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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Feb. 14

first_imgGovernment must solve border crisis Long considered a political talking point, the immigration crisis poses both a humanitarian issue and security threat.The former can be ascribed to those fleeing violence, poverty and government corruption, while the latter arises from gang-members looking to terrorize.Frequent headlines illustrate each reality and have been exploited by both parties to gain popular support in addressing their preferred priorities.Brutal trafficking conditions by unconscionable smugglers are heart-wrenching, as is the separation of children from their parents upon arrival. Moreover, gang-related murders and the infiltration of drugs is equal cause for resentment. The only reason that would merit the recent 35-day government shutdown is the incapacity of our representatives to solve the problem.Mirroring these immigrant factions, past reform bills have failed over the competing interests of amnesty and border security, mutually exclusive, in that improperly vetted immigrants gaining citizenship is not secure and motivates further smuggling. Meanwhile, a steady flow of caravans gives resonance to the request for a largely symbolic wall, which would be better positioned along Mexico’s southern border.Attenuating illegal entries would then free resources to hire more immigration judges while temporary legal status is granted to illegal migrants.If our government is unable to resolve an issue pertinent to public safety and welfare and distracts from foreign aid initiatives that could treat the problem’s source, then perhaps it shouldn’t remain open past this three-week spending bill.Stephen DansereauAlbany I’m writing in response to Mr. Belardo’s Feb. 8 letter and his diatribe against “dumb liberals” and the identification requirements to enter federal facilities. I thank Mr. Belardo for his service in World War II, but he has the facts of the ID requirements all wrong. In the aftermath of 9/11, measures were introduced in Congress to enhance our national security. In 2005, both houses of Congress were controlled by the GOP and the president was George W. Bush.They passed the requirements that go into full effect in 2020. In 2020, it will be necessary to have enhanced identification to board a domestic airliner, enter a federal building, among other things. New York state was one of a few states that complied with the new rules by offering enhanced IDs early on. Sorry to correct you Mr. Belardo, but you are barking up the wrong tree. Thomas BensonSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems focused on downstate interests Distressed about the state of the countryI’ve been watching the news and seeing how completely malfunctioning our government has become in the last few years that it’s absolutely heartbreaking. Don’t dictate what’s defined as murderIn response to Elizabeth Lerner’s Feb. 7 letter, I ask where her authority to define murder for the rest of us comes from? The law? It was once legal to beat slaves. Jim Crow was the law of the land in the south. Nazi Germany provided for the legal elimination of undesirable or those afflicted with mental-health issues. So the legal argument does little to bolster a moral stance.But then, I was astonished to read her definition of the abortion we are all talking about as the “removal of immature non-breathing, non-conscience (sic) cells.Science clearly has third-trimester fetuses as viable, feeling living human beings. For Ms. Lerner to cling to that outdated, minimalist definition of a baby is both ignorant and appalling, considering we are talking about a child’s execution.There’s no medical reason for a late-term abortion to occur other that the convenience of the mother. That does not qualify as “health care.” I can only react in horror at the level of indoctrination it takes to justify killing living babies and making it out to be some sort of right. Killing a bald eagle egg is a crime, but killing a child in vitro is “reproductive health care.”Patrick WalshGuilderland In his Jan. 30 letter I think Howard Schlossberg doth protest too much about New York state Democrats largely representing New York City and downstate interests.When you look at the type of agenda that the governor and his Democratic allies in the Legislature have pushed in the past few weeks, it’s clear there is no real upstate agenda for Mr. Schlossberg’s Democratic Party. There’s no greater example of that than the governor’s proposal to rip over $60 million in state funding from the budget for our upstate towns and villages that depend on that funding to provide services and keep taxes down.Late-term abortion, giving free taxpayer dollars for college tuition to illegal aliens, and further eroding our Second Amendment civil rights are just some of the other low-lights of a downstate-driven agenda of Mr. Schlossberg’s Democratic Party, which is drunk with power and cares very little for upstate New York’s values or economy. Just wait until they pass the single-payer, government-run socialized medicine plan and legalizing marijuana, which is next on their agenda.With the Democrats’ agenda, thousands have already left the state. If Mr. Schlossberg is the last one left upstate after the Democrats have their way with our economy and way of life, please make sure he turns the lights off.Joanne Hwaszcz Schenectady Inmate pay raise is moral and practicalThe Gazette’s Feb. 8 editorial attacking state legislation (A.1275, S.3138) to raise wages for prisoners is wrong on several fronts. First of all, the prison minimum is proposed to be raised only to $3 per hour.  It’s now as little as 10 cents, a fact that was not mentioned in the editorial. Leadership of the Department of Corrections knows management and security depend as much on incentives as coercion.  I have no strong opinion on any of our presidents since Clinton, but the actual Congress and Senate are nothing but schoolyard bullies posturing to each other with no care for the country itself or the people.For years, the reality television shows have made us look like fools to the world. But now our politicians are the joke.A lot of television shows claim to be non-biased, but the only television shows I watch that truly follow that are Kelly & Ryan Live, The Talk and David Muir. I was listening the other day to my music library of my favorite songs and two of them made me contemplate these days. One was a song from a movie I saw when I was 14 called “One Tin Soldier,” from The Legend of Billy Jack in 1971.A Disney movie, Pocahontas with the song, “Colors of the Wind” in 1995. They made me almost weep because both time periods made me dwell on what is going on currently.I know comics used to make a joke of this saying, “Why can’t we all just get along?” Why can’t we? Kathryn HardingSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists As a religious volunteer in the prison system for seven years, I saw how incentives can be effective.Opportunities for compensated work, education classes, better living quarters and other elements give inmates a reward for good behavior, reducing the burden and risk to guards and civilian staff, visitors and volunteers.Correctional Industries (CorCraft) provides skill development for inmates, but unfair compensation. CorCraft produces furniture for public agencies at below-market prices and returns a healthy profit to the State treasury. Perhaps taxpaying private sector furniture makers deserve a playing field that is not so drastically tilted toward the prison competitor paying its workers 65 cents per hour on average. Raising the wage would be fairer to these companies and their workers as well.  Like a lot of good legislation, the Assembly/Senate bill is not only practical, it’s morally correct.As we observe Black History Month, we should reflect on the abusive systems of slavery, mass incarceration and injustice that have characterized so much of minority workers’ experience in the American economy over the centuries. The time for “corrections” is overdue.  Gordon BoydSaratoga Springs Don’t fault libs for ID requirementslast_img read more

