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Democrats’ stance on sanctuary cities will cost them

first_imgRepublicans can only hope that liberals running in 2018 will make an issue of the Justice Department lawsuit.After all, do Democrats really want to be on the side of shielding illegal immigrants – many of whom have outstanding warrants and criminal records?When the Oakland mayor alerted an entire community of illegal immigrant criminals that ICE was coming, she reportedly allowed about 800 to escape.According to ICE officials, almost half of those who were arrested “had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.” Are those really the people Democrats want to defend?I hope so.I can already see the campaign ads that Republicans will be running. The Democrats’ position on sanctuary cities will not play well in flyover America. The law is not optional once you have made a pledge to uphold the duties of your office.Open-border radicals in California and other liberal strongholds must be held accountable.Of course, liberals would have you believe that they are only interested in protecting the poor, the oppressed and the hardworking who have nowhere else to go.But in many cases, their actions allow dangerous and sometimes repeat criminals to be shielded from deportation or prison.In California, good Samaritans who value the rule of law are even prohibited from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration officials who are trying to uphold the law and make communities safer.Anyway, Democrats and their allies in the media will say otherwise, but nothing about this conversation is even in the slightest bit hyperbolic.Local politicians are actually warning illegal immigrants of impending enforcement actions. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAttorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration are going about the sanctuary city issue in the right way.The very idea of so-called sanctuary cities is offensive to a lot of law-abiding Americans.Taking action against the liberal politicians who want to give safe harbor to illegal immigrants is a slow, easy pitch from the Democrats, and Republicans everywhere should take advantage.The Justice Department is now challenging several laws in California that not only interfere with the nation’s immigration policies but also place American citizens and law enforcement personnel at risk.The idea that laws can be ignored and that state and local politicians can affirmatively warn lawbreakers of how to escape apprehension is incredible.It is indefensible. We either have laws, or we don’t.And if our elected leaders don’t want to uphold the law, they can either change them or resign. In Oakland, Mayor Libby Schaaf went so far as to issue a press release and accompanying tweet alerting illegal immigrants in the Bay Area of an impending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation last month.According to ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan, what the Oakland mayor did “is no better than a gang lookout yelling ‘police’ when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood.” The fact that a politician who presumably swore to uphold the Constitution could feel so emboldened to undermine an active law enforcement operation and place those officers in harm’s way cannot go unanswered.And according to what Sessions said on Wednesday, it won’t.Specifically, speaking before the California Peace Officers’ Association, Sessions said: “We are going to fight these irrational, unfair, and unconstitutional policies that have been imposed on you and our federal officers.“We are fighting to make your jobs safer and to help you reduce crime in America.“We are fighting to have a lawful system of immigration that serves Americans. And we intend to win.” Well said. Last month, plenty of Democrats and liberal outlets pushed the idea that somehow, in some bizarre twist of reality, Republicans had split with law enforcement and were no longer the party of law and order.The Huffington Post even pronounced that Republicans had “unleashed an extraordinary attack on law enforcement” by criticizing a few senior FBI officials.With the Democrats’ position on sanctuary cities, that argument should not be too difficult to dismiss. Anyone who supports illegal aliens and opposes law enforcement’s efforts to protect communities from criminals should be shown no quarter – not in the media, not in the courtroom and not in our political campaigns.In the case of the administration’s policy on sanctuary cities, good policy is also the best politics.Ed Rogers is a contributor to the Washington Post’s PostPartisan blog, a political consultant and a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses and several national campaigns.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Small businesses resort to online channels to survive pandemic

