Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFight for reasonable gun control lawsThings are quiet now. The last mass shooting has faded, and people go about their business. Tomorrow? Who knows? Maybe we’ll see a mass shooting that takes a hundred lives.Each time it occurs, we react with appropriate horror and disgust. And what happens? Bury the dead, treat the wounded, and then nothing. Nothing. When will our elected representatives have the courage to address this threat to us and our children?I encourage you to view the documentary that was presented on CNN, “Fareed Zakaria GPS: Global Lessons on Guns,” which aired on Nov. 25. It presents lessons to be learned. It shows that other countries allow reasonable gun ownership. It asks why we can’t. It addresses homicides and suicides and shows that other gun-loving countries don’t have nearly the problem that the United States does. And perhaps surprisingly to some, it’s not all because of mental illness (although there is no question that it contributes in a small way).We really must stand up to the vocal critics who don’t want to accept reasonable rule changes for gun ownership, including removing assault weapons from the public. No one is trying to take all guns away. It just makes sense to know who has them and to make sure no one who shouldn’t have them does. Use facts for truth, not for own biasesWhat’s become of us as a nation? Have we descended into two tribes sniping at one another with cherry-picked facts that reflect our biases rather than the whole truth? Timothy Gaffney’s Jan. 1, letter for instance, criticized Diane Hombach’s Dec. 26 letter in which she claimed Obama won over 50 percent of the popular vote, something no president has accomplished since Reagan. That’s not true: While Obama garnered 52.9 percent in 2008, both Bush presidents topped 50 percent in 1988 and 2004. Mr. Gaffney went on to state that the 2018 midterm elections were nowhere near as devastating to Republicans as the 2010 midterms were to Democrats. (Republicans lost a mere 40 House seats in 2018, whereas Democrats lost 64 in 2010, plus Republicans picked up three Senate seats in the latest election.)On the surface, Mr. Gaffney’s point is correct. But he overlooks the fact that in 2010, Republicans won the popular House vote by a margin of only two-tenths of a percent more than Democrats won in 2018 (7.2 percent vs. 7.0). As for the Senate, even though Republicans gained three seats in 2018, they won only 41.5 percent of all votes cast in Senate races, whereas Democrats won 56.9 percent. Those disparities occurred because of Republican gerrymandering and the fact that the Senate, which grants every state two senators regardless of size, favors small (red) states.Why do folks insist on searching only for evidence to support their pre-existing viewpoints instead of trying to determine the whole truth behind the headlines?Fred ComoBurnt Hills Media biased toward Clinton FoundationThis is in response to Bill Denison’s Dec. 31 letter. He’s wrong about the Clinton Foundation somehow being “shady” and not legitimate.Did they receive some donations from “awkward” sources? Of course. But who hasn’t been in a room with people of questionable character? You have to make do. In the Clintons’ case, this meant not offending the donor(s) by returning the cash.Some question the large influx of cash that flowed into the foundation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. I’m sure it was just a coincidence (kind of like when Barry Bonds was hitting all those home runs at an advanced age but wasn’t on steroids). Same thing with Bill Clinton’s huge speaking fees, just like birdwatchers pay a lot of money for exotic bird calls. Who among us wouldn’t pay big bucks to hear the call of the “Raspy-Throated Clinton.” As for the Clintons getting rich off of their foundation, I’m sure it was just a “bookkeeping error.” Someone probably mislabeled a file, which accounts for the discrepancy. Finally, The Gazette has to sell newspapers. Which headline do you think they’re going to use: 1) President Trump uses rare tax deduction to save on taxes or 2) Trump uses unfair tax loophole to avoid paying fair share of taxes? Also, unfortunately, most of their national stories are written by two “news” organizations: The New York Times and The Washington Post, which seem to be subsidiaries of the Democratic National Committee. Hopefully, this explanation clarifies any confusion.Ken TrumanAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Don’t just nod in agreement; do something. Let your legislators know that this great country we love doesn’t have to remain one of the more dangerous places on Earth when it comes to guns.Jerry BoehmAlbany Regarding Jim Vincent’s Dec. 27 letter, “Consider negatives of legalizing pot,” there is no rational defense of any state law that prohibits marijuana sales to responsible adults. The gateway-drug theory isn’t scientific fact. Yet many writers keep citing that archaic bunk in vain attempts to malign the female flowers of cannabis plants.What is the long-term effect of lawmakers and bureaucrats blocking public access to those truly beneficial plant materials?Various positive economic impacts will result from legal cannabis commerce in New York. For sure, the local property taxes paid by new businesses and lucrative careers in this rapidly growing field both will enjoy wide appeal. Unfortunately, stoned drivers do pose serious traffic risks, and teenagers always tend to be rebellious. But those realities do not justify a blanket ban on recreational cannabis products sold to adults. At present, saliva kits that detect recent pot smoking by drivers are available to police agencies. Researchers also continue developing more accurate roadside tests.A spokesman for the American Medical Association went on record in 1937 strongly opposing the original anti-“marihuana” law passed by Congress. At the time, it was perfectly legal for doctors to prescribe cannabis extracts as medicine. No legitimate case for pot prohibition He tells us that his “gut” is smarter than most people’s brains. And since the gut is where excrement is made and expelled, I have a better understanding of the things he actually says.Rudy NydeggerBallston