Trump will slowly drain the swamp

first_imgIf Donald Trump was not elected president, none of this would be known to the American public.It will take time but slowly as the inspector general does his job, it will prove the president correct.Donald Trump may not be the most predictable man as the leader of our country, but for sure he’s for the American people. The swamp will slowly be drained of all the people still “shell shocked” that they lost.Jerry BubniakNorthvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Former FBI Director James Comey stated that his thought process was that Hillary Clinton would be voted in as the next president of the United States.Therefore, he concluded in investigating her e-mails, he did not want to have an elected president facing a criminal charge. So he concocted gobbledygook language to find her careless but not criminally liable. Is this not a double standard of the law?last_img read more

Brewing tension: Coffee producers call for help as virus saps demand

first_imgIndonesia’s coffee producers and farmers are calling for support, including financing and product absorption, to weather the pandemic’s dire effects on upstream coffee demand.Rahmah of Ketiara Cooperatives in Central Aceh said on Wednesday that some 400 tons of coffee were being held under a warehouse receipt, 150 tons of which had yet to be sold.A warehouse receipt is a financing system that allows smallholders to deposit their harvest in a warehouse as collateral for a loan, in exchange for a receipt. “Farmers are already struggling. They want to sell but the offered price is low,” Rahmah said during a webinar hosted by the Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Ministry. “Exporters are also experiencing difficulty. They want to export, but there are no buyers.”Hendarman, a member of the Bengkulu chapter of the Indonesian Farmers Cooperatives (KPI), echoed the sentiment, highlighting the urgent need for financial support.“The most crucial part is the upstream [portion of the industry]. There should be a financing institution that serves as an off-taker so that there is a guarantee of the absorption of the coffee product being produced,” he said.Indonesia, the world’s fourth-largest coffee producer, saw its household spending contract by 5.51 percent year-on-year (yoy) in this year’s second quarter as the economy shrank by 5.32 percent yoy, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data shows. Lower household spending has impacted coffee consumption. However, despite the pandemic, International Coffee Organization (ICO) data shows that Indonesia’s coffee exports grew by 1.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 668,000 60-kilogram bags in July this year.The statistics, however, have yet to represent the disruptions experienced within the country’s coffee supply chain, as government officials have acknowledged the need to finance the local coffee industry better during the disruption. “The president has instructed me to find ways to absorb these agricultural products, as they have yet to be fully absorbed by the domestic and export market,” Cooperatives and SME Minister Teten Masduki said during the webinar. The ministry is preparing multiple financing schemes to accelerate absorption, including financing for cooperatives that collect the coffee and link it to off-takers.The schemes have been endorsed by acting Aceh Governor Nova Iriansyah. “There needs to be support for cooperatives that export coffee in the form of of cheap financing to increase their purchasing power during the harvest season,” Nova said.He added that 70 percent of the coffee harvest in Aceh would occur between the end of September of this year and January 2021. An estimated 52,000 tons of beans will be harvested during the period. Financing organizations have chipped in to ease the financing burdens of coffee farmers and cooperatives.State-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) small, retail and medium business director Priyastomo said the bank had been supporting the country’s coffee industry, through the warehouse receipt subsidy scheme, among other initiatives. The bank is offering an interest rate of 6 percent to farmers, farmer associations and cooperatives that use the warehouse receipt system as collateral. The additional 5.25 percent interest is subsidized by the government. “The warehouse receipt is a government program that aims to support the continuity of production and sustainability in terms of agricultural product prices,” Priyastomo said. He added that the bank had channeled Rp 266 billion (US$17.9 million) to the coffee industry, including Rp 40.9 billion in the warehouse receipt subsidy scheme. Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta agrees with Alexandre Lacazette’s criticism of Arsenal players after Sheffield United draw

first_imgTammy Abraham scored a late winner against Arsenal last month (Picture: Getty)Chelsea beat Arsenal in Arteta’s first home match as head coach at the end of last month, but the Spaniard is optimistic of his side’s chances at Stamford Bridge.‘A lot of things have changed that are positive,’ he said.‘The way we have changed the energy with our fans has been massive. In terms of results we have been unlucky.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesAsked what he learned from Arsenal’s defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates, Arteta replied: ‘I loved the first 30-35 minutes and how much we wanted to put them under pressure.‘They changed the system and started to defend deep and physically it was harder to maintain that energy.‘Against Chelsea that is vital. We will go with the same intention.’What will the result be at Stamford Bridge?Arsenal win0%Draw0%Chelsea win0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal issue injury updates on Kieran Tierney, Sokratis, Sead Kolasinac, Calum Chambers and Reiss Nelson Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Jan 2020 1:12 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Alexandre Lacazette has no problem with Alexandre Lacazette’s comments about Arsenal’s mentality (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta says he agrees with Alexandre Lacazette’s claim that Arsenal are ‘naive’ and must be ‘nastier’ in the decisive moments of matches.The Gunners have surrendered one-goal leads in their last two matches and ended up drawing to Crystal Palace and Sheffield United to drop yet more points in the Premier League.Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at home to the Blades leaves them languishing down in tenth in the table and there’s no let up for Mikel’s men who take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.Lacazette, who failed to find the net and was replaced in the second half of Saturday’s clash, did not hold back as he slammed the team’s mentality after the game.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Lacazette said Arsenal were ‘naive’ following Saturday’s draw with Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)Speaking to French outlet RMC Sport after the final whistle, Lacazette fumed: ‘They were not very dangerous but this match summarises how we have been this season.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We are winning the match but don’t get it over the line.‘We are quite naive at the moment. We need to be nastier and more consistent in the 90th to 93rd minutes of matches.‘Especially when we can do better than this. We have the players required. It is a shame.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta has no problem with Lacazette’s harsh criticism following Arsenal’s draw with Sheffield United and admits his team should have managed the game better at the Emirates.Asked about Lacazette’s comments at his Monday press conference, Arteta replied: ‘Yes [I agree].‘It’s part of the game management and there were things we could have done to control the game better.’center_img Mikel Arteta agrees with Alexandre Lacazette’s criticism of Arsenal players after Sheffield United draw Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Attorney General Investigating Aurora Driving School

