Letters to the Editor for Friday, Sep. 20

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump destined to lose China trade warPresident Trump has been correct to focus on the economic and trade challenges China presents to the United States.However, rather than go it alone, Trump should have sought a united front with European and Asian allies. Instead, he antagonized our European allies and withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).Moreover, his use of tariffs harms American consumers and businesses, and is also harming European and Asian allies.Trump will not win his trade  war with China for these reasons:1. The Chinese are accustomed to dealing with economic hardship while Americans are less willing to accept it, recall the 2018-2019 government shutdown. Eventually, public disapproval will force our government to relent on tariffs. The Chinese government won’t succumb to public disapproval.2. China’s totalitarian form of government allows its leaders to adopt the long view in matters of national goals. Our democratic form of government doesn’t respond well to issues which require the long view.Changes in administrations often result in changes in policies, recall the Iranian nuclear deal.3. The tariff war with China is exacerbating the slowdown in the world economy.Domestic and foreign economic markets have an aversion to the unpredictability created by Trump’s trade policies. Wild swings in markets will continue to plague our economy.4. The 2020 elections will put enormous pressure on the Trump administration to resolve the trade war with China. Republican support for tariffs will fade.In the end, Trump will blink first in his game of chicken with China.Don SteinerSchenectadyInclude all sports in concussion responseThank you for your Sept. 3 article on the signed legislation (S2958A) that will require youth tackle football programs in New York to provide parents with information on concussions (“Concussion Legislation is Signed”).I am a high school athletic trainer working in the Albany area and recognize this law will provide service to a different group than the Concussion Management and Awareness Act.Enacted in 2012, it provides public high school student athletes access to a coordinated team of coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, school nurses, physicians, and teachers, all collaborating to educate about concussion, identify when a possible concussion has occurred, and work with student athletes to get medical attention, and progress to return to play and return to school.This new law will target those participating at the youth level and as such, is a great opportunity for parents and children participating in youth football to receive direct education. However, I would like to emphasize that many children participate in sports other than football who are also at risk of concussion.As a certified athletic trainer serving youth, I would encourage a similar but broader initiative to include all sports and performing arts at risk of concussions.Understanding the symptoms and management of a concussion is crucial to recovery, and this bill provides us with a springboard to educate parents and students across the spectrum of sports.Aimee Brunelle, MS, ATCSchenectadyThe writer is a member of the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association.last_img read more

Trump announces visit to India

first_imgTopics : President Donald Trump will visit India, with stops in the capital New Delhi and the western state of Gujarat, from February 24-25, the White House announced Monday.Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will make the trip to “strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership,” the announcement said.Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was also the home of independence icon Mahatma Gandhi. The White House said that Trump and Modi talked by telephone over the weekend.The two leaders have pursued a close relationship, with Modi visiting in September and hosting Trump at a huge rally in Houston, Texas, dubbed “Howdy, Modi!”last_img read more

