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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, April 28

first_imgBarr is a disgrace as U.S. attorney generalHow low can we set the “Barr” for the Trump presidency? I have come to accept the fact that many Americans are surrendering their values to support a man whose policies do not always align or fall on the side of decency.This level of support for a president whose motives are driven by narcissism is pervasive. For example, a Florida voter stated that “Trump is a despicable human being, but I will vote from him.” However, the most disturbing illustration of this support is the performance of Attorney General William Barr. As Will Rogers said (for those that know who Will Rogers was), “All I know is what I read in the newspapers.”So about a year or so has gone by and no movement on a Holocaust memorial. At least no mention of it in The Gazette.We have people rallying for a thousand workers of St. Clare’s. We have Gazette writers extolling the virtues of eliminating plastic straws. However, we have nothing about the 6 million-plus who died in the 1940s and the millions who have since been slaughtered. Even with last week’s killing of Christians in Sri Lanka, there’s no movement on a memorial. Come on Niskayuna. Come on Schenectady. Make a mark. Show the state that this is an important issue and get it done. As was stated in the movie “Field of Dreams,” if you build it, they will come.Bob NicolellaScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWaiting for action on Holocaust memorial Mueller witch hunt a waste of time, moneyThe Mueller report is out at last.  Replace songs with sound of sleigh bellsEaster has past and spring is sprung. One of the rituals of the warming season is the roving ice cream truck.Do they really need to continuously play irritating ditties that can drive people within hearing range to exasperation?center_img Well, after a couple years of serious political theater, the report is out. Of course, the Democrats want more. I knew that was going to happen, they have to have some nonsense to impress their less than astute followers. How much has this partisan nonsense cost the taxpayers and what has it done?The usual people are bloviating about it wholesale.Talk about a witch hunt or Kangaroo court. For what it’s worth, I think the Democratic National Committee (DNC) owes us the cost of all this waste of time and money and move on to something the taxpayers of this country want and not all the leftist, commie, progressive things they seem to be so proud of.Oh, I cannot forget the other half of this debacle, that is the so-called “fair and balanced media” that really is the rabble-rousing publicity-raising arm of the DNC.If the “fair and balanced media” had spent one-tenth of the time and money spent in persecuting Trump and done its job, we never would have been stuck with Obama; he never would have gotten the nomination.Same for the goddess of the media, Hillary. She would be in jail for all she has done. Benghazi, her so-called foundation, the nonsense of missing Haiti money, violating secrecy of important items, are just a few things.David G. DeMarcoHadleyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m horrified that Barr, who was appointed by Trump as the 85th United States attorney general, has morphed into his personal attorney. We all know that he publicly auditioned for the job of attorney general by telling Donald Trump what he wanted to hear. This occurred in Barr’s 2017 op-ed defending Trump’s decision on the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Again, in 2018, Barr wrote another defense of the president stating that, “The chief executive is lawfully empowered to interfere with investigations and fire inferiors.” Possibly as a private citizen, Barr’s intense support of Trump occurred with the promise of a role in the administration. Were his memos totally unsolicited or was there a sinister plot to hire Barr with the goal of protecting Trump? Regardless of the circumstances that brought Barr to the role of the attorney general, he has forever tainted and dishonored the office of United States attorney general.  Maxine BrisportRotterdam As a youngster in New York City, the ice cream man had a simple set of sleigh bells activated by pulling a cord. Everyone within hearing knew what those sleigh bells meant and where the truck was parked. The bells even conjured up the cooling image of a cold cone or Popsicle, all without assaulting our ears with an ear worm that infests our minds for hours to come.Surely, the Mister Ding-a-Ling trucks and the like could install a sleigh bell sound in place of interminable repetitions of “It’s a Small World.” Sitting outdoors would be so much more pleasant.Thomas P. HerrmannCharltonlast_img read more

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Eid Mubarak! Celebrating Islam’s Traditions at the Governor’s Residence

