Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDems lie so big they distort the truthThe Big Lie was used by Adolf Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf.”He said in Mein Kampf of telling a “lie so colossal that no one would believe that someone could distort the truth so infamously.” Sounds like the current crop of Democrats in Washington, D.C.Lou MosherAmsterdamPressure Metroplex for funding of parksIn the Oct. 5 Gazette, Pete Demola reported that Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy will seek additional funding for city parks.The New York state law creating Metroplex states under “purposes and powers of the authority” that Metroplex is to, “…design, develop, plan, finance, create, site, construct, renovate, administer, operate, manage and/or maintain such buildings, parks,….and other facilities as may be necessary or convenient…”Metroplex will get approximately $8,689,000 from county sales tax receipts in 2019. Any funding for parks?The Metroplex Law requires its chair and board to give rigorous detailed reports on its projects to the county legislature, the City Council, town boards and the public. But the annual Metroplex report to the county legislature is superficial, while the other reporting requirements are simply ignored altogether.Our elected representatives at the town, city and county level will ask the Metroplex Development Authority representatives to spell out what Metroplex will do to upgrade parks in the city and towns, as well as all other Metroplex projects, only when the voting public demands it.Elmer BertschNiskayunaGrateful to all who packed backpacksSchenectady Community Ministries (SiCM) would like to take this opportunity to thank the Feed the Children Organization, Price Rite Market Place, Thompson and Johnson Equipment Co for their forklift and operator, Schenectady Police Department, Mayor McCarthy, Superintendent Larry Spring, Assemblyman Phil Steck, officials from Assemblyman Santabarbara’s and Congressman Paul Tonko’s offices, Susan Zimiti from the governor’s office, and Tom Hedderon from NYS SNAP Program, the SiCM Staff and 75+ community volunteers for making the “BackPack Giveaway Program” such a wonderful success.On Thursday, Aug. 29, starting about 6:30 a.m., this group of staff and volunteers met to setup the distribution of backpacks filled with school supplies, new reading books, boxes of personal care items, cases of water and cases of fresh produce for 400 families.The entire operation was unloaded, setup, distributed and cleaned up by 2 p.m. Four hundred families, approximately 1,800 individuals, received these supplies, all donated from Feed the Children and the Price Rite Market Place.SiCM thanks you for assisting our families in preparing for Back to School.Jo-Anne RafalikSchenectadyThe writer is the Summer Meals Director for Schenectady Community Ministries. More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
The government announced on April 10 that it would move the four-day Idul Fitri collective to Dec. 28-31, nearing other year-end holidays, from the initial dates of May 26 to 29 to discourage people from taking part in the annual mudik (exodus) amid concerns of wider virus transmission. Jokowi’s administration later decided to ban mudik altogether and put in place strict measures and monitoring to prevent people from departing to their hometowns.Read also: COVID-19: Jakarta to restrict visitors after Idul FitriDoni went on to say that the decision on the dates of Idul Fitri collective leave largely depended on the flattening of the COVID-19 transmission curve and the public’s commitment to abide by large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). According to the task force, a number of coronavirus red zones across the country had recorded lower transmission rates following PSBB implementation.However, Doni said it would take a rather a long time for the country to fully recover and that the public might need adjust to a “new normal” for the next several months by wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.”Everything depends on us; the more disciplined we are in obeying health protocols, the sooner things go back to normal,” he said.As of Monday, Indonesia had confirmed more than 11,192 COVID-19 cases and 845 deaths linked to the disease. (nal)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is considering moving the country’s Idul Fitri collective leave to July after previously deciding to push it back to December due to concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko had floated the suggestion to the President and other state officials during a meeting on Thursday.”The President wants us to consider which one is better, whether to put [the collective leave] together with Idul Adha in late July or to push it back to the end of this year,” Doni said as quoted by kompas.com, “There are still options [to change the dates].”
