Watch out for the sleazy politicians

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have to point out what power in some people’s hands will do to destroy others and the nation. D.C. politicians have set up slush funds for secret payoffs, committees of phony Russian collusion and sexual abuse by both genders. Locally, we have the governor giving away free college education in-state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is one of worst, if not the worst, governors in the state’s history.Then we have everyday people with little titles that go to their heads. They scheme and lie to make themselves look good to their bosses, no matter what the cost or consequence to others. We should look very closely at those who crow the loudest and why. Think about it.Al MarvellScotia More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Climate change is a worldwide problem

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionYes, this winter is brutal. Yes, it’s really cold. But Alaska is enjoying very warm weather. Anchorage Alaska saw an official high of 44 degrees Tuesday [Jan. 2]. Yes, Alaska was warmer than we were. Preliminary statistics indicate that 2017 will be one of the warmest on record.When we talk of global warming, we aren’t talking about just New York, or just the Northeast, or even the continental United States. Global warming is the whole Earth, not a small piece of it where we live.This is the only planet we have. What happens in Africa has an effect on us. What happens in Asia impacts us. Let’s start thinking globally people.Edward F. Wagner Clifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Game 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 BoardEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton Parklast_img read more

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine won’t be ready by US election: Report

first_imgUS biotech firm Moderna won’t seek an emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine before November 25, its CEO told the Financial Times on Wednesday.The news deals a blow to President Donald Trump’s hopes of having an injection ready before the election to give his campaign a much-needed boost.Stephane Bancel told the newspaper: “November 25 is the time we will have enough safety data to be able to put into an EUA file that we would send to the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] — assuming that the safety data is good, i.e. a vaccine is deemed to be safe.” Trump, whose approval has taken a hit over his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, has frequently hinted a vaccine could be ready before the November 3 vote.This has raised concern among experts that his administration may attempt to interfere with the regulatory process for political reasons.The Republican repeated his claim on Tuesday night, during a debate with his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden.”It’s a possibility that we’ll have the answer before November 1,” he said. Moderna’s vaccine is one of 11 experimental vaccines in final stage trials.Another is being developed by Pfizer, whose CEO Albert Bourla has taken the position that his company may have a clear answer about whether their shot works by October.Most experts are skeptical of the claim, believing that the ongoing trials will not have sufficient statistical data to prove the drug’s safety and effectiveness by that time.Speaking to the Washington Post on Tuesday, Bourla denied he was attempting to curry favor with the president by making his October claim.”For me, the election day is an artificial day. The end of October is an artificial day. This is how we operate. If we can bring it earlier, we will,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Experts: No interest rate rise until late 2018

first_imgExperts predict interest rates will remain on hold until late 2018 according to a recent industry survey. Photo: AAP Image/Dean LewinsIf imminent interest rate rises have been a concern, the latest survey results by comparison website Finder.com.au could be good news.Thirty three industry experts surveyed by the company agreed the cash rate would remain on hold when tomorrow’s RBA announcement came down, with many believing the status quo will be maintained for another year.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: August00:34Of those queried, 80 per cent (24) predict the next cash rate move to be up, with 60 per cent (13) of that group not expecting a rise until the second half of 2018.Graham Cooke, Insights Manager at Finder.com.au, said the results showed rate rises are expected to happen later than first thought.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“There’s been no cash rate movement over the last 12 months, however we have seen the estimated date of the next rise push further into 2018, potentially giving some Aussie borrowers breathing space for longer,” he said.A second comparison website, RateCity.com.au, agreed with the prospect of rates on hold.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHousehold Debt00:51This information is of a general nature and does not constitute professional advice. You should always seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances.RateCity money editor, Sally Tindall, said a stronger economy, higher Australian Dollar, low wage growth and low inflation all ensured rates would remain ‘as is’ tomorrow.“The other complicating factor is that the banks already increased rates in the first half of this year, so we’ve actually experienced an unofficial tightening of monetary policy, despite no official change in the cash rate,” said Ms Tindall.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook on Kieran Clair — journolast_img read more

