When you just go along with your party, you aren’t doing your job.It’s your job to do your research on proposed bills and to judge whether voting yes or no will do what’s best for the people you represent. Party line voting is, many times, the easy way out.Many times you’re doing someone a favor. Many times it’s “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine.” It’s politics as usual.It’s time for all that to change. It’s time to do what you were ejected to do. Stand up and be counted. Don’t be a sheep or a lemming and fall off the cliff along with your constituents. Hats off to those representatives who did, and do, the right thing. Party line voting is ruining our country.Francis PuglieseRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Party line voting isn’t what we elected you for. When we vote for a candidate, we ask only one thing: an honest effort to do what’s best for the people you represent. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Topics : Read also: Luhut asks Xi Jinping to roll back China’s steel import tariffsControls were necessary as local iron and steel industry players suspected that China was dumping its product on Indonesia, he said.Imports of carbon-akin alloys like boron steel have disrupted the performance of local steel companies because the product is often used as a substitute for the carbon steel produced by many local players. As a result, steel imports rose to 3.2 million tons in 2019 from 1.4 million tons in 2015, according to IISIA data.Silmy hopes the petition will gain support from related parties, including the government, as he considers it a move to protect the country’s iron and steel industry. The petition is also a part of the association’s effort to help the government collect import duties on Chinese steel alloys as importers often circumvented trade laws by altering the product harmonized system (HS) code, he added.Read also: Indonesia, EU embroiled in fresh trade spat over nickel export ban, subsidiesThe HS code is a widely used goods classification system. It helps facilitate tariff requirements, statistics, rules of origin and commodities export and import supervision, among other processes.“The circumvention practice in steel imports is a fraudulent practice often used by exporting countries to gain profits from avoiding import fees and receiving export tax rebates,” said Silmy. State-owned steelmaker PT Krakatau Steel has submitted an anti-dumping petition against hot-rolled coil/plate (HRC/P) alloy imports from China to the Indonesian Anti-Dumping Committee (KADI).President director Silmy Karim said in a statement on Monday that the petition, submitted on behalf of the Indonesian Iron and Steel Industry Association (IISIA), was part of an effort to control imports of the product, which can be used as a replacement for carbon steel.“This is the first time local industry players have submitted an anti-dumping petition on hot-rolled coil alloys from China,” Silmy said in the statement, adding that KADI had also sent a notification of the petition to the Chinese government.
Meanwhile, the final exams for junior classes would be replaced by online tests, home assignments and/or decided based on the student’s portfolio and school performance.Nadiem added that, since public school enrollment was mostly based on the zoning system, which requires public schools to prioritize enrollment for students living in the district, the cancellation of exams should not have much of an effect.”[Enrollment] should [mostly] be determined by area. Merit-based enrollment can be based on two options: the accumulation of students’ grades from the past five semesters or the students’ academic or nonacademic achievements outside their report cards,” he said.More than 8 million students from 106,000 institutions of education had been registered for national exams this year.The move to cancel the exams was applauded by National Education Standardization Agency (BSNP) head Abdul Mu’ti, who had sent a letter recommending such a policy to the ministry on Monday.Nadiem has announced a plan to abolish the national exam and replace it with a different kind of educational assessment in 2021.”The cancellation of national exams is part of the social distancing measures in an effort to cut the chain of COVID-19 transmission,” presidential spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, Indonesia has reported 686 cases of COVID-19, with 55 deaths. (trn)Topics : The ministry has ordered schools to determine students’ graduation based on their grades achieved during the past five semesters, with the current semester of their study only be an addition to the whole school performance.The graduation of elementary school students would be based on students’ report cards from fourth grade, fifth grade and the first semester of sixth grade.Whether junior high students make the grade, meanwhile, depends on their report cards from seventh grade, eighth grade and the first semester of ninth grade. Similarly, high school students’ graduation would be based on their report cards from tenth grade, eleventh grade and the first semester of twelfth grade.The grades of the last five semesters would also determine the graduation of vocational high school students, with some additional guidance from students’ portfolios and field practice reports. Education Minister Nadiem Makarim said the cancellation of the national exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic would not affect graduation or enrollment at higher levels of education.Nadiem had issued a ministerial regulation on Tuesday prohibiting any form of examination that would require students to gather.”The cancellation of national exams should not have any effect on the enrollment of new students to junior high school or high school,” Nadiem said in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has launched a special police unit to guard the burials of coronavirus victims over concerns that scared residents could try to block funerals, authorities said Monday.The move comes days after angry mobs in several cities on Sulawesi island and in Central Java blocked streets to prevent ambulances from transporting victims of the deadly illness to local cemeteries.Launched at the weekend, the 120-strong Jakarta team will watch over victims’ bodies as they are taken from hospitals to two cemeteries in the sprawling city, where virus corpses are being wrapped in plastic and quickly buried. “We’ve seen cases in other cities and we don’t want such a thing to happen in Jakarta so that’s why we immediately formed the team as a preventative measure,” said Mokhamad Ngajib, head of the new unit.On Monday, health authorities said 209 people had died of the virus with nearly 2,500 confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian archipelago of more than 260 million, where testing rates have been low.More than half the official deaths have been recorded within Jakarta, but the Indonesian Doctors’ Association has warned that the coronavirus crisis is far worse than has been officially reported.Jakarta’s funeral agency reportedly said Monday that more than 600 people had been buried under virus protection protocols since the start of last month, suggesting the death toll could be much higher than the confirmed figures. Topics : In Jakarta’s two virus cemeteries, 30 personnel — including some wearing head-to-toe protective gear — would keep watch over interments and cemetery entrances, while others would ensure body-filled ambulances were not blocked, Ngajib said.Anyone blocking medical staff or interfering with burials could face up to a year in jail, he added.”We’ll try to be persuasive at first. But if they don’t stop then we’ll take firm action and bring them to the police station,” Ngajib said.
