We must stand up against hate, division

first_imgAnyone who was not sickened by the flying of the Nazi flag should be reminded over 50 million people died in World War II. Around 6 million Jews died in concentration camps and another 6 million to 8 million people died because of their race or color. If you aren’t appalled at this symbol of hate, seek help.More concerning is that our current president uses the same strategies that gave rise to Hitler: hate, division and criticism of the press. His constant lies and the apathy of the current Republican Party to remove this man from power who was elected on the politics of fear hate and change brings me great concern.So let us remember “The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference.” Don’t believe it couldn’t happen here. Let us not idly stand by and watch the politics of hate destroy us.You may have voted for change, but instead you have been given hate and division. I implore all those to rethink your position and to stand against the politics of hate and party-before- country before a quote of indifference is written about us.Scott BrysonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Recently I went and watched the “Diary of Anne Frank” presented by the Scotia Glenville Drama Club. It was an amazing performance and I can say I was moved and saddened by this play.For me it also sparked a quote I remember from years past: “The road to Auschwitz was built by hate, but paved with indifference,” by Ian Kershaw.last_img read more

Do we really need these big new stores?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Well, it appears that the new CVS in Burnt Hills is nearing completion. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle on the downtown Burnt Hills skyline. Why so enormous? It looks as if they have built a 12-stall stable for a one-horse town. Don`t get me wrong, some change is good. But this is like the Taj Mahal. Aside from needing to be careful in the parking lot, what is wrong with the old CVS? Progress, they say. I say “ridiculous.”This town hasn’t changed much in the 40-plus years I’ve known it and lived in it. I think it`s fair to say that the vast majority of people who live here find that we like it that way. It’s far enough out to not have big city hassles, but close enough to Glenville to have everything within reach.I remember the building next to the current CVS (soon to be the old CVS)  as Veeder & Yelverton. It was a small store and pharmacy, which if I remember correctly back to my youth had a large painted sign on the side stating, “We Deliver Rx.” Now this old complex of small retail units is slowly being vacated. No doubt, it’s most likely for one of those new state-of-the-art Stewarts Shops. We need that like a hole in the head. Anyone trying to get back on to Route 50 at rush hour or when the schools let out know it`s like Russian roulette.So, we stand poised on the doorstep of progress with a new, gargantuan CVS and, please no, but I fear another Stewarts on the opposite corner. Who thought this was a great idea I`ll never know. Will they deliver progress?Brian BaldwinBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Rio Ferdinand picks out ‘inspirational’ unsung Arsenal hero after Chelsea draw

first_imgRio Ferdinand picks out ‘inspirational’ unsung Arsenal hero after Chelsea draw Xhaka put in a shift (Picture: AMA/Getty)Xhaka added: ‘We played very well after the red card. So difficult, but we showed great team spirit. We were speaking at half time that we can do it and we came twice back so I am very proud of this team.‘After this game nobody will have to speak about us. We showed big character. A lot of people say we have no character in the team, so after this game we showed we have.‘I hope centre-back is not my new position, but the gaffer knows I can play there. I tried to help the team, and the guys around me made it easy for me today.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Ferdinand hailed Xhaka (Picture: Visionhaus)Rio Ferdinand hailed Granit Xhaka for his ‘inspirational’ performance in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea, praising his fighting spirit.Xhaka was forced to move to centre-half after David Luiz was sent off for a challenge on Tammy Abraham – who had been put through on goal courtesy of an error by Shkodran Mustafi – with Arsenal a man and a goal down after Jorginho slotted home the resulting penalty.Gabriel Martinelli got the Gunners back on level terms after a lung-busting sprint from inside his own half but Cesar Azpilicueta seemed to put the game out of reach for Mikel Arteta’s side with just six minutes of normal time remaining.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal right-back Hector Bellerin had other ideas, curling in a left-footed strike from the edge of the box, but Ferdinand picked out Xhaka – a player he’s been critical of in the past – for special praise for his ability to adapt and show leadership in an awkward situation for his side.ADVERTISEMENT‘I’ve criticised Xhaka,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport: But how he showed that desire, the maturity, the mentality to slip into the back-four and hold it all together was amazing.‘That’s inspirational for other players. I’m shifting position and making sure we get this result. Fight, spirit. It was there for Arteta to see there.’Arteta said of Xhaka and Bellerin’s contributions: ‘When you are willing, when you have the spirit and you have the attitude to play anywhere on the pitch and step up rather than compalining. They stepped up and tried to help the team as much as possible.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018

