Clintons must pay for their corruption

first_imgHere is the opportunity for the mainstream media to aggressively cover the Uranium One scandal that filled the coffers of the Clinton Foundation with millions of Russian dollars and the DNC’s primary rigging that led to Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president in the last election.But instead, Democrats, the mainstream media and Hollywood elites will watch everyone attacking the Clintons like a mother pigeon studying the other birds, looking for the magpie that would eat their chicks.However, a lie always comes back to the liar sooner or later.And now the time has come for Lady Justice to finally make the Clintons pay for their decades of corruption.Rafael PoloNorthville Whitewater, Travel-Gate, Vince Foster’s death, Gennifer Flowers to Monica Lewinsky, File-Gate, Benghazi, Clinton Foundation, private email server, claims of a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”Add the latest scandals: Uranium One and the Democratic National Committee’s primary-rigging to the growing list of the Clintons’ dissembled way of life.Liberals remind us that the cover-up is always worse than the original scandal. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Home Office plan to escape £131m Land Securities bill

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Great Portland Estates appoints new chief executive

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Talk of the towns

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Reit buys Standard Life’s Blackburn Shopping Centre

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The human factor

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Service charges under

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BPH Migas supports slashing levies on PGN to lower gas prices

first_imgA government agency official said on Wednesday that his office was comfortable cutting back levies imposed on Indonesia’s largest gas distributor for the sake of lowering industrial gas prices.Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) head Fanshrullah Asa said state gas distributor PGN only earned 8.1 percent of the agency’s total non-tax state revenue of Rp 1.32 trillion (US$96.7 million) last year. The agency itself uses less than Rp 200 billion for annual operations and, thus, a levy cut would not affect its operations.Fanshrullah said BPH Migas “100 percent supports” excluding PGN from paying gas distribution levies but noted that the levy’s contribution to overall gas costs was “not significant”. Topics : Such levies comprise around 7.2 percent of the total cost of industrial gas prices, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry data show. The largest cost component is upstream gas costs, contributing a little over 66 percent, but the government is set to avoid touching this component for fear of creating a disincentive for upstream oil and gas activities.Read also: PGN to lower gas prices ‘hopefully by April’PGN requested the gas distribution levy cut on Feb. 3 as a means to lower industrial gas prices. The state-owned enterprise aims to lower prices, which hover at around US$8 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu), to $6 per mmbtu for eight key industries as promised by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo four years ago.Read also: Jokowi considers three solutions to lower industrial gas pricesHowever, as Fanshrullah noted, the levy was not set by BPH Migas but by the Finance Ministry through Government Regulation No. 48/2019 on levies for the distribution of oil and gas, meaning only the ministry could issue the levy cut.last_img read more

