Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 10

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFacts back Obama’s economic successesI don’t know where Mr. Edwards in his July 3 letter (“Trump’s economy trumps Obama’s”) got his figures on economic growth when he attempted to refute a previous letter to the editor comparing Obama’s record with Trump’s (1.5 percent v. 3 percent GDP growth). But I suspect he heard the president himself make that claim.Trump is fond of using quarterly GDP figures. So when the GDP rose 3 percent during one quarter (3 months) during his first term, he bragged that Obama’s economy never hit such a high. That’s false; the economy breached the 3 percent quarterly threshold four times between 2009 and 2016. Trump was undoubtedly referring to annual GDP growth under Obama, which at its highest was 2.9 percent, exactly the same as 2018 under Trump.True, the unemployment rate has reached its lowest point in decades during Trump’s administration. But Mr. Edwards fails to point out that unemployment dropped 4.4 percent under Obama (9.1 percent at the tail end of the Great Recession in 2011 to 4.7 percent in Jan. 2017), compared to a drop of 1.1 percent under Trump (4.7 percent to the current low of 3.6 percent). Clearly, then, the decrease in the unemployment rate is part of a decade-long economic expansion that also accounts for the reduction in the number of people on food stamps.Finally, Mr. Edwards should recognize that the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates to thwart the economic tailspin in 2008, which is exactly what it’s supposed to do during a recession, not to artificially boost stock market prices to make Obama look good.Fred ComoBurnt HillsJuly 4th celebrates deliberation, not warDonald Trump insisted on having tanks and military equipment in the Washington, D.C., Fourth of July parade.Fourth of July celebrates that a deliberative body, arguing civilly, made a vital step in creating a more just and compassionate form of government than the world had ever known.Millions of Americans and billions of people worldwide have enjoyed far better lives under this form of government.Fourth of July does not celebrate that firearms had to be used in a bitter conflict that caused suffering and death on both sides.Let us all hope for, and work for, a time when tanks are a museum curiosity much like medieval armor is today.Roger GrasierSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

AFL legend Warwick Capper set to lose $60,000 on unit punt

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-28:25be20addefbbfb51f9b9cb0 Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen00:00 Related videos Warwick Capper could wear a $60,000 loss on the chin.FOOTY great Warwick Capper may have been a whiz on the oval but he’s about to wear a $60,000 loss on a unit punt.The former Sydney Swans and Brisbane Bears star has put his Surfers Paradise unit on the market for around $339,000 – about $60,000 less than he paid a whopping seven years ago.32/3355 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Surfers Paradise Qld 4217Agent Marshall Hall of Remax Regency Gold Coast was marketing Mr Capper’s apartment as having “front row seats to the Gold Coast 600” and “must be sold”.32/3355 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Surfers Paradise Qld 4217More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Warwick is in Melbourne and wants his Surfers Beach pad sold. It is a perfectly positioned, top floor apartment with a legendary location. Right on the GC600 track, two minutes to the beach, walking distance to all your needs and the light rail at your doorstep.”32/3355 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Surfers Paradise Qld 4217He currently rents the property out for $440 a week. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms and one car space and will be sold fully furnished.32/3355 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Surfers Paradise Qld 4217The complex, Surfers Boulevard Apartments, sits 150 metres of the beach and has a pool, tennis court, gym, on-site cafe and on site management.32/3355 Surfers Paradise Boulevard Surfers Paradise Qld 4217“Currently let to excellent tenants at $440pw, this has investment opportunity written all over it,” the agent said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality LevelsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWNlast_img read more

Gautam Gambhir donates Rs 1 crore to PM CARES fund

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Indian batsman and Lok Sabha MP Gautam Gambhir said that he has released Rs one crore out of his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic.“It is time that all resources of the country be directed towards fighting COVID-19. Have released INR 1 Crore from my MP LAD fund towards relief efforts. Have also donated one month’s salary towards the Central Relief Fund. United we stand!!” said Gambhir.Earlier, Gambhir had said in a statement that his foundation was distributing food packets to poor people in his constituency. The statement also said that during the lockdown, 2,000 packets of food were being prepared and distributed by the foundation, and that efforts were being made so that no one should have to worry about food at this time. IANSAlso Read: COVID-19 update: Gautam Gambhir donates Rs 1 cr towards relief effortsAlso Watch: Quick Shoppe in Guwahati takes precautionary measures against the spread of Coronaviruslast_img read more

