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October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSweeney shows he can be bought offRegarding former Congressman John Sweeney defending the Russian banks he is lobbying for because of sanctions placed on the government and businesses supporting the government actions in Crimea, would he feel the same way if he was not getting paid $62,500 per month?Would he lobby or protest out of righteousness, or does this amount of money persuade his consciousness to believe that the Russian bank changed it ways? Did they change due to sanctions?Sanctions placed on the government and businesses of Russia are placed to deter or change policy, and if they are hurting businesses, perhaps the businesses will lobby their own government to change their ways.Bottom line, I might defend the bank if they paid me $62,500 a month. Wouldn’t you? Amazing how easy it is to buy a former American congressman.Larry PhillipsCobleskill Gazette shows bias in terrorist’s deathOn a day when there should have been a banner headline which read “ISIS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Dead,” on Oct. 27, The Gazette chose a headline which read, “Lawmakers back Dyslexia Screenings” instead.Of course, this is nothing new with The Gazette showing its true never-Trump liberal bias. The bias flag flies high over The Gazette.William ThielSchenectadyHonor immigrants, natives with holidaysThe Oct. 14 Gazette reported at length (“More states jettison day paying homage to explorer”) on the Columbus Day holiday becoming increasingly discredited and discontinued. I propose Columbus Day be changed to First Nations Day in honor of the people who lived in each of the 50 states when Europeans first arrived, and their descendants, and that an entirely new Immigrants Day holiday be created.With these changes, we could all enjoy two holidays while honoring those who were here first and those who later arrived (and still do) in search of freedom and opportunity.  While Christopher Columbus remains an important historic figure, the Columbus Day holiday should be abandoned due to the vast evidence that Columbus and his men launched and participated in mass slaughters and genocides.Immigrants Day could be celebrated on the birthday of an Italian immigrant to the United States, perhaps a woman, to soften the blow of discontinuing Columbus Day. Immigrants deserve recognition with a national holiday because most of us are the descendants of immigrants. Immigrants and their descendants have contributed immensely to the success of the United States over the centuries and I am certain we will continue to do so.We should also not forget that many people arrived in North America in chains from Africa and they and their descendants also greatly enrich the United States.  Tom EllisAlbanyUnsafe practices catch up to peopleAt various times during my career at GE, I was responsible for safety on construction and industrial projects.In the photo of Civic Landscaping and Solar Installation workers in the Oct. 24 Gazette (“Solar farm work underway”), two of the three workers on ladders were unsafe.One had one foot on the ladder and one foot on the solar structure. Another had two feet on the ladder but was leaning way over to reach the solar support.I suppose neither worker was injured on that day. The nature of unsafe acts is that doing them over and over increases the chance that you may get hurt.The same applies to standing on a chair or table to reach up high in your home or office. You can do it over and over, but each time, there is a chance that the chair or table could collapse under you.Like the lottery slogan says: Hey, You Never Know.Mike RozdolskiGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDele Alli set to return for Spurs against Arsenal after overcoming hamstring injury Dele Alli watched Tottenham’s loss to Newcastle from the stands (Picture: Getty)Earlier this month, Pochettino said: ‘It’s the same area. Yes, of course, we are worried. He’s still so young. Just 23-years-old and many, many hamstring problems in the last few years.’AdvertisementAdvertisementNevertheless, having been given longer to recover from the injury sustained during pre-season, the expectation is that Alli will be fit enough to face Arsenal at the Emirates.Spurs certainly missed Alli during Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Newcastle as despite dominating possession, they could only fashion two shots on target.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith speculation continuing to surround Christian Eriksen’s future and Giovani Lo Celso still building up fitness, Alli will have a key role to play upon his return to the side.Spurs also have question marks over Tanguy Ndombele after he missed this weekend with a thigh problem while Kyle Walker-Peters had to come off with a hamstring injury on Sunday.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 Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 27 Aug 2019 11:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link36Shares Advertisement Dele Alli could be in contention to play for Spurs against Arsenal on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Mauricio Pochettino could be handed a much-needed boost ahead of Sunday’s north London derby with Dele Alli expected to recover in time from a hamstring injury to play.The 23-year-old is yet to feature for Spurs this season after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem which plagued his 2018-19 campaign during the club’s pre-season tour.Spurs announced on Friday that Alli had returned to first-team training following his latest spell out injured, however, he was left out of the 18-man squad for Sunday’s defeat to Newcastle.Since November 2017, Alli has suffered from five separate hamstring injuries causing him to miss 25 games for Spurs in total and Pochettino is keen to avoid rushing him back prematurely.