Sinclair speech raises concerns about trust

first_imgReminiscent of a ‘60s SciFi show about mind control, I fully expected Rod Sterling to chime in as if I were watching an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”But no, it was just the voice of Liz Bishop and hundreds of other anchors from across the country droning on as they each read the exact same script, verbatim, signed sealed and delivered by Sinclair, the group that is buying up local news stations across our nation in order to promote its political agenda and brain wash us.I don’t know about anyone else in the viewing area, but WRGB’s affiliation with a group such as Sinclair that dictates the local news to its employees has made it clear to me that Channel 6 is not to be trusted to deliver unbiased, unscripted news to the Capital Region. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Local news was once a bastion of trusted information. But now we must rethink what we trust as accurate. Turn off Channel 6 and tune into Channel 13 or Channel 10, for they have maintained their journalistic integrity.Be afraid, be very afraid, because once our airwaves are taken over by any entity, be it conservative or liberal, our democracy is at stake.Finally, in this climate of questionable claims, the onus is on each and every one of us as Americans to check the authenticity and accuracy of the information that is out there, lest we become the robots some would like us to be.Joann Perillo-LaskySchenectadyThe writer is a member of Indivisible 518 Justice for All.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Foreigners, migration to blame for coronavirus spread: Hungary PM

first_imgSo far, Hungary has confirmed 19 cases of infections, nine of them Iranians (mostly university scholarship-holders), one British national, and the rest Hungarians.”It’s no coincidence that the virus first showed up among Iranians,” he said.”We cannot separate the tens of thousands of foreign students (in Hungary) from the Hungarian students, that’s why we thought it best to stop all visits to those institutions,” he said. In Hungarian-language messages posted on its Facebook page the government has warned Iranians of detention and deportation if they don’t cooperate with disease control authorities. Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday that foreigners and migration are to blame for the appearance and spread of coronavirus in Hungary. Asked during a radio interview why Hungary has closed its universities but not schools in response to the virus outbreak, Orban said it was because “there are lots of foreigners there”.”Our experience is that primarily foreigners brought in the disease, and that it is spreading among foreigners,” he said. Last week after the first infections were confirmed — two Iranian students — Budapest suspended the issuing of visas to Iranian citizens.Earlier March Hungary barred the doors indefinitely to its border camps for asylum-seekers as it said refugees and migrants arriving there may have been in virus hotspot Iran.Government officials and pro-Orban media have also drawn a link between the virus outbreak and migration.”We are fighting a two-front war, one front is called migration, and the other one belongs to the coronavirus, there is a logical connection between the two, as both spread with movement,” Orban said Friday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgTowers Watson, ING Investment Management, PGGM, BNY Mellon, Intermediate Capital Group, JLT Employee Benefits, Financial Reporting Council Towers Watson – Ed Francis has been appointed head of investment for the EMEA region, succeeding Chris Ford, who, after holding the position since 2011, has assumed the role of global head of investment. Francis joined Towers Watson in 2001 from PricewaterhouseCoopers and has held a number of leadership roles during that time, most recently being a member of the EMEA investment leadership team and head of the UK client consulting teams.ING Investment Management – Kornelis Buursma has started as senior institutional business development manager in the Netherlands, focusing on investment strategies and integral client solutions. With the news, Buursma leaves the €153bn asset manager PGGM, where he was responsible for acquisitions and institutional market positioning. Before then, he was sales and relations manager for the Dutch institutional market at ING IM.BNY Mellon – Frank La Salla has been appointed chief executive of the Alternative Investment Services business. He was most recently managing director at Pershing, a BNY Mellon company, where he was responsible for all of Pershing’s business outside of the US. Before BNY Mellon’s acquisition of Pershing in 2003, La Salla was president and COO at BNY Clearing Services. Before then, he served as managing director and COO at Société Générale Securities in the U.S. Intermediate Capital Group – The specialist asset manager has hired an alternative credit team. Sridhar Bearelly will head up the team, initially comprising Jesper Poulsen and Vincent Charles-Gervais, who will all join Simon Peatfield in London. Bearelly, Poulsen and Charles-Gervais were founders of, and join from, Credos Capital, where they established an alternative credit fund platform ICG will acquire.JLT Employee Benefits – John Breedon has been appointed head of investment consulting. He was previously head of corporate consulting. In addition to this, John Finch, director, will take responsibility for the development of JLT’s platform offering, covering the investment consulting and investment management businesses. Julian Brown, director, will be responsible for investment consulting’s local authority offering.Financial Reporting Council – David Styles has been appointed director of corporate governance, joining on 6 May. He joins from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where he has worked in the Corporate Law and Governance Directorate and led implementation of departmental policy on directors’ remuneration, shareholders’ rights and corporate governance.last_img read more