Advertisement Coral BarryWednesday 4 Sep 2019 12:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Comment Leverkusen are set to demand over £90m for Havertz (Picture: Getty)The German scored 20 goals in all competitions last season and is already off the mark in the new campaign, scoring in Leverkusen’s opening day victory over SC Paderborn and in the German cup.With Havertz in high demand, Leverkusen have slapped a £91million asking price on their prized asset. Benfica sold 19-year-old Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid for £113m during the last transfer window and Leverkusen are confident they can fetch a similarly huge fee for Havertz.As well as interest from the Premier League, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also tracking Havertz.MORE: Alexis Sanchez reveals Romelu Lukaku ‘convinced’ him to join Inter Milan from Manchester UnitedMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City United and Arsenal want to sign Havertz (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t know exactly what it was like with Timo [Werner], but it just didn’t happen for me this year. I think there were a number of reasons why.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But I’m happy to be here and stay in Leverkusen for another year. We’ll see what will happens next summer.’Havertz was keen on a switch this summer and is expected to push for a move at the end of the season. Kai Havertz refuses to rule out transfer move amid links to Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool Advertisement Havertz is wanted by every top club (Picture: AP)Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz has refused to rule out a transfer next summer after being linked with a host of top clubs.Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have been credited with an interest in the 20-year-old, as well as German giants Bayern Munich.There are believed to be eight elite clubs vying for Havertz’s signature and the young midfielder has now spoken out on his failed move this summer.‘They haven’t scared me off,’ Havertz told Sky Germany.ADVERTISEMENT
The former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder was the subject of speculation after a claim from a BBC reporter that one unnamed first-team player would rather lose than win a game for Mourinho. The Portuguese’s position is under scrutiny after nine losses in 17 games in all competitions this season, but Fabregas backed his boss, who has continually insisted his players are behind him. Fabregas wrote on Twitter: “I would like to clarify that contrary to a few reports from some online websites, I am extremely happy at Chelsea and have an excellent relationship with the manager. “There may be certain individuals from the outside trying to destabilise this club, but I strongly believe that we will bounce back and come good again.” Chelsea play Dynamo Kiev in Champions League Group G on Wednesday night and at Stoke in the Premier League. The Blues are 15th in the Premier League, with six losses from 11 games. Mourinho will serve a one-match stadium ban at Stoke unless an appeal is submitted against the sanction imposed on Monday following his half-time dismissal at West Ham on October 24. Fabregas sparkled during the first half of last season, but has struggled for form of late. The Spain playmaker was dropped for last Saturday’s 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool. Cesc Fabregas has taken to Twitter to proclaim his support for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, refuting reports he is the leader of rumoured dressing room unrest. Press Association
Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth softball team ended the 2017 season on a roll. Ten months later, the team likes its chances to go on another.In Dottie Cameron’s first season as head coach last season, Ellsworth continued its run of success in recent years with a 12-7 record and berth in the Class B North semifinals. Despite losing a few notable contributors from that team, the players returning for the Eagles in 2018 have the team prepared to make some more noise come June.“I think there are going to be high expectations for us this year,” junior Mackenzie Chipman said. “There’s a bit of pressure because of that, but we all know we can go back out there and pull it off again.”Chipman, the team’s primary pitcher last year, will return on the mound. As a sophomore last season, she earned eight wins and struck out 42 batters as part of a one-two pitching duo that also featured then-senior Sammy Mason.Ellsworth’s Hannah Sargent takes a swing during batting practice April 9 at Ellsworth High School. Sargent was one of the PVC’s top hitters last year, finishing tied for sixth in the conference in total hits. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textHannah Sargent, Katelynn Bagley, Ellie Clarke and Mariah Young are back to lead an Ellsworth team with plenty of contributors at the plate. Each of those players ranked near the top of the Penobscot Valley Conference in at least one major offensive category for the Eagles, who scored 11 runs or more in 10 of their 19 games.The Eagles will have to replace Mason as well as Leah Stevens and All-PVC catcher Callie Hammer. Yet with an abundance of talent and a strong senior class, the team is in good shape to make up for those departures.