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Substance is lacking in today’s discourse

first_imgHere’s what everyone is really saying nowadays. Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah,  Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.Roy PechtelDuanesburg More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Reasonable gun control is needed

first_imgWouldn’t it be great if people with slightly different opinions could get over the hyperbole so we can get some real dialogue under way?I think that there are two schools on gun rights. One school is the Second Amendment gives me the right to any weapon imaginable. Making any guns illegal is an infringement on my rights. I have lots of friends who aren’t offended by that. However, when asked if that means they should be able to own a bazooka, an RPG, and be able to mount a .50 caliber machine gun in the back of their pickup truck, they say of course not. See? They’re actually in the group that thinks there are already some reasonable limits. The discussion needs be about what the limits should be. There will be some disagreement on limits. But let’s at least understand that this is where the discussion is. The discussion isn’t let’s sell bazookas at Wal-Mart. For everyone who thinks citizens should have RPG’s and bazookas and .50 cal machine guns and that we should sell them at Wal-Mart, I disagree. I hope reasonableness prevails.While we are at it, let’s drop the “It won’t prevent a bad guy from getting a gun” deflections, too. I can’t name any law that once passed actually eliminated the unwanted behavior. Neither can you. It’s an impossible standard that gets in the way of reasonable dialogue. We legislate safety. We never get 100 percent compliance. Let’s grow up.Glenn GraySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Arsenal star Granit Xhaka reveals he’s been suffering with Achilles injury after Switzerland clash

first_img Comment Video Settings Full Screen 1 min. story PLAY 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 CityThough Xhaka has started every match since, he claims that he has been playing through the pain with an Achilles injury.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’ve been suffering from Achilles tendon pain for a few weeks now. I felt it during the game,’ he said following Switzerland’s win.‘It hurts now, but it should be okay otherwise.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 9 Sep 2019 8:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link505Shares About Connatix V67539center_img Xhaka was heavily criticised for his display in Arsenal’s draw with Spurs (Picture: Getty)Xhaka was widely criticised for his performance in the north London derby after a clumsy challenge on Son Heung-min allowed Harry Kane to double Tottenham’s lead.The former Borussia Monchengladbach star defended his display at the Emirates, with Gary Neville one of the many pundits to slam him for his ‘disgraceful’ tackle on Son.Asked about Neville’s strong words following the 2-2 draw, Xhaka told Swiss publication Blick: ‘It’s part of football, there are a lot of people that talk a lot.‘I cannot influence anything and I do not want to. It is not my business. ‘My job is to perform on the pitch.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesHe added: ‘I know that I made a mistake in the penalty.‘But nobody talks about the many opportunities we have made, only about the mistakes.’ Arsenal star Granit Xhaka reveals he’s been suffering with Achilles injury after Switzerland clash Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Chelsea star allays injury fears after being subbed off after eight minutes for Italy Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka claims he’s been playing with Achilles tendon pain (Picture: Getty)Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has revealed that he’s been suffering with an Achilles problem since the start of the season.The 26-year-old started Switzerland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar on Sunday night but could only manage 74 minutes before being replaced by Ruben Vargas in a comfortable 4-0 victory.Denis Zakaria, Admir Mehmedi, Ricardo Rodriguez, Mario Gavranovic all found the net for Switzerland at the Stade Tourbillon in Sion.Xhaka suffered bruising to his lower back and leg in Arsenal’s opening match of the Premier League campaign against Newcastle and missed their next game at home to Burnley.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Prison Escapee Robert Crissman

first_imgGovernor Wolf Statement on Prison Escapee Robert Crissman SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 31, 2015center_img PSA,  Statement Yesterday Governor Wolf was briefed on the manhunt for escaped Armstrong County inmate Robert Crissman and released the following statement:“Pennsylvania State Police are working with the Armstrong County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement to find and capture Robert Crissman, who should be considered very dangerous. I ask Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and call 911 if you see anything or believe you have information that may help authorities locate and apprehend this fugitive.”last_img read more

Cuba has political will to further strengthen links with the Caribbean –Ambassador Rodriguez

first_img Share Her Excellency Elena Ramos Rodriguez Cuba’s Ambassador to Dominica Her Excellency Elena Ramos Rodriguez says Cuba has the political will to further strengthen the links with the Caribbean. Ambassador Rodriguez, who was speaking during a press conference ahead of Cuba-Caricom Day celebrations which will be observed on December 8th on Monday, noted various fields in which Cuba has assisted the Caribbean.“Cuba maintains close and excellent relations of friendships, solidarity and cooperation with CARICOM members in different fields. Cooperation has been implemented in the fields of education, training of human resources, health, energy, agriculture and others. Cuba has the political will to expand and further strengthen the links with the Caribbean.”She further highlighted Cuba’s assistance to Dominica in the tertiary education sector.“The Caribbean regional faces political, economic and natural challenges which require a united attention. More than 4072 Caribbean youths have graduated in our country 337 are Dominicans. Presently 2926 Caribbean youths are studying in Cuba, 86 of them are Dominicans,” she said.Meantime Rodriguez says 2304 Dominicans have benefited from the eye care program another initiative of Cuba in assisting and fostering closer ties with the island.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Cuba has political will to further strengthen links with the Caribbean –Ambassador Rodriguez by: – December 7, 2011 72 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