Spa Today, New York is among more than 30 states with active medical cannabis programs. They clearly conflict with the Schedule I classification in the Controlled Substances Act, which claims that cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use.” All prohibitive cannabis laws were totally indefensible from the start.Lawrence Goodwin Milton Give Trump his own walled-in countrySince we have a president with little regard for the truth and based on his own utterances, he appears to be unethical, immoral and probably criminal, I have a solution: We should let Trump have his own country, and he can be king for life. I propose that we draw a line in West Texas down to the Mexican border. This part of West Texas will be called Trumpsylvania. Trump could be king and even have a congress that would do whatever he wanted. He could put the Trump name in gold on all the buildings in the country. He could even go to war for water rights and turn Trumpsylvania into a giant golf course. He could also build a 30-foot high concrete wall around his whole country to keep the undesirables out. Tax rates would have to be high to begin with to build up the military and pay for the wall. But rich, overweight, old white males would be exempt from taxes. Public school wouldn’t be necessary because he would teach people how to use their “guts.” They would not need libraries either, so some money could be saved that way. Grateful to Malta vets group for caringThank you to the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program, Renee Farley, Dave Wallingford, Craig Warner, Bryan Haas, Paul Mosseau and all the volunteers who support veterans. I’m an 84-year-old female veteran from the Korean Conflict. My children didn’t want me to drive anymore, so I sold my car. The Malta veterans program drives me to appointments. And every Christmas, they come with Santa, bringing gifts, cookies and candy. The best part is that they sing Christmas songs. What a wonderful group of people.Doris PrincipeMalta
You don’t necessarily need a crystal ball to work out if a property is available for sale off market.NOT every property makes it to market with plenty being transacted without a sign even being hammered into the front lawn.So how do you snare yourself an off market property?Buyers agent Darren Piper of Universal Buyers Agents said off-market sales were a way that some savvy home buyers and investors could avoid the pitfalls of buying at auction or with more competition.Owners sell off market for a number of reasons, he said, including not wanting dozens of people traipsing through your home at open inspections.Finding the properties was all about networking. Mr Piper said a buyer’s agent could do the hard yards, letterbox drops, cold calls, and doorknocking. “In my experience the majority of off-market or pre listings are available by having strong relationships in place with agents,’’ he said.“I firmly believe some of the best buying is off-market,’’ he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Mr Piper’s 5 tips for buying off market are:– Even though it’s off market don’t forget the checks and balances. Do your due diligence such as building and pest inspections and council searches.– Have your finances ready to go before you start searching.“This puts you in a very strong position when ready to negotiate,’’ he said.– Make sure you know the market and what the property is worth as 90 per cent of off market properties don’t have a price on them given they are not “listed”.– Understand why the seller isn’t putting the property on the market. This could be as they are very private or don’t want open homes.– Be patient. Given the property isn’t on the market the sellers might need more time to consider where to move to if living in it. Rent back options can work really well in this situation
Sharing is caring! Share Tweet 17 Views no discussions HealthLifestyle Older dads linked to rise in genetic disorder by: – August 23, 2012 Share Share Most mutations are linked to the father’s age rather than the mother’s, experts believeA genetic study has added to evidence that the increase in some mental and other disorders may be due to men having children later in life.An Icelandic company found the number of genetic mutations in children was directly related to the age of their father when they were conceived.One prominent researcher suggested young men should consider freezing their sperm if they wanted to have a family in later life.The research is published in Nature.According to Dr Kari Stefansson, of Decode Genetics, who led the research, the results show it is the age of men, rather than women, that is likely to have an effect on the health of the child.“Society has been very focused on the age of the mother. But apart from [Down’s Syndrome] it seems that disorders such as schizophrenia and autism are influenced by the age of the father and not the mother.”Male-drivenDr Stefansson’s team sequenced the DNA of 78 parents and their children. This revealed a direct correlation between the number of mutations or slight alterations to the DNA, of the child and the age of their father. The results indicate that a father aged 20 passes, on average, approximately 25 mutations, while a 40-year-old father passes on about 65. The study suggests that for every year a man delays fatherhood, they risk passing two more mutations on to their child.What this means in terms of the impact on the health of the child is unclear. But it does back studies that also show fathers are responsible for mutations and that these mutations increase with age. And, for the first time, these results have been quantified and they show that 97% of all mutations passed on to children are from older fathers.“No other factor is involved which for those of us working in the field is very surprising,” said Dr Stefansson.He added that the work backed other studies that have found links between older fathers and some disorders.