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 16, 2016 Governor’s Residence,  The Blog Muslims around the world yesterday marked the end of the Eid Al-Adha holiday or the “Feast of Sacrifice.” Considered Islam’s most sacred holiday, Eid al-Adha takes place each year on the 10th and final day of the Hajj, the celebration of the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, in the 12th month of the Islamic lunar calendar.As the sole Muslim member of the current Pennsylvania General Assembly, this year’s holiday was particularly special to me as I was honored to join Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf for the first-ever celebration of the Eid holiday at the Pennsylvania Governor’s Residence. We gathered with nearly two dozen members of the Muslim community across the Commonwealth to break bread together and discuss issues impacting Muslims in Pennsylvania and across the country. Honoring an ancient Eid tradition, the food that was shared during our gathering was divided into three parts – one third we consumed together, one third was shared with friends and family, and one third was given to those in need at Downtown Daily Bread in Harrisburg.Governor Wolf has long been a friend to the Muslim community in Pennsylvania and I know that his invitation to bring this tradition to the Governor’s Residence was inspired by his genuine desire to build partnerships and to be inclusive of all residents of the Commonwealth. It is my hope that we will all follow the Governor’s lead to welcome and learn from Pennsylvanians of all background and traditions.Eid Mubarak to all those celebrating this week! By: Jason Dawkins, State Representative Eid Mubarak! Celebrating Islam’s Traditions at the Governor’s Residence Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

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Vinalines to Go Public in Mid-2018

first_imgVietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO) in mid-2018, Nguyen Canh Tinh, General Director of the company, said at a conference in Hanoi on January 23. According to the equitization plan, Vinalines will implement the IPO and operate as a joint stock company.As informed, the country’s government will take 65 percent of USD 630 million charter capital and investors will be able to buy the remaining 35 percent.Following the IPO, there will be some changes to the company’s organization and management. Vinalines intends to expand access to capital markets, improve capacity and business efficiency.The company was under the threat of bankruptcy five years ago and it underwent a restructuring process which has helped it recover, Nguyen Van, Minister of Transport, explained.The company’s total revenue for 2017 was estimated at VND 15.9 trillion (around USD 698 million), up by almost 15 percent over its annual target. In addition, Vinalines’ consolidated profit for the last five years stood at VND 515 billion.Furthermore, Vinalines’ shipping volumes reached 24.758 million tons in 2017, up by 7 percent compared with the annual target.Vinalines is a state-owned business which currently operates a fleet of containerships, bulkers, tankers and other types of vessels. The company’s fleet currently accounts for 70% of the fleet capacity in Vietnam and carries 60% of the country’s import and export goods.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Chief Steps Down After December Arrest

first_img(Image: Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office)The Aurora Police Chief announced his resignation following his arrest last month. He will officially step down on Friday.Bryan Fields, 42, was arrested after a domestic dispute inside of his home on Dec. 15. Police say he and his wife Holly, 42, were in a physical confrontation when they arrived. She was later transported to the Dearborn County Hospital.The Aurora Board of Works voted to suspend him without pay days after the incident occurred.“It has been a privilege to serve the city of Aurora for the past 16 years, and my decision to resign was not made lightly,” the former police chief wrote in his resignation letter.He has been charged with one count of domestic battery and two counts of battery resulting in bodily injury, all class A misdemeanors.Ripley County Prosecutor Richard Hertel has been specially assigned to handle the case. A pre-trial conference is Jan. 30 with a trial set to begin in early March.last_img read more

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Free Agency

first_imgWhat is expected to be a wild off-season in baseball has already begun. Two of the early deals show how some of the teams are thinking.  The Phillies got Howie Kendrick from the Dodgers for Darin Ruf. The Dodgers were willing to give up Kendrick because of his age.Just to prove that the older players still have value, the Atlanta Braves shelled out 12.5 million to get Bartolo Colon from the Mets.  What is so unbelievable about this is that Colon is 43 years old.  If a 43-year old is worth 12.5 million, what do you think Chapman will get as a free agent of the Cubs?last_img read more

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Moores Hill man faces child molesting charges in Dearborn County