“Obviously it’s not surprising how many players have tested positive when you see the scenes and the images and the videos from the tournament and the players party with no social distancing in place,” Murray said on Tuesday.”I’ve seen some people say this puts the US Open in doubt but the measures and the protocols they have in place are completely different to what was going on in Serbia and Croatia.”For a start, there will be no fans and the players will now know we can all be affected by this, it doesn’t matter who you are, we need to respect the rules.”The players, however, did not break any government protocols in Serbia or Croatia with both countries easing lockdown measures weeks before the event. On Tuesday Murray enjoyed a winning return to action as he beat Liam Broady in the ‘Battle of the Brits’ charity tournament at the national tennis center in west London.The twice Wimbledon champion and former world number one eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over the British number six in his first competitive match since the Davis Cup Finals in November.The week-long event, organized by Murray’s brother Jamie while professional tennis remains suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is being played behind closed doors with strict health protocols in place.While there were chair umpires, players picked up their own balls and towels and they did not change ends. The event is raising money for Britain’s National Health Service.There were also wins in London for British number one Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund on the opening day.Murray will face Edmund in his next round-robin match.”It was OK, I served well throughout the match. Didn’t hit the ball that well from the back of the court, wasn’t timing the ball well,” he said.”But it was okay. For a first match in seven months and not been practicing much, so it was alright.””Last time I picked up my own balls was when I was about 17. Although we do it all the time in practice.”The ATP Tour was halted in early March as nations closed borders and imposed lockdowns to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Last week the ATP and the women’s WTA issued revised calendars for the resumption of the circuit from August. Topics : Andy Murray criticized world number one Novak Djokovic for staging the Adria Tour exhibition tournament without adopting any COVID-19 precautions after the Serbian and three other players tested positive for the novel coronavirus.Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki also returned positive tests after playing in the Balkan tournament where players were seen hugging at the net, playing basketball, posing for pictures and partying like they did in pre-COVID-19 days.Murray said he hoped the players and their family members who tested positive recovered soon and added that the tournament should not have gone ahead in hindsight.
Upsizing for the ‘cat’ Land prices rocket across capitals The kitchen inside 3 Drake StHe said the house, believed to have been built in the 1930s, had been a rental property and still had the original carpet. “The new owners moved from Sydney about a year ago,” he said. “We had three registered bidders on the day but they (new owners) hadn’t even attended an open house.“They just turned up on the auction day and bought it.” Rental demand jumps in Qld And one of the bedroomsThe house was on the market for just 25 days — 37 days less than the median days on market for West End, according to CoreLogic.Mr Hatzifotis said bidding started at $800,000 and quickly rose to $1.06 million.He said the new owners planned to raise the house, put in a carport and renovate. Estate home sold 2.5 times above median MORE: Place Kangaroo Point agent Michael Hatzifotis said the owner had three houses in the street — numbers 1, 3 and 5.“We are selling number 5 as well. It goes to auction on November 18,” he said. But the block is big by inner city standards. Inside 3 Drake St at West End The owner’s other property at 5 Drake St is expected to fetch an even bigger priceMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAs for 3 Drake St, Mr Hatzifotis said the owner “had barely lifted a finger, maybe just a lick of paint inside”. FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK The bathroom is no master ensuite“I grew up in West End and we are now seeing a new generation coming in,” he said, noting proximity to good school catchment zones was drawing in families.“A lot of properties have been in the same hands for decades and those vendors are now downsizing, cashing in, and making way for a younger demographic who are not afraid of a big renovation.“Everything that is on the market now will be gone by Christmas.” Bought for $67,000 and sold for $1.06 million, 3 Drake St has been a constant money-spinner forIMAGINE earning $32,000 a year without lifting a finger. This original cottage has, on average, seen its value increase by roughly half the Aussie median wage every year since the owner bought it.It was also being rented for upwards of $500 a week, according to CoreLogic.Bought in 1987 for $67,000, the three bedroom house at 3 Drake St in West End recently sold for $1.06 million — almost 1500 per cent more than its original price.To put that in perspective, $67,000 worth of goods and services in 1987 would be worth about $160,446 now, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia.Not a bad little money-spinner. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51
