Entertainers lack diversity of opinions

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion After hearing the latest torrent of political opinion proffered by so-called “entertainers” from various social and ethnic backgrounds at the Oscars, a thought comes to mind: “Where there is no diversity of thought, there is no diversity.”Or as someone else once put it: “Where everyone thinks alike, no one thinks at all.”MICHAEL NARDACCIAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

UK ‘reaching’ virus peak as death toll approaches 13,000

first_img‘People need hope’ Earlier in the day, Keir Starmer, the new leader of the opposition Labor Party, said it would support any government decision to extend the social distancing orders. However, Starmer, who was elected Labor leader earlier this month, called on ministers to explain within a week their plan for easing restrictions, both to reassure the public and to give lawmakers time scrutinize it properly.”People need hope, they need to know there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” Starmer told BBC radio.In a letter to the government, he also warned: “We cannot repeat mistakes that have already been made on testing and access to protective equipment.”Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government has been criticized for not introducing the lockdown earlier, and for failing to properly prepare for the outbreak.Medical staff and care homes still complain of a lack of protective equipment, while testing for coronavirus remains limited.The government has promised 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month, but Starmer noted it was only at about 15,000 a day now.”If [mass] testing is part of the answer, then we now know that plans need to be in place to ramp up testing,” he said.Starmer formally set out his request in a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputizing for Johnson while the prime minister recovers from his own bout of coronavirus.”This lockdown is not affecting people equally. In fact, it has exacerbated existing inequalities in our country,” Starmer wrote.”A family living in an overcrowded flat will have particular challenges. And it is hard to imagine the daily horror of someone trapped in a home with his or her abuser.”He asked Raab to set out clearly what criteria the government will use to inform the decision on how to ease the lockdown, and which economic sectors might be first to benefit.However, a government source said it was too soon, saying: “Talk of an exit strategy before we have reached the peak risks confusing the critical message that people need to stay at home.” England’s chief medical officer said on Wednesday he believed the UK coronavirus death toll, which now stands at almost 13,000, was approaching its peak but warned of grim figures to follow in the next 24 hours.”On the issue of the peak, our view is that it is probably reaching the peak overall and that is what the flattening shows,” Professor Chris Whitty said at a daily government crisis news briefing when asked about the number of people losing their life.But any optimism was tinged with the prospect that high fatality numbers “will continue”, Whitty said, confirming Britain as one of the worst affected countries by the global pandemic. Whitty’s comments came ahead of a government decision, expected on Thursday, to extend the lockdown and renew a stay-at-home order imposed three weeks ago to stem the spread of COVID-19.The government has come under increasing pressure in recent days over the death toll as charities and others said it did not reveal the true scale of the number of fatalities in British care homes.Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Wednesday, at the same briefing, that people with relatives in care homes would be given the “right to say goodbye” if they were gravely ill with the virus.center_img “I think it’s important, and I am saying this because new data will come out presumably tomorrow. My expectation would be that the number of deaths may well go up.”Figures announced by the health ministry earlier Wednesday showed that 12,868 people in hospital have died from the coronavirus, a rise of 761 on the previous day. That was slightly down from the 778 fatalities recorded on Tuesday but noticeably lower than a high of 980 deaths declared last Friday.The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK has now reached 98,476. Topics :last_img read more

