Show respect for U.S., stand for the anthem

first_imgA better way to get your point across is by going out and doing some real good by giving quietly to charities such as City Mission and by speaking to vulnerable high school students and to organizations that help fatherless families. Give some of your millions to start boy’s clubs that can draw gang members from the streets and into a friendly, controlled atmosphere. Do things quietly, without showboating, not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing.Yes, I say to football players like Mr. Colin Kaepernick and letters-to-the-editor writers like Mr. Gary Phillip Guido to think before you act.When I hear the national anthem, I stand, put my hand over my heart and say “God bless us, our families, and most of all, God bless America.”By the way, I choose to not watch NFL games.Vince AlescioClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBeing in the winter of my years, I often think of what my life would have been if my parents hadn’t migrated from Sicily to America. I don’t think I would have been as happy or presented with as many opportunities.By reading many books about World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam about how millions of people died to make men free, I gained a deeper respect toward America. Normally, “To the victors go the spoils” is practiced. However, rather than take over the countries we were victorious over, we set up the Marshall Plan after World War II and helped rebuild those countries. That’s the America I know.When I see NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, I ask myself, do these players, whose ancestors were brought to this country by slave ships, realize how far they’ve come from those sometimes terrible years of slavery? By all means, America is not a perfect country. But it has evolved into a country that has eliminated slavery and elected a black president. Isn’t it time to start supporting America and realizing  how different your lives would have been if  you had stayed in Africa.? last_img read more

Sinclair went too far with commentary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The recent broadcast of Liz Bishop reading the warped commentary provided (and mandated) by WRGB’s parent company, the Sinclair Broadcast Group, was the final nail in the Channel 6 coffin in our house.Using fake news to promote an anti-fake news diatribe was, in their own words, “extremely dangerous to our democracy.”WRGB, you’re fired.Lyn KucijJohn KucijSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Burford Mayfair well in W1

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Gap widens in regional availability and take-up

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Vietnamese esports team wins 2020 President Esports Cup

first_imgTeam Flash of Vietnam has won the 2020 President Esports Cup, securing the Rp 300 million (US$22,000) cash prize. The Vietnamese esports players beat host team Dranix Vendetta, which finished second. Third place went to Louvre Esports Indonesia. All finalists played the game Free Fire.The victor of the casual category was another Vietnamese competitor, Nguyen Tuan Anh, who defeated fellow countryman Do Trung Tuan 2-1 in Pro Evolution Soccer (PES). Indonesian competitor I Made Arisandra grabbed third position.Indonesian gamers were victorious in the Mobile Premiere League competition and also in the exhibition game Ultra Space Battle Brawl. Aby Ramadhan, a gamer from East Jakarta, finished first in the Mobile Premiere League competition after defeating counterpart Miftahul Fajar 3-1 in the final. Indonesian Dio Alsabah was crowned the champion of Ultra Space Battle Brawl, a game created by local developers, Indonesia Mojiken Studio and Toge Production. Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali, who watched the grand final, said the fact the event attracted 180,000 participants, both local and from abroad, showed that esports was the future of sport, adding that the government would continue supporting the development of the sport.“We’ll continue supporting the sport” he said as quoted in a press statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Monday.Chief organizer Giring Ganesha praised the local gamers, saying the Indonesian competitors had gone all out at the tournament.“We now hope to develop a better ecosystem for the sport in the hopes of building a bright future,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Dozens of koalas dead after logging at Australian plantation

first_imgThose responsible could face steep fines under laws designed to protect Australia’s native wildlife.The environment department said approximately 80 koalas had been removed from the plantation site over the weekend for medical treatment, while others had to be put down.”Wildlife welfare assessment and triage will continue with qualified carers and vets,” the department said in a statement.”Plans are being made to translocate remaining animals offsite if they are well enough to be moved.” Friends of the Earth said the plantation was logged in December in what it called a “massacre” that left hundreds of koalas dead or injured.The conservation group said the scale of the incident was uncovered when local residents witnessed dead koalas being bulldozed into piles in recent days.The deaths come after devastating bushfires destroyed large swathes of koala habitat across Australia’s southeast and killed thousands of the animals, which are listed as “vulnerable” to extinction.The Australian Forest Products Association said a forestry contractor harvested the land in November in accordance with strict wildlife protection rules before the remaining trees were later bulldozed after the contractor left.”It is unclear as yet who bulldozed the trees with the koalas apparently still in them, but it is absolutely certain that this was not a plantation or a forestry company,” chief executive Ross Hampton told Nine newspapers.”We support all those calling for the full force of the law to be applied to the perpetrator.”The forestry industry lobby group has pledged to hold its own investigation into the incident.Topics : Dozens of koalas have been euthanized and some 80 more are being treated for injuries and starvation after their habitat was logged, prompting an Australian government investigation Monday.Victoria’s environment department said the state’s conservation regulator was investigating a “very distressing incident” at a bluegum plantation near the coastal town of Portland that resulted in the deaths of dozens of koalas.”If this is found to be due to deliberate human action, we expect the conservation regulator to act swiftly against those responsible,” the department said.last_img read more

