first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Is there anyone else who sees the hypocrisy and lunacy of teachers’ principles and so-called government “officials” backing and promoting the children of America to riot in the streets for “gun control?”It’s very obvious to me that these children can’t be spokespeople for causes such as this. However, they’re being used as pawns to exploit this confiscation of guns, which dictators in government usually do to take over a country. Can these children get this? Can they see to understand what is truly involved in all this? Stop and consider the teen years, will you? Teens, and I used to be one, think they know everything. They can’t see past the end of their noses because they aren’t educated by life in the real world. Yet, the liberal media and left-wing radicals exploit their passion and lead them astray like dumb sheep. I would say that these people responsible for this should be ashamed of themselves, but most of them have no conscience left towards truth, just the failed policies of liberals, communists and progressives. I hate adults who use kids for their purposes!Barry GroatSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlinelast_img read more

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first_imgAustralian solidarityPompeo has championed a hard line on China, questioning the half-century US policy of engagement and urging an alliance to confront a “Frankenstein” Beijing.Despite Australia’s reliance on trade with China, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s right-leaning government has largely backed the United States.Australia has seconded its longtime ally’s calls for an international investigation into the origins of COVID-19 and joined Pompeo in rejecting Beijing’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed Morrison for refusing to “bow to Beijing’s wishes” after China retaliated by discouraging travel and trade with Australia and was accused of waging cyberattacks against government sites.Foreign Minister Marise Payne, however, acknowledged that the two nations “don’t agree on everything” and stressed the importance of multilateral institutions, after Trump bolted from the World Health Organization.As the ministers met, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi — in a phone call with his counterpart from another US ally, France — accused Washington of “reckless provocation of confrontation.”  Topics : Tied to US election? China as well as Trump’s domestic critics accuse the US president, who is trailing in polls ahead of November elections, of seizing on China to divert from criticism of his own handling of the pandemic in the United States, which has suffered the highest death toll of any country. But Trump’s presumptive Democratic rival Joe Biden has also vowed a tough approach on China amid wide criticism of the Asian power on issues from trade to its incarceration of Uighur Muslims to its clampdown in semi-autonomous Hong Kong. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore, a close US ally that maintains cordial relations with China, said the US relationship with Beijing historically “always gets entangled” in US presidential elections but stabilizes afterward.”I’m not sure whether it will happen this time because I feel it’s quite different,” Lee told the Atlantic Council in Washington. “The degree of animus and, sad to say, bipartisan consensus on treating China as a threat is quite extraordinary and I fear that it may carry over past the election and, if it does, I think that bodes ill for the world.” US Defense Secretary Mark Esper hailed the participation of five Australian warships last week in exercises with a US carrier strike group and a Japanese destroyer in the Philippine Sea.”These exercises not only bolster interoperability, but also send a clear signal to Beijing that we will fly, we will sail and we will operate wherever international law allows and defend the rights of our allies and partners to do the same,” Esper said.Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said the two countries will build ties across a slew of defense areas including hypersonic, electronic and space-based warfare. The cooperation will “strengthen our shared ability to contribute to regional security and to deter malign behavior in our region,” she said.center_img In a joint statement, the ministers said they discussed expanding operations in the northern Australian city of Darwin, where US Marines have been rotating in since 2012 under an initiative of former president Barack Obama.The United States will establish a military fuel reserve in Darwin and the allies will consider exercises there with like-minded countries — a likely reference to Japan and India.In one step that had been too far, Australia last year said it would not serve as a base for US intermediate-range missiles — widely seen as a way to target China.Esper, asked if Australia had warmed to the missiles, said the allies had a “full suite of capabilities and strategies we intend to roll out together in the years ahead.” The United States and Australia said Tuesday they will expand military cooperation as tensions soar with China, presenting a common front between the allies.Going ahead in Washington with annual talks despite the coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s foreign and defense ministers offered clear, if more mildly stated, support for a hawkish shift on China by President Donald Trump’s administration.”The United States knows the threats that you and the rest of the free world face. And the United States stands with you in our unbreakable alliance,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the Australian ministers during a joint news conference.last_img read more

