Leftists paint false picture of Trump

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion While promoting his movie at the Cannes Film Festival, Spike Lee during a press conference launched into a profanity-laced tirade against President Trump. These vitriolic attacks have become common by the Hollywood community. It plays well in front of a leftist crowd like Cannes. But ultimately, his inflammatory commentary only exacerbates the divisive tone and further divides the nation’s political differences.The media will never challenge Lee to explain facts that contradict the narrative that Trump is a racist, such as the record unemployment of African-Americans and Hispanics, the huge drop in enrollment of the food stamp program or the increase in wages for the working class. These achievements are the opposite of the agenda of a white supremacist. Yet Lee and countless leftists continue to smear the president with this ubiquitous charge, while the media is happy to provide them with an unfettered platform.President Obama had the cool style and swagger that inspired millions to buy into his message of hope and change. But he failed to deliver any substantive results for the black community.For all his blunt talk and bluster, President Trump has delivered results that are making a positive difference in people’s day-to-day lives. The actions the president has taken to cut regulations and create jobs are much more significant than his clumsily spoken words that the media takes out of context in a concerted effort to paint him as a racist.William AikenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Agents of gloom

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Liverpool youngsters reach FA Cup fifth round

first_imgWith an average age of 19 years and 102 days, it was Liverpool’s youngest ever starting line-up in all competitions.There were seven teenagers, including 16-year-old Harvey Elliott, while Pedro Chirivella was the oldest player in the team at 22.Liverpool-born teenager Curtis Jones became the club’s youngest captain at 19 years and five days.There were first senior starts for 20-year-old defender Adam Lewis, 18-year-old midfielder Leighton Clarkson, midfielder Jake Cain, 18, and Liam Millar, a 20-year-old forward.Liverpool had blown a two-goal lead in that original meeting, but several of these youngsters had helped stun Everton in the third round and once again they showcased their potential.Despite dominating possession, Liverpool almost fell behind in the 58th minute when Shaun Whalley headed home, only to see VAR disallow the goal for offside against one of his team-mates in the build-up.Liverpool made the most of that escape to win it in the 75th minute.Topics : Liverpool will face Chelsea in the last 16 at Stamford Bridge on March 5 as the club remains on course for a potential treble of the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup.Klopp had turned over the responsibility of leading Liverpool to the club’s under-23 coach Neil Critchley, who also took charge when the Reds played an under-strength side for their League Cup quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa earlier this season.On that occasion, Klopp had a better excuse for his absence as Liverpool was in Qatar on course to win the Club World Cup.This time, it was purely his decision to ignore the FA Cup, but resting Mohamed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and company at least gave fans a glimpse of the next generation. Liverpool’s youngest ever team proved coach Jurgen Klopp was right to rest his stars as it reached the FA Cup fifth round with a 1-0 win against third-tier Shrewsbury on Tuesday.Klopp and his entire first team were all absent for the fourth round replay at Anfield as part of the club’s winter break.The Liverpool manager was criticized for disrespecting the FA Cup, but his youngsters proved up to the task and their mature display was rewarded when Ro-Shaun Williams headed the decisive own goal in the closing stages.last_img read more

