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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Dec. 15

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMayor should show city citizens respectGary McCarthy once said that being mayor of Schenectady is his dream job. Does that dream extend to the citizens? A mayor who is aware of the socio-economics of his city should know that the aftermath of a heavy snowstorm can present hardships to many of its residents.The mismanagement of last week’s storm certainly worsened many situations.Every day in our city, people walk, cycle, use walkers or wheelchairs out of necessity. Food and prescription medications can’t wait. Doctor appointments have to be kept. Rent needs to be paid on time. People need to get to work and school.All last week, roads had a dense, ice-covered snow-pack with ruts, bumps and pockets that are worse than potholes. Some still do. Such unsafe conditions made these things incredibly difficult for pedestrians and drivers alike. There is financial hardship in lost work and wages, damage to vehicles, and personal injuries.Is our mayor aware of how this all plays out, or is he oblivious to it?Mayor McCarthy likes to tout Smart-City technology, but he ignored the National Weather Service and UAlbany’s Mesonet technology. He blames the plow drivers for declining overtime, but should be asking himself why multiple drivers would do this during the holiday season?Every Schenectadian knows what it’s like to be disrespected by those who don’t live here. We also know what it’s like to be disrespected by our mayor. Mayor McCarthy, please fulfill your dream, and bring your citizens out of this nightmare.Lisa RussoSchenectadyForget blame; create a shoveling brigadeThe negative comments about inadequate snowplowing in the city of Schenectady are understandable; I drive a car and have barely avoided accidents on streets that look like ski slopes.And I’m also a pedestrian, unable to leap over the huge snowbanks that have made it difficult to cross Erie Boulevard and State Street before the walk light turns to “don’t walk.”But it’s not just the huge snowbanks. Sections of sidewalk along State Street have been badly neglected. The northside stretch between Erie Boulevard and Broadway is a hazard to all pedestrians, and especially to the disabled.On Dec. 5, I saw a blind gentleman with a white cane making his way along that icy stretch. Who would be responsible if such a pedestrian, or any pedestrian, were to fall and injure himself? Rather than assigning blame, how about forming a “snow-shovel brigade” of private citizens who will come out in force to clear the city sidewalks?Roger ShefferSchenectadyState needs to pass an aid-in-dying lawIn response to Wendell Neugebauer’s Dec. 6 letter (“Assisted suicide laws do more harm”), as a practicing physician I have come to accept the fact that every medical intervention and treatment has limitations.Even the most vigorous, compassionate treatments may end in a failure to cure or relieve suffering. A tiny, unfortunate minority of patients reaches this point. It’s for them, in their final six months of life, that we seek a dignified exit,  bringing an end to humiliating suffering.Death is non-negotiable. We all die. When a patient has an incurable, terminal disease, it’s the natural extension of our professional duties to continue easing suffering.Many persons prescribed the aid in dying medications never take them. Just having the prescription provides comfort.Gov. Andrew Cuomo deserves great credit for endorsing medical aid in dying, as an option for mentally capable, terminally ill adults.He sees this as a compassionate option for the sickest of the sick.Of note is a research article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, which concluded that there are no substantial cost savings for choosing medical aid in dying over other end-of-life treatments.Further, there is not a shred evidence that societies move from voluntary aid in dying to state-mandated euthanasia.The safeguards of these laws remain unchanged since Oregon passed the nation’s first one 25 years ago: only mentally capable, terminally ill adults, who can self-ingest the medication are eligible.I urge Gov. Cuomo and our legislators to pass this law in 2020.David Pratt, MD, MPHRexfordMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Jakarta puts brakes on E-prix over COVID-19 fears

