Fans want to watch games, not protests

first_imgI grown increasingly weary and disgusted by all of the tumult and furor being caused the players of the National Football League [NFL] in their attempt to protest all of the injustices in this country by their refusal to stand while the National Anthem is being played. These players are nothing more than overgrown adolescents who can command an extraordinary amount of money in salary by playing a game that little boys can play in the street.Curiously, I have neither seen nor heard of any NFL player stepping up to donate even a single dime of his overinflated salary to combat all of the alleged injustices in this country that are perceived by them. Rather, it’s easier (and decidedly less expensive) to either “take a knee,” to lock arms with your teammates, or to remain in the locker room while the National Anthem is being performed, only to emerge when it’s time “to play.” I’m even further disgusted that the foolish antics of the NFL players are now being imitated by high school players as well.I was a football fan for many years, but enough is too much. In the future, I intend to boycott any and all football games and the players and to refuse to purchase any NFL products ever again until the NFL and its players recover from their selfish behavior. I call others to join my boycott as well.Remember us, we’re the fans that pay an inordinate amount of money to watch a game. We aren’t interested in watching you exhibit your personal or political views. We are here to watch a game.One final sentiment, you stand for the flag and you kneel for the fallen.Michael G. DeckerSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

US issues alert over COVID-19-linked childhood illness

first_imgThe criteria include fever, multiple inflamed organs that cause severe illness requiring hospitalization, a confirmed active or recent coronavirus infection and no other plausible causes.The condition had previously been referred to as Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) by the state of New York, where there have been more than a hundred reported cases, including at least three deaths.Doctors who have treated the illness say patients sometimes have symptoms similar to a rare condition called Kawasaki disease, which causes blood vessels throughout the body to swell, leading to extreme pain.The CDC said that physicians should “consider MIS-C in any pediatric death with evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection,” referring to the virus that causes COVID-19.  But it is not yet known if the condition is limited to children, the CDC added. Sunil Sood, a pediatrician at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, told AFP that some children had very mild forms of illness, but about half of the patients that he and colleagues had seen had to be treated in intensive care for heart inflammation.The treatment involves injecting antibodies as well as administering steroids and aspirin in case patients experienced a sudden loss of blood pressure, called “shock.”He added that the cases mainly seemed to emerge four to six weeks after a child had been infected and had already developed antibodies.”They had the virus, the body fought it off earlier. But now there’s this delayed exaggerated immune response,” he said.Adding to the mystery, the cases were first reported in Europe and then in North America, but not in Asian countries such as China, Taiwan and South Korea where the virus first emerged.There has been speculation that certain populations may be more genetically susceptible and others less so, said Sood, though that theory is not confirmed.Six out of eight patients in a recent Lancet study from Britain were of Afro-Caribbean descent. Topics :center_img US health authorities issued an alert Thursday over a rare but sometimes deadly autoimmune condition among children that is believed to be linked to COVID-19.The illness, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was first reported in Britain in late April.”Healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health department,” said the CDC.last_img read more

Shanghai Salvage Wins Kea Trader Removal Contract

first_imgFollowing a four-month tender process, Shanghai Salvage Company (SSC) has been chosen to remove the ill-fated containership Kea Trader from a rock reef near New Caledonia in the south Pacific.A detailed methodology for the recovery operation was approved by the authorities last month. Under the plan, the ship’s hull pieces would be lifted and removed intact from the reef as a way of protecting the marine environment.SSC expects to have resources on site within 30 days prior to an exchange of responsibilities with Ardent, which is presently undertaking cargo removal and anti-pollution operations to ensure the safeguards to the environment are maintained during the transition period, Lomar Shipping, the owner of the vessel, informed.The 2,194-TEU containership ran aground six months after its delivery from Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard in China. It had been sailing from Papeete, in French Polynesia, to Nouméa in New Caledonia, loaded with 756 container units and a further 26 flat-racks, when it got grounded.last_img read more