World failed to learn SARS lessons for coronavirus fight

first_imgThe novel coronavirus outbreak has exposed a lack of global research on ways to combat the spread of infectious diseases, with health authorities failing to learn lessons from previous flare-ups, experts said Tuesday.The last outbreak of worldwide significance was the SARS virus scare of the early 2000s, which killed 774 people. More recently the Mers virus killed more than 850 people, although the outbreak was largely contained to the Middle East. Although scientists responded to both diseases, formulating treatment plans and eventually vaccines, experts say the new coronavirus epidemic shows there has not been any sustained, coordinated efforts on infectious diseases. “Too often, the surge of research attention and investment that novel outbreaks generate quickly wane when those outbreaks subside and other priorities take their place,” Jason Schwartz, assistant professor at Yale’s Department of Health Policy and Management, told AFP.”SARS and Mers demonstrated the global health threat posed by coronaviruses and the need for a sustained investment in better understanding these viruses with an eye toward prevention and treatment strategies.”Bruno Canard, a virologist at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, said that some countries, notably European Union members, launched coordinated research programs following SARS.But the financial crisis of 2008 squeezed out funding, he said, lamenting a “scientific world on financial life support.” For Johan Neyts, professor of virology and president of the Belgian-based, International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR), the world missed a chance after SARS, which is closely related to the new coronavirus.”If we had invested starting in 2003 at the SARS epidemic looking for a medication that would be active against coronas by now we could have had a stockpile that would have been active against this new one,” he told AFP. “We missed an opportunity. It’s a terrorist attack of a virus which we could have prevented, more people are going to die, it’s really a shame.” There are now seven known coronaviruses that are transmissible among humans. Canard said coordinated research could have produced a broad-spectrum treatment against all of them, given their genetically similar profile. Cost ‘peanuts’But to do so scientific efforts would need government funding. Neyts estimated the cost of finding a coronavirus treatment safe to administer at scale to be 250-300 million euros (US$275-325 million).”This is basically peanuts, if you compare that to the human suffering that we seeing now, and also to the economic losses,” he said.As well as funding, medical research also takes time. Years, in fact. And Canard said the world is now reacting against the novel coronavirus from a standing start. “To develop a molecule [against coronaviruses], that takes years,” he said. “You need to have clinical trials and for that you need people who are sick with the virus.”He warned that more coronaviruses are likely to spread among humans in years to come as we continue to destroy the habitats of species that carry the diseases.”We let down our guard and the acceleration of these viruses emergencies is going to be faster and faster due to climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation,” said Canard.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta Police to disband late-night sprinting matches in new PSBB period

first_imgKompas.com reported that several matches had taken place in Bekasi, West Java, and Ciledug and Tangerang in Banten.Instagram handle @bekasi.terkini posted footage of a local sprinting match in Pondok Gede, Bekasi. Many people were seen crowding the street while cheering the participants. Jakarta Police traffic unit director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said disbanding the matches was more complicated than stopping illegal car or motorcycle races.“[…] Sprinting matches only last for a short amount of time, so by the time the police arrive, [they] will most likely have already ended,” Sambodo said.He added that those found to have been involved in illegal sprinting matches could face up to 18 months in prison or a maximum fine of Rp 1.5 billion (US$100,961), in accordance with Article 63 of Law No. 38/2004 on public roads. (rfa)Topics : He argued that the races — many of which take place on public roads — not only jeopardize public health but also disrupt public order and road safety.Yusri warned that groups that resist disbursement could face criminal charges.Read also: Police launch operation to monitor, sanction Jakarta PSBB violatorsA spate of illegal sprinting matches has recently gone viral on social media, raising health and safety concerns among the public as the new trend attracts large crowds and disrupts traffic.center_img The Jakarta Police are set to crack down on unauthorized, late-night sprinting matches across the capital and its satellite regions during the latest reinstatement of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) amid COVID-19 concerns.Officers will be deployed to conduct city-wide inspections to ensure public compliance with health protocols, including the ban on social gatherings, said Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus.“We’ll disband [illegal matches] in accordance with the ban on gatherings consisting of more than five people,” Yusri told the press on Tuesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion with waterfront helicopter pad hits the market

