Trump porn star artful at the deal

first_imgStephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels the porn star, must have read Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal.” Keep up the good work, Stormy.Jeff MurtaghDuanesburgMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

Errors were evident in letters on climate

first_imgSince the dawn of the industrial era, the oceans and the biosphere have been absorbing about half the CO2 added by burning fossil fuels each year.I think Mr. Anderson’s initial misstated calculations had to do with natural CO2 emissions from biosphere respiration. In the Northern Hemisphere, during winter (the eight-month period from September to the following May), CO2 levels rise by about nine ppm, as all life exhales CO2 and photosynthesis is minimized due to low sunlight and cold. During late spring-summer, CO2 levels fall by about seven ppm, when photosynthesis is more prevalent than respiration. Both of these increases and decreases are considerably larger than the two ppm increase from fossil fuels. It’s estimated that global respiration averaged over all seasons is probably greater than 150 billion metric tons carbon per year, which is about a factor of 15-20 times greater than fossil fuel emissions.Chris WalcekAlbanyThe writer is a research scientist, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at University at Albany.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Victor Robert’s April 2 letter, where he points out a math error of Rodger Anderson in calculating the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, contains two errors: 1) The eight billion tons that humans add to the atmosphere are tons of carbon, not carbon dioxide, as stated in the letter. Secondly, Victor also makes a math error that many atmospheric science graduate students also make when dealing with concentrations of trace gases in air. The two parts per million (ppm) per year increase represents two ppm in the number of molecules, not mass, of the atmosphere. CO2 [carbon dioxide] is 1.52 times heavier than air, which is a mixture of mostly lighter O2 [oxygen] and N2 [nitrogen]. The observed two ppm increase in CO2 corresponds to a carbon mass of 4.3 billion metric tons, which is about half the mass of carbon emitted by fossil fuels.  Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Transport of delight

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Deals stoke up West End investment market

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Matrix to forward fund giant MFI shed in Northampton

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Niche market

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You have been warned

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Despard bids

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Abbey poaches Regus tenants in hot sector

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First French doctor dies as virus death toll rockets

first_imgShortage of masksDr Razafindranazy died on Saturday in a hospital in the  northern city of Lille, with his son paying an emotional tribute to him on Facebook.”He was passionate about his work and chose not to retire. He has left a family behind him who will never forget him,” he added.The family also warned that “this illness is extremely serious and must not be taken lightly”.Marini said Dr Razafindranazy “would soon have been 68” and had treated some of the first cases in the Oise department, the first area in France to be badly hit by COVID-19.He was infected in early March, the mayor added.A quarter of the more than 7,200 people now in hospital with the virus are in intensive care.Veran said many medical staff who contract the virus could in fact be getting infected outside of their work, while adding that protection for frontline staff was “absolutely indispensable”.But doctors and nurses were losing patience, with the Frederic Adnet, the head of an emergency department at Seine-Saint-Denis in the northern suburbs of Paris, saying supplies of protective clothing were clearly under strain.”We know we are exposed,” he told French television. “We know a number of us are going to contract it and there will be a price to pay… with protective gear cruelly lacking.” Calls for curfew His wife, a family doctor, is now also sick with the virus and has been quarantined at home.Dr Razafindranazy’s death came as controversy raged over a shortage of protective gear for medical staff in some parts of France.Despite Health Minister Olivier Veran saying more than 250 million masks had been ordered, some doctors and nurses have complained that they have had to do without.The French government is also under pressure from doctors’ unions to impose a total nationwide curfew.The northeast city of Mulhouse, where French soldiers have already set up a military field hospital to help hospital staff overwhelmed by the number of cases, declared its own curfew from Sunday night from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.Some other cities, including Nice and Perpignan, have already imposed their own curfews.With authorities expected to extend the lockdown beyond the end of March, doctors want it tightened to “at a minimum” stopping people going out to jog or exercise. Parliament toughened fines for people who break the current confinement measures late Saturday. Repeat offenders now face six months in prison and a fine of 3,700 euros (US$3,950).And on Sunday it declared a health emergency in the country, granting greater powers to the government to fight the pandemic. The first French doctor battling the coronavirus has died as the death toll in the country spiraled to 674 Sunday.With the outbreak spreading to eight regions — and 112 more dying in a single day — authorities admitted their count does not include those who died at home and in old people’s homes.”We are looking at an epidemic that is widening and escalating,” the head of the health service Jerome Salomon said. Mayor Philippe Marini said that Madagascar-born Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy “came back to work voluntarily to treat people and knew he was taking a risk”.center_img With hospitals flooded with 7,240 victims, the military are having to transfer some from the worst-hit areas.”The virus kills and it is continuing to kill,” Salomon added.The 67-year-old emergency room medic who died worked at Compiegne hospital, north of Paris, the town’s mayor told AFP.He was hailed as a hero by his family for coming back from holiday to treat the first major outbreak in the country. Topics :last_img read more