Put Liberty statue in its rightful place

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I totally agree with Jessie Malecki’s March 14 letter to the editor regarding the proposed relocation of the Statue of Liberty, which has been in the old/new Liberty Park on lower State Street in Schenectady since 1950.I personally have missed it being there during the renovation of the park as I cross the Western Gateway Bridge from the west daily and looked forward to seeing it “greet” me at the entrance to the city.To even consider not replacing this statue in the newly renovated park seems ludicrous to me. Please, Mr. Mayor, get it back where it belongs.RICHARD DICRISTOFARORotterdam JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusLocal movie theater operators react to green lightFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Hong Kong to quarantine all visitors to preserve success of coronavirus efforts

first_imgFour of the 157 confirmed coronavirus patients in Hong Kong have died. Fifty of the latest 57 cases were people with recent travel history, Lam said.Hong Kong had previously designated three public housing blocs for quarantine, but those will be reserved for the high-risk cases.The lower-risk cases will be asked to stay under home quarantine or be placed under surveillance, which can include electronic wristbands with movement trackers, irregular landline phone calls and other means.The outbreak in Hong Kong has brought back memories of the 2003 Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and triggered a strong response from the community.Hand sanitizers are freely available in shopping malls and office buildings, where people’s temperatures are also checked electronically.Door handles, elevator buttons and other surfaces regularly exposed to crowds are disinfected several times a day. Most residents wear masks and avoid large social interactions. For more than a month streets and other public areas have been largely deserted as many residents worked from home. Many companies are yet to recall all staff to their offices.Those measures have taken a heavy toll on an economy already facing its worst recession in a decade, with retailers and the tourism sector warning they are struggling to survive. Hong Kong will quarantine for 14 days all people entering the city starting midnight on Thursday to prevent an “explosion” of coronavirus cases around the world compromising one of the world’s most successful outbreak limitation campaigns.Speaking at her weekly press briefing on Tuesday, the Chinese-ruled city’s leader Carrie Lam also advised residents to avoid all non-essential travel.Hong Kong detected its first cases as early as January, but thanks to severe social distancing measures and a strong community response has managed to avoid the scale of contagion seen in other countries and territories. Topics :center_img It now faced the risk that visitors carrying the virus could spread it in Hong Kong, undoing the city’s efforts so far, which have involved significant economic and social sacrifices.Schools, which have been shut since January, were unlikely to resume on April 20 as initially planned, Lam said.”In many countries the number of confirmed cases can be described as explosive,” Lam said.”If we don’t adopt some strict measures … I’m afraid all precaution efforts done in the past two months would be wasted. It will affect the public health of Hong Kong.”last_img read more