first_img  Pop music festival   Postponed   Kim Jae-joong Asia Tour   Rescheduled to Jan. 15-17, 2021   Hammersonic 2020March 27-28 Note Category   March 28 “The health and safety of our residents are our main priority, so we decided to postpone the Formula E race in June,” Anies said on Wednesday at a daily briefing about developments related to COVID-19 in the capital.”The risks are too high if we let in many tourists from countries with confirmed coronavirus cases. We do not want to pursue economic benefits at the expense of the residents’ safety.”The governor announced in September that Jakarta would host the 2020 Formula E race — which according to Bank Indonesia — was expected to help boost the capital’s economy by 0.02 percent — in a bid to spur tourism.Prior to Anies’ announcement, city councillors had been calling on the administration to cancel the race for fear it would incur losses, as several countries had already issued travel warnings for their citizens.   Rock concert Events   Sports Indonesia reported on Wednesday its 34th COVID-19 case, a 42-year-old man in an imported case, the Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto said.A 53-year-old foreigner, also known as Case 25, reportedly died on Wednesday morning.As of Wednesday evening, 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in the archipelago. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announces the postponement of the 2020 Jakarta E-Prix to further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the City Hall on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. (JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)”We have to reduce the interaction between those who have been exposed to the disease and the general public. We are aware that there are [34] positive cases in Indonesia,” Anies said. “We have to be serious, but we must not panic.”According to the World Health Organization, 113,702 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed worldwide, with the death rate rising to 3.4 percent.The Jakarta administration is currently monitoring 70 people suspected of having the virus and supervising 97 more being treated at hospitals, Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti told the press briefing.She added that 331 people had been declared virus-free from previous monitoring and 100 discharged from the hospital.In addition to postponing the Jakarta E-Prix, the city administration is planning to suspend its weekly Car Free Day for the next two weeks.An ad-hoc working committee, called the permit review team, will also be formed to evaluate the permits of Jakarta-based events and decide whether they can proceed with conditions, be postponed or canceled.The Jakarta E-Prix Organizing Committee is also postponing the construction of a 2.6-kilometer racetrack around Monas, called the Monas Circuit, according to the committee’s director of communications and sustainability, Felicia Idama.The committee revealed the racetrack’s design in mid-February, saying it would have 11 bends and allow drivers to speed up to 220 kilometers per hour.”We are discussing the technicalities, so we cannot decide [on a new date for the race] just yet,” Felicia told The Jakarta Post via text message on Wednesday.Construction on the Monas circuit, designed by German racetrack designer Tilke Engineers & Architects and initially set to be built by city-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), was expected reach completion in April before undergoing tests before the race.The 47-minute race was going to involve 24 drivers from 13 countries in 12 teams.Jakpro had requested a Rp 767 billion (US$53.45 million) capital injection from the city budget, of which Rp 344 million would be used for asphalting and erecting barriers and fences, said Jakpro president director Dwi Wahyu Daryoto.The remaining Rp 423 million was to be used for a bank guarantee.”After discussing [the matter] with FEO and other stakeholders, we decided to postpone the Jakarta E-Prix from the initial schedule of June 6,” Dwi said in a statement released on Wednesday.”This is a preventive measure against COVID-19, prioritizing the health of Indonesians, especially in the capital.” (dfr)List of canceled events in Jakarta due to COVID-19   Postponed   Metal music festival     Postponed   6IXSENSE World Tour  April 11   Head in the Cloud  March 7   Formula E electric motorsports   championship  June 6   Postponed   March 7   K-Pop concert The Jakarta administration has postponed the Jakarta E-Prix, the capital’s first-ever Formula E race initially set to take place on June 6, as part of its efforts to further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).The race, which would have been held at the National Monument (Monas), is postponed indefinitely.Meanwhile, the city administration is in talks with the Formula E Organizers (FEO) and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) about monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, not only in Indonesia but also around the world, according to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.   Foals Live in Jakarta  March 10   K-Pop concert Source: various sources   Postponed   Postponed   Khalid Free Spirit World Tour  Music concert Topics :last_img read more

