Control population to save the planet

first_imgGlobal warming most likely will not be controllable until we, as a race, curtail our reproductive rates. Sure, many other things such as heating oil, car fuel, cutting down trees and generally polluting our planet should be controlled as much as possible. But the simple overpopulation of the planet is by far the most detrimental factor.China had the right idea (30 years ago?) when it implemented the number of children to be limited to one per family. This caused problems there, too, as the balance of male/female genders went out of whack. They did at least recognize the problem. The rest of the world apparently doesn’t get it.With the extending lifespans and the rate of childbirth today, our planet can’t sustain life without a major event occurring that would wipe out a large portion of the population. Simple facts: The more people we have, the more food that’s needed, more fuel for heat, transportation, etc. and more pollution from waste. The answer is quite simply population control. Good luck, Earth.Guy HildrethRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burn Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Show respect by seeking the truth

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionHow fortunate is it that we live in a country where we can voice opinions of our president with no fear of repercussion. The people of North Korea, among many others, certainly don’t share that luxury. We have our military to thank for this great freedom, and today anyone can broadcast their thoughts with little effort.  Internet forums, social media, YouTube and the local opinion section are all convenient platforms to reach others. We gather our facts from various sources and media outlets and then we digest it all to develop our own picture of the truth. We create our own “perception of reality” in a sense. Trouble happens when we allow this perception to be dictated by the “facts” we digest. It’s important to remember the mainstream media doesn’t exist only to inform us, but also to entertain us. Providing entertainment is how the media sells itself to advertisers, which are ultimately only interested in eyeballs. What stories get the most viewers? The most entertaining ones, naturally. Truth is not a prerequisite to news because it’s not always interesting. “Fake news” has always existed, but it’s now more prevalent and recognizable than ever before. It has become the byproduct of a presidential election, with an unexpected, and for some, undesirable outcome. For this reason, it’s extremely important to filter all news sources, especially when the coverage concerns the presidency. Truth is always worth seeking, no matter who is sitting in the Oval Office. I think any president, regardless of approval, deserves this basic form of respect.Rob SassoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Rotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Tall buildings encouraged in City despite US attacks

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Sol Campbell offers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang advice over Arsenal contract situation

first_imgSol Campbell offers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang advice over Arsenal contract situation Campbell says Aubameyang will have to decide on ‘instinct’ (Pictures: Stadium Astro/ Getty Images)Sol Campbell has advised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to seek assurances that Arsenal can achieve ‘instant success’ before he puts pen to paper on a new deal.The Gabon international has entered the final year of his current contract at the Emirates and is yet to commit his future to the club.After another impressive season, scoring 19 Premier League goals, Aubameyang has attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.Reports suggest that the 31-year-old is demanding a minimum three-year contract worth up to £250,000 a week, and Gunners legend Campbell believes the striker’s decision will come down to whether he can trust the club to be ambitious in the transfer market and move forward in the near future.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s got to settle down and have a conversation with the manager and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they’re looking to spend, who they’re trying to get in,’ Campbell told Stadium Astro.‘It’s going to come down to trust, can he trust the club to say, right we are looking for x, y and z, we’re going to bring two or three players in and I think they’ll push us on to really challenge for the top four or really you never know, the Premiership.‘He needs to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going in the next two or three years, because he hasn’t got five years, six years to say let’s see how it goes, he needs almost instant success now.’ Aubameyang has scored 51 Premier League goals for the Gunners (Picture: Getty Images)The Gunners are likely to have a restricted budget in the next transfer window due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis, which could hinder moves for their top priority targets such as Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.However, Campbell says new signings don’t necessarily guarantee success.‘Sometimes you need to spend a lot of money, but, sometimes you get really lucky and have a lucky, fantastic year. You’ve got to say Leicester, they just kept on going, it does happen,’ the former England international added.‘I think he [Arteta] is trustworthy, there’s no doubt, he [Aubameyang] has to decide himself where he wants to go in his heart and soul and spirit. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Where does he feel that, ‘If I can do it here I’ll just stay here I’ll give it a go, I believe they’re going to get two or three players in and I’ll believe in them’. ‘That’s what it comes down to, no one’s got a crystal ball, it doesn’t matter, you can spend £150-200 million, it doesn’t bring you any trophies. ‘It can probably help the profile of the players around you, but not necessarily end up winning something. Sometimes you’ve got to trust yourself, your own instinct and hope it matches up with the hierarchy.’MORE: Mikel Arteta explains why he was constantly shouting at Dani Ceballos during Arsenal’s win over WolvesMORE: Gabriel Martinelli hopes to play alongside Bukayo Saka for many years at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jul 2020 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShareslast_img read more