We will assess the extent of Henderson’s injury, says Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the club will wait and watch how serious Jordan Henderson’s injury is after the club captain hurt his knee during the Premier League champions’ 3-1 win over Brighton.Henderson’s stunning strike had put Liverpool 2-0 ahead in the eighth minute at the Amex Stadium, but the England midfielder collided with Yves Bissouma late in the second half and had to be replaced by James Milner.”I don’t know what it is exactly but it looks like the knee. We will see. We will have to make scans but we know that it’s not nothing, so that’s already enough,” Klopp told Sky Sports.When asked in his post-match press conference if Henderson had left the stadium on crutches, Klopp said: “I don’t know, I’ve had press since the game was over pretty much, so I have no idea how he left the dressing room.”On the win Klopp said: “For their (Brighton’s) build-ups, we had a super solution and I liked how we did it. We don’t have an influence on what the other team is doing, we have to react,” he said.”We did pretty well in most of the situations but when you lose the ball in the wrong moment then they have the advantage. They deserved their goal but then we scored the third, we could have scored more, we had really big chances but all good.”Brighton manager Graham Potter, meanwhile, said he was happy with how his team handled Liverpool.He told Sky Sports: “I think we played well. Over the course of the game, we gave a really good account of ourselves, especially going 2-0 down in the manner that we did. Liverpool smelt blood, if you like, because we gifted them a couple of goals so we showed great personality to drag ourselves back into the game.”We created some chances before we scored a really good goal so we put a lot into that game and there’s a lot of positives for us.” IANSAlso Watch: #NewsMakers: Aabhijeet Sharma, President, APW in an Exclusive Chat with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

Girls indoor track Lakers second at MVITA meet

first_img Tags: Cazenoviagirls indoor track by Kurt WheelerThe Cazenovia girls indoor track team put on their best performance of the season in their first appearance among their old Mohawk Valley rivals last Friday night.The Lakers scored 61.5 points to finish second among 30 teams at Utica College’s Hutton Dome. Only Class AA Fayetteville-Manlius (164) outran the girls as they beat out large school competitors Rome Free Academy (56) and Utica Proctor (51) along with Class B rival Clinton (51). Johnson was also brilliant throughout the meet, leading the team with a personal best of 44.39 seconds in the 300 to finish fourth. She also added a fifth place, 7.89-second effort in the 55-meter dash. Grace Dolan ran a sectional qualifying time of 1:50.54 to earn fourth place in the 600-meter run, her best ever.Knapp also contributed to the team’s fourth place showing in the 4×400 meter relay with Molly Dolan, Ainsly Schug and anchor Melanie Michael (1:07.3 leg) finishing in 4:34.99.Michael also led the team in the 55-meter hurdles, earning fourth in 9.66 seconds with teammate Katie Whitney also scoring in a personal best, sectional qualifying time of 10.09 seconds.Cazenovia’s distance runners also contributed to the team’s strong showing. The 4×800 meter relay placed sixth in their best time of the season as Ava Hartley, Carley Lounsbury, Melanie Michael and Molly Hart clocked a 10:59.20.Hart also scored in the 3,000-meter run with her best time of the year (11:33.64) while Hartley led the team in the 1,000-meter run (3:27.78). Claire Braaten also scored for the team in the 1,500 with a season best time of 5:29.07.Lili Gavitt led the Lakers in the field events, earning a fourth place finish in the high jump at 4’8″ with Katie Pavelchak also clearing the sectional standard of 4’6′ Ava Gavitt hit a career best of 32’8 1/2″  in the triple jump to place fifth with Bonnie Pittman also achieving a personal best of 30’7 1/2″ to qualify for sectionals.Claire Edwards led Cazenovia in the throws, tossing a career best of 30’11” (state qualifier eligible) to place sixth in a competitive field. Lili Sorbello led the team in the weight throw (23’9″) while Lounsbury had her best pole vault of the season (7 feet) to qualify for sectionals.Overall, the Lakers scored in 13 of 16 events as they achieved 17 sectional performances and two state qualifier performances along with a host of season-best efforts.Cazenovia hopes to peak at the right time with the OHSL Championship coming up on Jan. 29 and secctional meet on Feb. 8. The squad will wrap up its regular season this week as they would make up the DiMao Invitational at Colgate (snowed out in December) on Tuesday and return to OCC for the Bob Grieve Memorial Meet on Saturday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Cazenovia competed in the Utica-based eastern league for a decade before shifting back to Syracuse-based meets at SRC Arena two years ago.Senior sprinter Chloe Smith led the Lakers, scoring in three events including a second place finish in the 55-meter dash (7.79 seconds) and a third place effort in the long jump (15 feet 5 1/2 inches).Smith led the 4×200 meter relay with a season best 27.8-second leg. Grace Dolan, Riley Knapp and Savannah Johnson also ran excellent legs to help the Lakers finish second in 1:53.64, fast enough to earn a bid to the state qualifying meet.last_img read more

