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

Cubans celebrate no local transmission of COVID-19 for first time in four months

first_imgOnly a handful of COVID-19 cases were reported in Cuba over the last week, all in Havana. Most of the Caribbean island, home to 11.2 million inhabitants, has been free of the disease for more than a month.“I always tell you to stay safe at home, but I know many will go to the beach today,” Duran said, smiling, before reminding his television audience about social distancing.The capital’s 2.2 million residents remain at the first phase of three stages of reopening where they can once more move around on public and private transport, go to the beach and other recreation centers, and enjoy a seaside drive just in time for the summer break. They can also dine and have a drink.Each phase allows capacity at venues to increase from an initial 60%. Interprovincial transportation begins during phase two, while phase three includes schools reopening. Cuba for the first time in 130 days on Sunday said there were no new domestic cases of COVID-19 as most of the country moved into the final phase of resuming normal activities with masks and social distancing.Francisco Duran, head of epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, and who has updated the country daily on the pandemic, took off his mask during the national broadcast for only the second time deliver the good news.Duran, on Saturday did the same, reporting just a single domestic case in Havana. Social distancing and wearing masks remain mandatory in most circumstances.The country has opened a group of isolated resort keys to international tourism. Phase three broadens international travel depending on risk.The Communist-run country has been given high marks for its textbook handling of the pandemic.Cuba’s robust and free community-based health system, door-to-door search for carriers, isolation of the sick, suspected cases and contacts has allowed it to keep the number of infections under 2,500 with 87 deaths.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Roy Keane names three Arsenal players that are a ‘big problem’ for Mikel Arteta

first_imgRoy Keane names three Arsenal players that are a ‘big problem’ for Mikel Arteta Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Sep 2020 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares View 5 comments Keane was unimpressed by Arsenal’s back three (Picture: SKY)‘There’s no getting away from that but he will still want some improvement,’ Keane told Sky Sports.‘His hands are tied which is a big problem because he still needs a couple more players in. ‘We saw again tonight that defeneivsly – I still think David Luiz, Kieran Tierney and Rob Holding, there’s big question marks over them. Luiz still has that mistake in him’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta hopes to add to his squad before the transfer window closes next Monday.Arsenal have submitted two bids for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar but neither offer came close to the Ligue 1 club’s valuation of the midfielder.Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey remains a priority but the likes of Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira may have to make way before activating a £45m release clause in the Ghanaian’s contract.MORE: Jurgen Klopp argues with Manchester United legend Roy Keane after Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal Advertisement Mikel Arteta’s side were well beaten by Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes Mikel Arteta has a ‘big problem’ on his hands because Kieran Tierney, David Luiz and Rob Holding are not good enough for the Gunners.The Spaniard’s side were beaten 3-1 by Liverpool at Anfield, despite taking the lead in the first half through Alexandre Lacazette.The Frenchman’s strike gave Arsenal something to hold onto but their lead lasted just two minutes as Sadio Mane equalised before Andrew Robertson put the Reds ahead going into the half-time break.Arsenal stayed in the game but as they pushed forward for an equaliser, Diogo Jota capitalised on the extra space by wrapping up the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Gunners have made improvements under Arteta but Keane believes that the defensive trio that started in a back three at Anfield underline how far the club have to go. last_img read more

