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Don’t sacrifice Arctic Refuge for Republican tax-cut plan

first_imgIn such conditions, the equipment needed to help with cleanup efforts can literally freeze up when most needed. With the United States producing 80 percent more crude oil than a decade ago and gas prices staying low, sacrificing one of the country’s last areas of pristine wilderness for uncertain profit makes little sense. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, the ranking member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, already tried to protect ANWR with an amendment her colleagues rejected earlier this month. Voters should call their senators and representatives and urge them to follow Cantwell’s lead.Like they did in 2005, members of Congress must step up to block renewed efforts to drill in this vital refuge.The benefits simply don’t outweigh the risks. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Both chambers of Congress have asked the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to find a way to raise that sum, and ANWR appears to be the panel’s top target.The way those instructions came down — through a budget resolution — will allow proponents of Arctic drilling to push the plan through with a simple-majority vote, avoiding a filibuster from minority Democrats. Congress should resist.This $1 billion is minuscule compared to the $1.5 trillion Republicans would add to the federal deficit with their tax-cut plan. The Arctic refuge remains uncertain as a source of oil, with environmentalists disputing how much can be extracted there. Yet a spill in the fragile ecosystem would be potentially catastrophic. Responding to an oil spill in the remote region, where temperatures commonly reach 30 degrees below zero, poses a unique challenge.The freezing temperatures threaten the safety of workers, while the area’s permafrost makes it difficult to dig trenches to capture spilled oil. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Seattle Times:Congress once more is on the verge of opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, this time to offset the massive cost of the GOP’s proposed tax cuts. Drilling in this sensitive ecological area remains as terrible an idea today as it was 12 years ago, when Congress blocked a similar effort.Washington state’s congressional delegation must stand up once again to protect this key Alaskan wildlife habitat, where vulnerable species such as polar bears and caribou give birth and raise their young. A Senate hearing is scheduled Thursday to explore whether leasing the 1.5 million-acre slice of the Arctic refuge could help generate $1 billion over the next 10 years.last_img read more

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Support complete ethics reform deal

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Thank you for your March 18 editorial, (“State needs to go all in on ethics reform”). Your Clean House Bill is a beautiful way to take corruption out of our state government, simple and comprehensive. I think 98 percent of us (we who can’t buy a politician) can get behind it. How awesome would that be in today’s world?Strong watchdog, wide-open government FOIL, Limit outside income (bribes), close LLC loophole, limit lobbyist access, leadership term limits.If independent, good government groups could write it up as a bill, we could all (Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Progressive, Green, Independent) statewide demand our purported representatives sign on, or we won’t vote for them. I, for one, pledge to not vote for politician who doesn’t “Do. Them. All.” Let we the people, come together and do it now. Hope, in a divisive world, is action.Pete Looker GlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Hammerson signs up Shearer for Exeter goal

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Dunloe Ewart buyout thwarted

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Loss leaders of the pack

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Standard Life sells 20% of Hammerson

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‘Don’t overreact’: Chinese envoy responds to Indonesia’s travel ban amid virus fears

first_imgBeijing is seemingly displeased with Jakarta’s decision to impose a travel ban to and from China amid its efforts to prevent a deadly coronavirus from spreading to the archipelago, with a Chinese envoy saying that such a ban could harm Indonesia’s tourism and economy.The travel ban, which is to be in effect from 12 a.m. on Wednesday, would prevent people who have stayed more than two weeks in China to visit or transit in the country. Indonesia is to also suspend visa-free and visa-on-arrival provisions for Chinese nationals.Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian asked Indonesia to follow the advice of the World Health Organization, which — despite having declared a global emergency over the deadly coronavirus — is not recommending countries restrict travel or trade with China. Read also: ‘We are not overreacting’: Indonesia responds to China’s criticism of trade restrictions“In this situation, we need to be calm. Don’t overreact and cause a negative impact on investment and the economy,” he told reporters in Jakarta during a press briefing on Tuesday.By imposing a travel ban, Indonesia has followed in the footsteps of some other countries, such as the United States and Singapore — all countries with confirmed coronavirus cases — in implementing travel restrictions to and from China.Xiao said he understood that some countries were taking “rational action” in the face of the coronavirus outbreak, such as by tightening immigration security. However, he said the ban was against the WHO’s recommendation. “Indonesia and China are neighbors and good friends,” he said. “I believe that actions other than restrictions will have a direct impact on the relationship.”He said China is one of the biggest sources of investment for Indonesia, as well as the second-largest contributor of foreign tourists with roughly 2 million Chinese travelers going to the Southeast Asian country per year.“[The ban] actually harms Indonesia’s tourism and economy,” Xiao said, adding that the impact from the restrictive measures still needed to be calculated but he hoped that such measures would not need to be taken.“We hope that Indonesia can be rational and not experience any negative impact,” he said.As of Friday, the new coronavirus originating from the city of Wuhan in China has killed 427 people, including two deaths outside China, and infected nearly 20,000 people globally, Reuters reported. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