Tunnel still afloat

first_imgEUROTUNNEL’S efforts to drum up support from shareholders for the complex financial restructuring intended to make its £8·5bn debt more manageable were rewarded at an extraordinary general meeting on July 10 in Paris. After 6 h of debate, the resolutions needed to approve the restructuring were passed by a majority of 98%.Several groups of shareholders had threatened to vote against the plans, thereby risking a collapse of the whole Eurotunnel edifice. Among factors which persuaded the rebels to volte-face was an agreement in principle on July 1 by the French and British governments to extend Eurotunnel’s concession from 65 to ’at least 99 years’. Conditions attached to this were that the banks and shareholders endorsed the restructuring, that the governments shared profits with Eurotunnel after 2052, and that both sides should seek agreement ’on ways and means to increase railfreight traffic through the Channel Tunnel and beyond.’Eurotunnel must now secure the support of its 174 creditor banks. olast_img read more

Wellcome Trust complains to chancellor over possible AstraZeneca deal

first_imgIn its letter, Wellcome said it had major concerns because of the importance of the pharmaceutical industry to wider biomedical research.Wellcome’s mission is to improve human and animal health, principally through funding biomedical research and its translation into healthcare.More than three-quarters of its £750m annual spending currently supports research in the UK.The letter, from Wellcome’s chairman Sir William Castell and director Jeremy Farrar, said: “Pfizer’s past acquisitions of major pharmaceutical companies have led to a substantial reduction in R&D activity, which we are concerned could be replicated in this instance.“If AstraZeneca does merge with Pfizer, we think it essential the R&D and manufacturing capability it offers to the UK is maintained and, critically, that its investment in its major R&D facility in Cambridge is not lost.”Wellcome said it was encouraged by Pfizer’s open letter to the UK prime minister, which included a commitment to complete and operate AstraZeneca’s Cambridge R&D facility, to employ a minimum of 20% of the combined company’s R&D workforce in the UK, and to maintain manufacturing capacity in the UK.But the letter continued: “We believe, however, that it is critical the government holds Pfizer to these commitments should its offer succeed, as the company has not always honoured similar undertakings made following past acquisitions. We would be pleased to hear how you propose to do so.”Wellcome declined to comment on any presumed shareholding in AstraZeneca. The Wellcome Trust – the UK’s largest charitable foundation, with a £16.5bn (€20.2bn) endowment – has written to chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne to raise “major concerns” about the proposed takeover of Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca by US multinational Pfizer.The possible takeover, which has so far been rejected by AstraZeneca, has provoked a wave of criticism in the UK and Sweden because of its potential effect on jobs.Andres Borg, Sweden’s finance minister, has claimed Pfizer broke promises made to maintain research investment in Sweden when it bought local drug maker Pharmacia in 2002.AstraZeneca is one of only two large pharmaceutical companies to pursue substantial research and development (R&D) activity within the UK.last_img read more

CAS to announce Man City Champions League ban decision on July 13

first_img Loading… Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed it will announce a decision on Manchester City and their appeal against a Champions League ban on July 13. The Switzerland-based body will confirm the verdict at 10:30 local time on Monday, it said in a statement on Friday. City’s hearing at CAS began on June 8 and concluded two days later, with proceedings having been conducted by video call. The Premier League club are seeking to overturn UEFA’s decision to ban them from European competition for the next two seasons and fine them €30million (£27.2m) after finding them guilty of “serious breaches” of Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations. City have persistently denied wrongdoing in relation to the matter, which stemmed from a series of articles published by Der Spiegel in November 2018, drawing on information purportedly obtained by the whistleblower Football Leaks. “The club has always anticipated the ultimate need to seek out an independent body and process to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence in support of its position,” read a statement at the time from City, who UEFA said had “failed to cooperate” with the investigation. Speaking on Friday, City manager Pep Guardiola said he had faith in the club’s chances of success in their appeal. “I’m so confident because I saw the arguments of the club that next season we will be there [in Champions League],” he said. In an interview with HLN, star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne suggested he might be happy to stay at City in the event of a reduction to a one-year ban, although a two-year Champions League absence would force him to consider his options. “I’m just waiting,” he said. “The club told us they are going to appeal, and they are almost 100 percent sure they are right. That’s why I’m waiting to see what will happen. I trust my team. read also:UCL draw: It’s nightmare for Man City with Juve and Bayern Munich or Barcelona blocking their path“Once the decision is made, I will review everything. Two years would be long, but in the case of one year I might see.” Manchester City currently sit second in the Premier League, with Liverpool having already clinched the league title. City, who maintain a nine-point lead over third-place Chelsea, will face Brighton on Saturday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

