Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 21

first_imgTakers will get more while others pay Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo wrong on immigration policyThe Daily Gazette ran the following headline following the governor’s inauguration: “Cuomo rallies state against Trump.” Apparently, the writer, Shane Goldmacher, forgot our governor only won 15 of 62 counties in the state. The large Democratic strongholds of Westchester county and south to New York City along with the large urban cities in the western part of the state won him the election. His rant at Ellis Island does not reflect the rest of the 47 counties of upstate voters.His stand on illegal immigrants coming to the United States is totally wrong.When he talked about his family and others coming to Ellis Island to start the American dream, he should have known that after years of no control of immigrants entering the United States, Congress passed the immigration act of 1924 (the Johnson-Reed Act).This set up consular control system which required that a visa be obtained from the American consulate in their home country. They were also required to present medical certification of their health in order to get their visa. So Gov. Cuomo, apparently your grandparents met the criteria to enter and were allowed to enter.This is a far cry from the hordes of undocumented immigrants coming to our unsecured southern border with no way to vet them and check for disease.Jay JanczakBallston Spa The Daily Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial on New York state’s population drain inadvertently exposes the difference in the thought process between the left and the right.The writer states “if the state keeps spending the way it has, the tax burden will have to be spread among a smaller number of taxpayers, meaning each of us will pay more.”“Each of us” will not pay more. The taxpayers will certainly have to be drained of more of their money. But the tax users, those who receive more in public assistance than they pay in taxes, will continue to live off the generosity of those who contribute.The writer thinks the state legislators should address the urgent problem now. So a bunch of Democrats will suddenly see the destructive nature of their socialist policies?On another subject, Marilyn Scott’s Jan. 1 letter asks how many more migrant children will die in custody before Republicans wake up?I ask: When will Democrats understand that migrants will stop risking their children’s lives after the learn that a wall they can’t get through greets them at the border — walls like the one that protects Israel from Palestinian bombers or the walls that surround Nancy Pelosi’s mansion.Speaking of Nancy, perhaps she could lead a new private initiative and adopt 50 or so of these families and let them live on the grounds of her estate. And of course, the rest of the elites will step up to the plate and join the cause.Paul KuziaScotia Let’s all try to help keep America greatAfter two years under President Trump, the American people now have reduced regulations, lower taxes, a growing economy, the lowest unemployment in 50 years, cancellation of the Iranian deal and a new NAFTA agreement, just to name a few accomplishments. Imagine what more could be done for the American people if it were not for the obsessive obstruction by the Democrats, who have nothing positive to offer.Their only goal, aided and abetted by the fake news press, is to destroy President Trump by any means possible. Granted, President Trump isn’t the same polished, smooth-talking politician we are accustomed to who promises us the world and delivers nothing, like the previous administration. President Trump just gets it done, his way. Much more work still needs to be done.Just think of the possibilities if the Democrats were working for the good of the American people.William ThielGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

BLOG: The Time for Statewide Non-discrimination Legislation Is Now (VIDEO)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: The Time for Statewide Non-discrimination Legislation Is Now (VIDEO) June 24, 2016 Equality,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  The Blog,  Videos Governor Wolf this week made remarks at Equality Pennsylvania’s Day of Action, where he called for statewide non-discrimination legislation that protects all Pennsylvanians and ensures Pennsylvania is a welcoming place regardless of the color of your skin, your gender, the religion you profess, or the person you love.center_img By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Odfjell Stable Despite Challenging Chemical Tanker Market

first_imgDespite a challenging chemical tankers market, Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell delivered a stable underlying operational performance with EBITDA of USD 46 million compared to 48 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2016.Odfjell’s revenue slowed slight improvement in the first quarter of the year, reaching USD 243 million, up from USD 238 million seen in the previous quarter.The company said that it was challenged by limited shore tank capacity in several markets which again affected its port efficiency, adding that, at the same time, the top line grew with 4.4% in the quarter.Odfjell Terminals delivered an EBITDA of USD 9.4 million in first quarter, against a USD 10.7 million reported in the previous quarter. The occupancy rate of commercially available capacity was 93%, compared to 94% last quarter.“We expect 2017 to remain challenging, but our underlying operational performance is stable. Over the past two quarters we have taken crucial steps in renewing our core fleet at a very low point in the price cycle,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, said.The company added that it expects the second quarter 2017 time-charter results to be marginally lower than in the first quarter of the year. In a long-term perspective, Odfjell believes the markets to be “fairly balanced and to gradually improve.”last_img read more