first_img“We already know several suppliers, including a fish auctioneer who buys fish straight from the fishermen in North Jakarta. We order [the fish from the auctioneer] according to customer orders,” she told The Jakarta Post recently.Read also: 37,000 SMEs hit by COVID-19 crisis as government prepares aidShe delivers the orders with the help of ride-hailing apps Gojek and Grab to customers in Greater Jakarta.The response to the one-month-old business has been positive so far, as they manage to sell an average of 20 kilograms of seafood weekly, from which Astrid has been able to reap Rp 25 million in sales. As COVID-19 hits business activity and forces people to stay at home, small businesses are striving to make the most of online platforms to reach customers and gain revenue.Astrid Safiera, 24, had to find a way to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic as her husband’s restaurant in Menteng, Jakarta, closed, battered by the physical distancing regime put in place to contain the virus spread.Astrid, an office worker herself, decided to start a small business with her husband to sell seafood on social media like Instagram and Twitter, offering shrimp, crab and barramundis, among other products, with a starting price of Rp 30,000 (US$1.93). She even promoted the business by replying to a tweet by former maritime affairs and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti, which caught the attention of more than a hundred people who liked her tweet. “We plan to continue running the business after the pandemic. We want to open a restaurant, so we’re just trying to build something while also marketing our future restaurant,” she said, adding that she would consider partnering with e-commerce in the future.Astrid is not an outlier. Many people have resorted to running small businesses from home and use social media and e-commerce platforms to sell their products. Two million workers have been furloughed or laid-off as of Monday, according to Manpower Ministry data.Data from e-commerce platform Tokopedia confirmed a 250 percent surge in the number of new sellers on its platform in March, particularly in the personal health category.“We’re also doing a campaign on #JagaEkonomiIndonesia [#GuardIndonesianEconomy] to push more people to dare to create opportunities online, so that the economy can still go on in the middle of the pandemic,” Tokopedia VP corporate communication Nuraini Razak said.Read also: ‘Pay attention’, ‘transform’: Pandemic shifts business landscape, strategyTokopedia said it would help first-time sellers on its platform by holding online classes and webinars on the e-commerce business, among other things.The online classes covered subjects like opening an online shop, tips on handling the first order, the profit from e-commerce and making attractive promotional efforts for customers.The change in customer behavior during the pandemic, with social distancing measures in place, supports the e-commerce trend, as business research firm Inventure Indonesia concludes that customers tend to meet their daily needs, such as groceries and health products, through online channels. This will significantly boost the online platforms, it reads.Another e-commerce platform,, also confirmed a surge in the number of sellers, albeit not specifying the CEO Kusumo Martanto expected there would be more micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to use e-commerce platform after the pandemic.”The situation will force them to adopt e-commerce. Hopefully after the pandemic they will enjoy the value and benefit and there will be more [sellers joining],” he had also started initiatives for SMEs, such as providing a special channel, workshops and promotion for local SMEs, among other things, he added.Despite the encouraging e-commerce data, Association of Indonesian Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Akumindo) chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun said the number of newly established SMEs was quite small.”It’s very difficult, based on our observation, because economic activity is crippled [nowadays],” he said.Ikhsan added that starting a new business was still a challenge for people, as they needed to have the capital and basic knowledge to run a business.SMEs have been hit severely by the pandemic, with 538,385 workers from more than 31,000 SMEs losing their jobs as of Monday, according to the Manpower Ministry.Read also: Govt to provide interest subsidy for small borrowers as COVID-19 hits hardThe government is preparing a stimulus package for SMEs to help them survive amid the pandemic. The package includes relaxed rules for loans, a six-month tax waiver and cash transfers for micro-scale businesses.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Andry Satrio Nugroho said most new SMEs were the ones flourishing due to a surge in demand of specific products or old SMEs that finally adopted online platforms.”I think there is no surge in newly established SMEs because SMEs are the ones hit the hardest by the pandemic,” he said, despite adding that starting a new business was clearly an option amid rampant layoffs.”But not all SMEs can weather the pandemic, it’s very different from the Asian financial crisis in 1998,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

End of apartment boom acting as handbrake on confidence

first_imgApartments under construction in Newstead, Brisbane. The Property Council expects the apartment construction boom to end in the next 12 to 18 months. Picture: Glenn HuntCONFIDENCE in Queensland has hit the second lowest level of all states amid fears not enough was being done to prepare for the end of the apartment boom, the latest ANZ/Property Council survey found. BRISBANE newbies among top winners if super deposits go ahead RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding SIGN up to receive all The Courier-Mail real estate news direct to your inbox Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the end of the apartment boom was in sight and acting as a handbrake on confidence levels across Queensland.With the end of the mining and gas boom still wreaking havoc on regional centres, Mr Mountford warned the clock was ticking on the replacement for the apartment construction boom too. “The reality is that construction cycle is starting to wind down, when these (current projects) are completed, it’s unlikely that another will kick off to fill the space,” he said.“A year ahead and it’s over. No doubt there’s still a lot of activity going on but we’re certainly starting to see projects come to completion and the earlier trades (used in projects) are already starting to come off.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoProperty Council executive director Chris Mountford in Brisbane’s West End. Picture: Jono Searle.He said in 12 to 18 months the current construction cycle would end and the state needed to get other work ready to go into the future. “We’re really looking to see what the state government will do to lift the level of infrastructure investment across the state. We want to see opportunities for people to look for work in the infrastructure space in particular. The challenge for the current government and the LNP going into the coming election is how are you going to fund that infrastructure. Infrastructure is not just about job creation, it’s about investing in the next wave of project growth.” Apartment under construction in Newstead, Brisbane. The Property Council wants the State Government to focus on ways to fund more infrastructure developments. Picture: Glenn HuntMr Mountford said Queensland also faced the challenge of ensuring a plan was in place to unlock the benefits of the SEQ Regional Plan. He warned that failing to lift infrastructure investment to unlock benefits of the plan could force property supply to tighten and push up prices, citing Sydney as an example.“For decades they (NSW) didn’t invest in infrastructure and there was such a constraint on supply that they’ve had these major price increases. This is about long term positioning for Queensland and ensuring that we have steady supply of affordable property.”The ANZ/Property Council survey saw confidence in Queensland rise four index points over the last quarter, from 123 to 127 (with 100 being neutral) – the worst performance of all states except Western Australia (118), with Victoria at 140 and NSW at 145 index points.last_img read more