first_imgAsian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2018 Asian Pacific American Affairs,  Proclamations WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is home to more than 435,000 citizens who trace their roots to Asia and the Pacific Islands; andWHEREAS, the Asian and Pacific Islander American community constitutes a vital dimension of the commonwealth’s diverse ethnic and social fabric whose languages, cultures, and religious beliefs have enriched communities in all parts of the state; andWHEREAS, through Asian and Pacific Islander Americans’ love of family, community, and hard work, they have helped to uphold the founding principles of our commonwealth for generations. Asian and Pacific Islander American entrepreneurs strengthen our economy and our communities through their dedication and ingenuity, inspiring the next generation of American innovation by example; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania, through dialogue with representatives from all major Asian and Pacific Islander American communities, continues to address the needs and concerns of its citizens and remains committed to a proactive stance that seeks solutions to problems such as prejudice, discrimination, and violence.THEREFORE, in recognition of the many contributions and achievements of our Commonwealth’s Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, on this tenth day of April two thousand and eighteen in the year of the Commonwealth the two hundred and forty-second.TOM WOLFGovernorRead full text of the proclamation below. You can also view the proclamation on Scribd and as a PDF. Governor Wolf Proclamation — Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd May 01, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Textile scheme MITT to temporarily reduce accrual to avoid cuts

first_imgMITT, the €3.2bn Dutch pension fund for the textile sector, said it wanted to temporarily reduce annual pensions accrual from 1.6% to 1.5% in order to minimise the chance of rights cuts in 2021.It explained that the measure would set the scheme on a course to a funding of 100% at 2020-end.The pension fund had to come up with a new contribution proposal after it had charged a premium of 24% of the pensionable salary in the past five years.“Continuing the current arrangements is likely to lead to a coverage ratio of 99% at the end of next year, which would mean a 1% cut if the minimum required funding were to be 100%,” explained Gaby Lammers, the pension fund’s chair. “Preventing this is very important. As we need to raise our contribution to a costs-covering level, and also must factor in lower future returns on investments, we already expected a significant premium rise for 2021,” he pointed out.The contribution increase must enable annual pensions accrual to return to 1.6%.Recently, social affairs’ minister Wouter Koolmees decided to temporarily reduce the minimum required funding to 90% in order to avoid a reduction of pension rights and pensions pending the elaboration of the pensions agreement set in June.In the direct wake of the accord, the minister had already decided to decrease the minimum required coverage from 104.3% to 100% for the same reason.Aegon to switch to IDC plan for its staffDutch insurer Aegon has confirmed that it wants to switch pensions accrual for its 3,800 staff from an insured plan to individual defined contribution (IDC) arrangements.It said continuing the current insured pension plan – carried out by the sponsor – was no longer affordable.The trade unions as well as the central works council (COR) have approved the plan.The unions said the employer had declined to discuss the alternatives suggested by them, including joining a consolidation vehicle (APF) or an industry-wide pension fund.Aegon, which has a low-cost defined contribution vehicle – Aegon Cappital – said it hadn’t yet completed the selection process for a new provider.The recent negotiations between Aegon and the unions in particular focussed on the compensation of workers for the shift of risks to staff.Although Aegon insisted that it would come up with a compensation deal, it declined to provide details.Trade union De Unie, in turn, said its members weren’t very satisfied with the compensation proposal, but they had agreed because it was the best result achievable.The new IDC plan is to come with an age-dependent contribution.last_img read more

