Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 25

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBike bells work for some, but not allI read with interest Michael Werner’s July 19 letter in which he advocated for bike bells (and not an “On your left” announcement). My interest stems from a recent discovery I made while riding my bike with my husband.Another bicycle was about to overtake us, and the rider used his bell. I could hear it (at the last minute), but my husband could not.We made it out of the way in time, but I’m sure it made the rider behind us either worried or annoyed for a split second. In that moment, I realized my preference for a cheerful voice behind me, letting us know to watch out. I don’t have a bell, and I won’t likely rush out to buy one. But I do appreciate hearing how others perceive the situation on the bike path. I pledge to share the lane safely and respectfully.Brenny RabineSaratoga SpringsMedia deliberately misquotes TrumpWhen I first heard President Trump tweeted to four congressional freshmen women, “Go back to your countries,” initially, it sounded really bad. The press coverage was unified in its reporting that Trump’s tweet was racist. But fake news has become ubiquitous with its agenda to portray the president in the worst possible light. So I researched this claim myself. The mass media recited only a segment of the president’s full tweet, taking it out of context. Here’s what he actually said: “Go back to your countries, fix the problems there — and then come back, and show us how you did it.”Notice how race was never even mentioned here.This kerfuffle is a curtain call of the Charlottesville “Fine People on Both Sides” hoax, where the president was quoted out of context and his clarification was completely omitted.He said: “I’m not talking about Neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they need to be totally condemned.” This disclaimer couldn’t be clearer. Yet, the headlines read, “President Trump said Nazis are fine people too.” The mass media continues this hoax to this day. The mass media doesn’t seem to care it’s destroying itself. Since the release of the Mueller Report, MSNBC has lost 30 percent of its audience. CNN’s ratings have plummeted since Trump took office. Most of the media has allied themselves with Democrats, who seek to fundamentally transform America.When the press is no longer free, history shows us that often tragedy follows.William AikenSchenectadyWhitney a winner  on and off race trackThe passing of Marylou Whitney is a great loss for horse racing and for the Capital Region.I met Marylou over 25 years ago in the backstretch at Saratoga Raceway. I was sitting in my chair on one of the observation decks.Back then you could actually pull your vehicle right up to the fence. I would watch the race from the deck and listen to it on the car radio. Well, up drove a car and guess who emerged? Marylou was wearing a bright yellow jump suit and a large yellow hat. I offered her my chair and she accepted. Her horse was running and once the race started, I turned on the car radio. Marylou came off the deck and opened up the car door and we listened to the finish of the race together.Marylou started skipping down the roadway yelling she won. Marylou gave her trainer a hug and me a thank you and a peck on the cheek. I didn’t bet on her filly, but I felt like a winner anyway. Edward CooperRound LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

South Africa to let places of worship reopen from June

first_img“This pandemic has … taken a toll on us emotionally and spiritually. It has shaken our sense of well-being and security. Many of us are anxious and fearful of both the present and the future,” Ramaphosa said in a televised address.”We have a responsibility to…take care of the spiritual, psychological and emotional well-being of all South Africans.”South Africa will move to “level three” of its five-level lockdown system from June, allowing the vast majority of the economy to return to full capacity.Ramaphosa, who has been under pressure from rival political parties and industries to ease the restrictions, said social distancing will have to be observed and all worshippers and participants will have to wear face masks.He added that any religious rituals that carry even the slightest possibility of exposing worshippers to risk should be avoided, and where they form an essential part of religious practice, sanitization is paramount. Topics : South Africa’s churches and other places of worship can reopen their doors from June, but will be limited to 50 people, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday as coronavirus lockdown rules are further eased.Africa’s most industrialized economy has been largely shut since late March, when the government enforced restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far infected 23,615 people in South Africa and killed 481.Some churches responded by moving to radio, television and online so that people could worship from home.last_img read more

SPI announces free admission at West Liberty on Aug. 13

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyWEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Keith Simmons of Simmons Promotions, operator of West Liberty Race­way, has scheduled a Saturday, Aug. 13 Driver/Fan Appreciation Night.A full night of racing is on the program that evening with free admission to the grandstand.Race fans are encouraged to contact their favorite driver to receive tickets, which will enter that driver in a contest for free pit admissions.Hot laps get underway at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow at 7 p.m.last_img

Syracuse rumbles over Central Connecticut State in season opener, 50-7

first_img Published on September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Todd Michaelek | Contributing PhotographerDungey jumpstarted an aspect of Syracuse’s ground game the running backs seemed unable to.Babers emphasized running the ball this offseason. In his history of dramatically improving teams in Year 2, he bumped Eastern Illinois’ rushing by 86 percent in 2013. Then, at Bowling Green in 2015, two rushers combined for 2,000 yards.While CCSU struggled to bring down Strickland — in the first quarter, he carried two defenders on him for several yards until forward progress stopped the play — he struggled to establish a consistent presence out of the backfield. Neither he nor sophomore ball-carrier Moe Neal had a rush longer than 10 yards.Does Strickland believe SU needs to run the ball more effectively to compete with stiff competition?“It’ll come together,” Strickland said. “… Sometimes it’ll open it up, sometimes it won’t.”Overall, Syracuse’s first-team offense mustered 106 yards on the ground against CCSU. One year ago, Central Connecticut, a 2-9 FCS team, allowed 153 rushing yards per game. Excluding Dungey, Strickland and Neal managed 56 yards on 19 rushes, good for 2.9 yards per carry. Last season, Syracuse owned the Atlantic Coast Conference’s worst rushing attack at 3.2 yards per carry.Neal was more dynamic in open space. Late in the second quarter, Neal brought down a high pass from Dungey and, upon landing, sent one defender flying past him and toward the sideline with a juke. Neal outraced everyone to the endzone for a 52-yard touchdown.  At the end of the third quarter, Syracuse pulled most of its starters and allowed the backups to Carrion the Blue Devils defense.It all, in the end, seemed not to matter. Syracuse could’ve played nearly any type of football it wanted and still won.   Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments UPDATED: Sept. 10, 2017 at 10:50 p.m.Eric Dungey broke the seal. Less than three minutes into the first quarter of the season-opener, he pulled the ball back from running back Donte Strickland’s chest on what appeared to be a read-option and scampered 11 yards to near left pylon. Dungey jaunted in untouched, the crowd roared, the sideline celebrated and the team that had pledged to be different showed its first flash of playing the same game. Syracuse (1-0) mauled Central Connecticut State (0-1), 50-7, in the Carrier Dome on Friday night in front of an announced 30,273, shifting into cruise control after its first three possessions.  Those three drives each went at least 50 yards, ended in a touchdown and lasted less than three minutes. On the last of the scores, Syracuse sped to the line for its ninth play after driving more than 70 yards. Dungey flipped a pass out to Ervin Philips while at least one CCSU defender has his hands on his knee pads, and Philips turned the corner for a score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAll offseason, players and head coach Dino Babers preached change in Year 2. The running game would improve. Eric Dungey would run less. The offense wouldn’t run through one outside wide receiver, as it did a year ago for the record-shattering Amba Etta-Tawo. Yet, against CCSU, a team Vegas made Syracuse a 48-point favorite over, the Orange throttled the Blue Devils by being the same team it had been a season ago. If the Orange is to change, Friday night was not the barometer. “I’d like to see the run game a little bit more,” Babers said. “But the throwing game, the stuff they were giving us, was really effective and it was really working.”Todd Michaelek | Contributing PhotographerSenior wide receiver Steve Ishmael reeled in the first pass of the game 34 yards down the right sideline, and though he didn’t score, he had night of his own after being the second outside option to Etta-Tawo a year ago.Dungey targeted Ishmael 14 times, two more than Etta-Tawo saw last year in the season-opener. In one first-quarter stretch of seven passes, Dungey targeted Ishmael six times, and the only pass not directed the senior wideout’s way was Philips’ touchdown. Ishmael finished with 134 yards on 12 catches.When Dungey played, the next-most targeted outside receiver was Jamal Custis, with six, which is one fewer target than Ishmael had in last year’s season-opener.Dungey said he didn’t necessarily see any parallel between the two situations.“They were just giving us Steve today,” he said. “Like I said, any day could be any given guys’ day.”Midway through the second quarter, Dungey dropped back to pass and then took off. Syracuse, at this point, led 21-0. He spun off one defender and then dove past another. Later in the drive, he stayed up as Blue Devils defensive back Carlton Nash dove at his legs. When Nash hit close to Dungey’s knees, Syracuse’s quarterback completed a full somersault in the air before landing.This preseason, Dungey promised to become more of a pocket passer. To scramble smarter. Last season, he averaged about 11 rushes per game. Against CCSU, he finished with nine rushes and 51 yards.“I hope it’s out of (his) system,” Babers said. “I kind of went up to him (after the flip) and said, ‘Are you done? Have you got it out of your system?’ He just needs to be smart. That’s how he is. Obviously, he’s very difficult to change when it comes to that stuff. But it makes his game.“A lot of quarterbacks do that stuff and it affects their accuracy and their numbers and their percentages drop. He does that stuff and he throws for high percentages. That’s just kind of who he is, I guess.”last_img read more