Mt Tamborine Rainforest retreat, Songbird, garners attention from worlds best chefs

first_img232 Geissmann Drive, Tamborine Mountain.But it is the award-winning restaurant that has grabbed the attention of international buyers according to Ray White agent Thomas Clark who is marketing the property alongside Michael Willems. “We have been in discussion with high profile buyers and a number of executive chefs who are quite well known,” Mr Clark said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“I can’t reveal any names because of confidentiality but they are high profiles names in the hotel and food industry.” Bronwyn “Bonnie” Rodwell bought the property in 2004 for $2 million and made significant improvements to the resort.Songbird has been on the market since 2014 and was rumoured to have almost sold to celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. 232 Geissmann Drive, Tamborine Mountain.Mr Clark described the 20.23ha property as a special parcel of land that has potential to host 14 extra villas. “The owner Bronwyn has spent $100,000 on development plans,” Mr Williems said.“In the past year she also spent half a million on upgrading the property.”Mr Willems said it would remain as a rainforest retreat.“Every buyer who visits can’t believe how tranquil the property is,” he said.“The owner live sin New Zealand and feels like it is time to let it go.” 232 Geissmann Drive, Tamborine Mountain.A RENEWED push to sell a Mt Tamborine rainforest retreat has the worlds top hoteliers and chefs licking their lips at the opportunity. The sprawling property at 232 Geissmann Drive comes with six luxury Bali-inspired spa villas surrounded by lush rainforest. last_img read more

Latvian pension funds produce positive returns despite market turmoil

first_imgLatvia’s second and third-pillar pension funds generated positive returns in 2015 despite a volatile second and third quarter.The results were critical for the seven second-pillar fund managers.Under a new performance fee regime introduced in 2015 managers were rewarded for achieving positive results and penalised for negative ones.In the case of the second-pillar funds, the 12-month average return declined to 1.93%, from 5.24% a year earlier, according to the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia (LKA). The return of the eight active, equity-orientated funds fell from 5.52% to 2.29%, that of the four balanced funds from 5.28% to 1.43%, and that of the eight conservative bond plans from 4.57% to 1.26%.Since the end of 2014, membership of the mandatory system has grown by 4,800 to 1.25m and assets by 16.3% to €2.3bn.Assets increased partly because the contribution rate rose from 4% to 5% in May 2015.In terms of asset allocation, all classes of funds adopted more conservative strategies, especially in the fourth quarter.The overall share of pension fund investments in equity and equity investments fell by 6 percentage points year on year to 26%, and that of bond and bond funds by 4 percentage points to 50%, while the cash share grew by 7 percentage points to 15%.Geographically, the share of investments in Latvia increased from 42% to 43.5%.There was a growing interest in alternatives such as funds investing in Latvian venture capital and real estate.The second-pillar funds were also one of the biggest investors in the green bonds issued in 2015 by Latvenergo, the state-owned electricity and thermal-power supply, generation and transmission company.The bonds were the CEE’s first renewable energy securities issued by a state-owed company.The funds increased their share of investments in Eastern Europe from 17% to 20%, and that in the rest of Europe from 14% to 16%, while scaling back their asset allocation in North America, Asia and in international/global securities.Third-pillar average 12-month returns also declined over the year, from 5.33% to 2.28%.Those of the active plans fell from 6.62% to 3.34%, and those of the balanced plans from 4.91% to 1.71%.There was relatively little change in the balanced funds’ asset allocation.As of the end of 2015, bond and bond funds accounted for the highest share of portfolios (64%), followed by cash (14%) and equity and equity funds (10%).The active funds reduced their equity holdings from 41% to 34% while increasing their bond and cash allocations to 43% and 11%, respectively.Latvian-denominated securities accounted for 34% of third-pillar fund investments, Eastern Europe 11%, the rest of Europe 23% and global securities 16%.Assets grew over the year by 17.7% to €330m, and membership by 8.1% to 255,012, of which 22% had their contributions paid by their employers.last_img read more