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Barcelona celebrate 20 years of Messi’s arrival

first_img Standing at just 1.48m tall, few expected Messi to make it at the top level but his immense talent was obvious from the start and it continued to blossom year after year. Messi has gone on to score a club record 634 goals in 731 official first-team appearances which not only is more goals than any other player in Barcelona’s history, but more than the tallies of the second, third and fourth highest on that list combined. Loading… Read Also: Messi nets right-footed rocket as first Barca goal under KoemanHe has won 33 trophies for the club including 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, while he has won five Ballon d’Or awards.The platitudes are endless for a player who many consider to be the best player to have ever played the game and for whom Barcelona fans can enjoy for at least one more season yet.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona are celebrating 20 years since star player Lionel Messi joined the club with his two decades outlined in an extraordinarily comprehensive report in Marca. Messi joined the club, aged just 13, on 17 September 2000 with the dream of becoming a footballer at the Camp Nou and he initially joined the youth ranks of the Blaugrana.center_img Advertisement Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeZodiac Signs Reimagined As Women Look Incredible10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

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Added money for SportMods Saturday at DCRP

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – The United Wireless IMCA Sport Modifieds will have a little extra incentive to reach the front during Saturday’s Pack the Stands night at Dodge City Raceway Park as extra money has been added to their purse for the Aug. 31 event.Saturday’s card, which offers free admission to Dodge City residents, also includes the track’s other championship chase divisions of IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m. An extra $500 has been added to the United Wireless IMCA SportMod purse on Saturday night by an anonymous donor.Two hundred of the added $500 will go to the feature winner to bring the victor’s total take to $500. One hundred dollars has been added to both second and third place with 50 dollars added to both fourth and fifth, bringing the total payout for second through fifth to $325, $275, $200 and $175, respectively.The United Wireless IMCA Sport Modified division has featured highly competitive racing action on a regular basis in 2013 with seven different drivers reaching victory lane in 10 feature events thus far.Austin Walker has made the visit to victory lane most often with three triumphs while Mike Shenberger has scored a pair of wins. Single triumphs have been claimed by Jeff Kaup, Clay Sellard, Andy Barton, Clay Money and Randle McRoberts.While he has notched only one victory, Kaup has posted seven other finishes among the top four including three runner-up showings to amass a point lead of 65 markers over Toby Witthuhn with Matthew Crowell, Walker and Josh Appel also among a tightly-bunched top five in points.Admission to Saturday’s action for those who are not residents of Dodge City is $10 for adults while children 11 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.Only one night of DCRP racing action remains after this Saturday’s card, that being the Sept. 28 Jerry Soderberg Championship Memorial event that includes the URSS Sprint Cars along with the track’s IMCA Modifieds, SportMods and Stock Cars, Thunder Cars and Hornets.last_img read more

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Cricket News Afghanistan and Ireland to square off in historic Test match in India

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After making their entry into the Test club with matches against India and Pakistan, Afghanistan and Ireland will square off in a one-off Test in March 2019 in Dehradun. The series will consist of five ODIs, three Twenty20 Internationals in addition to the Test match. The dates for the matches will be from February 23 and the series will conclude with the Test match beginning on March 17, which is St.Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Both nations will be hoping to register their first Test win. For Afghanistan, they will want to perform impressively ahead of the 2019 World Cup in England which they qualified after beating the West Indies in the ICC World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe in 2017.Read More |Virat Kohli’s wicket celebration vs CA XI takes internet by stormIreland put up a solid display in their maiden Test against Pakistan at Malahide in May. Kevin O’Brien stole the show by becoming the first Ireland player to hit a Test century but Pakistan held their nerve to win the match by five wickets. On the other hand, Afghanistan had a torrid introduction to Tests against India in June at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay helped India to 474 and Afghanistan were bowled out for 109 and 103 to lose by an innings and 262 runs.Read More |Virat Kohli’s India aim to avoid tail-ender woes in Australia Tests“Afghanistan is a quality side with world-class players – it’ll be a great challenge in their ‘home’ conditions. The series is a major step forward for Irish cricket as the tour is the first one as a Full Member,” Irish batsman Andrew Balbirnie told ESPNCricinfo.Ireland, who stunned the cricketing world with wins over Pakistan and England in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, are not part of the 2019 edition as they missed out on qualification. However, this year promises to be special for Ireland as they play a Test against England for the first time in Lord’s.Both Afghanistan and Ireland were awarded full Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in June 2017 during a full council meeting of the international cricket boardFull scheduleTwenty20 InternationalsFirst match: February 23Second match: February 24Third match: February 26ODI seriesFirst match: March 2Second match: March 4Third match: March 7Fourth match: March 9Fifth match: March 12One-off Test: March 17-21 last_img read more