Buttigieg takes lead in chaotic Iowa vote, Sanders second

first_imgThe centrist senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar was in fifth place on 12.6 percent, with 62 percent of the precincts reporting. The results were posted some 21 hours after Iowans gathered across the state to hold the first vote of the presidential nominating season.Troy Price, the chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party, apologized profusely for the delay and blamed it on a “coding error” with an app being used for the first time to report the returns from precincts across the farm state.Price pledged to provide the full results as soon as possible.”We have been working day and night to make sure that the results are accurate,” he said. “And we also have a paper trail and documentation that we have been able to use to provide information to help verify the results.”As Iowa struggled to publish the results and frustrated Democratic candidates fumed, Trump gleefully pounced on the hold-up, describing the Democrats’ failure to deliver timely results as an “unmitigated disaster.””Nothing works, just like they ran the country,” tweeted Trump — hours before delivering his annual State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress under the cloud of impeachment.’Shocking incompetence’ The results are usually known within hours of the conclusion of the caucuses, which do not involve a traditional ballot but see voters attending public gatherings and voicing support for the candidate of their choice.Iowa kicks off the process of selecting presidential nominees every four years, but the fiasco surrounding the results is likely to increase calls for the state to lose the honor.”The top finishers, probably Sanders and Buttigieg, could have used their showings to launch into New Hampshire,” the next contest, said Larry Sabato, a professor of politics at the University of Virginia.”Instead, the story is the shocking incompetence of the Iowa Democratic Party.” He called for an end to the “strange system in a 91 percent white state” in favor of giving other states a chance to kick off the process.Virginia Senator Mark Warner expressed alarm over the Iowa debacle. “This chaos has created an environment where misinformation is now running rampant online, further undermining confidence in the democratic process,” he said.With Iowa still mired in confusion, the Democratic candidates turned their sights on New Hampshire.According to a Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll released Monday, Sanders is leading in the Granite State with 24 percent, followed by Biden on 18 percent, Warren with 13 percent and Buttigieg with 11 percent.Alluding to his own victory in Republican caucuses in Iowa, Trump said that “the only person that can claim a very big victory in Iowa last night is ‘Trump.'””When will the Democrats start blaming RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, instead of their own incompetence for the voting disaster that just happened in the Great State of Iowa?” Trump tweeted.Topics : “I have never been more confident in our campaign, in our team, and in the vision that brought to us this point,” Buttigieg told ecstatic supporters in New Hampshire, which holds the next nominating contest on February 11.With polls still mixed on whether Americans would be comfortable with an openly gay president, Buttigieg also made a rare, though implicit, reference to his sexuality — and the added significance it gave the Iowa outcome.”It validates for a kid, somewhere in a community, wondering if he belongs, or she belongs, or they belong in their own family, that if you believe in yourself and your country there’s a lot backing up that belief,” he said with a catch in his voice.According to the partial results, Buttigieg, unknown nationally a year ago, leads with 26.9 percent followed by Sanders, the 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist, with 25.1 percent, followed by Senator Warren with 18.3 percent, and Biden with 15.6 percent. Democratic White House candidate Pete Buttigieg seized a shock lead in the chaotic Iowa caucuses, closely trailed by leftist senator Bernie Sanders, according to partial returns released on Tuesday after an embarrassing delay in reporting the results.Progressive standard-bearer Elizabeth Warren was in third place followed by Joe Biden, a disappointing showing for the former vice president who has claimed he is best positioned to defeat Donald Trump in November.Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who has been battling Biden for the moderate wing of the party, hailed what he called an “astonishing victory” in the midwestern farm state which kicks off the presidential nominating process.last_img read more