Digicel Dominica launches grassroots cricket clinic

first_img Share NewsSports Digicel Dominica launches grassroots cricket clinic by: – December 2, 2011 Sharing is caring! 23 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Grassroots cricketers.Friday 2nd December 2011 – Roseau, Dominica: Digicel Dominica today announced its Grand Clusters grassroots cricket tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday December 10th and 11th, 2011 at the Jolly John’s Playing Field, Carib Reserve.All three clusters, namely Roseau, Portsmouth and Carib Territory, will compete against each other with each group comprising of an estimated 30 students, followed by the prize giving ceremony. Dominica’s Grassroots Cricket Development Officer, Mr Delvin Esprit, said; “We are thrilled to be launching the Grand Clusters grassroots cricket tournament this year and we are looking forward to public support for the event which will see 90 aspiring young cricketers come out to face each other. “These youngsters have undergone several training sessions in preparation of the tournament and many of them hope to continue their cricketing career into future and as such it is imperative that we support them in their endeavours,” continued Esprit. Coaches of the Grassroots cricketers.Digicel Dominica CEO, Richard Stanton, said; “At Digicel, we really believe that supporting the game at grassroots level is vital in ensuring that the future of West Indies cricket burns brightly – so much so that our Regional Grassroots Cricket Training Programme saw over 2600 youth cricketers from all across the Caribbean receive specialised coaching from over 180 WICB accredited coaches this year alone.“Here in Dominica, we are proud to be a part of the Dominica Cricket association and its grassroots initiative since its launch earlier this year. In just in eight short months the association has made fantastic progress and we look forward to many more years of success to come,” continued Stanton. Press ReleaseDigicel Dominicalast_img read more

Oaks soars to first win at Eagle

first_imgSteffen Oaks became a first-time winner in Saturday’s ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature at Eagle Raceway. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (May 12) – Steffen Oaks took the lead with four laps left en route to taking the first checkers of his ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact career victory Saturday at Eagle Race­way.His drive to the front started outside row four.“It took me awhile to finally get a win, with several second places, but I finally got it!,” he said post-race. “It was a really fast track tonight, but man, those bumps about got me a few times. I managed to keep it straight and hold on for the win.”Casey Moyer won his first Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature since the 2012 season and Lance Borgman raced from 10th starting to win the Purdue University IMCA Northern SportMod main event for the third time already this season at Eagle.Jordan Grabouski got the lead early in winning the Runner Freight IMCA Modified feature and Tyler Drueke took charge with nine laps remaining in winning the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.last_img read more

Coon aces Arlington Modified main

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (June 27) –Saturday’s MN 93 IMCA Modified feature saw Jeff Coon take over the lead on lap eight and pick up his first trophy this year in green to checkered fashion Satur­day at Arlington Raceway.Dan Menk started ninth and finished second with Nick Helmbrecht taking third.Brent Uecker was victorious in the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Car feature, picking up his first win of the season.Uecker got around Dave Moriarty and remained the leader ahead of Jeff McCollum and Dan Macken­thun.Brett Allen hold onto the lead throughout multiple restarts to pick up his first 95.7 The Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers. Ron Guentzel and early leader Andrew Westphal rounded out the top three.Jeremy Brown held off top runner Matt Looft in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern Sport Modified fea­ture. Looft started 12th and worked his way up to challenge but Brown held his line throughout the 15-lapper to get the victory. Third was Dustin Engelke.Eckblad Trucking IMCA Hobby Stock leaders were Brad Robinson, Mike Christensen and finally 10th starting Cory Probst. Christensen ended in second and Shawn Harms was third.Nate Coopman topped the Mach-1 Sport Compact main ahead of Jed Trebelhorn and Kyren Por­ter.last_img read more

