Media hides President Trump’s accomplishments

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion“Repeat a lie often enough and soon it will become the truth:” Joseph Goebbels, 1933 Nazi Germany.  I am afraid the mainstream media has fallen victim to the Goebbels approach.  Keep digging up lies about President Trump and repeating them, like with the dossier. No one is completely happy with any president, but he has achieved some major accomplishments unmentioned by the mainstream media. Here’s a partial this list:The Tax Cut and Reform Bill — Let it roll out and see how many people are as upset as the media projects. Lots of lies about the bill has caused great confusion. Gov. Mario Como famously said words to the effect of “Corporations don’t vote, so let’s tax them.” We know what happened as a result, as corporations exited the state.    Appointment of conservative judges, starting Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.  Roll-back of regulations — I don’t hear the business community complaining.    The travel ban — President Trump is trying to accomplish what President Obama started and is making progress.     Crackdown on federal money being spent on abortions. Planned Parenthood and others keep skirting the law. Houston and Florida rebuilding efforts would be helped with some of the $400 million used to kill babies.     Assisting Iraq and others in the elimination of barbaric ISIS. Some 98 percent of ISIS territory has been returned.   Many Trump supporters would like to see the tweeting more controlled.But when a large proportion of the media (Gazette included) insists on demeaning everything the president and his class-act wife do, then he has to get his word out somehow.    There are lots of good ideas out there. But if they are prefaced with name-calling, then they will go nowhere. We are all Americans and should have our country’s best interest at heart.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning Boardlast_img read more

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Plenty of reasons why Kushner is such an easy mark

first_imgThe U.S. had imposed financial sanctions on VEB because of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military incursions in Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.VEB has close ties to the Kremlin, and Gorkov attended a training academy for members of Russia’s security and intelligence services.A Trump spokeswoman said that Kushner’s meetings with the Russians were routine, which is possible since he was acting as the president-elect’s liaison to foreign powers during the transition period after the 2016 election.But given how pivotal 666 Fifth was (and is) to his family’s fortunes, it’s also possible that Kushner saw the Russians as investors who could rescue him.Remember, Kushner also spent several months in 2016 lobbying Anbang, an insurer and deal-maker close to China’s government, for a major investment in 666 Fifth.Anbang had considered investing $4 billion in the building, which would have valued it at a handsome $2.85 billion, and also refinanced about $1.15 billion in debt.The possibility of that transaction brought scrutiny from two Bloomberg News reporters, Caleb Melby and David Kocieniewski, as well as from Congress and the New York Times. The Anbang deal faded after the Bloomberg report and Anbang was taken over just days ago by China’s government amid fraud charges leveled against the insurer’s chairman.Could Russia and China have been two countries that also saw Kushner as an easy mark?I don’t know, you decide.According to The Post, White House officials were alarmed about Kushner’s more recent diplomatic forays.They were worried that he was “naive and being tricked” in his interactions with foreign officials, “some of whom said they wanted to deal only with Kushner directly and not more experienced personnel.”Kushner, now 37, has been wheeling and dealing in the White House over the last year without a permanent security clearance.Politico reported on Tuesday that Kushner’s interim security clearance was recently downgraded from “top-secret” to “secret,” which will limit his access to highly classified information. Meanwhile, according to The Post, Kushner has had contacts with foreign officials that he did not report or vet through the proper national security channels.And Mueller, The Post also said, is inquiring about the official protocols Kushner followed when setting up meetings with foreign leaders.The scrutiny is long overdue.Kushner should never have had the role he has in the first place.But because of the president’s poor judgment and ethical blind spots, there’s a mark in the Oval Office.Timothy L. O’Brien is the executive editor of Bloomberg Gadfly and Bloomberg View. He has been an editor and writer for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, HuffPost and Talk magazine. His books include “TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the family intended to try to buy the portion of 666 Fifth that it doesn’t already own from Vornado Realty Trust, the company that bailed out Kushner by taking a 49.5 percent stake in the tower in 2011.Perhaps the Kushners have the funds they need to pull that off, but you have to wonder.The property has lots of vacancies and doesn’t generate enough cash to pay the debt on the building, and the Kushners and their Vornado partners have been digging into their own wallets to keep the skyscraper afloat.It sure doesn’t look like the Kushners have the financial wherewithal to buy out their partners in a money-losing property drowning in debt.After all, that financial conundrum is one thing that originally drew federal investigators led by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller to examine Jared Kushner’s business dealings.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been probing conversations Kushner had in December 2016 with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, during a stretch when Kushner was seeking investors for 666 Fifth.Kislyak arranged a meeting between Kushner and Sergey Gorkov, the head of a major Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, also known as VEB.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionSo folks from the United Arab Emirates, China, Israel and Mexico have reportedly targeted Jared Kushner, the man President Donald Trump assigned to bring peace to the Middle East and to overhaul the federal government, as malleable and easily manipulated.As The Washington Post put it in a scoop it published Tuesday night, foreign powers see young Jared as vulnerable because of “his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience.”The Post’s reporting was sourced to current and former U.S. officials knowledgeable about intelligence reports relaying discussions foreign officials have had about the president’s son-in-law. The Post’s report also could have been sourced to common sense.As the old poker adage goes: If you’re seated at a card table with several people and you don’t know who the mark is, guess what? You’re the mark.And Kushner is always the mark in the sprawling, complex and perilous poker game that encompasses international affairs.This shouldn’t come as a surprise.Trump has made many reckless appointments over the last 13 months.But Kushner’s was singularly dubious because he’s not only inexperienced and ill-suited for the hefty government portfolio he has, he’s also a poster boy for the financial conflicts of interest that continue to make the Trump White House smell like a shopping mall.Kushner, lest you’ve forgotten, vastly overpaid over a decade ago for a trophy property in Manhattan, 666 Fifth Ave., that has saddled his family’s real estate operation with piles of unmanageable debt.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Popular disinfection chambers not safe, cause irritation, expert says

