The people of the Iroquois Confederacy believe that “All members of Creation have spirits, and that, at the creation of Man, they were instructed that “We who walk about on the Earth are to express a great respect, an affection, and a gratitude toward all the spirits which create and support life ….. when people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed, and human life on this planet will come to an end.” They believe that the Earth is our mother, and it’s true, as the Earth nurtures and cares for us all. But a caregiver has to be healthy to give care, and our Earth is anything but healthy.Overpopulation and our consumer society have lead to the pollution of air and water, destruction of forests, and leaching of soil fertility. Soon, Mother Earth will no longer be able to care for us, and the Iroquois will be right.We will die out. You can help by conserving fossil fuels and think before you buy, “Do I really need this, or do I just want it?”Jahnn Swanker-GibsonJohnstownMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe was roughly flat.On Wall Street on Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 405.89 points, or 1.45 percent, to 27,534.58, the S&P 500 lost 59.77 points, or 1.76 percent, to 3,339.19 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 221.97 points, or 1.99 percent, to 10,919.59.Names that have rallied since March lows, such as Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Amazon.com, all fell at least 2.8 percent.The euro rose to a one-week high against the dollar on Thursday after European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde suggested the ECB was unlikely to undertake measures to weaken the euro despite its recent gains.Oil prices slid again after US data showed a build in crude stockpiles last week stemming in part from ongoing reductions at refineries along the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Laura.Topics : Asian markets were expected to fall on Friday in response to declines in technology stocks that began last week and growing concerns about another round of negotiations on the UK’s departure from the European Union.“It’s another day of declines, broad-based declines,” said Kyle Rodda, a markets analyst at IG Markets. “We’re still caught in that storm where markets are trying to reprice themselves. In the big picture, we’re a one-story market now, the big tech correction.“The other thing today is the narrative with Brexit. That seems to be spiraling into another two to three months where we’ll be seeing if there will be a hard Brexit or not. It’s almost like an annual event now.” The European Union told Britain on Thursday it should abandon a plan to break their divorce treaty, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government refused and moved forward with a draft law that could sink four years of Brexit talks.Australian S&P/ASX 200 futures were down 1.34 percent, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 futures were up 0.28 percent.The Nikkei 225 index closed up 0.88 percent at 23,235.47 on Thursday. The futures contract is down 0.76 percent from that close.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index futures were mostly unchanged.
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has today announced the appointment of nine specialist firms to a new framework agreement, which will provide administration, actuarial, support and consultancy services to its board.The announcement marks the conclusion of a three-month procurement process for a framework agreement that consists of two lots.Lot one is primarily for services to the board where both administration and actuarial services and/or pensions consultancy may be required at the same time, the PPF said.Lot two is aimed at firms with specialist actuarial capabilities that have experience in either the pensions or insurance industries, where long-term risk modelling is also considered. ”These firms will provide broader but more specified actuarial consultancy services, as part of a pool of suppliers capable of delivering any specific call-off contract we award,” the fund said.Broadstone Corporate Benefits has been selected for lot one, while Government’s Actuary Department (GAD) and Hymans Robertson will handle lot two.Additionally, Barnett Waddingham, Deloitte, Mercer, XPS Pensions Consulting, Quattro and Spence & Partners have all been selected for both lots as well.These businesses will perform a range of tasks including:collecting and analysing data;providing administration, actuarial and payroll functions;giving actuarial advice;supporting specialist projects; andproviding consultancy support and services. The PPF said the companies will be required to perform all services in line with PPF standards of professionalism and PPF’s ICARE values.The work is expected to be ‘right first time’ to the board’s satisfaction and in accordance with the framework agreement and call-off contract.
MacArtney has established a workshop facilities at its headquarters in Denmark.MacArtney HQ recently repurposed the old salmon smoking facility in Hjerting to accommodate the new 2500 sqm facility that incorporates new workshop space for electronics, fibre optics, cabling and mechanics.The effective use of space has allowed for the extension of the moulding room, API cable production room, stores department, cable spooling, shipping office and canteen, the company explained.Dan Ravn, workshop manager, said: “The new facilities provide a fantastic workspace for our colleagues and a showroom for our customers; it is really somewhere we can see our ideas and designs come to life.”