USC locks down amid Ferguson protests

first_img Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan Razan Al Marzouqi | Daily Trojan For more photos and videos, visit our gallery here.The USC campus was briefly put on lockdown Monday night following a large contingent of protesters marching near the university on Figueroa Street. The demonstrators were protesting following a Missouri grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.The campus lockdown occurred from roughly 10:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All university gates were closed, and students were not allowed to enter or exit campus.The protest began in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles after the grand jury decision was announced at approximately 6:30 p.m.  Dept. of Public Safety Captain Ed Palmer and Chief John Thomas were in attendance monitoring the situation prior to the grand jury announcement.“Captain Palmer and I, we both were at Leimert Park. The crowd was peaceful protesting, and they decided to walk,” Thomas said. “It just got bigger, a lot bigger.”As the protest grew, it marched in the direction of USC. The demonstrations eventually reached the southeast border of campus at the intersection of Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street shortly before 10 p.m.DPS had prior preparations to conduct a modified closure of campus if demonstrators approached the university, according to Deputy Chief David Carlisle. Thomas also mentioned that extra officers were dispatched around campus in order to prevent potential vandalism and trespassing of campus grounds.Some students who were stuck on campus expressed discontent with the lockdown.“I thought it was pretty frustrating because it was a peaceful protest and they were locking us down on campus as a form of protection,” said Jennifer Binley, a senior majoring in international relations who was in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center when the lockdown began. “I thought it was kind of ridiculous because it’s going to be an important part of our history and the fact they weren’t letting us see it or even let us participate was frustrating.”But not all students were kept from the march. Passing protesters were heard chanting “out of the dorms and into the streets” as they passed nearby off-campus apartments, and some USC students joined the demonstration. One student participant, Jon Sine, said he was there to demonstrate unity with the marchers.“I’m tired of police brutality, and I want to show solidarity,” Sine said, who is a junior majoring in political economy. “This isn’t a one race issue, this is an issue for all within the United States.”As of press time at 11:30 p.m. Nov. 24, the protesters had moved to the Interstate 110 freeway.Jordyn Holman and Joseph Chen contributed to this report.last_img read more

Wilshere Begs Rooney to Join Arsenal

first_imgJack Wilshere believes if Arsenal were to sign England team-mate Wayne Rooney it would strike fear into the hearts of their Barclays Premier League title rivals.Funds of more than £75million are understood to be available for manager Arsene Wenger as he aims to pull together a squad capable of mounting a long overdue sustained assault on the championship. Rooney asked to leave Manchester United at the end of last season but it remains to be seen how the situation will develop with the arrival of new manager David Moyes, his former boss at Everton.Speaking in a question and answer session with www.espnfc.com, Wilshere said: “If it happens, itwould be amazing. He (Rooney) is the type of player who can win you trophies – and just to see his name on the team sheet brings fear to the opposition. We could do with a little more of that.”The Gunners are set to be busy in the summer transfer window, with the confirmation of the free transfer of France Under-21 attacker Yaya Sanogo set to be shortly confirmed now his contract with Auxerre has expired.Arsenal have also been linked with Real Madrid’s £25million-rated forward Gonzalo Higuain and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who would, like Rooney, both command significant wages.last_img read more

Panthers FB Alex Armah used ‘arm bar’ to detain alleged car thief

first_imgPanthers fullback Alex Armah doesn’t need security to protect his belongings.He is the security. Panthers sign safety Eric Reid to 3-year contract extension Daniel Cagle, 32, was confronted by Armah and taken to the front office of the apartment building to check the security cameras, according to the Observer. That’s when he tried to flee. Armah, 24, recently had to use an “arm-bar” move to detain an attempted car thief who tried to break into his vehicle, according to the Charlotte Observer.Armah was working out in his apartment when he received an alert on his phone showing a still frame of someone in his car going through his things. Related News “I snatched him up by his shirt,” Armah said after Cagle tried to make a run for it. “Eventually I got him on the ground, and I put him in an arm bar.””The guy wasn’t small, he had some size on him, but he didn’t have a chance. I take pride in my car.”Cagle was arrested by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and charged with attempting to break into or enter a motor vehicle.last_img read more