Trojans have full schedule during break

first_imgThe USC track and field team will have plenty of ways to keep busy over spring break. With the Northridge Invitational beginning Friday and the Trojan Invitational the next week, the team will truly begin its outdoor season.Busy break · Senior Nate Anderson and sophomore Joey Hughes and the USC track team will take part in two meets over spring break. – Daily Trojan file photo “We’ve just been playing around with different combinations up until now,” USC coach Ron Allice said. “This week is when we absolutely go forward and say, ‘Let’s see how good we can be.’”In addition to the two meets, USC will send some of its best performers to the NCAA indoor track & field championship in Fayetteville, Ark. Among the competitors will be senior Brendan Estrada, who won the men’s pole vault at the Washington Last Chance indoor meet at the University of Washington in Seattle by clearing a personal best 18.5 feet.Also expected to compete will be sophomore Blake Shaw, who became the first Trojan to ever break the four-minute mark in the mile when he ran 3:59.85 at the Washington meet.“What Blake did truly is a tremendous accomplishment,” Allice said. “To be the first in our program to run under four minutes is quite the feat.”For the rest of the team, the Northridge Invitational on March 12 marks what Allice calls “the real start to the season.” And with the annual USC-UCLA dual meet to take place in Westwood on May 1, the Trojan Invitational on March 19 will be USC’s only true home meet of the season.The meets will be the first real showcase for the top tier of USC’s talented group of athletes. Redshirt sophomore Bryshon Nellum, who missed all of last season because of an injury, will make his 2010 debut for the Trojans as a member of the 4×400-meter relay team. Also expected to run is star sprinter senior Ahmad Rashad, who has been held back in the early portion of the season.“It’s going to be exciting to see where we’re at,” Allice said. “These meets should be very telling.”last_img read more

Yaro Replaces Williams as Technical Director of NRFF

first_imgThe Nigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) over the weekend announced the appointment of Abubakar Yakubu fondly referred to as Yaro as it’s Acting Technical Director following the removal of Ntiense Williams at the last board meeting.According to the President Kelechukwu Mbagwu, the decision was taken unanimously by the board to ensure that the long-term objectives of the NRFF were held paramount.On the choice of Yakubu, the President reiterated that as an ex-international and the current coordinator of the Northern Nigerian Rugby Union, Abubakar was suitably qualified for the role. “He has the experience, he has the knowledge and the ability to represent the country internationally” said the President. Yakubu was the founder of the Sabon Gari Rugby Club currently playing in the Northern league.In a statement signed by Debo Oshundun, the spokesman of the NRFF, the choice of Yakubu  is a very popular one because apart from his previous exploits on the rugby field.”He is highly respected for his efficiency and effectiveness with which he coordinated the Northern league (known as the oldest league in the country) during last year’s highly successful rugby campaign.”Mbagwu, however, advised the rugby loving public as well as all sports authorities in the country to take note of the change of personnel and only deal with the official appointees of the board of the NRFF for any matters pertaining to the sport of rugby going forward.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Clippers-nation on a high after surprising Game 6 win in San Antonio