​Swedish pension firms plead for more time for IORP II implementation

first_imgSwedish pension providers want more time to adapt to new rules resulting from the EU’s IORP II directive, according to responses to a government proposal.Insurance Sweden (Svensk Försäkring), which counts the country’s main pension providers as its members, said the transitional rules that are to apply following the 1 May deadline for implementation next year should remain applicable for three years, not just the two months envisaged in the draft.“In order for insurance companies to be able to make decisions and gain knowledge of more detailed business conditions, Swedish insurance requires the transitional rules to be extended for occupational pension providers up to and including 2022,” the association said.As well as this, it said the government could consider putting the new rules into effect slightly later than 1 May “in order to ensure that the regulation is appropriate”. The Swedish occupational pension fund association, Tjänstepensionsförbundet, also called for the transitional rules to remain in force until the end of 2022.“The time pressure risks leading to less rational solutions as well as unnecessarily high adjustment costs,” the association said.Insurers split on definitions, solvency rulesHowever, there were differences of opinion on the draft regulation among the members of Insurance Sweden. The association said it did not have a unified position to put forward relating to some basic questions to do with the draft law.“It concerns whether or not the activity of the occupational pension companies is considered to be an insurance business, and some proposals go beyond what is required to implement IORP II,” Insurance Sweden said, referring to this as  “gold-plating”.Separate responses to the consultation were presented by Insurance Sweden members AMF, Alecta, and others.The new draft rules go beyond the IORP II directive to include a tougher set of solvency rules. These include a risk-sensitive capital requirement, in line with the requirement in the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority’s ‘traffic light’ funding model.The new rules also stated that providers of occupational pensions in Sweden should be able to change their pensions business into a new type of company.Providers – including insurance companies, workplace pension savings institutions or friendly societies (tjänstepensionskassor) – could be converted into a new type of entity, known as an occupational pension company, or tjänstepensionsföretag, under certain conditions.Sweden’s government closed its consultation on local implementation of the IORP II directive on Friday.last_img read more

South Koreans protest over corruption scandal

first_imgSEOUL – Agrowing corruption scandal over a new justice minister is bringing SouthKoreans out into the streets in numbers rarely seen since candlelight protestshelped bring down former leader Park Geun-hye in 2017.       Cho’s family isfacing probes into irregular investments and his children’s favorable treatmentin university admission.        Justice Minister nominee Cho Kuk attends a hearing at the national assembly in Seoul, South Korea on Sept. 6. REUTERS/KIM HONG-JI Tens ofthousands of protesters staged demonstrations during recent holidays, includingin downtown Seoul on Wednesday, and more gatherings are planned.   center_img Corruptionallegations against justice minister Cho Kuk’s family galvanized conservativegroups after the political disaster of Park’s impeachment over a briberyscandal.  The latestcorruption scandal has also led to major demonstrations from the other end ofthe political spectrum, many of whom participated in the 2016-2017 candlelightprotests against Park.(Reuters)last_img read more