Dollar heads for weekly gain as pandemic recovery stalls

first_imgThe kiwi fell by 1 percent on Thursday to $0.6577 and both Antipodeans sat just above their troughs on Friday. The Norwegian krone is nursing a 2.4 percent loss this week.The euro fell 0.3 percent against the dollar overnight and has lost about 1 percent for the week so far as worries gather. The US dollar has gained 0.8 percent against a basket of currencies so far this week, its largest weekly rise since late September.Dollar demand pushed even the safe-haven yen lower on Thursday, though the Japanese currency is up 0.2 percent for the week. The yen was last steady at 105.38 per dollar.The lockdown worries driving the selloff come as hopes for US stimulus before the Nov. 3 election fade and as data shows cracks emerging in the recovery.Weekly US jobless claims rose by more than expected and hit a two-month high last week, increasing concerns the pandemic is causing lasting damage to the labor market. Some 25 million Americans are on jobless benefits.“The data is consistent with the idea that the spread of COVID-19 and removal of fiscal stimulus have seen a stalling of the economic recovery,” said NAB FX strategist Rodrigo Catril.Stimulus plans, meanwhile, are bogged down in a three-way negotiation between the White House, Senate Republicans and House Democrats.President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he was willing to raise his offer of $1.8 trillion for a COVID-19 relief deal, but the idea was nixed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.Sterling was also heavily sold overnight, dropping more than 0.8 percent to $1.2891 on concerns about the obstacles keeping the European Union and Britain from reaching a Brexit trade deal. Sterling was last at $1.2902.The European Union has put the onus on Britain to compromise on their new economic partnership or stand ready for trade disruptions in less than 80 days.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will respond and set out his approach to the talks on Friday.Topics : The dollar was headed for its best week of the month on Friday, as surging coronavirus cases and stalled progress toward United States stimulus had nervous investors seeking safe assets.As fresh curbs to combat COVID-19 were introduced in Europe and Britain, the world’s reserve currency surged to a two-week high of 93.910 against a basket of currencies. It held just below that peak in Asian morning trade.London enters a tighter COVID-19 lockdown from midnight, which with a curfew in Paris leaves two of Europe’s largest cities living under state-imposed restrictions. The US Midwest is also battling record surges in new cases as temperatures get colder, prompting authorities to set up a field hospital in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in case of an overflow of patients from hospital wards.“Markets fear a slowdown in activity as new virus cases rise,” ANZ bank analysts Susan Kilsby and David Croy said in a note.“The deterioration is evident everywhere across Europe, which is a major blow to the recovery’s momentum and reinforces deflationary risks.”Risk sensitive currencies were hit hardest, with the Australian dollar dropping almost 1 percent on Thursday to a more than two week low of US$0.7057. It has lost 2 percent for the week, weighed also by a dovish central bank speech.last_img read more

USCG Grants BWTS Type Approval to Ecochlor

first_imgThe United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued the USCG Type Approval Certificate to Ecochlor, a Boston-based manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).The fifth USCG certificate was issued after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). The company says the technology is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature.“The Ecochlor BWTS works just as effectively as it did when first installed in a ship in 2004 without any fundamental changes. Since that first system was sold, the Ecochlor System has undergone extensive testing and received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval (2011), US Coast Guard (USCG) Alternative Management System (AMS) Acceptance (2013), and numerous classification society approvals including Lloyd’s Register, American Bureau of Shipping, Class NK, Bureau Veritas, and RMRS,” Tom Perlich, President and Founder of Ecochlor, said.“USCG Type Approval, Ecochlor’s final benchmark, validates all the hard work we expended to ensure there is a reliable, efficient, cost-effective treatment system available to shipowners,” Perlich added.The Ecochlor System provides shipowners with several features. One of these is low power consumption. Typical power requirements for the Ecochlor System treating a flow rate of 8,000 m3/hr is 12 kWh, with maximum requirements reaching as high as 35 kWh.“Not only does the Ecochlor BWTS have low power consumption, it is highly effective in all types of waters,” Steve Candito, Ecochlor’s CEO, explained. The system was engineered with many safety and redundancy features, such as pressurized double wall storage tanks, flow controls and a vacuum mixing chamber where the chlorine dioxide is generated on-demand.Another feature of the Ecochlor System is a small footprint, which makes it space efficient, even for larger capacity systems. The BWTS offers a modular approach providing further flexibility in tight spaces. Only a single treatment system is required, with up to three chemical injection points connected to the vessel’s ballast lines, according to Ecochlor.The approval covers fourteen models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 500 m3/h and 16,200 m3/h.Apart from Ecochlor, Optimarin, OceanSaver AS, Alfa Laval and Sunrui received USCG certificates so far.last_img read more