first_img“With potentially weaker diversification characteristics, investors with passive commodity exposure may be more inclined to consider an active approach.”In February, Goldman Sachs, the investment bank, said it saw potential returns of 15% on its commodity index – and 10% over the next year.Falling commodity prices, particularly the fall in the price of a barrel of oil, which sank below $28 (€21) just two years ago, and bullish global stock markets have combined to dent the performance of the asset class in recent years.However, due to possible US sanctions against Iran, oil spiked recently at a little over $75 a barrel.“Commodities are very cyclical and moves can be pretty violent,” said Michael Spinks, manager of Investec Asset Management’s Diversified Growth Fund. “Interest has been low for a number of years as performance has been poor.”Accessing the market through an “index-based structure” might be more appropriate for investors, Spinks added.Gold remains a problematic investment, according to a note from the natural resources team at BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager.“We see both headwinds and tailwinds for gold today and our base case is that it remains range-bound this year,” its report said. “Economic growth expectations have improved, dampening investor appetite for ‘safe-haven’ assets like gold.” Investors should reconsider commodities as the sector shows signs of a marked resurgence after years in the doldrums, analysts at investment advisory firm bfinance have argued.“After a decade of poor performance, many commentators delivered a more bullish outlook for commodities during the first quarter,” the firm stated in a report. “Such predictions are buoyed by global economic growth and some helpful market dynamics.”Toby Goodworth, head of risk and diversifying strategies at bfinance, said that the core tenets for allocation to commodities – inflation protection and diversification – “still hold true”.“Yet some market participants have cited a long-term turning point in the decorrelation between commodities and equities in early 2017, with the two markets appearing to be more positively associated through the last year,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Dorothy’s memory include her loving husband, Larry Curry; daughters, Darla (Robert) Parkison of Greensburg, Ronda McDaniels of Metamora, Fonda Collins of Metamora, Anita Lee of Chickasha, OK, and Barbie Madden of Dayton, OH; sons, Kenny (Christina) Curry of Avon, Todd Daniels of Michigan City, Willie Daniels of Chickasha, OK; 22 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister, Norma Jean (Dick) Baker of Metamora.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Debra Blevins and Laura Faye Selby; one son, William Earl Collins, and a sister, Sandra Ray. Memorial donations can be directed to Metamora Church of God.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Dorothy Curry. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Metamora Church of God.  Pastor Wayne Ison will officiate the funeral service on Friday at 11 a.m. at the church with burial immediately following in Cupps Chapel Cemetery.center_img Dorothy Francis Curry, of Connersville, was born on March 4, 1939 in Shelbyville, Indiana a daughter to George and Ada Mae Bockover Wainscott.  As a member of Metamora Church of God, she was united there in marriage to Larry Curry on July 28, 1985.  Dorothy had many hobbies but most enjoyed working puzzles, crocheting and reading.  She also loved spending time with her dog “Chico” and writing poems.  On Sunday, September 23, at the age of 79, Dorothy passed into Gods arms.last_img read more

first_img Twelve months ago, the Magpies headed into the holiday period teetering on the brink of disaster having won just two out of 12 games in all competitions since the beginning of November, including successive Barclays Premier League defeats by West Ham, Swansea, Southampton and Stoke. That prompted owner Mike Ashley to make a significant splash in the January transfer window to recruit Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran. The Magpies avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth but have pushed on since, and this time approach Christmas having won six of the eight matches they have played during the corresponding period, with the imports from France making key contributions. Pardew said: “They have not really been through those horrible months that we had last year, November and December, so it’s new to them. “But I think they will cope. They look really strong at the minute. We have really worked hard on our fitness levels and therefore, I think we will be okay.” Debuchy, Sissoko and Gouffran in particular have become central figures in Newcastle’s resurgence, which continued apace with Saturday’s comprehensive 3-0 victory at Crystal Palace. It is a measure of the influence Pardew’s Frenchmen are having on performances that strikes from Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa, either side of Danny Gabbidon’s own goal, extended their stranglehold on the club’s scoring stakes. They and their compatriots have now contributed 22 of the club’s 24 Premier League goals this season, with Loic Remy on eight despite a five-game drought, Gouffran on five, Cabaye four, Ben Arfa three and Debuchy and Sissoko with one each. Only Gabbidon and the Magpies’ own Welsh defender Paul Dummett have interrupted that streak, with the latter scoring as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at St James’ Park on October 19. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is confident his French contingent can cope with the gruelling demands of an English Christmas programme.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img(REUTERS)-Wet conditions prevented any play on the second day of the fourth test between West Indies and India in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.A waterlogged outfield stopped play from starting on time and afternoon showers extinguished any hope of action at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.Only 22 overs were bowled on Thursday before the rain arrived, West Indies moving to 62 for two after captain Jason Holder won the toss and batted.More rain is forecast today, suggesting the final Test is headed for a draw. India lead 2-0 and have already wrapped up the series. (last_img