Walsh praise for Vautour

first_img Press Association The Willie Mullins-trained Supreme Novices’ Hurdle winner was already prominent in the betting for the Cheltenham novice chases without even jumping a fence in public. Those odds were made even shorter still as the five-year-old barely put a foot wrong, making every yard of the running before cruising to an eight-length success over Clarcam, who was good enough to be second in a Grade One last season. Ruby Walsh hailed Vautour after he made the perfect start to his chasing career at Navan on Sunday.center_img Speaking to Racing UK, Walsh said: “He was natural, very sure of what he was doing. Too much confidence is a bad thing, but I thought he was super. He has plenty of scope, he was very clever and obviously he has a huge amount of ability. “He gave Clarcam, who’s not a bad horse, 12lb and Clarcam had had a race and he beat him quite soundly I thought. “He was always a natural over hurdles and you expected him to be as good over a fence and he has been since day one. We’ve never had any issues with him and he’s a pleasure to ride. “If something wanted to go a good gallop in front I’d have had no problems, but he has a huge stride and wanted to use it – that’s just the way it panned out. “I stepped it up after the fourth last, he jumped the third last really well and when Clarcam landed behind me, I had to go a bit faster still and that’s where I won the race. He absolutely winged the last. “I thought it was a really good performance. Obviously his jumping will come under more pressure as he goes up in class, but you have to start somewhere and hopefully there’s something left in the tank to build on.” last_img read more

Dumb fans, dumber chants

first_imgIt’s that time of year again at Camp Randall.Yes, it’s college football season, but with it comes moronic fans and their equally stupid chants.Now don’t get me wrong, I love college football and its fan atmosphere, but there are some people who fill the stands who are as annoying as Tony Kornheiser on ESPN Monday Night Football.Sure, there are some classics such as those profanity-laced ones following “The Hey Song” and “Swingtown,” but the bad far outweighs the good.Several chants aren’t as bad considering they are adding on to pre-existing ones, but they just don’t make sense. Take the “We Want More” chant, for example. Everyone in the student section thinks it’s really clever and giggles when they add “beer” to the end of it, but just think about it for once — beer isn’t served in any college football stadium in the nation, shouldn’t it be “We Want Beer” instead?Speaking of beer, the excuse every student has when asked why Camp Randall can’t fill sections J through P before kick-off is pregame partying. Nothing against it, but if you’re so hardcore, why don’t you just wake up a few hours earlier?UW’s lazy fans have made television broadcasts reluctant to show the Camp’s student section and have held it back for years. ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit ripped student Badger fans a couple years ago and he was pretty much right on — get a clue and watch the game.The worst chants by far, though, are the ones people try to make up themselves. Sorry, you so-called super fans, but they usually don’t make sense whatsoever. During Saturday’s rather boring game against Western Illinois, some bozo emphatically tried to ignite his own chants. Boy, were they terrible. “Who got the first down? We got the first down! Who got the completion? We got the completion!” Geez … go back to Minnesota, home of the worst chants in the nation, where Gopher fans can’t even finish shouting the initials to their state in a unison chorus.But as frustrated as I was with the idiotic chants, Camp Randall’s faithful redeemed themselves when this goofball tried bringing them to a new all-time low. Everyone in my section wanted this guy to shut up, so the next time he said something, the person next to me started a chant of his own in response.”Who’s the idiot? You’re the idiot!” Ah, pure genius — it set off an onslaught of the “A-hole” chant for about the rest of the quarter. I guess I don’t really hate all chants after all. However, they’re just the beginning to the stupidity.When other college football scores across the country are shown on the big screen, I’ve never understood why everyone boos the Big Ten teams during non-conference play. Um, hello, you want Big Ten teams to win outside of the conference so a potential Badger victory will look better down the road. It’s just a little thing called RPI.Then there are the home-made signs. Fortunately, Camp Randall doesn’t have a big problem with this, but it’s so painful watching a game at home only to have a cut to someone and their dim-witted sign. Good job, you found a way to put some unrelated phrase into the TV station’s logo — haven’t seen that one before. I don’t mean to diss the kids on this one because if you’re over the age of 12, you shouldn’t be wasting your time making signs anyway.And don’t even get me started on face and body painting or the wave.At least college football isn’t as bad as basketball. I’m already dreading the day of having to hear the infamous airball mantra, even five minutes after the fact. Or those people who scream during a free throw and think a miss is all because of them, even after doing it unsuccessfully countless times beforehand.Maybe I’ve just been spoiled from sitting on press row the past couple of years and have missed out on this chanting obsession because I just don’t get it. Either way, I know I can expect a large “A-hole” chant heading my way the next time I step foot in the student section — that’s fine, I’ll still be shaking my head.Send all your new chant ideas and hate mail to read more