first_imgTopics : As members of the public come up with new models of disinfection chambers to aid in the fight against the aggressive spread of COVID-19, an expert has cautioned against the use of such chambers, claiming they can cause irritation.“Using disinfection chambers or spraying disinfectant directly on human bodies is not recommended as it can harm the skin, eyes and mouth and could lead to irritation,” an expert from the government’s COVID-19 task force, Wiku Adisasmito, said in a statement on Monday.Disinfection chambers have been installed in several buildings in Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java, in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. Visitors are required to enter the chambers before entering the buildings. Inside, they are sprayed with disinfectant from several directions with the aim of killing viruses on their bodies and clothes.Besides discouraging the use of disinfection chambers, Wiku also cautioned against the use of high-intensity UV light to kill the virus, as it could cause skin cancer in the long run.He said the safest way to avoid contracting COVID-19 was by frequent hand washing using water and soap.”Avoid touching your face, take a shower right after you come home, spray disinfectant when ironing your clothes and stay at least one meter away from other people,” he added.last_img read more

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NHS (UK) remove word ‘Dad’ from pregnancy handbook

first_imgMail Online (UK) 27 May 2012An NHS guide to childbirth will no longer use the term ‘Dad’ when referring to the non-pregnant partner as it may offend homosexual couples. The ‘Ready Steady Baby’ pamphlet has been revised after receiving a complaint that it ‘was not inclusive of people in same sex relationships’. After receiving the complaint an equalities assessment was carried out and it was decided to replace ‘dad’ with ‘partner’. The 220 page guide is funded by tax-payers’ money and has been distributed by the NHS to expectant parents for 14 years. Its purpose is to give advice on dealing with pregnancy and to help parents through the process, as well as their child’s first year.Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, said: ‘This is all part of an agenda to present as natural a type of family that cannot be created by natural means. ‘The NHS should not be squandering tax payers’ money to advance the cause of a minority interest group. ‘No matter how much effort is made to present positive images of families headed by same-sex couples, the fact remains it takes a man and a woman to create a child.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2150672/NHS-remove-word-Dad-pregnancy-handbook-case-offends-sex-couples.htmllast_img read more

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DNCW congratulates the latest appointments of two female officers

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews DNCW congratulates the latest appointments of two female officers by: – July 16, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share 18 Views   no discussions Superintendant Yvonne AlexanderThe Dominica National Council of Women is pleased that two female Police Officers were among those appointed to higher positions and ranks within the Dominica Police Force effective June  1st 2011.   Superintendant Yvonne Alexander and Inspector Antonia  are testimonies  to the fact that gender equity can be realized when equal  opportunities for both women and men  are provided through access to training so that  they can equally be appointed based on merit.Within a male dominated organization in the Police force the two women have proven beyond any doubt that they can rise to the occasion through their hard work, commitment to duty, intellectual and academic ability and social competencies.Despite the inherent challenges faced by women within such male dominated organizations, it can be said that women are continuing to break the traditional glass ceiling  and make history.  Superintendant Alexander was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendant  in 2000 and the first, eleven years later to become Superintendant. She indeed has made us women very proud.Superintendant Alexander is a fervent believer in social justice and  continues to advocate on issues of gender, children and women and this new appointment will not deter her from continuing in that role.As an executive member of DNCW she continues to serve with passion and commitment.We salute and congratulate the women as we wish them the very best in their career and future endeavours.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Virginia D. Pennington