France-Turkey spat over Libya arms bares NATO’s limits

first_imgThe dispute has also revealed NATO’s limits when its allies are or are perceived to be on different sides of a conflict – in this case in Libya – especially when a major nuclear ally like France has lamented the “brain death” at the world’s biggest security organization due to a lack of American leadership. BRUSSELS – The festering dispute between France and Turkey over a naval standoff in the Mediterranean Sea has shone a glaring searchlight on NATO’s struggle to keep order among its ranks and exposed weaknesses in a military alliance that can only take action by consensus. In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, front right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, front center, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. AP PHOTO/MICHAEL SOHNcenter_img According to French accounts of the June 10 incident in the Mediterranean, the French frigate Courbet was illuminated by the targeting radar of a Turkish warship that was escorting a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship when the French vessel approached. (AP)last_img read more

Anelka future unsure after ban

first_img From then Anelka will have another seven days to decide whether to lodge an appeal. Should he do so, the punishment will remain in abeyance until the final outcome. With West Brom only having 11 games left this season, and having said Anelka will remain suspended until the conclusion of proceedings, it remains to be seen whether a player who has previously hinted at retirement plays again. Anelka faced two charges – that the gesture he performed during a goal celebration on December 28 was abusive, indecent, insulting or improper, and that it included a reference to ethnic origin, race, religion or belief. Both charges were proved but the commission did accept that Anelka was not aware of the anti-Semitic connotations of the ‘quenelle’. The Frenchman had argued it was anti-establishment, and he did it in support of his friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, the comedian who first brought the ‘quenelle’ to prominence. The five-match ban is the minimum that can be imposed for such an offence. Anelka was also fined £80,000 and ordered to attend an education course. A statement from the club read: “West Bromwich Albion treats very seriously any such allegation which includes any reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief. Nicolas Anelka may have played his final game after being banned for five matches for performing the controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. “Upon both charges being proven, the club has suspended Nicolas Anelka pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the club’s own internal investigation. “The club acknowledges that the FA panel ‘did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle’. “However, the club cannot ignore the offence that his actions have caused, particularly to the Jewish community, nor the potential damage to the club’s reputation.” West Brom have suffered negative press over the affair with property company Zoopla announcing last month they would not be renewing their sponsorship deal. The company’s co-owner, Alex Chesterman, is Jewish. The verdict was welcomed by anti-racism groups but for some observers it did not go far enough. Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle, told Sky Sports News: “The whole thing is ludicrous, they’ve given him the minimum ban possible, which is five matches, and I think it brings the FA into considerable disrepute in the fight against racism. “It’s not even close to being punishment enough, it’s the minimum punishment possible under the FA’s rule, and the ruling is wrong.” A statement from Anelka’s legal advisers, Brown Rudnick LLP, read: “Nicolas Anelka is pleased that the FA regulatory commission has found him not to be an anti-Semite and that he did not intend to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle gesture. “He is now waiting to receive the commission’s full reasons for their decision before considering whether or not to appeal. “Nicolas Anelka has been advised not to make any further comment while the proceedings are ongoing.” The veteran French striker has also been suspended by his club West Brom after the Football Association found him guilty of an “aggravated breach” of anti-discrimination rules. The five-match ban will now be put on hold for seven days to allow Anelka and West Brom to receive written reasons for the verdict of an independent regulatory commission. Press Associationlast_img read more

