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

Listen to city workers on charter change

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Nearly two-thirds of City Hall employees in Saratoga Springs (65.3 percent) believe that “city Hall would operate better with a city manager.” Only one in seven City Hall workers (15 percent) disagrees with that statement. Such overwhelming support for charter change, coming from those who witness the inefficiencies of our current form of government on a daily basis, only confirms my strong support for the charter change proposal on the November ballot. (The data comes from a poll of city employees conducted by the Charter Review Commission.) Finally, over 70 percent in City Hall “strongly disagreed” or “somewhat disagreed” with the statement that “the Commission form of government provides for the effective management of the city.” There is no way this outmoded and flawed form of government is the key to Saratoga’s success, as some would suggest. I encourage all to vote for charter change. Three out of five felt that under the current form of government, “political conflict or tensions” between commissioners affected their “ability to do their job.” Two of five said “political conflicts” had a “great deal of effect” on their job.center_img TOM DENNY Saratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Who better understands just how dysfunctional the commission form of government really is in Saratoga than those folks in the trenches of City Hall trying to do the public’s work? Other statistics from the same poll shed light on other ways the city hall workers feel that the commission form of government is failing us.last_img read more

Unlocking Camden

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Scottish terror

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Residential: Deals of steel

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Scots rating row

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Steady as she goes

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Indonesia marches on with FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers amid COVID-19 scare

first_imgA total of 24 countries will take part in the qualifiers – divided into six groups. According to FIBA, the top two teams of each group will secure places at the 2021 Asia Cup. Meanwhile, the third-placed team in each group will battle over the four remaining slots in the tournament.The qualifiers will run until February next year, as teams play both home and away matches – giving local supporters the opportunity to cheer on their national squads directly during the matches. The second window of the qualifiers will be held in November, while the last is scheduled for February 2021.Team Indonesia is currently working to naturalize two United States-born players, Lester Prosper and Brandon Jawato, to strengthen the national team. The process, however, was still being reviewed by the President.“We will play an all-Indonesian team [for this qualifier],” Danny said.During Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, President Jokowi had asked Perbasi to prepare a strong squad for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Indonesia will jointly host the event with the Philippines and Japan.The national basketball team has yet to achieve a good result lately. During the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines in December, team Indonesia – currently standing 88th in the FIBA World Rankings – only finished fourth after losing to Vietnam in the third-place match.Topics : Indonesia will hold the 2021 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup qualification this week despite a concern over the threat of COVID-19, the disease resulting from the novel coronavirus, following a green light from the association.Speaking after attending a limited Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday, Indonesian Basketball Association (Perbasi) chairman Danny Kosasih said that FIBA had recommended the national association to go on with the qualifiers.“We have received a letter from FIBA that recommends that we continue to hold the qualification game on Feb. 20 [Thursday],” Danny said. The Indonesian national basketball team is set to face South Korea and the Philippines on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, at the Mahaka Arena in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta. The three countries were drawn in Group A, along with Thailand.Perbasi previously had to seek confirmation from the Youth and Sports Ministry regarding the qualification event amid the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread across several Southeast Asian countries. The outbreak has also killed one person in the Philippines.The ministry responded by issuing a recommendation letter on Friday last week for the basketball association to cancel the qualification event. The letter was issued after the ministry consulted with the Health Ministry.Read also: RI basketball needs booster to reach world stagelast_img read more

‘We’re running against a billionaire’ – Democrats attack Bloomberg in presidential debate

first_img“We’re running against a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-face lesbians. And no I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg. Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop-and-frisk.”PETE BUTTIGIEGThe former South Bend, Indiana, mayor went after both Bloomberg and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders.”Most Americans don’t see where they fit if they have to choose between a socialist who thinks money is the root of all evil and a billionaire who thinks that money ought to be the root of all power. Let’s put forward somebody who actually lives and works in the middle class neighborhood in an industrial Midwestern city. Let’s put forward somebody who’s actually a Democrat.” The top six candidates competing for the Democratic nomination to take on President Donald Trump in November participated in the ninth presidential debate on Wednesday, with one quickly becoming the focus: Michael Bloomberg.Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor making his first debate appearance in the race, faced criticism from all his rivals on the stage in Las Vegas:ELIZABETH WARREN “We shouldn’t have to choose between one candidate who wants to burn this party down and another candidate who wants to buy this party out. We can do better.”JOE BIDEN”The fact of the matter is has not managed his city very well when he was there. He didn’t get a whole lot done. He had stop-and-frisk – throwing close to 5 million young black men up against the wall – and when we came along in our administration, President Obama and I said we’re going to send a mediator to stop it. said that’s unnecessary.”AMY KLOBUCHARThe Minnesota senator responded to reports of the Bloomberg campaign saying the other moderates should drop out to let him fight Sanders.”I have been told as a woman, as someone that maybe no one thought was still going to be standing up on this stage, but I am because of pure grit … I’ve been told many times to wait my turn and to step aside, and I’m not going to do that now … I think we need something different than Donald Trump. I think don’t you look at Donald Trump and say, ‘We need someone richer in the White House’.”MICHAEL BLOOMBERG”I’m a philanthropist who didn’t inherit his money, but made his money. I’m spending that money to get rid of Donald Trump – the worst president we’ve ever had. And if I can get that done, it will be a great contribution to America and to my kids.”Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMTraversing the hidden gems of historical Cikini

first_imgLinkedin Just across Menteng Huis shopping mall are restaurants housed in structures with large windows of the neoclassical architectural style, redolent of the Dutch colonial era as they stand in a row along their bustling, modern surroundings on Jl. Cikini.The street in Central Jakarta is where Jakarta’s past and present meet. And while its historical and aesthetic value is visible to the naked eye, Cikini is just another street to almost everyone who rushes by.Moved by its concerns for the capital’s forgotten history, the Indonesia Hidden Heritage (IHH) preservation community hosted last Sunday a tour to promote awareness of the village’s wealth of history: “Trip to Cikini: The Other Side of the Story”.Dozens of people who shared an interest in the city’s past, which rarely finds m… Log in with your social account Topics : Facebook Cikini #cikini Central-Jakarta #CentralJakarta history #history Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ?last_img read more