Politics led to the deaths in Benghazi

first_imgAfter the attack, both Obama and Mrs. Clinton both blamed a video that little to no one had seen, when in fact the night of the attack Mrs. Clinton emailed her daughter and told her Al-Qaida had attacked our embassy.In Niger, the soldiers were on patrol in a dangerous area. There were no requests for more security. They knew there was a chance of armed conflict and they were armed. No one from the Trump administration has tried to blame a video or make any other excuse.I know as an informed reader it’s fun to watch the Democrats try to blame President Trump for what happened in Niger. Unfortunately, there’s no comparison. Obama and Mrs. Clinton were never found to be responsible for Benghazi. I believe they just ignored the requests for added security, and once the attack occurred, they denied any culpability because Obama’s re-election would be hurt if the truth ever came out.The fact is, politics led to the death of the four Americans in Benghazi and four brave Americans lost their lives. In Niger, four brave Americans lost their lives, period.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Re Oct. 31 letter, “Politics has no place in Benghazi, Niger”: The only thing that the attack in Benghazi and the attack in Niger have in common is both were carried out by Muslims and, in both cases, four Americans were killed.As Mr. Gary Guido stated, attacks happen and unfortunately people will be killed.The attack in Benghazi occurred just a week or two after the Democratic convention in 2012, at which Obama proclaimed that al-Qaida is on the run.In addition, the ambassador had requested on multiple occasions increased security. Somehow the person responsible, Mrs. Clinton, never saw the requests. How could they need more security after the president had declared Al-Qaida basically destroyed? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Propane customers bear responsibility

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe have all seen articles recently denouncing a local gas company because some propane heating customers are running out of gas due to the recent weeks of very cold weather.I’m not familiar with the business practices of this particular company, but gas companies in general seem to do a very good job of keeping their customers supplied gas. When a heating account customer first begins receiving gas service from a particular company, at least one (maybe two) #420 (100 gallon) tanks are installed at the customer’s location. At this time, the customer opts for company-owned or customer-owned inventory. If the inventory is company owned, the customer isn’t charged until the next delivery and the meter on the truck determines the amount of gallons used and payable by the customer. Usually, with auto-fill service, the company makes a scheduled, periodic delivery to “top off” the tank, assuring the supply of gas.  As the colder weather approaches, the gas company “steps up” the delivery schedule based on weather-service-determined “heating degree days,” thus assuring an adequate supply in the tank. This also allows the company to reorder and keep its main tank filled to meet the demand. With customer-owned inventory, the customer can either pay for a full tank of gas and go on auto-fill or  purchase gas as they feel is needed. Under the latter, the responsibility of having gas in the tank lies with the customer. Due to human nature and many times economics, the customer fails to order enough gas to keep him going through cold spells as we have experienced lately, thus running out of gas. The gas companies do what they can to respond to an onslaught of calls requesting immediate delivery, but they’re limited to the number of deliveries they can make in a day and, on the big scale, the supply of gas they have in their own tank. So let’s not jump to more unneeded state legislation when all that’s really needed is a little more awareness and cooperation from customers.Kenneth BensonCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Indonesia’s 2021 economic recovery will not be at ‘full power’: Sri Mulyani