“The average age of fathers has been steeply rising [in industrialised countries] since 1970. Over the same period there has been an increase in autism and it is very likely that part of that rise is accounted for by the increasing age of the father,” he said.Genetic ‘diversity’The findings should not alarm older fathers. The occurrence of many of these disorders in the population is very low and so the possible doubling in risk by having a child later in life will still be a very low risk. Nearly all children born to older fathers will be healthy. But across the population the number of children born with disorders is likely to increase if this theory holds true.Older fathers and therefore genetic mutations have been linked with neurological conditions because the brain depends on more genes for its development and regulation. So mutations in genes are more likely to show up as problems in the brain than in any other organ. But it is unclear whether the age of fathers has an effect on any other organ or system. The research has not yet been done.The reason that men rather than women drive the mutation rate is that women are born with all their eggs whereas men produce new sperm throughout their adult life. It is during sperm production that genetic errors creep in, especially as men get older. Writing a commentary in the Journal Nature, Prof Alexey Kondrashov, of University of Michigan, said young men might wish to consider freezing their sperm if future studies showed there were other negative effects on a child’s health.“Collecting the sperm of young adult men and cold storing it for later use could be a wise individual decision. It might also be a valuable for public health, as such action could reduce the deterioration of the gene pool of human populations,” he said.Dr Stefansson, however, told BBC News that from a long-term perspective the decision by some men to have children later in life might well be speeding up the evolution of our species. “The high rate of mutations is dangerous for the next generation but is generating diversity from which nature can select and further refine this product we call man,” he said.“So what is bad for the next generation may be good for our species in general.”However a spokesman for the National Autistic Society said: “While there is evidence to suggest that genetic factors may play a role in some forms of autism, there are many ‘younger’ fathers who have children with the condition. “Far more investigation needs to be done into the connection between genetics and autism before we can draw any reliable conclusions.” BBC News
16 Views no discussions Share Share In photo: A doctor’s stethoscope. Photo credit: abc.net.auCalls have been made by the newly elected president of the Dominica Nurses Association for health practitioners here to adhere to the Code of Ethics of the profession.Julie Blaize, who was addressing the 54th Anniversary of the Dominica Nurses Association on Monday, said the Code of Ethics is the nurse’s guide to professionalism.She said according to the code, nurses have four fundamental responsibilities which are to promote health, to prevent illness, restore health and alleviate suffering and respect of human dignity.“Nurses also have to respect the right to life and choice, respect the patients’ rights and dignity. Four fundamental elements of the Code of Ethics include nurse and people, nurse and practice, nurse and the profession and nurse and coworker,” she said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Newly elected President of Nurses Association wants Code of Ethics to be adhered to by: – August 23, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana House of Representatives voted unanimously in support of a bill requiring a refresher training course for law enforcement officers.Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) would establish a training refresher course for officers who have already graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy but were inactive for two or more years.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/FryeLawEnforcementTraining.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.According to Frye, the bill establishes training guidelines when long-term breaks occur for reserve officers, full-time officers, and students that are paying their way through the training academy while also attending school.The bill has been approved by the House of Representatives and Senate and awaits a signature from the governor.
Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds middle and high schools teachers across the state that the application deadline for the 2019 Paint the Plow campaign is March 15. All schools interested in taking part in the program are encouraged to get their applications in before the deadline.Paint the Plow is open to all middle schools, high schools and career-technical schools across the state. Classes/programs from middle and high schools are invited to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork to represent their school. Applications and additional program details can be found online here.In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program.Only students who are currently enrolled in the applicant school may participate in the creation, execution and completion of the art project.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Sri Lanka cricketers Shehan Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis collided during the second T20 International match against New Zealand. It was the final over where New Zealand requires seven runs of the six balls.The collision was such drastic that both the players instantly fall on the ground while trying to catch the ball at the long-on. It was Mitchell Santner who lofted the delivery for a boundary, however, Shehan took the catch but his body touched the rope and it was declared four runs by the field umpire.The official Twitter handle of New Zealand Cricket wrote, “Drama in the deep! A great catch from Jayasuriya but he collides with his teammate and goes over the boundary. Santner awarded SIX. Receiving medical attention now, hopefully all ok’’.This is not the first time that these two players and suffered injuries on the field, recently, both Mendis and Jayasuriya fell of the bikes while taking a victory lap inside R Premadasa Stadium.The guards and groundsmen on the stadium rushed to the cricketers because the duo struggled to get well from the autumn.The third T20I between Sri Lanka and New Zealand to be played on Friday in Kandy.