Privacy fears as India hand stamps suspected coronavirus cases

first_imgIn response, the western state of Maharashtra and southern Karnataka state this week began using indelible ink to stamp people arriving at airports.The hand stamps include the date that a person must remain under home quarantine, and states that those marked are “proud to protect” their fellow citizens.”When I first heard of the stamping in Mumbai, I thought it was fake news,” said Supreme Court lawyer N S Nappinai, an expert in data privacy legislation.”I understand the concern but where does one draw the line? Should fundamental rights be suspended in an emergency like this?” The coronavirus outbreak has enabled authorities from China to Russia to increase surveillance, with the risk that these measures will persist even after the situation eases.Technology is being used across Asia to track and help contain the epidemic.In India, government officials are also pulling out citizen and reservation data from airlines and the railways to track suspected infections.”We found people who were stamped and were travelling. They had signed a self-declaration that they will not travel because they could be carriers of coronavirus,” said Archana Valzade, under secretary in Maharashtra’s health department.”It is their duty as well to stop the infection. Stamping is essential and very useful to reduce the spread,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, adding no one has raised objections so far.In southern Kerala state, authorities have used telephone call records, CCTV footage, and mobile phone GPS systems to track down primary and secondary contacts of coronavirus patients. Officials also published detailed time and date maps of the movement of people who tested positive.”People have been jumping quarantine and it has been a challenge to track them,” said Amar Fettle, who is heading the coronavirus control team in Kerala.”But we have formed hundreds of squads, including policemen to track and ensure people follow the norms.”As more COVID-19 cases are reported in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged citizens to stay home and follow government instructions.Modi’s appeal came just days after several news outlets reported that stamped people had broken self-quarantine rules.In Mumbai, travellers with a history of having visited coronavirus-impacted countries were asked to get off a train, health officials in Maharashtra said.In the eastern city of Kolkata, a bureaucrat’s son met with friends on his return from a visit to Britain and had to be forced to be admitted in the hospital where he tested positive.”As a doctor who has worked in the public health service and in the community, I find people are not realizing the seriousness of the pandemic,” said physician Armida Fernandez, former head of one of Mumbai’s biggest municipal hospitals.”Knowing the situation of public health in India and that we are dealing with 1.3 billion people … I am for the steps the government is taking,” she said. People suspected of having the coronavirus in India have received hand stamps and are being tracked using their mobile phones and personal data to help enforce quarantines, raising concerns about privacy and mass surveillance.The outbreak, termed COVID-19, has infected more than 234,000 people worldwide and killed nearly 10,000, according to a Reuters tally.In India more than 200 people have been infected and four have died, with officials reporting multiple cases of people fleeing from quarantine.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Paul Merson urges Mesut Ozil to keep quiet over Unai Emery comments