National would legalise cannabis if public voted in favour – Bridges

first_imgRadio NZ News 31 July 2018Family First Comment: National has changed their policy on referendums – apparently!“Oh I think we’ve got to, I mean we’ve got to go with what the people want and what a referendum tells us.”Remember 2009…. 87%…. anti-smacking…….??If the public votes in favour of legalising cannabis in a referendum, a National-led government would change the law accordingly, National Party leader Simon Bridges says.A referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis is part of the confidence and supply agreement between the Greens and Labour parties.Under the deal, the referendum will be held at or before the 2020 general election.Justice Minister Andrew Little said the government would decide in the next couple of months whether the upcoming referendum would be binding.“One of the decisions the government is going to make is whether the it’s a binding referendum … in order for a binding referendum to take place there has to be a reasonable degree of specificity and certainty about what would follow a ‘yes’ vote.”Mr Bridges said National would enact a law change if that was what New Zealanders wanted.READ MORE: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/363049/national-would-legalise-cannabis-if-public-voted-in-favour-bridgeslast_img read more

‘Free Philharmonic concert to highlight Aklan town’s anniversary’

first_imgThe 80-man Philippine PhilharmonicOrchestra is widely recognized as one of the top ensembles in the Asia PacificRegion and its outreach program aims to promote music appreciation to allFilipinos especially those in the underserved communities not only in MetroManila, but also to other regions in the country.(With PIA/PN) The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra is widely recognized as one of the top ensembles in the Asia Pacific Region. Recently, Vice Gov. Reynaldo Quimpo announced that the group will perform a free concert on the highlights of Balete town’s centennial anniversary. CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES “This event will be made possiblethrough the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Deputy Speaker LorenLegarda, representative of the province of Antique,” Quimpo said. Balate town, which name came from anenchanted tree and located on the eastern district of Aklan province, willhighlight its centennial anniversary set on Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.  The mentoring workshop will be done atthe Infant Jesus Academy school here on Nov. 30, he added.center_img “Aside from performing a free concertdubbed as ‘An Enchanting Evening in Balete’ on Dec. 1, the group will alsostage free mentoring program for interested local ensembles and musicalenthusiasts in the province,” Quimpo said.        KALIBO, Aklan – The PhilippinePhilharmonic Orchestra will perform on the highlights of Balete town’scentennial anniversary, Vice Gov. Reynaldo Quimpo said.     He added admission to the concert isfree on a first come, first served basis due to limited seats at the Teodoro F.Calizo Sr. Memorial Civic Center of Balete.          last_img read more

Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ resumes tonight in Linden

first_imgComplete May 3rd-Silver City Hard-CourtWisroc vs Presidential – 19:30hrsBarsenal vs High Rollers – 20:00hrsCoomacka vs Quiet Storm – 20:30hrsSilver Bullets vs Retrieve Unknown – 21:00hrsAmelia’s Ward Russians vs Haynes Hitters – 21:30hrsSwag Entertainment vs Dave and Celina – 22:00hrsFixtures – May 5 – Mackenzie tarmacQuiet Storm vs Haynes Hitters – 19:30hrsCapital Storm vs Assassa Ballers – 20:00hrsNK Ballers vs Amazings – 20:30hrsWisroc vs Dave and Celina – 21:00hrsSwag Entertainment vs Presidential – 21:30hrsSilver Bullets vs High Rollers – 22:00hrs ALL roads will lead to the Silver City Hard-Court tarmac tonight when the second group night commences in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Linden Championship.The event was rescheduled due to torrential rainfall on May 1.  According to the tournament coordinators, “The Wednesday match-day (May 1), rescheduled due to torrential rain, will now be staged on Sunday at the same venue (Mackenzie tarmac). It was disappointing that no matches were hosted but you can’t control the weather.“We have to be cognizant of the players’ safety which is paramount in the tournament. The fixtures remain the same so the teams are expected to arrive at the venue to compete.”The release further said, “We expect another thrilling night of action to captivate the fans who are expected to descend on the venue in droves.”The playing area was unplayable and the decision to switch the matches to another date was taken by the coordinators and sponsors.At 19:30hrs, Wisroc will oppose Presidential, with Barsenal engaging High Rollers at 20:00hrs and Coomacka battling Quiet Storm from 20:30hrs.The fourth match will pit defending champions Silver Bullets against Retrieve Unknowns from 21:00hrs, while Amelia’s Ward Russians oppose Haynes Hitters at 21:30hrs and Swag Entertainment take aim at Dave & Celina’s All-Stars from 22:00hrs.The tournament is being contested in an initial round-robin format, featuring four groups of four teams. Upon the conclusion of the group stage, the top two finishers will advance to the knockout round.Group-A comprises Assassa Ballers, Amazings, NK Ballers and Capital Storm, with Group-B comprising Amelia’s Ward Russians, Quiet Storm, Coomacka-B and Haynes Hitters.On the other hand, Group-C consists of Silver Bullets, High Rollers, Retrieve Unknown and Barsenal, whilst Swag Entertainment, Dave & Celina’s All-Stars, Presidential and Wisroc make up Group-D.The other playing dates are May 5, 10, 17 with the grand finale set for the 24th. Below are the fixtures for May 1 and May 3 matches.last_img read more

