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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAmerica can’t take another Trump termRobert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, often shows up on YouTube, addressing issues with thoughtful consideration.As one of his interviews was being shown, apparently on Fox, there was a flow of comments insulting him.Even worse was the vitriol written against other U.S. citizens. I have heard these responses before. I just had not seen so many of them. It was frightening. It was a mob without bodies hurling all they had as weapons against not just Reich, but anyone who didn’t believe what they believed.These unnerving comments, made with no thought behind them, are the same as we are hearing now against the four representatives recently targeted by President Trump.He was shouting at his rallies, “Go back where you came from.” But three out of the four were born here. Where should they go? Anywhere but here. Most of us have met people we wish would go “anywhere but here,” but to hear words like those from our president is appalling. Who can be here?I don’t frighten easily, but I am terrified for our country. There’s a tribe of mad dogs roaming our country, and unless the Democrats select a person who can beat Trump and totally support that person, we will have Trump again. Robert Reich said, “The largest party in America is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans. It’s the party of non-voters.”We must dialog with those non-voters; the situation is too serious not to do so.Janice WalzScotiaWe shouldn’t lock up kids seeking helpThis has got to be fake news. “America puts kids in cages.” That couldn’t be true.Throughout our history, we never locked up kids because they came to us asking for help. I’m glad I don’t have grandchildren. How would I explain this to them?Arthur HombachSchenectadyGet kids hooked on books early in lifeBooks are the fundamental beginning of all knowledge, which is why it is key to instill the importance of books in the minds of our future.Children learn a wealth of information from books, and it all starts at a very young age. As former President Harry Truman said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Children grow every day, which is why their variety of books should grow, too. In order to form the next greatest leaders, parents need to start helping our children reap the benefits of reading.Here are several tips to help make reading enjoyable and educational for both the kids and parents:By associating words with pictures within books, children begin to learn new words.Encourage your children to pick out books they favor by having a variety of options, so that they look forward to reading.We all know kids like to do what their parent is doing, so let them see you reading. This will push them to read more.Use funny voices and sing songs while reading so kids remember the information even more.When on vacation, have kids read signs from everywhere you go by pointing out letters. This will help them learn our language.The greatest amount of brain growth occurs between birth and age 5, so it’s never too early to start reading with children. With the growing nation, it’s important to encourage our children to read from their first day in our ever-changing world.Lillian KronauPoestenkillMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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first_imgFans in pubs could miss the end of Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal on Monday evening (Getty)Meanwhile, the Government has backtracked on its plan to start allowing fans back into stadiums.‘We have to acknowledge the spread of the virus is now affecting our ability to reopen large sporting events,’ Boris Johnson said on Tuesday.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘We will not be able to do this from October 1 and I recognise the implications for our sports clubs, which are the life and soul of our communities.‘The chancellor and the culture secretary are working urgently on what we can do now to support them.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 3:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link272Shares Advertisement Liverpool fans flocked to the pub after their team won the Premier League title in July (Getty)center_img Fans in pubs are set to miss the end of late Premier League kick-offs (AFP via Getty Images)Fans watching Premier League games in pubs risk missing the end of the match due to the new 10pm curfew.The Government has announced that a strict curfew will begin on Thursday which will see all pubs, bars and restaurants close at 10pm.But with some Premier League fixtures scheduled to begin as late as 8.15pm, people watching matches in pubs and bars will miss the end of the action.Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield on Monday night which is due to kick off at 8.15pm.ADVERTISEMENTThe first half will likely finish beyond 9pm, while a 15-minute half-time break plus an addition 45-minute second half, which will include injury time, would see the game finish beyond 10pm.AdvertisementAdvertisement Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveManchester City’s 3-1 victory against Wolves, which kicked off at 8.15pm, finished at 10.08pm on Monday evening.Pub owners have already described the decision to enforce a 10pm curfew as a ‘final nail in the coffin’ for some establishments. Fans in pubs risk missing the end of Premier League games due to new coronavirus curfew Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Church of England investment fund saw returns of 15.9% over the course of 2013, backed predominantly by UK equities and property, outperforming its own benchmark by 6 percentage points.Now at £6.1bn (€7.5bn), the fund, which pays the pensions of clergy and church staff in the fund before 1997, also made charitable contributions worth just over £200m, slightly reducing the fund’s overall return to 11%.The fund said its risk assets performed well over the year, with disappointing returns from UK Gilts, as well as US Treasuries and high yield.Given the focused nature of where the returns came from, the fund also highlighted private equity, multi-asset fixed income and low-volatility equity as asset strategies to be expanded in 2014. Over 2013, it increased its allocation to listed equities to 43%, up slightly, but still significantly below the 60% allocation in 2007.A shift towards equities paid off for the fund, as UK allocations returned 28.3%, where an overweight exposure to small caps made a significant contribution.Its global and private equity allocations returned 21.9% and 13.4%, respectively, while it generated a 16.6% return from its defensive equity portfolio, made up of long and short low-volatility mandates.The year also saw the church make a £60m allocation, as part of a consortium, to purchase 300 bank branches from The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).The Church became the largest investor in the new bank, holding 10% of the initial investment.However, its fixed income investments did not perform as well, as US high-yield returned 3.3% back.The Church said, due to the poor relative performance of the liquid fixed income strategies, it would adjust the balance of the portfolio to protect it against volatile rate changes.Multi-asset absolute-return allocations, worth around £600m, returned 9.2% over the year, as the fund acknowledged it would look for additional managers to improve diversification.The fund added to its private credit strategy with an allocation in 2013, as the investments returned 21.5%.Property investments returned close to 17%, with returns of 20.6% and 16.9% from residential and commercial property.The indirect property portfolio returned a much lower 9.1%. However, the fund said it increased its allocations within the UK and US markets to fund care homes and residential properties.Infrastructure was a new asset class for the fund during the year, as it made a $50m (€40.5m) investment, and its timberland and forestry allocations returned 9.5%.Andrew Brown, secretary to the Church Commissioners, said the investment return through the year was very pleasing.“It is from these investments the Commissioners are able to provide the financial support to the Church,” he added.“It is particularly pleasing to note the fund has exceeded our target and performed better than its comparator group over all of the periods measured.”The Church suffered an embarrassment in 2013 through its holding of a payday lender, something it campaigns against.It admitted it had yet to divest from the pooled fund that holds equity in the lender, which it said could take “considerable time”, and that it was reviewing its use of pooled fund strategies.last_img read more

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica benefits from the FCCA’s 30 – Destination Holiday Gist Program by: – January 10, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 10 Views   no discussions Share Crew members from the FCCA member cruise lines with some children from the Christmas party.The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association, this year, set out to cheer up the holiday for more than 6,000 underprivileged children from thirty (30) destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Being in its 18th year, the FCCA Foundation continues to improve the lives of citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America through projects such as this. As part of the 16th annual Holiday Gift Project, Two Hundred (200) underprivileged children from Dominica were treated to a very special holiday when they received gifts delivered by crew members from the FCCA member cruise lines, and the MV Caribbean Princess.The event which was organized by the Discover Dominica Tourism Authority, took place at the Public Service Union Building on Valley Road on December 15th 2011. Children came from areas across Dominica including Capuchin, Clifton, Cottage, Savanne- Paille, Portsmouth, Bourne, Paix Bouche, Thibaud, Vieille Case, Bense, Penville, St. Joseph, Salisbury, Layou, Tarreau, Mero, New Town, king’s Hill, Roseau, Bath Estate, Tarish Pit, Gutter, Stockfarm, and Fond Cole.The Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude and sincere thanks to West Dominica Child Fund for their assistance, and local companies – Minya’s 7-11, Hara Agencies, Springfield Trading Ltd, and Starrin and Sons for their generous contributions of snack items towards the event.If Dominica is selected again in 2012 by the FCCA, the DDA anticipates the continued contributions from these generous business houses, and that of others, towards the continued success of this event.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authoritylast_img read more