first_imgOzil didn’t hold back when asked about his old boss Unai Emery (Picture: Getty Images)‘And then a manager comes in and the players start saying ‘it’s better now, it’s more fun’, no. I believe what Emery is saying. They shouldn’t have been where they were with the quality they have.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The players weren’t doing the right things. You just don’t say anything.’Emery, who was relieved from his duties as Arsenal boss in December, has also been on the defensive over the attitude and commitment of his former squad.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 ArsenalIn an interview with France Football, the Spanish boss said that ‘some players did not have a good attitude’ and ‘asked for more than what they were giving back’.On Emery’s comments, Merson added: ‘It was also going to be a hard job. The defence wasn’t good enough from the word go. As soon as the window opened Arteta brought in two defenders, so he knew straight away.‘I found it hard watching Arsenal under Emery, it was the same as Wenger. It was soft. At least they go to Burnley and don’t get bullied or dominated.’MORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan will return to Arsenal from Roma unless Gunners lower asking priceMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reveals Gabriel Martinelli’s greatest attribute Paul Merson urges Mesut Ozil to keep quiet over Unai Emery comments Mike StavrouTuesday 11 Feb 2020 9:40 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link556Shares Advertisement Paul Merson believes Mesut Ozil should refrain from criticising Unai Emery (Sky Sports)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has told Mesut Ozil not to get involved in criticising former manager Unai Emery.Several Arsenal players, including the German midfielder, took swipes at the ex-Sevilla boss during their Dubai warm-weather training camp.Ozil said that the team under Mikel Arteta are much ‘happier’ and willing to ‘give everything’ for the club.Those comments didn’t sit right with Merson, who told Sky Sports’ The Debate: ‘I’m not a great lover of that [comments from Ozil]. I don’t like it when a manager comes in and says the players aren’t fit. Because that’s a dig at the old manager.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Men ‘more prone to type 2 diabetes’

first_img 22 Views   no discussions Researchers say they have discovered why men may be more likely than women to develop type 2 diabetes – they are biologically more susceptible.Men need to gain far less weight than women to develop the condition, study findings suggest.The Glasgow University team found men developed the disease at a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than women.They believe distribution of the body fat is important – men tend to store it in their liver and around the waist.Women, meanwhile, have greater amounts of ‘safe’ subcutaneous fat stored on the thighs and hips, for example. This means women need to accumulate more fat overall than men to develop the harmful fat deposits linked with diabetes, the researchers explain in the journal Diabetologia.Body fatType 2 diabetes is caused by too much sugar in the blood which occurs when the body’s ability to regulate sugar levels in several different organs becomes disturbed. The condition is linked to excess fat in some of these organs such as the liver and muscles.Professor Naveed Sattar, of the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, who led the research, said: “Previous research has indicated that middle-aged men are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than women and one possible explanation is that men have to gain less weight than women to develop the condition. “In other words, men appear to be at higher risk for diabetes.”For the study, the researchers analysed data from 51,920 men and 43,137 women in Scotland with diabetes, taking into consideration body weight and obesity using the BMI measurement based on height and weight. The results showed women developed diabetes at a heavier BMI than men – the mean BMI at diabetes diagnosis in men was 31.83 but 33.69 in women. The researchers say this helps explain why men have higher rates of diabetes in many parts of the world.Dr Victoria King, Head of Research at Diabetes UK, said: “It is worrying that men develop type 2 diabetes at a higher rate than their female counterparts. Research like this will help us understand reasons why and provide greater insight into what we can do to improve prevention of type 2 diabetes.“Diabetes UK is calling on both men and women to reduce their chances of developing type 2 diabetes by losing any excess weight, eating a healthy, balanced diet and by taking regular physical activity.”BBC News HealthLifestyle Men ‘more prone to type 2 diabetes’ by: – October 3, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