Switzerland-based MSC Cruises and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri signed today the final contracts for the construction of four luxury cruise ships.This announcement follows a memorandum of agreement inked between the two parties in October 2018.The contracts, subject to shipowner financing, have a total value exceeding EUR 2 billion (USD 2.2 billion).“With this now firm order, MSC is entering a new segment that bears significant potential globally,” Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC’s Cruises Division, said. “Today’s announcement confirms our group’s ability and strength to convert the soft backlog into backlog. We are proud to have achieved this important goal in less than five months from the preliminary agreement,” Giuseppe Bono, Fincantieri’s Chief Executive Officer, commented.All four vessels will have gross tonnage of approximately 64,000 tons and will feature the latest maritime and environmental technologies available.Under the agreement, the first of the four ships will be delivered by spring 2023. The remaining three will come into service one per year over the following three years through 2026.MSC is the cruises division of MSC Group, the world’s second largest transportation and logistics business. Since starting to work with Fincantieri in 2014, MSC also ordered four ships for its MSC Cruises brand, for EUR 3.2 billion.The first two of these vessels, MSC Seaside and MSC Seaview, are already in service. The next two vessels will be delivered in 2021 and 2023, with MSC Seashore already under construction at Fincantieri’s yard in Monfalcone.
Garingalao agreed with the President. “Vapes are beingmarketed as safer than conventional cigarettes and even as smoking cessationtools. But that is misleading,” stressed the ICAST chief. “Iwill ban it, the use and the importation. I hope everybody is listening. Paki-relayna lang. You know why? Because it is toxic. And the government has thepower to issue measures to protect public health and public interest,” thePresident said in a press conference at Malacañang late Tuesday night. “Confiscateditems must be accounted for and disposed of properly,” said Gamboa. TheDepartment of Health (DOH) on Nov. 15 confirmed that a 16-year-old girl fromCentral Visayas who had been using e-cigarettes for six months was allegedlysuffering from electronic cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (EVALI). Duterteordered the ban following the first reported case of an illness related tovaping in the country. “Mabutipa ang sigarilyo kasi they confirmed toxic thing that cause harm topeople. Nakalagay diyan ‘yung nicotine. Itong vaping, it contains nicotine and other chemicals that we donot know. It has not passed the FDA Food and Drug [Administration],” he said. TheIloilo City Police Office (ICPO) is expected to help ICAST apprehend thosevaping. Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lieutenant GeneralArchie Gamboa ordered a nationwide crackdown on the use of electroniccigarettes yesterday. ThePresident said he would soon sign an executive order (EO) that would formalizehis directive to stop the use of vaping devices nationwide. Still,he acknowledged that vaping here “naga amat-amat popular sa mga youth.” “Youthsare adventurous. They try new things,” said Garingalao. Thegirl, who allegedly complained of “sudden-onset of severe shortness of breath,”met the case criteria of EVALI upon evaluation, based on the guidelines of theUnited States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A city ordinance banning smoking inpublic places and conveyances cover vaping. Garingalao said the ban ordered bythe President would strengthen ICAST’s campaign. Thetask force recently apprehended several minors for vaping. Healso ordered all police commanders to increase police visibility in all publicplaces, particularly the vicinity of schools, and to run after those who woulddare to vape in no-smoking areas. He,however, assured the public that vaping is not as rampant here compared toother big cities like Manila, Cebu and Baguio. Vapingdevices, which vaporize a solution that users inhale, do not use tobaccoleaves, unlike regular cigarettes. Aroundone million Filipinos are using e-cigarettes, according to DOH. Duterte said vapes are “not good forhumans.” ILOILO City – This city is one of thefirst in the country to campaign against vaping, according to Iñigo Garingalao,executive director of the Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force (ICAST).President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on the useand importation of vaping devices