first_imgOne down, one to go.That’s the mentality of the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team this week as they prepare for their final regular season game.After knocking off the Big Ten-leading Michigan State Spartans, the Badgers have another shot at the No. 14 Ohio State Buckeyes, who took over the conference lead following the Spartans’ loss and can clinch the conference title Thursday with a win.“We have to look back at the Michigan State game and see what we did well, and we have to continue doing that,” forward Lin Zastrow said. “We’ve got to go in there with confidence, but respect too. They’re a great team and they know how close they are to a conference championship.”After earning their biggest win of the conference season at home over the Spartans, the Badgers will face their biggest challenge yet in Big Ten play, facing the 14th-ranked Buckeyes on the road at Value City Arena.Ohio State enters Thursday’s contest with a three-game winning streak, with their last win coming Sunday on the road at Indiana by a 79-67 margin.Senior forward Star Allen tied a career high Sunday with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting en route to being name Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts.Allen will present plenty of matchup problems for the Badgers with her size and quickness at the post position, something they struggled against when the teams first met back in January at the Kohl Center.“Like any Big Ten post players, it’s tough; it’s a really physical game against Jantel Lavender and Star Allen,” forward Tara Steinbauer said. “What they are really good at is they sprint the floor in transition and not all post players in the Big Ten do that. They’re both really skilled at doing that, so getting back in transition is going to be key for us.”When the two teams previously met, the Buckeyes were held to a season low 33.9 percent from the floor, but that wasn’t enough to stop Allen and Lavender. The two each recorded double-doubles in the game with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 16 points, 15 rebounds for the duo, respectively.If Wisconsin hopes to come away with a victory Thursday, it will be imperative for Zastrow, Steinbauer and anyone else matched up on Allen and Lavender to keep the Buckeyes’ forward duo off the boards on a consistent basis.“Star Allen certainly is going to be someone to make sure we keep her off the boards,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “And if you’re guarding her, it’s not so much that you have to get the rebound, you have to make sure you keep her off the boards. Jantel Lavender is obviously one of the best in the league (as well).”The other thing that the Badgers need to do better than last time sounds pretty simple: shoot the ball well. When the Buckeyes came to Madison, they held UW to a Kohl Center record low 25.5 percent shooting from the floor.Leading the way for Wisconsin in that game was Zastrow who scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds on a night when leading scorer Alyssa Karel was feeling a bit under the weather, resulting in a 1-for-11 shooting performance.Zastrow will likely need another strong performance Thursday for the Badgers, something she has done quite consistently over the Badgers’ last month of play.“I like the urgency I see out of Lin Zastrow. I thought she had just a great game [Sunday] handling the basketball, scoring for us,” Stone said. “I think she’s one of the best post defenders in the league, and she’s going to go against [two] of the best post players. So it’s certainly a boost of confidence for us going into Thursday, and we’re hoping to carry over.”When it comes down to it, the Badgers may not be able to improve their position in the Big Ten standings with a win, but they will take all the momentum and confidence they can get going into the Big Ten Tournament just one week from Thursday.“It’s going to be a gritty game,” Steinbauer said. “I expect it to be hard-fought, and I know it’s going to be very physical. It’s going to be a long 40 minutes, but I think if we bring our ‘A game,’ there’s a really good opportunity for us in the game.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s soccer team got their second point at home this season with a tie against Penn State Saturday at McClimon Complex.The Badgers rallied back and held on in double overtime to secure the 2-2 draw in front of the home crowd of 800. A red card left Wisconsin a man down for the end of regulation and during the overtimes.The Badgers (4-9-3, 1-2-3 Big Ten) were coming off a three game away stretch, grabbing wins at St. Louis and UW-Milwaukee, while losing 2-0 to Ohio State. The Nittany Lions (6-6-3, 2-3-2 Big Ten) are reeling in the second half of the season, losing five of their last seven and dropping their postseason chances significantly. The tie keeps both teams steady near the top of the Big Ten Conference standings.The first half was uneventful. The Badgers came off firing, tallying eight shots on the board before halftime and forcing the Nittany Lions into a defensive position. Penn State created a few close opportunities for themselves off a number of crosses, but much like Wisconsin in the first half, the Lions couldn’t complete any finishing touches. The 0-0 tie at half made the game seem almost destined for another late heartbreaker for the Badgers at home.But the second half could not have been at-odds with the first, with both teams notching two goals alongside four yellow cards for both squads. Wisconsin struck first with Christopher Mueller side-stepping past the keeper to put one in at the 50-minute mark. The short home lead was not long-lived as Penn State returned the blow with a similar goal from Sam Bollinger just four minutes later to tie it up.