first_imgIf this is how it’s going to be, we’re all in.What happened on Thursday in front of an AT&T Center crowd that absolutely knew it was going to celebrate a series clincher isn’t supposed to happen.No way, no how.The NBA champion Spurs live for these moments.They don’t just welcome this stage.They built it.But there were the Clippers, absorbing Spurs haymakers originating from North Texas, picking up momentum while sweeping across Waco and Austin before landing with vengeance in San Antonio.These were vicious blows.And they made the Clippers wobble and double over as the Spurs built a 10-point lead and threatened to do what they’ve done so many times to playoff opponents while winning five NBA titles over the years.Finish them off.But the Clippers never broke.They never went down.“We showed great resolve tonight,” J.J. Redick said.Said coach Doc Rivers: “I’ve been saying all year this team is tough. They are mentally tough. We hear all this stuff about them. This team is mentally tough.”Their composure stabilized, the air returned to their lungs, the buzzing subsided in their ears and their eyesight cleared up.And that’s when they went to work.Chris Paul found a shooting rhythm, rebounding from an 0-for-7 start to finish with 19 points and 15 assists and sinking a floater with 29 seconds remaining to give the Clippers a 98-93 lead.“This,” Paul said, pointing to a stat sheet. “Doesn’t matter in the playoffs. It’s about who wins or who losses.”In other words, the 0-for-7 start never rattled him.“I didn’t think about it,” he said.Blake Griffin steadied himself, becoming a force on the boards, in the paint and on the perimeter while scoring 26 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.When Redick’s 3-point range abandoned him, he took a few steps in and drained two-point jump shots the rest of the night. Redick had 19 points, and the Clippers needed every one of them.Jamal Crawford has not been himself all playoffs, but he nailed a critical jumper late in the fourth quarter and his clutch free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining put the Clippers up 100-96 and made a potential 3-pointer simply a nuisance rather than a killer And with DeAndre Jordan still agonizing over his unfortunate offensive basket interference that negated what would have been the winning points in Game 5, he turned his fury on the Spurs and pummeled them with 15 points and 14 rebounds. The Clippers beat the Spurs at their own game, exhausting themselves on the defensive end to force stops, then working, moving, locating and converting for critical points offensively that frustrated and drained the Spurs before finally tumbling over.And now they go to a Game 7 in the friendly, familiar surroundings of Staples Center.They mowed down 14 of their final 15 opponents during the regular season to secure homecourt advantage in this series. The payoff for their efforts arrives in full on Saturday, when they host the series finale.Staples Center has not been kind to the Clippers this series, the site of losses in Game 2 and Game 5 that can only be described as devastating.This series should really been over by now, had they simply taken care of business at home.But they’ve never been so happy to see a Game 7 as they are right now, needing to stand tall and strong amid the hysteria and deafening noise of AT&T Center to survive one final push by the Spurs in the closing minute to bring the series back home.“This has been unbelievable,” Crawford said. “You’re seeing high-level basketball right now.” We’ve questioned our faith after two gut-wrenching losses and an inexcusable blowout, kicked them out of the house and told them never to return.Only for them to go and win us over again with a bounce-back road virtuoso in Game 4 and again Thursday night in a must-have 102-96 Game 6 stunner that sends this series back to Staples Center for a win-or-go-home Game 7. “We weren’t ready to go home,” Jamal Crawford said. “We just weren’t.” Damn you, Clippers.But, oh what the hell, get over here ya big lugs. SAN ANTONIO >> So that’s how it’s going to be, huh?The Clippers luring us in, then ripping our hearts out, only to reel us back in again?They coughed up two home games in this roller-coaster ride against the San Antonio Spurs, graying our hair and wrinkling our face and causing a pit in our stomach that gnawed painfully inside us.Only to dip us in a vat of anti-aging cream, hand us a pack of Tums and pull us up feeling alive and well and believing again.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Carlos Ruiz headed to Mariners; Scott Kazmir staying put with Dodgers