Newborns among 16 dead in Kabul hospital attack, 24 killed in funeral bombing

first_img“In order to provide security for public places and to thwart attacks and threats from the Taliban and other terrorist groups, I am ordering Afghan security forces to switch from an active defense mode to an offensive one and to start their operations against the enemies,” he said.Meanwhile National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib said on Twitter: “there seems little point in continuing to engage Taliban in peace talks”.In Washington, the Pentagon declined to comment on Ghani’s stated intent to restart offensive operations, saying only that the US military continued to reserve the right to defend Afghan security forces if they are attacked by the Taliban.”This is going to be a windy, bumpy road, but a political agreement is the best way to end the war,” said Pentagon spokesman Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Campbell, echoing remarks of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper.Mothers, children, nurses The Kabul attack began in the morning when at least three gunmen wearing police uniforms entered the Dasht-e-Barchi hospital, throwing grenades and shooting, government officials said. Security forces had killed the attackers by the afternoon.”The attackers were shooting at anyone in this hospital without any reason. It’s a government hospital, and a lot of people bring in their women and children for treatment,” said Ramazan Ali, a nearby vendor who saw the start of the attack.The 100-bed government-run hospital hosted a maternity clinic run by Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).MSF confirmed in a tweet that the hospital had been attacked. Just hours before it had tweeted a photo of a newborn at the clinic in his mother’s arms after being delivered safely by emergency caesarean section.Interior and health ministry officials said that mothers, nurses and children were among the dead and wounded.Soldiers ferried infants out of the compound, some wrapped in blood-stained blankets, and officials said 100 people were rescued, including three foreigners.The neighborhood is home to many members of Afghanistan’s Hazara community, a mostly Shia Muslim minority that has been attacked by Sunni militants from Islamic State in the past, including at a Kabul ceremony commemorating the death of one of its leaders in March.Rights group Amnesty International condemned both attacks.”The unconscionable war crimes in Afghanistan today, targeting a maternity hospital and a funeral, must awaken the world to the horrors civilians continue to face,” the group tweeted. “There must be accountability for these grave crimes.”Countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey and Pakistan released statements condemning the violence.Last week, security forces killed and arrested several members of an Islamic State cell that authorities said was responsible for several attacks in Kabul including one on a Sikh temple in March. A roadside blast in the capital on Monday, which wounded four civilians, was claimed by the group.Afghanistan is also facing violence around the country from the Taliban, even as the United States tries to usher in peace talks after signing a troop withdrawal agreement in February with the militants. The Taliban say they are holding back from attacking urban centers and their operations are aimed at government security forces. The Islamic State militant group operates in Nangahar and has carried out a number of high-profile attacks in Kabul in recent months. On Monday security forces arrested its regional leader in the capital.The violence, as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic, risks derailing momentum towards US-brokered peace talks between the Taliban and an Afghan government long skeptical of the insurgents’ renunciation of attacks.Photos from the Ministry of Interior showed two young children lying dead inside the hospital. An image showed a woman who had been killed lying on the ground still holding tightly to her baby, who a nurse in the unit confirmed to Reuters had survived and had been moved to an intensive care unit at another hospital.President Ashraf Ghani in a televised address condemned the attacks and said he had ordered the military to switch to ‘offensive’ mode rather than the defensive stance it had adopted as the United States withdraws troops and tries to broker the talks. Gunmen disguised as police attacked a hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, killing 16 people including two newborn babies from a maternity clinic run by the international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.In a separate attack the same day, a suicide bomber struck the funeral of a police commander, attended by government officials and a member of parliament, in the eastern province of Nangahar, killing at least 24 people and injuring 68. Authorities said that toll could rise.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either attack. The Taliban, Afghanistan’s main Islamist insurgency group which says it has halted attacks on cities under a US troop withdrawal deal, denied involvement in both.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Bundall family home sells for $1.8 million

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago38 Jaguar Drive, Bundall sold for $1.8 million.It is described as “perfect for children and pets with plenty of grass on the 800sq m block.There is also an outdoor entertaining area with kitchen that overlooks the pool and waterfront.The luxury master suite has a parent’s retreat, his and hers walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite.Genc & Co agents Isaac and Maria Genc handled the sale. Fancy a swim? 38 Jaguar Drive, Bundall has changed hands for $1.8 million.A RENOVATED Gold Coast property has changed hands for a cool $1.8 million.The waterfront residence in a sought-after cul-de-sac in Bundall features four bedrooms, several living areas and a self-contained granny flat. 38 Jaguar Drive, Bundall.Property records show it is the fourth highest sale on the street.The property last changed hands for $1.265 million in 2007.center_img 38 Jaguar Drive, Bundall.last_img read more

