Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 12

first_imgDestroying cultural sites is a war crimeOn Jan. 4, President Donald Trump tweeted that if Iran retaliates for the targeted killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, America will target sites important to Iranian culture.Let me be clear: It is a war crime to target cultural sites, according to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The United States is a party to that convention, meaning we must abide by it.The United Nations also regards destroying cultural sites as a war crime (U.N. Security Council Resolution 2347).War crimes are illegal under federal law (18 U.S. Code § 2441). The punishment is being “fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.”If President Trump goes through with his threat and attacks those cultural sites, he is a war criminal. Plain and simple.Daniel Wade IIIRound LakeMany share blame for Trump’s failuresWe need to get serious about climate change. We need to eradicate hate crimes and poverty. We need to build alliances, roads, bridges, healthcare systems and schools. Instead, we find ourselves in a useless fossil-fuel-sucking war that will kill, maim, destroy and deplete resources.Who is the most irresponsible?The 45th president? The military, which gave him an option it knew was terrible? (You don’t give a loaded gun to a baby and expect a good outcome.)  Or the American public and politicians who didn’t put an end to this presidency when they had a chance?Melinda PerrinNiskayunaWe all must learn to embrace differencesEvery year, people would like to accomplish some goals for the new year.Well I have a goal that I would like to see happen, not just in this new year, but year-around.This goal is that we as a human race need to understand that we are a very extraordinary human race and we all have our differences. We need to embrace them and learn from them instead of attacking each other.We are killing all of us with this hate. And yes, both sides, the left and the right, are at fault for all the hate that has been going around.But I strongly feel that if we as an extraordinary human race can embrace and accept our many differences, we can heal this nation and world. This is a goal that I would really like to see happen, not just this new year, but year-round.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people together Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProps to Cuomo for canal, rail initiativesI rarely find any merit in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiatives, but I believe in giving credit where it’s due.Although it pains me, I compliment him on his recently announced initiatives: re-imagining the Erie Canal and high-speed rail between New York City and Buffalo.The Erie Canal made New York “the Empire State.” Making the Erie Canal economically and recreationally relevant, and high-speed rail along the same corridor, could re-invigorate the dead and dying Rust Belt communities along the way. They called the Erie Canal “Clinton’s Folly” when Gov. Clinton proposed it.When completed, it not only transformed New York but extended our country’s frontier westward, opening up new markets and opportunity. Good transportation does that. If you’ve lived in the Capital District long enough, I’m sure you marvel at what I-87 has done to Clifton Park and points north. Don’t give up, Andrew.Having said that, now that I have your ear, I’d like to add that Mr. Cuomo’s unwillingness to extend the authority to perform marriage ceremonies to federal judges simply because they represent the Trump administration is petty, spiteful, childish and vindictive. Behavior like this (not to mention the SAFE Act) is why I regard him as a jerk.George NigrinyGlenvilleRight on red isn’t mandatory, so chillI am the driver of a small Honda, and I choose to turn right on red when I think it is safe for me, my passengers and pedestrians.Due to the size of my car, it is difficult to see around snowbanks, larger cars and SUVs. Sometimes I will sit at a light until it is green in my favor.During these short waits, there have been more frequent displays of flashing lights, blaring horns and finger messages. I look at your face in my rearview mirror and you look so angry and wretched that I almost feel sorry for you.Draw a deep breath, count to 10, send mental good wishes to a friend. Before you know it, this little car will be safely on its way and so will you. Turning on red is not mandatory — it is a choice.Louise FarnumMaltalast_img read more