first_imgVirginia D. Pennington, of Brookville, was born on April 6, 1919, in Batesville, Indiana, a daughter to William F. Sr., and Emma Rose Dieckmann Klusman. She married Charles “Bud” Graydon Lohrey in June of 1938, and on March 9, 1945, Charles was killed in Germany. Virginia was a homemaker and worked at Sperry Rubber for many years. She loved canning, mushroom hunting and keeping a spotless home. At the age of 96, Virginia passed away peacefully on Friday, January 15, 2016, at Brookville Healthcare Center. Those surviving who will cherish Virginia’s memory include one son, Cecil Ray (Joan) Lohrey of Brookville; four daughters, Carol Evans of Richmond, Linda (Jim) Schmid of Brookville, Marjorie Graf of Aurora, and Donna (Kent) Freeland of Richmond; step son, Ronnie Pennington of Memphis, TN; half-brother, Lloyd (Pearl) Klusman of Morris; 15 grandchildren, Micki Strohmier, Suzy Stirn, Tim Lohrey, Emily Caldwell, Randy Shank, Julie Lambert, Bonnie Bulach Mehl, Connie Bulach, Joe Bulach, Teresa Freeland, Angie Freeland, Michael Freeland, Jeff Schmid, and Chuck Schmid; 24 great grandchildren; 12 great, great grandchildren and an additional 3 on the way. Besides her first husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by second husband, Alva Pennington, and her companion of 30 years, Roy Lambert; sister Alvera Doerflein; brother, William F. Klusman, Jr.; step-mother Cleona Klusman; half-brother, Norman Klusman; infant granddaughter, Sharon Bulach, and great grandson Joe Connell. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Rev. Curtis Bond, pastor of the Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate funeral services at 12:00 noon, at the funeral home. Burial is in Maple Grove Cemetery.center_img Family requests memorial donations to the Brookville Volunteer Fire Department or the Brookville EMS 2. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. Cook Rosenberger and its staff are honored to care for the family of Virginia Pennington.last_img read more

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Ozil must ignore expectation

first_img The German playmaker produced another subdued display in the 5-1 trashing at Liverpool on Saturday, when he again drifted in and out of the match. Some Gunners fans and pundits alike are starting to become impatient with the 25-year-old, who arrived from Real Madrid in a much-heralded £42.5million deal on deadline day in September 2013. “He cares about the game, he wants to do well and needs more support.” Ozil marked his arrival with a superb strike in the Champions League win over Napoli at the Emirates Stadium on October 1, but has not found the net since early December, which is now some 11 appearances ago. Wenger accepts that is an area where the German could sharpen up. “You want the guy who plays behind the striker to score some goals and sometimes he is too obsessed with making the perfect pass when he could take a shot at goal,” he said. “(He can improve) by practising on it and convincing him by showing him situations where he can shoot more, and he will do that.” While debate over Ozil’s form continues to be centre stage, Wenger maintains “we have not to be focused on one player” as Arsenal look to respond against an indifferent United side. Defeat at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime saw the Gunners later knocked off the top of the table by Chelsea, although title rivals Manchester City also dropped points in a goalless draw at Norwich. “It is a good opportunity four days later to respond straight away and that is what we want to do,” Wenger said. “After that I can talk and talk and talk, but it is action that will decide.” Mesut Ozil must focus on what convinced Arsenal to make him the club’s record signing rather than become obsessed with living up to expectations, according to manager Arsene Wenger. Ozil’s last eight appearances have returned only two assists and no goals. However, Wenger is in no doubt the midfielder has all the qualities needed to develop his game in the Barclays Premier League, with another stage set to showcase his talents on Wednesday night when Manchester United come to the Emirates Stadium. “Ozil feels the pressure of course, because he knows a lot is expected when you are a big transfer. There is a big expectation level, but he should not worry about that, just play in the team and enjoy it, give his best. That is the best way to deal with it,” said Wenger. “But on the other hand, you must say he doesn’t come from a small club – he comes from Real Madrid where the pressure is always huge as well, so he is used to it.” Ozil, of course, is not the first player who might need time to adapt to the hustle and bustle of the English top flight, and Wenger stressed everyone must be patient. “He thinks it is more physical here for sure and he works on his body strength to deal with it,” said the Arsenal boss. “He needs understanding, because he always wants to do well. “He is not a guy who doesn’t care, his style can sometimes look like that, but he is really the opposite character. Press Associationlast_img read more

