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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Sep. 15

first_imgHorses reveal when whips are hurtingA few days ago I turned on the TV. There was a track worker on there with a big spiel about how the racehorses get such great care.They get a bath and the best hay and blah, blah, blah.He never mentioned when they are running as fast as they can, they can feel the sting of the whip.I came across a photo of horses being whipped running with their ears back. If you know anything about horses and other animals, when they have their ears back, things aren’t right with the animal.The only part I liked about that story was “track attendance drops.”Eunice KilmerJohnstownHistory a major asset for SchenectadyWhat wonderful news that Schenectady is seeing its tourism activity increase. Those of us who live here know how much our city and county have to offer. I would like to emphasize that an important component in the mix of attractions is the historic character of the area.Tourists come to visit the Stockade Historic District from all over the world. Our county historical society does an excellent job promoting our unique and interesting past. Schenectady is rich in historic character, not just in the Stockade, but in numerous neighborhoods as well as downtown. Not only does Proctors attract visitors with exciting shows, it offers a spectacular setting as well.If you doubt the importance of history to tourist activity, you need look no further than the recent tour of “Hamilton.” Let’s not forget it is our history that sets us apart and also attracts visitors from near and far.Suzanne S. UngerSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Stockade Association.Senior programs offer great camaraderieI write in praise and gratitude for the two senior lunches I enjoy. They include Jewish Community Center in conjunction with Catholic Charities with bus transportation door to door. This occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the JCC. The other is operated by the town of Niskayuna, Tuesday and Thursday at the town center on Aqueduct Road.As a senior, I feel truly blessed to have these opportunities to meet and greet seniors with the virtues of aging, comparing notes and sharing the good with the bad.In fact, the pride and spirit of my companion seniors remind me of my college days when we swore allegiance to the fraternity. Everyone helped each other in many ways.On the bus rides to the lunches, conversation can be heard like, “How are you feeling today?” or “Can you recommend a good cardiologist?” and “What about a good hairdresser?” Doreen and Sue offer many kindnesses to their elders at JCC, while Robin, Edie and Linda do the same at Nisky. Camaraderie is in abundance. Opportunities also abound for bridge, Mah Jong, lectures, physical fitness, trips and much more. Also, we should commend the diligence of bus drivers, Butch and Max, who are excellent in what they do.Ted VinickNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo law says license plates must cost $25When does a distortion become a lie? When you know you’ve been caught and continue to lie in the hopes if you said it often enough, those who hear it will believe it.This is what Gov Andrew Cuomo continues in his quest for a proposal that he himself is responsible for to charge a mandatory fee of $25 for millions of drivers to replace perfectly good and readable plates when we have some of the highest registration fees in the nation.There is no mandated $25 plate replacement fee in k state law. The law states from Part H of the 2009 Budget that the administration can charge a fee “not to exceed $25.”Clearly, as Gov. David Paterson did in 2009 when he instituted the last plate replacement program and charged $0 per plate, Gov. Cuomo has chosen the maximum $25 fee.Lastly, it is important to note that neither I, nor any Republican, voted yes on the 2009 law to allow any governor to charge a fee “not to exceed $25.” The governor has the sole authority to not charge the $25 fee and as little as zero without legislative intervention. He should do the right thing now and stop this $70 million cash grab before it becomes a negotiating chip in next year’s state budget talks.Jim TediscoGlenvilleThe writer represents the 49th  District in the state Senate.State law is putting animals above babiesRegarding the Sept. 11 story in The Daily Gazette about Man gets 18 months in cat killing. I am outraged. A man gets 18 months in prison for killing a cat. Yet babies, who are a person developing in a mother’s womb until ready to survive on their own, can be killed at any time, up to and including birth with no penalties. Have we lost all value for life as we put animals before people? God help us!Geraldine HavasyClifton ParkUAlbany working to close diversity gapI read with great interest Zachary Matson’s Aug. 31 article, “Who’s teaching our kids? The article examined the teacher-student race gap in the Capital Region,” a gap that is greater in our community than across the state or the nation.At the University at Albany (SUNY), we have recognized for years that there’s a critical need to diversify the teacher education pipeline, as well as ensure we provide safe and inclusive learning environments for all students.That’s why, as the home to New York’s leading public graduate school of education, UAlbany has made addressing this gap a strategic priority, and why we are actively working with local community leaders to build a pipeline to expand the diversity of future teachers.This year, we are launching the Touhey Family Fellows program, an initiative designed to provide academic, social and financial supports to students from diverse backgrounds to pursue teaching careers in Albany.To create large-scale change, we know that we also have to start inspiring future teachers while they are still in high school. Next spring, UAlbany will host high school juniors/seniors from high-needs schools throughout the region for a Career Exploration Institute focused on teacher education. This past summer, we hosted a community-wide summit focused on building safer and more inclusive schools and communities.These are just three of many examples of how we are strengthening the relationships between the University and the local K-12 community to collectively work toward closing equity gaps and improving the educational pipeline for all students.Jason E. Lane, PhDAlbanyThe writer is interim dean, School of Education, University at Albany, SUNY.last_img read more