first_imgIf there was any temptation for Kazmir to opt out of his deal with the Dodgers, it would have been based on a weak group of starting pitchers on this winter’s free agent market. By returning, though, he rejoins a group of veteran starting pitchers the Dodgers might look to use as trade chips this winter. Kazmir will make $16 million again in 2017, Brandon McCarthy ($10 million) and Hyun-Jin Ryu ($7 million). All three are under contract for two more years, which could make them more attractive than a free agent looking for a longer deal.Ruiz, meanwhile, figures to replace former Angel Chris Iannetta as the backup catcher in Seattle. Iannetta started last season as the Mariners’ primary catcher but lost that job to Mike Zunino in mid-season. Iannetta became a free agent last week when the Mariners opted not to exercise an option in his contract for 2017 (also for a $4.5 million salary).The Dodgers acquired Ruiz from the Philadelphia Phillies in late August, sending A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia primarily because they thought Ruiz would be a better offensive player against left-handed pitching. Ruiz hit .278 in 14 games for the Dodgers (nine starts) then went 3 for 11 during the Dodgers’ playoff run.The Dodgers are apparently ready to make Austin Barnes their backup to Yasmani Grandal in 2017. Barnes, 27, has hit .180 in brief stays with the Dodgers over the past two seasons while hitting .304 with an .845 OPS in Triple-A.Jansen, Turner to receive offers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Monday is also the deadline to make qualifying offers to eligible free agents. The Dodgers will make the qualifying offer (a one-year, $17.2 million contract) to closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner only, protecting their right to draft-pick compensation if either signs with another team. Left-hander Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick are not eligible for the qualifying offer and the Dodgers will not receive compensation if either signs with another team.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report.center_img LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers are in the final stages of trading veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz to the Seattle Mariners, a move that will allow them to essentially get something for an asset they no longer planned to use.The trade has not been confirmed by either team but the Dodgers are expected to receive a minor-leaguer in return for the 37-year-old Ruiz who has to agree to waive no-trade protection in his contract before the deal can be finalized. The Mariners will then pick up the option in his contract that guarantees him a $4.5 million salary in 2017. The Dodgers had little interest in picking up that option and would have had to pay Ruiz a $500,000 buyout by Monday’s deadline.Monday is also the deadline for veteran left-hander Scott Kazmir to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract. Kazmir will not, a decision that protects the final two years and $32 million on the three-year deal he signed with the Dodgers last winter.It is an obvious financial decision for Kazmir who went 10-6 with a 4.56 ERA in a largely unsatisfying debut season with the Dodgers in 2016. He made just one start after August 22 due to injury and was not on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.last_img read more

Fortnite patch notes 9.30: Hello Chug Splash, goodbye Boom Bow

first_imgIf your teammate has these and is nearby, they could just continue to give you health while you build battle with someone else. That’s the exact scenario Epic Games promoted the item with.MORE: All Solo and Duos who qualified for 2019 Fortnite World CupHow to use Chug Splash in FortniteChug SplashOn impact, this thrown item splashes liquid in a small area. All players within the splash radius will be instantly granted 20 Health/Shield.Grants health unless you are full health, in which case it will grant Shield.Chug Splash can heal allies, enemies, and can extend the duration of the ‘knocked’ state for knocked players.Rare variant.Drops in stacks of 2.Max stack size: 6.Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops, and Llamas.Fortnite patch notes 9.30Of course the Chug Splash wasn’t the only change made with the new patch update.Epic Games introduced three new  Limited Time Mode rotations.Sniper Shootout DuosSniper rifles only. May the best aim win!TriosClassic Battle Royale with Three-Person squads.Solid Gold SquadsFight to the finish using Legendary weapons.Also, the Combat Shotgun was nerfed slightly. Epic Games reduced its damage from medium distances by 10% and its damage at long distances by 20%. Part of what made the Combat Shotgun so unique was that it could be used from long range, but developers say it was a little more powerful than they had hoped.”The Combat Shotgun’s accuracy uniquely enables players to hit shots from longer distances compared to other shotguns. However, the damage at those longer ranges was a little higher than desired,” Epic Games said about the change. Valuted Weapons: Goodbye Boom BowIn shocking news, Epic Games decided to vault the Boom Bow, Dual Pistols and Dynamite.Dynamite and Dualies being gone isn’t surprising, but getting rid of the Boom Bow is. Gamers have been asking Epic Games to either nerf it or vault it, and it appears they finally listened. Those who have been asking for it to go away are pleased with the update.BOOM BOW VAULTED!!!! LETS GO— dk (@dakotaz) June 18, 2019Really nice update @FortniteGame- No shotgun delay- No rift Exploit- No pick-up delay- No dynamite- No Boom BowKeep going in this direction❤️❤️❤️— code:Mr-Savage-M (@MrSavageMOfficl) June 18, 2019Damn this update actually looks really good.- Boom Bow ; Dynamite ; Dual pistols = vaulted- No more shotgun swap delay- Looting delay fixed- Combat shotgun nerfed at long range— FNATIC Eryc (@ErycTriceps) June 18, 2019You can view all of the new patch notes updates here. Fortnite released its v9.30 patch update early Tuesday morning and with it introduced a new healing option: Chug Splash.The Chug Splash probably reminds you of the Chug Jug considering its name, but unfortunately it doesn’t help out quite as much. The Chug Splash is essentially like a stink bomb, but instead of reducing health it grants everyone in the area 20 health or shield per bottle. You pick up two Chug Splashes at a time and can stack up to six, which comes out to 120 total health. last_img read more