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEntertaining is made easy in this Sanctuary Cove home. What a pool. The home theatre at 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary CoveMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoOne of the bedrooms at 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary CoveMarketing agent Nikki Dunlop, of Harcourts Coastal, said the couple designed it as a holiday home.“The position is the biggest selling point,” Ms Dunlop said.“The views are just spectacular on a clear day.”The property has sweeping views over Sanctuary Cove and the Palms Golf Course all the way out to Surfers Paradise.“(The vendors) love the position and the outdoor living,” Ms Dunlop said.She said they were selling the property, which sits on a 751sq m block, fully furnished. 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary Covecenter_img 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary CoveESCAPE a busy lifestyle to this contemporary resort-style home on Hope Island.The five-bedroom house at 3046 Forest Hills Drive exudes sophistication with its high ceilings, plantation shutters and modern fixtures and fittings.Owners Andrea and Anton Maher built the home in 2011. 3046 Forest Hills Drive, Sanctuary Cove“I think they just want to build again,” she said.The home has an open floorplan that flows onto an outdoor entertainment deck with pool, barbecue area and gardens.It is smart wired with speakers throughout to make the most of entertaining guests.It also has a theatre room and triple garage with space for a buggy.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgItalian oil and gas explorer Eni, together with its French partner Total, has plans to further explore for hydrocarbons in Cyprus, despite a recent setback when the company had to move its drillship out of the country amid Turkey objecting.According to a statement this week by the Cypriot energy ministry, Eni and Total have applied for a hydrocarbon research license for the Offshore Block 7 in the country’s exclusive economic zone.The ministry said it would examine the request in the coming days, and eventually come up with a decision.Cyprus’ energy minister Georgios Lakotryypis also confirmed the news via social media where he also shared the map of offshore blocks.He said: “This afternoon I informed President Anastasiades about the filing of an application for a hydrocarbon research permit for Block 7 of the Cypriot #ΑΟΖ by the Consortium @TOTAL/@ENI.”<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>This is not the first time Eni and Total have cooperated offshore Cyprus. They also share ownership in the blocks 6 & 11.The two oil and gas majors in February 2018 announced “a lean gas discovery” in Block 6 Offshore Cyprus at the Calypso 1 NFW, confirming earlier reports by the Cypriot media.At the time, Eni said Calypso 1 was a promising gas discovery and confirmed the extension of the “Zohr like” play in the Cyprus Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), referring to its Zohr field which recently started producing offshore Egypt. Zohr is seen as the largest gas field in the Mediterranean.While the news of Calypso was uplifting for Eni, later in February, when the drillship used for the discovery attempted to move to the Soupia well located in the Block 3, it was blocked by the Turkish navy on the grounds of the expected military operation at the destination.Both Turkey and the breakaway state of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus – recognized only by Turkey – have accused the internationally recognized government of Cyprus of unilaterally conducting hydrocarbon exploration only for the benefit of the Greek side, without taking into consideration the Turkish Cypriots’ interests.Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades has said the government’s “goal is to fully explore Cyprus’s hydrocarbon potential, in the best terms possible, so as to maximize the benefits for all the people of Cyprus,” dismissing the Turkish side’s accusations as unfounded and unjustified.Eni then moved the Saipem 12000 drillship to Morocco, with its CEO Claudio Descalzi saying that Eni would not relinquish its interests in the area, but would wait for the “for international, European, Turkish, Greek and Cypriot diplomacy to find a solution.”Oil and gas explorers have shown an increasing interest in Cyprus’ hydrocarbon potential, and that of the Eastern Mediterranean overall,  following giant gas discoveries made recently in the region, namely Noble Energy’s Leviathan gas field offshore Israel, and Eni’s Zohr discovery, offshore Egypt.The U.S. oil and gas major ExxonMobil recently started drilling the drilling of “Delphyne-1” well in the offshore Block 10.Exxon is the operator of the Block 10, with its partner being Qatar Petroleum. The duo won the block as part of the third offshore licensing round in December 2016.Turkey has again objected saying the ‘unilateral’ drilling would not bring peace to the Eastern Mediterranean region, adding it will itself start drilling in “areas licensed by the Turkish Cypriots.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