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Pizza the action

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Indonesia’s COVID-19 figures ‘moderate’ compared to ASEAN countries: Minister

first_img“We’re grateful that the exponential growth is not as rapid as predicted. The peak is at 500 cases a day,” he said, adding that the number of fatalities was plateauing as well and that all these data were used by the government as a guide to create policies regarding COVID-19 handling in the near future.A disease surveillance and biostatistics researcher at the Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Iqbal Ridzi Fahdri Elyazar, however, was skeptical about the government’s claims.“The government is not looking at the right curve, the epi curve. They use analytical tools that are invalid, inaccurate, not trustworthy and don’t met the epidemiological standards in assessing the COVID-19 situation,” Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an epidemic curve, or epi curve, is a visual display of the onset of illness to assess the distribution of cases over time. An epi curve shows the daily infection rate.Indonesia had yet to have an epi curve and therefore, any claims of a decline in cases were not based on the right tool. What the government had been displaying was a curve showing the daily cases reported by the authorities, not the onset of infections, Iqbal said. The Health Ministry, he said, should have made epi curves to get a clearer picture of what was happening.“To determine the onset of infections, a thorough epidemiology study should be done. But because it takes time and is costly, usually experts use other measures, such as the date when symptoms start showing, or the date when samples are taken, because some COVID-19 patients show no symptoms,” Iqbal told the Post.The infection rate could not be determined by daily reported cases unless the test result came back positive for COVID-19 on the very day the people contracted the virus.Meanwhile, the government has yet to reveal the average time gap between the sample collection and the test result. Some patients reported they had to wait for their test results for nine to 14 days, Kompas daily reported.Wide testing is just as important in supporting the epi curve. Indonesia’s testing coverage is still very low with only 0.39 tests per 1000 people, far less than in neighboring Vietnam, which has conducted 2.68 tests per 1000 people, Singapore with 30.02 tests per 1000 people. Authorities in Iceland, meanwhile, have conducted 154.4 tests per 1000 people.“Therefore, the claim that the peak number of cases is at 500 is groundless. The number of cases reported each day very much depends on the number of tests conducted. More test means more confirmed cases,” said Iqbal.He criticized the government’s claim about the plateauing trend of the death toll, saying the government was once again departing from the World Health Organization’s protocol, which requires to include the death of patients suspected of being infected with COVID-19 in the number of fatalities.As of Saturday, the government has reported 959 deaths, but some regions that reported deaths among suspected patients indicated that the toll could be much higher.“The WHO predicts that Indonesia’s death toll is four of five times higher than reported,” he said.The government also failed to mention that the death rate is still high at 7 percent nationwide and 8.8 percent in the capital Jakarta.“The government needs to immediately release the epi curves of each province, city and regency as the interaction between humans, viruses and the environment are unique in each region. The Health Ministry has all the data needed [to make the epi curve],” Iqbal said.Topics : On Saturday, Indonesia’s COVID-19 team reported the highest number of new cases in a single day, which was 533, bringing the total to 13,645 cases.The data, critics and scientists have said, were not accurate because of Indonesia’s low testing capacity, which stood at fewer than 1,600 a day since March 3. As of Saturday noon, Indonesia has tested 108,669 people, which means it has conducted 0.39 tests per 1,000 people, one of the lowest test rates in the world.Muhadjir considered the total number of confirmed cases “unexceptional” as Indonesia had a population of 273 million compared to the 6 million in Singapore, which recorded 22,460 cases as of Saturday.He added that the country’s current growth rate of cases was not as extreme as in Europe or North America. According to the graph made by ourworldindata.org, starting in the fourth week after its first reported cases, the cases number in Indonesia doubles every five to seven days. Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy has claimed that Indonesia recorded only a moderate number of COVID-19 cases compared to other ASEAN countries and said the number continued to go down, dismissing Indonesia’s patchy testing capability and the highest death rate in the region.“We’re on the right track. There is a decreasing trend of cases, though not dramatically. I thank all the people who have complied with the government’s COVID-19 precautionary measures,” Muhadjir said during a press briefing on Friday.The statement came amid the government’s policy to ease travel restrictions and plans to gradually lift social restrictions in June.last_img read more