Fisherman in East Java arrested for catching protected dolphins

first_img“Fishermen know where to catch dolphins or mackerel fish,” he said. “If we only found one or two dolphins, we may have believed him. However, we found nine.”Eva said the police would investigate further to discover whether there was a black market of protected animals operating along the southern coast of Tulungagung.The police also arrested Febri, a fish trader accused of buying the dolphins from Sunar. According to the police, Febri paid Rp 5,000 (32 US cents) per kilogram for the dolphins. Each dolphin weighed about 30 kg.Febri is accused of selling the dolphins at a market on Sine Beach, about 30 kilometers south of Tulungagung.A 1990 law on natural resources conservation law restricts all people from catching protected species. Anyone convicted of violating the law faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, as well as a fine of Rp 100 million. (kuk)Topics : Tulungagung Police in East Java arrested a fisherman for catching nine long-beaked common dolphins from the sea to be sold to a local fish trader.The dolphin is included in the list of protected plants and animals in a 2018 environment and forestry ministerial regulation.The suspect, identified as Sunar, 49, was apprehended at his home in Sine hamlet, Kalidawir district in Tulungagung on Friday. A few hours earlier, investigators seized nine dead dolphins from a trader at a nearby fish market. Their fins had already been butchered.”I didn’t mean to catch dolphins. I found them dead, entangled in my fishing nets,” Sunar told journalists during a press briefing at the Tulungagung Police headquarters on Saturday.Read also: How you can help conserve Indonesia’s endangered speciesTulungagung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Eva Guna Pandia said the police had gathered sufficient evidence they believed indicated that the fisherman had intentionally hunted dolphins.last_img read more

BlackRock doubles money on Paris property sale to Norges Bank

first_imgAt the time, the mixed-use property – then known as Les Trois Quartiers, had 4% vacancy.MGPA refurbished both the office entrance and retail space.BlackRock said, in the last five years, new retail and office leases had been signed with eight tenants including Chanel, Visa and C&A.When MGPA’s Europe Fund III, part of the Global Fund III, bought the asset, it used €140m of debt from Deutsche Postbank and Landesbank Hessen-Thuringen-Girozentrale, as well as €30m in vendor finance from the seller.Hammerson, the UK REIT that sold the property, had valued it at €275m at the end of 2008, six months before the sale.The transaction provides the Norwegian fund, advised by Norges Bank Investment Management, sizeable exposure to the central Paris market in a single deal.With trophy assets increasing in popularity across Europe, purchases by traditionally longer-term capital could reduce the amount of liquidity in the prime commercial real estate sector, with owners ‘sitting’ on their assets for longer periods.BlackRock’s acquisition of MGPA in October last year created a combined $23.5bn (€17.5bn) platform. A BlackRock opportunistic fund – formerly MGPA – has sold a central Paris property to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global for €425.6m.The Madeleine building was sold by BlackRock’s Europe Property Fund III five years after its €210m purchase.BlackRock inherited the 31,000 sqm building when it took control of MGPA last year.Jean-Philippe Olgiati, BlackRock Real Estate France director, said the 2009 acquisition was made “when there was little liquidity in the market”.last_img read more

Friendly : Egypt will face Equatorial Guinea in Dubai

first_imgEgypt will face Equatorial Guinea in a friendly game on 28 March as part of their preparations for the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Thursday.The match will be played in Dubai after the refusal of Egyptian security to host the game in Egypt.It will be the first test for Pharaohs’ new boss Hector Cuper who was named as Egypt’s coach earlier this week.The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers are set to start in June, followed by the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in October.The first challenge will be to bounce back into Africa’s football elite after three failed attempts in a row at qualifying for the Africa Cup.last_img

Shelbyville Graduate

first_imgDaniel Kuhn graduated from Shelbyville High School and planned to play baseball for Trine University.  Andrew Poore of IU knew that Kuhn had won the IHSAA’s state track 800m run in 1’50.9″ last year.  He convinced Kuhn to sign a letter of intent to run track for the Hoosiers.  Kuhn has now dropped his 800m time under 1’50” and his 400m time to 47″.  This is pretty good for a baseball player!You might ask why I am writing this article for a Huddle Up in Batesville.  Daniel Kuhn is the nephew of Batesville’s Larry Montgomery.  In a recent  conversation with Ted Hartshorn, Ted relayed this information to me.  Larry’s daughter, Gina, ran track and cross country for me while at Batesville High School as did her husband, Chuck Brinkman.  Evidently, the running genes are in the Montgomery family heritage.Larry was a former running pal of Ted Hartshorn.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Softball Teams Split Games With Lady Lions

