ambulance have no protection from tailgaters.My heart was in my mouth the whole way.We should all hear car safety rules on the local news, maybe a different rule along with the weather, and repeat often.Peg LapoDelanson More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Logistics startup Waresix closes US$100 million series-B fundraising

first_imgIn January, the company announced that it had received $11 million from EV Growth and Jungle Ventures in its extended series-A round.Despite disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company saw rapid growth in its first mile and mid-mile trucking services, which made up the majority of the firm’s business, Andree added.Waresix also claims it has been profitable on a net income basis since June 2019, two years after its establishment in 2017.Waresix, which has 40,000 trucks and 375 warehouses in more than 100 cities across Indonesia, serves more than 250 corporate clients such as fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) giant Unilever, food manufacturing giant Indofood and e-commerce platform JD.ID.“We believe that logistics, being a major bottleneck in the fast-growing Indonesian economy, provides ample opportunity for innovation within the e-trucking sector,” Andree said.Indonesia’s logistics market, estimated to be worth $240 billion, is an attractive yet challenging sector due to the country’s geography of more than 17,000 islands. (eyc)Topics : Logistics technology company Waresix closed its series-B funding round, raising almost US$100 million over the last year to fund its business development.The funding came from existing investors EV Growth and Jungle Ventures, as well as new investors including SoftBank Ventures Asia, Indonesian tech and media firm EMTEK Group, private equity fund Pavilion Capital and Redbadge Pacific.“The capital will be invested to develop the most robust logistics technology infrastructure in Southeast Asia and further build out our world-class team to help us seize a large market opportunity,” Waresix CEO Andree Susanto said in a statement on Thursday.last_img read more

Buyers race into start of year as developer offers multiple land releases to keep up with demand

first_imgOrmeau Hills. Picture: Luke Marsden.DEVELOPER Stockland is preparing for a busy year ahead on the Gold Coast as strong buyer demand coincides with the release of new residential lots at its communities across the region.Stockland regional manager David Laner said it was shaping up to be an exciting year with the group offering a wide range of options for new-home buyers.“Our Ormeau Ridge community at Ormeau Hills raced into 2017 with buyers snapping up many of the home sites in the first land release for the year,’’ he said. Stockland’s premium Riverstone Crossing community at Maudsland also has multiple land releases for 2017. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“One of the current land releases offers incredible natural views and features elevated lots which enjoy cooling breezes,’’ Mr Laner said.The final land release at Highland Reserve, Stockland’s established hinterland community, is planned for May while well-established, premium community, The Observatory, is close to selling out.There are less than 15 lots remaining for sale, and most of the elevated home sites have views over the Gold Coast skyline to the Pacific Ocean, or over the surrounding hinterland.“This year will also see the first land releases at Stockland’s new Foreshore Coomera community, which is located on the northern bank of the Coomera River,’’ Mr Laner said.“The development of the waterside Coomera community demonstrates Stockland’s commitment to the Gold Coast region and is a show of faith in the future of the residential property market in southeast Queensland.”Mr Laner said a shortfall in land supply on the Gold Coast was contributing to the increasing demand for new affordable homes within easy reach of services and facilities.last_img read more