September 27, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNZ Herald 23 December 2014Reading an iPad or a Kindle before bed instead of a printed book can cause sleep deprivation and increase the risk of cancer, scientists say.They claim it disrupts normal sleep patterns and can lead to waking up earlier and drowsiness the next day.The light from the devices suppresses the hormone melatonin, low levels of which have been linked to increased risk of breast, prostate, and bowel cancer, scientists in Boston say.Dr Anne-Marie Chang, who led the study, said the body’s normal rhythms were interrupted by the short-wavelength enriched light, otherwise known as blue light, from these electronic devices.“Participants reading a light-emitting e-reader took longer to fall asleep and had reduced evening sleepiness, reduced melatonin secretion, later timing of their circadian clock and reduced next-morning alertness than when reading a printed book.” read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWATERVLIET, Mich. – The more than 90 drivers who win IMCA state championships this season all receive gift cards from Allstar Performance. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Late Model and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car state cham­pions all earn $100 gift cards. The Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer and six-year sponsor gives $50 gift cards to each IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact state champion. Gift cards can be applied toward purchases from any Allstar distributor. Information about Allstar products, as well as dealer locations, is available at the website.State championship gift cards will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Ninety-one IMCA Allstar Performance state champions reigned last year, four more than the previous record set in 2013. Six hun­dred and thirty different drivers have now won state crowns since the program was intro­duced in 2000. “This program continues to grow and Allstar Performance just grows right along with it. We will see the return of Modified state champions in Alabama and Florida this season, among others that will continue to push toward the goal of crowning 100 state champions across all divisions,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Allstar has been a gracious and supportive partner for the past five years and we look to continue this relationship well into the foreseeable future.”last_img read more

September 21, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Rumours have been rife about a possible return for the Portuguese, who led Chelsea to back-to-back Premier League titles during his previous spell in charge. “If I was at another club and looking for someone who would give me the maximum chance of winning, it’s Jose Mourinho,” Kenyon told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. Former Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon would not think twice about bringing Jose Mourinho back to the club if he was still at Stamford Bridge. Press Associationcenter_img “You’ve got one of the best clubs, one of the best owners and one of the best coaches – it’s a hard combination to resist. “I’d need some other very strong candidates to look elsewhere and you’d have to say he’s very much on the shortlist. “Pep Guardiola would have been up there (as a candidate) but he’s not available. (Malaga coach) Manuel Pellegrini you would definitely look at. But if I was looking at Pellegrini or Jose, Jose would win hands down.” Mourinho is currently coach of Real Madrid but has dropped several hints he may leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season and could be open to a move back to the Blues. It was Mourinho’s much-publicised falling-out with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich which led to his departure in September 2007, but Kenyon thinks the Portuguese may give into the lure of working at Stamford Bridge once more. However, Kenyon warned that Mourinho and Abramovich will have to sit down and sort out their problems before there is any possibility of a Stamford Bridge reunion. “They’re both very strong individuals and before this appointment happens, if it happens, there will be an awful lot of discussion between those two,” he said. “It’s a very different team now, that is at a very different part of its evolution as a major European team, and clarification is needed over players.” last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSpeaking from the White House Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump claimed “big success” on the Turkish-Syrian border.Trump said a permanent ceasefire is in place, the Kurds are happy, ISIS fighters are under lock and key and no American blood was spilled.Trump said the oil in the area is secured and is being guarded by a small number of American troops.The president also said others in the region will help maintain the peace along the border and our soldiers are home after ten years.Trump also announced that U.S. sanctions against Turkey are being lifted. He reserved the right to reimpose sanctions, if necessary.Trump noted that there will be a “safe zone” and argued that the volatile region will become more stable. He defended his recent decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria, claiming the move was a huge success. President Trump: “Let someone else fight over this long, bloodstained sand.”last_img read more