Player exits likely – Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects some of his fringe players to leave before the end of the transfer window, having told everyone in his squad where they stand this season. “You see everything settle within the squad once the window is shut because people can then focus on their professional life and life with their families as well.” However, while he is happy to let some players go Rodgers insists the likes of Moreno and Lazar Markovic, brought in last summer for £12million and £20million respectively, still have a part to play this campaign. “Both players are very talented players,” he said. “Maybe for the first time in their footballing careers – especially as they are so young – they are finding themselves not being a regular. “They know very well, with the conversations we have had, it is a long, tough season and they will be needed and when the opportunity comes you take that and keep yourself in the team. “There is no player here that hasn’t been told that.” The future of midfielder Lucas Leiva is also in doubt as he was left out of the squad at the Britannia Stadium with reports claiming he had fallen out with the manager. Of that quartet, the Brazil international will be the easiest to offload – Enrique, Balotelli and, to a lesser extent, Borini are reluctant to give up their significant wages – with a number of Italian clubs interested, and, while Rodgers was not definitive on names, he accepts some will want out if they view their chances as limited for this campaign. “It is natural at this stage of the season there will be moves for sure for some players,” he said. “What is clear is that every player is understanding of exactly where he stands in the squad. “The spirit is strong but of course it is a difficult situation with the transfer market still being open until the end of the month. “There is always going to be that speculation but I am sure there will be movement of some of the players that obviously want to play.” Rodgers, who has done his business early with seven signings brought in before the Barclays Premier League kicked off, is not a fan of the transfer window extending into the season because of the unsettling nature it can have on players. “There is obviously a sport issue but there is also a moral issue once the season starts – players are unsure where they stand and it is a very difficult time for them,” the Northern Irishman added. Despite a good opening win at Stoke, much of this week has seen some of those who were not involved in the game air their frustrations in the media, with l eft-backs Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique both giving interviews to the Spanish press. Enrique, who claimed he , Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli had been “alienated” by Rodgers having been made to train separately from the main squad, seems one of the likely exits. Press Associationlast_img read more

Iona looks to extend streak vs Siena

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditIona (9-12, 7-7) vs. Siena (13-10, 9-5)Times Union Center, Albany, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Iona looks for its fifth straight conference win against Siena. Iona’s last MAAC loss came against the Manhattan Jaspers 72-49 on Feb. 2. Siena is coming off a 65-52 win over Manhattan in its most recent game. February 18, 2020 Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Siena’s Jalen Pickett, Manny Camper and Elijah Burns have combined to account for 58 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 56 percent of all Saints points over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Pickett has directly created 56 percent of all Siena field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 21 field goals and 23 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 72: Iona is 0-10 when it allows at least 72 points and 9-2 when it holds opponents to less than 72.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Saints are 6-0 when holding opponents to 40 percent or worse from the field, and 7-10 when opponents shoot better than that. The Gaels are 8-0 when they hold opponents to 66 points or fewer and 1-12 when opponents exceed 66 points.DID YOU KNOW: Siena is ranked first among MAAC teams with an average of 73 points per game.center_img Iona looks to extend streak vs Siena ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Windies stars Russell, Narine arrive to join KKR

first_imgABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – Kolkata Knight Riders superstars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have been the latest players from the just concluded Caribbean Premier League to arrive for the historic Indian Premier League scheduled to bowl off next weekend.The pair touched down here Sunday to link up with KKR but will first undergo the mandatory week-long isolation before being able to join the squad.West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard, who presided over Trinbago Knight Riders’ capture of their fourth CPL title last Thursday, arrived 24 hours earlier along with Sherfane Rutherford to join Mumbai Indians.Both Russell and Narine enjoyed a productive campaign in the CPL even though they sat out a few games for both their franchises.All-rounder Russell scored 222 runs at an average of 44 with three half-centuries and a strike rate of 141. However, he hardly bowled his medium pace, sending down only 13 overs and picking up three wickets.Russell proved a key figure for KKR last season, plundering 510 runs at an average of 56 and a strike rate of 204, while snaring 11 wickets.Narine, meanwhile, was a member of the successful TKR side in the CPL but featured in only five matches, taking six wickets at 15 runs apiece at less than five runs per over.He also missed the final when TKR beat St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.Narine, who has reinvented himself as a bowling all-rounder in recent time, endured an average campaign last year for KKR with only 143 runs and 10 wickets.This year’s IPL will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 in a bio-secure “bubble” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Zenith Bank Hails Standard of Ikoyi Club Swimming Meet