Cardinals Basketball Results

first_imgThe St. Louis 6th Grade basketball team faced St. Nicholas on Thursday night at home and came away with a one point win by the score of 28-27.St. Nicholas played tough and kept the game close for much of the evening.Andrew Oesterling and Wil Freeland led the way on offense while Ben Schebler, Tyler Kuntz, Jacob Wuesterfeld, Jack Abplanalp, Sam Voegele and Riley Schebler played outstanding defense. Will Freeland hit two crucial free throws with six seconds left to secure the win. Other players contributing to the scoring column were Jacob Sheets and Michael Wanstrath.The win brings their season record to 10-0. Their next game is on Saturday when they put their undefeated record on the line and play in the 6th grade tournament hosted at St. Louis.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team lost to a very good Laurel team Thursday night by a final score of 52 to 21.Eli Tuveson, Adam Cox, Joshua Myers, & Charlie Dice provided the scoring for the Cardinals.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The SLS 8th grade Cardinals basketball team traveled to Laurel Thursday night, December 4 and defeated an athletic, aggressive, and well-coached Laurel team 36-24.The game was played at the old Laurel High School gym on a night that was billed as “Throw-Back Thursday.” A large crowd was in attendance to honor past generations of Laurel players that once played on the Laurel High School floor. The atmosphere in the gym was loud, “highly-charged,” and competitive.Nathan Eckstein played his finest game of the year. Nathan led the team defensively down in the low post. Nathan led the team in rebounds, blocked shots, and steals. Robert Raver led the team in scoring and played an all-around great game. Sam Giesting handled the point guard position with poise and determination.Once again, Alex Geers, in his new role as sixth man came off the bench and gave the team a much needed spark. Gus Cooper and Kevin Salatin also played well and made contributions that led to the victory. It was a total “TEAM” effort that led to the Cardinals victory.The 8th grade Cardinals now stand at 9-1 on the season and will face Batesville Middle School next Tuesday night.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.last_img read more

Schmidt: Squad not decided yet

first_img “Obviously the guys who are involved this week get a chance at a higher level and therefore that’s an advantage over the players who play for their provinces this and next weekend. “But I’ve no doubt the level will be pretty high in those inter-provincials anyway.” Assistant coach Richie Murphy did not suggest that either Herring or Reid would be returning when confirming on Tuesday that both had left Ireland’s camp. Head coach Schmidt has been at pains to keep his training squad as wide as possible however, and moved to clarify the situation around World Cup selection calls. Ireland must name their final 31-man World Cup squad on August 31, just days before their final warm-up match against England at Twickenham on September 5. Schmidt plans to hold lengthy selection meetings next week, given Ireland are not in Test action next weekend. “We haven’t really whittled the squad down,” said Schmidt. “We’re just trying to get game-time for everyone at the moment. “This will give us a pause post the Scotland match to get the coaches together, and instead of whittling down we’ll be counting up ways to 31. “That will make some very hard decisions that will no doubt take some time, and if we can get to 31 then extend that to 36 we’ll have a better idea. “And you’ll have a better idea when we probably pick the squad to play Wales the following week b ecause the day after that we’ve got to make further decisions.” Schmidt hopes Andrew Trimble’s foot sprain will not end his World Cup hopes, expecting the Ulster wing to be fit to face Wales on Saturday, August 29. Ireland’s Kiwi boss said tighthead prop Marty Moore was “probably” ready for action this weekend, but the coaches decided not to take any risks. “Marty was probably fit to play but probably didn’t fit too well with us,” said Schmidt. “He may play next week in the Leinster-Ulster game.” Press Association Schmidt is adamant all three players have not been jettisoned entirely from his World Cup plans but, to all intents and purposes, barring injury they all look surplus to requirements. “Technically they’re not here but they haven’t left the squad,” said Schmidt of Herring, Reid and Marmion. “I’m still in contact with them. “I know that Noel (Reid) is preparing to play next weekend, against Rob Herring in the Leinster-Ulster clash. “And Kieran Marmion is down to play off the bench against Castres this weekend, and again it’s because we need players to be match-fit. “If we can’t provide all the games for them then next Friday and Saturday gives us a really good window.” Ireland host Scotland in Dublin on Saturday, with flanker Jack Conan making his Test debut and Sean O’Brien captaining the side from number eight. Some seven starters will be battling hard for their World Cup futures this weekend, but Schmidt continues to keep his squad, and everyone else, guessing. “We knew that those guys weren’t going to be involved in this week but it doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be involved in the Welsh week,” said Schmidt. Rob Herring and Noel Reid left Ireland’s training camp earlier this week, and will feature in the Ulster-Leinster pre-season clash on Friday, August 21. Scrum-half Kieran Marmion has now been released too, to appear in Connacht’s pre-season battle against Castres this Friday night. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt insists he has not yet made any hard and fast cuts to his World Cup training squad, despite discarding three players this week.last_img read more