200 Golfers Jostle for 2017 CBN Governor’s Cup

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe 11th CBN Governor’s Golf Tournament will tee off on Saturday, November 25, at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja with a field of 200 golfers.The tournament has become embedded in the calendar of IBB, since the maiden edition in 2006, when Oludare Bello was the captain. IBB Club current captain, Sunday Ameh (SAN) on Wednesday lauded CBN for always keeping to its promise of hosting the year ending tournament.The field will tee off in two groups in the morning and afternoon via the shotgun format.The best nett over 18 holes stroke play shall be deemed the overall winner of the tournament irrespective of the category of play.The tournament is limited to IBB Club members and CBN guests within Handicap 0-24 for men and Ladies, Handicap 21-30. There will also be veterans, who will play with their full handicap, CBN staff category and retired staff.The gentlemen are also categorised into three divisions; 0-12 (Division 1) 13-18 (Division 2) and 19-24 (Division 3).Aside from from trophies to be won in various categories, there will be auxiliary prizes for nearest to the pin for men, women and CBN staff and longest drive for men, women and CBN staff.CBN Ag. Director Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, said the yearly tournament will engender a spirit of friendship among competing golfers, while encouraging partnership and networking.“The beautiful game of golf is a comprehensive exercise that promotes the physiological, mental and emotional well-being of players. It significantly helps reduce stress,” Okorafor said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