‘LA Times’ Book Festival returns to USC campus

first_imgThis weekend, the University of Southern California will host the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for the fourth year in a row.Book’n it · Last year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books drew over 150,000 attendees. The festival returns this weekend and will be hosting a wide array of celebrity authors and live music and reading events. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanSince its inception in 1996, the festival — which brands itself as an “annual celebration of ideas, creativity, and the written word” — has continued to grow. The festival now draws over 150,000 attendees as well as authors such as T.C. Boyle, John Green, B.J. Novak,  Katherine Schwarzenegger, Alicia Silverstone and Rachel Zoe.Aside from celebrity authors, events will include live music and readings, art and photo galleries and cooking demonstrations.Margo Brown, an undecided freshman, said she is looking forward to experiencing the event for the first time.“I am most excited to meet and listen to some of my favorite authors speak,” Brown said. “It’s an incredible opportunity to have access to an event of this magnitude.”There is an important new feature being incorporated into the festival this year — the Los Angeles Times “Inspire Us” contest. The event called for any local musicians, artists, poets, photographers and comedians to enter for a chance to win an appearance on stage. Those lucky winners will get to perform on one of the many stages set up around USC’s campus.Other additions include the Artist’s Row, featuring a select group of artists creating installations live on-site as well as a Los Angeles Times pop-up photo gallery.Erica Dominguez, a junior majoring in fine arts, noted this year’s festival is an especially unique event.“It is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see these emerging artists at work and pursuing something I one day hope to do,” Dominguez said.Furthermore, this year’s festival will be debuting “Festival After Dark,” extending its hours to show a live performance of American Public Media’s Wits. The popular radio program will be taping in Bovard Auditorium on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Host John Moe will be joined by special guests Margaret Cho, band Superchunk and Will Scheff for a night of laughs, music and more.This year will also feature some of Los Angeles’ favorite food trucks such as Crepe’n Around and The Recess Lunch Truck in addition to Cuban, Indian and Asian cuisine. These will be located off of Downey Way in the parking lot.The addition of these new events has defined the festival’s growth since its move to USC from UCLA four years ago. Author and USC professor T.C. Boyle said he prefers having the festival on the USC campus.“The feel of the fest is more intimate here, whereas at UCLA things were far too spread out and the overall feel was more exclusive and cold,” Boyle said. “The USC venue seems to make it much more [of] a community celebration.”Boyle, author of Stories II, will be attending the festival to perform on Sunday at 3 p.m., where he will present a new short story of his.“I hope the audiences reconnect with the notion of enjoying literature, rather than seeing it as something reserved for classrooms and assignments,” Boyle said. “I hope that the younger members of said audiences will be gratified — if not startled — to see that some of the people who write the books they read are still alive and breathing.”USC professor of history Deborah Harkness stressed the merits of the festival’s mission to advance the vitality of literature.“I hope that authors and readers alike see that the reports of the death of the book have been greatly exaggerated,” Harkness said in an email to the Daily Trojan. “When thousands of people — including children and their parents — come to the [Los Angeles Times Festival,] it seems to me that the book is very much alive.”last_img read more

Ronaldo rocket gives Juventus scrappy win at Empoli

first_imgMilan, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice, including a thunderous 25-yard drive, as Italian champions Juventus surged seven points clear in Serie A on Saturday following a battling 2-1 victory at Empoli.Empoli, without a win since the opening weekend of the season, grabbed a 28th-minute lead at the Stadio Carlo Castellani as Francesco Caputo curled home following a lung-busting run by Afriyie Acquah.But Juventus turned to their 100-million-euro man Ronaldo in the second half, as the Portugal forward equalised from the spot before blasting home a magnificent second to secure a ninth win in 10 Serie A matches for Massimiliano Allegri’s team.“It was a very complicated game. We knew it would be difficult, especially after a Champions League tie and we were a bit tired,” Ronaldo told Sky Sport Italia.“We stayed in the game, increased our possession, created more chances after the break and in the end deserved the victory.“I don’t remember the goal very well, I’ll have to watch it again! It all happened very quickly, but I felt confident and I went for the goal.”After Caputo’s opener, the hosts appealed for a penalty when Miha Zajc’s shot glanced the arm of Leonardo Bonucci as he attempted to charge down the attempt, but the referee opted against punishing the Italy defender after reviewing the incident on video.Empoli goalkeeper Ivan Provedel pulled off two spectacular saves in quick succession to thwart Alex Sandro and Miralem Pjanic early in the second half, as Juventus — who beat Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford in midweek — saw their unbeaten record come under threat. Provedel flung himself in front of a firmly-hit effort by Sandro from close range, and then sprang acrobatically to his right to touch a Pjanic drive onto the crossbar as Empoli failed to clear after the initial attack.– ‘Moment of magic’ –But Juve hit back when Paulo Dybala pinched the ball off a dallying Ismael Bennacer in the Empoli box, drawing a penalty as the Algeria midfielder proceeded to bundle over the Argentine.Ronaldo sent Provedel the wrong way from the spot to score for the third league game running and bring Juve level on 54 minutes, as the turmoil of rape allegations do not appear to be unsettling the Portuguese forward on the pitch.After last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Genoa, Ronaldo completed a much more successful week for Juve as he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top left corner 20 minutes from time.“I told the lads, this was a game we had to win, it didn’t matter how well or badly we played,” said Allegri.“The goal was a moment of magic from an extraordinary player and it’s something kids will try to copy in the schoolyard.”An own goal by Fiorentina goalkeeper Alban Lafont allowed Torino to make it five games without defeat following a 1-1 draw, while Atalanta collected a second win on the trot as they beat promoted Parma 3-0.Second-place Napoli can return to within four points of Juve on Sunday when they host Roma, and Inter Milan will bid for a sixth straight league victory at Lazio on Monday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