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Prime position attracts downsizers and travelling execs

first_imgBoardwalk Residences.Ray White New Farm sales agent Hamish Bowman said downsizers were the main buying demographic.“The most constant buyer we see is those selling in the $1.7 million-$2 million and higher bracket in the middle ring who want to downsize in a physical sense and also monetary. They will buy into the Boardwalk Residences and also put half a million dollars in their pockets as part of a transition to retirement,” Mr Bowman said. “Similarly, other trending demographics are travelling executives and couples who want to lock up and forget while travelling for work.”Built by JNA Property Group, a boutique property development company, the focus is on design-oriented residential projects within the Brisbane city fringe. Owner John Mullan has more than 30 years of building experience and is known for his excellence in providing quality products at exceptional value.Located within the riverside precinct of Griffith Street, New Farm, Mr Mullan’s latest development Boardwalk Residences seamlessly connects to everything.“Boardwalk Residences is in the heart of everything that makes New Farm wonderfully New Farm, the river, the boardwalk to the city and the recently commenced Howard Smith Wharves, fine dining, bars and coffee shops,” Mr Mullan said.“It’s a great position and rarely do sites come up in this precinct within New Farm with so much to offer.” Boardwalk Residences. Boardwalk Residences.DOWNSIZERS and travelling executives keen to call New Farm home need look no further than the recently launched Boardwalk Residences.The development comprises two contemporary character houses plus 11 low- maintenance, three-bedroom apartments built over three levels. The average apartment size is 176sq m and prices start from $1.25 million.center_img Boardwalk Residences.The biggest drawcard is its blue-chip, dress circle position within sought-after New Farm.Each apartment comes with two car parks, and all but one apartment has a butlers pantry in the kitchen. Each property has a full king size master bedroom. The development was expected to attract downsizing empty nesters wishing to sell their larger homes and acquire an apartment capable of entertaining the extended family.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agolast_img read more

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Greens’ abortion law will ‘pressure’ women – Family First

first_img3News 7 June 2014Family First says the Green Party’s push to decriminalise abortion will put more pressure on women to have one without the necessary safeguards.But Labour says women should be able to access abortions and the law needs updating.The Greens said yesterday they wanted to decriminalise abortion and start treating it as a health issue rather than a crime so as to reduce stigma.Abortion is legal in New Zealand only if two consultants agree the pregnancy would seriously harm the woman’s mental or physical health, or if the foetus would have a serious disability.Labour’s women’s affairs spokesperson Carol Beaumont told NZ Newswire there’s a need to modernise legislation so it reflects what’s happening in practice.“Nobody would question that the legislation as it stands is outdated.http://www.3news.co.nz/Greens-abortion-law-will-pressure-women—Family-First/tabid/1607/articleID/347489/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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Reds deal Simon to Detroit; Latos to Miami

first_imgSimon was appeared in the All-Star Game in 2014.UPDATE (12:04 p.m.)Sources say the Reds have made a trade that sends pitcher Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.Cincinnati receives pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach.The team front office has not confirmed the trade.First Report (11:30 a.m.)CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Reds have traded starting pitcher Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for two players.Simon filled a void in the starting rotation starting 32 games in 2014 posting a 15-10 record and 3.44 ERA.The Reds receives minor league pitcher Johnathon Crawford and shortstop Eugenio Suarez.Cincinnati has been rumored Thursday to be involved in more than one potential trade, including a speculated deal to send pitcher Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins.Stay tuned to WRBI as we will release details when we receive them.last_img read more

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Ighalo showers praises on Greenwood

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo has predicted Mason Greenwood will continue his rapid development at Manchester United and become a top player for the club in the next two to three years.Ighalo joined his boyhood club in the January transfer window to add depth to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s front line and has netted four goals in three starts for the Reds. Solskjaer has praised the impact of the Nigeria international on the club’s younger players such as Greenwood who is enjoying a breakthrough season in the first team.Greenwood has netted five Premier League goals this season but has made just four starts, though he has started five Europa League fixtures this term.Ighalo believes he has a bright future at Old Trafford.“He’s very young and exciting. Very good player, left and right, he can shoot and score goals,” he said during an Instagram live appearance.“He’s a player for the future for Man United. He’s doing well now but in two or three years he is going to be doing very, very well.” The forward was also asked about Paul Pogba as the Frenchman was nearing a return to full fitness prior to the postponement of the Premier League season.Ighalo wants to see the midfielder make an impact when he’s back in the side.He added: “He’s a nice guy. A good player. He laughs with everybody. He’s a very good guy.“Hopefully he will be back soon from his injury to hit the ground running.”Tags: Manchester UnitedMason GreenwoodOdion Ighalolast_img read more

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Keane has spooky grandma encounter

first_img The former Ireland skipper, who coincidentally is due to watch the Potters play Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, told the Irish Independent: “Well, I spoke with the grandmother this morning, she was on the flight coming over – and she asked me would he get back involved. “I couldn’t lie to her. I said he’d have a chance if he’s playing well. I think Martin had a conversation with him, and all that needs to fall into place. “We all know how talented Stephen is and Martin will look at that. We wouldn’t be shutting the door on any player. “What is important for any player – and Stephen is the same – is it does help to be playing week-in week-out. “He’s obviously had a difficult spell. He’s only just got a run of games at Stoke now, so I certainly wouldn’t be ruling anyone out.” Ireland, who has not represented his country since 2008, declined overtures to return to the fold during Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign, but has hinted he may be ready to revise his position in the wake of O’Neill’s appointment. Ireland withdrew from a squad in 2007, initially claiming one of his grandmothers had died, then the other, before eventually admitting neither had and citing a personal problem as the reason. However Keane, assistant to manager Martin O’Neill, had a conversation with one of the Stoke midfielder’s grandmothers on a flight earlier this week and was quizzed about the prospect of a return. Roy Keane has revealed Stephen Ireland could yet have an Ireland future – after being asked about his chances by the player’s ‘dead’ grandmother. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Carrick hopeful over United stay

first_img Press Association Carrick has only played twice for Van Gaal because of an ankle injury he suffered just before the Dutchman took over. But he is more than happy with life under the former Ajax coach and he is keen to extend his contract, which expires next summer. “My contract is up at the end of the season. I want to stay, of course. I’ve got nowhere else to go!” said Carrick, who has been at Old Trafford for eight years. The club are yet to begin discussions with Carrick, but the former Tottenham midfielder is not concerned. “They (talks) have not really (begun) not yet,” Carrick said. “But I haven’t expected (them to begin) to be honest, with the injury. “It will probably (happen) around Christmas or after that.” Carrick suffered an ankle injury just before Van Gaal flew into Manchester after guiding Holland to third place in the World Cup. Carrick pulled out of England’s squad for the double-header against Slovenia and Scotland on Wednesday evening after suffering a groin injury in training. The 33-year-old will start his rehabilitation at Carrington later this week and Louis van Gaal will hope to have the midfielder fully fit by the time his Manchester United team take on Arsenal a week on Sunday. “It was literally his first day in the office when I went for my operation, so that was shocking timing really,” said Carrick, who missed United’s entire pre-season tour as a result of the injury. “But he was great with me straight away, the boss. “He has been great, and his staff. They have been really supportive from the first day and I have a lot to thank them for because he had a lot on his plate coming in. “He took his time to make sure I was all right and getting on the right track.” Just as Carrick looked to be getting his England career back on track, he suffered what the Football Association (FA) described as a “minor groin injury” in training at St George’s Park and will miss Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the friendly in Scotland three days later. Speaking 24 hours before he suffered the injury, which occurred after a very light 20-minute session at England’s base in Burton-upon-Trent, Carrick said Van Gaal had no problem with him reporting for England duty even though he had just returned from the ankle problem. “He was fine with it,” Carrick said. “Obviously, he’s come off the back of being Holland manager, so he understands both sides of it. “He was happy for me to try and get some minutes under my belt.” The FA confirmed manager Roy Hodgson will not call up a replacement for Carrick. The England manager could be facing a second withdrawal in the space of 24 hours after it emerged that Andros Townsend is struggling with an ankle injury. Townsend reported for England duty with a slight ankle injury he suffered with Tottenham. The winger did not train with the rest of the squad on Wednesday and the England medical staff will assess him on Thursday before deciding whether to send him back to his club. Michael Carrick, who pulled out of the England squad through injury on Wednesday, has spelled out his desire to sign a new contract at Manchester United.last_img read more