Hontiveros on Tuesday said thatDuterte’s televised report on late Monday had no concrete plans on how thePhilippines will address COVID-19. She added that the President “should actwith a sense of urgency” following the special powers given to him. “Where was she all this time when thePresident decisively acted on the national grave threat we face by undertakingaggressive measures to curb the spread of COVID-19?” an incensed Panelo said. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo fires back at Sen. Risa Hontiveros, asking what she has been doing since the time the Philippines witnessed the rapid rise of coronavirus disease 2019. The Palace spokesperson also lashed out Hontiverosafter she opposed the enactment of Republic Act No. 11469 or the“Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, which gave Duterte additional powersto respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. MANILA – Malacañang had seen enough ofSen. Risa Hontiveros after the latter criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’shandling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. “We urge her to engage in anintelligent and productive discourse and help in the battle against COVID-19and not to contribute to the misinformation widely peddled in the social mediaby the purveyors of confusion and panic designed to put the President in a badlight,” Panelo said./PN “When the proposed bill was beingdebated in the Senate, did she not oppose its passage? What was she thenopposing in the proposed legislation?” Panelo said. “Was she perhaps hard on hearing whenshe was watching the televised message of the President as commented by one ofher colleagues in the Senate? How could she have missed the program articulatedby the Chief Executive?” he added. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said the Palace is “aghast at the insensitivity” of Hontiveros as heasked the opposition senator to pay attention to the updates being given by theadministration on COVID-19.
FULTON, N.Y. – Round six of the Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series takes the tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds to Fulton Speedway for a Friday, Oct. 3 event.The $400 to win, minimum $75 to start feature is part of the opening night program for Fulton’s Outlaw 200 Weekend. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $22 for adults and $8 for kids 14 and under. Entry fee is $20 and pit passes are $35.More information is available at the www.fultonspeedway.com website, by calling 315 593-6531 or on Facebook.Five different drivers – point leader James Cornell of Port Crane, Chris Fleming of Union Springs, Matt Cole of Binghamton, Gary Roberts of Afton and most recently Harpursville’s Gary Smith – have each won one series feature thus far in 2014.Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. James Cornell, Port Crane, 199; 2. Matt Cole, Binghamton, 195; 3. Gary Roberts, Afton, 189; 4. Gary Smith, Harpursville, 187; 5. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 165; 6. Chris Fleming, Union Springs, 161; 7. Jared Spalding, Troy, Pa., 158; 8. Bumps Scutt, Cortland, 157; 9. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 156; 10. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 155; 11. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 148; 12. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 140; 13. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 86; 14. Kenneth Buck, Canton, Pa., 82; 15. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 75; 16. Craig Ward, Owego, 72; 17. Brad Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa., 70; 18. Mark Griffin, Canton, Pa., 63; 19. Kurt Decker, Nineveh, 56; 20. Rich Keller, Clay, 49.
Chelsea had been keen to tie up a deal for the Brazil-born Spain international ahead of the World Cup and tabled a formal bid for Costa, whose 36 goals helped fire Atletico to the Primera Division title and reach the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten in extra-time by city rivals Real. However, despite Costa having also expressed his desire to head to Stamford Bridge, it was not until Tuesday that a satisfactory arrangement was concluded, with a fee believed to be around £32million and the player’s salary expected to be in the region of £150,000-per-week. Press Association Diego Costa looks set to finally get his dream move to Chelsea after the Barclays Premier League club met the buy-out clause in the Atletico Madrid striker’s contract. A statement from Atletico read: “Diego Costa communicated his wish to be transferred to Chelsea at the end of last season and today, the two entities have reached an agreement whereby the London club is liable to meet the full amount that figures as the buy-out clause in the contract between the player and the club.” The 25-year-old emerged as the leading summer transfer target for Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who was determined to add some firepower to a squad which came up just short behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League and were knocked out of Europe in the semi-finals by Atletico. A brief Chelsea statement said: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international.” Costa is now poised to follow Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas to Stamford Bridge, with the former Arsenal captain being signed from Barcelona on June 12 – the day before Spain crashed to a 5-1 defeat to Holland in their opening World Cup match in Brazil as the holders eventually went out at the group stage. Defender Ashley Cole, however, has left Chelsea this summer at the end of his contract, along with England midfielder Frank Lampard and veteran striker Samuel Eto’o. Mourinho is expected to continue his recruitment ahead of the new campaign, with Juventus’ France midfielder Paul Pogba another reported target. Earlier on Tuesday, Chelsea announced goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had signed a new one-year contract. The former Australia international, 41, headed to Stamford Bridge last summer on a free transfer from west London neighbours Fulham to offer back-up to Petr Cech and went on to make 12 appearances – including the semi-final against Atletico after injury to the Chelsea number one.