COVID-19: As Jakarta braces for lockdown, Bali reports zero local transmissions

first_imgOn Friday, when it became clear that a community spread had taken place in Jakarta and its satellite cities, the government finally announced that Bali had recorded three new confirmed cases, but they were all from outside the province. The first case is a foreign tourist from France, the second is Balinese who just returned from Italy and the third case is Balinese who just returned from Jakarta. The capital, meanwhile, recorded the highest number of new cases at 32, bringing its total to 215 or about 58 percent of the total cases nationwide. A Flourish mapThe number of cases in Bali is “scientifically odd”, an expert says. Gusti Ngurah Mahardika, a virologist at Udayana University in Bali, doubted both the government’s transparency and its ability to detect COVID-19, saying the low number of cases in Bali did not seem right given how infectious diseases work. Read also: With low test rates, COVID-19 spreads in shadows“If we look at the pattern of the disease, it is impossible [for Bali] not to report any local transmissions at this stage, as it is impossible for infected patients not to have had direct contact with other people while in Bali,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday.Before the government announced the country’s first two COVID-19 cases on March 2, Bali was the first region in Indonesia to have been linked to a number of confirmed foreign cases.A week before Jokowi’s announcement, New Zealand confirmed its first coronavirus case of a female citizen in her 60s who had traveled from Tehran to Auckland via Bali. A Chinese national identified as Jin reportedly visited Bali in late January and tested positive for COVID-19 days after he went back to his home country.Sterilization: A worker sprays disinfectant at Sanur Beach, Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday, March 15, 2020. The Bali administration carried out simultaneous sanitation efforts in cities and regencies across the province by spraying disinfectant in ports, terminals, hotels, markets, tourism objects and public spaces as part of its effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. (JP/Zul Trio Anggono)Bali has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, with many tourists canceling their trips to the resort island despite earlier claims that it is virus-free.  Read also: Tour guides hit hard as COVID-19 strangles tourist destinationsMahardika said there were likely more undetected cases spread across Bali and argued that the government should have a more rigorous contact tracing method to suppress possible local transmissions.“It is like the tip of the iceberg. The pattern for infectious diseases like this is that many cases do not show clinical symptoms, only about 10 percent do,” he said.The academic said the government needed to open up all of its data, including how many tests it had carried out in each province. It was also important for it to detail the imported and the community transmissions in each province, he added.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, confirmed that the three new cases in Bali were not local transmissions, saying that “one of them was a Balinese who had returned from Jakarta after his office closed”.While Bali has yet to report a single local transmission, the province, like Jakarta, has been suspected of “exporting” cases to other regions. A resident doctor from the University of Airlangga has tested positive for COVID-19 after working at Sanglah General Hospital, the main referral hospital for the disease in Bali.The doctor worked at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar between March 2 and 15. The doctor had been hospitalized at the Dr. Soetomo Regional General Hospital in Surabaya, East Java.Sanglah Hospital reported the death of a 53-year-old British woman from COVID-19 on March 9. However, Bali Health Agency head Ketut Suarjaya said it could not conclude whether the doctor had contracted the disease from her.”We cannot make that conclusion,” Ketut told the Post via text message on Friday. “We are currently conducting contact tracing.”Health workers wearing protective gear take part in an exercise in handling a suspected patient at Sanglah hopital in Denpasar, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on February 12, 2020. (AFP/Sony Tumbelaka)The Bali taskforce for COVID-19, which held a press conference shortly after Yurianto in Jakarta, initially reported only one case in the province. Of the 69 suspected cases whose tests have been concluded, 68 tested negative and one tested positive, said Dewa Made Indra, who leads the task force.About 20 minutes later, the task force held another press conference confirming reports from the Health Ministry, saying it had traced the close contacts of all three new cases in the province. Made revealed that the close contacts were currently self-quarantined at home and their swab samples had been sent out for testing.“We came across 199 people during the trace. We educated them on how to follow the [COVID-19] protocol. We hope they will take care of their health and limit themselves from others,” he said.Topics : As Jakarta braces for a soft lockdown after recording more than 200 COVID-19 cases with 18 deaths, Bali, a hot spot for international tourists, has reported only four confirmed cases. And not a single of them is a local transmission. In the first weeks since the Health Ministry announced the first case of local transmission of the novel coronavirus on March 2, both the ministry and Balinese authorities had insisted the province only had one case: a British tourist known as Case 25 who died at Sanglah Hospital and was only known to have COVID-19 after her death. She was defined as an imported case, not a local transmission. The dearth of cases on the resort island, which receives more than 5 million foreign tourists annually, including from China’s Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, has baffled many, given the fact that it was heavily exposed to the disease.   last_img read more

Trump says Republican convention will not be held in North Carolina

first_imgWithout knowing how the COVID-19 outbreak will continue to unfold, he said, “planning for a scaled-down convention with fewer people, social distancing and face coverings is a necessity.”Republican officials had submitted proposals for a “full convention” rather than one with fewer participants and social distancing as requested by the state, Cooper said.”As much as we want the conditions surrounding COVID-19 to be favorable enough for you to hold the convention you describe in late August, it is very unlikely,” Cooper said.Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a Twitter post that the party would consider other locations for the convention and “begin visiting the multiple cities and states who have reached out to us.”Republican officials are planning to visit Nashville, Tennessee, this week, according to a person familiar with discussions.The party was also considering a split convention, with the votes on platform and rules taking place in Charlotte and the speeches and pageantry taking place in another city, such as Jacksonville, Florida, or Las Vegas, said a source familiar with the discussions.Democrats have delayed their convention in Milwaukee, which was set for Aug. 17 to 20, and left the door open to a revised format. Former Vice President Joe Biden is the party’s presumptive presidential nominee. Topics : “We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention,” Trump said, without indicating which states were under consideration. The convention will nominate Trump to seek a second term in the Nov. 3 election.In response, Cooper said via Twitter: “It’s unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe.”Cooper sent an earlier letter to Republican Party leaders a day before the deadline Trump had set for the state to guarantee that convention attendance would not be limited by social distancing restrictions.Cooper said he could make no such promise for the four-day nominating convention scheduled to open on Aug. 24.center_img US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the Republican National Convention set for August in North Carolina would have to be held in another state because of social distancing restrictions ordered by the state’s governor.Trump made the announcement on Twitter hours after Governor Roy Cooper, a Democrat, rejected Republican demands for a full-fledged presidential nominating convention in Charlotte, telling organizers that planning for a scaled-down event was “a necessity” due to the coronavirus.Cooper “is still in Shelter-In-Place Mode, and not allowing us to occupy the arena as originally anticipated and promised,” Trump said.last_img read more