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AP Source: Broncos agree to 2-year, $5.7M deal with Vannett

first_img___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 He’ll pair with 2019 first-round pick Noah Fant in the Broncos’ two-tight end sets, and his addition could spell trouble for fellow Ohio State alum Jeff Heuerman, who’s been plagued by injuries during his five-year career and is due nearly $4 million next season, none of which is guaranteed.Vannett was a third-round pick out of Ohio State by Seattle in 2016. Heuerman was a third-round pick by the Broncos a year earlier.In four seasons, Vannett has 61 catches for 591 yards and four touchdowns. Heuerman, who didn’t play as a rookie because of a knee injury, has remarkably similar numbers in his four seasons of action: 63 catches for 678 yards and five touchdowns.With Chris Harris Jr.’s departure to the Chargers this week, Heuerman is one of only three players (Von Miller, Brandon McManus) remaining from Denver’s Super Bowl 50-winning team.As they did with Harris, the Broncos thanked safety Will Parks on Twitter Saturday following his departure via free agency. Parks has agreed to a one-year deal with his hometown Philadelphia Eagles. March 21, 2020 Associated Press center_img AP Source: Broncos agree to 2-year, $5.7M deal with Vannett Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Denver Broncos have agreed to a two-year free agent deal with former Seattle and Pittsburgh tight end Nick Vannett that’s worth $5.7 million.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because NFL teams aren’t announcing signings until all the paperwork is filed, a process that’s complicated by the coronavirus pandemic that has forced the league to ban all free agents from visiting team facilities.At 6-foot-6 and 261 pounds, Vannett will be Denver’s biggest tight end, and while he’s primarily built a reputation as a blocker, he did catch 29 passes for Seattle in 2018 and had a combined 17 receptions for the Seahawks and Steelers last season.last_img read more

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NBA: Spurs vs Trail Blazers live streaming details, squad and schedule

first_imgLast Updated: 27th October, 2019 15:51 IST NBA: Spurs Vs Trail Blazers Live Streaming Details, Squad And Schedule NBA: The match between San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers will be played on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, and is scheduled to start at 6:00 am IST. First Published: 27th October, 2019 15:51 IST LIVE TV 10 months ago NBA: Portland Trail Blazers vs Denver Nuggets player ratings, result Adil Khan WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img 10 months ago NBA: Scores, updates and highlights from all the games on October 24 10 months ago NBA anti drug: Deandre Ayton and other times when players were banned Both San Antonio Spurs and  Portland Trail Blazers kicked off their campaign with a win and both teams will be confident ahead of their next clash. The Trail Blazers beat Sacramento Kings 122-112 in their first game thanks to a dominant performance by Damian Lillard. Hassan Whiteside cemented his position even more by helping Kent Bazemore and others to take the team to victory. Spurs, on the other hand, defeated New York Knicks 120-111. The star for their team was Aldridge as he put up 22 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes while shooting 8-of-15 from the field.Also Read l NBA 2019-20: Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz player ratings and resultNBA: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers: Date and VenueThe match between San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers will be played on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. The match will be played at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.NBA: Where to watch San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail BlazersSan Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers will be broadcast on the Sony Sports Network. The games will also live-stream on Sony LIV app.NBA: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers match timingThe match between San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers is scheduled to start at 6:00 am IST on Tuesday.Also Read l NBA 2019-20: Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks player ratingsNBA: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers Playing fiveSan Antonio Spurs: DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, Lonnie Walker, Derrick WhitePortland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkić, Pau Gasol, Hassan WhitesideAlso Read l NBA 2019-20: Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks player ratingsNBA: San Antonio Spurs vs Portland Trail Blazers full teamSan Antonio Spurs: LaMarcus Aldridge, Marco Belinelli, DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan, Drew Eubanks, Bryn Forbes, Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Trey Lyles, Chimezie Metu, Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl, Luka Samanic, Lonnie Walker IV, Quinndary Weatherspoon, Derrick WhitePortland Trail Blazers: Kent Bazemore, Moses Brown, Zach Collins, Pau Gasol, Mario Hezonja, Jaylen Hoard, Rodney Hood, Skal Labissiere, Damian Lillard, Nassir Little, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Anfernee Simons, Anthony Tolliver, Gary Trent Jr., Hassan WhitesideAlso Read l NBA anti drug: Deandre Ayton and other times when players were banned 10 months ago NBA: San Antonio Spurs vs New York Knicks 120-111, player ratings COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago NBA: Player ratings from Clippers’ dominating win over the Warriorslast_img read more