first_img(Image: Facebook)AURORA – The Indiana Attorney General is looking into an Aurora driving school after several complaints registered by students.The investigation began after several students said they paid for driving instruction at KC Driving School in Aurora but never received it, or had training but did not receive certification to present to the BMV.The driving school lost its operating license on June 30. The school is working to get the license renewed, according to a Facebook post on July 17.In the online post the school said, “The messages put on FB and other ways have been stating I stole your money and I’m a crook, etc. I’m resolving this matter that fastest I can as this is costing me a lot of money not being able to hold classes and drives.”“I plan to fulfill all and not take any new until completed. I’m not stealing and if you want your money back, it will be repaid as soon as can be. I apologize deeply for this inconvenience and frustration.”Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the Aurora Police Department are looking for information as part of an investigation into the school owned by Kimberly Cleeter.Consumers who made a payment to the KC Driving School but did not receive training can file a complaint online or call the Attorney Generals Office at 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

Leicester insist on £60m Osimhen

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Leicester City is reportedly still interested in signing Lille striker Victor Osimhen this summer but fear that he could be tempted by a move to Italy.The Foxes are one of a number of Premier League clubs to have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old, along with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton. The coronavirus pandemic has forced most clubs to rethink their transfer strategies, but the Daily Mail claims that Leicester are still planning to make an approach for Osimhen.Manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly identified the Nigeria international as a long-term successor to Jamie Vardy and is keen to bolster his squad ahead of a likely Champions League campaign next season.Lille is holding out for a £60 million bid for their star man, who has also been linked with a move to Juventus and Inter Milan. Osimhen has scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 outings across all competitions.Tags: ChelseaEvertonLeicester CityManchester UnitedVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Mourinho fined by FA

first_img The Chelsea manager admitted a charge of improper conduct after he was sent to the stands by referee Anthony Taylor during the Blues’ controversial 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge. A statement from the FA read: “Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA Rule E3 in that his behaviour in or around the 69th minute of his side’s game against Cardiff City on 19 October 2013 amounted to improper conduct. “The fine is the standard penalty for the offence.” Mourinho sat with surprised supporters after being ordered from the touchline midway through the second half after repeatedly voicing his frustration to Taylor and fourth official Trevor Kettle. Mourinho accused Cardiff of employing time-wasting tactics from early in the match. He had already revealed he would accept his punishment, always expected to be a fine, having read the referee’s report. Speaking following the 3-0 Champions League win at Schalke on Tuesday, he said: “What the referee wrote is true. I was not aggressive, I was not offensive. I just had a disagreement. “That in the game is resolved with, ‘Shut up and sit down’, (you) don’t need to go to the stands. “I accept the fine and against Manchester City (on Sunday) I can work.” The Blues will got into that match at Stamford Bridge a point clear of their opponents. Press Associationcenter_img Jose Mourinho has been fine £8,000 following his sending off against Cardiff on Saturday, the Football Association has announced.last_img read more

Ex-Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Killing Neighbor

first_imgA jury imposed a 10-year prison sentence Wednesday on former Dallas, Texas police officer Amber Guyger, who was found guilty earlier in the week for fatally shooting her neighbor, Botham Jean, in his apartment in September 2018.The 31-year-old Guyger had claimed that she walked into the wrong apartment by mistake and opened fire when she thought Jean was a burglar.Her sentence was met with boos and jeers by a crowd that was gathered outside of the courtroom.Inside the courtroom, Jean’s brother, Brandt Jean, addressed the Guyger from the witness stand. He said that he forgives Guyger, adding, “I love you as a person. I don’t wish anything bad on you. I don’t know if this is possible, but can I give her a hug?”The judge allowed it, and Brandt and Guyger met and embraced in front of the bench, as Guyger sobbed.Prosecutors had asked jurors to sentence her to at least 28 years, which is how old Jean would have been now if he was still alive.The jury had the option of sentencing the former officer to up to life in prison or as little as two years.Guyger, who was returning from a long work shift on the night of the shooting, entered Jean’s fourth-floor apartment, and shot him.She says that she had parked her car on the wrong floor, thereby mistaking Jean’s apartment for her own, which was directly below his home.last_img read more