IMCA rookie of the year awards new from Ricochet

first_imgBRUSH, Colo. – Awards from Ricochet Race Components are new this season for rookies of the year in two IMCA divisions.Top first-year drivers in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds and in national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods all receive sets of three shock guard covers.The Brush, Colo., company, a four-year IMCA sponsor, again gives the same awards package to Modified regional champions, the national Northern SportMod champions, and to feature winners and champions in the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour and the Arnold Motor Sup­ply Hawkeye Dirt Tour.Ricochet is owned by long-time Modified driver John Hansen and information about the company’s shock guard covers is available on Facebook.Feature winner awards will be presented in victory lane while all other Ricochet awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.“We wanted to make sure a variety of deserving drivers receive the quality Ricochet shock guards, so adding a couple rookie awards to the program was a great step,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “John and his team have been very supportive of IMCA since we developed the program and this is another example.”last_img read more

Ouseley welcomes Foxes decision

first_imgLeicester have sacked Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson for their part in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used. Press Association Pearson, son of Foxes boss Nigel, and his two team-mates appeared together in a leaked video taken during the club’s end-of-season ‘goodwill tour’ of Thailand, during which a variety of graphic acts and crude remarks take place. At one stage one of two Thai women is referred to as a “slit-eye”. “Leicester have set the right tone to allow football to assert itself in setting and maintaining the correct standards of conduct to enhance the game’s image here and abroad as a source for good. “For too long, decision makers at the top of the game have been reluctant to make responsible and authoritative decisions, as employers, to deal effectively and decisively with incidents of serious misconduct and unprofessional behaviour, as well as applying appropriate sanctions. “It is therefore refreshing to see such positive action being taken in 2015 which we hope will set the decision-making pattern for the future.” Leicester reacted swiftly when the video surfaced via the Sunday Mirror, sending the players home from the trip and opening proceedings against them. A statement on behalf of Hopper, Smith and Pearson was also released offering “sincere apologies to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families”. Manager Nigel Pearson, who is a patron of anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, is unlikely to miss the three on a footballing level. None have played for the Foxes in the league, while last season they were loaned out in the lower leagues – Pearson at Wrexham, Smith at Mansfield and Hopper at Scunthorpe. After an internal investigation Leicester, whose owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha are from Thailand, have terminated the trio’s contracts. A club statement read: “Leicester City Football Club has notified Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson that their contracts with the club have been terminated. “The decision follows the conclusion of an internal investigation and disciplinary proceedings, as a consequence of events that took place during the club’s end-of-season goodwill tour of Thailand. “Leicester City Football Club is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Club’s supporters. “It is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality, and to upholding the standards expected of a club with its history, tradition and aspirations. “The club will make no further comment on the investigation, its finding or outcomes.” The decision was welcomed by Lord Ouseley, chair of anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out. “We note and welcome the statement issued by Leicester City FC this evening regarding the action taken by the club following the professional misconduct of three of their players during a post-season tour of Thailand,” he wrote in a statement. last_img read more

Sebastien replaces Walsh on WICB selection panel

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Lockhart Sebastien has been appointed as a selector for the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Sebastien, who was an alternate selector for the last four years, replaces Courtney Walsh.Sebastien brings a tremendous amount of experience to the new post, having served in several capacities from as far back as 1974.The Dominican has managed the Windward Islands senior team for the last 12 years, he has served as a director on the Windward Islands board for the last ten years and was manager for the West Indies-A team to India in 2013 and Sri Lanka in 2014.Sebastien is a former opener for Dominica, Windward Islands and Combined Islands. He played first-class cricket for 20 years. He played 92 first-class matches and scored 4 934 runs with the highest score of 219.The appointment was ratified at the Board of Directors meeting in Dominica, September 10. When we spoke to Sebastien, he stated: “I want to thank the directors for approving my term as a selector.“I have always been a team player and together with the other selectors, we will ensure the best West Indies team is selected at all times. Selectors have not always pleased everyone in the Caribbean but I am part of a team who will try the utmost to make Caribbean people happy.”Sebastien’s term as a selector will last two years.last_img read more