Lady Eagles Track Team Participates At SC 3-Way Meet

first_imgJac-Cen-Del Varsity Track traveled to Vevay for a 3-way meet with Rising Sun and Switzerland County.The JCD Ladies finished 1st 60 points, Switz 56and Rising Sun 33. The JCD men finished 3rd. Rising Sun 72,Switzerland 32 and JCD 29.Scoring for the Eagles:Kelsey Bowling 1st 100H, 1st 300H, 1st Long Jump and 1st 4×400Jenna Hughes 3rd 1600m, 1st 400M, 2nd High Jump, 1st 4×400Whitney Winters 1st 100D, 1st 200D, 3rd Long Jump, 1st 4×100Kayla Bowling 3rd 100D, 2nd Long Jump, 1st 4×100, 1st 4×400Shianna Bellingham 2nd 3200M, 3rd 4×800,Rosie Newhart 2nd Shot, 2nd Disc,Abby Wagner 1st 4×100,Andra Smith 1st 4×400Al Delgado 2nd 110H, 2nd 4×100Rodney Dobbs 2nd 1600M, 4th 3200M,Chris Kissel 4th 1600M, 3rd 800M,Micheal Schmitt 2nd 400D, 3rd Shot, 4th High JumpThiago Kapps 1st 800M, 4th 200D, 2nd 4×100Chris Douglas 3rd Disc, 4th ShotEli Wagner 2nd Long Jump, 2nd 4×100,Quienton Comer 2nd 4×100Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img read more

Spieth scoops Masters title

first_img A lapse in concentration saw Spieth three-putt the 12th as Mickelson birdied the 13th and the six-shot lead was suddenly down to four. But Spieth responded with a superb long-iron approach on the 13th and although he missed from 14 feet for eagle, the resulting birdie took him five clear with five holes to play. Rose closed the gap once more with a birdie on the 14th seconds before Mickelson joined him on 14 under by holing out from a bunker on the 15th for an eagle, the roar causing Spieth to back off his par putt on 14. However, Spieth responded once more with a birdie on the 15th to become the first player ever to reach 19 under par in the Masters and that effectively made certain of the win. The star pairing of McIlroy and Woods had failed to produce the early fireworks they needed to get into contention and Woods had more pressing concerns after appearing to hit a hidden tree root when playing his second shot out of the pine straw on the ninth. “A bone kind of popped out and a joint went out of place but I put it back in,” Woods told CBS after just this third appearance of 2015. “Considering where I was after Torrey Pines and Phoenix, to make the complete swing change and rectify all the faults and then come here and contend, I am proud of that.” Woods hit just two fairways in his closing 73, but finishing joint 17th was still a vast improvement on his 82 in Phoenix and withdrawing injured after 11 holes at Torrey Pines. The 21-year-old is the first player since Ray Floyd in 1976 to lead outright from start to finish, as well as becoming the second youngest champion ever behind Woods. Now ranked second in the world, Spieth is just five months older than Woods was in 1997, having almost become the youngest ever champion when he led by two shots after seven holes of the final round on his debut last year. World number one Rory McIlroy, needing to win to complete the career grand slam, had to settle for fourth place on 12 under par after a flawless closing 66, with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama fifth and Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson sharing sixth. “If someone had told me I would finish 12 under at the start of the week I would have taken it and sat back and seen where I finished,” McIlroy admitted. “Jordan started fantastically well and has kept his foot down and been really impressive.” Rose twice got within three shots of Spieth on the front nine thanks to birdies on the first and second and bogeys from Spieth on the fifth and seventh, the latter coming after Rose conjured up a remarkable pair after twice tangling with the trees. Spieth had said after his third round he could not rely on his short game to secure a first green jacket, but an excellent pitch from just short of the eighth green set up a birdie that Rose could not match. And when Rose three-putted the ninth Spieth had the comfort of a five-shot lead with nine holes to play, with Mickelson another shot back having also bogeyed the ninth. Spieth took another massive step towards the title with a birdie from 20 feet on the 10th and saved par after a wild tee shot on the 11th to maintain a six-shot lead over Rose and Mickelson – who had also birdied the 10th – with seven holes to play. Having already set new 36 and 54-hole scoring records, Spieth also equalled the 72-hole record of 18-under set by Tiger Woods in 1997 after a bogey on the 18th, finishing four shots clear of Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson . Spieth’s total of 28 birdies beat the previous best of 25 set by Mickelson in 2001, his last of the week on the 15th also making him the first player ever to reach 19 under par in the Masters. Press Association American Jordan Spieth claimed his first major title in historic fashion with a commanding wire-to-wire victory in the 79th Masters at Augusta National on Sunday.last_img read more

