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Flynn’s guilty plea doesn’t prove collusion

first_imgIt’s all ugly and ragged, but this White House has a lot of ugly and ragged.Even if Flynn says he was instructed by the president to be in touch with the Russians, so what? All that would mean is the president-elect told his national security adviser to do his job.Don’t be fooled by the breathless, desperate reaction from the usual suspects.As far as the White House is concerned, the Flynn guilty plea is a 4 on a scale from 1 to 10.Sorry, Democrats. The investigations and “collusion” outrage are running out of steam, well short of reaching the president’s doorstep.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.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes He has been a cooperating witness since special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation began.The Democrats won’t admit it, but they are throwing in the towel on collusion.Their only choice now is to prop up the convoluted claim of obstruction of justice, and that could go on forever. The ordeal may be bothersome for the White House, but it won’t be fatal.Oh and by the way, let’s reflect on what has happened in this investigation so far.Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted on matters associated with foreign-agent registration and money laundering that predated any engagement they had with Trump.Flynn has pleaded guilty to a crime that occurred after the campaign was over.To be precise, none of this involves the president or his campaign. Commentators are saying Flynn’s plea couldn’t come at a worse time for the president.As Republicans are on the brink of passing this administration’s most important legislative initiative with the GOP-led tax reform bill, some in the media have gone so far as to suggest Flynn’s admission of guilt may disrupt the tax bill’s vote count in Congress.Well, a note to the political geniuses in the liberal mainstream media: There isn’t one Republican member of Congress thinking, “Gee, Flynn pleaded guilty to something or another. Maybe I won’t vote for a tax cut.”It just doesn’t work that way.Once the dust settles, the Democrats and their media allies will realize that there is nothing more to this story than what Flynn has admitted to.Commentators are saying Flynn has agreed to cooperate, as if that is something new.The fact is, there was never a time when Flynn wasn’t cooperating.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionFriday morning’s guilty plea from former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn is a major disappointment for Democrats.Flynn admitting to having made false statements is nowhere near where the Democrats want this to go.Of course, the story is big and the fact that a former White House official has been charged with anything and pleaded guilty is consequential, but it doesn’t suggest any collusion occurred and it doesn’t even get close to confirming that Donald Trump or his campaign was somehow complicit in a nefarious scheme.Democrats are already straining themselves trying to suggest that Flynn’s plea is just the beginning and that there is more to come.But as far as Flynn is concerned, that is unlikely. It is just wishful thinking on their part.It’s not as though he pleaded guilty only to leave unresolved matters for later.last_img read more

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Guide for SMEs: outsourcing your internal supply chain department

