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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere seems to be general outrage, particularly among my liberal friends, about the provocative, outrageous, racist, sexist and otherwise insulting tweets and other statements made by the president of this great republic and by his spokespersons on his behalf.I suggest that his messaging is much better understood if one considers the question of how each message is received by his supporters in Alabama and in all the other states who voted for him.It’s my sense that generally they are wholeheartedly supportive of his various stances and that to this extent he, or his handlers, are doing a masterly job of keeping his base in his thrall.Whether his views are appropriate for a democracy, whether they are respectful of the population at large or becoming of his office, is sadly, of no concern to him.Michael R.F. BishopSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

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first_imgBut there will still be no mass and attendance at funerals will be limited to 15 people.Conte and Health Minister Roberto Speranza agreed with a scientific committee conclusion that “the elderly in the parish are too frail to risk”, La Repubblica daily wrote.The bishops are livid.”We cannot accept to see the freedom of worship compromised,” the Italian Episcopal Conference of the country’s top bishops said in a statement.”Why on earth, with proper precautions, can you go to a museum but not to mass?” But the number of infections has been ebbing and scientists believe the contagion rate is low enough to gradually get back to work.Conte has allowed Italians to take strolls in parks and go jogging starting next Monday.More stores will reopen and restaurants will resume takeout service.Even museums will unlock their gates on May 18 in an effort to draw back tourists and help out Italy’s devastated hotel and services industry. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte came under attack on Monday from Italy’s Catholic bishops and even some of his own cabinet members for refusing to reintroduce mass once the coronavirus lockdown is lifted.Conte has unveiled a gradual easing of restrictions that will restore some semblance of former life starting on May 4.The Mediterranean country’s official death toll of 26,664 is Europe’s highest and second globally only to the United States. Topics : Powerful enemies The Corriere della Sera newspaper said the bishops had been lobbying Conte to allow Sunday mass services that would be limited to about 20 people.They also urged up to 15 people to permitted to attend weddings and baptisms — currently also restricted to just the pastor and immediate family members.But Conte only allowed broader access to funerals and promised to look into how other religious curbs can be relaxed in the coming weeks.”I understand that freedom of worship is a fundamental people’s right,” Conte told the nation on Sunday.”I understand your suffering. But we must continue discussing this further with the scientific committee.”Italy’s Family Minister Elena Bonetti called Conte’s decision “incomprehensible”.”It is up to politicians to protect the country’s wellbeing, and religious freedom is among our fundamental rights,” the minister said.La Repubblica daily warned that Conte was developing powerful enemies at a critical juncture.Italy’s competing political forces had appeared to put aside their squabbles as the nation entered what was widely regarded as its gravest emergency since World War II.But Conte has been coming under growing criticism and pressure from regional leaders and political opponents as he decides which industries to open up first.”This is the [bishops’] first open conflict with the prime minister,” La Repubblica noted.”There is a battle being waged over everything.”last_img read more

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first_imgBatesville (Ranked #10 in 3A) took the lead late and defeated New Palestine 7-6 on Tuesday for the first time in school history. New Palestine got on the board first, leading 1-0 after the top half of the second, but the Bulldogs added two runs in the bottom half to take the lead in the second inning, 2-1. Following two fielding errors in the top of the fifth by the Bulldogs, New Palestine led 3-2, but the lead did not last long. In the bottom of the fifth inning Riley Zink had a pinch hit single on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs. The Bulldogs eventually scored five total runs in the fifth inning.The four-run lead in the fifth inning was just enough for Batesville to hold off New Palestine for the victory. New Palestine tallied three runs in the failed comeback. Jacob Bain, Jack Walker and Colby Jenkins picked up RBIs to lead the rally, but it was not enough.Lane Oesterling (1-0) was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. He surrendered three runs on four hits over five innings, striking out seven. Caleb Raab and Shane Meer entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief. Raab recorded the last five outs to earn the save for the Bulldogs. It is his third save for the season in only three games played.Josh Jacques the loss for New Palestine. He surrendered five runs on five hits over two