It has been for people who long yearned in vain for that right.Recall that first election in Iraq where so many more than 27 percent willingly risked being killed or maimed by standing in line in a war zone for hours in scorching heat just to cast their vote. Even here in 1953, when the carnage and sacrifices of the Second World War were still fresh in everyone’s mind, nationwide turnout was 93 percent.It seems we’ve forgotten something in the intervening years.Is not the act of voting the core representation of our values and principles — the central responsibility of citizenship and linchpin in our democratic system? For those who perceive an affront by anyone failing to stand for the national anthem, isn’t failing to vote an even greater demonstration of dishonor and disrespect? Doesn’t that failure tangibly threaten to render the sacrifices of our military, past and present, meaningless? Put bluntly, our collective shrug over the right to vote makes standing for the anthem pretty much an empty gesture.In overstressing a reflexive, subjective and somewhat self-righteous “test” of patriotism, we are effectively deflecting from more consequential citizen inattentions and inactions that more forcefully suggest dishonor and disrespect.In spite of all the self-serving excuses, no ballot really lacks import. Categories: Editorial, OpinionOn Tuesday, Nov. 7, we are having what is called an “off year election.”This is intended merely to describe the fact that none of the major federal or state offices are the subjects of this year’s vote. However, it also seems to imply that such elections are of lesser importance.This is a dangerous notion in a country where “turnout” — the percentage of eligible voters who actually cast a ballot — already is notoriously low in every election.It has become commonplace to rationalize this failure. “We call these local years ‘off years’ for a reason,” said a Schenectady County election commissioner four years ago explaining a paltry 27 percent turnout figure. “People have to have a reason to vote.” How about because so many brave people have served and died and still are — volunteering in distant lands, far from the comforts of home — to preserve and defend our right to do so in ours? Shouldn’t that be a good enough reason? First of all, these “off years” are when elections for local officials take place — as they are throughout the Capital Region — determining who will influence most directly our communities and day-to-day welfare. This year in Saratoga Springs, for example, in addition to electing a mayor and City Council, the key ballot concerns the actual system by which the city will be governed going forward.Important statewide ballot questions also regularly turn up in off-year elections. What is being asked statewiden this year is whether we should spend tens of millions of dollars to examine and redesign the state constitution. We’re also deciding on two amendments to that constitution separate from the convention question.So, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, put aside the weak complaints, self-righteous justifications, minor sacrifices and inconveniences — and vote!Use the gift protected and preserved at noble cost for you. Don’t just stand, salute and sing about it.John Figliozzi is a regular contributor to the Sunday Opinion section.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Paul Ince believes Alexis Sanchez can revive his career at Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)Paul Ince has backed Alexis Sanchez to revive his career at Manchester United and emerge as a ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season.Much was expected of Sanchez after he joined United from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018, but the Chilean has endured a dismal spell at Old Trafford.The 31-year-old struggled to cement a place in the Red Devils’ first-team before being sent on a season-long loan to Inter Milan last summer.Sanchez has scored only once for the Italian club and will return to Manchester United this summer with his future firmly up in the air.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the forward has been backed to revive his career at Old Trafford by former Red Devils star Ince, who says Sanchez could become an ‘important’ player for Solskjaer next season.‘I wouldn’t rule out Sanchez going back to United and being a key part of their team next season. Football is a funny old game,’ Ince told Paddy Power.‘I’ve been in the situation as a manager where I’ve thought “right, I’m going to get rid of him and him” but when it comes to it you can’t get the deal done, so they stay at the club.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 City‘Then pre-season comes around and they’re a totally different player to the season before, and they’re your key man the next season.‘So Sanchez could definitely go back to United, look fantastic in training, and bang suddenly he’s important to their plans after all.’Despite backing Sanchez to revive his Manchester United career, Ince believes joining the club was a ‘mistake’ in the first place. Advertisement Advertisement Alexis Sanchez can revive Manchester United career and be ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Paul Ince Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Apr 2020 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link548Shares Comment Sanchez has struggled during his loan spell at Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)He added: ‘Going to United was a mistake. I bet Alexis wishes he’d gone to City, like he was supposed to.‘United was never, ever the right move for him; the team wasn’t settled and their style of play wasn’t conducive to him.