first_imgWith Covid-19 causing major disruption and uncertainty in the grocery market, SMEs are increasingly looking to outsourcing as a way of managing overheads and reducing risk, according to Young Foodies.So for the latest in our Guide for SMEs series, we spoke to Young Foodies co-founder Chris Green to get his insight on outsourcing supply chain functions.Why would a brand outsource their operations?When people talk about outsourcing their supply chain, they typically refer to outsourcing the physical production and handling of their goods to third-party manufacturing partners and logistics providers, run by an internal supply chain manager.Less commonly, SMEs outsource their supply chain management function to specialist professional service providers. Brands are opting for this now more than ever to reduce their fixed costs and allow themselves the flexibility to adapt operations as sales and external factors dictate.What are the advantages of outsourcing as an SME?Supply chain is a highly specialist area and getting it wrong can be expensive and potentially damaging for the brand. Some of the many benefits include:Always-on: Small brands are experts at wearing many hats, however even an experienced, multitasking and super organised supply chain manager can only do so much. Having an outsourced team of experts provides consistent top-notch delivery without the impact of employee annual leave or sick daysFlexibility and agility: Supply chain requires quick thinking and agility in order to keep operations flexible enough to adapt to a brand’s growth and decline phases. It must balance ‘business as usual’ transactional work with highly commercial project-based initiativesCommercial benefit: By outsourcing a team, you can easily dial up or down the levels of capability you need during the year, and importantly, pay accordinglyNo employment costs: Working with an external partner means lower fixed employment costs and the associated recruitment feesIt’s good for the industry: In a recent Young Foodies survey conducted with retail buyers, third-party logistics providers and wholesalers, supply chain was cited as one of the biggest frustrations when working with challenger brands. Having to work with thousands of individual supply chain managers is difficult so they often prefer to have one touchpoint representing multiple brands.Are there specific tasks/parts of the business that are easy wins for SMEs to outsource?Lots of brands outsource all elements of the back office from finance and accounting to legal, insurance and supply chain. These tasks are less buyer-facing and therefore founders are usually more confident outsourcing them.Outsourcing production planning, materials supply and the downstream customer supply elements of the supply chain are easy wins and can take huge amounts of time off the brand teams. It also makes sense for SMEs to outsource the completion of discrete projects.What are the risks?Not treating your partner like a partner carries the risk of a relationship breakdown. It risks them missing critical pieces of information that could cause potential issues further down the line.Not giving your partner autonomy, trust and control. With such a sensitive and complex chain of events in play at any given time, it’s important that control is centralised and the partner can make the best decisions for you.Treating it as low value and transactional. Supply chain is not just about processing orders. In fact, between the costs of goods and logistics, the P&L of the supply chain team is the best part of 60% of a brand’s outgoings. It’s highly commercial and warrants investment.Treating it as a silo from the rest of the business. The supply chain team are those delivering on the promises of the sales, marketing and product teams and they feed directly into the finance agenda, so partners must be seen as an extended part of the team.What should SMEs consider before they make these changes?Is outsourcing the right approach? Some SMEs prefer their supply chain team to do a little bit of everything, from trade shows to product development, and even finance. An outsourced partner would have much clearer lines. It’s the difference between having specialist or generalist capabilities on board.Can they truly trust another party? If a brand finds it challenging to relinquish some control, it’s probably not a solution for them. Try to outline the requirements needed from a reporting and control standpoint to ensure you remain confident, comfortable and in the know at all times.Do they understand the scope of the arrangement? What is the partner doing and specifically what are they not doing? It’s important that every part of the supply chain matrix is accounted for.last_img read more

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Overseas buyer snaps up Gold Coast villa for $1.35m without seeing it first

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThere’s plenty of room to cook up a storm in this kitchen. The living room flows onto the courtyard with pool. What a heavenly courtyard.“The buyer never actually inspected it, it was a Facetime call,” Mr Willcox said.“They were overseas at the time.“It was actually a first for me.”The two-storey villa blends coastal and classic style.It has an open kitchen and living area that flows onto an a courtyard, which overlooks a pool while the second floor is dedicated to three bedrooms. The perfect place to relax after a busy day. Not a bad spot to sip a cocktail on a Sunday afternoon.IMAGINE splashing out more than $1 million on a home you have never seen in person.It’s risky business but the buyer of this Main Beach villa had no qualms about making such a big move.Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Jesse Willcox, who marketed the property at 1/41 Cronin Ave, said an overseas buyer bought the French-style villa for $1.35 million via a video call.It sold within six days of hitting the market. The arched windows in the bedroom give it a quirky character. The villa at 1/41 Cronin Ave, Main Beach.It’s sought-after position within walking distance to the restaurants and cafes of Tedder Ave as well as the beach is one of its biggest selling points.Mr Willcox said the buyer planned to move to the Gold Coast to live in the property.He believed more comprehensive marketing through video technology was making buyers feel more comfortable buying homes without inspecting them in person first.last_img read more