innings.Walker started the game for New Palestine. He lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out four.Trey Heidlage led the Bulldogs with three hits in three at bats.The Bulldog victory keeps their record undefeated at 3-0 and they remain 1-0 in the EIAC. Batesville will play at Connersville on Thursday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.The Batesville JV baseball team suffered a lop sided loss at New Palestine losing by the score of 21 to 11. Although the Bulldogs outhit the Dragons 12-10 it wasn’t enough as Bulldog pitching allowed to many free passes. Offensively five different Bulldogs had two hits. Cole Werner, Lleyton Ratcliffe, Zach Wade, Hank Nobbe, and Coldy Mohr all had a multi hit game offensively. Hank Nobbe led the Bulldogs with 3 RBI on two different doubles off the wall.It was not the best pitching performance for the Bulldog staff that usually does very well. Hank Nobbe was pinned with the loss on his first decision of the year.The JV squad moves to 1-1 on the year and they will look to get back to the win column as they face Connersville at home on Thursday at 5:30.The Batesville Bulldogs JV baseball team was victorious in their first contest of the season when they beat Connersville 15-5 on Monday night.The Bulldogs never trailed and got two RBI a piece from freshman Will Meer and Zach Wade.Junior Casey Werner had a strong outing getting his first win on the mound of the season striking out 9 Spartan batters. Freshman Jacob Meer came in relief and struck out 2 batters.The Bulldogs JV are back in action Tuesday night at New Palestine at 5:30. The Bulldogs play Connersville at home on Thursday at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.last_img read more

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first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBryant (12-12, 4-7) vs. Sacred Heart (14-11, 7-5)William Pitt Center – West Gym, Fairfield, Connecticut; Thursday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: NEC foes meet as Bryant squares off against Sacred Heart. Bryant beat Central Connecticut by four in its last outing. Sacred Heart lost 61-58 to Robert Morris in its most recent game. Bryant, Sacred Heart meet in conference play February 11, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Bryant has benefited heavily from its seniors. Adam Grant, Ikenna Ndugba, Charles Pride and Patrick Harding have collectively accounted for 52 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 53 percent of all Bulldogs points over the team’s last five games.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Pioneers have given up only 65.2 points per game to conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 75.2 per game they gave up to non-conference opponents.ACCURATE ADAM: Grant has connected on 36.1 percent of the 216 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 9 of 37 over the last five games. He’s also made 72.2 percent of his free throws this season.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Pioneers are 5-0 when they record seven or more steals and 9-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Bulldogs are 6-0 when recording at least 14 offensive rebounds and 6-12 when they fall short of that total.COLD SPELL: Bryant has lost its last five road games, scoring 66.2 points, while allowing 76.4 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Sacred Heart has attempted the second-most free throws among all NEC teams. The Pioneers have averaged 19.8 free throws per game this season.last_img read more

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first_imgOn Nov. 26, UCLA’s trendy all-white uniforms trudged off the Coliseum field — stained beyond recognition with dirt and embarrassment — and an endless stream of USC players lined up to conduct the Trojan Marching Band.At that moment, most USC fans wished the 2012 season could start the following Saturday.Instead, USC fandom entered the offseason with a hint of foreboding and with fear that four key upperclassmen, including quarterback Matt Barkley and safety T.J. McDonald, now seniors, would defect to the NFL one year early.And as we learned last July, there is always the possibility during the summer that a key starter will drunkenly parade through Hollywood while on TMZ, anoint USC the “University of Sexual Ballers” and earn an early-season suspension.Thankfully for the program, USC emerged from this offseason unscathed, avoiding the type of embarrassing publicity and negative momentum that could derail its season before it even began.Other top programs weren’t so fortunate.LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, one of college football’s most electrifying playmakers, was kicked off the team for repeated disciplinary issues.Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees kneed a police officer in the chest at a summer off-campus party, finishing the night with four misdemeanor charges.And TCU saw four of its most enterprising players caught in a campus-wide drug sting.Amid the horrific revelations from Penn State and the offseason gaffes of notable players from other top programs, USC players represented their school honorably, most notably when Barkley and his family led 15 teammates to Haiti on a humanitarian mission.Of course, it is insulting to praise USC players for avoiding the police blotter — that’s an expectation, not an achievement.But what the summer record reinforces is that USC coach Lane Kiffin’s squad continues to understand that no single player supersedes the interests of the team.USC players either chose to make news for the right reasons or, more cynically, didn’t get caught doing anything bad.Knowing the upstanding veteran leadership on this team, I choose to believe the former.Kiffin has shown he will not tolerate players who forget USC’s main objective: To win as a team, not for players to pad their individual statistics in hopes of attracting NFL interest.For Kiffin, it’s all about instilling a team culture of selflessness.That’s why left tackle Matt Kalil, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, in addition to allowing zero sacks during the 2011 season, also moonlighted as a kick-blocking specialist, blocking four kicks and sporting massive welts on his arms to prove it.That’s why redshirt senior Chris Gallipo did not publicly gripe when freshman linebacker Lamar Dawson replaced him in the starting lineup midway through the season, although the move likely cemented the former Servite High School star’s fate of going undrafted in 2012.Most importantly, that’s why the program jettisoned troubled talents like Dillon Baxter and Markeith Ambles, who bemoaned their inability to pass less-heralded prep prospects on the depth chart and were disinterested in earning Kiffin’s trust.Despite Kiffin’s reputation as a disciplinarian, he has proven willing to afford his players the opportunity to pay their penance for mistakes and return to the team with a clean slate. Perhaps the greatest testament to this philosophy is redshirt senior running back Curtis McNeal, who, after failing to qualify academically in 2010, developed into one of the elite offensive weapons in the Pac-12.In a strange way, the sanctions and resulting scholarship reductions have allowed Kiffin to clean house of malcontents. Players who care more about playing for themselves than USC won’t receive any resistance from Kiffin when seeking a transfer. After all, he already has to field 10 fewer scholarship players than other schools.Unfortunately, selflessness is not always taught to decorated USC recruits who earn a trove of awards and media exposure before ever even arriving on campus.Yet the majority of them will never achieve the superstardom they once thought inevitable. Some will have to accept unglamorous, ego-crushing roles, such as impersonating the opposing teams’ players on scout team during practice or backing up a young up-and-comer.On the other hand, the reality of reduced scholarships during the sanctions era is that a lack of depth will force the coaching staff to ask too much of certain star players and count on them to deliver.In this case, the image of junior wide receiver Robert Woods sustaining a bone-crunching hit on kickoff return, dusting himself off and catching the first few passes of a series readily comes to mind.It will be USC’s continued ability to preach team over self — to have players accept diminished roles or to take on an unfair amount of responsibility — that will determine whether the Trojans can take care of their “unfinished business.” “Leveling the Playing Field”  will run Fridays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Sean at swmccorm@usc.edu.last_img read more

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first_imgSyracuse held its first scrimmages of the preseason on Saturday in the Ensley Athletic Center. The Orange defeated Le Moyne, 10-1, in the only half of play that was open to media members, and lost earlier in the day to Hofstra, 9-8.With the departure of seven starters and both wings on the faceoff unit from last season, Syracuse head coach John Desko is still doing plenty of mixing and matching.Here are three takeaways from Syracuse’s first games of 2016.Ben Williams is healthy, and his success will be even more pivotal this yearAfter dealing with an offseason shoulder procedure, Syracuse’s faceoff man is at full-go. He converted 12 of his 19 opportunities at the X on Saturday, including a 5-for-6 performance against Le Moyne.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWilliams, a junior, is coming off his first season with the Orange as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leader in faceoff percentage. He scored three times last year from the X, and Desko said he’d like to take further advantage of Williams’ athleticism, keeping him on the field longer past the moment he takes the faceoff.“(Williams) shoots the ball pretty well on the run, which not a lot of faceoff guys do,” Desko said. “So I think that’s an added threat and (if we’re) getting the right matchup in the right situation we’d hope to take advantage of that.”Cal Paduda backed up Williams at the X, and went 5-for-12 in faceoff attempts between both scrimmages.Syracuse will roll out a more balanced midfield unit this yearThe Orange arguably started five attack nearly every game last year, but the offensive-oriented Hakeem Lecky and Nicky Galasso had to slot in as midfielders. SU graduated its entire first-line midfield, which accounted for nearly a quarter of the team’s points last year.Saturday showcased a variety of midfield units, with Tim Barber, Sergio Salcido and transfer Nick Mariano a likely trio to get the starting nod. Barber scored four goals between the two scrimmages, including an acrobatic shot as he was falling down about 5 yards in front of the crease.Salcido added a goal against Hofstra, and his speed on the outside is a big reason the Orange expects a more even performance from its middies this season.