Prithvi Shaw stamps authority for India Test squad with a blistering ton

first_imgLincoln: Prithvi Shaw brightened his chances to enter the Indian Test squad after slamming a magnificent 150 against New Zealand here on Sunday.The promising youngster’s crucial knock guided India to post a massive 372 in the second one-day warm-up game against the Kiwis. Opening for his side, Shaw took India to a flying start with Mayank Agarwal (32) as they added 89 runs for the opening wicket. With the middle-order failing to deliver, it was Shaw who ensured the visitors reach a good total. Shaw’s knock was laced with 22 boundaries and two hits into the stands. The 20-year-old had recently suffered a shoulder injury while diving to save an overthrow during Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka. After injuring his left shoulder while fielding, the Mumbai opener was sent to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for an assessment of the injury. IANSAlso Read: Fit-again opener Prithvi Shaw departs for New Zealand Also Watch: Watch Bhogali Bihu preparation from Guwahati ahead ‘Uruka’ (Night before Magh Bihu)last_img read more

Inter confirm Mauro Icardi’s permanent transfer to PSG

first_imgPARIS: French giants Paris St. Germain have signed Argentine striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal following a season-long loan at the Parc des Princes.PSG have gone ahead with the option of signing the hotshot striker on a permanent basis that will see him stay at the club till 2024. Italian heavyweights Inter announced the transfer on their website and thanked Icardi for donning the famous blue of the club for six years. Icardi’s rich vein of form in the 2019-20 season might have pushed the PSG hierarchy to spend big bucks on the forward. According to a report in ESPN, PSG reportedly agreed to pay 50 million euros up-front and seven million euros in add-ons to convert the loan deal into permanent. Icadri scored 20 goals and provided four assists before all sport in the country was suspended in the wake of coronavirus pandemic in March. PSG were crowned champions of Ligue 1 as they held a 12-point difference over second-placed Marseille. In 27 matches, PSG had accumulated 68 points when season was abruptly halted while Marseille, who played one extra game, had 56 points in 28 games. France was one of the first countries in Europe to suspend its football league in the wake of COVID-19 crisis as LaLiga, Premier League and Serie A are plotting a return in June. German Bundesliga, meanwhile, is already up and running with matches being hosted behind closed doors. IANS Also Read: Four-day Online soccer referee classes concludelast_img read more

Physiology department ranked third in national fundraising

first_imgThe department of physiology and biology at the USC Keck School of Medicine was recently ranked third in national researching funding, according to the Blue Ridge Institute. The National Institute of Health contributed $16 million last year.Photo courtesy of Alex Familian from USC News.Berislav Zlokovic, the director of the USC Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, has worked to improve fundraising in his department. Before coming to USC, he spent several years working as a professor in both the neurosurgery and neurology departments at the University of Rochester. In 2009, he received the Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s and related diseases, and was given a $100,000 award for his breakthrough research in Alzheimer’s disease.“Zlokovic is recognized worldwide for his pioneering research on the blood vessels in the brain and the crucial role they play in our health,” the University of Rochester reported shortly after he was awarded. “He has made a series of surprising findings that are forming the basis for new avenues of treatment that would complement the stable of medications that doctors now have to treat patients with the disease.”In 2011, Zlokovic returned to USC with a determination to raise research funding. He worked with researchers to think differently and take risks with new technologies.“The Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute is home to a particularly talented group of scientists, all of whom contribute to the overall success of the department,” Zlokovic said to USC News. “Without the collective actions of our strong research group, we would not have risen in the ranks as fast as we did.”He accredits his fellow researchers for their outstanding work that contributed to increases in funding. Ralf Langen, director of the Protein Structure Center, and neuroscientist Terrence Town received a combined $4.3 million over several years.Additionally, at the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, there are multiple investigators with two or three NIH R01 investigator-initiated grants. The R01 provides funding for health-related research based on the NIH mission.“The Keck School of Medicine’s physiology research efforts have helped the department gel, and the growth of USC’s Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute plays a key part in that,” USC News reported. “Faculty members who worked at the institute once belonged to departments scattered across the Keck School, [Zlokovic] said, but their funding and complete financial support was funneled through the Zilkha Institute instead of their individual departments.”Organizing researchers together to make collaboration easier, as well as encouraging researchers to test out new territory, has significantly contributed to USC’s rising ranks in funding, USC News said.“With the support of the faculty, the Keck School of Medicine and the USC community at large, the dean, provost and president, and a remarkable dedication and sponsorship by Selim Zilkha and Mary Hayley, we are now realizing this dream in the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute all together,” Zlokovic said to USC News.last_img read more