​AP1 to lose 4 internal equity managers in shift to passive

first_imgAP1 is overhauling its equity strategies after internal analysis revealed various missed return goals, and plans to shift some of its foreign developed markets investment to passive or systematic management.The new passive investment will be managed in-house, said the fund – one of Sweden’s four main state pension buffer funds – with the switch resulting in four of its six equity manager employees being made redundant.Mikael Angberg, head of asset management at the SEK352bn (€33.5bn) pension fund, said: “We are doing some restructuring in the equity portfolio that affects our organisational structure.”AP1 said that over the spring and autumn of this year, it had analysed and evaluated all equity strategies and found that in some cases return targets had not been achieved. Angberg said the pension fund had decided to continue with active fundamental management in some parts of its equity investment, but to switch to internal passive or systematic management for others.“We have also restructured the mandate with external managers in emerging markets (EM),” he said, adding: “These changes give us better conditions to achieve our return target and better risk utilisation.”In March, AP1 picked 14 managers for EM equities allocation, having re-tendered the mandates the previous May. Though all firms on the list were approved, not all would manage money, the fund said at the time, with the funding decision to be made separately.A spokeswoman for AP1 told IPE the pension fund’s Swedish equity investments we would continue to be managed on an active fundamental basis, but in other areas such as developed markets, management would switch from active to passive or systematic management.The fund was not yet able to say what proportion over overall equities would be managed passively after the changes, she said.The changes will not involve any new tenders for external managers, she said.At the end of June, AP1 had 32% of its total SEK352bn portfolio in listed equities. Of this SEK124bn, SEK38bn was invested in Sweden, SEK35bn in developed markets and SEK51bn in emerging markets, according to the pension fund’s latest interim report.Angberg said the equity management changes being made would allow AP1 to cut its annual costs by a considerable amount, even if they did lead to some one-off costs.“Unfortunately, this also means that four equity managers are becoming redundant and we have now started union negotiations,” Angberg said.It was always sad, he said, when “very competent and esteemed” colleagues were affected by a change in this way, but he added that unfortunately sometimes it was necessary.Overall, AP1 currently has six employees working on active equity management, and the fund has a total of 68 staff.“I also want to make it clear that this change has nothing to do with our equity manager leaving the fund,” Angberg said.On Friday, AP1 confirmed that Olof Jonasson, the pension fund’s head of equities, had agreed to leave the organisation amid a dispute sparked by a breach of the fund’s internal rules over personal investments he had made.Jonasson became the second high-level AP1 executive to leave under a cloud this autumn, with the fund’s then chief executive Johan Magnusson having been fired in September for buying shares in an IPO in which it had already been decided that AP1 would participate in as an anchor investor.last_img read more