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‘Cinderella Syndrome’ linked to abuse

first_imgNZ Herald 1 Feb 2012Parents are being warned children are 50 times more likely to be abused when unrelated adults are living in their home. Child advocacy group Child Matters says the so-called ‘Cinderella Syndrome’ has been highlighted by the charging of Matthew Ellery for the death of Ngaruawahia infant Serenity Jay Scott-Dinnington. Ellery was the partner of the girl’s mother. Child Matters spokeswoman Amanda Meynell says international research shows children living in households with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times as likely to die of inflicted injuries. “When you’re talking about unrelated adults being in the home, that attachment’s not so great, they don’t have the relationship, they may not have been there since birth with that child and so they pose a greater risk,” she says. Ms Meynell says parents should exercise common sense when leaving their children around people they don’t know well.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10782677 Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS–4) Report to Congress – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2010http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/natl_incid/nis4_report_congress_full_pdf_jan2010.pdflast_img read more

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Strong public support for euthanasia

first_imgSunday Star Times 29 April 2012The MP campaigning for the right to die has been buoyed by a poll that shows more than 85 per cent of respondents to a survey supported voluntary euthanasia. The Sunday Star-Times reader poll of more than 1000 people also found almost three-quarters of people would help a terminally-ill loved one commit suicide, and that support for a law change is highest among men, and those over 60. Labour MP Maryan Street has been working with the Voluntary Euthanasia Society on her End of Life Choice Bill, which would give people the right to “choose how and when they exit this life”. The private members bill will have to be drawn from the ballot to get a hearing, but Street says the reader poll had the highest support she had seen, with most polls getting 75 per cent backing for a law change. “There is more support out in the community for this than people imagine,” Street said. She had seen a change since a 1995 euthanasia vote was lost 61-29, to 60-57 when it was revisited in 2003. “And, nine years on, attitudes have changed again.”Her bill includes three levels of protection. “The first is for the patient themselves. They would have to be tested by two physicians to prove they are of sound mind and understand what they are asking for, and the consequences. ”The next is for doctors, so they are not compelled to assist if it doesn’t fit their beliefs, and to protect them from criminal liability if they help. And the third is for a loved one who agrees to assist. People who have been asked by their loved one, should be protected from criminal liability.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/6824636/Strong-public-support-for-euthanasiaMedical Association firmly against euthanasiaNewstalk ZB 29 April 2012A fresh attempt to get a form of euthanasia onto the statute books is having no impact on the The Medical Association. It’s firmly against doctors helping patients end their lives…. Medical Association Chair Paul Ockelford says even so, euthanasia is unethical and cannot be condoned by the Association as a professional body.http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/article.aspx?id=146821&fm=newsmain,nrhllast_img read more

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What’s already been a pretty good season for Mitchell Hunt got even better early Thursday afternoon.

first_imgHunt ran fourth in the second of two rescheduled Modified qualifying features to earn his career-first start in the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event.“This is pretty much what I’ve dreamed about since I was little,” said Hunt, 19 years old, from Greenville, Mich., and grandson of 1998 Super Nationals qualifier Jerry Pace. “Our season has already been phenomenal. This is amazing.”A regular at I-96 Speedway and Crystal Motor Speedway, Hunt made his first trip to Super Nationals four years ago to race in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.His morning started with a heat race win and ended with Hunt chasing Jeff Aikey, Riley Simmons and Jay Noteboom across the finish line.“I tried to keep my nose clean and stay close to the bottom. Right around the tires was where I was at,” he said. “If you can keep up with Jay Noteboom, you’re doing good.” Mitchell Hunt’s fourth place finish in the second rescheduled Modified feature put him on the starting grid for the main event at Super Nationals. (IMCA Photo)last_img read more