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — A Moores Hill man faces seven counts of child molesting in Dearborn County and is being held.Judge Sally McLaughlin ordered Adam Potraffke, 52, held in lieu of a $100,000 surety and $25,000 cash bond because of his risk to community safety, risk o failure to appear and his occupation as an over-the-road truck driver.The investigation began in September when detectives called Potraffke to ask for a meeting about allegations he molested a child on several occasions between 2007 and 2012 when the victim was under the age of 14, court documents say. Potraffke told police he would contact them when he returned home from his truck driving job, a call he never made.Officials filed charges on November 16 and had Potraffke in custody by November 29. A pretrial hearing has been set for January 30, 2018.last_img read more

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Last day to order BHS Senior yard sign

first_imgBatesville, IN—Friday is the last day to order a yard sign to support Batesville High School Seniors.   Batesville Community Education Foundation partnered with Rowland Graphics LLC and Bird in a Tree Boutique to offer two different yard sign designs so you can wish our grads good luck.The signs are $25 each. They will be available for pick-up at Batesville High School sometime in late April, using social distancing measures. Those placing orders will be contacted about how to pick up.To order your sign, click here.  Once you have logged in, find the sign you’d like to order, select “Local Pick-up”, and pay.last_img read more

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Nadal battles past Berrettini to reach US Open final

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Thiem, Zverev into US Open final Rafa Nadal moved to the brink of a 19th career Grand Slam title on Friday by beating Matteo Berrettini 7-6(6) 6-4 6-1 to reach the US Open final. Nadal put pressure on the underdog Italian’s serve from the start but Berrettini saved six break points to set up a first set tie breaker. Berrettini raced out to a 4-0 lead thanks to some uncharacteristically sloppy play from the Spaniard and the 23-year-old had two set points at 4-6. But Berrettini suddenly got tight and Nadal took advantage, wearing him down in the extended baseline rallies and capturing the set when the Italian sent a forehand long for his 20th unforced error, leading Nadal to let out a roar. Nadal broke Berrettini on his 10th opportunity to take a 4-3 lead in the second set and cruised to the finish, absorbing Berrettini’s powerful forehands and redirecting them to his weaker backhand side to see off the first time slam semi-finalist. “The first set was a little bit frustrating because I had a lot of break points and you don’t want to be in a tiebreak against a player like Matteo,” Nadal said. “I survived that moment and finally I had the break … I think I started to play with more calm and was more aggressive. “I just tried to stay focused on the next point.” Nadal tipped his hat to the 24th seeded Berrettini who came through several epic battles to reach the semis in New York. “He’s young and he has everything. He’s already one of the best players in the world,” he said. Next up for Nadal is a showdown with big-serving Russian Medvedev, who was a straight sets winner over Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day. The pair’s only previous meeting took place in the final of last month’s Rogers Cup in Montreal where Nadal was a 6-3 6-0 winner. “He’s one of the more solid players on tour,” Nadal said of the 23-year-old, who will be appearing in his fourth consecutive final and first at a Grand Slam. “He’s taking steps forward every single week, having an amazing summer. I need to be playing at my best. “As always in a Grand Slam final you can’t expect an easy opponent.” Victory in Sunday’s final would leave Nadal just one Grand Slam shy of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20. Reuters/NAN.Tags: BerrettiniGrand SlamRafael NadalUS Open finallast_img read more

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Ex-IAAF boss bags two-year jail term

