Letters to the Editor Thursday, Oct. 15

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIndividuality is one of nation’s strengthsI read yesterday about a man imprisoned for 10 years on charges of blasphemy. The man is a Christian in a country that has a history of supporting unsubstantiated allegations against people of faith.I grieve for the people who live in environments where charges of blasphemy, real or perceived, can be leveled at people and destroy many lives.I am grieved that our country is becoming dangerously like many others where charges of blasphemy can be leveled at people in order to silence, destroy and condemn them.The blasphemy in this country; however, is not one related to matters of religion, but ideological.According to Merriam-Webster, one of the definitions of blasphemy is, “irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.” Many people feel passionate about many things.Most of our feelings about our varied beliefs are tied to experiences we have had over the years that direct our choices to support causes and representatives that endorse our beliefs.This is as it should be; however, the environment becomes toxic and the bonds that tie us together as a nation become strained beyond redemption when charges of blasphemy against each other lead to the loss of our livelihoods and consequently our freedoms.It has been one of our country’s greatest strengths that “We the People” can remain united as a nation while maintaining our individuality and all that that encompasses. We are not The Homogenous States of America, and we shouldn’t welcome a society that moves in that direction.Mary JonesRexfordConsider Biden’s age when you vote Online lettersCommenters to online letters who fail to follow rules against name-calling, profanity, threats, libel or other inappropriate language will have their comments removed and their commenting privileges withdrawn.To report inappropriate online comments, email Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney at [email protected] from The Daily Gazette:Capital Region continues to see some COVID casesCapital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Saturday, Oct. 10, by countyEverything new from The Daily Gazette Wednesday, Oct. 14EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCapital Region COVID-19 Tracker for Friday, Oct. 16, by county Joe Biden is 77 years old and to serve his full term if he were elected president, he would be 81 years old. The danger is if he should die or have dementia, which I believe he has, and which I have encountered in my own family with my mother, two brothers, grandmother and myself, so I know when I see dementia in a person believe me. I’m 82 years old and live mostly in a senior community and many of my friends, including myself, don’t have the mental capacity you would have as a younger person, let alone run a country with 330 million people.So, do you want Kamala Harris as president and 80-year-old Pelosi as vice president? Think about it folks.Beverly BorgeestClifton ParkLippiello planted seeds of kindnessI usually write letters commenting about town politics, but I am departing from this to give tribute to Michael Lippiello who recently passed away. His obituary was recently in The Gazette.I knew him for many years. My parents also knew him and his wife, Virginia. Michael never ran for political office nor did he win awards. He did much more.A philosopher said that human beings are the sum total of all their actions. Michael was indeed a sum total of all his actions. He came to this country as an immigrant achieving the American dream.His children and grandchildren are the recipients of his efforts.He loved nature and planted flowers and seeds, taking pride in their growth. He also planted seeds of kindness, humility, love of family and love for the United States of America.Michael realized that all our material achievements quickly fade as we exit this world. His actions that made him who is and was will never fade. I will miss not seeing him planting flowers, but will smile when I see a flower grow in splendor because I will see him.Linda RizzoNiskayunalast_img read more

Anthony Joshua bizarrely reveals he felt relieved by Ruiz Jr loss despite having nightmares over defeat for three weeks

first_img What’s This “Trick” Called? Comment Down Below!! Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTING Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Amazing movies best funny animals ANTHONY JOSHUA has bizarrely revealed he felt “relieved” after he was dethroned by Andy Ruiz Jr.But the British heavyweight, 30, admitted he had trouble sleeping as he struggled to come terms with the defeat for three weeks.Anthony Joshua admitted his career will not be over if he loses to Andy Ruiz Jr againCredit: Sky NewsMexican outsider Ruiz, 30, stunned the world of boxing when he beat Joshua in June to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles.AJ will have the chance to redeem his reputation when the pair collide for the second time in Saudi Arabia on December 7.When asked how long it took him to get over this summer’s defeat, he told Sky Sports: “About three weeks. I’d be going to sleep, and I’d be thinking, ‘I lost’.“But it’s cool, the blessing is I’ve got the solid people around me that have been with me since day one.“So they know me as AJ, do you know what I am saying, so that’s a good thing. Even though I lost, it was only in my quiet times when I was going to bed then I would really think about it.“In a weird way it was like a relief… It’s done. I’m quite a strong minded person, I find opportunity even in the worst cases anyway.”AJ seemed to keep a low profile after the fight, but the Watford-born bruiser has admitted he was not hiding.Anthony Joshua was beaten by the Mexican outsider on June 1 in New YorkCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe said: “It wasn’t about hiding, it was more strategically, because I think the changes I made in training, you would’ve been able to pick up if I was showing you, where I was and what I was up to. “I don’t hide from any situation, you could fill out this arena and I could talk about all my losses in life and I’m proud of them, I’m not going to shy away from them.”Speaking about how he has prepared himself mentally for his comeback, he said: “Just telling yourself we belong here, this isn’t new to us.“Yeah I took my loss but that doesn’t justify me, I feel like I belong at a good level of boxing.“I’m never nervous, look at the last fight I was half asleep in the ring, I’m never nervous.“I know I’m good, when you know you’re good at something you don’t make it the biggest thing in your life.“The biggest thing in my life is actually training. The fighting isn’t hard, the fighting and winning isn’t hard, the training everyday, having the right people around you, that’s the biggest fight in my life.“The winning, it’s easy, that takes care of itself.”When quizzed if he has any sports psychology to help him prepare for his return to the ring, he joked: “No. I want a psychic saying ‘You’re going to go in and knock him out,’ put me in a trance.”And the Brit claimed his career will not be over if he loses to the Mexican for the second time.He added: “No. No way. Unless Eddie [Hearn] bins me off and every promoter doesn’t want me, cool then so be it. But providing there’s still an opportunity, I will reign again.”Anthony Joshua works up a sweat at at the English Institute of Sport ahead of his big fight against Andy Ruiz Jr center_img People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Source: Boxing – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

Plans out of place

first_imgBy NICOLE WILLIAMS PLACES Victoria is abandoning plans to redevelop a large section of Officer but it is good news…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Sports Day in Canada comes to Nelson

first_img 1-4 p.m. Squash Club open house (above the Royal on Baker) Donate a $1 to KidSport Nelson and wear the jersey at the NDCC and be entered into draw for Nelson Leafs jersey.Friday night is set aside for the Community Sport Hero Awards from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Adventure Hotel in Nelson.Ten recipients of the award will be honoured and celebrated for their outstanding volunteer efforts for their chosen sports.Vancouver’s ViaSport representative for Canadian Sport for Life will be giving a key note speech.Saturday, there are many events for the public to try, including an National Coaches Certification Program (NCCP) Coaching course called Fundamental Movement skills workshop.The course is being offered Saturday from 8:30-noon. Registration is $15 and applicants should register through [email protected] Try it day events are planned during the afternoon at: 1-4 p.m. Indoor soccer facility open house – various sports (soccer/bocce/skipping/dryland Nordic) 1-4 p.m. Curling open house 3:30-5:30 p.m. loonie/toonie Shinny/Skate/Swim @ NDCC Come one, come all.Friday is the kick off to Sports Day in Canada with third Jersey Day in downtown Nelson.The Nelson Regional Sports Council is encouraging the public to wear their favourite jersey to work, school or just while shopping.last_img read more

Galway Minors Book Semi-Final Spot

first_imgEvan Niland scored 1-7 as defending All-Ireland minor hurling champions Galway enjoyed a 2-22 to 0-9 quarter-final win over Antrim at Kingspan Breffni Park on Saturday. Audio Playerhttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/All-IRELAND+MINOR+HURLING+QUARTER+FINAL.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Scorers for Galway: E Niland 1-7 (4fs), J Coyne 0-5 (2fs), C Salmon 1-1, J Canning 0-3, C Fahy, R Malone, K Cooney, R Murphy, E Fahy, M McManus 0-1 each.Scorers for Antrim: C Doherty-Cunning 0-5 (4fs), K Molloy, D McShane 0-1 each, D McKernan 0-1 (f)Galway: J Forde; S Molloy, J Fitzpatrick, R O’Neill; I O’Shea, C Fahy, P Foley; J Coyne, R Malone; J Canning, E Niland, L Forde; K Cooney, C Salmon, R Murphy.Subs: E Fahy for Murphy (38), C Caulfield for O’Neill (51), M McManus for Forde (51), O Connolly for Cooney (54), D Mannion for Niland (56).Antrim: P Carlin; E McQuillan, L Gillan, C Carson; S Magill, C Boyd, E Smyth; D Black, K Molloy; P McCallin, G Og Laverty, D McKernan; D McShane, C Doherty-Cunning, E O’Neill.Subs: E Laverty for Black (HT), C Kinsella for Magill (37), C McDonnell for G Og Laverty (53), S O’Connor for McQuillan (53), S Shannon for McKernan (54).Referee: G McGrath (Wexford).The Galway Minor Hurlers will also play Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final after Limerick beat Wexford in the last of the Quarter Finals on Sunday.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Commentary from Niall Canavan and Sean Walshlast_img read more

PSG joined Real Madrid in race for Eriksen as he stalls over new contract

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN is on PSG’s radar as the French champs prepare to lock horns with Real Madrid.The Spurs midfielder is yet to sign a new deal at the club, with 18 months still to run.3 Tottenham will not want to lose Christian Eriksen – but he is yet to agree a new dealCredit: GettyAs SunSport exclusively revealed, the Spanish giants have earmarked Eriksen as the long-term successor to Luka Modric.They are believed to be plotting a £40m bid for the playmaker.But now, according to the Daily Express, PSG have entered the race.The French club were linked with a move for the 26-year-old in the summer, and while that didn’t happen, they have kept their interest alive.3 Since returning from injury, Eriksen has been named as a sub for four of the last seven gamesCredit: Reuters3 Tottenham star midfielder is reportedly upset at being asked to play out of position this seasonCredit: GettyThe newspaper reports that Eriksen “has also been unhappy at some of the positions he has been asked to play this season by manager Mauricio Pochettino”.He has been unable to command a regular spot in the starting XI since returning from injury, being named as a substitute for four of the last seven games. Real Madrid eye a daring £90million double raid for Marcus Rashford and ­Christian EriksenHe did, however, play in Spurs two Champions League games against PSV Eindhoven.The Dane, 26, has seen Dele Alli get a pay hike to almost £150,000 a week but talks on his new deal have stalled.He has been playing for the North London club since he completed an £11.5m switch from Ajax in 2013.If Spurs’ hands are tied, they could go back in for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, or even move for Blackburn star Bradley Dack.SunSport reported last month how Spurs scouts were left impressed with Dack after watching him in action.Dack is only into his second season with Rovers after a £750,000 move from Gillingham last year but his performances have thrust him into the limelight.But in an exclusive interview with SunSport, the classy midfielder insisted he is happy at Ewood Park.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Red-tailed Hawk