first_img“Our aim is in this competition is to encourage and groom swimming talents in Nigeria for future world-class performance in line with the Zenith bank focus of catching them young across all sporting activitiesLet me also state that we will continue to help in the development of sports and exposure of talents in our unique way.”Grange School Ikeja emerged overall champions out of the 13 schools that took part in the 4th edition of the swimming competition.The Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938 Swimming competition, Oloyede Obatoyinbo, commended the sponsors for putting smiles on the faces of the young ones.“We are excited that the competition is getting bigger every year. This is good for the partnership of the club with Zenith Bank. We expect that next year we are going to have a bigger and better tournament,” Obatoyinbo said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The sponsor of the just concluded Ikoyi Club Swimming competition for primary and secondary school students, Zenith Bank, has showered praises on the participants because of the standard exhibited at the one-day competition.Zenith Bank’s Executive Director, Dennis Olisa, noted that the outfit was proud of the competition.“We are happy with the standard exhibited by the students, they were all talented and the competition witnessed keen contest in all categories.last_img read more

Students split over possible smoking ban

first_imgStudents were split on a push from faculty and staff groups to ban smoking on campus at the “Smoke-Free Campus Forum” hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government in Taper Hall of Humanities on Wednesday night.Smoking · USC Academic Senate Vice President Patricia Riley and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Denzil Suite speak at the forum. – Katherine Montgomery | Daily TrojanThe forum, attended by about 40 students, was intended to gauge student body support for the initiative before USG takes an official position by passing a senate resolution on the subject in the next few weeks. Students were urged to pose questions and voice their opinions in a town hall format to a four-person panel of university employees involved in the initiative.“At this point, our stance is to discuss the issue more and gauge what students want to see before we, as representatives, can make any informed decision,” USG President Monish Tyagi said.The panel was comprised of key university representatives involved with the initiative, including Patricia Riley, academic vice-president of the USC Academic Senate; Paula Swinford, director of Health Promotion and Prevention Services and John Gaspari, executive director of the Center for Work and Family Life.Jared Ginsburg, USG director of campus affairs, began the forum by presenting the preliminary results from an ongoing online survey. Survey takers were able to support multiple options about limiting smoking on campus. Forty-five percent of the 1,227 respondents favored a categorical ban on smoking and 40 percent favored establishing designated smoking areas. Of the 1,227 survey respondents, 67 percent reported they never smoke. The survey will remain open for about two more weeks and can be accessed through USG’s website.Most attendees favored a compromise, such as establishing designated smoking areas rather than a ban. Some students, however, were in favor of banning smoking altogether.“If we take away the right to smoke it will lead to a healthier lifestyle and a better environment for everyone to be in,” said Niki Noe, a freshman majoring in biochemistry.The administration has not yet made a decision on the issue, said panelist and Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Denzil Suite. He also said if the ban were to be put in place, there are no current plans to enforce it with citations or fines.“Our approach would be more educational and informing people where they can and cannot smoke on campus,” Suite said.The USG Senate will pass a resolution in which it will take an official position in support of or opposition to adopting a smoke-free campus policy once the survey has at least 2,000 responses, Ginsburg said.“We have to wrestle between students who feel that it is their individual right to smoke on campus and in the open air and those who feel that it is an infringement on their right, in the sense that the air that they are breathing is being obstructed by second-hand smoke of passers by,” Ginsburg said.After attending the event, some students said they felt less inclined to support a ban on smoking after hearing the side of student smokers.“At first, going in, I was thinking they should ban smoking altogether,” said Yumeng Wei, a junior majoring in business administration. “But people brought up some really good points about it being their right to smoke and that they [are] already limited as to where they can smoke.”The USC Academic Senate and the USC Staff Assembly, the respective representative bodies of faculty and staff, passed resolutions telling USC administration their constituents would support a smoke-free campus in 2010.As of July 2011, at least 530 colleges have adopted 100 percent smoke-free campus policies, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. Current USC smoking policy dates back to 1993 and mostly pertains to smoking in buildings. Last October, the USC Health Sciences campus enacted a smoke-free policy. The Graduate and Professional Student Senate is also working on passing a resolution.last_img read more