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European shares tumble to four-month low as virus risks grow

first_img“This is part of the ongoing reassessment of how bad the economic impact could get if the virus were to spread to more countries,” said Simona Gambarini, markets economist at Capital Economics in London.”Longer the shutdown lasts, then more likely that some of that production might never come back because companies might go bankrupt and people are also starting to take unpaid leaves.”Food group Danone cut its 2020 forecast for sales and profit margin, citing an uncertain economic climate and the coronavirus outbreak. However, its shares rose 1.4 percent.Global miner Rio Tinto fell 1.8 percent after signalling that the outbreak may create challenging conditions in the next six months.Latest data from Refinitiv shows European companies are expected to report a 1.2 percent fall in profits in the fourth quarter, a bigger drop than previously expected, which would keep them stuck in a year-long earnings recession.The biggest decliner on the STOXX 600 was Danish services company ISS, slumping 14 percent after results.Pressuring Norwegian shares was a 4 percent fall in fish farmer Salmar after warning of weak salmon output volumes for the current quarter.Topics : The losses followed a grim session for Asia and Wall Street overnight after US health officials warned Americans should prepare for possible community spread of the virus that has now hit Spain and dozens of countries from South Korea to Italy.The STOXX 600 is trading 9.4 percent below the record highs hit just last week, while the past four trading sessions has wiped out about $3 trillion in value of world stocks.British spirits maker Diageo fell 3 percent after estimating an up to 200 million pounds ($260 million) hit to fiscal 2020 profit from the outbreak.Rivals Remy Cointreau SA and Pernod Ricard dropped 4.2 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. European shares fell to a near four-month low on Wednesday, as the fast-spreading coronavirus deepened fears about its impact on global growth with marquee companies sounding the alarm on earnings.The main European equity benchmark STOXX 600 tumbled 2.6 percent, marking its first five-day losing streak since July.Travel stocks, financial services, chemical and technology stocks were among the worst hit, falling between 3 percent and 4 percent.last_img read more

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Refugees to the rescue? Germany taps migrant medics to battle virus

first_imgFive years ago the arrival of a wave of refugees caused much consternation and fuelled support for Germany’s far-right. Now, the country is turning to its migrant community to plug an anticipated shortage of medical staff battling the coronavirus.The German government says it can double its number of intensive care beds, and even produce more ventilators but a medical staffing crunch is shaping up as the Achilles heel of its strategy to fight the coronavirus.In Saxony, the heartland of the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), the regional medical board is advertising for migrant doctors to help tackle an expected rise in cases. Topics : But the coronavirus epidemic means medics of all backgrounds are in demand.Saxony’s regional medical board reported on Monday that 300 volunteers had responded to its appeal for help, including “many foreign doctors whose licensing procedures are not yet completed, whose help is very welcome.”As of Tuesday, there were 31,554 cases of coronavirus in Germany, with 149 deaths, the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said. The government says Germany is still at the beginning of the epidemic.Shadi Shahda, 29, is one migrant medic ready to help.He came to Germany last April on a visa for highly-qualified job seekers and with three years’ experience as an ENT (ear, nose, throat) medical resident in Syria. But a language exam he needed to take this month to work as a doctor in Saxony was cancelled due to the coronavirus.He jumped at the medical board’s Facebook post and says: “I am waiting for their call … I was very happy when I saw that I could do something in the country where I am living.”center_img “Foreign doctors who are in Saxony but do not yet have a license to practice medicine can help with corona[virus] care,” read a Facebook appeal. The push to tap migrant medics in Saxony comes despite the AfD enjoying a surge in support in a regional election there last year, harnessing voter anger over refugees to come second behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.Merkel’s 2015 decision to open Germany’s borders to some 1 million migrants fleeing war in the Middle East – the defining moment of her chancellorship – was widely criticized by the AfD and even many of her own conservatives.A new film, ‘Merkel – Anatomy of a Crisis’, also takes a critical look at her handling of the refugee influx.last_img read more