Experts predict baby boom as covid-19 lockdown continues

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow10 Irresistibly Gorgeous Asian ActressesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies Experts believe there will be baby boom come December this year as a direct result of the on-going lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus.With leagues suspended across the globe and offices closed men and women have been forced to remain in doors and nothing to do, experts say many will turn to sex to pass the time, sparking a new baby boom.The experts insist that there is a ‘strong possibility’ of a baby boom in early 2021 as couples seek distraction while in lockdown.It also comes as one of the world’s largest condom producers, Malaysian firm, Karex Berhad, was given permission to resume production – but told half of its workforce must stay home.Speaking to The Times, Dr Sheri Jacobson, clinical director at Harley Therapy, a psychotherapy clinic in London, said: ‘There will be more contact and opportunity.‘In this early period, staying at home might feel like a break from the norm, creating a short holiday effect.’ Other experts meanwhile warn it could be more bust than boom for some relationships.   Dr Elena Touroni, consultant psychologist and co-founder of the Chelsea Psychology Clinic in west London, told The Times it could lead to an increase in the number of divorces as well.She said: ‘Couples will need to find a way of managing their togetherness.’It comes as Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood warned couples to help prevent a surge of babies around the Christmas period – a traditionally busy period for the NHS.Read AlsoBoredom: Self Isolating footballer sleeps with wife’s sisterResearch indicates that most families seldom have time to be together as members are either at work, at school or at the business front.Experts say lockdown sure to produce baby boom come December and early 2021  The lockdown is providing opportunity for families to be together and this togetherness could either strengthen intimacy or fuel suppressed difference that could lead to altercation.   Although efforts are being made to identify a cure for the pandemic, no one is sure for certain how far the lockdown would last. There are strong indications that the leagues which set re-opening date tentatively at April 30th may be forced to further extend the suspension unless the situation before then.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

ILOILO CITY MOST BIZ-FRIENDLY IN PH

first_imgPCCIannually recognizes local government units that have demonstrated outstandingefforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade andinvestments, transparency, accountability, and efficiency in deliveringbusiness services to generate inclusive and sustainable growth, and fast-tracklocal economic development. AyalaFoundation inked an agreement with the city government to finance leadershiptrainings for youth, and mentoring for teachers and school heads. “Wehave initiated the reclassification of properties identified as new growthareas along and adjacent the coastal, circumferential and radial roads intoindustrial and mixed-use zones to make these ready for investors,” he added. Colorfulenvirons is in the making courtesy of Davies Paints that donated paints forpedestrian lanes, bridges, waiting sheds and murals on blank walls./PN Theawarding ceremony was held during PCCI’s 45th Philippine Business Conferenceand Expo on Oct. 17 at the Manila Hotel attended by over a thousand delegatesfrom national and international chambers. Themetropolis generated the support of Megaworld Corp. for P8-million funding forresiliency undertakings. Thecity hall opened its MICE Center and invested on promotions with P6-millionsupplemental fund this year and P28-million proposed budget next year. Themayor also noted the influx of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companieshere, with one looking for 1,000 nurses, and another expressing interest toopen a branch. “Theaward affirms investors’ confidence in Iloilo City. The city’sbusiness-friendliness has also raised governance to the next level with activeand strong public-private partnerships (PPP) in various priority programs andprojects,” Treñas stressed.center_img Italso entered into a 25-year usufruct agreement with Gaisano Capital Group for a375-square meter site of a P38-million five-storey Iloilo City Action andResponse (ICARE) Command Center along the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue(Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district. Smartand Globe telecoms will soon provide free public wi-fi at the city hall, publicplazas, Iloilo Esplanade, and bike lanes. Theslaughterhouse, public markets and waste-to-energy facilities have been openedfor prospective players with the help of PPP Center, according to Treñas. ILOILOCity – This city has been recognized as the most business-friendly highlyurbanized city outside Metro Manila by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce andIndustry (PCCI). President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Mayor Jerry Treñas with aplaque. Police Executive Master Sergeant Pedro Pericon, officer in charge of the Provincial Highway Patrol Team-Iloilo, checks a carnapped automobile and motorcycles that his unit impounded at their headquarters in Barangay Balabago, Jaro, Iloilo City. Their impounding area badly needs improvement. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Meanwhile,beautification efforts got a boost with big businesses adopting parks includingGlobal Business Power to enhance Plaza Libertad, and SM City Iloilo toredevelop Molo Plaza. TheCity of Love has been chosen by the Department of Tourism as destination forMeetings, Incentive travels, Conventions and Exhibits (MICE). The SM Group willbuild a 4,000-seater SMX Convention Center set to open in the fourth quarter of2021.last_img read more