Biden faces US voters at town hall, Trump heads back to Wisconsin

first_imgTrump returns to Wisconsin Thursday for a public rally fueled by his signature bravado — a contrast to Biden’s quieter style of connecting with blue collar and everyday voters.Ahead of his departure, Trump railed on Twitter against the move by many states to encourage voters to mail in their ballots, thereby avoiding possible coronavirus risks in polling stations.The shift, which is popular with Democrats, will promote “ELECTION MAYHEM,” he tweeted, claiming that the results of the November 3 vote “may NEVER BE ACCURATELY DETERMINED.”He offered no evidence for his claims, and mail-in voting, which has been regularly used in previous elections, has never been tied to any wide-scale fraud. Biden is attempting to project a calming alternative to Trump’s fury.At the CNN town hall, he will take questions from a live, socially distanced audience on what could be described as his home turf — Scranton, the scrappy Pennsylvania city where he was born.But the town hall event carries risks for a candidate who has done few unscripted encounters in the last months.The 77-year-old former vice president has largely kept close to his home in Delaware during the pandemic, which has so far killed nearly 200,000 Americans. His go-to events have been speeches, with reporters rarely able to ask questions.He has traveled to swing states like Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania, but has dodged crowds and engages with voters only in small, controlled settings. Trump has badgered his rival for remaining cloistered in his “basement” and declining to engage in more traditional campaign events.Local officials briefed on the town hall plans told US media that it will take place in a stadium parking lot, and that pre-approved attendees will drive in and park near the stage.CNN said it will adhere to Pennsylvania pandemic guidelines, which limit gatherings to less than 250 people. Growing animosity The dueling events come one day after each candidate homed in on the pandemic as a campaign issue — and offered dramatically different views of how the Trump administration has responded.Biden delivered a scathing speech in which he said “I don’t trust Donald Trump” to provide a vaccine free from any political interference.The Republican incumbent meanwhile insisted a vaccine could be ready this year, directly contradicting the timeline offered by a top government health official.Trump said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield, one of the most prominent experts overseeing US pandemic response, “made a mistake” and “was confused” when he testified to lawmakers Wednesday that a safe and effective vaccine would not be widely available until mid-2021.Trump also criticized Redfield for renewing his call for Americans to wear face masks as their best defense against spreading COVID-19.Biden routinely appears at functions wearing a mask. Trump almost never does, and he mocks Biden for doing so.Biden’s town hall comes two days after Trump appeared in a similar setting, also in Pennsylvania — in Philadelphia. Critics panned the president’s performance, including his insistence that he had not downplayed the coronavirus threat, even though he acknowledged doing just that in a taped interview with journalist Bob Woodward.The animosity has ramped up between Trump and Biden ahead of their first debate, scheduled for September 29 in Ohio.Biden has consistently led Trump in national polls. He is also ahead in several key battlegrounds like Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — all states won by Trump in his shock 2016 election victory — although by dwindling margins. White House hopeful Joe Biden on Thursday holds his first extended face-to-face with voters since winning the Democratic nomination, a town hall where he will likely savage President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.With less than seven weeks before Election Day, Biden has ramped up his public appearances after spending large chunks of time at his Delaware home, even as Trump repeatedly barnstorms swing states.Now both candidates are hitting the physical campaign trail in earnest, although still in very different ways. Topics :last_img read more

Sven Mislintat looking to raid former club Arsenal for Konstantinos Mavropanos

first_imgSven Mislintat looking to raid former club Arsenal for Konstantinos Mavropanos Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jul 2020 3:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisement Commentcenter_img Advertisement Konstantinos Mavropanos is likely to spend another loan spell away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislentat is looking to take Gunners defender Konstantinos Mavropanos on loan to his current club Stuttgart.Mislintat is now the sporting director at the Bundesliga club and is a big fan of the 22-year-old centre-back who Arsenal signed during his 14 month tenure in north London.The Greek defender arrived at Arsenal from PAS Giannina in 2018 for just over £2m and has made seven Premier League appearances for the club, but injuries have blighted his career in England thus far.With fitness issues, and Arsenal having a number of centre-backs at the club, Mavropanos was sent out on loan to Nurnberg in the second tier of German football in January, where he has impressed in 11 starts for the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTNow there is a battle to sign him in Germany’s top flight as Mislintat’s Stuttgart and Weder Breman are both keen to get hold of him.The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal are willing to let the Greek go out on loan again and gain experience in the Bundesliga, especially as William Saliba is arriving at the club full-time this summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMavropanos is under contract at Arsenal until 2023, so a season in the Bundesliga could see him return at the end of next season ready to play regularly in the Premier League for the Gunners.Arsenal currently have a wealth of options at centre-back, although many of them are of questionable quality.Sokratis, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and David Luiz are currently competing for places in the heart of defence, with Saliba arriving back from his loan at St-Etienne ahead of next season.MORE: Real Madrid set price tag for Arsenal to make Dani Ceballos’ loan move permanentMORE: Mikel Arteta reveals plans to sign Arsenal’s own Virgil van DijkFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Adebayor sent off as Olimpia edge Defensa y Justicia

first_img Loading… The former Arsenal and Manchester City striker was afforded his fourth appearance since joining the Paraguayan side on a free transfer last month. The Togo international, however, lasted for only 72 minutes in the match before he was given his marching orders after serious foul play.Advertisement Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off as Olimpia battled to a 2-1 win over Defensa y Justicia in Thursday’s Conmebol Libertadores game. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Natural History Museums That Are Really, Really Good7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes Despite being one-man short, the Dean were able to grab victory in the encounter with goals from Carlos Rolon and Brian Montenegro which rendered Marcelo Benitez’s late effort a consolation. Adebayor, who was given a heroic welcome on his arrival at Estadio Manuel Ferreira, is yet to open his goal account for the Paraguayan side. Read Also:How Adebayor was received at Olimpia The forward will hope to deliver a better performance when Olimpia take on Sportivo Luqueno in their next league game on Saturday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bulldogs Fall To Trojans On Senior Night