first_imgAfter a week of gray cloudy skies followed by two days of freezing cold weather and snow flurries, it was wonderful to wake up this morning to clear blue skies and a bright shining sun. Which meant I spent most of my day birdwatching, looking for:Whooping Crane (found it!)Golden Eagle (no luck)Migrating waterfowlSandhill Cranes (hundreds!)Birds that overwinter in MichiganI had a successful day! Driving down a back road in Jackson County in southeast Michigan, peering at Mallards on a shallow small lake, I spotted this beautiful Red-tailed Hawk perched on a snag. The hawk didn’t seem to mind when I slowed down to take a few pictures. And then it turned its head around and flew off into the field beyond the tree. I’m thinking it found a late lunch. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Autumn Grasses and WeedsFor the day after Thanksgiving, our family took a walk in the woods at Kensington Metro Park near Milford, Michigan. It was the perfect way to enjoy the afternoon: relatively warm autumn weather, bright sunshine, and an escape from the constant Black Friday sales promotions. Not many birds to be…In “Nature”Photo of the Week: Winter Rainbow at Lake Erie MetroparkDid you see it? Look in the sky, to the left of the pond. I was expecting another hawk. Or perhaps a Great Blue Heron slowly winging its way across the early morning sky at Lake Erie Metropark on the northeastern shore of Lake Erie. I was surprised by what…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Migrating Sandhill CranesYou would think that the first major cold spell in November, with snow squalls and temperatures in the mid-twenties, would keep most people inside enjoying a hot beverage on a gray, fall cloudy day. Not me! I was out searching for Sandhill Cranes browsing the cornfields in southeast Michigan before…In “Michigan”last_img read more

Time for SA miners ‘to look to Africa’

first_img17 April 2013Emerging South African mining companies should heed the call to expand northwards into Africa, offsetting low earnings in certain commodity markets by diversifying in terms of commodities, markets and geography, international consultancy Frost & Sullivan said in a statement on Monday.“For an industry such as mining, where commodity prices are cyclical, diversification is one of the key instruments utilised by companies to offset low revenue earnings in certain commodity markets and maximise shareholder value,” said Frost & Sullivan mining research analyst Yeukayi Kadzere.Kadzere pointed to JSE-listed miner Exxaro as an example of an African-owned mining company “leading from the front” with its acquisition of Africa Iron Ore Mining in the Republic of Congo for US$328-million, thus building on its existing exposure to iron ore in the form of a 20% shareholding in Kumba Iron Ore.South Africa’s second-largest coal miner plans to invest $320-million in increasing Africa Iron Ore’s annual output to 2-million tonnes by the end of 2014, Kadzere noted.Exxaro is also investing in infrastructure development, “a key success factor for most mining ventures developed in Africa”. The company intends to upgrade the railway line leading to the Pointe Noire port, which it will use to export its output.The world’s largest mining companies, such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Vale, are extensively diversified by commodity, markets and geography, Frost & Sullivan noted, arguing that South African mining companies, not only in coal mining, should consider this strategy to ensure revenue growth throughout commodity cycles.“South Africa has vast experience in mineral extraction and processing, and this knowledge can be successfully channeled into other African territories whose mining industries are still within their infancy,” Kadzere said.“While we cannot turn a blind eye to the challenges associated with investing in new markets, it is time for black-owned South African miners to heed the call of expanding northwards into Africa.“As South Africa works towards growth in industrialisation, through mineral beneficiation, resource security will become critical, and it is these ‘acquisitions’ that will increase resource security going forward.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Karnataka batsman shatters 68-year-old record in Ranji trophy final

first_imgKarun NairKarnataka batsman Karun Nair’s record 328 against Tamil Nadu is the highest ever individual score in a Ranji Trophy final, breaking a 68-year-old record held by Gul Mohammad’s 319 for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara. Nair’s record knock has effectively put to rest any chance of TN bouncing back into the game on the fourth day.Earlier, Gul Mohammad’s knock of 319 was the highest score in a Ranji Trophy final, which he achieved for Baroda v Holkar at Vadodara in the 1946-47 season.The top-five individual scores in a Ranji final currently are: 319 by Gul Mohammad, 310 by Karun Nair, 288 by Vijay Hazare, 278 by Vijay Merchant and 265 by Ashok Mankad.Karun Nair and KL Rahul’s 386-run partnership is the highest for the sixth wicket in a Ranji final. They eclipsed 256 by Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Khanna for Delhi against Uttar Pradesh in 1977-78.last_img read more