President Trump says that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wants to meet again to “start negotiations” after joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises come to an end. He adds that Kim also apologized for a recent series of short-range missile tests.Kim reportedly assured Trump “that this testing would stop when the exercises end.” Meanwhile, North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea.….also a small apology for testing the short range missiles, and that this testing would stop when the exercises end. I look forward to seeing Kim Jong Un in the not too distant future! A nuclear free North Korea will lead to one of the most successful countries in the world!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2019 The two leaders have already met three times — in Singapore, Hanoi and at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.At the second summit in Vietnam last February, Trump rejected Kim’s demand to drop widespread sanctions in exchange for dismantling the North’s main nuclear complex.The U.S. and South Korea have both scaled down major military exercises since Trump and Kim’s first summit took place in June of 2018. However, the North claims that even those downsized drills violate agreements made between Kim and Trump, and compel North Korea to “develop, test and deploy the powerful physical means essential for national defense.”When they last met two months ago, the two leaders agreed to resume working-level nuclear talks, but no meetings have taken place since then.
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam Basketball Association announced its team for the forthcoming 36th Youth National Basketball championship. The competition would be held at Coimbatore from May 14. The squad: boys-Prakash Sarma, Arup Das, Prakash Kumar Badal, Jahangiralam Saikia, Lakhya Raj Phukan, Dipankar Dey, Priyangshu Ghosh, Arbaz Shahnawaz, Raj Das, Manish Toshniwal, Anurag Kachari, Rahul Paswan, Subhay Agarwal and Suraj Goswami. Girls- Shinjini Basu (captain), Rashmi Bisulas, Jayita Bhuyan, Anisha Begum, Oishani Saikia, Sunita Karmakar, Dharitri Sarania, Upasana Kalita, Jiya Basumatari, Mayumi Deka, Arpita Das, Rudrakhi Majumdar. Coach- Ranjit Kumar Borah and Robin Boran. Manager- Robin Borah and Girima Saikia. Also read: Local Sports
… GFF/STAG Elite League underwayIT WAS a nightmare welcome to Guyana’s top flight football for newcomers Victoria Kings and Bakewell Topp XX when the GFF/STAG Elite League season two got underway last Sunday at the DCC ground in Queenstown.After Kings were outclassed by the GDF 1-7 in the opener, Topp XX were brushed aside by Conquerors 3-0, to end a goal-feast opening night of the ‘Beautiful Game’ that produced 11 goals and heavy defeats for the debutants.A double within a two-minute spell by midfielder Jermaine Junor in the 38th and 40th minutes laid the foundation for the youthful Tucville-based side to easily overcome their Linden counterparts. After the break, Kwame La Fleur made it three-nil when he converted in the 70th minute.Although they lost the game, the 3-0 score-line does not reflect the competitiveness of Topp XX as was promised by coach Collie Hercules.The comprehensive victories by the top two contenders of the six-team race for the coveted title were the ideal starts they expected. While it is just the opening game day, both sides have positively responded to their labelling as the main challengers for the top prize worth $6M.The 6-team STAG Elite League will switch to Tucville this Friday where there will be another double-header beginning at 18:00hrs. The first game will feature Buxton United and Monedderlust FC, followed by home team Conquerors versus Victoria Kings. (Ras Wadada)