Cummimgs Lodge, East Ruimveldt win 2019 championships

first_imgCUMMINGS Lodge Boys and East Ruimveldt Girls were winners of the 2019 edition of the ExxonMobil U-14 Boys and Girls football competition.Played at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue, the event was witnessed by sponsors and fans.Cummings Lodge downed Carmel 5-4 on penalty kicks, after regulation time ended 2-2.Before the shootout, Jitzah Martinez netted a brace for Cummings Lodge in the 30th and 50th+8 minutes.Ian Daniels’ double in the 43rd and 50th+10 minutes ensured that the game went to penalties.In the Girls final, East Ruimveldt bested New Campbellville 1-0. An own goal in the 41st minute sealed the victory for East Ruimveldt.In the 3rd Place Playoff, Dolphin Secondary edged Queenstown 1-0. Nicholas Tappin scored in the 40th+1 minute.In the individual section of the presentation, Martinez copped the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. He also walked away with the Highest Goalscorer accolade following 12 conversions.Meanwhile, Sherry Rodrigues was adjudged the MVP of the Girls Division while Carlita Ross of Charlestown Secondary received the Highest Goalscorer award with six goals.last_img read more

Bundesliga: Bayern, Freiburg Clash Live on StarTimes

first_imgFreiburg, also described as Bundesliga’s most clinical team from the city of Freiburg currently in the 6th position has not been too impressive this season and its head-to-head statistics with Bayern does not portray any miracle happening on Saturday.Bayern Munich has won 29 out of 34 matches this season, with 14 home and 15 away wins compared with Freiberg’s 14 wins, six home and five away. Besides, Anceloti’s Bayern is on the fifth league title quest this season.However, the uncertainty nature and surprises that football may cause aficionados not to completely write off Freiburg as these two teams confront themselves this weekend.The game is expected to see the best of both sides featuring their best players including Bayern’s Lewandowski who has now reached the 30-goal mark in the Bundesliga for a second successive season.StarTimes assured football viewers that they can enjoy the best of the German Bundesliga and other thrilling sporting actions on its World Football Channels 244 and 254 starting 2.30pm on Saturday.Speaking on these coming sporting actions, Brands and Marketing Director, StarTimes, Mr. Qasim Elegbede, said StarTimes remains committed to delivering quality sporting content to its subscribers.“Quality sporting content was the reason behind the acquisitions of sporting rights of the Serie A, Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Chinese Super League, Eredivisie and recently, the 2018 FIFA World Cup in over 48 territories in Africa,” stressed the former Complete Sports newspaper journalist.He said StarTimes will be showcasing the best of German Bundesliga football live from the various match centres to the screens of its subscribers with the Bayern and Freiburg encounter as one of the biggest at the Allianz Arena. “We are confident that soccer fans will enjoy every moment of the game,” Elegbede concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the European league season winds up, StarTimes is set to bring live actions of the German Bundesliga from the various match venues this weekend to the living homes of football loving viewers.One of these matches will feature league leader Bayern Munich and AS Freiburg clash at the Allianz Arena on Saturday, May 20.The match, expected to generate the usual passion will see the team described as the Bayern behemoth and already lifting the league trophy as it is seated comfortably on top the league table with 79 points and equally leading a 10-point gap ahead of the closest rival will hosts the sixth on the table, Freiburg, albeit have not much to worry except the facts that it’s not in their DNA to let the home fans down.last_img read more