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldog Softball team defeated Rushville on Friday night by a score of 14-0 in 5 innings.The Bulldogs earned their 2nd win of the season behind the pitching of Abby Westerfeld. Westerfeld struck out 9 of the 18 batters she faced with zero walks. She gave up only 2 hits on the evening.Offensively, the Bulldogs lived up to their potential as they batted for 12 hits (11 singles, and 1 home run). The Bulldogs also walked 5 times, and stole 11 bases.  The Bulldogs scored 2 in the 1st, 3 in the 3rd, and 9 in the fourth.Kylie Laker led the team in hitting with 2 singles and a home run, Obermeyer, Huffner, and Wilson all had 2 hits each. Laker and Wilson both racked up 3 RBIs each.A quiet night for the defense due to Westerfeld’s pitching gave the majority of the putouts to Cornn. She ended the game with 9, while Waechter finished with 3.‘This was a much needed win for us as we were 1-11 coming into this game playing some very good competition all season. Our conference  is loaded this year and we have really struggled to find our game. This game proved to the girls that have the tools necessary to win. It’s a great time for us to get into a rhythm.’ Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.Next up – East Central away on Tuesday with a 5:30 game time.The JV Lady Bulldogs lost a tight one Friday evening to the Rushville Lady Lions.  The final tally was 11-9.The JV Lady Bulldogs were balanced on offense scoring in every inning.  The Bulldogs put one on the board in the first, two in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and added another in the fifth inning but came up just short in the end result.The JV Lady Bulldogs pounded out 11 hits at the dish with Hannah Nunlist leading the charge with three hits in four plate appearances.  Gwen Martin and Chloe Saler each had two hits a piece while Kate Burkhart, Paige Oldham, McKenzie Laker, and Zoe Peters collected one each.Oldham went all five innings on the bump in the loss striking out six Lady Lion hitters.The loss drops the JV Bulldog record to 5-6 on the season.Batesville JV Softball will next be in action Tuesday evening against the East Central Lady Trojans immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Eni Aluko quits football

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Former England striker Eni Aluko has announced her retirement from football. The 32-year-old, who wore 102 caps for the Lionesses, left Juventus in December after nearly 18 months with the Serie A champions and had been tipped to return to the Women’s Super League. Posting on Twitter, before linking to a full letter on the Players Tribune, she wrote: “My dear friend football, it’s time to hang up my boots and retire as a professional footballer. “Thank you football for everything you’ve given and taught me. Thanks for the full circle moments and crazy unexpected journey.” Aluko, who played for Birmingham, Charlton and Chelsea in England as well as having a brief spell in North America, was part of the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics. In her letter, entitled: “Dear Football,” she wrote: “When we met … I was just a girl from a council estate in Birmingham. I could never have imagined the crazy, unbelievable journey you would take me on. “You have given me the dream of playing in the US, the pride of representing England, the thrill of winning titles with Chelsea, the adventure of playing for Juventus in Italy. “Whenever I have faced obstacles, you have shattered them. Whenever I have had great expectations, you have exceeded them.” In her post, Aluko added that “there have been other moments when I have thought about leaving” football. “I’m talking about the racism, the abuse on social media, all that,” she said. “Women do not earn much in football, we play because we love the game. Sometimes I have thought: ‘Is it worth it? Do I love you enough?’ And every time the answer has been yes.” The forward, who is also a trained lawyer, scored 33 goals for England in 102 appearances but didn’t play for her country again after 2016. The following year, she said she was subjected to “bullying and discrimination” by then-England coach Mark Sampson, which led to the Football Association making a public apology to Eluko after an investigation found Sampson had used racially discriminating remarks towards her and Drew Spence in 2014 in what were described as “ill-judged attempts at humour.” As part of the case, it was revealed that an £80,000 financial settlement was secretly struck by the FA with Aluko to halt her grievance complaint against Sampson ahead of the European Championships in 2017.Tags: Eni AlukoJuventusPlayers TribuneSerie ASuper Leaguelast_img read more