24 – 17 to retain RAN South Zone 15s titleTWO tries from Avery Corbin, and one each from stalwart Richard Staglon and newcomerRichard Staglon on his way to scoring his try for Guyana against Trinidad.Ahmad Isaacs, as well as two conversions from Captain Ryan Gonsalves saw Guyana defeating rivals Trinidad and Tobago 24 – 17 to retain their Rugby Americas North (RAN) South Zone 15s title yesterday at the St Stanislaus College Ground.With the win, Guyana will now travel to Mexico City for their July 1 clash with the Mexicans; their second in as many years, for RAN’s overall title. The last time the two sides met, Mexico outclassed the ‘Green Machine’ 32 – 3.Meanwhile, despite the weather and a waterlog field, Guyana was able to claw their way from being down 5 – 0 in the early stages, after James Phillips scored for a try for the visitors, but the ‘Soca Ruggers’ would later miss their conversion.Successive tries by Staglon and Corbin and a conversion by Gonsalves, later saw Guyana closing the half 12 – 5, much to the delight of the vociferous crowd at the venue which was hosting Rugby for the first time, after the usual battle ground at the National Park was deemed unsuitable for play.Guyana’s Claudius Butts makes his way through the strong Trinidad defence (Delano Williams photos)It was a see-saw battle in the second stanza, with the two countries having their fair share of possession, but it was Isaacs who would break the drought for Guyana when he paced down the wing to score his second try of the championship, having scored one against Barbados.Gonsalves was not able to make good of the conversion, but Guyana was up 17 – 5. However the Trinidadians continued their relentless pursuit and was able to pierce Guyana’s ‘air tight’ defence to score through Karlon Alexander.Johnson Alleyne’s conversion meant that the Trinidadians were on the verge of a comeback, as the visitors put the score 17 – 12, but still trailed.With chants and loud cheers from the crowd, Corbin displayed the type of Rugby that placed him as one of the top players in RAN, when the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) soldier powered his way through the middle and staved off a bullish Trinidadian defence to score his second try of the game.Gonsalves scored the conversion to put Guyana up 24 – 12. But it was not over as yet.Trinidad and Tobago, with time running out, tried desperately to get back into the game, especially since a draw would’ve seen them through to face Mexico and hand them the title.The ‘Soca Ruggers’ could’ve only mustered a try (24 – 17) as time was not on their side and had to watch Guyana celebrate another title.Last year, Guyana had defeated Trinidad and Tobago 23-18 in the Twin Island Republic to win the title.
Of the previous 72 meetings between USC and Notre Dame, at least one team has been ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll all but nine times.This season marks the 10th time.Wide-eyed · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley, pictured here as a freshman against Notre Dame on Oct. 17, 2009, is 1-0 as a starter against the Irish. He missed last year’s edition of the rivalry because of a high ankle sprain. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanThough the Trojans and Fighting Irish have compiled a combined nine wins this season — against three losses — both finished outside the top-25 poll this week, receiving 107 and 87 votes, respectively, in what would equate to No. 27 and No. 28 in the poll.It marks the first time in the history of the poll that a 5-1 Trojans team has not been ranked.Despite USC’s postseason ineligibility and Notre Dame’s two losses, the game will still continue to hold plenty of value for many.“It means a lot to the school, alumni and people here,” junior quarterback Matt Barkley said following Tuesday’s early morning practice. “To us, it is just another game that we have to win.”Last week at California, Barkley passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Saturday’s contest against the Irish will mark Barkley’s second visit to South Bend, Ind.As a freshman, Barkley completed 19 of 29 passes against the Fighting Irish, throwing for two touchdowns and one interception.He did not, however, play in last season’s game because of a high ankle sprain sustained the week before in a 36-7 loss at Oregon State.“I remember it being electric and not hostile like Autzen [Stadium] or [Ohio State’s] Horseshoe,” Barkley said. “It is a classic stadium that gets me fired up and it probably will for the other guys, too.”Senior linebacker Chris Galippo noted that familiarity also makes Saturday’s showdown all the more unique.“Most everybody on this team was recruited by Notre Dame,” Galippo said.Last November, the Irish defeated the Trojans 20-16 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.But until last season’s meeting, USC had won eight straight games over Notre Dame, dating back to 2002 — Pete Carroll’s second season as the team’s coach.“So many coaches and players work over the years to start the streak and keep it going,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “When you’re playing a game without your quarterback, you hate to lose a streak when all of your guys aren’t there.”Kiffin noted that it was difficult to watch game film from last year’s loss to Notre Dame.