Avail free medical checkup, Antiqueños told

first_imgDoctors from Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center will conduct a medical mission at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose, Antique on Jan. 30 to 31. The medical mission is intended to benefit the sick indigents of the province. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY She added that aside from the medicalcheckup, major surgeries and dental procedures will also be conducted. “Those who would need surgicaloperation would have to undergo a diagnostic test and pre-operation procedureso they have to visit the ASMGH early,” she said. Integrated Provincial Health OfficerDr. Ric Noel Naciongayo on Monday encouraged indigents who wanted to seekmedical help to visit the ASMGH for free medical assessment on Jan. 30 and 31. SAN JOSE, Antique – IndigentAntiqueños who need medical help are encouraged to have themselves listed atthe Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH) in this capital town for atwo-day medical mission. The doctors, who will arrive at theASMGH on Jan. 29, are from the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Sta.Cruz, Manila.center_img Meanwhile, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao saidthe medical mission will include around 20 doctors from Manila with variousspecializations on endocrine glands; ears, nose and throat; and ophthalmology. “The IPHO with the ASMGH doctors arenow assisting patients who would like to avail of the medical mission,”Naciongayo said. “Patients will be attended on afirst-come, first-served basis so come early on Jan. 30 to 31,” added Cadiao.(With a report from PNA/PN) “The two-day activity will be aone-time, big-time medical mission,” Cadiao said.last_img read more

Palm Beach County Schools to Provide Every Student Access to a Computer

first_imgWith virtual learning a potential done deal, Palm Beach County is giving the district $10,000,000 to establish critical infrastructure to allow all students to have internet access.Initially one computer was provided per household, but sharing was not an option for large families. Now the district will ensure every student has a laptop providing a 1:1 computer ratio that gives every student the access to a computer with a camera.So far, 61,000 student Chromebooks have been loaned out to families for distance learning and the district has ordered 82,000 additional devices to be delivered on August 17.The district is also working on a connectivity plan to provide internet service to families who do not currently have a reliable connection.The district hopes to provide free Wi-Fi to 7,500 students in the Glades and Lake Worth Beach regions. Students without internet access will be provided a password for free internet.Parents will be able to log into an individualized education program meeting via Google Meet where a distance learning plan will then be laid out for those students.The plan the board approved also includes guidelines for when students will return to school. Traditional classes can resume in Palm Beach County when the county enters phase 2 of reopening.The school board meets again Wednesday, July 22. to determine a start date for the school year which will likely be August 31 rather than August 10th.Palm Beach County School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri will join The South Florida Morning Show Wednesday at 8:05 to talk about the upcoming virtual school year and how many students will or won’t be able to participate.last_img read more