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COLUMN: Tim Tebow’s switch to baseball is typical of his career

first_imgIt’s finally baseball season again, and that marks the return of many great spectacles: Clayton Kershaw’s superhuman pitching, Mike Trout’s one-man show in Anaheim, Jose Altuve’s pint-sized dominance and, most importantly, around-the-clock sports — starting with those 10 a.m. matinees scheduled from Monday through Sunday.It’s also a season of new hopes: championship aspirations, blue-chip prospects, free agent stars and… Tim Tebow.Oh, right. The former Heisman-winning quarterback is now a 29-year-old farmhand in the New York Mets organization. He arrived in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Monday for the start of spring training, and he brought the usual media circus with him, despite the fact that he didn’t even receive a non-roster invite to the Mets’ major league camp. Though he will likely appear in very few games, Tebow may end up being the most closely monitored New York prospect this month.It’s bizarre. On one hand, Tebow is, by definition, a prospect in just his first full season of professional baseball. But he’s also less than six months from his 30th birthday, and his top claims to fame are his religious outspokenness and his abomination of a throwing motion — which Tebow somehow parlayed into two National Championships at Florida and a single, divine playoff victory with the Denver Broncos. To almost any sports fan, Tebow’s presence on a baseball diamond makes even less sense than his exploits on the gridiron.But that’s also why I’m excited to see what the man can do in his rookie campaign. Scores of sports pundits loved to shout that Tebow had no business quarterbacking at the NFL level. Yet he turned around a floundering Broncos team in just his second pro campaign, guiding them to the playoffs after taking over as the starter five games into the season — all while chucking the pigskin like an Olympic javelin toss.So why can’t Tebow defy the odds in baseball as well? Tebow’s entire athletic career to date has defied convention: He was homeschooled while quarterbacking in Ponte Vedra, Fla., he had an NCAA rule named after him at Florida (where he occasionally roomed with double-murderer Aaron Hernandez on road trips) and he went from quarterback to punt protector and then back to quarterback in the NFL. And now he’s a baseball player, naturally following a brief stint as a TV analyst.I’m not saying he’ll look pretty swinging the bat or shagging balls in the outfield — and evidence already suggests he won’t (he face-planted into the left-field wall in the Arizona Fall League while running after a fly ball). Nevertheless, he flashes potential. Tebow reportedly grooved a 450-foot home run while he was in high school. He had a .286 average last year in instructional league play, and though he hit .194 over 19 games in the AFL (where major league clubs send their top prospects during the winter), that was after working his way out of a 0-for-13 start.Hovering around the Mendoza Line in the minor leagues would not be a cause for hype for almost every single baseball player on the planet, but that isn’t the case for Tebow. Time and time again, he’s shown that all he needs are those brief flashes to set the sporting world on fire. He knuckled throws all over the field in January 2012 before unleashing an inexplicably perfect, 80-yard dart to Demaryius Thomas in overtime to beat Pittsburgh.That win came to be known as the “3:16 Game,” in reference to Tebow’s famous “John 3:16” eye black during the 2009 National Championship game (which references a famous Bible verse). Tebow finished the game with a career-high 316 passing yards and 31.6 yards per completion. The Nielsen ratings peaked at 31.6, the Steelers possessed the ball for 31 minutes and six seconds and Ben Roethlisberger threw his only interception of the game on 3rd and 16.In the aftermath, 43 percent of people responding to a survey believed that Tebow was winning with the help of divine intervention.NFL teams never got over Tebow’s mechanics, so he never got a chance to become the league’s resident miracle worker. Baseball is different, though — somewhere his bizarre but gifted physical tools can thrive, largely as they instinctively exist. Unique windups and strange swings are scattered all around the major leagues, and they are largely tolerated, as long as you are productive in some fashion and stay healthy.Of course, this isn’t to say Tebow doesn’t need to polish his skills; judging by his 20 strikeouts in 71 fall league at-bats, he needs to do so badly. But his raw power is enough to translate to some chance of major-league value.You may doubt Tebow’s chances: Many frequently do, and I might be on that boat, too. He played in a well-oiled system and under an excellent coach in Urban Meyer as a Gator, and he threw the ball into the turf or into the seats more often that he hit a receiver’s hands in Denver.But to be honest, doesn’t that make his significant resume all the more miraculous? He left Gainesville as one of the most decorated college football players ever, with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 Florida records. He actually also owns six Broncos franchise records, though that includes number of times sacked in one game.I don’t know if Tim Tebow will succeed in Major League Baseball. He likely won’t even make it there. But at every level he has competed athletically, he has consistently pulled off the unbelievable. Why would you bet against him this time?More importantly, why would you want to?Ollie Jung is a junior studying print and digital journalism. He is also a sports editor for the Daily Trojan. His column, “Jung Money,” runs on Thursdays.last_img read more

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