September 17, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTrojan Vision, USC’s student-run television station, is now broadcasting in high definition on channel 8.1, though students with older television sets will not be able to see the new format.The updates in USC’s broadcasting reflect Trojan Vision’s goal to remain at the forefront of technological advances on campus, said Karthik Ravishankar, Trojan Vision distribution and news media manager.Picture perfect – Cassie Bussing, a sophomore majoring in cinematic arts and the executive producer for Trojan Vision’s show The Cutting Edge, works at the student-run station. Trojan Vision will now broadcast in a new high-definition format on channel 8.1. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan“High definition is clearly the direction broadcasting is going in, and as a college TV station, we want to keep up with the times,” said Ravishankar, a senior majoring in business administration and economics.Trojan Vision viewers will also have to keep up with the times. The television station will now only be accessible from high-definition TVs.Students with digital, HD TVs will need to reprogram their setup and rescan for channels on their TVs to be able to watch, which Ravishankar said is an easy process.Though students will be unable to access Trojan Vision from outdated televisions, Olivia Bonin, the station’s promotions manager, said the majority of viewers watch online at“Recently, there have been more viewers per day, and they’re watching for longer periods of time,” Bonin said.Bonin estimates the online traffic to be approximately 1,000 viewers daily.Trojan Vision attracts a range of non-USC viewers, mostly because of the popularity of its talk show CU@USC, Bonin said. Weird Al Yankovic and Chris Colfer, from the show Glee, have been among featured guests.Still, the aim of Trojan Vision is to target USC students.“We want Trojan Vision to be the center of USC and to reflect the interests of everyone on campus,” Bonin said.Ellen Kaster, a freshman majoring in public relations, said she watches the show Platforum online to learn what people are talking about and to hear varying student perspectives.Kaster said she preferred to watch Trojan Vision online before it was in HD.“The quality of online broadcasts is sharp. It’s great to see that quality in the television broadcasts with the new station,” Kaster said.Before the television station’s update to high definition the team had to downgrade the quality of their footage for the old television station.“Now when we get great footage at the red carpets, we can shoot in HD and actually air in HD,” Bonin said.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTuesday marked the beginning of a new era in Wisconsin men’s basketball with the official introduction of Greg Gard as head coach after serving as Bo Ryan’s assistant for 15 years.Here’s how some of the Badgers in attendance at Tuesday’s press conference reacted to Gard’s big day:Junior guard Bronson KoenigOn why Gard is such a good fit:“Just his comfort level with everyone, the players’ comfort level with him and just how he interacts with everyone on a day-to-day basis in practice and film sessions, where you guys don’t necessarily see it.”On his reaction when he heard the news:“I was very excited. I wasn’t very surprised, but he’s very deserving of a head coaching job, so I’m very happy for him.”[Updated] Men’s basketball: Greg Gard officially named new head coach of WisconsinWisconsin men’s basketball coach Greg Gard was not named Big Ten Coach of the Year Monday after he led the Read…Redshirt junior guard Zak ShowalterOn being a student athlete who is playing at his dream school and seeing Gard get his dream job:“I definitely can see what he’s feeling. It’s exciting. This is what I’ve dreamed of my whole career and to be able to do this is a dream come true. I think for him, every school has been kind of a dream come true, but I think this really has been in his mind since the day he’s started coaching and I couldn’t be more happy for him.”On what Gard means to him:“I got one year left, but going into the future, I’ll always have his back and he’s always someone I can look up to. It’s exciting for us to know that this program is in good hands.”Stand Gard: Badgers have found their leaderGreg Gard has been named head coach of University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.  No more interim label, no more audition Read…Junior forward Nigel HayesOn the similarities between Gard and Ryan:“He’s an extension of Coach Ryan. He’s known him a long time. They pretty much have the same basketball principles, morals, values and things that they want their teams to do. He’s the same guy, different voice. Of course they have different philosophies and ways about that, but they have the same expectations in terms of what they want on the basketball court.”Assistant Coach Lamont ParisOn whether there was a sense of relief in the announcement of a head coach:“We were in the Big Ten race, so you’re not thinking about that. We were in a position where we had improved so much that we really had just dealt so much with developing the guys, developing the team, that it really was an afterthought. Otherwise, you’d go nuts thinking about that every day. Now, the finality of it is here, so there is a sense of excitement without question.”Assistant Coach Howard Moore:On why someone like Gard, or anyone, would decide to stick around for so long:“The people. To have an icon like [Bo Ryan] and Coach [Barry] Alvarez being the leader for all of us and giving us the resources and the support to be successful and put our programs in position where we can be successful coaches, it means a lot. Not every program is fortunate enough to have a guy of his stature to be the athletic director.”“This place is special because there are people that are here at Wisconsin that care about Wisconsin. It’s not just a job for them. It’s something that is very near and dear, and those are the type of people that Coach Alvarez wants to be around this program.”Head Football Coach Paul ChrystOn both football and basketball programs having Wisconsin natives as leaders:“You’re proud and appreciative of it, but if Greg wasn’t from Wisconsin, I’d still be real happy. It’s unique, but I’d be happy of who he is, not where he is from.”last_img read more