“This year it’s a lot more balanced,” Barber said. “It’s not just the offensive guys that are going to be staying out there, we’re definitely going to be pushing the ball in transition a lot.”With two weeks until the season opener, there’s still a lot to proveThere’s no definitive way for Syracuse to handle losing five of its top six goal-scorers from a year ago. Junior Jordan Evans said he’s excited to return on attack, a position he vacated the past two years so he could get playing time as a midfielder. He scored twice against Le Moyne, running the offense without Dylan Donahue, who sat out to rest.“I felt more comfortable today,” Evans said. “It was good to get our offense flowing in this game.”Nick Piroli, a transfer from Brown, didn’t score on Saturday but will likely stand alongside Donahue and Evans as the third attack.Defensively, Syracuse returns more starters than any other spot with Jay McDermott and Brandon Mullins anchoring the back line again. The third spot will be filled by freshman Nick Mellen, who didn’t shy away from contact against several of Le Moyne’s attacks.He stands to be the youngest starter on the field for the Orange this season, something Desko embraces.“He’s got great quickness in his feet and ability to cover people and clear the ball,” Desko said. “… He’s just someone we’re trying to get as much experience as a freshman as possible with this group.” Comments Related Stories 4 Syracuse lacrosse players selected in MLL Draft3 takeaways from Syracuse men’s lacrosse media day Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 30, 2016 at 5:51 pmlast_img read more

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first_imgFifty-three minutes into the game, freshman Kate Donovan stood in front of the net, waiting for the corner kick. The incoming cross found Carolin Bader. Clearing it into the middle, Bader found Donovan with a chip. Using her head, Donovan sent the ball flying past the Cornell goalie and into the back of the net for the second time in the game.Donovan’s goal was the final one in Syracuse’s (3-1-1) 3-0 shutout win over Cornell (0-1-0) on Thursday night at SU Soccer Stadium.For the first time this season, Syracuse had four freshmen in their starting line-up, including Kate Hostage’s first start as an Orange.“It’s not often you can start four freshmen,” head coach Phil Wheddon said, “but today we did have everyone go onto the field. We had freshmen making an impact.”The rest of the freshmen stepped onto the field at least once, including freshman goalie Lysianne Proulx. Wanting to get the freshman some playing experience, Wheddon chose to pull senior goalie Courtney Brosnan almost 63 minutes into the game. Brosnan faced only one shot which she saved before being pulled. Proulx faced none.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn total, the freshmen had four of the 16 shots and two of the three goals. Hostage set up a goal as well.The first goal of the game came 22 minutes into regulation and was made after Hostage was knocked down inside the box. Sophomore Taylor Bennett buried the ensuing penalty kick.“We practice (penalty kicks) a lot,” Bennett said. “I’m pretty confident taking it.”Before the end of the half, Donovan found the back of the net for the first time in her college career. She went between two Cornell defenders and teammate Opal Curless spotted her at the top of the box. Curless threaded the ball her way. Donovan put the Orange up 2-0 at the end of the first half.“Everyone made an impact,” Wheddon said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 31, 2017 at 11:43 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edulast_img read more

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first_img Published on February 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm Contact KJ: kjedelma@syr.edu | @KJEdelman Syracuse (2-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) rose four spots in this week’s Inside Lacrosse poll despite dropping its first game of the year on Saturday to No. 1 Boston College. SU has jumped six spots since its No. 13 preseason ranking.The Orange started their week off with a win on Tuesday against Binghamton, 15-5. SU rode the play of Nicole Levy who had four points on six shots while Asa Goldstock allowed just one goal in almost 46 minutes of action.After two tune-up wins against Connecticut and Binghamton, Syracuse faced the No. 1 team in the nation on Saturday in Boston College. The Orange jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead behind dominance in the draw and an array of goal scorers. But their lead quickly diminished as the Eagles took the lead early in the second half and rode it to a 14-12 victory.Following the game, SU head coach Gary Gait said his goal is to make this year’s squad a “power-4 team that competes for championships” and said SU’s play was “OK” against BC. Despite the close loss, the Orange rose in the poll and inched closer to becoming a top-4 team.Syracuse plays its next game Monday night against Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgAlso Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls Conor McGregor An “idiot”, Calls For People To Ignore HimKhabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) holds the longest undefeated streak in MMA and is coming off a submission win over Dustin Poirier whom he fought at UFC 242. Let us know what you think about Tony Ferguson’s latest comments.  FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND The fifth booking of the championship bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for the UFC lightweight title finally became official late last week. Tony Ferguson has signed his side of the contract to face the champion in the main event of UFC 249. It is set to take place on April 18 in Brooklyn, New York. A fight between these two has been planned on four different occasions, but it would never happen due to various reasons. Well, it seems like the long wait is finally over and Khabib and Ferguson will finally be able to grapple.Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Mystery Behind The UFC Star Not Revealing Much About His WifeTony Ferguson (25-3) will go into the championship fight at UFC 249 with a 12-win streak. His recent effort at UFC 238 saw Tony Ferguson score a controversial second-round TKO victory over Donald Cerrone. And with an impressive 12-fight winning streak, El Cucuy seems confident about facing Khabib. It was evident from his recent interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show. COMMENT 10 months ago UFC: Dana White confirms Tony Ferguson vs Khabib Nurmagomedov First Published: 3rd December, 2019 17:54 IST 9 months ago UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson is fixed for 2020; date revealed Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Officially Confirmed To Take On Tony Ferguson In April 2020 By UFC Also Read | UFC: Justin Gaethje Analyses The Fight Between Khabib Nurmagomedov And Tony FergusonKhabib Nurmagomedov vs Tony Ferguson – El Cucuy analyzes the fightSpeaking of the upcoming fight, he said that Khabib Nurmagomedov has got an issue ahead of him, which is Tony Ferguson. Tony further said that it is hunting season and that he would go hunt the Russian. Tony Ferguson also said that he is already in the head of Khabib Nurmagomedov and that his fear will make the Russian train a lot harder than he does. He continued by suggesting that Khabib will be so nervous that he will make a mistake during their fight. WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Danish Ansari Last Updated: 3rd December, 2019 17:54 IST Tony Ferguson Fires Warning Shots At Khabib Nurmagomedov, Says The Champion Is ‘nervous’ UFC lightweight Tony Ferguson recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA talk show and discussed his fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov. Read on for details. 9 months ago UFC: Conor McGregor’s diet plan ahead of 2020 comeback will inspire you 9 months ago Khabib Nurmagomedov officially confirmed to take on Tony Ferguson in April 2020 by UFC SUBSCRIBE TO US 9 months ago UFC: Justin Gaethje analyses the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson Written Bylast_img read more

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first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – THE Communication Workers Union (CWU) says the state-owned Telecommunication Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is preparing to send home hundreds of workers through what it claims to be a “union busting tactic”.CWU secretary general Clyde Elder said the union held talks with the TSTT vice president for human resources, industrial relations and corporate support services, Carol David, regarding new structures for the telecommunications company.Three proposals to lay off workersHe told reporters that the company, has within a one-month period, sent three proposals, suggesting on each occasion a reduction in staff from 1,500 to between 700 and 900.He said in its latest communication, November 12, the company attached a list of over 50 positions to be made redundant.Union busting strategy?“We see it as nothing but a union busting tactic because while the unionized workforce is being decreased and depleted, the company has increased the non-unionized workforce.“It is clear to us what they are looking to do is to decimate the CWU, bust the union and the government is intent on busting the unions,” he added.Elder said while the company has indicated that there are people who are of ‘surplus requirement,’ it has nonetheless refused “to give us a number and names until we have completed discussions on the structure”.He said he believes the action by the company is a government initiative that started off at the state-owned oil company PETROTRIN where thousands of workers were recently placed on the breadline.“We expect it to continue at places like T&TEC (Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Company), the Port and it is all in an effort by the government to silence loud, large, right thinking, up standing progressive unions”.There has so far been no response from TSTT to the allegations made by the CWU.last_img read more