Smith signs new Harlequins contract

first_imgPremiership leaders Harlequins have extended Sam Smith’s contract to the end of the 2013/14 season.Smith, 21, is a product of the Quins’ academy and has made 22 appearances for the club, scoring an impressive 12 tries.“I am excited to have re-signed to such a great club,” said Smith, who has represented England at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 levels.AdChoices广告“There is so much young talent coming through and, having grown up at Quins with a lot of the players, I know the importance of these relationships on the pitch.“It has been a great season so far and I am looking forward to the future with the club. I have always wanted to be a Quin and I am enjoying every bit of it.”Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea said: “We are thrilled Sam has committed to us. He is a young player with a really professional attitude and an uncanny ability to score tries.“Sam is an example to all young players with how he conducts himself, both on and off the pitch. “I have no doubt that with his work ethic he will continue to improve in all aspects of his game and score a huge number of tries for this club.”last_img read more

Missed opportunities doom Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)PASADENA, Calif. – Three yards. Two points. One onside kick recovery.The Wisconsin Badgers (11-2, 7-1) seemingly needed just one of the above to eek out a victory in the 97th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 1. Instead, the afternoon became a game of missed opportunities. UW outgained TCU 385-381, outrushed the Horned Frogs 226-82 and held the ball for 13 more minutes, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough.“They did exactly what we saw on film and everything,” running back Montee Ball said. “They capitalized on our mistakes, and that’s how you win football games.”After ending their first two drives with a field goal and touchdown, respectively, the Badgers seemed well on their way to a strong offensive performance. Yet, after driving 55 yards on 13 plays – consuming 6:58 of the clock – Phillip Welch missed a 39-yard field goal. That left the score at 14-10 with 8:34 remaining in the first half.Wisconsin forced TCU – which matched the Badgers’ powerful offensive attack all game long – into a three-and-out on its next drive. UW started the next drive on its own 32-yard line and 7:04 to score, but after driving 47 yards on 13 plays, the Badgers were faced with a fourth-and-short on TCU’s 22-yard line. Wisconsin had all three of its timeouts remaining and could have attempted to prolong the drive, but head coach Bret Bielema rushed Welch out for a 39-yard field goal. The junior kicker connected, and the Badgers went into halftime down 14-13.“We were content with taking the points,” Bielema said. “I couldn’t get clarification as much as I wanted of how close we were [to the first down]. All [the referees] kept saying it was [fourth down]. So at that point I didn’t want to call a timeout and disrupt Phillip. Phillip felt pretty good. He’s a better kicker on the left hash, and he was going out in rhythm. I wanted him to get those points and move forward.”So despite outgaining the Horned Frogs by nearly 100 yards and holding the ball for 21:21 compared to their 8:32, the Badgers trailed at halftime. Entering Jan. 1, Wisconsin averaged 2.9 penalties per game, the nation’s fewest. Yet, in the first half alone, the Badgers had committed three for 16 yards. After Ball ran 40 yards on the first play from scrimmage, receiver Nick Toon committed a false start, immediately cutting Wisconsin’s momentum.“From penalties to not getting a first down running or catching the ball, we were just playing outside our characteristics,” running back John Clay said. “We know what kind of team we have, we know what we’re capable of doing. We didn’t get hot until the second half, and by then, it was too late.”On TCU’s subsequent drive, Devin Smith was called for a pass interference penalty on Horned Frogs’ star receiver Jeremy Kerley, negating an impressive defensive stand. Then, on the final drive of the first half, Ethan Armstrong committed a false start on fourth-and-four. Backed up five yards, the Badgers called a fake punt, and punter Brad Nortman scrambled for 11 yards and a first down. Wisconsin escaped the false start unscathed, but the writing was on the wall for the second half.The Badgers committed three more penalties in the second half, finishing with six for 41 yards.“We just weren’t executing,” quarterback Scott Tolzien said. “We knew that’s what the game was going to be about, who is going to be disciplined and who is going to execute. TCU did, and Wisconsin didn’t.”The Badgers had one final shot to execute, down eight with 7:32 remaining in the game. After seemingly inconsistent play calling that had Wisconsin’s offense deviate from its stellar power running attack for much of the game, Clay almost singlehandedly drove the Badgers down the field. The now-departed running back (he announced Jan. 7 he was declaring for the NFL Draft) rushed for 59 yards on UW’s final drive, and Ball ran it in from four yards out to make the score 21-19 in favor of TCU.Yet, Wisconsin elected to go to the air on the two-point conversion. Backup tight end Jacob Pedersen broke off the line and was wide open in the endzone after a short buttonhook.Tolzien saw him, but his pass was batted down at the line by TCU linebacker Tank Carder. The Badgers’ final shot came on backup kicker Alec Lerner’s onside kick, which went straight up into the air and was easily recovered by the Horned Frogs. With only two minutes left on the clock, TCU easily ran out the clock.“I was feeling hot, it was a possibility [that we would have converted] … You never know what that defense is going to do,” Clay, who was taken off the field for the two-point attempt, said. “They could’ve loaded the box up, and they even could’ve stopped me then. We went for the best thing we’ve been working on for the longest in practice. Every two-point conversion that we tried in practice, we felt comfortable with that play and we ran with it.”last_img read more

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