“We are capable of being up on a team like that, but you just can’t give it back to them so quickly,” head coach John Trask said. “As I told the guys, I guess I’m happy with a 2-2 tie with only 10 men available for overtime. I just don’t think it should have ever been 2-2.”After the two teams traded shots, Penn State got in front with a beautiful curving goal from Drew Klingenberg in the 78th minute. But the Nittany Lions couldn’t hold onto the win and allowed a deflection off a shot from midfielder Mike Catalano with only six minutes left in the match.Catalano was playing in his first game at home this season after an injury kept him out much of the year.“It’s huge to get a guy like [Catalano] back in the lineup for that game,” Trask said. “If I’m ever critical of him, it’s because I think he is that talented and can have an effect on the game. Over a 90-minute period, he has a big effect on the game.”Despite the comeback, Wisconsin entered overtime down a man when Drew Conner tripped a Penn State defender in the 87th minute to earn his second yellow card of game and ultimately an ejection.Despite the setback, the Badgers held back the Nittany Lions’ attack and secured the 2-2 tie in the second overtime.“We are finally getting everything back and firing on all cylinders,” Catalano said. “We have all bought back in and I’m excited for what’s going to happen. At the end of the day, we tied and we can’t be satisfied with that.”last_img read more

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team’s offense is a work in progress.At least, that was the way UW head coach Paul Chryst put it Monday during his weekly news conference.“We got a lot of work to do for where we want to be and where we should be,” Chryst said. ” … I feel good with how [the offense] is approaching it.”Perhaps the best example of this is who has stepped up in the passing game during the Badgers (2-0) first two games of 2016. Against LSU, it was redshirt junior tight end Troy Fumagalli, who had seven catches for 100 yards. Two days ago in Wisconsin’s 54-10 win against Akron, Jazz Peavy emerged for a 100-yard day, also on seven catches, along with two touchdown receptions.Football: No. 10 Wisconsin rolls to 54-10 win over Akron behind career day from Jazz PeavyFor what feels like a long time, the University of Wisconsin football team has sought consistent production from its two Read…When defenses elect to emphasize coverage in the middle of the field, it presents a challenge for Fumagalli to get open, yet opens up one-on-one opportunities for Peavy and fellow wideout Robert Wheelwright (four catches, 99 yards against Akron). The options in the passing game are a welcome sign for fifth-year senior quarterback Bart Houston, who said whoever is open at the right time during his progressions will get the ball.“Everybody will have their turn,” Houston said Monday. ” … Jazz had his big day. Troy had his big day the week before. Whoever is open is going to get the ball, right?”Peavy said it was a product of Akron’s defense that allowed him to have the opportunities he did.“I feel like that was the coverage that Akron was playing, and just the plays they were running allowed things to open up the way it did,” Peavy said.The connection between Houston and Peavy was evident on Saturday, particularly on the second touchdown for the duo. Houston perfectly placed his pass between two Zips defenders for a 34-yard score.Football: Badgers rout Zips in home-openerNo. 10 Wisconsin football had a routine day during its home opener against the Akron Zips Saturday afternoon. The Badgers Read…The play is an example of the work the pair have put in even after practice, Peavy said. Last week, they were working on comeback routes during practice. After they failed to complete the first few passes, both realized they needed to work on it, so they stayed after practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and drilled the routes over and over again.“I feel like our connection is really good,” Peavy said. “Bart’s one of those quarterbacks whenever we need to fix any mistakes during practice, he’s the kind of guy that will tell you after practice, ‘Let’s figure it out.’ ”Edwards feeling goodTwo days removed from his first game action of the 2016 season, redshirt sophomore linebacker T.J. Edwards said the foot he broke before training camp felt surprisingly good and was “almost 100 percent.”Edwards, who was the Badgers’ leading tackler last season, missed all of training camp with a broken left foot. The injury caused him to miss the season opener against LSU, as well.But when he finally ran out of the tunnel Saturday fully padded and ready to go, he said he felt relieved. It was also important to him, he added, that he see meaningful game reps before Big Ten play starts Sept. 24 at Michigan State.“I definitely wanted to get into these two games for sure,” Edwards said. “I wanted to be able to play. I think it’s vital to get these reps, once you make it back, before we get into the meat of the season.”In Edwards’ place, fellow redshirt sophomore Ryan Connelly has stepped up, much to the delight of his friend Edwards.Football: Natrell Jamerson out ‘probably four to six weeks’ with leg injuryThe losses keep coming for the University of Wisconsin football team’s defense. A week after learning sophomore linebacker Chris Orr Read…“Ever since we came in, Ryan’s been the guy who’s always on top of it mentally,” Edwards said. “He’s one of the best athletes we have on our defense. So just to see him out there making plays against LSU, no one was happier for him than me.”Connelly has recorded eight tackles in the first two games of the season, which ranks third on the team currently.Edwards said he definitely felt rusty, and he displayed that when he missed a tackle in the open field Saturday. The coaching staff also noted his rust during Sunday’s film sessions. Still, Edwards hopes for more snaps on Saturday against Georgia State.“I’d imagine I get more snaps,” Edwards said. “I don’t know what [defensive coordinator] Coach [Justin] Wilcox thinks. That’s his deal. They pay him to make those kinds of decisions. I’m hoping to get more reps.”last_img read more