“I don’t think it will ever leave,” Kiffin said of the defeat. “This week brings it back because you have to watch it again and learn from the tape.”—Junior tailback Curtis McNeal was USC’s leading rusher against Cal last week with 86 yards on 17 carries. He hopes the team’s strong play carries over this weekend as well.“It’s a big game,” McNeal said. “They beat us last year, but we’re on a roll and we have to keep it going.”McNeal is listed as the starter on the depth chart along with senior tailback Marc Tyler, who suffered a dislocated shoulder against Cal. It is unknown whether Tyler will be healthy enough to play against Notre Dame.—On Sunday and Tuesday, Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods worked on their accuracy after having noticeable issues with timing against Cal.Woods believes he was not affected by his performance last week.“We still got the win by a good margin against Cal,” he said. “I just have to be ready for Notre Dame.”—The Trojans were pleased with their victory against the Bears and hope to repeat their performance this Saturday.“The offense did a great job in controlling the ball and not turning it over,” Barkley said. “Although we had to settle for some field goals, we are putting points up on the board and that’s what matters to us.”
FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ – Nigeria – FIFA.comNigeria team at FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 – FIFA.comFIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 Duro Ikhazuagbe with agency reportAs Nigeria’s Super Falcons take on host France today at the ongoing Women’s World Cup in Rennes, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie has promised Les Bleues will not be as lucky as they were during their friendly clash last year.The 18-year old goal tender was between the sticks when France hammered Falcons 8-0 in that friendly. DINAN, FRANCE – AUGUST 13: Chiamaka Nnadozie of Nigeria during the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 group D match between China PR and Nigeria at Stade du Clos Gastel on August 13, 2018 in Dinan, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) But Nnadozie is adamant that history won’t repeat itself. “I know they will feel relaxed, thinking that they may score more than eight goals this time again,” observed the Falcons keeper who kept a clean slate in her first World Cup action against South Korea last week.She however admitted that today’s clash was going to be tough, given the fact that the hosts have maintained 100 per cent start to their campaign with two victories.“It’s going to be a tough game. They (Les Bleues) are one of the best teams in the competition, but we are letting them know that it’s not going to be like that again.“That (defeat) was last year. I know we are not going to lose. We are going to make our country proud,” Nnadozie reassured Nigerian fans ahead of the game.Coach Thomas Dennerby handed Nnadozie her first World Cup starting shirt against Korea last Wednesday with the confidence that the Imo-born goalkeeper was not going to disappoint.Nigeria entered the second match against Korea under the pressure of knowing that only victory would preserve realistic hope of a top-two finish in Group A after conceding 0-3 to Norway in her opening game. And Nnadozie responded with a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory for the African champions.“My coach called me and said, ‘This is your time’,” Nnadozie told FIFA.com yesterday. “It was a dream that came true.”Nnazodie’s rise in Nigerian women’s football has been rapid.She started playing football as a 12-year-old and was quickly elevated into the U-17 and U-20 national teams.Last year she pulled on the gloves at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and displayed her potential in a Player of the Match performance against Haiti in Brittany. It was in that tournament that Nnadozie set her sights on returning to France for the senior global finals.“I knew it was going to come true, because when I was coming up my coach used to tell me, ‘Work hard, you will get there’,” she said. “I really worked for it. Every time at training, I gave it my best. Even if I was tired, I would keep pushing.”Nnadozie carried only one target into France 2019.“I told myself that before the end of the tournament, by God’s grace, I must keep goal in one match,” she said. “When I was called upon to keep goal, though I was a little bit scared, I encouraged myself, I told myself, ‘Come on, you’ve been doing it during the friendly matches, so you have to do it now’.”Nnadozie achieved her pre-tournament goal in a performance against Korea Republic that demonstrated poise and maturity beyond her years. She became, at 18 years and 186 days, the youngest goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women’s World Cup.“After the match, when I saw the post, I was so happy,” said Nnadozie. “A young girl like me getting a good record, I was so proud of myself.“I am so proud of the defence. They did great. I know I can’t do it without them – they made it possible for me,” she observed further.Nigeria’s power-playing trio – Desire Oparanozie, Rita Chikwelu and Francisca Ordega – all must play with caution as they are each on a yellow card and would be ruled out of the Round of 16 if they are cautioned against the Les Bleues this evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram