Focus on what’s really important

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion While you are in a huff about the #MeToo’s, where is your righteous indignation about the women who are actually physically and sexually assaulted? Are you attempting to assign equality to getting your bottom pinched with having a knife to your throat? When I was younger, a slap in the face was expected if you got fresh with a girl. Now, if you pinched a girl decades ago, it becomes front-page news and copious amounts of tears flow. Is Aziz Ansari’s date-gone-wrong the same as a mutilated body dumped in the park?What troubles me is that liberals, as you appear to be, jump on any fad that comes along (PC language rings a bell.) and beat it to death in pursuit of God knows what, while the real injustices don’t raise dust.My memory recalls that the Equal Rights Amendment was going to unite women in their quest for equal pay for equal work. Women have always had the right to not be attacked, as have men, as have all humans. Only liberals seem to find a way to make the trivial newsworthy.Jeff FalaceSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcy I read Jim Schaefer’s Jan. 14 letter, “Country is headed back to Puritan age,” and  Ricki Lewis’ Jan. 18 letter, “Writer owes apology for insulting women,” response regarding the #MeToo movement. For the life of me, I can’t see who Mr. Schaefer insulted. Do you think those few women/men — “gold-diggers, the well-bedded Hollywood stars, the trophy-wives, the “Oops-I’m-pregnant” dates, and the faux divorce/alimony/child-support schemes” — who married for money/youth give a hoot about someone writing it? As for the A-list names — the Gloria Alreds, Megyn Kellys and Kirsten Gillibrands — mentioned in both letters, two of them wouldn’t have the decency to feel insulted, and the third would have to have it spelled out for her to understand it. But getting insulted, or offended, is the first thing that liberals think of.last_img read more

Minister inaugurates S. Java double track rail for partial service

first_imgTransportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi inaugurated the southern Java double track railway network on Thursday for partial service. The network seeks to boost connectivity between Cirebon, West Java, and Surabaya, East Java.Some 550 kilometers of the railway network, connecting Cirebon and Jombang, East Java, are ready to use. The ministry aims to finish building the remaining part of the track, about 65 km connecting Jombang and Wonokromo, East Java, in the next two years, according to the minister.“With the completion of the southern Java double track railway, we will connect three big city agglomerations, namely Greater Jakarta, Joglosemar [Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Semerang] and Gerbangkertosusila [the Surabaya Metropolitan area],” Minister Budi said in a statement during the soft launch of the segment of rail. He added that the double track rail network, whose construction began in 2015, would boost people’s mobility and the distribution of goods on the island. It is also expected bring more tourists to Borobudur Temple in Central Java, which is one of the government’s “super-priority” tourist destinations.“It’s crucial for Borobudur to be connected with the railway system. Therefore, I’ve pushed for the Borobudur rail track project to be completed on time and be integrated with the Southern Java rail track project,” he said.The minister added that the Southern Java double track project was funded through Sharia sovereign bonds (SBSN) on multiyear contracts, amid the shortage in the state budget for infrastructure development.The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has estimated that the country will need $429.7 billion in infrastructure investment, equal to 6.1 percent of its annual GDP, between 2020 and 2024. However, the government may only be able to finance 30 percent of the spending with the state budget.Read also: RI must reduce risk to attract infrastructure investment amid: IAHouse of Representatives Commission V agreed in September to provide the ministry a Rp 45.6 trillion (US$3.1 billion) budget for 2021, a Rp 4.31 trillion increase from this year’s budget. Of the total budget, infrastructure development has received the largest allocation, at Rp 33.95 trillion, according to a ministry statement. Topics :last_img read more

Surfers Paradise is the busiest individual suburb for auctions across the nation this week

first_img55/53 Darrambal St, Surfers Paradise will be offered to the market at 5pm.Another apartment at 55/53 Darrambal St will go under the hammer at 5pm.On the eight floor of Modena on Chevron, the property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a powder room.The weekend’s auctions follow a mammoth two-week auction period on the Gold Coast with more than $80 million in property sold under the hammer. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise is going under the hammer at 11am on Saturday.Located in Circle on Cavill, the residence features an open-plan living area that flows out to a large outdoor balcony.It also offers ocean, city, mountain and river views.Adam Scott and Trent Scott of PRDnationwide Surfers Paradise are offering the property to the market at 11am. 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise.SURFERS Paradise will be an auction hotspot this week — the suburb has the most auctions scheduled across the nation.CoreLogic data revels the Glitter Strip has 11 homes set to go under the hammer.Paradise Point comes in third with nine auctions, just behind the NSW suburb of Port Macquarie.Among the properties going to auction is a three-bedroom apartment at 9 Ferny Ave.last_img read more

Lady Pirates Soccer Team Victorious Against Lady Shiners

first_imgThe Lady Pirates hosted the Lady Shiners of Rising Sun and came away with a 5-1 victory.Solid play and passing created many shots and runs for the host team. Maddi Hellmich and Kasey Moeller each scored two goals and Michaela Myers chipped in one. All three ladies had assists as well with Moeller netting two to her teammates. Keeper McKella Lynette made three save while allowing one goal off a direct kick.The defensive alignment for the Lady Pirates and the midfield did a great job of setting up the scoring opportunities all night.The Lady Pirates will be in action Thursday night as they travel to EIAC foe South Dearborn.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.last_img

State officials relaunch ‘Pete Dye Golf Trail’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD) announced the relaunch of the Pete Dye Golf Trail, which will be managed and marketed by IOTD.“Beautiful golf courses span across our entire nation,” said Crouch, “Rather uniquely, Indiana is known for having some of the most exclusive golfing experiences, and now that the Indiana Office of Tourism Development has taken charge of the trail, we can continue to attract visitors to these courses.”The Pete Dye Golf Trail offers golfers an experience that is uniquely Indiana. The newest addition on the trail is the Ackerman-Allen Course in West Lafayette.Ackerman-Allen is a parkland style course with a rolling terrain. The greens have large player friendly greens with undulation. No two holes look alike.Ackerman-Allen also offers a First Tee program for junior golfers. This is a new program at the Birck-Boilermaker Golf Complex and for the Lafayette area.The other courses on the Pete Dye Golf Trail include:Brickyard Crossing, IndianapolisBrickyard Crossing is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway golf course. Four holes are located inside the world famous oval and 14 just outside the backstretch.The course hosts the LPGA Indy Women in Tech Championship in August with the world’s best female golfers playing the track. Go to IWITCHAMP.com for details on the LPGA event.The Fort Golf Resort, IndianapolisOne of the most unique features of The Fort are the multiple elevation changes throughout the golf course. Central Indiana is not known for hilly golf courses, but a large ravine that runs throughout the course creates several changes and continuous rolling ground. Dye was able to incorporate and take advantage of these dynamic changes on just about every hole to create a challenging golf experience.A second great quality of the course is that there are no buildings anywhere to be seen. Because the course is surrounded by Ft. Harrison State Park, the golf course is uniquely secluded, even though you are less than 30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis.Kampen Golf Course, West LafayetteA unique feature of the Kampen Course is the Water Reclamation system that was set up when the course was built. As runoff water travels across the golf course and into the celery bog, measurements are taken at the different testing stations that proved that water running through the golf course ends up cleaner than it was when it entered the course from the local community, helping to dispel the sentiment that golf courses are not environmentally friendly. Birck-Boilermaker Golf Complex offers an extensive schedule of Stay and Play programs. Click here for more information.Maple Creek Golf and Country Club, IndianapolisMaple Creek is the first 18-hole course designed and built by Pete and Alice, created in October of 1961. Due to the long history, Maple Creek has a large collection of Pete Dye memorabilia in the newly renovated clubhouse.  Included in the memorabilia is the world’s only complete logo golf ball collection of each Pete Dye golf course, which includes over 150 golf balls displayed in a beautiful custom lit shadow box in the clubhouse’s Dye History Hallway.Mystic Hills Golf Club & Lodge, CulverThis course offers a small town atmosphere with a small town price. The stunning 18-hole layout incorporates a links-style design on the front nine and a more traditional feel on the back nine. Prairie grasses guard the fairways as numerous sand bunkers protect each undulating green. The course offers golfers views of wetland areas, lush woods and rolling fairways. There’s also two cabins located just behind the driving range that sleep 6, which makes this a great play and stay trip near beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee and historic Culver Military Academies.The Pete Dye Course at French LickThe Pete Dye Course Golf Course at French Lick was named 2009’s Best New Course in America by Golf Digest. Originally conceived as a sketch by Dye on a napkin at a nearby restaurant, this hilltop course (it’s built on the highest point in Indiana) offers 40-mile panoramic views of the breathtaking Hoosier National Forest.Join a week-long celebration of women’s golf October 11-17 with the second annual Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, featuring a pair of pro-am events preceding the 54-hole tournament on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick.“The Pete Dye Golf Trail will be a key component in our efforts to promote group travel, stay and play packages, as well as Indiana’s growing reputation as a golf destination,” said Mark Newman, IOTD’s Executive Director. “Golf tourism is $70 billion industry in the U.S., and we believe that with a focused marketing effort we can carve out a piece of that for Indiana.”IOTD is relaunching VisitIndianaGolf.com. The website features almost 200 courses across the Hoosier state, showcases upcoming tournaments and events and lists special offers and discount packages.last_img read more

West Ham medical for Valencia

first_imgPachuca striker Enner Valencia is undergoing a medical at West Ham, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association Although any fee is likely to remain undisclosed – Pachuca chairman Jesus Martinez has insisted Valencia will not be allowed to leave the club for anything less than a Mexican league record. It has been reported the Hammers would pay a fee close to the club-record total paid for fellow forward Andy Carroll last summer and Martinez was quoted last week as saying he wants any deal to include clauses that would see Pachuca benefit if Valencia was to move on. “There are various offers for Enner Valencia, the strongest and closest to what the player and us are demanding is from a club from England,” he told Ecuagol. “I won’t talk about prices, but if he is sold, it will be the highest transfer fee ever in Mexican football football, otherwise he won’t be sold. “We are seeking the possibility that is convenient for him and the club and that he is sold for the price that we like. We want to keep a percentage of the player in case he is sold in the future to another big team in Europe. “It hurts me, I don’t want to sell him and neither does the manager or the fans but we can’t go against the career the kid aspires to.” Allardyce will be hoping that if Valencia is brought in he can provide Carroll with stiff competition for the main striker’s berth in his side. England international Carroll missed a large part of last season with a troublesome foot injury and the Hammers struggled to score goals in his absence. But with Argentina forward Mauro Zarate one of four players already acquired by West Ham this summer, their options in attack will be much-improved when their season kicks off at home to Tottenham. center_img The 25-year-old scored all three of Ecuador’s World Cup goals, attracting the attention of a number of Barclays Premier League suitors in the process. It now appears that West Ham have won the race to sign Valencia – who will become manager Sam Allardyce’s fifth summer signing if the deal is completed following Monday’s medical. last_img read more

Coach’s quick action saves choking player

first_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) BUCKSPORT — When Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan steps onto the high school football field as the junior varsity coach, he feels relief.“It’s a stress-reliever going there,” Geagan said. “I love the kids and the game.”But on Wednesday at the team’s weekly dinner, Geagan’s two jobs overlapped when he realized one of his players was in trouble.Geagan kicked into police-mode when his son, a junior on the team, approached him inside the Bucksport High School cafeteria with a panicked expression on his face.Bucksport Police Chief Sean GeaganThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“He had that look in his eye,” Geagan said. “Something was wrong.”Before his son could explain, Geagan heard someone yell: “He’s choking!”Geagan looked to the source of the commotion and saw one of the players pounding on the back of his teammate — a 13-year-old quarterback on the JV squad.Geagan’s instinctive actions left him with no recollection of how he got to the student. From what he was told, he leaped over a table.By the time Geagan reached the scene, one of the mothers had begun attempting to perform the Heimlich maneuver.She looked at Geagan and said, “You’ve got him.”Fortunately, Geagan had just renewed his training in first aid procedures in May.“Truthfully, you revert back to your training,” Geagan said. “I deal with situations every day where I have to react in a split-second.”Geagan took his stance behind the student, reached around him and began thrusting his fist into his stomach.“I wasn’t hearing breath,” Geagan said.After two or three attempts, someone asked if they should call an ambulance.Geagan tried again — this time — to avail.The student threw his hands up and gasped.“I’ll be OK,” he said breathlessly.Geagan continued to hold on to the student while reassuring him: “I’ve got you.”No ambulance or emergency personnel were needed.“I love working with the kids — they’re a breath of fresh air,” Geagan said before pausing.“No pun intended.” Latest Postslast_img read more

Laban Sports Club Shillong Enters Final of the 23rd Gallants Gold Cup Football Tournament

first_imgA CorrespondentTANGLA: In the tight 2nd semi-final Laban Sports Club, Shillong beat Jampui Jala, Tripura to enter the final of the 23rd Gallants Gold Cup football tournament 2018 in Dimakuchi stadium in Udalguri on Friday.The match ended draw in regulation time by 2-2. In the tie breaker, Shillong defeated Tripura team by 4-3. In regulation time for Jampui Jala, Sagar Debbarma in the 5th minute and Aboy Meitei in 54th minute scored one goal each. For Laban SC, Ejingmud Lingdoh scored both goals in 43rd and 86th minutes. The Laban SC Shillong will play against Yarkhok United FC Manipur in final to be played on October 7.last_img

Leicester City set club record after thumping Aston Villa

first_img(REUTERS) – LEICESTER City set a club record of eight successive top flight wins after two goals from Jamie Vardy helped them to an impressive 4-1 Premier League victory at Aston Villa on Sunday.Kelechi Iheanacho and Jonny Evans were also on target for Leicester, who served up a performance akin to those which produced a memorable title run in 2015-16 as they missed several chances to win by a bigger margin.The result left the Foxes second in the standings on 38 points from 16 games, eight adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool and six ahead of third-placed champions Manchester City, while Villa slipped to 17th on 15 points.Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers heaped praise on his players.“I thought they were amazing, it is a historical day for the club and the performance warranted that,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.“We scored all types of goals today and kept going to the end and tried to keep scoring goals.”The league’s top scorer Vardy fired Leicester ahead with his 15th goal of the season in the 20th minute when he shook off Ezri Konsa and slotted the ball in after rounding goalkeeper Tom Heaton with a sublime first touch.Iheanacho made it 2-0 with a deft finish from a fizzing low cross by James Maddison before Jack Grealish pulled one back for Villa on the stroke of halftime, burying a powerful shot from 12 metres past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Centre back Evans restored Leicester’s two-goal advantage with a looping header from 10 metres shortly after the break, rising above his marker to meet a Maddison corner.The effervescent Maddison, who tormented the home team’s defence all afternoon, shaved the post with a fine shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 67th minute as Leicester continued to dominate.Vardy put the icing on the cake for the rampant visitors in the 76th minute after he raced clear of Matt Targett from the halfway line and drove the ball past Heaton into the bottom right corner.Evans, who won three Premier League titles with Manchester United, was upbeat about Leicester’s chances of finishing in the top four.“We are up there and it shows we are playing well,” the 31-year-old Northern Ireland defender told Sky Sports.“Our performance was good. It is nice people are talking about us, we’re enjoying it and there’s great spirit in the club.”last_img read more

Miami Open: Sloane Stephens Beats Ostapenko to Win First Title after…

first_imgUS Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 to win her first Miami Open title.American Stephens looked tense at the start and there were eight breaks of serve in the first set before the home favourite prevailed in the tie-break.The 25-year-old world number 12 relied heavily on her defence before putting her foot on the gas in the second set. World number five Ostapenko, 20, was left to rue an unforced error count of 48 which cost her a first win in Miami.It was the first meeting between the pair, both Grand Slam winners in the past 12 months, and their nerves showed in the opening exchanges as the first four games went against serve.Stephens had beaten three former Grand Slam champions – Garbine Muguruza, Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka – to make the final, but she struggled initially against an aggressive Ostapenko.Stephens hit just three winners in the first set, relying on 29 unforced errors from the Latvian to scrape through the tie-break.French Open champion Ostapenko had not dropped a set all tournament until that point, and immediately broke the American in the second set.Florida native Stephens showed her improved speed as she continued to return Ostapenko’s hits, before finally coming alive in attack at 3-1 with a deft drop-shot and a brilliant cross-court winner as the finish line came into sight.The American ramped up the tempo and swept through the final games to win in one hour 31 minutes.Having lost eight matches in a row following her US Open triumph, Stephens has now responded to that slump with a sixth WTA title that will move her into the world top 10 for the first time when the rankings are released on Monday.“There were pre-match jitters but once I won the first set, I was able to settle,” she said. “I have wanted to be in the top 10 for so long. It’s very exciting.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more