or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)affirms that this city is on the right track, he said. Buthe made it clear he can already order the arrest of those who continue usinge-cigarettes. OnMay 16, 2017 Duterte signed EO 26 which provides for the establishment ofsmoke-free environments in public and enclosed places. Ina bid to guarantee the right of every Filipino to “breathe clean air,” EO 26requires the establishment of designated smoking areas that may either be anopen space or an enclosed area with proper ventilation. “Betterstop it because I will order your arrest if you do it in a room. I am nowordering the law enforcement agencies to arrest anybody vaping in public. Thatis like smoking. You cannot do it inside a room. That’s full of s***. Youcontaminate people na hindi pa pala panahong mamatay,” Duterte added. (With a report from the Philippine NewsAgency/PN)
Ruth M. Moore, 83, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at Morning Breeze Nursing Home in Greensburg.Born, April 25, 1936 in Jackson, Indiana, she was the daughter of George and Lena (Pomery) Pflum.Ruth is survived by one son; Gary (Katie) Moore, Greensburg, five daughters; Mariann (Melvin) Scudder, St. Paul, Carolyn (David) Mitchell, Greensburg, Angie (Curtiss) Spurlock, Osgood, Brenda (Tim) Varga, Greensburg, Mindy (Jim) Schantz, Batesville, one sister, Marcella Hildebrand, Brookville, 15 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Clarence Pflum.Visitation will be at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Friday, January 31 from 11 am until 1 pm. Funeral services will start at 1 pm on Friday at the funeral home.Burial will follow at Union Flat Rock Cemetery in Ripley County.Memorial contributions can be made to NAMI, National Alliance for Mental Illness.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Press Association Southampton maintain they have “no need to accept any offers” for their star players this summer, after England forward Rickie Lambert was allowed to leave for Liverpool. Chairman Ralph Krueger added: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Rickie. He served with distinction and helped to take Saints from League One to the Premier League. “Rickie has been a shining light in Saints’ growth and will forever remain an icon in the history of the club. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Southampton and will always be welcome back at St Mary’s.” Last week, Krueger claimed Southampton had been inundated with calls from some of the ”highest quality managers in Europe” and that the club are in their strongest ever position despite Pochettino’s exit, having finished eighth last season. Former FC Basel coach Murat Yakin and Dutchman Ronald Koeman are the current bookmakers’ favourites to take the St Mary’s hotseat, while former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is also said to be in the running. Following the departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino to take up the Tottenham job, there has been mounting speculation the likes of World Cup duo Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw would follow the Argentine out of St Mary’s Stadium. However, the Barclays Premier League club on Monday issued a statement insisting there was not about to be a mass exodus, despite confirming a number of offers had been received, with the likes of Manchester United said to be trailing full-back Shaw and Liverpool determined to land midfield playmaker Lallana ahead of the World Cup finals. “Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks. This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League. We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers,” read a statement on www.saintsfc.co.uk. “We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward. It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place. “Our scouting and recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process.” Saints paid tribute to Lambert, who helped the south coast club return to the top flight from League One. The 32-year-old, currently out in Miami with England’s World Cup squad, underwent a medical on Saturday after a fee of £4million was agreed . Lambert is understood to have signed a two-year deal with the club who released him as a 15-year-old. “There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie’s move to Liverpool,” Southampton’s statement continued. “When Rickie Lambert requested to leave for Liverpool, the club felt it could not stand in the way of having him fulfil his boyhood dream of playing at home. “It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now, but also for many years to come.”
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel insisted Leicester never lost belief in themselves as they fought for their Barclays Premier League lives. The Foxes ensured their continued presence in English football’s top flight with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Sunderland on Saturday which took their tally to a remarkable 19 points from the last 24 on offer and in the process, ensured that 18th-placed Hull cannot catch them. For long periods during the campaign, last season’s Sky Bet Championship winners looked destined to make an immediate return to the Football League, but Schmeichel revealed that there was always a confidence within the camp that they could avoid the drop. Press Association The 28-year-old told Foxes Player: “It’s come from belief, never losing focus, never losing the belief and the energy that we put into games, just keep going, keep working, keep believing in the way we want to play football. “I liken this run-in to winning the title last season, it’s sort of the same thing, You are going into every game needing points, you have to keep picking up points, and we have done that. It’s been a great run.” Six wins out of seven had sent City to the Stadium of Light on the crest of a wave and with the Black Cats knowing victory would almost certainly end their own fears of being sucked into the mire, it proved a tense affair with little to recommend it to the purist. In the event, the spoils were shared and as news of Hull’s impending defeat at Tottenham filtered through to Wearside, the final whistle brought a joyous conclusion to Leicester’s fight and left Sunderland tantalisingly close to redemption. For Foxes boss Nigel Pearson, it was the culmination of a remarkable few weeks and he was quick to salute his players. He said: “This run has been singular, really. I have not known a side in our sort of position which has been able to produce the types of performances and results that we have achieved. “I am really pleased for the players because they have been a pleasure to work with. But it transpires that we needed this type of a run because so many other sides in the bottom third of the division have put together decent runs. “It’s been a difficult season to sum up in one sentence, so I’ll take my time looking at the entirety of the season. “We think we know where we need to strengthen, and that’s not necessarily just positionally. We feel we have got a good squad of players who have got a year’s Premier League experience under their belts, so to speak, and we are better for it. “But it’s very hard to plan for the future when you don’t know where your future is.” For opposite number Dick Advocaat, who collected his 11th point from the seven games for which he has been in charge, the wait goes on and with tough away trips to Arsenal and Chelsea to come, he may yet have to rely on a final day defeat for Hull by Manchester United to get the job done. However, he knows a maximum of one point from Wednesday’s trip to the Emirates Stadium and Sunday’s visit to the champions will see the club clinch its own safety, and he is confident they will stay up. He said: “We will stay in, I have no doubt about that.” Striker Connor Wickham is determined not to prolong the agony until the weekend, and he is hoping the Black Cats can take a decisive step on Wednesday night. He said: “They are two tough games away from homes, but they are opportunities for us. We need one point, we all know that. “We know what we have got to do now and and it’s something we are capable of. There are two opportunities to clinch it and hopefully we can do that on Wednesday night.”
The Pac-12 Conference announced the official Pac-12 All-Century Men’s Volleyball Team which included four former Trojan greats: setter Dusty Dvorak, middle blocker Bryan Ivie and outside hitters Celso Kalache and Pat Powers.USC’s nominees, while from different time periods, greatly contributed to the Trojans’ winning traditions as Powers, Dvorak and Kalache were members of the National Championship-winning team in 1980.One-time All-American Celso Kalache, an outside hitter for the Trojans in 1973, ’74, ’75 and ’77, earned MVP honors for his performance in USC’s 1977 national championship victory. The Brazilian hitter also played for his native country during the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.Setter Dusty Dvorak attended USC from 1977-1980, receiving All-American honors four times, National Championship MVP honors once in 1980 and took the Trojans to the NCAA Championship three times, earning runner-up honors in 1979.Fellow outside hitter Pat Powers, a two-time All-American (1979-80), could be considered the most successful Trojan on the All-Century team as he not only won a gold medal for the United States in the 1984 Olympics, but because he also served as the Trojans’ head coach from 1997 to 2001, earning a career-best 26-6 record in the Trojans’ 1999-2000 campaign.Powers and Dvorak earned their gold medals in the 1984 Olympics and All-American honors.Though Ivie only obtained one bronze medal during his two stints on the 1992 and 1996 Olympic squads, he currently sits atop the Trojan’s career stats sheet with USC records in career and season kills (2,380, 770) and blocks (661, 199).Ivie helped USC to three national title appearances, winning in 1988 and 1990, with the Trojans falling in 1991, finishing an impressive 10-year span which saw USC reach the national championship game seven times, winning twice.Rival UCLA contributed nine of the 16 players nominated to the All-Century team, as well as the Player and Coach of the Century in Karch Kiraly and Al Scates, respectively. Stanford’s Scott Fortune, Erik Shoji and Mike Lambert also received All-Century honors.One of UCLA’s great players has returned to USC in current head coach Jeff Nygaard. Nygaard was honored as one of four middle blockers named to the All-Century team. Nygaard played at UCLA from 1992-1995. He is in his first year as USC’s head coach.The Trojans’ next contest will be on Sunday at the Galen Center as USC plays host to Stanford.