USC ranks as a top contributing university to Teach for America

first_imgThis year, 70 members of USC’s class of 2013 opted to teach for two years in low-income school districts across the country through Teach for America.  USC is now the second largest contributor to the program in the country, according to rankings released last week.“USC has a perfect storm for Teach for America corps members,” USC Recruitment Manager Carrington Bester said. “It’s already one of America’s top institutions, and then you add that they are being educated in South Central Los Angeles, one of the poorest communities in the state. You have this interesting dichotomy of wealth and privilege and academia and surrounded by kids who are just blocks away who will never be able to enroll in ’SC for no other reason than their zip code and tax bracket.”Throughout Teach For America’s 23-year history, more than 465 USC alumni have taught as corps members, and about 5 percent of USC’s 2013 graduating class applied to the program. USC has ranked as a top contributing university for the past six years.“Students are interested in playing a role in the movement to reform,” Shawnee Cohn, manager of regional communications for Teach for America, said. “Over 60 million children grow up in poverty, a majority not getting the education they deserve. Where the child is born changes their educational destiny. I think the ranking is a testament to the fact that [USC] students are really looking to have an immediate impact on future generations.”More than 57,000 people in total applied to Teach For America this past year, and 5,200 were accepted to work as corps members for at least two years. Corps members are full-time employees at high-needs schools.“There is no ideal applicant except for one that believes they can make an impact and really enjoy leadership and a challenge,” Bester said. “We recognize that the problem is so complex that we literally only want the best and brightest and nothing less. We seek to engage young people who are going to make a transformative impact around the world and are really making sure they’re making that impact in the classroom and the life of kids.”The application process involves a written statement, several rounds of interviews and the creation of sample lesson plans. They receive one-on-one coaching through an instructional adviser. Two-thirds of Teach For America alumni work in the educational field at the conclusion of their two-year contract.Teach For America accepts students from across all majors. Rikiesha Pierce, an alumna who majored in sociology at USC and began her first year with Teach for America this fall, said her major relates to her work as a teacher, even though she teaches other subjects.“Sociology is not directly related to teaching but it does help me understand my surroundings,” Pierce said. “Having the sociological environment helps me understand the people that I interact with. I am able to view my community from a sociological lens, which gives me an advantage.”Pierce is teaching third and fourth grade self-contained special education students. She said she never considered teaching as a career, though she volunteered at schools in Downtown Los Angeles before considering joining Teach for America. The pull of the highly competitive program, Pierce said, is that it gives corps members the opportunity to get paid to positively impact underserved communities.“She painted a picture of the opportunity to give back in one of the most real ways, being on the front lines of the education,” Pierce said.Founded in 1990, Teach for America’s goal is to end education inequity. Today, more than 11,000 corps members teach in rural and urban areas throughout the country.Erik White, a business entrepreneurship and Spanish double major who graduated in 2013, said he identifies with the children he now teaches.“I grew up in a single-parent household in a low-income community,” White said. “I always thought that education was a place to do well, no matter what my situation might be like — it’s a great equalizer. Even though these kids might have the same potential that someone saw in me, no one is there to see that. The kids will have at least one more advocate, one more person who knows what they can achieve and knows that they can do that.”White teaches at Camino Nuevo High School, a new charter school minutes from the USC campus.“The first day of teaching is very intense,” he said. “It’s a lot of learning on the go. I’m trying things for the first time. It might go well, it might go badly.”Because this is the school’s first year, there is no established curriculum or lesson plans. Therefore, White has more personal control over the education of his students.White says he plans to stay on as a teacher at Camino Nuevo for at least four years.“I want to see my freshmen this year go to college,” he said. “Even if I don’t do education forever, given my socio-economic background, I understand.”Pierce said that she sees a common thread throughout the students that entered the corps.“The people that I know from USC who went on with Teach For America were the most active people on campus in terms of service and leadership in the community,” Pierce said. “These are the people that want to innovate and invigorate in societies and communities.” Follow Camille on Twitter @camilleshooshlast_img read more

Defense prepares to face a freshman quarterback

first_imgUSC’s defense looked excited Monday, as they prepare to “rattle” freshman quarterback Jake Browning. But no player more so than fellow freshman  and friend, Cameron Smith.“I definitely will see him after the game just to say congrats, wondering how he’s doing,” Smith said after practice. “I’ve watched a couple of games. He’s doing a great job so far. So I’ll talk to him and wish him luck.”Smith played Browning, the quarterback for nearby Folsom High School, his junior and senior year at Granite Bay High School. But it’s hard to fathom that the players ever imagined they would be facing each other this soon in their college careers and possibly have consequential impacts on the outcome of the game.“You hope for that. You hope to see him do well. But seeing him like this is going to be cool,” Smith said. “He’s a great player who really works hard, and I’m excited to see what he does in the future.”Both Granite Bay products have made remarkable accomplishments as true freshmen at their universities. Smith leads the Trojan defense in tackles, and Browning is the first freshman quarterback to ever start a season for the University of Washington. Though Smith admitted that making the transition from high school might be especially hard for a quarterback, he believes that what he’s seen from Browning already will make him a successful player in the future.“He has the arm strength and the accuracy to reach everywhere,” Smith said. When asked if he has any particular insight into stopping Browning, Smith added, “We’ll need to get into his head and get him rattled a little bit. But, he’s a great player. He’s not going to move around to move, but he is going to get the ball out quick.”Head coach Sarkisian, who coached Washington for five years, also knows Browning from his play at Folsom High School.“I like Jake a lot. I recruited him when I was up there, and Jake has got a good feel for the game,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a tough kid. He is heady. He’s played a lot of football in high school. So, he’s gotten better from week to week to week. He’s going to be a heck of a player in our conference.”Browning has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions this season. defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said that setting edges, striking blocks, finishing tackles and getting a lot of bodies by the ball as things the defense is working on being more consistent in. The Trojans’ defense is coming off a clinical performance against Arizona State forcing four turnovers for 28 points and three sacks. They’re looking to bring similar pressure Thursday night in hopes of making the Washington freshman quarterback uncomfortable.“We definitely want to rattle his cage as Coach Sark mentioned to us earlier [to] make him nervous,” linebacker Jabari Ruffin said. “We realized that he has a lack of experience on this level, and I’ll do the most I can to make him uncomfortable back there and disrupt their offense.”Ruffin said that his leg feels more comfortable each day after being sidelined all last season after tearing left knee ligaments in 2014 fall camp. He said, “I can feel myself making the progression, be it trusting my leg or getting into the rhythm I missed being out the past year.”Ruffin added that on defense, bringing five-man and seven-man pressures throughout the game is something really fun for him as a linebacker.“Practice was very spirited,” Sarkisian said. “A lot of game plan work. I thought the guys came out focused, and it will be really key that we have student meetings this evening to really polish things up so we can come out tomorrow morning, and we can clean this game plan up and get right on point to what we’d like to do.”last_img read more