OVERTIME

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 Ok, ok, get over it will ya. You…we… they can’t win them all. (yea I know, but we should have won that one) (Steelers vs. Denver…pay attention please!!!) Now here’s your New Years 2 for 1. Your always asked for Top 10 List combined with why the Steelers lost to Tee-Bow and The Boys. No. 10. Well first of all because of Tee-Bow. They under estimated him. But I told you didn’t I?No. 9. Ike Taylor had the worst game of his life. It happens!No. 8. We still have the worst offensive coordinator in the NFL.No. 7. Mike Wallace…all speed no fight.No. 6. James Harrison…a name not called the entire game.No. 5. Big Ben sacked 5 times and it had nothing to do with his ankle and everything to do with his O-Line.No. 4. Speaking of which, injuries were high and it does matter, even though it’s part of the game.No. 3. Further speaking of that, no Pouncey and no Mendenhall is a recipe for disaster.No. 2. Still no killer instinct. No desire to wipe out the opponent early. Where were the killer linebackers?No. 1. And the No. 1 reason they lost…the ghost of Hines Ward came back to haunt them. They did him wrong and it cost them in the end. Boo-Ya!!!:09 Do you know you can get a meal at Wendy’s for $3.00—burger .99 fries .99 drink .99, and it’s good. $3.00…I’m just saying! (my bad, back to sports, sometimes I get distracted):08 Speaking of distractions, and I was. For you ol school boys, did anybody ever notice that none of Ben Cartwright’s boys on Bonanza looked alike? Little Joe, Hoss and what’s his name. Who’s these baby’s mama’s. C’mon man!:07 Everybody’s always talking about Chuck Sanders. Chuck Sanders this, Chuck Sanders that. Well never mind Chuck Sanders, what about Garry White, the main man at the Savoy and his staff. They are second to none in the city. Get your butt down there and quit talking about it.:06 Kobe…Kobe…Kobe…four games in a row with 40 plus points. I told you his wrist was ok. When will you people listen to me?:05 The New England Pat’s will beat the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will upset the New York Giants. Take it to the bank, cash it, get your money and go!!!:04 All that I said about the Bow is good. But hey Timmy you played the master Tom Brady and you got jacked up!!!:03 Now and forever more the late great Lester Cain is now in “The Locker Room.” One of our all time great community leaders was always, always a nice guy, good person and a great friend to me and Champion Enterprises. Lester, now that I am reminded, we love ya man! Gone but not to be forgotten.:02 Hi…Hello…Hello…yea is this the correct number for Paula Patton! Oh yea, can you tell her Bill Neal’s on the phone? No, but who’s this? Ok, ok whatever, Robin can you tell her I need to speak with her right now? Hello…Hello…Hello…Hello.:01 I am telling everybody right here, right now that if you missed the Flow Band at the Champions New First Fridays do not miss the next show. Ladiesssss and Gentellllmen we are proud to present one of the greatest R & B groups in the United States…National Recording Artist—“Artistree”—Friday, Feb. 3 at The Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville in the new J.T.’s Restaurant. $10 at the door, first come first seated, limited 200 seats, cash bar, cash kitchen, free parking 50/50 and prizes, photos on the spot and yes Chuck Sanders and The Fabulous Diamond Models will be there. Call for information 412-628-4846.~ Game Is Over ~last_img read more

Vote for a Thurston County Ice Chips Candy Flavor

first_imgFacebook89Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention BureauWhat does Thurston County taste like? The Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau (OLTVCB) wants to know.The OLTVCB teamed up with the famous grannies at Ice Chips to make a candy that represents the flavor of the region.  Ice Chips and the OLTVCB have narrowed down the candy choices to three flavors and now seek the public’s help in selecting the winning flavor.Bev Vines-Haines (left) and Charlotte Clary displayed their xylitol candy, Ice Chips, on the television show, Shark Tank.Thurston County flavor choices include:Apple FrittersTasting notes: Inspired by the area’s famous farm fresh fritters, the candy is fused with the fresh taste of apples reminiscent of a trip down the Thurston Bountiful Byway.Artesian RainTasting notes: As it has been said, “It’s the Water.” Rain keeps our natural beauty lush and green and artesian water feeds the area’s burgeoning craft culture. Mint is infused into the candy giving it a refreshing taste—just like the local scenery and culture.Coffee RainTasting notes: Thurston County embraces the rain as much as the coffee that runs through local’s veins.Thurston County gets to decide the next flavor of Ice Chips. Vote now.Locals are encouraged to cast their vote at http://bit.ly/2oe3zEd.  Voting is open until April 16, 2017.Ice Chips, a local candy company, makes candy with the healthy natural sweetener Xylitol. Xylitol reduces tooth decay and strengthens teeth. The grannies’ appearance on Shark Tank catapulted the candy’s popularity with rapid growth, including contracts with Disney.“Ice Chips is a local treasure with national recognition. From their humble beginnings in a garage to stardom on Shark Tank, Ice Chips is the perfect partner to create a decidedly different flavor to represent Thurston County,” said Shauna Stewart, executive director of the OLTVCB.The candy is part of the new destination brand launch and will be used as gifts to promote Thurston County to visitors, meeting planners, sporting event organizers and media. Visitors can taste all of Ice Chips candy flavor varieties in the company’s tasting room in Tumwater.last_img read more