May 22, 2017 Police Blotter

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Sugar labels AVB immature

first_img Lord Sugar, who has been a prominent critic of Villas-Boas on Twitter, told ITV1: “The fact is he’s gone. “With the greatest respect to the chairman I think it was the wrong move to appoint him. I think the guy showed he was unprofessional in spending that amount of money.” Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp also had little sympathy for the Portuguese, questioning how he came to be installed at White Hart Lane after lasting just eight months at Chelsea. Redknapp, whose dad Harry was sacked last summer to make way for Villas-Boas, told Sky Sports News: “After the job he did at Chelsea he was incredibly lucky to get that job in the first place. “He had a nightmare at Chelsea and then they went and won the Champions League without him, but he finds himself as the manager of Tottenham with a squad of Modric, Bale and players like that. “Last year he did well with the previous manager’s team, but now he’s had his chance to do it, it hasn’t worked out for him. “When you get beat 5-0 at home it’s a bit of a tell-tale sign. It’s not something Tottenham fans are accustomed to and I feel sorry to a certain extent for the fans. “Having seen the team that was built – you look at Gareth Bale on the wing – and you’ve ended up with players who aren’t in the same league.” The 36-year-old had presided over Spurs for 18 months only for the club to confirm the “termination of his services” on their official website, a day after their 5-0 home defeat by Liverpool. The humiliation by Liverpool, which followed a 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last month, appears to have been the final straw for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who delivered the news in person at the club’s training ground in Enfield. Press Association Sugar had become something of a nemesis for Villas-Boas in recent weeks, who had accused the businessman of driving an “agenda” against him. Sugar was unrepentant, telling Sky Sports News: “The writing was on the wall as far as I was concerned when he went out and spent like a a kid in a sweet shop, I mean you just can’t do that. “It doesn’t stack up, you just can’t go out and buy seven brand new players or whatever it was, stick them in and hope for them to play. “It showed immaturity.” Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini felt Villas-Boas was harshly treated. He said: “He didn’t have time in both clubs but I am absolutely sure he will continue his career.” Former Tottenham owner Alan Sugar questioned the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese was sacked as manager on Monday morning.last_img read more

Bony spurred on by Drogba

first_img Bony has arguably been Swansea’s most influential performer this season, and he will be critical to helping them collect the points they need to be safe from relegation. There could be few bigger games than Chelsea’s Liberty Stadium visit on Sunday for him to showcase his talent. “I think as players you always want to play in big games,” Bony said. “For me, being a big player means playing in the big games. I have 12 league goals and just five more (league) games left. Getting 20 league goals would be nice. I want to score more. “If you play bad people criticise you, if you score a hat-trick people sing your name, but the main thing is to stay yourself, do what you know and let other people talk. “We have five more games and I will try to do my best and we’ll see what will happen. “I have three years left on my contract at Swansea, we have five games left and then the World Cup and we will see what happens. What is more important is the final (league) position we have, and Sunday especially.” Wilfried Bony has set his sights on shooting down Barclays Premier League title contenders Chelsea this weekend – with possibly a little help from Stamford Bridge legend Dider Drogba. The fellow Ivorians are good friends, and Chelsea know they will need to keep Swansea striker Bony in check following his prolific form this season which has seen him amass 20 goals in all competitions. “I have not spoken to him (Drogba) yet, but maybe tonight or tomorrow I will,” Bony said. “We are playing against Chelsea, so he can tell me some things. “He is my friend, we are in touch, so I will talk to him for some advice. “I followed Chelsea when Didier was there. He was always with the national side, so we would see how they were doing. “I saw the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. It was fabulous for him in his last game with Chelsea. Chelsea are a big club in the Ivory Coast, and he did well with the national side, too, so he is a big personality there.” Former Chelsea hero Drogba has given Bony an insight into Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who remains on course to achieve a possible Premier League and Champions League double this term. “He told me he is a very good manager and that he is all about winning,” Bony added. “Sometimes they play well or sometimes they play bad, but the most important thing is to take the three points and then talk about what you can work on. “If you don’t win, that is not the point. That is the winning character he has.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho: Fortune on our side