“Those players meant a lot to the team, but you’re going to lose good players just about every year,” Sargent said. “Every one of us is really excited about the season and knows what we can achieve. You can see that every day at practice.”Although the Eagles started the 2017 season 4-4, that record didn’t tell the whole story. Three of their losses came by a combined six runs, and they also won by scores of 20-0 against George Stevens Academy, 18-6 against Washington Academy, 13-4 against John Bapst and 3-1 against an Old Town team that was defending a state title and would go on to win another.Shelby Cote chases down a fly ball during softball practice April 9 at Ellsworth High School. Cote is one of four Ellsworth seniors this season along with teammates Katelynn Bagley, Mariah Young and Hannah Sargent. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLAfter winning six of its final eight games to end the regular season, Ellsworth beat Nokomis in the Class B North preliminary round. The Eagles then posted a 6-2 win over No. 1 seed Gardiner, which had lost just once all season.“We were so excited we were all crying after the game,” Sargent said of the Eagles’ quarterfinal win over Gardiner. “It was definitely one of the most exciting games I’ve ever played in during my time here.”Whereas the Eagles had lost many of their close games early in the season, they were able to win those games in the latter half. With that trend having reversed itself, the Eagles were tough to stop.“I think that just gave us a lot of that confidence going forward,” Sargent said. “Even when we had those losses there at the beginning, we were right there in most of them. When we started to turn one or two of those losses into wins, that was something we were able to keep going.”With the new season just around the corner, Ellsworth is hoping that late-season success will carry into 2018. The Eagles are scheduled to host defending Class C champion and perennial powerhouse Bucksport to open the season at 2 p.m. next Thursday, April 19.That game could mark the beginning of another memorable year for the Eagles. For the team’s four seniors, it will also be the start of one last season wearing the Ellsworth colors.“For us, it’s going to be the last chance to play here,” Sargent said. “It’s going to be sad when it’s over, and that’s why we want to make it last as long as it can.” Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
June 10, 2020 The second-division club says the 50-year-old O’Neill had tested negative in five previous rounds of testing but the positive result came from a test administered on Monday.Stoke says O’Neill will “follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation.” Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training.Stoke is scheduled to play Reading when the Championship resumes on June 20.The Premier League returns to action with two matches on June 17.___ The Latest: Stoke says manager O’Neill positive for virus Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___English soccer club Stoke says manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Organisers of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have given Tuesday, May 1 and Saturday, May 5, 2018 as the closing dates for registration of athletes for the sixth edition of the race which holds on Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo State.The race’s Director of Organisation, Zak Amodu, said yesterday that the first deadline of May 1, 2018 is for the international elite athletes while the second is for the local elites as well as others who will either be running for fun or for charity.â€œThe registration for international elite athletes will close on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and registration for this set will be done by their various managers. The same date also applies to those we will be inviting for the race as we want to tidy up logistics for the administrative and technical organisation of the race very early,â€ said Amodu who believes many elites athletes will register for the race because of its elevated status as an IAAF Silver Label event, the first in Nigeria nay West Africa. Amodu also explains that the second deadline of May 5 is for the registration of elite athletes including those that will be done by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for Nigerian elite athletes.â€œEntry form and other documents must be received by the deadline date and entries mailed after the deadline date will not be accepted,â€ warned Amodu.Meanwhile, registered athletes are expected to start arriving from Wednesday May 9 to begin the processes of screening and accreditation.â€œLike the five previous editions, we will still insist that athletes must complete the authentic application forms with duly certified medical report before confirmation can be given. We will also carry out own medical tests on all the athletes before accepting them to run,â€ Amodu revealed.The race top official also revealed that the number card (bib) pick up will also start on Wednesday, May 9, at Yak Hotel in Auchi.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year. It will hold a day before the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10K in Bangalore, India.The race is the only road race recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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