‘And he was clearly desperate to make an impact. Look at the way Bruno Fernandes has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, that’s what Sanchez wanted, and was expected to do.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 moves‘But he didn’t get a lot of game time, he was used out of position, so when he did play he started to come deeper and deeper to get on the ball, to try and influence the game, and that wasn’t his game.‘So a move last summer was always on the cards, and I thought Inter would’ve been a good place for him to go – but, again, he doesn’t fit.‘Where does he play in the 3-5-2 that Antonio Conte plays? You’ve got Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez up front, there’s no room for Sanchez.’AdvertisementAdvertisementSanchez established himself as one of the best players in Europe while at Arsenal, scoring 80 goals and providing 45 assists in 166 matches for the Gunners.MORE: Dortmund captain Marco Reus warns Jadon Sancho off Manchester United transferMORE: Odion Ighalo thanks three ‘brothers’ for helping him settle in at Manchester United
AUCTION ACTION: 87 Tamaree Ave, Wynnum changed hands for the first time in almost 70 years when it sold at auction on November 24.A Wynnum property changed hands for the first time in almost 70 years at auction yesterday.Sash & Gable Property principal Gail Gobey said the vendor’s parents built the house in 1951 and it had been in their family ever since. Why renovating can pay off “It was a family home and in 1951 her (the vendor) parents built the house,” Ms Gobey said.“She’s now in an aged care facility, but was here (at auction), she signed the documents and it was a very emotional time.”She said 11 people registered to by 87 Tamaree Ave, Wynnum, which sold under the hammer for $750,000.“It started off very slow, everybody was testing each other out and then they just carried on,” Ms Gobey said.“So it was a very good result.”Ms Gobey said what the house originally cost was unknown, but according to Curtin University, the average cost of an Australian home in 1951 was £3000 ($5314.95). The new owners of 87 Tamaree Ave, Wynnum had been looking for property for two years.For buyer Alex Scarf, it meant the end of a two-year long property search for him and his partner.Mr Scarf said they only needed to inspect the property once and knew that this would be the place he would raise a family.“We’re not married yet, and we don’t have kids yet, but we’ll probably raise a family there,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoHe said they would move from Camp Hill to Wynnum in the new year, and chose to buy in Wynnum as Camp Hill was out of their price range. RELATED: Family snaps up $15.8 million of land “Camp Hill is probably a bit out of our price range, well it’s become that way lately,” he said.“We’ve been looking around the Wynnum/Manly area and other suburbs, but Wynnum is a nice local community.” MORE: Bright future for Brisbane units >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< He said location was the major drawcard for their purchase.“It’s in a good part of Wynnum, opposite the Golf Course, it’s got a north facing backyard, it’s a quiet street and it’s got some sea breezes,” he said.“It ticked all the boxes.”He said while there were no major renovations planned, they would add small touches over time. “We’ll do some painting and rip up and carpets,” he said.The three-bedroom home is on an 810sq m block and overlooks the Wynnum Golf Course. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45
Share 27 Views 2 comments Sharing is caring! LocalNews Mahaut MP calls on residents to take ownership of reunion by: – March 7, 2012 Tweet Share Share Parliamentary representative for the Mahaut constituency Rayburn Blackmoore has called on his constituents to demonstrate ownership of the first ever Mahaut reunion which was officially launched on Sunday.Blackmoore urged residents that they should not just “stand aside and criticize” but make every effort to “come forward” and make it their own.Rayburn Blackmoore. (file photo)He also urged members of the Diaspora to make a financial contribution towards the staging of the reunion.Blackmoore challenged residents of the Diaspora who live in New York to contribute US$100, those in England ₤100 in a special account.“If we can get at least 500 Dominicans living overseas to contribute we can host our thing ourselves because we in Mahaut believe in independence,” he explained.Meanwhile Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford applauded the Mahaut Reunion Committee for organizing the event.A praise and worship concert, an award ceremony, community projects, band splash, fish festival, children summer program and a health fair are among activities planned for the Mahaut Reunion 2012.The event is carded for July 22nd to August 06th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News
Naranjo added the PWDs whowill be taking part in the simulation of voting will be coming from this city andseveral municipalities in Iloilo province. (Witha report from PIA/PN) ILOILO City – At least 100persons with disability (PWDs) will be participating in a voting simulation ofthe Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this city today. “The simulation of voters, exclusively forPWDs, is a special project of Comelec to further enhance the voting experienceof PWDs in the coming May 9, 2022 national and local elections,” she said. Naranjo said thesimulation of voting will be held at the New Senior High School Building ofCentral Philippine University, Jaro district from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Alice Bernadette Naranjo,Passi City Elections officer III and Comelec media coordinator, said theactivity will be held in pursuance of the commission’s advocacy to cater to theneeds of the PWDs. “Commissioner Al Parrenowill be gracing the occasion,” she said.
Napoleon, Ind.— UPDATE — At 10 p.m. U.S. 421 was opened and residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management does not know how large the gasoline leak was and expects cleanup operations to continue Friday.A press release from Ripley County EMA says drinking water in the town is not affected.******************At 6:53 emergency crews responded to a gasoline spill at the Youngman’s Marathon on U.S. 421 causing the evacuation of nearby homes. The evacuation was ordered after Napoleon Volunteer Fire Department fire chief Ron Reynolds determined an unknown amount of gasoline leaked into a creek or the Napoleon sewer system.The drinking water supply in the town is not affected.The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Ripley County EMA assisted with the clean up.As of 9:50 p.m. Thursday residents were still under the evacuation order.
Chairman of LMC, Shehu Dikko, confirmed the development and said, “we are seeking windows through the broadcast media to take this historic matches available to the homes of every Nigerian football fans. The LMC and LaLiga is offering the broadcast feeds free to every television station that is interested”.Dikko said discussions are also on-going with a number of other stations including Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Channels Television and Television Continental (TVC).The NPFL All-Star team of 37 players based on current form and potentials shown as youth development players began camping in Abuja from July 11 with a final list of 22 to be released before their departure on August 8 by the coaching crew which has Salisu Yusuf as head.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African Independent Television (AIT) a member of the DAAR Communication Group has become the first free to air television network to be awarded broadcast right of the NPFL-LaLiga All-Star tour matches.A select team made up of players from the Nigeria Professional Football League clubs are billed to play three international club friendly matches in three Spanish cities as part of the technical and commercial partnership between the League Management Company (LMC), operators of the NPFL and LaLiga.The LMC said it has reached an understanding with AIT, Nigeria’s first private 24 hour station for live broadcast of the matches which hold on August 10, 12 and 13. The first match, a pre-season friendly on August 10 will be against Valencia CF while the other two games against Malaga CF on August 12 and Atletico Madrid CF on the 13th will be part of the prestigious Carranza LaLiga World Club Tourney.
Positives for the BadgersAlthough they were swept, there were a few positives coming out of the Penn State match for the Badgers. Wisconsin was only one of a handful of teams to break 20 points against the Nittany Lions and the first to score 20 on them in two sets.“I thought they played well, but they always play well against us,” Penn State head coach Russ Rose said. “I don’t look at the records. I know it’s Wisconsin, and I know they have players on their team that have beaten us previously. We have lost here before, and our players know this is a place where you are always going to get the other team’s best effort.”The Badgers saw a big game from Wack, who led the team with eight kills and had a .294 hitting percentage. Senior outside hitter Morgan Salow had another big game off the bench with seven kills, including four in the third set.“There are a lot of positives out of this,” sophomore setter Nikki Klingsporn said. “Obviously we wanted to get the win. But Penn State is a good team. … I thought it was really good coming out and to start competing after a losing weekend.”Penn State looks to continue its dominanceAfter sweeping the Badgers Friday, the Nittany Lions won against Northwestern in straight sets Sunday.Penn State is yet to lose a set this year. They have only allowed two Big Ten teams to go over 20 points against them in a set, and Wisconsin was the first to do so in two different sets.However, baring a major setback, the Lions will continue to dominate opponents in the second half of the season.“Teams lose for a variety of reasons,” Rose said. “Sometimes it’s health, sometimes it’s dissension, sometimes it’s lack of effort. And probably the most prevalent reason is you don’t play as well as the other team does. We are very confident in some situations, and I think when we are able to pass the ball well, we are able to put a lot of stress on the other teams in a lot of different areas of the court.” When a team faces an opponent that leads its conference in five of seven major categories, it is going to be a struggle.The Badgers, who are 14-8 (4-6 Big Ten) after Sunday’s loss against Indiana, experienced just that in their loss in straight sets to the Nittany Lions 25-20, 25-16, 25-21.Penn State came into the game as the No.1 team in the nation and led the Big Ten in most categories. On offense, the Nittany Lions were able to hit .349 while limiting the Badgers to only a .100 hitting percentage.“When you come up against a team that is hitting the ball that hard, I mean, every server on their side is hitting heat,” outside hitter Allison Wack said. “So [we were] just trying to do the best we could to get around them. Sometimes you can’t always be there, and you try to make the best play you can. But they are definitely a strong serving team as well as their [strong] offense.”Penn State was led by senior middle hitter Christa Harmotto, who had 10 kills and an unheard of .692 hitting percentage. Going into the match, Harmotto led the nation in hitting percentage, averaging .512. Senior outside hitter Nicole Fawcett also contributed 17 kills, including 10 in the third set.
Houston was able to more recently obtain former Los Angeles Rams receiver Brandin Cooks in a trade for a second-round pick in next week’s draft and a fourth-round pick in 2022, but this intended replacement for Hopkins will not be sufficient enough for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Firstly, there is the small, yet very noticeable discrepancy in talent between Hopkins and Cooks, but what’s more is that Watson will have to develop a close relationship with his star receiver all over again. In a previous column, I argued that Brady was an average system quarterback rather than the greatest quarterback of all time, as he is commonly believed to be. This upcoming season could demonstrate whether my opinion is valid, as for the first time in his career, Brady will not be playing with the Patriots, where he has had invaluable coaching and defensive support his entire career. The trade should also have a positive influence on the development of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who is coming off a solid rookie season in which he proved he is a more than capable NFL starter. Last season, Murray had a good — albeit not great — receiving corps with veterans including Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Crabtree. Now, with Hopkins, Murray will get a major upgrade and have an uber-elite playmaker that should boost his production and confidence. These major offseason moves have changed the league’s outlook. In the case of Hopkins, the Cardinals instantly got better, while the Texans instantly got worse. With Brady, many people believe that the Bucs are an instant playoff contender, but I have plenty of doubts. This year’s NFL offseason has served as a lone spark of entertainment in the absence of sports due to the coronavirus pandemic, as it has provided plenty of action in the past couple of months. In fact, this has been one of the craziest NFL offseasons in recent years. This will put more pressure on Brady — who is coming off one of the worst statistical years of his career with a career-low 53.7 QBR — to produce at a high level to compensate for the Bucs’ inability to stop teams from piling on points. There’s no denying that the soon-to-be 43-year-old Brady is aging and most definitely slowing down from a performance standpoint despite new offensive weapons such as wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Brady has often had the opportunity of playing under elite defenses — even last season, the Patriots’ defense allowed a league-best 14.0 points per game. The Bucs, on the other hand, allowed 28.1 points per game, which ranked 29th overall. Don’t get me wrong, the Bucs’ defense isn’t completely terrible — they had one of the best run defenses this past season — but Brady’s defense will not support him like it did in New England. Perhaps the second biggest move this offseason was the Houston Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in next week’s draft to the Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick. On the flip side, Patriots fans should be excited that their team has the opportunity to pursue a younger quarterback with more long-term promise to once again lead New England through deep playoff runs under the tutelage of the great Bill Belichick. Although the Pats have yet to make any moves, they will have plenty of opportunities to fill the position in the upcoming draft as well as the free-agent market, as former league MVP Cam Newton and former Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston are among those up for grabs this offseason. But without a doubt, the biggest move made this spring was Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the move might seem disastrous for the Patriots and a contrary beacon of hope for Bucs fans, I would argue otherwise. Stay tuned to see the NFL landscape continue to shift with this year’s virtual draft beginning Thursday, and watch for other marquee free agents such as Newton, Winston and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to make splashes with big contracts before the season kicks off. Watson will still be able to work with capable receivers such as Will Fuller and Kenny Stills, but it’s difficult to envision Cooks being able to entirely replace the gap Hopkins had left. Thus, Watson will experience almost the opposite of what Murray will in this upcoming season, as he will have to work with a capable — but not as elite — receiving corps. For the Texans, trading away Hopkins was a huge loss but not necessarily a critical mistake. According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Hopkins was seeking a bigger contract and was threatening a holdout if he didn’t get it. In addition, Hopkins was reportedly having issues with Texans head coach Bill O’Brien. It appears that the Texans were almost forced into trading Hopkins and taking a major hit in the process. For the Cardinals, the trade was a huge steal since they acquired one of the league’s top receivers at a minimal cost. The Cards have had no use for Johnson since the emergence of Kenyan Drake, who went off on a hot streak at the end of last season averaging 103 rushing yards per game in his last three contests. And for Arizona, two draft picks was a small price to pay for Hopkins, who will most definitely make an immediate impact. Some moves that should make things interesting come September (or whenever the season starts) include running back Todd Gurley signing with the Atlanta Falcons, running back Melvin Gordon joining the Denver Broncos and wide receiver Stefon Diggs getting traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Buffalo Bills. This is why Bucs fans should not get overly excited about landing Brady as their quarterback. As a result of the trading moves that different teams have made, football fans can expect to see a very different NFL landscape next season. Harrison Cho is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “The Chosen One,” typically runs every other Thursday.
Minor Manager Liam Cahill says his players will not be awed by the massive occasion of playing in Croke Park. Tipp FM will have full live coverage of Sunday’s matches from Croke Park, the Minor match between Tipperary and Dublin is brought to you in association with John Kennedy Motors, Clonmel while coverage of the Senior clash is in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh. It’s a bumper day of GAA action at headquarters this weekend with three All Ireland Semi Finals down for decision. First up is the replay of Galway and Killkenny in the minor competition, while the Premier County will take on Dublin in the other semi final with a throw in time of 2 o’clock. Then Tipp’s senior hurlers will take to the pitch against Galway at 4 o’clock looking to set up a replay of last year’s All Ireland final against Kilkenny who are already through to the decider.