Do more on local level to protect kids

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Feb. 28, 2018, you published a letter I wrote in which I suggested that debating gun control and the Second Amendment will not protect our children from someone intent on committing mass carnage within our schools. Here we are, only months later, mourning the death of more children. Why? Because we are unrealistic when we erroneously believe the state and/or the federal government are expediently functional enough protect our children. They can’t do so. Where does the responsibility then lie? With us, the parents of our precious children. Children that we send off to school every morning and pray that they come home safely at the end of the day. Responsibility is at the local school district level. We must strongly demand that more than just superficial protection be put in place. While ideological positions are being debated, our children have been and still are left unprotected. As stated on Feb. 28, it’s not if, but when, another tragedy will occur.Carl LaMalfaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

Locked-down Spain celebrates Holy Week with music and humor

first_img‘Really struggling’ Police have joined in on the act. In Seville, two municipal police cars drove slowly in front of a church, stopping at times before moving on just like Holy Week floats do, to the tune of religious music.With processions called off, many religious brotherhoods have focused on helping fight the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 14,500 lives in Spain, one of the highest tolls in the world.In the northern city of Valladolid, 20 brotherhoods donated 1,000 euros ($1,085) each to buy protective equipment and other urgently needed supplies for healthcare workers, said local association leader Isaias Martinez Iglesias.Pablo Alen of Seville’s Carreteria brotherhood said it would take a “relatively big” economic hit this year, because it will not collect any donations from participants during the traditional Good Friday parade.With less money coming in the brotherhood’s priority is to focus on its charity work such as a soup kitchen, so it will postpone planned restorations of its religious artworks, he added.”There are people who are asking for help, who are really struggling,” Alen noted. In the week leading to Easter Sunday, hundreds of colorful processions featuring penitents in cone-shaped hoods and centuries-old religious floats traditionally flood the streets of villages and cities across Spain.But with a nationwide lockdown in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, Spaniards are finding ways to mark Holy Week from their homes, by blasting religious music from their balconies or viewing videos of last year’s parades.In the western city of Salamanca, the association of religious brotherhoods that organizes processions is posting pictures on social media of religious icons that would normally be paraded through the streets at the hour that would have taken place. “And on our YouTube channel we are posting a video of the procession from last year,” association president Jose Adrian Cornejo told AFP.There is one part of the processions that can still go ahead — the singing of “saetas”, short, flamenco prayers sung from balconies which are especially popular in the southwestern region of Andalusia.Saetas are usually sung as effigies of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary are carried past, but this year they are being performed to empty streets.Type in “saetas of confinement” on YouTube and several events come up, including one by Alex Ortiz in Seville — which is not staging Easter processions for the first time since 1933 —  who sings of a “sad spring” without “drums or bugles” in the streets. Topics : Toilet paper roll icon Pablo Murillo, a Catholic father of four, said he was celebrating Holy Week with “more seclusion”.He was supposed to take part in a Palm Sunday procession but instead listened to the traditional “marchas” — special musical compositions featuring wind instruments and drums that accompany the floats — at home with his sons.”My oldest who is 12 puts the speakers in the bathroom, and takes a shower while listening to the Holy Week ‘marchas’,” Murillo said.He lives near Seville’s largest hospital and every night many neighbors blast “marchas” from their balconies after applauding healthcare workers at 8:00 pm, as people are doing across Europe.Some people have violated the lockdown rules to celebrate Easter, meanwhile. In Puerta de Segura, a small town of whitewashed houses in Andalusia, several people left their homes to imitate a procession, with one man carrying a drum and a woman wearing a blanket wrapped around her head like the veils depicted in the statue of the Virgin Mary, images on Spanish TV showed.In the nearby town of Porcuna nine women dressed in black and carrying candles walked through the streets, while in the northern city of Palencia two men dressed in a tunic and hood held a mock procession by carrying an “icon” made of toilet paper rolls.last_img read more