first_imgFormer track federation president, Lamine Diack, has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption during his nearly 16-year tenure at the IAAF, most notably a scheme that allowed Russian athletes who paid millions in hush money to keep competing when they should have been suspended for doping.The guilty verdict in a Paris court represented a spectacular fall from grace for the 87-year-old Diack, who was the powerful head of the IAAF from 1999-2015 and mixed with world leaders and was influential in the world of Olympic sports. The court also sentenced Diack to another two years of suspended jail time and fined him €500,000 ($590,000).His lawyers said they will appeal, keeping Diack out of jail for now.Diack did not comment as he walked out of court.One of Diack’s lawyers, Simon Ndiaye, called the verdict “unjust and inhuman” and said the court made his client a “scapegoat.”Diack was found guilty of multiple corruption charges and of breach of trust, but acquitted of a money laundering charge. Among those in court, and thrilled by the verdict, was French marathon runner, Christelle Daunay.She competed against one of the Russian athletes, runner Liliya Shobukhova, who later testified to investigators about illicit payments to hush up doping.Beaten by Shobukhova at the 2011 Chicago Marathon, Daunay was a civil party to the case.Speaking after the court awarded her damages totaling €45,000 ($53,000), Daunay described the verdict as a victory for all athletes who were robbed of prizes and results by having to race against competitors who should have sanctioned, but instead paid to benefit from the doping cover-up.“Behind my mask, you can’t see it, but I’m smiling,” she said. “I’m pleased, too, for all the athletes. We have to keep up the fight against doping.” At the trial in June, prosecutors requested a four-year jail term and a fine of €500,000 ($590,000) for Diack, who oversaw an era when Usain Bolt made track and field wildly popular, but whose legacy was trashed after his arrest in France in 2015, and the subsequent revelations of widespread malfeasance.Diack, wearing a white robe, sat impassive in front of the chief judge as she read out the guilty verdict and sentence.The judge, Rose-Marie Hunault, detailed his role in the payoff scheme, dubbed: “Full protection,” that squeezed Russian athletes suspected of doping of about 3.2 million euros ($3.74 million) in hush money.“The money was paid in exchange for a program of ‘full protection,’” she said, adding the scheme allowed athletes who should have been suspended “purely and simply to escape sanctions.”RelatedPosts Ex-IAAF boss, Diack faces four-year jail term Ex-IAAF boss Diack admits to delaying doping cases Ex-IAAF boss Diack’s trial to start June 8 “You violated the rules of the game,” the judge said.Tags: IAAFLamine Diacklast_img read more

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Tuohy expects tough Wales clash

first_img The Ulster second row believes there will be “bigger steps” than Scotland, whom Ireland swatted aside 28-6 in Dublin on Sunday. Tuohy admitted Ireland must heed the cautionary tale of last season’s abortive Six Nations, and has warned his team-mates to fight off another false dawn. “Wales are going for the hat-trick, they’ve got Lions all over the park, so it will be notched up another level. “It’s important for us to match that physicality and intensity, and then try to go beyond it.” Tuohy slotted in for captain Paul O’Connell at the last minute on Sunday, the Munster talisman laid low by a chest infection on Saturday night. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt is confident O’Connell will be fit for Wales’ visit to Dublin. In-form Tuohy has helped Ulster register their first 100 per cent record in a Heineken Cup pool stage this season. With Leinster and Munster’s decorated European past to boot, Tuohy admitted Ireland have shared fans’ frustration in the ability to transfer club success to the international arena. Wales duty tends to bring the best out of their top stars, and Tuohy challenged Ireland to follow their lead. “I still think there are bigger steps to come (than Scotland),” he said. “I think it’s always been frustrating from a fan’s point of view that the provincial sides are doing so well but then we’ve struggled to get consistency with Ireland. “People were wondering why if it goes so well with the provinces why can’t they do it for Ireland. “That’s something we’re extremely mindful of, and to be a consistent team is tough, but the more time you spend together you get to know each other a little bit better.” Tuohy is wary of the threat posed by Warren Gatland’s Wales team, adding: “As soon as they put that red jersey on they turn into a different beast. They really do lift the intensity when they’re playing for Wales. “They are lit up with Lions, coming off a great tour, they’ll be high on confidence. “But it’s important for us to stick to what we know, and what we know works for us.” Press Association A Wales side brimming with Lions talent will be Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations acid test, according to lock Dan Tuohy. Ireland triumphed 30-22 in Wales in their opening Six Nations clash last season, only to slump to four consecutive defeats. That capitulation cost Declan Kidney his job, and Tuohy admits Ireland must steel themselves to double their championship win tally at the first opportunity this weekend. “That would set us up nicely for the triple crown away to England!” Tuohy joked. “But Wales at home, England away, France away, we saw France-England and it was unbelievable. “There are a few tough ones coming up but we feel these are teams we can mix with, so we’re looking forward to it. “Wales will be a different kettle of fish, they’ve had a bit of a ‘feeler’ game against Italy. “We won the first game last year and we all know how that ended up, so it’s important for us to back up the first week, become a consistent international team, that’s what we’ve talked about. “The six-day turnaround isn’t ideal but we just have to get on with it and roll our sleeves up. last_img read more

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