first_imgBringing COVID-19 under control, as well as the recovery of the global economy and structural reforms to attract investment and fiscal support, are among the important factors that will impact the economy next year, Sri Mulyani said Tuesday.Given these challenges, the government expects the economy to grow by 4.5 to 5.5 percent next year.“Taking into account these factors and the lower baseline economic growth in 2020, the government is convinced the economic growth [target] remains realistic,” the minister said.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion this year to rescue the economy, but bureaucratic red tape and a lack of citizen data has held up the much-needed disbursement of assistance and stimulus funds. Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year as domestic consumption, business investment and government spending fell significantly. Meanwhile, the country has continued to record thousands of new COVID-19 cases this week, with the overall tally reaching 180,000 on Wednesday, according to official records.Sri Mulyani said many expected the country to enter a recession in the third quarter this year, while negative growth also anticipated to continue into the fourth quarter. The government has forecast the economy to contract 1.1 percent to 0.2 percent this year.Meanwhile, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Minister Suharso Monoarfa stated on the same occasion that the pandemic would also cause mass layoffs and see millions fall into poverty, increasing the country’s level of inequality.The government estimates that the open unemployment rate will increase to around 8.1 to 9.2 percent due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, from 4.8 to 5 percent previously, while the poverty rate could surge to around 9.7 to 10.2 percent from 8.5 to 9 percent before the pandemic, according to Suharso.Indonesia’s gini ratio is also expected to increase to 0.379 to 0.381 from 0.375 to 0.380, signaling growing inequality, he added.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak would likely peak this month, adding that he was “very confident” a safe and effective vaccine would be developed by the end of this year.“From what I gathered this morning, the peak will still be in September,” Jokowi said as reported by Reuters. “After that, it will fall.”However, efforts to revive the economy continue to be haunted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases.Indonesia’s manufacturing activity has shown signs of improvement for the first time since February, with IHS Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Indonesia, a gauge of the country’s manufacturing activity, rising to 50.8 points in August from 46.9 a month before, with a value above 50 indicating expansion against the previous month.However, risks remain as new COVID-19 clusters emerge in factories and industrial areas and as household spending remains weak.Retail sales in Indonesia also continued to contract on a year-on-year basis in July, but the contractions have been improving since the lows recorded in May, said analysts at Fitch Solutions.“Similar to household goods and electronics, the sale of these discretionary items have yet to record a meaningful recovery, suggesting that Indonesian consumers have been severely impacted by the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant restrictions,” the analysts wrote in a note made available to The Jakarta Post. “This does not bode well for the remainder of 2020, as more job losses or wage cuts are likely to exacerbate this.”Topics : Indonesia’s economic recovery in 2021 may not be at “full power”, with the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue to dampen domestic consumption and investment, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.While the government anticipates a vaccine will be available for the public in the second half of next year, the economy may remain sluggish until then, Sri Mulyani stated on Wednesday.“We cannot assume there will be a full-power recovery because the COVID-19 pandemic will remain an important factor that will hold up the recovery of domestic consumption, investment and the global economy,” she told lawmakers during a hearing at the House of Representatives. “Our economy will depend on the recovery in the second half of 2021.”last_img read more

Builder launches ‘ready-built’ estate

first_imgPlantation Homes Ready Built community is just 14km from the CBD in HemmantA Queensland builder has launched its first residential development – a 53-lot estate at southside Hemmant.Described at the “gateway to city living”, Plantation Homes has completed Eastpoint Estate, a “ready-built” residential development just 15km from the CBD. Just one of the homes within Plantation Homes ‘ready-built’ Eastpoint Estate community at HemmantPlantation Homes marketing manager Amanda Reilly said Eastpoint Estate offered a lifestyle full of adventure for the whole family, celebrating Brisbane’s love of the outdoors, and blended with premium features and fixtures into one stunning neighbourhood.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“With a selection of single and double storey completed home designs on offer, each home features spacious, open plan living, complete with innovative design finishes and superior luxury inclusions, ready for you to move in immediately,” she said. Located just 8kms from the Manly/Wynnum waterfront, each lot within Eastpoint Estate has a predetermined house design matched to it.Ron Van Haren from Plantation Ready Built said Eastpoint was an exciting new venture for the Queensland builder. “There has already been a lot of interest for these homes, with at least two homes already under contract,” he said.Each Plantation home features a galley-style kitchen with a stone benchtop. It is also equipped with quality stainless-steel appliances and an abundance of storage space plus a butlers pantry. A resort-style, undercover alfresco area creates the ultimate outdoor entertaining zone and an individual facade adds to the streetscape. Ducted airconditioning, full floor coverings, contemporary landscaping, a driveway, path and fencing, and a remote-controlled double garage is also included. The homes are complete and ready to move in to now.last_img read more