Trump tests positive for Covid, upending US election

first_img The news detonated a political bombshell a month before election day.The first immediate consequence was cancellation of a Trump campaign rally meant to take place in Florida later Friday.Badly behind in the polls against Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of Nov.3, Trump has been using large rallies – where most people go without masks – to try to change the subject from his much criticized response to the coronavirus pandemic.Just Thursday he said in a speech to a New York charity event: “The end of the pandemic is in sight and next year will be one of the greatest years in the history of our country.” Topics : But now the leader who has repeatedly cast doubt on the seriousness of the virus – despite more than 200,000 Americans already dying – has become the world’s highest profile patient, proving that all the resources of the White House could not prevent the risk.Biden, who has made criticism of the Republican’s coronavirus response his key issue, made no immediate statement about the president’s health after the news broke.Technically obese and in his 70s, Trump is in a higher-risk category for coronavirus patients.Trump’s official physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement that the president and his wife “are both well at this time.””They plan to remain home at the White House during their convalescence,” he said. However, “I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering.”Trump’s positive test was more than a PR disaster for a president who has staked everything on trying to persuade Americans that fears of the virus are overblown.There were concrete, instant impacts to his campaign strategy, particularly throwing into doubt the future of his signature rallies.The events, which Trump says prove his true political strength better than the dismal opinion polls, bring together thousands of people, often without masks and sometimes in contravention of local rules.All that is now on hold, at least for the immediate future, and with the clock ticking rapidly down on the election.In addition to canceling the Florida trip, it looked certain that Trump would have to abandon a trip scheduled for this weekend in Wisconsin, another battleground. He had also been expected to travel frequently next week, including longer distances to western states.A second televised debate with Biden is scheduled for Oct.15.The news came right after one of Trump’s closest advisors, Hope Hicks, was reported Thursday to have come down with the virus.Hicks, 31, traveled with Trump to Cleveland for his first debate with Biden on Tuesday. She was with him again for a campaign rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.With Hicks sharing Trump’s Air Force One plane and the even more cramped confines of the Marine One helicopter, speculation immediately erupted that Trump and possibly many others in his close entourage were exposed.Despite Hicks’ diagnosis, Trump took another Air Force One trip on Thursday to meet with donors in New Jersey.It was only late Thursday that Trump confirmed media reports about Hicks while giving an interview to Fox News. He announced that he had been tested but did not say whether he had received the results.”You know I spend a lot of time with Hope, and so does the first lady,” Trump said.Hicks is the most senior White House aide announced to have contracted Covid-19.center_img President Donald Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, upending the already tense US election, but was described by his doctor on Friday as feeling “well” and able to perform his duties while quarantining.Trump, 74, first announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump, 50, had tested positive.”We will get through this TOGETHER!” he wrote.last_img read more

These iconic female athletes are ready to ‘fight for the future of girls in sport’

first_img‘It’s about loving what you do and really finding joy in it’ (Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)‘You don’t even have to become anything with it, it’s not always about that. It’s about loving what you do and really finding joy in it. And if you have that – you can’t really ask for anything more.Bianca thinks it’s crucial to invest in sport at a grassroots level. She says sport, first and foremost needs to be about enrichment and enjoyment – every success story starts with that.‘Most things are built from a good foundation,’ she explains. ‘And I think it is the grassroots involvement that does help more people to get involved and grow people’s love for sport.’MORE: Anthony Joshua tells Deontay Wilder to get in touch if he’s serious about unification fightMORE: Arsenal board not interested in hiring Carlo Ancelotti as head coach ‘If I said I wanted to be a professional climber – people would just laugh at me’ (Picture: Toru Hanai/Getty Images)‘The more sports we can talk about in the mainstream, and the more different sporting stories we can show to the world, hopefully more people will find something that they’re passionate about, that they love. And they will realise there is a pathway and it is possible.’Bianca Walkden won bronze at the 2016 Olympics and is a is a triple World champion – but she says she still faced prejudice and disapproval at the start of her career because Taekwondo was perceived to be a ‘male sport’.‘At the end of the day, I’m beating people up and fighting. It’s definitely seen as a more “masculine” thing to do – and I think it’s that kind of perception that can put women off,’ Bianca tells Metro.co.uk.Advertisement‘Getting into sport and making it your profession is a hard thing to – especially in a male dominated sport like mine. But if we can help young girls to find what they love in it – that’s the best place to start. These iconic female athletes are ready to ‘fight for the future of girls in sport’ The icons came together at the adidas Future of Sport event in London (Picture: adidas Future of Sport)Women’s sport has continued to skyrocket in popularity over the last decade – and public enthusiasm is showing no signs of dwindling.This summer we saw record viewing figures for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, sell-out crowds at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, and our home-grown female athletes have got used to standing on podiums – Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson are both in the running for BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.These women have the momentum; they have more media coverage, more hours on TV, more household names in their respective sports than ever before. But there is still work to be done.AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the positive steps forward, there is pervasive gender inequality in the world of sport around the globe. Equal pay is a battle being fought on every sporting frontier, and female athletes are still pushing for better marketing, corporate investment and sponsorship deals.ADVERTISEMENTJessica Ennis-Hill was the golden girl of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and she stepped into the limelight when women’s sport was just beginning to permeate mainstream consciousness.The adidas ambassador says it’s vital the conversation moves on from vague ideas about legacy. and focuses on the next generation. Jessica thinks the future of women’s sport lies with young girls – and the importance of making sport a realistic option for them.‘Lots of young girls want to get involved in sport, but then they get to an age – when they’re teenagers – and there are so many different variables and things that happen in their lives that can change their priorities,’ Jessica tells Metro.co.uk.‘It’s about connecting with girls at that time in their lives, and really gripping them and getting them hooked in such a fantastic way that they can see a future within sport. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img ‘I want to fight for those little girls’ (Picture: Kate McShane/Getty Images)‘The main focus we have right now is to push on and make the situation better for the girls, so they’re actually able to focus on their sports – that’s what all the little girls want.‘When I play, I see girls in the crowd wearing little T-shirts with “Miedema” on the back and that really does something to me. I want to fight for those little girls, I want to fight for their future. I want them to have a better situation than what we have right now.’Vivianne says she’s still has to wrap her head around the crowds, the noise, the fans – every time she steps on to the pitch.‘I’m not used to it myself yet,’ she says. ‘We go and play in a stadium and we look out and there are 10,000 people standing there wearing shirts with our names on the back. That is something so special.‘It just makes you want to like want to fight for your sport so much. Especially for the young girls coming through. I want to be able to make sport as good as possible for them.’AdvertisementShauna Coxsey is Britain’s most successful climber. She won the IFSC Bouldering World Cup in 2016 and 2017.‘My sport, it used to be so male dominated, especially when I started over 20 years ago, which is kind of scary,’ says Shauna.‘When I started out in climbing, If I said I wanted to be a professional climber – people would just laugh at me. It just wasn’t a thing.‘No one before me has ever been a professional competitive climber. So to be able to sit here now and talk about that, and realise that dream, it is such an honor.’Shauna’s journey wasn’t easy. To be a pioneering figure in a sport that has historically had such little female involvement – that was never going to be a smooth road. But she wants to give the next generation of female climbers a foothold. Comment Natalie MorrisThursday 12 Dec 2019 12:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link ‘Young girls can be inspired by what other women in sport have achieved’ (Picture: Olivier Morin/AFP via Getty Images)‘Not even just seeing it as a hobby, they have to be able to see a clear pathway to being successful and making it a career.’We’re meeting at the launch of the new flagship adidas store on Oxford Street. Decked out head-to-toe in branded gear, the former athletics star tells us that the support and funding from big brands has been a crucial factor in her success.She’s flanked by an intimidatingly impressive bunch of co-ambassadors; Taekwondo star Bianca Walkden, climber Shauna Coxsey and Arsenal footballer Vivianne Miedema.‘Young girls can be inspired by what other women in sport have achieved – what the women sitting here with me have achieved,’ says Jessica.‘It goes back to the storytelling. People like us telling the story of where we started and the real journey of what it took to get us to where we are today.’Vivianne agrees. The Dutch national footballer says she can’t believe how far the women’s game has come since she started out.‘When I started playing football, I was like the tomboy – I was very much one of the boys,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But now, we have this platform where you can really be part of the women’s sports movement. We’re lucky with football, it’s massive around the world. We’ve got men’s football and everyone knows what the sport is, but we obviously have still had to build up the national women’s team to the level it’s at now.’Vivianne explains that many of her teammates are in 40-hour-a-week jobs – working nine-five before training every single evening. She wants being an athlete to be less gruelling for the next generation.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment

first_imgMikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta by questioning clubs that hire managers with ‘zero defeats’ rather than those with proven pedigree.Arteta, 37, beat off a host of significantly more experienced candidates to land his dream job and the 37-year-old spoke with immense pride during an impressive opening press conference on Friday afternoon.Carlo Ancelotti was heavily linked with Arsenal after being sacked by Napoli but was ultimately overlooked for the position. The 60-year-old Italian and is now being tipped to take over the reins at Everton.Mourinho’s great rival, Pep Guardiola, has backed Arteta to do an ‘excellent job’ after watching his compatriot develop as his assistant at Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta left City to take over the reins at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes to be able to create the kind of ‘winning mentality’ that Guardiola built during their time at City.‘You have to be ruthless, consistent and fit every day the culture of the club to create a winning mentality,’ he said.‘Every day is important, every act is important.‘His work rate is incredible… For me the secret is that the players and staff have to believe what you’re trying to deliver.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Comment Arteta insists he still has a good relationship with Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Arteta feels ‘a little bit sad’ about leaving City midway through the season but insists he remains on good terms with Guardiola.‘The relationship between me and Pep is incredibly good,’ he added.‘Obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood, he knows how I’ve been growing and the needs I had emotionally, the ambitions I had and he kept giving me more and more over the years.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‘If I had admiration for him before, after working with him I could not explain what a nice person he is and what a professional he is.‘The way he reacted with me looking at my eyes, he knew I was suffering because I was leaving him in a moment where obviously they need me a little bit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In that sense I feel a little bit sad but he’s been so supportive. We could not have left the relationship any better.’MORE: Manchester City keen on Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu but remain pessimistic over January signings Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)However, the Tottenham manager appears bemused by Arteta’s appointment, considering the Spaniard has no experience in top-level management.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,’ Mourinho said in the wake of Arteta’s appointment.‘So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?’ Mourinho said.‘I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.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‘I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose.‘So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.‘The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.‘I cannot find another reason.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Ray White Runaway Bay Group is hosting their Summer Auction Blitz

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago26 The Sovereign Mile, Sovereign Islands. Supplied.Among the properties is a palatial mansion at 26 The Sovereign Mile, Sovereign Islands. Inside the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home there is a resort-style feel with warm tones, sandstone features, timber panelling and timber shutters.Principal Ali Mian said there had been plenty of interest in the lead-up to the event.“We’ve already got three under contract and inquiry has been great,” he said.“We are hoping to sell a majority of them under the hammer.”The Summer Auction Blitz kicks off at 5.30pm in the horizon’s room of Main Beach’s Sheraton Mirage. 26 The Sovereign Mile, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer on Tuesday night. Supplied.RAY White Runaway Bay Group is taking 17 properties to auction on Tuesday night for their Summer Auction Blitz.High-end mansions, entry-level apartments and townhouses from Sovereign Islands, Paradise Point and Runaway Bay will be offered to the market. 26 The Sovereign Mile, Sovereign Islands. Supplied.last_img read more

Police Re-Open 32 Year Old Murder Investigation

first_imgThe Indiana State Police have re-opened the investigation into the murder of 65-year-old Donald Quinlan three decades ago.On the afternoon of Friday, October 2, 1981 the body of Quinlan was found at his home near the White Water River in Cedar Grove.“With the advancements in forensic technology and new witness information, the Indiana State Police have reopened the investigation into the murder of Mr. Quinlan,” ISP Public Information Officer Noel Houze reported.Anyone with information concerning the investigation is urged to contact the Indiana State Police at 812-689-5000 or 800-566-6704.last_img

Lady Bulldogs Lost To Lady Knights In Softball

first_imgThe South Dearborn Lady Knights blanked The Batesville Lady Bulldogs 10-0 in Varsity Softball action.Batesville Vs. South Dearborn Softball (4-11)The Lady Knights JV also got a shutout win 11-0.Batesville vs. South Dearborn JV Softball (4-11)Submitted by Batesville Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

Rush County Bridge work begins next week

first_imgRush County, In. — Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation say crews from Rieth-Riley Construction will begin bridge work on State Road 44 in Homer, west of Rushville, on or after April 2.The bridge is located on SR 44 over Mud Creek between County Roads 715 and 725, about 7.5 miles west of Rushville.The bridge will be closed for up to 120 days. Crews will be placing clearing and advance warning signs up next week. During construction, traffic will be detoured via I-74, SR 9, and U.S. 52. SR 44 should be reopened to traffic in August 2018, weather permitting.last_img

Hook helps Gloucester to semi spot

first_img Two pieces of enterprise from James Hook created Gloucester’s two tries scored by Charlie Sharples and Bill Meakes with Greig Laidlaw adding two conversions. Connacht’s points came from a penalty try award, converted by Jack Carty. Just after the half hour, a dominant Gloucester extended their lead with Hook again the architect. This time the Welshman expertly chipped ahead for Meakes to collect and score. Laidlaw converted for a 14-0 interval lead. Despite playing with wind advantage in the first half, Connacht never threatened and were dealt a blow when All Black Muliaina left the field with an injury just before half-time. After the restart the visitors had their best period of the match to pin Gloucester in their own half for the first 10 minutes. The Irish impressed with a couple of driving line-outs and had a chance to open their account, but they declined a kickable penalty in favour of a more attacking option but they failed to take advantage. Connacht gave a better account in the third quarter but they lacked any attacking flair to break down a stubborn home defence. Gloucester who had the next real chance for a score but Laidlaw was off target with a penalty. After 65 minutes Connacht came back into the game when a driving line-out saw the home side offend for a penalty try to be awarded with Carty converting. Connacht pushed for the converted try which would have brought them level, but the home side held firm to progress. Gloucester became the first side through to the European Challenge Cup semi-finals after a 14-7 win over Connacht in a dour game at Kingsholm. The semi-final draw has given Gloucester a home tie, where they will face the winners of tomorrow’s Exeter v Newcastle game at Sandy Park. Gloucester made five changes after last week’s disappointing performance at Sale. Laidlaw, Meakes and Steve McColl returned to the back division in place of Callum Braley, Brendan Macken and Billy Burns. In the pack, Dan Murphy and Gareth Evans were both recalled. Connacht included Irish centre, Robbie Henshaw, with Mils Muliaina reinstated at full back, following last week’s defeat at Munster. Tiernan O’Halloran switched from full back to wing to accommodate Muliaina. Both teams made a cautious opening as they bombarded each other with up and unders before Carty made two kicking errors which gave Gloucester a platform in the opposition half. However the hosts couldn’t capitalise as they conceded a penalty for a scrummage offence, which allowed their opponents to temporarily relieve the pressure. The Irish side then lost two line-outs in quick succession, which again gave Gloucester an advantage, but this time Billy Twelvetrees knocked on as both teams struggled to get any fluency into their game. The first sustained period of pressure for either side came after 16 minutes when Sione Kalamafoni, Tom Palmer and Meakes all made dents in the visitors’ defence. Sharples was given a chance but he was forced into touch 10 metres from the try-line, so the game remained scoreless at the end of the first quarter. A minute later, Gloucester were ahead. Hook fielded a clearance kick to neatly evade a couple of defenders. The outside half put McColl in space before the full back provided Sharples with an easy run in for the try, which Laidlaw converted. Press Associationlast_img read more