NBA Summer League 2019: Zion vs. RJ, Tacko takes Vegas and other interesting debuts

first_imgFall was not one of the 60 players selected in the draft, but on Friday he signed with the Celtics, giving him an opportunity to make Boston’s G League affiliate.Tacko Fall will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Boston Celtics, a source told ESPN. Pencil in July 8th at 430 at Thomas and Mack for your first TACKO Vegas Summer League fix.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 21, 2019Thunder vs. Trail Blazers, July 11Darius Bazley didn’t rise to fame in college last year. The former Syracuse commit instead signed a $14 million contract with New Balance and participated in an internship that paid him $1 million.The No. 23 pick in the 2019 draft (by Utah, rights traded to Oklahoma City) will finally play competitive basketball this summer. He’ll likely be matched against former North Carolina forward Nassir Little, who experienced one of the biggest slides in the first round, from potential lottery pick to No. 25 overall. With the 2019 NBA Draft officially in the books, it’s time for rising stars and rookies to show their respective organizations just how well their college games translate to the pros in the NBA Summer League.While many of the top picks, such as Zion Williamson or Ja Morant, don’t need to dazzle with highlights — Morant won’t even suit up for the Grizzlies as he recovers from knee surgery — the 10-day tournament in Las Vegas serves as a last chance for many former college standouts to make an NBA team or sign a G League contract. NBA DRAFT TEAM GRADES: Who passed with flying colors?The Summer League begins July 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Vegas and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada. It will feature all 30 NBA teams along with the Chinese and Croatian national teams. The 32 teams play a minimum of four games each before the top eight are seeded in a tournament that culminates in a championship game July 15.While the games don’t count for anything, there are compelling matchups:Pelicans vs. Knicks, July 5Former Duke standouts Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett — the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in the draft, respectively — will have to wait precisely zero games for a reunion on the hardwood. The Pelicans and Knicks face off on the opening day of the tournament in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN.Fellow Blue Devil Cam Reddish, who was taken 10th overall by the Hawks, will sit out the Summer League with a core injury.Nuggets vs. Suns, July 5This game is less about this year’s rookies and more about the debut of a 2018 lottery pick. The Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. — the No. 14 overall pick last year — was the former top recruit in the Class of 2017 and was a potential No. 1 overall draft pick before a back injury limited his career at Missouri to three games.Porter sat out the entire 2018-19 NBA season after back surgery but told The Denver Post in May that he has been cleared to play in the Summer League.Celtics vs. Cavaliers, July 8Who could forget 7-6 Tacko Fall, one of the darlings of this year’s NCAA Tournament? Fall rose to fame guarding Williamson in UCF’s one-point loss to Duke in the second round.last_img read more

Ask the Mayor — February 12, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb

first_imgClear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb was our guest on the “Ask the Mayor” program on KGLO on February 12th. Listen back to the program belowlast_img