first_img Press Association Jose Mourinho admitted Chelsea were “fortunate” to snatch a 1-0 victory over QPR but insisted there is nothing lucky about the Blues’ seven-point lead at the top of the table. “A team who arrives in August and is top of the league every day until April – that is the team that deserves the credit. “We have had a good run since day one so nobody should be disappointed because we have been on a good run since August. Now we need 11 more points (to win the title).” Courtois’ strong performance will be a welcome boost for the Chelsea keeper, who has endured a difficult few weeks. The Belgian’s skewed kick led to a goal against Hull last month and Charlie Adam’s wonder-strike saw him beaten from 66 yards against Stoke last weekend. “He helped us win the match,” Mourinho said. “I thought Courtois did very well, he was there for us. “I told him at the start of the week after Hull and after Charlie Adam, we need him to give us a couple of points with a couple of saves and he did it.” The result leaves QPR two points adrift of safety, having played one game more than Burnley, Sunderland and Hull, and two more than Leicester. Rangers boss Chris Ramsey defended his goalkeeper Rob Green, whose skewed clearance gifted Chelsea possession in the build-up to the goal, and lamented his players’ poor defending. “I am very disappointed, disappointed in the manner we let the goal in,” Ramsey said. “I’m not blaming Rob for the goal, it wasn’t one of his best kicks but we had a long time to defend it properly and we didn’t. “When the ball goes out wide and we’ve got about eight players behind the ball you can’t blame him, it’s just a bad clearance. “The way we let the goal in at the end was one we could have defended miles better than we did. All that running everyone does has now gone to waste. “The fans were fantastic and the players did give them something to hope for, for most of the game. “The reason I’m sitting here sick is we could have given the fans a big boost by getting a point here against a top team.” “Were we fortunate? Yes. It was a typical game for 0-0,” Mourinho said. “We controlled them very well and kept them far from the box because in the box (Bobby) Zamora and (Charlie) Austin are killers. “They closed us down very well, they were very well-organised defensively and gave us a difficult match. “I am obviously very happy with my team because we kept good emotional control, we never lost balance or were under pressure. “We were always very stable and then we scored in the crucial moment of the game – I feel sorry for them because they fought hard to get a point.” The victory comes as another blow to the fading hopes of the chasing pack, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all trying to close the gap on the league leaders. Chelsea have been joint top or top of the table since the opening day of the season and are on course to break Manchester United’s 1993/94 record of 262 consecutive days at the summit. “I don’t know if it hurts them (our rivals) or not, what I know is it’s not normal to be top of the league since day one,” Mourinho said. Cesc Fabregas scored an 88th-minute winner at Loftus Road to restore Chelsea’s advantage over second-placed Arsenal and maintain the side’s march towards the title. The Spaniard’s strike was Chelsea’s only shot on target during a disappointing West London derby, which QPR could have won had Thibaut Courtois not denied Matt Phillips’ close-range effort in the second half. last_img read more

Student falls from sixth floor of Birnkrant

first_imgA student sustained injuries after falling from the sixth floor of Birnkrant Residential College early Monday morning, according to Department of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle.In an e-mail sent to some Birnkrant residents, the student was identified as Jackson Roddy, a freshman majoring in accounting.Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and the Los Angeles Police Department responded to the scene at about 6 a.m.DPS officers were on the scene where freshman Jackson Roddy fell Monday morning in front of Birnkrant Residential College. The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the cause. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan Roddy was transferred to California Hospital, and doctors have been working to stabilize him and assess his injuries, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson. “Right now, what everyone is focusing on is his health and his recovery,” Jackson said, adding that Roddy’s parents are with their son.The cause of the fall is still being investigated by LAPD, Carlisle said, though a university statement said foul play is not suspected.Roddy is pledging Sigma Nu fraternity. Brian Huefner, the president of Sigma Nu, said he is working to ensure other fraternity members receive counseling and support.“The first piece of action was to make sure everyone was aware,” Huefner said. “We’re staying by each other. Everyone’s really shooken up.”The university encourages all students to seek counseling if needed and said it is reaching out to those who might have been affected by the incident. Four counselors have been designated specifically to the Birnkrant dorm, the statement said.“We’ve reached out to his roommate and other students in Birnkrant,” Jackson said.Birnkrant is an eight-story building with seven floors of student housing primarily for freshmen students.Students can contact Student Affairs at (213) 740-2421 or the USC Student Counseling Services at (213) 740-7711.“Our thoughts and prayers go to the student and his family,” Jackson said in the university statement.Sigma Nu will host a prayer vigil for Roddy at 9:30 p.m. in front of the fraternity’s house on The Row.last_img read more

Coleman will undergo season-ending surgery on left knee

first_imgSyracuse center DaJuan Coleman will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee.After starting the first 12 games for the No. 2 Orange, the sophomore said he bruised the side of his left knee during practice and was limited to only six minutes in the team’s 78-62 win over Villanova on Dec. 28.Since then, Coleman has not started the Orange’s last six games, only seeing the floor for three minutes in the team’s 72-52 win against Virginia Tech on Jan. 7.“This is a tremendous disappointment, especially considering the amount of hard work DaJuan has been putting in with our basketball team,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement. “We will certainly miss his contributions.”Coleman was averaging 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game this season. He missed eight games last season with an MCL injury to the same knee.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore said Coleman’s injury this year is a bone bruise and is not believed to be related to the MCL issue.Moore does not expect Coleman to be granted a medical redshirt. NCAA bylaw 14.2.4.3.4 states that to be eligible for a medical hardship waiver, a player cannot play in 30 percent of a team’s games and the injury must occur before the first competition of the second half of the season in conjunction with the NCAA Tournament. Coleman has played in 13 games this season.Junior center Rakeem Christmas has filled in for Coleman in the middle of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone while sophomore forward Jerami Grant has started five of the last six games, posting 12 points and 7.8 rebounds in that span. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 20, 2014 at 5:16 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more