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Boys Soccer team faced off against the East Central Trojans for a conference match on Senior Night at home losing 1-0. The conditions were slick and cool from the rainfall throughout the day. The Trojans attacked the ball with intensity and did a good job possessing and threatening our goal with it first half. Overall the Bulldogs defense held up with center backs Calvin Sherwood and Dominic Butz. Nate Slavin made some great saves keeping us in the game. Michael Ripperger took a long range shot which just nearly missed the open net. Just 7 minutes remaining in the first half, the Trojans took a corner kick which skipped right off a defenders head who misjudged the clearance and slipped in for an own goal. The second half went on much the same, but Batesville didn’t find enough attempts at goal to get back in the game. East Central continued to press on goal, but were unable to add to the 1-0 lead which ended being the final score for the match. A 1-0 Loss for Batesville VS EC.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Neville: Ighalo too expensive at N9.6b

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Gary Neville doesn’t believe Odion Ighalo is worth £20 million (N9.6billion) in the current market as Manchester United weigh whether to make a permanent move for the striker.Ighalo made his shock deadline-day switch from Shanghai Shenhua in January and the ex-Watford striker has impressed the Old Trafford faithful. The 30-year-old has scored four goals in three starts for the club he has supported since childhood but adding to his eight appearances has been complicated by the coronavirus crisis.The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 – the day after he netted a stunning goal at LASK in the Europa League – and play is unlikely to resume until mid-June at the earliest.Ighalo’s loan deal expires on May 31 and, despite their attacking injury issues easing, Manchester United are understood to be open to extending his Old Trafford stint.On the completion of his temporary move there has been speculation that Manchester United could sign him permanently with a figure of between £15 million and £20 million talked about.Neville said on Instagram Live: “Is Ighalo worth £20 million? Probably not in this market. He may have been if he continued scoring goals but you probably don’t need now to spend £20 million.” In March, Ighalo refused to talk about the possibility of a loan extension.He said: “Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive.“I don’t even think about it.“The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one.“You can’t put football before health challenges. “What matters right now is to keep safe and pray for those battling with the virus to recover fully.“This is another reminder for us to share love in this world.“Continue to show kindness to one another because a problem facing one is a problem to all.”Tags: Gary NevilleManchester UnitedOdion IghaloPlayer Valuationlast_img read more

Vorm to have knee operation

first_img Press Association Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is to undergo surgery on Thursday after suffering further discomfort from his long-standing knee injury in the draw with Norwich. Manager Michael Laudrup had revealed earlier this month that the Holland international needed to have an operation, and that he expected the 30-year-old to be out for four to five weeks following the procedure. Swansea had hoped Vorm would be able to play on into January before going under the knife, to allow the club to bring in cover with a minimum of disruption. center_img But a statement on the club’s official website said: “Michel Vorm is set to go under the surgeon’s knife today (Thursday) to rectify a long-standing knee problem. “The Swans had hoped the Dutch keeper would battle through until January, but after suffering more problems against Norwich City last Sunday, it was decided that the injury could not be managed any longer. “Surgeons will explore the knee before carrying out work on clearing any loose ligaments and fragments of bone, and a diagnosis on the length of time he will be sidelined depends on the scale of the operation.” But midfielder Leon Britton and defender Chico Flores are set to be in contention to face Everton on Sunday after toe and knee problems respectively. Assistant manager Morten Wieghorst, meanwhile, has played down suggestions Laudrup could succeed Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham. The Dane has been mentioned as being among the candidates to take over at White Hart Lane, but former Celtic midfielder Wieghorst told BBC Sport: “I don’t think the club should be worried. “We’ve seen in his time here he’s been linked with a few vacant jobs and he’s said: ‘I’m staying’.” He added: “Michael has always attracted interest and that’s because he’s doing a great job, [and] because he’s a great manager and because of what he’s done in the game.” last_img read more