Transfer: Brazilian youngster has Chelsea medical

first_imgBrazilian playmaker Nathan has flown into London for a medical ahead of a proposed summer move to Chelsea, according to the Daily Telegraph.The 19-year-old is rated as Brazil’s brightest young talent and it is expected that should the medical be a success, he will move to the Blues in the summer for a fee in the region of £4.5 million.Nathan’s club Atletico Paranaense are resigned to losing their prized possession at some point in the future, and therefore are prepared to do business with Chelsea with the hope of a good fee for the player.More youth signingsIn recent years, the Blues have built up an extensive array of young players from nations across the world and then loaning them out – the same is expected of Nathan when he arrives at Stamford Bridge.He would currently be ineligible for a work permit in this country, and therefore would endure a few loan spells before joining up with the Chelsea squad, but it is expected he will push for a starting berth in the near future. The attacking midfielder will join a wealth of Brazilian talent at the club, and he is already expected to make an impression sooner rather than later.VersatilityNathan is surprisingly versatile given his youth, as he is able to play out wide on the left-hand side or in his preferred position as the archetypal number 10, much like Oscar.He first shot to prominence at the Under-17 World Championships in 2013, and has gone from strength to strength ever since, leading to interest from several top European sides.last_img read more

Post-Brexit UK-India partnership can shape global economy: UK Minister

first_imgBy Aditi Khanna London, Jun 19 (PTI) The first-ever UK-India Week was launched here today with the message that a post-Brexit bilateral trade partnership has the potential to shape the global economy. Britains Secretary of State for international trade Liam Fox, who is set to visit India later this year for the next UK-India Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO), described India as foremost among the UKs allies and trading partners and hailed reforms initiated by the Indian government.”We are here to look to the future and lay out our ambitions for a trading partnership that has the potential to shape the global economy,” said the senior Conservative party leader.”In particular, as we leave the European Union (EU), there is the opportunity for both countries to enhance this partnership opening up new sectors for business and minimising barriers to trade,” said the minister in charge of the UKs Department for International Trade (DIT).The launch event at Taj Hotel in London was marked by the release of the second edition of the ‘100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations’ covering leading figures across business, politics, arts and culture who are seen as making a significant contribution towards enhancing the UK-India relationship.”Collectively, these change-makers help to build a ‘Living Bridge’ between the UK and India something Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi has long championed and encouraged,” said Manoj Ladwa, Founder & CEO of India Inc. the organisers behind UK-India Week.Matt Hancock, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Indian minister of communication Manoj Sinha and the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Y.K. Sinha, were among the other prominent guests at the event.advertisement”It is important that India and the UK ensure that the true potential of this relationship is tapped. As the UK leaves the EU and as India grows steadily, yet surely, there is a definite match between the two countries,” said Sinha.The week-long set of events are aimed at bringing together senior figures in the UK with their counterparts from India for high-level talks.It will include a two-day UK-India Leadership Conclave tomorrow and Thursday, when ministers and business leaders from both countries will descend upon Latimer Estate in the English countryside in Buckinghamshire to address the prospects of post-Brexit partnership opportunities.”UK-India Week celebrates the strong partnership between the UK and India and is a catalyst for promoting opportunities for future collaboration,” Ladwa said.”There is a huge opportunity for these two great countries now equals on the world stage to harness their shared values, trade, technology and talent to enhance prosperity at home and around the world,” he said.The conclave, backed by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as well as leading Indian companies like Infosys, Ola Cabs, and Hero Future Energies, will include a Global Investors Forum and Young Leaders Forum as well as spin-out sessions on smart cities, soft power, energy and climate change.Alongside hard-hitting political and economic debate, the conclave now in its fifth year will celebrate the cultural ties between the UK and India, including an early morning yoga session in celebration of International Day of Yoga on Thursday.UK-India Week will culminate with the second annual UK-India Awards in London on Friday, to honour high-achievers within the bilateral space. PTI AK NSANSANSAlast_img read more