Poland finalises abolition of €38bn second-pillar system

first_imgThose members who actively choose the ZUS route will be spared the conversion tax but payouts on retirement will be subject to personal income tax – currently a basic rate of 18% and a marginal rate of 32%.According to the government, OFE assets total PLN162bn (€38bn), including PLN126.9bn of assets listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and PLN10.8bn of foreign-listed stock.The OFEs’ heavy equity weighting, introduced in 2014 by the previous government when it stripped the portfolios of sovereign bonds, has led to highly volatile returns.Under the new regime, the 85% equity limit will be gradually reduced in order to introduce more stability into the system.Evolution of the second pillar reform Polish second-pillar funds have roughly €38bn in assets between themPrime minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s original plan in 2016 envisaged only one option, with 75% of OFE assets transferred to IKEs, and the remainder to the Demographic Reserve Fund, a ZUS-administered state buffer fund for pension shortfalls.He subsequently switched the third-pillar destination from the IKE to tax-exempt individual pension insurance accounts, but has now reverted to his original plan.Some other features remain essentially unchanged, including the legal transformation of the OFEs themselves into open investment funds, and that of the pension fund management companies into investment fund companies.The slider concept, which incrementally moves part of an individual’s OFE account into ZUS when they are within 10 years of retirement, will also disappear as part of the reforms.According to the Polish brokerage Trigon, slider outflows from the OFEs in the first three months of 2019 totalled PLN1.8bn, against inflows from existing contributors of PLN786m.The new system is set to go out to consultation in May, followed by government and parliamentary legal work. The government expects the law to pass through both houses of parliament with president Andrzej Duda scheduled to sign it off in September or October, for implementation in January 2020.General elections set for this October are unlikely to cause any major upsets as recent opinion polls put the ruling Law and Justice party well ahead of its opponents. Poland’s prime minister has finally announced the details of the liquidation of the country’s second-pillar funds (OFEs), ending years of speculation since the government first announced plans to dismantle the system in 2016.According to a government statement yesterday, the 15.8m OFE members will have the choice of either transferring their entire funds into newly created third-pillar individual retirement accounts (IKEs) or the first-pillar Polish Social Insurance Institution (ZUS), with different tax implications.In the first instance, the default option, members will pay ZUS a ‘conversion’ tax of 15% of asset value, spread over two years, but subsequent payouts, either as a lump sum or in instalments, will be tax exempt.Account holders will only be able to access their funds upon reaching retirement. Also, unlike ZUS accounts, funds accumulated in IKEs are deemed private and inheritable.last_img read more

WV health workers, frontliners with COVID-19 now at 92 – DOH

first_imgThese healthcare workers were composed of 20 doctors, 19 nurses, two radio technologists, six midwives, one nursing attendant and one sanitary inspector, according to Dr. Jane Juanico, head of the Infectious Disease Section of DOH Region 6. DOH-6, however, has not presented a breakdown of infected non-medical frontliners, but it noted that majority of the cases were composed of personnel of the Iloilo City Public Safety and Transportation Management, ambulance driver, barangay officials, Barangay Health Emergency Response Team, among others. ILOILO City – Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has already infected 92 healthcare workers and frontliners (non-medical) in Western Visayas, latest data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. Of the 92 infections, 52 were healthcare workers while 40 were non-medical frontliners. She urged healthcare workers and non-medical frontliners to constantly revisit safety protocols. “If you are overwhelmed sa obra there are times nga malipatan mo ang pagsunod sang protocols. They have to do their role at the same using protective gears properly,” Te said./PN “We are still doing a sub-analysis if these healthcare workers, especially doctors and nurses, were directly or indirectly infected with COVID-19,” said Juanico, citing that in the early part of COVID-19 breakout in the region, most of the doctors and nurses had travel history in high-risk areas. “They are all wearing protective gears such masks, goggles and gloves but ang kontra ta indi makita,” Te told Panay News. Meanwhile, Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical officer for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of DOH-6, described doctors and nurses as “high risk” for COVID-19 infection because they directly deal with patients.last_img read more

Thornton, Harrison prevail at Central Arizona

first_imgMark Harrison held off all challengers following a late restart to win the Saturday Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Central Arizona Speedway)By Jeff McSpaddenCASA GRANDE, Ariz. (April 28) – Jeremy Thornton rocketed to his second IMCA Modified victory of the season while Mark Harrison came back from early troubles to hold off Jason George in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature Saturday at Central Arizona Speedway.Thornton shot into the lead following an early restart and left the rest of the field to battle for se­cond. At the finish, Thornton took a 2.303 second win over Tyler Mecl, Darin Center, Trevor Miller and Chuck Grohnke.With two laps remaining and a bunched-up restart, it appeared as if George might be able to chal­lenge Harrison for the Northern SportMod win.  But Harrison was up to the task and got a nice jump at the green.  George stayed close but, in the end, would cross the stripe .488 seconds be­hind Harrison at the finish.Arron Hetrick held on to the third spot after crossing the line side by side with a charging Jimmy Terstriep.last_img read more

Weekend Area Basketball Scores

first_imgWeekend Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (1-18)Boys ScoresEast Central  70     Franklin County  45Jac-Cen-Del  85     Waldron  51South Ripley  74     Switzerland County  61Milan  65     Hauser  49Greensburg  74     South Dearborn  49North Decatur  63     Lawrenceburg  61South Decatur  94     Southwestern Shelby  56Morristown  53     Rising Sun  51    Columbus Christian  46     Shawe Memorial  44    Rushville  68    New Castle  64Muncie Central  53     Connersville  49   (OT)     Jennings County  74     Bedford North Lawrence  68Girls ScoresBatesville  58    South Dearborn  46The Batesville Lady Bulldogs were 58-46 winners at South Dearborn on Saturday evening. The BHS varsity basketball team led at each quarter break, but it was close at each of the first three stops. Batesville led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and later 25-24 at halftime. Three Batesville players scored in double figures. Carlie Werner led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ashley Nobbe finished with 12 points followed by Makayla Granger-Young with 11.Hagerstown  37     Franklin County  34     Oldenburg  43     South Ripley  41    Lawrenceburg  66    Rising Sun  29New Washington  62     Switzerland County  53     Rushville  60     Pendleton Heights  56South Central  29     Shawe Memorial  24     Eastern Hancock  55     Waldron  44     Edinburgh  46     Morristown  38    Union City  52     Union County  48     Brownstown Central  73     Jennings County  48    Friday  (1-17)Girls ScoresEast Central  61     Batesville  40The Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered a 61-40 loss at home to East Central. The Lady Trojans led 11-7 at the end of the first quarter and later 25-11 at halftime. Batesville was more successful offensively in the second half with 19 points, but could not make up any ground. Carlie Werner led the Lady Bulldogs with 13 points, three assists and five rebounds. Makayla Granger-Young and Macy Prickel each had four rebounds.Jac-Cen-Del  51     Southwestern Shelby  42Franklin County  43     Connersville  36Columbus North  42     Lawrenceburg  26    Jennings County  75     Crothersville  40Boys ScoresMilan  75     Rising Sun  53South Decatur  78     North Decatur  75Morristown  54     Rushville  52    Southwestern Hanover  77     Switzerland County  45   Trinity Lutheran  70     Shawe Memorial  55Hauser  78     Columbus Christian  49Eastern Hancock  70     Waldron  34   Southwestern Shelby  49     Brown County  35Shenandoah  82     Union County  30    Jennings County  82     Crothersville  47New Albany  57     Madison  53last_img read more

UCL: Suarez brace lifts Barca over Inter Milan

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Luis Suarez scored two superlative goals as Barcelona beat Inter Milan 2-1 in a thrilling Champions League Group F encounter at the Camp Nou on Wednesday. Lautaro Martinez got the visitors off to a flying start after just three minutes when he pounced on a ball behind the defence and slotted his left-footed shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen while under pressure from Clement Lenglet. His goal marked the fifth time Barca have conceded a Champions League goal within the opening five minutes of a match and the first goal Inter have ever scored at the storied stadium in four tries. Barcelona piled on the pressure shortly after, however, but could only force a handful of straightforward saves from Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. Inter thought they had a second in the 27th minute when Antonio Candreva was found free on the right wing before beating Ter Stegen at the near post but he was rightly flagged for offside. Barca then needed separate blocks from Nelson Semedo and Ter Stegen to thwart promising Inter attacks soon after as the Italians ended the half looking the more threatening side. Despite Inter looking the better side, Suarez levelled the score in the 58th minute with a sensational scissor-kick volley from an Arturo Vidal cross — the Uruguay international firing from the edge of the 18-yard box and leaving Handanovic no chance in the Inter net. He capped his brace in dramatic fashion six minutes from time, smartly pushing a square ball from Messi through a thicket of defenders at the top of the box and beating a late-arriving Handanovic with a low dragged shot. The win gives Barca four points from two matches in the young campaign, while Inter have taken just one. Ernesto Valverde’s men will next visit Slavia Prague on Oct. 23 and Inter will host Borussia Dortmund that same day.Tags: Inter MilanLuis SuarezUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Cardiff fans hold Tan protest