Rodgers aiming to leave legacy

first_img Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to leave a legacy at Anfield which will not just include silverware. “I’ve been satisfied in terms of the progress we have made but there is still a long way to go in terms of where I want to go with the whole project,” he said. “Hopefully it continues to grow. We have gone from a team who was looking to put a style of football in place – high energy, high tempo – to one who wants to have success running alongside that and success is getting into the Champions League. “This first 18 months has been (about) implementing and introducing a lot of ideas which are hopefully bearing fruit and the next 18 months is about developing and enhancing that. “Over the next 18 months we want to eventually be really challenging on the trophy front.” While the focus is on first-team success in the short term, Rodgers is not neglecting the future. Having helped the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan establish regular roles in the senior squad, the Northern Irishman has also given youngsters like Andre Wisdom, Jordon Ibe, Brad Smith, Joao Teixeira, Jerome Sinclair, Stephen Sama, Jordan Rossiter, Cameron Brannigan first-team experience in one form or another. “There’s no point in having a youth system and an academy system in place if you’re not going to look from within,” Rodgers told LFCTV GO. “For me and how I work, it’s part of my definition of success. When I eventually retire from football I want to be able to look back and see that not only have I won trophies but I’ve developed a football club that has brought through their own players and individuals and made them better. “Other managers may be different and might just be about purely winning trophies but for me success isn’t just picking up the trophy at the end of the season. “It’s also about the football club, giving the value to young players and seeing them develop.” center_img The Reds boss, more than halfway through his second season, has guided the club to second in the table and they remain on course to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009. But while a return to Europe’s elite club competition remains the immediate priority, followed by winning trophies, Rodgers wants to look after the club in the long term. last_img read more

30 Dead, 200 missing in Bahamas after #HurricaneDorian

first_imgAt least 30 people are dead, and about 200 are reported missing in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.The Category 5 hurricane devastated the islands over the weekend and health officials expect the death toll to rise as search and recovery efforts continue.Bahamas Prime Minister Huber Minnis says the U.S. Coast Guard has been conducting rescue operations, and that both President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have pledged assistance with relief efforts.Dorian, the strongest hurricane ever to hit the Bahamas, wiping out entire neighborhoods, and then lingered for days, continuously slamming the same battered places before it ended.As of Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard says to have rescued 205 people.International teams have been dispatched in small planes and helicopters to the northern islands of the Bahamas, which has been the primary focus of the rescue missions.The international team is reportedly searching that area for those stranded or displaced.“The public needs to prepare for unimaginable information about the death toll and the human suffering,” said Health Minister Dr. Duane Sands. “Make no bones about it, and the numbers will be far higher.”“It is going to be significantly higher than that, and it’s just a matter of retrieving those bodies, making sure we understand how they died,” Sands added.This story is developing.last_img read more

Badminton News Rankireddy-Shetty become first Indian pair to win BWF Super 500 tourney at Thailand Open

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bangkok: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Sunday became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 badminton tournament with a hard-fought victory over Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the summit clash of Thailand Open here.The unseeded Indian duo prevailed 21-19 18-21 21-18 over the third seeded Chinese pair after battling hard for an hour and two minutes.It was the first final of the 2019 season for Rankireddy and Shetty, the men’s doubles silver medallist at 2018 Commonwealth Games.Rankireddy and Shetty got off to a good start as they broke away from 3-3 early on and moved ahead to open up a 10-6 lead, but their Chinese opponents kept breathing down their necks and made it 14-14.It was a closely fought affair after that and the world No. 16 Indian pair could take a slight edge only at 20-18.Although the Chinese duo narrowed down the gap further to 19-20, the Indians managed to win the crucial point to wrap up the first game.In the second game, the Indians managed to take an upper hand as they moved to a 6-2 lead but the Chinese soon bridged the gap to 5-6 before catching up with them at 11-11.After the interval, the Chinese duo surged ahead to 13-11 but the Indians lifted their game and drew parity at 13 apiece.The Indians then overtook their opponents to 16-14 and then climbed up to 18-16 before the Chinese pair won five consecutive points to stun the Indians and take the match to the decider.Rankireddy and Shetty were slow off the blocks in the third game but managed to make it 6-6. From there on, the Indians never looked back and kept their composure to maintain the edge over their rivals till the end.Even though the Chinese pair fought back and at one stage reduced the gap to 18-19, the Indians looked in no mood to climb down and went on to pocket two consecutive points to seal the match in their favour. last_img read more