US Senate acquits Trump of impeachment charges

first_imgThroughout the impeachment drama, Trump and his Republican allies kept up their attacks on Biden’s integrity. It remains to be seen how much political damage that inflicted. In the first of the state-by-state contests to determine the Democratic challenger to Trump, Biden placed a disappointing fourth in Iowa, according to incomplete results from Monday’s voting. Biden has accused Trump of “lies, smears, distortions and name-calling.”‘APPALLING ABUSE’Trump faces no serious challengers for his party’s presidential nomination. He is poised to claim the nomination at the party’s convention in August and previewed in his State of the Union address on Tuesday campaign themes such as American renewal, economic vitality and hardline immigration policies.Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, broke with his party to vote to convict Trump on the abuse-of-power charge. Romney called the president’s actions in pressuring Ukraine to investigate Biden “grievously wrong” and said Trump was “guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust.””What he did was not ‘perfect,'” Romney said on the Senate floor, as Trump has described his call with Ukraine’s president that was at the heart of the scandal. “No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values. Corrupting an election to keep one’s self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine.”Romney, a moderate and elder statesman in his party, paused during his speech as he became choked with emotion after mentioning the importance of his religious faith.Republican Senator Lindsey Graham lashed out at Democrats, saying: “What you have done is unleash the partisan forces of hell.”Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, said Trump’s acquittal in an unfair trial was worth nothing.”No doubt, the president will boast he received total exoneration. But we know better. We know this wasn’t a trial by any stretch of the definition.”In his speech, McConnell said: “The architects of this impeachment claimed they were defending norms and traditions. In reality, it was an assault on both.”BIGGEST VICTORY YETDemocrats expressed concern that an acquittal would further embolden a president who already challenges political norms. They have painted him as threat to US democracy and a demagogue who has acted lawlessly and exhibited a contempt for the powers of Congress and other institutions. They also have voiced concern over Russia interfering in another American election.Trump’s legal team offered a vision of nearly unlimited presidential powers, a view Democrats said placed any president above the law.The acquittal handed Trump his biggest victory yet over his Democratic adversaries in Congress. Democrats vowed to press ahead with investigations – they are fighting in court for access to his financial records – and voiced hope that the facts unearthed during the impeachment process about his conduct would help persuade voters to make him a one-term president.Trump’s job approval ratings have remained fairly consistent throughout his presidency and the impeachment process as his core conservative supporters – especially white men, rural Americans, evangelical Christians and conservative Catholics – stick with him.The latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted on Monday and Tuesday, showed 42% of American adults approved of his performance, while 54% disapproved. That is nearly the same as when the House launched its impeachment inquiry in September, when his approval stood at 43% and disapproval at 53%.The trial formally began on Jan. 16. The Senate voted 51-49 last Friday to defeat the Democrats’ bid to call witnesses such as Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton, with only two Republicans joining them.In the previous presidential impeachment trials, Andrew Johnson was acquitted in 1868 in the aftermath of the American Civil War and Bill Clinton was acquitted in 1999 of charges stemming from a sex scandal.In the hours before the vote, numerous senators gave speeches on the Senate floor explaining their vote.SHADOW OF INVESTIGATIONTrump, now seeking a second four-year term, has been under the shadow of some sort of investigation for most of his presidency. The acquittal marked the second time in 10 months that he withstood an existential threat to his presidency.In March 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller found insufficient evidence that Trump engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia in its interference on his behalf in the 2016 election. Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice in seeking to impede the investigation but stopped short of concluding the president acted unlawfully. Trump declared full vindication.Last July 25, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during a phone call to “do us a favor” and open an investigation into Biden and his son Hunter Biden and into a discredited theory beneficial to Russia that Ukraine colluded with Democrats to meddle in the 2016 election to harmTrump.Hunter Biden had joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was US vice president. Trump accused the Bidens of corruption without offering substantiation. The Bidens denied wrongdoing.Democrats said Trump further abused his power by withholding $391 million in security aid approved by Congress to help Ukraine battle Russia-backed separatists and by dangling a coveted White House meeting as leverage to pressure Zelenskiy to announce the investigations.Under the Constitution, impeachment is the mechanism for removing a president or certain other federal officials for “treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”Topics : President Donald Trump was acquitted on Wednesday in his US Senate impeachment trial, saved by fellow Republicans who rallied to protect him nine months before he asks voters in a deeply divided America to give him a second White House term.The businessman-turned-politician, 73, survived only the third presidential impeachment trial in US history – just like the two other impeached presidents – in his turbulent presidency’s darkest chapter. Trump now plunges into an election season that promises to further polarize the country.Trump was acquitted largely along party lines on two articles of impeachment approved by the Democratic-led House of Representatives on Dec. 18, with the votes falling far short of the two-thirds majority required in the 100-seat Senate to remove him under the US Constitution. The Senate voted 52-48 to acquit him of abuse of power stemming from his request that Ukraine investigate political rival Joe Biden, a contender for the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the Nov. 3 election. Republican Senator Mitt Romney joined the Democrats in voting to convict. No Democrat voted to acquit.The Senate then voted 53-47 to acquit him of obstruction of Congress by blocking witnesses and documents sought by the House. A conviction on either count would have elevated Vice President Mike Pence, another Republican, into the presidency. Romney joined the rest of the Republican senators in voting to acquit on the obstruction charge. No Democrat voted to acquit.On each of the two charges, the senators voted one by one on the Senate floor with US Chief Justice John Roberts presiding.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans engineered a stripped-down trial with no witnesses or new evidence. Democrats called the trial a sham and a cover-up. Trump called the impeachment an attempted coup and a Democratic attempt to annul his 2016 election victory.last_img read more

