Voter fraud is a real threat, not a myth

first_imgThe Nov. 5 column [“Under Siege: Our Right to Vote”] about the right to vote is somewhat bedeviled by the accompanying headline, which says in part that voter fraud is a myth.The body of the editorial says “there were extremely few instances of non-citizens voting in 2016.” It can be argued there were more than a few instances but if there were a “few,” then it is real. And if it’s real, it is not a myth.Many races at many levels are close, so even a “few” fraudulent votes can negate the will of the citizens.David OchsePorter’s CornersMore 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 homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

To stop shootings, get metal detectors

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI heard a really good idea and thought I should pass it on.Put $500 metal detectors on every entrance to every school (TSA airport security level).Ken BressScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Conventional wisdom

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Ken’s deputy rules out compulsory housing

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‘Developers don’t like resi-retail mix’

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Yorkshire Forward: Yorkshire’s star turn

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PREMIUMAXA Mandiri eyes double-digit growth in premium income

first_imgTopics : AXA Mandiri Financial Services (AXA Mandiri), one Indonesia’s major insurance companies, expects to maintain double-digit growth in premium income this year as it taps into the large customer base of its parent company, Bank Mandiri, to attract new policyholders.AXA Mandiri president director Handojo G. Kusuma said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the insurer would market its products more intensively to customers of Bank Mandiri, which had one of the largest customer bases in the country.”We hope to book double-digit growth in premium income by tailoring insurance products to the special needs of Bank Mandiri customers,” he told a press briefing.AXA Mandiri is jointly owned by Bank Maniri, which has a 51 percent stake, and AXA Group’s National Mutual International Pty. Ltd, which holds 49 percent.AXA Mandiri booked gross premium income of Rp 9.5 trillion… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Indonesia finance insurance AXA-Mandiri premium-income profit bank-mandiri customerslast_img read more

PREMIUMSales drop as rising prices of oranges, chicken meat cripple Jakarta traders

first_imgGoogle Facebook Anda Juanda, a 57-year-old fruit trader at Palmerah Market in West Jakarta, increased the prices of his oranges to Rp 25,000 (US$1.75) per kilogram from Rp 20,000 in January. He offered the smaller ones for Rp 20,000 per kg, a rise from Rp 15,000, as supply has dropped after orange farmers in Medan failed to have a harvest. Since the price hike, Anda’s sales have fallen by 40 percent to 30 kg per day in the January-February period from 50 kg per day. He decided to reduce his orange purchase in a bid to minimize his losses.”Customers asked me why the prices have increased,” Anda, who has been selling at the market for 27 years, said on Thursday. “We sell them at higher prices because the suppliers’ raised their prices. If we sell them as usual, we would not make a profit.”Anda’s decision to increase his orange prices was in line with last … Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here market Jakarta-markets price price-adjustment sales orange meat chicken Poultrylast_img read more

Boeing eyes production pause as virus spreads: Sources

first_imgTopics : As cases rise, so too have angst and anger among some rank-and-file machinists, insiders say. A number of workers have used an “Imminent Danger, Stop Work” contract clause to halt specific jobs until safety concerns are addressed.One 777 work crew was sent home earlier this week due to concerns of infection, and mechanics on the next shift refused to work on the same jet because they were not sure the area was cleaned properly, one person with knowledge of the matter said.Confirming a Reuters report, Boeing said last week it was freezing hiring and industry sources have said layoffs or furloughs are likely as virus concerns peak.Boeing suppliers, already reeling from a production halt on Boeing’s 737 line due to a year-old safety ban, face an even slimmer workload as flight cancellations mean less airline demand for spare parts and services.Aircraft parts shortages were likely, while productivity could take another blow from enforced minimum distances between workers inside factories, industry sources say.Boeing representatives have been contacting parts suppliers to remind them to follow guidance from US health officials, gather information on personnel and contingency plans, and warn firms to restrict visitors while also meeting contractual obligations, supplier sources said.Airbus plans to resume output at French and Spanish plants on March 23 but industry sources say there are doubts over how long either planemaker can maintain the previous levels of output because of scattered shortages in the supply chain. Boeing Co is leaning toward a temporary work stoppage at its twin-aisle jetliner factories due to the spread of coronavirus, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, echoing a similar move by European rival Airbus SE.The US planemaker has not made a final decision on the timing and duration of a potential work stoppage as it weighs health guidance and broader impacts to its supply chain.Boeing would use a stoppage of a few days to conduct a deep clean of its Washington state and South Carolina twin-aisle factories, but seems broadly committed for now to keeping production lines running after the suspension, the people said.center_img A Boeing spokesman declined to comment.The fast-spreading coronavirus has disrupted life across the United States, hammering the economy and virtually wiping out air travel demand.Airbus announced plans earlier this week to halt operations at its plants in France and Spain for four days, after Reuters reported it was studying plans to slow or halt production.Boeing, which employs 70,000 people in Seattle’s Puget Sound area, has some 14 confirmed coronavirus cases as of Thursday, many reported at its Everett hub north of Seattle.last_img read more

KawalCOVID-19 volunteers call for regional quarantines as crisis looms

first_imgThe group said the steps the government had taken to stem the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country had thus far proved ineffective.“[The rate of] social interaction among the public is still high. There have been reports of movement from red zones to yellow or green zones due to the absence of any restrictions,” the group said.A Flourish mapThe report also said the government’s efforts to emulate South Korea’s mass rapid testing had been suboptimal as Indonesia still lacked that country’s PCR-based testing capability to aggressively trace and isolate infected individuals.Such lackluster efforts had led to the daily growth of undetected cases, the group claimed. “We need a more aggressive policy, namely regional quarantines, to break the chain of infection and buy the authorities some time to find and isolate these undetected cases,” said the group.The group also expressed skepticism regarding Indonesia’s official number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and fatalities — 1,155 and 102, respectively, as of Saturday — as the group claimed that it did not account for cases that remained undetected.The real number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, including undetected ones, has likely reached tens of thousands, making it imperative for the government to impose regional quarantines to slow down the spread of the disease, according to the group.  President Jokowi had previously expressed his reluctance to impose a lockdown due to the considerable financial and social impacts such an initiative would likely have.  However, scientists and public health experts have urged the government to implement strict rules in order to effectively prevent a nationwide contagion ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday, when many Muslims across the country are expected to travel to their home regions.Topics : A group of volunteers affiliated with the KawalCOVID-19 initiative have pushed for an immediate quarantine on areas considered to be “red zones” for viral infection as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge across the country.In a report addressed to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Saturday, the group warned that 60 to 70 percent of the country’s population could be infected with the disease if the government did not impose strict emergency protocols, such as regional quarantines, over the next few weeks.Brief kami untuk pak Presiden @jokowi semoga benar-benar bisa sampai ke beliau. Bantu sundul RT ya.Mohon Segera Karantina Wilayah. #KarantinaWilayah #Lockdown @BNPB_Indonesia @aniesbaswedan @ridwankamil @ganjarpranowo @KhofifahIP16 halaman~a thread~ pic.twitter.com/SGJbhF6LqU— KawalCOVID19 (@KawalCOVID19) March 28, 2020“[Regional quarantine] is a movement restriction that entails the confinement of citizens within their homes while receiving assistance from the state. Residents, for instance, are only permitted to go outside to purchase daily necessities in accordance with a strict schedule,” the group wrote in the statement.last_img read more