How Will Rayman became the center of Colgate’s success

first_img Published on November 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Everyone in the gym knew the ball was going to Will Rayman.It wasn’t a play call Millbrook coach William Thom had to think about — he had Rayman, the New England Preparatory Athletic Player of the Year. Down three in a playoff game against the top-seeded Canterbury (CT) High School, Thom called a play to get Rayman a 3-pointer in the far-left corner.Right behind a wide-open Rayman, the student section watched the ball go in and out, taking Millbrook’s season with it.Back in the locker room, Rayman told his team how proud he was of them. He told them what the season meant to him, and how he appreciated playing alongside them. But he didn’t apologize. In that situation, most players would have “wallowed” and told their team that they should have made the shot, but Rayman showed maturity in the way he handled himself, Thom said.“I worked so hard to make those shots in games, and even now, I work so hard, and sometimes, they’re not going to go in,” Rayman said. “If it doesn’t, then it just doesn’t.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRayman has taken this maturity and mentality to Colgate (1-1), where the senior is now a second-year captain. Last season, Colgate won the Patriot League and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 23 years. Rayman was at the center of the team’s success, said head coach Matt Langel. Averaging 13.1 points per game, shooting 42.9% from behind the arc and averaging the most minutes on Colgate last season, Rayman helped lead the Raiders to a 24-11 season, their best record in 75 years.“I credit a lot of people, but I can’t say that there’s anyone more important to the growth of our culture and progress of our program than (Rayman),” Langel said. “He’s a coach’s dream.”Colgate AthleticsAgainst No. 2 seeded Tennessee in the 2019 Tournament, Rayman scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, keeping Colgate close in its 77-70 loss. For Thom, Rayman’s performance was telling of how intelligent he could be on the court; he didn’t change his game or play outside his capabilities. He played with “poise,” Thom said.Rayman was able to handle that spotlight because he carries a certain level of confidence, knowing that no one on the court has outworked him, Langel said.On days off when the team is told to go rest and stay away from the gym, Rayman would wait until late at night before heading to the gym. On multiple occasions, Langel has run into Rayman at the gym when he came into the office at night to finish up some work.“You literally have to kick him out of the gym,” Langel said. “He can’t go a day without feeling like he has to work on some part of his game.”Growing up in Manhattan, Rayman was on the smaller side, and he played mostly guard. Until his senior year of high school, Thom said Rayman was projected as a Division III perimeter player. Then, he grew from 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-8 in less than a year, changing his trajectory.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design EditorSince Rayman had a late growth spurt, he had already developed a perimeter-oriented skillset, but struggled to grow into his new frame at first.When Langel first recruited Rayman, he remembers a player who would always fall down on offense, defense or when going up for rebounds. Rayman lost some of his coordination and couldn’t dribble more than twice with his left hand, but through “relentless” work, he’s made a great deal of progress, Langel said.“When horses are first born, (they) can barely walk. It’s like a baby giraffe and its legs can hardly hold it up, and then after a couple years they were thoroughbreds and while they weren’t competing in the Kentucky Derby necessarily, they got to be big and strong and super impressive animals,” Langel said. “I think Will’s progress is kind of in that.”Part of that progress came from working with forward Rapolas Ivanauskas. Last year, the two had a trade-off — Rayman would teach Ivanauskas some aspects from his defensive game, and Ivanauskas helped Rayman with shooting, particularly with his left hand.When Ivanauskas transferred from Northwestern at the start of last season, there was uncertainty whether the two forwards would get along on the court. Rayman had to take a smaller role, Langel said. But Rayman recognized Ivanauskas’ potential, and Ivanauskas said he doesn’t know what would have happened had Rayman had a bigger ego.Langel describes Rayman as an all-around player, one whose versatility will allow him to play two or three different positions, if needed. He sacrifices a larger offensive role, Langel said, in favor of extra passes, rebounding and playing tough defense. He’s the glue holding this team together, Ivanauskas said.Karleigh Merritt-Henry | Digital Design Editor“He’s got it all,” Ivanauskas said, “He can shoot, he can post, he can take midranges, he can pass, he can dribble, he’s got a lot to his game. But I think the intangible for him is he loves playing defense, he’s really tough, and he will outwork you on the court.”Trailing 72-70 with 10 seconds left against Loyola Maryland on Feb. 16 last season, the ball came to Rayman for the 3-pointer in the left corner, just like five years prior. As he released the shot, he knew that whether the ball went in or not was no longer in his control — he only had confidence that he had put in the work at practice. That’s all he could do.This time, the ball swished through the net, and Colgate would go on to win 75-72.“I sometimes joke with him that ‘You can’t run through a wall, so don’t try,’” Langel said. “But he literally would try to run through a wall for his team to find a way to win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Further revision of fixture times for Mid Tipp Quarter Finals

first_imgThe clash between Upperchurch-Drombane and Loughmore Castleiney will now take place on SATURDAY evening in The Ragg with a throw in time of 7.30.. It follows the match between Holycross Ballycahill and Clonakenny which takes place at the same venue at 6 pm.Then on SUNDAY defending champions Thurles Sarsfields will take on Drom-Inch at the earlier time of 12 noon in Holycross and not Templetuohy.The revised fixtures which were originally changed to avoid a clash with the Republic of Ireland’s Euro 2016 match followed a meeting of the CCC yesterday as well as lengthy discussions with the clubs involved.last_img