Ronaldo penalty snatches Juventus first-leg draw at Milan

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty grabbed Juventus a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in their Italian Cup semi-final, first leg on Thursday as his incredible scoring run continued.The 35-year-old has now scored 12 goals in his last eight games in all competitions after the Portuguese ultimately got the better of old rival Zlatan Ibrahimovic despite being largely anonymous for much of the match.Milan paid for Theo Hernandez’s 71st-minute red card as they failed to close out a game they had dominated for long periods and led through Ante Rebic. Juve will now be favourites to finish the job in the second leg at the Allianz Stadium next month, with a final against either Inter Milan or Napoli up for grabs.The hosts started strongly, with Ibrahimovic heading over the crossbar inside the first minute.He continued to be a threat to his former club early on, but could only direct an ambitious backheel flick beyond the far post, before picking up a booking which will see him miss the second leg through suspension.Juventus finally produced their first shot in anger nine minutes before half-time, as Juan Cuadrado saw his low strike well saved by Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Milan started the second half as they did the first, on the front foot, but Rebic was denied an opening goal by Gianluigi Buffon.Samu Castillejo also called Buffon into action seven minutes after the break, with the 42-year-old goalkeeper able to make a comfortable save.Stefano Pioli’s side finally made the breakthrough in the 61st minute, though, as Castillejo’s clipped cross was volleyed home at the back post by Rebic.Juventus were gifted a way back into the game with 18 minutes remaining as Hernandez was handed a second yellow card for a late challenge on Paulo Dybala.That prompted the 13-time winners to belatedly pile some pressure on the home goal, and Donnarumma had to be alert to keep out Matthijs de Ligt’s header.Dybala curled wide with five minutes remaining, but Juve were awarded a spot-kick in the final minute of normal time as VAR spotted a handball by Davide Calabria.Ronaldo stepped up and slammed the ball down the middle to score his 24th goal of the season.Six minutes of injury-time gave the visitors hope of clinching an unlikely victory, but Milan at least held on for a draw to keep their bid for a first Cup crown since 2003 alive.On Wednesday, Napoli struck first blood in their semi-final as Gennaro Gattuso’s men downed Serie A leaders Inter Milan 1-0 at the San Siro, with Fabian Ruiz scoring the winner.The last-four second legs will take place on March 4 and 5, with the final on May 13 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.Topics :last_img read more

Italy PM extends virus measures across whole country

first_imgPrime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday extended measures to tackle the new coronavirus across the whole country, telling people to “stay at home” and banning public gathering as well as Serie A football matches.The unprecedented measures covering the entire Mediterranean nation of more than 60 million people came into force after Italy reported 97 more deaths that took its toll to 463.An AFP count showed Italy with more than half of the 862 deaths reported outside China as of Monday night. “I am going to sign a decree that can be summarized as follows: I stay at home,” Conte announced in a dramatic evening television address.”The whole of Italy will become a protected zone,” he said.The measures extend a quarantine zone that Italy had imposed for its industrial northern heartland around the cities of Milan and Venice on Sunday.The national restriction will run until April 3 and mean that schools and universities will all immediately close. Topics :center_img Travel in and out of the country as well as movement between cities will be restricted.But it was not immediately clear how all these measures will be imposed.Trains and numerous flights continued to operate into and out of Milan on Monday despite the earlier set of restrictions for its Lombardy region.last_img read more