Podolski set for Arsenal departure

first_img “We had good talks with Wenger,” Touihri told German newspaper Bild. “He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That’s why we agreed to make a transfer.” Despite moving to Arsenal with a fine reputation, Podolski’s chances became limited as Wenger added the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to his forward options. He also has Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at his disposal – which is the likely reason why the Frenchman could not guarantee Podolski the game-time he craves. It has so far been a quiet summer on the transfer front with no major departures from the Emirates – although the arrival of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea has been hailed as a smart piece of business by Wenger. Lukas Podolski looks set to leave Arsenal this summer after his agent claimed the Germany international has been given permission to find a new club. The 30-year-old forward moved to the Emirates three years ago but struggled to hold down a place in Arsene Wenger’s side – spending the second part of last season on loan at Inter Milan. Podolski, who started for the Gunners in the 2014 FA Cup final victory over Hull, has been heavily linked with a move to Galatasaray and his agent Nassim Touihri thinks Wenger has begrudgingly allowed the World Cup winner to leave. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Swedish soccer to restart on June 14

first_imgThe Latest: Swedish soccer to restart on June 14 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14. Associated Press May 29, 2020 There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Back to normal: Michigan sweeps UW softball team

first_imgLeah Vanevenhoven had two hits for the Badgers, but it wasn\’t enough to prevent a Michigan sweep.[/media-credit]The win streak lasted all of three days as the University of Wisconsin softball team battled through rain and its own sloppy play in being swept 10-0 and 5-0 by No. 9 Michigan at home Saturday.The Badgers sat through three rain delays in the two games as scattered thunderstorms rolled through the Madison area. The second game was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning and eventually called off, though the game will count as the teams completed at least five innings.The first game was a battle of two of the Big Ten’s four southpaws, with Leah Vanevenhoven starting for the Badgers and Nikki Nemitz getting the nod for the Wolverines.It was a classic pitcher’s duel until Michigan scored two runs in the fifth inning. Nemitz hit one of her two doubles in the game to lead off the inning and advanced to third on one of Vanevenhoven’s four wild pitches. With UM’s Teddi Ewing batting, UW catcher Dana Rasmussen tried to pick off Nemitz at third, but the ball slipped by shortstop Katie Soderberg into left field, allowing Nemitz to score. The first rain delay was called soon after and the second UM run scored on a wild pitch after play resumed.“All of the rain [Saturday] obviously made it tough to play in,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said.UM leadoff hitter Steph Kirkpatrick went 2-for-5 with four walks and 3 RBI’s on the series to lead the Wolverines. Michigan slugger Amanda Chidester was held in check, however, going 0-for-7 with a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Vanevenhoven and Jen Krueger both had two hits for the Badgers.Vanevenhoven, starting her fourth game in the last week, was pulled for Letty Olivarez in the sixth. Olivarez had been sitting out of the game with flu-like symptoms, and it showed in her pitching, as Michigan tacked on three more runs in the inning and five in the seventh to put the game out of reach for Wisconsin.Control issues plagued the Badgers’ pitchers all afternoon as they combined to issue 12 walks and throw nine wild pitches in the doubleheader.In addition to shaky pitching, UW’s offense was its usual anemic self, being shutout for the 17th and 18th times of the season. The Badgers mustered only six hits and two walks in the series and looked overmatched at times by the Wolverines pitchers.Wisconsin had an opportunity to take the lead in the third inning of the first game, loading the bases with one out. But Theresa Boruta and Livi Abney struck out swinging to end the threat and UW would manage only six more baserunners in the series.“I thought we did a good job at the plate in game one against the Big Ten’s best pitcher getting five hits off of Nemitz,” Schulte said. “But we were unable to get those runs home, a problem we have had all season.”In beating the Badgers, Nemitz reached the 20 win mark for the third consecutive season. She lowered her Big Ten-leading ERA to 0.74 and had nine strikeouts.Wisconsin had just as little success against game two starter Jordan Taylor, who gave up just one hit and two walks in five innings of work.The series capped off a week where Wisconsin faced five of the conference’s best pitchers. Every starter the Badgers have faced since April 18 ranked in the top 10 in the conference in ERA, wins and strikeouts. Wisconsin went 1-5 in those games.Michigan pushed its win streak over Wisconsin to 14 and also has never lost a game at Goodman Diamond. The Wolverines have won their last 15 games of the season, with their last loss on March 22 at Northwestern.last_img read more