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Rohr: Eagles Have Learnt Lessons from Defeat in London

first_imgThe game was a dress rehearsal for Nigeria’s opening Group D match against Croatia, who play a similar style of football with the Serbs.Coming just four days after the Super Eagles defeated Poland in their first warm up game in Wroclaw last Friday, the Franco-German gaffer insisted his wards have no reason to fret as no football team in the world wins all their games.Media Officer of the team, Toyin Ibitoye revealed wednesday that Rohr rather commended the players for their efforts in the London friendly.“Rohr commended the boys and urged them not to drop their heads because no football team in the world wins all their games,” Ibitoye stressed yesterday.“The coach told the team they should learn from this defeat but not suck, but rather go back to their clubs and keep fighting.“He said what was most important after such a loss is how you react, he said we have to bounce back.”The Serbia loss was only the second in 14 games for the Eagles under Rohr’s watch.Installed 20 months ago as Eagles coach, Rohr has won eight matches and drawn four.Meanwhile, scorer of the two goals against Nigeria during the friendly, Mitrovic said yesterday that the Serbia national team fully deserved the win against Nigeria because they did everything their coach told them to do.“Two goals, I scored another which was not counted but it’s the team that is more important,” Mitrovic told reporters after the game.“It was a good match and good result for us. We played well and won which is the important thing for us. We did everything the coach asked us to do. We dominated the game and had total control.” We were the better team and we deserved to win the game. Now, we go back to our clubs and we are all eager to re-assemble again because we know what is expected in Russia,” Mitrovic stressed.After the 1-0 victory over Poland last Friday and this defeat to Serbia on Tuesday, Eagles next game in the pre-FIFA World Cup build-up is the send forth match against Democratic Republic of Congo in Nigeria on Monday, 28th May, to be followed by a prestige game against England’s Three Lions at Wembley five days later.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES FALLOUTTechnical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, insisted wednesday that his wards have picked up valuable lessons from the 2-0 loss to Serbia in the international friendly played at The Hive Stadium in London on Tuesday night.Two second half goals from Fulham forward, Aleksandar Mitrovic, gave the Serbs victory on the night the three-time African champions were bereft in every department of the friendly.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick fails to help Real Madrid to the title

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick in 4-1 victory for Real Madrid against Espanyol could not stop La Liga going to Barcelona.Espanyol more than matched their opponents for physical effort in the first half, closing them down in the midfield and in their own half, making Real struggle to find their attacking rhythm. Once again, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo struggled to recreate the dominance of previous performances, and the midfield was little more than adequate.Ronaldo had the best chance of the half, heading wide at the far post, trying to squeeze in his effort, and shinning a Dani Carvajal cross at the near post weakly at goal. Espanyol were reduced to speculative efforts from distance.In the second half, Ronaldo put Real ahead when Karim Benzema slid him in down the left, and he drilled a shot past Kiko Casilla.Then Real threw away the lead when Keylor Navas failed to clear a Pepe backpass, allowing Christian Stuani to close him down and ultimately convert the chance to equalise.With 10 minutes left, Marcelo exchanged passes with Ronaldo into the box, driving a rising shot into the top corner. Ronaldo made it three after Javier Hernandez chased a Marcelo ball to pull it back for the winger. He then got his hat-trick when he headed in at the back post from a James Rodriguez cross. Barcelona, though, did enough at Atletico Madrid to secure the title.–last_img read more

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