Jonker handed key Gunners role

first_imgArsenal have confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Andries Jonker as head of their academy. Press Association Manager Arsene Wenger told arsenal.com: “I am very pleased that Andries is joining us. “He has a big reputation in the game and was a key part of the team which developed the structures which are now producing such strong young players in Holland. “I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Liam for his work which has been outstanding over many years.” Jonker has also worked as Holland under-21 and under-15 coach, technical manager of the KNVB and assistant coach to Louis van Gaal at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, where he also had a spell as interim head coach. Arsenal have long been renowned for nurturing young talent and the club hope Jonker will build on Brady’s work. Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis added: “Youth development is a key part of our philosophy at Arsenal and I am delighted that Andries is joining us. “He has an outstanding track record in developing and identifying young players and creating systems to bring the best out of them. “I know he will build on the tremendous work which has been done by Liam and his team over many years.” center_img The 51-year-old, currently the assistant manager at Wolfsburg in Germany’s Bundesliga, will join Arsenal on July 1 and will succeed Liam Brady in the role. Brady, currently the Gunners’ head of youth development and the academy, will “help to ensure a smooth transition” with Jonker, who spent seven years developing and implementing youth coaching reforms with the Dutch Football Association, the KNVB. last_img read more

Mourinho savours title triumph

first_imgJose Mourinho took time on Friday to reflect on a rollercoaster campaign which will see Chelsea lift the Barclays Premier League trophy after Sunday’s final match of the season against Sunderland. The Blues boss began his final pre-match media conference of the season by paying tribute to Frank Lampard ahead of the midfielder’s final match in the English top-flight. Mourinho, who could be without playmaker Eden Hazard (teeth) and goalkeeper Petr Cech (calf) for Sunday’s match, chose his season’s highlights as the moment the title was mathematically confirmed and the response to the New Year’s Day loss at Tottenham. “The trophy, the object, the silver piece, means less than the feeling. For me, the feeling was Crystal Palace,” said Mourinho, whose side won the title on May 3, with three games to spare. “I was feeling for many months that this title will be ours. The reality is that that moment, when mathematically it’s done, is my favourite moment. “The defeat against Tottenham, January 1, equal points with the champions, losing an advantage of seven or eight points we had before that, I think was a key moment. “It was a big test for the mentality, a big test for the emotional balance, for the character, for the personality.” Having begun the season with a 22-match unbeaten run, Chelsea were under scrutiny at the turn of the year. After the prior match – at Southampton, when Cesc Fabregas was booked for diving instead of awarded a penalty – Mourinho spoke of a “clear campaign” against the Blues. Asked if he regretted the comment with hindsight and Chelsea champions, Mourinho reflected a little ruefully. He said: “Maybe campaign is not a nice word, maybe I would take out that word from my explanations, from my comments, but that’s the reality. “We had very bad decisions over a big period of time. But that’s football.” There were few bad decisions as Chelsea lost just four games in all competitions this term – all to managers whose surnames begin with the letter ‘P’ – won the Capital One Cup and claimed a first Premier League title in five years. Mourinho was named Premier League manager of the year on Friday, having missed out on the monthly awards throughout the season. “Never manager of the month, I was not waiting for this,” he said. “It’s a club trophy, it’s not individual.” Hazard was named the player of the season, adding to his Professional Footballers’ Association and Football Writers’ Association awards. The Belgium playmaker has played in all 37 of Chelsea’s Premier League matches, but could miss the 38th and last due to undergoing emergency dental surgery to remove three wisdom teeth this week. “His mouth is in trouble. I don’t know if he can (play),” Mourinho said. Cech is also doubtful for what could be his final match after 11 years as a Chelsea player. Although the 33-year-old has one year remaining on his contract, he may ask to exit as he has been displaced by Thibaut Courtois as first choice this term. Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs reportedly chasing Cech’s signature, but Mourinho refused to discuss his potential future destination. “I would like him to stay. I have no preferences in (the) case he leaves,” Mourinho said. Fabregas is suspended following his dismissal in Monday night’s loss at West Brom, but striker Diego Costa is expected to start. Mourinho has admitted it has been difficult to motivate his players with the title secured. He wants to finish with a victory against Sunderland, the only team who have beaten him in a Premier League contest at Stamford Bridge. “When you reach the objective it’s hard to keep them in this level, competitive animals,” Mourinho said. “It’s a bit like predators. When they hunt, after that the predator relax a little bit. “The guys are going to try to do everything to win the match.” Mourinho memorably threw his medal into the crowd after winning the league in his first spell. This time, he will keep it for his son, Jose junior. “(He) steals everything from me. Shirts, medals, cups,” Mourinho said. Press Associationlast_img read more