Iloilo STL operators could lose franchises

first_imgShe also stressed that the bidding for STLfranchise underwent the right processes. PCSO general manager Royina Garma “Bawalna to reapply, even the incorporators. Kahit mag-create pa sila ng bagong STL corporation and apply to operate in anotherarea, hindi na pwede. ‘Yan ang instruction ng Presidente.Eh niloko na nga tayo payag ba kayo? Mayutang sila sa atin tapos papalitan lang ang name, apply sila ulit?” she said. Red Subay Gaming Corp. and ZFIC GamingCorp. have not resumed operations even after President Rodrigo Dutere lifted onAug. 22 his order suspending STL. This was because they failed to meet theconditions to resume operation. The conditions were: She slammed the STL operators for making itappear that PCSO is to blame for their difficulty in paying their dues. “Kasalanannila, sila ang nag-bid eh. Mayabang. Lagi nilang sinasabi malaki ang monthly dues. Sino ba nag set ngamount? It was them. They thought they could request for a reduction. How couldthey? There is a contract already and the Commission on Audit will definitelynot accept any reduction,” said Garma. “We set the minimum amount. Mayabang, sabi nila ‘kaya ko’, dinoble paseguro. Eh hindi naman pala kaya. Ngayon sisingilin sila, they will blame PCSO? Excuse me. They should never blame thePCSO because we never asked for that amount. It was them who actually gave thecommitment that they could deliver,” Garma added. The PCSO general manager, a former policeofficial, also said she knew what was going on in STL operations in thegrassroots. “Pulisdin ako, galing ako sa baba. Alam ko kung kumikita or hindi kaya hindi nila akopwedeng lokohin. Inuuna pa kasi nila ‘yung binibigay outside eh. I was telling them na you better pay first what is due to the government because youhave a contract,” said Garma. The President suspended PCSO games STL, lotto,Keno, and Perhayan ng Bayan on July 26 due to alleged “massive corruption” inthe agency and some authorized agent corporations or franchisees. He ordered aninvestigation. Five days after, on July 31, he allowed theresumption of lotto games.center_img ILOILO City – The Philippine CharitySweepstakes Office (PCSO) may terminate the contracts of its Small Town Lottery(STL) authorised agent corporations (AACs) in this city and Iloilo province forfailing to pay their dues. * The STL agency agreement shall automaticallybe terminated upon violation of the conditions of their franchise and or any ofthe above conditions without prejudice to the other remedies that may beexercised by the government. * Upon failure to timely and fully remit theirGMMRR during the duration of operations, the AAC’s cash bond equivalent tothree months of the PCSO’s share in the GMMRR shall be automatically forfeitedin favor of PCSO, without prejudice to the other remedies that may be exercisedby the government. * The AACs shall deposit to the PCSO a cashbond equivalent to three months of the PCSO’s share in the guaranteed monthlyretail receipts (GMRR) on top of their existing cash bonds. * Each AAC shall execute a written undertakingthat it shall comply with its obligations under the STL agency agreement andwill not institute any claims, monetary or otherwise, against the governmentand or apply for a temporary restraining order or injunction from any court toprevent the government from exercising its rights and prerogatives. Iloilo province’s STL operator Red SubayGaming Corp.’s dues have reached P400 million while that of Iloilo City’sZFIC Gaming Corp., P300 million, according to PCSO general manager RoyinaGarma who was here yesterday. “The bond they posted would be forfeited and mate-terminate na ‘yung authority nilato operate STL. We will terminate the contracts so we can open the areas sa ibang corporations that can deliveron their commitments,” Garma told reporters. The PCSO general manager also said STLoperators whose contracts are terminated would no longer be allowed to bid foranother or new STL franchise. Duterte lifted the suspension on STLoperations on Aug. 22./PNlast_img read more

Public memorial planned for Birch Bayh

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A public memorial service will be held for the late United States Senator Birch Bayh in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday, May 1 at noon. Bayh died last month at the age 91.Please enter the Statehouse from either the upper east (Capitol Street) or lower west (Senate Avenue) entrances.  While the Indiana General Assembly is not scheduled to be in session, the vicinity of the Statehouse is expected to be congested.last_img

Other Sports PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal aim to break India’s medal rut at Sudirman Cup

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India had reached the quarterfinals in both the 2011 and 2017 editions.China is the 10-time Sudirman Cup champions.Saina Nehwal is the 2019 Indonesian Masters Champion. highlightscenter_img Nanning: India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway in Nanning, China on Sunday. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage. The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group.     India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma.     India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Monday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the next day. The 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018.RELATED     With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles. In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Sonia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina. Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage.     But the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles.     Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles.         At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China. This time China boasts of a formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles.     Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.last_img read more