Bielema’s strategy frustrates Paterno

first_imgBret Bielema, the second-youngest Division I head coach in the country, utilized the strange new NCAA rules to his advantage Friday to not only defeat the nation’s oldest coach, but to thoroughly frustrate him.At the end of the first half, Bielema had his kick return team go offsides on two kickoff attempts by Taylor Mehlhaff. Since the new rule stipulates the clock starts running with the kick and not with the opposing team’s return, Bielema was able to run all but four seconds off the clock and stop any attempt by the Lions to score points before the half.Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary coach, was irate with the officials over the strategy, and was shown leaving the field after the end of the first half in a huff, blowing off a sideline reporter and a cameraman on the way to his locker room.But PSU defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who spoke on Paterno’s behalf after the game — Paterno injured his left leg in the third quarter and was flown back to University Park early — glumly said there wasn’t a whole lot Paterno could have done, just that he was aggravated by the rule.”It’s just a situation that they can do that to you, and that’s what they did,” Bradley said. “I think he was upset that he knew they were doing it deliberately, it was intentional.”Bradley added that Penn State doesn’t have any such strategy, if the Nittany Lions were in the same position Bielema was in.UW senior safety Joe Stellmacher said he’s never seen anything like the scene at the end of the second quarter.”I didn’t know what the heck was going on,” Stellmacher said. “[Bielema] wanted to screw with that new rule. That rule is a goofy rule, maybe it’s a little flawed. Coach B has always got something up his sleeve.”Hubbard makes his name knownIt wouldn’t be a stretch to call Paul Hubbard inconsistent. However, when the Badgers wide receiver has been up, he’s been sky-high for Wisconsin, such as his six-catch, 122-yard breakout game against Indiana Sept. 30.Hubbard may have had his second-best game of the year Saturday, and it only took one play to make his presence known. In double coverage with 23 seconds left in the first half, Hubbard broke a 3-3 tie with a catch at the back of the end zone from John Stocco, serving as the game-winning touchdown.”It felt really good, we were in need of a big play, we needed a score to separate ourselves from them, coming down with it, it made me feel really good.”Hubbard was receptionless against Illinois a week ago, and was happy to reinsert himself into the offense against Penn State.”It was really nice, [after] not catching any passes last week, I feel like in this week’s preparation, I put myself in a position to go out there and make plays,” Hubbard said. “We went out there, and [Stocco] came to me and just kept coming, and that boosted my confidence level up some more.”Hubbard said one of his greatest accomplishments in the 2006 season has been his ability to complete the big play when needed, which he felt he wasn’t able to do earlier in the year.”I’ve had a lot of trials and tribulations,” Hubbard said. “That’s just something that shows that I’ve come a long ways and I’ve overcome some of those [challenges].”Posluszny breaks recordPenn State inside linebacker Paul Posluszny broke a historic record at the school known as “Linebacker U”. When he brought down UW tight end Travis Beckum at the end of the second quarter, for his tenth tackle on the day, Posluszny moved past PSU’s Greg Buttle with 344 tackles in his career, the most tackles ever at Penn State.”It’s quite an accomplishment,” Bradley said. “Paul is the heart and soul of our defense. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving, finer young man than Paul Posluszny, and that’s a record that will take a long time to break.”Posluszny ended the game with 14 tackles, placing him at 349 tackles for his career. Bradley added that the record will take a “long, long time to break.””He’s a super person, he’s a super football player, and I’m proud to have him on my defense,” Bradley said.last_img read more