New chapter for historic home

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago Mr Divinti said they had hosted a number of gatherings with family and friends for events such as Riverfire.“My favourite place is the deck,” he said. “There is nothing better than sitting back with a glass of wine at sunset.” Koowa was the third house built on Teneriffe HillBUILT in 1896 as only the third house on Teneriffe Hill, you could have yelled ‘cooee’ from Koowa and only the birds would have responded.Back then, the historic homestead was originally owned by the Davidson family, and the namesake street used to be the property’s driveway.Today, it is owned by John Divinti and Jane Bickerdike, who bought it for $1.2 million back in 2006, and restored it. Covered balconies and decks offer spectacular views of the city and river, while the courtyard and deck surrounding the pool and heated spa provide even more space for entertaining. Other features include solar panels, ducted airconditioning, smart wiring and security, ample storage areas and Vacuum-aid installed throughout.The house sits on a 607sq m block. Since then, the suburb has consistently ranked in the top three Brisbane suburbs with the highest median sales price.“It had been renovated twice before we bought it but it was just dirt underneath,” Mr Divinti said.“So we dug that out and put in a self-contained flat, three additional bedrooms, two bathrooms a laundry, rumpus room, a cellar.“We also reconfigured the top floor and added a massive deck, and we kept a lot of the original features like the leadlight.“But we completely modernised it, putting in airconditioning, smart wiring, we restored the fireplaces.“And we did a lot of work in the backyard, so much so it won two awards and was featured on the cover of a magazine.” Another favourite feature is the stone wall at the front of the property, which dates back to 1896 and has been restored. “We love this house and the area,” Mr Divinti said. “But we feel its more suited to a family. It is just too big for the two of us.”And as for the meaning of its name: “I have no idea,” Mr Divinti said.The property is listed with Henry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents and will go to auction tomorrow, December 9, at 11am. Koowa is situated on Teneriffe Hill, and has 200 degree views. The top floor is home to the main living spaces including the open plan living and dining room and kitchen. In the kitchen there is a Sub Zero fridge, Gaggenau appliances and a large butlers pantry. Also on this floor is a second living area and office, another bedroom and a master suite with its own bathroom and feature brick wall and an impressive walk-in wardrobe. last_img read more

Columbia Welcomes Its Largest Vessel to Date

first_imgBuenaventura’s Puerto Aguadulce has begun 2020 operations with the arrival of the 13,892 TEU APL Esplanade, the largest vessel ever to call Columbia.Coming from Asia, the ultra large container vessel (ULCV) docked at Puerto Aguadulce on January 8 before continuing its journey to other ports in South America.With a length of 369 meters, equivalent to approximately four professional soccer fields, and a width of 51 meters, this vessel has the largest physical dimensions to call at any Colombian terminal, according to port operator International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI).“The shipping companies continue to build larger and larger capacity vessels. For Puerto Aguadulce, receiving this type of vessel is an honor and a great responsibility,” Miguel Abisambra, Puerto Aguadulce general manager, commented.“We work continuously under our vision of being a strategic ally of the Colombian economy. At the end of last year, we received what is now, after APL Esplanade, the second largest capacity container vessel that has docked in the country,” he added.The 150,200 dwt APL Esplanade sails on the CMA CGM group’s Asia Central South America (ACSA1) service, which links East Asia with Central and South America.Previously known MOL Quintet, APL Esplanade was built at South Korean shipyard Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in 2014.last_img read more

Sandwich bag saves baby born three months early

first_imgStuff co.nz 28 October 2016Family First Comment: Awesome! Not just a ‘blob of tissue’ eh!A sandwich bag has saved a UK baby girl’s life after she was born three months early.Twenty-nine-year-old Rhiannon Shades was terrified when she went into labour at 24 weeks pregnant.After her baby, Emily, was born naturally still in her amniotic sac she placed into a sandwich bag to keep her warm and safe.“She was placed into a tiny plastic bag to keep her warm as her skin was so thin she couldn’t stabilise her own temperature”, Shades told Express.Emily was just 560 grams when she was born.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/baby/85865876/Sandwich-bag-saves-baby-born-three-months-early?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