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Gustins are among Marshalltown feature winners

first_imgBy Jeremy FoxMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 1) – Team Gustin took home two feature wins Friday night at Mar­shalltown Speedway.Jimmy Gustin and Trent Jackson started on the front row of the Coors Light IMCA Modified fea­ture and it was Gustin grabbing the lead. He was comfortable out front before the only race cau­tion was displayed on lap eight for debris.Adam Larson took second away from Joel Rust and set his sights on the leader. Gustin, however, de­nied those challenges to take his 88th career win in the division and first at Marshalltown since April 26, 2013. Brian Irvine worked his way from 10th to third.Brandon Williams took the early lead in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, then gave way to Ryan King on lap five.King pulled away and appeared to be going on to take his first win at Marshalltown even with lapped traffic ahead but the caution came out with three circuits left. King had Williams, 12th start­ing Jenae Gustin and Clint Luellen right behind.Gustin found the right lane on the restart and that allowed her to take the lead away and go on to the win. King and Jared Van Deest, rounded out the top three.In the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature event, it was Jay Schmidt taking the lead early as the field behind was going three and four-wide in the early going. Donavon Smith worked his way from eighth to second and battled Schmidt while Michael Jaennette and Jeff Wollam battled for third.Smith took the lead away on lap six and pulled away to take the win. Jaennette took second and Steve Meyer was third.Tim Barber led lap one in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stock feature but national point leader Austin Luellen took the lead away after starting sixth. Luellen was only slowed by a pair of cautions on lap nine. Luellen took the win over Eric Stanton and Andy Hick.last_img read more

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JAZ awards top $14,000 in eight IMCA divisions

first_img“JAZ Products is happy to help IMCA racers by offering contingency awards to the top contenders of each class. These racers give it their all every season and we want to do our part to give back to them to let them know it does not go unnoticed,” said Sales Manager Bradley Jewett. “JAZ would like to wish the racers the best of luck in the 2019 racing season.”  SANTA PAULA, Calif. (Feb. 7) – JAZ Products nears another sponsorship milestone in 2019, awarding more than $14,000 in product certificates to drivers in all eight IMCA divisions.  Information about JAZ-manufactured seats, fuel cells, safety equipment, pit and fuel accessories in addition to race car plumbing, as well as the company network of dealers, is available at the www.jazproducts.com web­site, by calling 800 525-8133 and on Facebook. JAZ certifi­cates valued at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $75 will go to the top five drivers in point standings for each of the five Modified regions. Product certificates in the same increments go to top five drivers in national point stand­ings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  All certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.  Modified must display two JAZ decals in designated locations on their door panels to be eligi­ble for point fund shares or product certificate awards. The Santa Paula, Calif., company is in its 24th consecutive season as an IMCA sponsor, notably returning to the Modified national decal program. “JAZ Products has been such a constant presence for IMCA racers for longer than a good percentage of our membership has been racing,” commented Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body. “We’ve always appreciated their support and continue to do so in 2019.”last_img read more

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Alleged burglar apprehended

first_imgGreensburg, IN — On August 4, Greensburg Police Department was dispatched to West Park Road in reference to an alleged Burglary at a residence. When officers arrived at the location they came into contact with a male, who exited the residence and began to flee on foot. As the Officer came in contact with the male, he stopped and advised officers, “I give up”.During the investigation, it was learned that the male who entered the residence did not have permission to be there. The male was identified as Arther Lee Curtis Bolton III, age 26.Bolton was taken into custody and transported to the Decatur County Jail and processed into the jail on an allegation of Burglary.last_img read more

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President Trump to Appear on “Meet the Press” Sunday

first_imgPresident Trump will appear this Sunday on “Meet the Press,” with Chuck Todd his first NBC interview since he sat down with anchor Lester Holt in 2017.Trump’s sit down with Holt generated a flurry of headlines. It was in that interview that Trump said he was thinking of the “Russia thing” when he decided to fire James Comey as FBI director.It will be Trump’s first time on the Sunday morning news show since he became president, CNN reported on Thursday.His last appearance occurred on August 2015.The sit-down comes days before NBC will host the first round of Democratic presidential candidate debates in Miami next Wednesday and Thursday.Trump spent 30 hours with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in a highly teased interview that aired Sunday evening.The “Meet the Press” appearance will air one week after ABC News aired a prime time special featuring an interview with Trump.last_img read more

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