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first_imgDavid Lee Holt, age 67 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  The son of Raymond Holt and Diona (Akers) Holt was born on June 22, 1953 in Batesville.He is survived by his son Chris (Shelley) Holt of Batesville, IN and daughter Jamie (Billy) Deskins of Hammond, IN; three grandchildren, Hailey, Kellie & Kyle Deskins; brothers, Daniel (Debbie) Holt, Steve (Penny) Holt and Randy (Renee) Holt and sisters, Carolyn Reese and Teresa (Daniel) Isaacs.Dave is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Melody Bridgeford and brother-in-law Craig Bridgeford.Dave’s wishes were to be cremated.  There will be no services at this time.You are welcomed to leave a message at on Dave’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis believes Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was trying to deflect attention from the Reds’ failings when he claimed Albion “only played long balls” at Anfield last weekend. West Brom now face a match with in-form Bournemouth – a test Pulis believes will be “more difficult” than the trip to Liverpool. “We’ve got a big game on Saturday, a game we think will be more difficult than the Liverpool game,” he said. “Bournemouth are well coached, they defend well and their last five goals have all come from set-plays, so they’re very good off set-plays which is again an important part of our game. “For the teams that don’t have the quality some of the others have got, it’s a way of scoring and working situations out to score goals and win games.” Stephane Sessegnon could return to the squad after a hamstring injury, but Claudio Yacob is unavailable following a family bereavement. Baggies winger James McClean then described the German as “a bit of an idiot” in the press this week. “It was disappointing, but he’s got his opinions and he can say what he wants,” Pulis said of Klopp’s comments. “We apologise. We actually played three longer passes in 99 minutes than what Liverpool played in that game. Sky TV came out with that stat. “So as a football club we apologise to Liverpool for playing three more longer passes than they did. There’s always a bit of spin put on things these days. “But if I had a team that was worth £200million, playing against a team that was worth less than £20million and we never won that game, I’d be doing my best to divert it away from the fact that I had 10 times more value on the pitch than my opposition and couldn’t win. “I’m not annoyed – I’m just stating the facts. Forget all the spin – that’s the facts. “That was the value of our team on the pitch. “I don’t know the fella and I don’t want to say anything else. They were the facts.” Klopp celebrated Divock Origi’s stoppage-time equaliser like it was a winner six days ago, pumping his fists towards the Main Stand and taking his players to salute the Kop after the fiery 2-2 draw on Merseyside. The managers did not shake hands after the game, with Klopp going on to say Albion “only played long balls”. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgAOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.”The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24. ___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation.Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally. The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.”“Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee. The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. March 23, 2020center_img The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement.Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC. ____More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Russia backs IOC’s plan for Tokyo Olympics The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.___last_img read more

first_imgBy Amy TenneryNEW YORK, NY (Reuters) – Maria Sharapova slipped back into an all-too-familiar routine on Monday, as the Russian came up short for the 20th time in 22 matches against Serena Williams, to exit the U.S. Open in the first round.A stone-faced Sharapova was left to ponder a 6-1, 6-1 drubbing that proved once again Williams has all the answers when the pair meet on court.“I thought she served really well. Found her spots really well. Didn’t feel like we got into too many long rallies,” said Sharapova. “I think the 1-2 punch. She won a majority of those points.”Prior to Monday match, Williams led Sharapova 19-2 in head-to-head meetings. They last met in the 2016 Australian Open quarter-finals where the American emerged with a 6-4, 6-1 win. They were due to meet at last year’s French Open but Williams withdrew due to injury.Sharapova has not taken a set off Williams since the Miami Open in 2013.The 32-year-old Russian, who was banned for 15 months for taking the banned drug meldonium in 2016, struggled with injuries earlier this year, including persistent shoulder problems that have plagued her in the past. The five-time Grand Slam champion underwent a small surgical procedure for her right shoulder that caused her to miss the Miami Open.“I missed a lot of this year with my shoulder. Just getting the routines back and being back in the draws is, you know, it’s tough to talk about after a defeat, but it’s a long road,” Sharapova said.“It’s facing an opponent that’s at her stature is extremely difficult in the first round of a slam, coming in with the fact that I haven’t played that much.” There is no love lost between the two, with Sharapova including Williams in her autobiography in anecdotes that the American described as “hearsay”.“Sport is very much result-oriented. There are stories behind the results,” said Sharapova. “There are phases you have to get through in order to get to where you want to go.“This is a very different chapter in my career. It’s not an easy road. It’s never been.”Williams next faces fellow American Catherine McNally, after the wildcard beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-4, 6-1.last_img read more