The Latest: KHL hopes to start 2020-21 season on Sept. 2

first_imgThe Latest: KHL hopes to start 2020-21 season on Sept. 2 The league says it will appeal the judge’s decision. It says it jeopardizes the soccer industry in Spain. The league was not able to schedule matches on Mondays before the competition was suspended in mid-March.___Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to resume contact training in the latest step toward restarting the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says players are now able to train as a group and “engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.”Play has been suspended in the world’s richest league since March 13. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kontinental Hockey League says it plans to return on Sept. 2 to open the 2020-21 season. The last KHL game was played on March 12. The season was then suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It ended its 2019-20 season part-way through the playoffs without declaring a champion.The league says Sept. 2 is a preliminary date which could be subject to “necessary corrections” depending on how the coronavirus situation develops.International travel restrictions became a problem for KHL teams. The league has teams in six countries but most are in Russia.The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL seasons. The league says “discussions are ongoing as work continues toward resuming the season.”Players returned to training last week and have been practicing in small groups with social distancing maintained.___The final Asian qualifying place for the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics is set to be decided in February.The Asian Football Confederation says the postponed two-leg series between China and South Korea will be played Feb. 19 and 24. No venues for the games were announced. The games were previously postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for one year.The 12-team women’s tournament is scheduled to start in Japan ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The French soccer federation has rejected the league’s bid for a 22-team second division next season to save clubs from being relegated.The French league voted last week to allow Le Mans and Orléans to stay in the second division while Pau and Dunkerque were promoted from the third division. But the executive committee of French soccer’s governing body has overruled that decision.The FFF says that “the two relegations for the 2019-20 season are maintained and the second division will remain at 20 clubs for the 2020-21 season.”The French government ordered soccer and rugby leagues to be canceled at the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Spanish soccer federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge has denied the Spanish league’s official request to play on those days.League president Javier Tebas has said he wants matches to be played every day but the federation had been against the idea.The federation says it “wants to clearly show its good will” and is also willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without fans. ___Bologna says a member of its staff may have coronavirus and if it is confirmed the entire squad will go into quarantine.Bologna says the latest series of tests revealed “a suspected positive case for COVID-19.”The club says that as a precaution the team will train individually on Thursday.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. May 27, 2020last_img read more

Marcellus wrestlers shut out Chittenango, 86-0

first_imgAt 132 pounds, Jacob Kermes earned his pin over Quentin Mohamed early in the third period, with Ryan Moses (138 pounds) taking 1:52 to pin Mark Young.Dylan Price, wrestling at 145 pounds, earned an 18-1 technical fall over Andrew Bailey, followed up by Quinten Weaver (152 pounds) pinning Shaun Irwin in 1:51.As that went on, West Genesee battled SCAC Metro division rival Cicero-North Syracuse, and started quite well before the Northstars dominated the latter portion of the meet, handing the Wildcats a 57-26 loss. As part of an impressive run through December, the Marcellus wrestling team pulled off a rare shutout during its OHSL Liberty division meet against Chittenango last Thursday night.The Mustangs blanked the Bears 86-0, and while it benefited from eight forfeits, there were still seven contested bouts, and Marcellus won all of them.Only Kyle Brown, at 285 pounds, had a close call, but he beat John Spencer 8-5 after Zach Grolling (195 pounds) pinned Jacob Ezzo in 54 seconds and Nate Farino (220 pounds) got a 32-second pin over Luke Martin. It opened at 126 pounds with Gavin O’Neill beating Eric Salenski 8-5, and two bouts later Nate Wade, at 138, got a pin over Vincent Ciciarelli.Before Mike Farino claimed a forfeit at 195, Colin McAvan (160 pounds) got a 15-0 technical fall over Jacob Nobles and Joe Comny, at 182 pounds, pinned Chris Mehlek.That left WG in front 26-21, but C-NS took over from there, winning the last six bouts, five of them by pins to go with a forfeit.Jordan-Elbridge competed last Friday against Red Creek and, largely on the basis of having a full roster, prevailed 66-18.Only once did the Eagles win a bout on the mat, thanks to Nolan Jackson, who at 126 would pin Jacob Morrisette in 18 seconds.Otherwise, it was a series of forfeits as Madyn LaFleur (99 pounds), Bryan Tanner (120 pounds), Cameron Prior (132), Caspian Phillips (145), Cole Mullen (170 pounds), Cameron Newhook (182), Anthony Baron (195), Jared Lawrence (220) and Ryan Rivenburgh (285) won without having to take the mat.Marcellus takes part in this weekend’s Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament at SUNY-Oswego as J-E and West Genesee rested until the calendar turned to 2020.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: J-EMarcellusWest Geneseewrestlinglast_img read more