first_imgA section of Cardiff fans held a protest against Vincent Tan’s rebranding of the club following the 1-0 south Wales derby win over Swansea. Steven Caulker grabbed the only goal of the game at Cardiff City Stadium to provide some good news for Bluebirds fans after recent events which have seen manager Malky Mackay”s head of recruitment Iain Moody replaced by 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, putting the Scot’s position under scrutiny. Tan’s decision to change the club’s colours from their traditional blue to red also remains unpopular with some supporters, and that issue was the central point of the protest, held in the Canton Stand following the final whistle, with one banner reading “Blue then – Blue now – Blue forever”, while another read “Tan out”. Press Associationcenter_img Before the game, a message on Facebook from Bluebirds Unite, a fans’ group opposed to the rebrand, read: “After the final whistle, like-minded fans are encouraged to walk to the Canton Stand and stay there to chant pro-blue/anti-Tan chants. “We need to make ourselves known to Vincent Tan.” Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could face action from the football authorities after television footage emerged apparently showing him attempting to incite Cardiff fans. At the full-time whistle the Swansea players went to go and applaud the travelling support, but, on his way to that end of the ground, Shelvey appears to make a gesture known as ‘Swim away’ towards the Cardiff fans. The gesture is believed to reference an incident which took place in 1988 where Cardiff fans allegedly retreated into the sea after the two sets of supporters clashed. There had been concerns over potential trouble betweens fans at Sunday’s game, but South Wales Police tweeted on Sunday evening that no arrests had been made at the ground. The tweet read: “No arrests at the Cardiff City Stadium today. Great to see both sets of fans being passionate & well-behaved”. last_img read more

Mulumbu confident of troubling City

first_img Press Association They were beaten 3-2 on their own turf by City in December, but West Brom can take further encouragement from the fact that Manuel Pellegrini’s title-chasing outfit could only draw 2-2 with rock-bottom Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. And Mulumbu, quoted on www.wba.co.uk, said: “We’ve done well against the big teams this season, and on Wednesday we saw Sunderland draw against City. “So anything is possible in football, especially in England. “It’s like a cup game. You never know what’s going to happen. “We just need to go there and start well, start sharp like we did last Saturday against Tottenham and show a little bit more strength at the end of the game.” Saturday’s home clash with Spurs finished 3-3, despite West Brom having raced into a 3-0 lead inside the opening 31 minutes. Albion had also been held to a 3-3 draw after surging ahead early on in their previous home game against Cardiff, and Mulumbu admits last weekend’s repeat outcome was hard to take. At the same time, though, the 27-year-old DR Congo international has made it clear he thinks a draw against Tottenham should be seen as a respectable result, and feels the fact the next outing is not until Monday means there is plenty of time for he and his team-mates to have banished any lingering negative feelings. Although the Baggies have struggled overall this season and are currently 16th in the Barclays Premier League, just three points above the relegation zone, they have a decent record against the clubs that presently make up the top seven. Of their 12 league matches so far this term against that opposition, only three have ended in defeat, with them holding Liverpool and Arsenal to draws at The Hawthorns, securing a point both home and away against Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham and also famously winning 2-1 at Manchester United. “To be fair, when you are winning 3-0 against one of the big teams in the Premier League and you draw, that is really hard,” Mulumbu said. “But if someone had asked us before the game if we would have taken a point, I think all in the dressing room would have been happy with that. “I think when you see the game, everyone – the players and the supporters – thought we were able to win it, but that is football. “Now we need to focus on Manchester City, and with the week being really long because we are playing on Monday, we have time to focus on it properly and clear the game against Tottenham from our minds.” As well as the 3-3 draws, there have also been two Albion wins within their last five matches, with both coming on their travels. And Mulumbu added: “I think away from home we are doing really well and that is why we are confident about going to City and seeing if we can find the solution against them. “They are a great team with great players, but we are in good form and we need to keep up the momentum. “We need to be ready – they are looking to finish top of the table and there won’t be any mercy for us, so we are going to have to go there and fight.” West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder James Morrison are doubts for Monday’s match. Olsson, who came off in the Tottenham encounter because of an Achilles problem, and Morrison, absent from that game due to an ankle complaint, have both missed training this week and will be assessed over the weekend. On-loan winger Scott Sinclair will definitely sit the fixture out as it is against his parent club. West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is confident Albion can once again cause problems for a major side when they travel to Manchester City on Monday.last_img read more