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North Essequibo T20 final set for Saturday

first_imgA HIGHLY anticipated final between rivals Lima United and Walton Hall will be contested on Sunday at the Walton Hall ground.The two teams are evenly balanced and the title can go either way. While Walton Hall in recent years has been the club to beat, they remain a formidable force in North Essequibo, with the indomitable Vishwanauth Lall leading from the front with his aggressive batsmanship and accurate spin bowling.He will be strongly supported by the consistent Lochin Persaud who has been in superb form with the bat, along with Navin Bahudur and Basil Persaud. The resurgence of Lima United, after a period of dormancy, has brought some spring into the steps of their batsmen with the likes of Fazeer Khan, Abdool Ghani, Faizul Karim and Abdool Salim, all capable of being match-winners.The third-place play-off will see Devonshire Castle battle against Pomeroon Oil Mill. Cash incentives and trophies will be presented by representatives of the North Essequibo Interim Management Committee.Starting-time is 10:30hrs with national umpire Shannon Crawford and Wazeer Dhanraj officiating.Meanwhile, Banks DIH/ECB 15/15 softball semi-final and final will also be played on Sunday at the Number 1 ground in Affiance. Reliance Hustlers, featuring former national T20 all-rounder Ramesh Narine, Mark Austin and Narendra Mandolall, will come up against RG XI who will have in their line-up Quintin Sampson, Devendra Mohan and Adina Smith.Bacchus Bulls, comprising former national Under-19 batsman Latchman Rohit, Ganesh Mangal and Neiland Cadogan, will take on Queenstown ‘B’, featuring Herell Green, Lalls Narine and Akeel Wallace.The first match starts at 11:00hrs with the final scheduled for 20:00hrs under lights. Attractive prizes and trophies will be at stake and a massive crowd is expected to attend. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

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Chaves, Rodrigues, Katchay excel at ISKF-Guyana 2019 National Tournament

first_imgINTERNATIONAL Shotokan Karate Federation – Guyana (ISKF-Guyana) – concluded its 2019 National Karate Tournament with a grand medal ceremony at its Head Quarters Studio (Dojo) last Friday evening. Scores of parents and participants eagerly anticipated the medal presentation done by Chief Instructor and Country Manager Christopher Chaves. Special Trophies for top performances this year went to the teenage trio – Kristalia Chaves, Alex Rodrigues and Tempest Katchay.The awards ceremony followed the National Tournament that was held at the Marian Academy Auditorium on Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown.At the tournament, the opening speech and welcome was done by Sensei Marlon George who encouraged participants to compete to their best and, moreover, with camaraderie. Christopher Chand delivered the Competitor’s Oath before the tournament kicked off. Seventy-five participants from the HQ dojo, National Park, Thomas Lands and the Georgetown International Academy Dojo competed at this year’s tournament.Those who officiated were Sensei Christopher Chaves as Chief Judge and Neville Holder, Marvin Singh, Marlon George, Shermon Best and Christina Chaves as Judges.The success of this year’s tournament accelerates ISKF-Guyana activities as they are in preparation mode to attend the ISKF 4th Shoto cup World Karate Tournament to be held in London in August 2020. To culminate the year, November 30th will be the final major activity.The committee extends special thanks to the participants, parents, supporters, officials, Sister Marie Harper, and sponsors, especially the main sponsors of medals, the Alfro Alphonso & Sons Enterprises and Special trophies donated by Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company.last_img read more

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Section III gets okay for expanded HS football season

first_imgEarly in April, Section III released its 2020 football schedule, which included, for many of the area’s large schools, nine regular-season football games, two more than what most teams had done in recent decades.Now this expansion has official blessing – as long as the fall sports season takes place as planned.During its May 27 meeting, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s executive committee unanimously approved a proposal where football teams can schedule up to 10 games independent of sectional championships. Tags: high school sportsSection III What that means for Section III is that schools that want to hold games on the first weekend of September instead of scrimmages can do so. Practices are scheduled to get underway Aug. 24.Section III’s nine Class AA schools  Cicero-North Syracuse, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, West Genesee, Corcoran, Henninger, Nottingham, Rome Free Academy and Utica Proctor – have games set for that first weekend of September. Schools in other classes have mostly decided, for now, to open the weekend of Sept. 11-12, though that could change.NYSPHSAA’s executive committee also had to deal with a wide range of issues at this meeting, held via teleconference, and most of the decisions had to do with upcoming state championships.center_img Each of the winter and spring season championships canceled by the COVID-19 outbreak had their contracts extended by one year, including a pair of them set for Central New York.Now the state boys and girls bowling championships will take place at Mattydale’s Strike-N-Spare Lanes from 2021 to 2023, and the same timeframe applies to the state girls lacrosse championships, which remain at SUNY-Cortland.The state’s outdoor track and field championships set for Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium moved to 2024 as boys basketball, which was set to return to Glens Falls’ Cool Insuring Arena, will now do so in 2021 and stay there for three years.Meanwhile, the task force NYSPHSAA established to put together a plan to bring high school sports back in the fall adjusting to COVID-19 changes meets for the first time on June 10. Jamesville-DeWitt High School principal Paul Gasparini is on that committee as Section III’s lone representative.In a related note, NYSPHSAA executive director Dr. Robert Zayas announced that the state’s Department of Education will not require that students get a physical prior to the start of any sports season in 2020-21 so long as those students had taken previous physicals the last two school years and could provide medical information.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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