EPL: Watford battle Saints for survival

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Watford vs. Southampton Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 4:30PMWatford welcome Southampton to Vicarage Road this afternoon knowing that victory would be a timely boost to their Premier League survival hopes. The Hornets currently sit just one point above the relegation zone following Thursday’s defeat at Burnley, while Southampton need just one more win to reach the 40-point mark.There is little doubt that Watford would have taken their current position if it was offered to them when Nigel Pearson took over, but their recent form will raise alarm bells heading into the most important spell of the season.Pearson earned 13 points from his first six games at the helm but has since taken just six more from the last nine outings, three of which came in a truly remarkable win over Liverpool.That result proved that the Hornets are capable of beating the very best on their day, but that day has come far too sporadically this season and Thursday’s defeat at Burnley was another low point in their campaign.The positive news for Watford is that things remain in their hands; they are currently a point clear of West Ham United, Bournemouth and Aston Villa and still have fellow strugglers Norwich City and West Ham to face this season. However, they also have difficult matches against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal to come – the latter two being the last two games of the season – and so more winnable fixtures like today’s naturally take on more importance.It is likely to be at home where they pick up the points needed to beat the drop, and they go into today’s contest with only one defeat in their last nine outings at Vicarage Road – including victories over top-six teams Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool in that time.The only home game back since lockdown ended in a respectable 1-1 draw with Leicester City too, but they welcome a Southampton side that has been away-day specialists in the Premier League this season.The Saints have picked up a league-high 62% of their points on their travels in 2019-20 and, while they have the worst home record in the entire division, only Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves have fared better away.Southampton’s form since lockdown has offered a perfect microcosm of that – a comfortable and convincing 3-0 win at Norwich in their first game back before losing 2-0 to an Arsenal side in poor form themselves at home on Thursday night. An Alex McCarthy howler and Jack Stephens red card certainly did not help their cause against the Gunners, with McCarthy’s being the 10th mistake leading directly to a goal that Southampton have committed this season – a league high.Despite that, the Saints look certain not to be dragged into the relegation battle with only three points needed to reach 40, and in truth their current tally of 37 is likely to be enough anyway.Watford possible XI: Foster, Femenia, Cathcart, Dawson, Masina, Sarr, Doucoure, Capoue, Pereyra, Deeney, Gray. Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Valery, Vestergaard, Bednarek, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Ings, Long.Tags: Premier LeagueSouthamptonVicarage RoadWatfordlast_img read more

Wilshere adds to injury woes

first_img “Olivier is miles ahead of schedule. He’s doing very well,” Wenger said. “He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and he will join normal training after the international break. Of course it’s a big boost.” Arsenal have lost Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, David Ospina, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy to a variety of ailments and now Wilshere has joined their ranks. Wenger insists the problem is minor and has penciled in the England midfielder to return against Swansea on Sunday week. “There is a slight problem with Wilshere. I don’t think he’ll be available against Burnley,” Wenger said. “It’s very, very short term. He got a kick on his knee. I don’t know if Anderlecht on Tuesday will be too early or not. He’s not training at the moment. Certainly Swansea, yes.” England winger Theo Walcott has been sidelined since January with a serious knee problem, but Wenger will not rush him back against Burnley despite having made his comeback in the reserves. “Theo is not ready yet. He’s been out for too long to start the game. If I can give him some competition I’m happy to do it,” Wenger said. Wilshere is likely to miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium due to a knee problem and is also a doubt to face Anderlecht in midweek. But France striker Giroud, who fractured his foot against Everton in late August, is on course to rejoin training next month despite having initially been ruled out until the New Year. Press Association “He’s eager to play, but that is always the period when the patience of the player is tested. “They feel ready and want to play. Usually they realise only much later they are not completely ready. “I know Theo very well. He’s an intelligent player so he knows as well that he’s not completely there yet.” Arsenal are targeting a third successive victory when they host Burnley with a three-point haul potentially lifting them into the top four. A nine-point gap has opened up on Premier League leaders Chelsea and while Wenger refuses to concede the title race, he knows it will take a sustained assault to make up the ground on Jose Mourinho’s team. “I don’t write us off, let other people do that, but Chelsea are in a strong position at the moment,” Wenger said. “I believe it would not be realistic to just think now that we’ll catch Chelsea very quickly. “We have to get consistent results to have a chance of coming back. “I’m more focused on the quality of our games and on the consistency of our results before we think about coming back on Chelsea.” Burnley have yet to win in nine Premier League starts this season and Wenger is ready for them to adopt defensive tactics at the Emirates Stadium. “It’s absolutely normal that other teams try to stop us from playing our game. I can understand that completely,” Wenger said. “We want to be good enough to get around that and not allow other teams to stop us playing. “We are good enough, but we know the quality of our passing and our decisions must be better.” Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal’s lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud “miles ahead of schedule” in the coming weeks.last_img read more