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

AKR Corporindo profit up 13% in Q1 as COVID-19 impacts loom

first_imgStocks of AKR, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code “AKRA”, fell 1.32 percent at 10:36 a.m. Jakarta time to Rp 2,240 versus a 0.24 percent increase recorded by main gauge the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI).Throughout January to March, AKR’s revenue jumped by almost 26 percent annually to Rp 6.35 trillion as revenue from the fuel distribution business increased by 37 percent yoy to Rp 4.85 trillion, mostly supported by distribution for industrial clients.The company also attributed the growth in revenue to rising logistics revenue that was up by 30 percent yoy to Rp 214 billion. In the meantime, the company also pocketed Rp 140 billion from its industrial estate in Gresik, East Java.  The increase in revenue from multiple segments was able to offset the company’s declining chemical sales that dropped by 13 percent yoy to Rp 1.04 trillion due to a lower average selling price, despite increasing sales volume of 8 percent. Going forward, the company is bracing for challenges amid the COVID-19 outbreak by implementing a robust business continuity plan for its logistics and supply chain segment, said Haryanto.“We are taking necessary steps considering the slowing gross domestic product [GDP] growth environment and global oil market,” he said.The government expects Indonesia’s economic growth to reach 2.3 percent this year under the baseline scenario and contract 0.4 percent under the worst case scenario as the outbreak disrupts business activity and hits consumer demand.Global oil price, meanwhile, has plummeted and touched the negative territory for the first time in history earlier this month amid rising production and plunging demand.AKR also closely assessed the slowdown in demand, price volatility and potential supply chain disruption in running its business.“These measures will guide the company in doing business until the economy recovers,” he said.Topics : Publicly listed fuel distributor and logistics company PT AKR Corporindo recorded a net profit jump in the first quarter as it prepared for business disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. The company pocketed Rp 277.77 billion (US$18.03 million) in net profit, up 13 percent year-on-year (yoy), in the first three months of this year as it recorded a significant increase in revenue during the period.“We maintained growth momentum in the first quarter of 2020, thanks to contribution from the trading and distribution segments, as well as the sale of land in our industrial estate,” AKR president director Haryanto Adikoesoemo said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more