first_imgThe riverfront mansion at 101 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters has a helicopter pad.THE Glitter Strip is renowned for its flashy mansions but one unlike any other on the Coast has hit the market, and it has a jaw-dropping price tag to match.A cinema with 140-inch screen, formal bar, library, au pair’s quarters and waterside pool are among the landmark residence’s highlights.But it is the waterfront helicopter pad that makes the Paradise Waters property really stand out.It is affectionately known as Tulsa.It has multiple outdoor living areas.The perfect spot to entertain.Marketing agent Robert Graham, of Ray White Prestige Gold Coast, described it as a “rarely available benefit”.“This is the only home on the Gold Coast that you can land your helicopter on the waterfront,” he said.It is no surprise then that the statement home is listed for a whopping $16.25 million dollars.Mr Graham sold the vacant land to the owners, who spent years designing and building the home based on decades of experience.“They’ve taken everything that they’ve learnt throughout their lives to create the ultimate house,” he said.MORE NEWS: Hoteliers sell luxury waterfront mansionMORE NEWS: Almost 40,000 households under rental stressMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoFancy a drink?The gourmet-style kitchen has all the right ingredients for the home chef.The cinema has a 140-inch screen.“It was a labour of love.”He said ill health had unfortunately forced the owners to sell it.The three-storey house was designed by renowned architect Jared Poole.Mr Graham said it had been affectionately called Tulsa, which was the name of an extended family member’s Victorian farm.A standout feature of that farm, a Howitzer cannon, is now proudly displayed at the property.It has a classic design with chandeliers, walls of soaring windows, a cobblestone driveway and grand white balustrades surrounding its perimeter.There are five bedrooms, six bathrooms including one outdoors, and 30m of main river frontage.Check out that view.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Taiwan explosion aftermath

first_imgStadium explosion kills two in Madagascar People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa People carry an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the FormosaAn explosion in Taipei turned a colored powder party into an inferno, more than 510 people, including 4 tourists from the Chinese mainland, were injured. Nearly 200 suffered serious injuries.The explosion hit a water park Saturday after colored powder being sprayed onto a crowd ignited. Footage shows crowds dancing as music played. Clouds of powder suddenly turned into a ball of fire and tore through the spectators. Terrified party goers ran for their lives, screaming, as they were overtaken by flames.According to the police, around 12,000 people attended the Color Play Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park that night. City authorities shut the park down and are investigating the incident. 5 people responsible for the event have been detained by police for questioning.Taiwan’s fire department has concluded the explosion was caused by a powder spray. The Deputy Mayor of New Taipei – Hou Youyi- made the announcement at a news briefing earlier today.Related China Kunshan Factory Explosion center_img South Africa Rastafarianslast_img read more

Filipinos from Hubei to be quarantined in Tarlac

first_imgThose without symptoms will gostraight to New Clark City. “Hindinaman sa tinatanggihan natin ang mgaoverseas Filipino workers. Dahil kapwanatin sila Pilipino kino-consider natinsila, pero sana dalhin sila sa lugar na mas akma at wala masyadong buhay na maapektuhan,”said Municipal Councilor Estella Manlupig. “The agencies have been instructed todisinfect the luggage of the Filipinos and the vehicles that will be used totransport them,” Duque said. “[I’d] like to take this opportunityto convey our gratitude to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority whichoffered the use of New Clark City as quarantine area for repatriated Filipinos,”Duque said. The repatriates will stay for 14 daysat Building A of the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City while the medicalstaff will stay in another building. “The DOH did not at all involve theCapas local government in its last-minute decision,” said Capas mayor ReynaldoCatacutan. Local officials said they were stunnedby the Health department’s announcement. The government initially eyed the drugrehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija as quarantine facility. The returning Filipinos will land onClark International Airport and those with symptoms of 2019-nCoV will bebrought to identified hospitals. MANILA – Filipinos who are set to berepatriated today from Hubei, China due to the 2019 novel coronavirus acuterespiratory disease (2019 nCoV-ard) outbreak are to be quarantined at New ClarkCity in Tarlac province. The 45 Filipinos are tentativelyscheduled to leave China on Saturday and arrive in the Philippines early Sundaymorning./PN Department of Health (DOH) secretary FranciscoDuque said procedures and protocols have been set for the return of Filipinosfrom Hubei, the Chinese province of Wuhan City which is the epicenter of theoutbreak. Meanwhile, the municipal council ofCapaz, Tarlac unanimously voted to oppose the use of New Clark City asquarantine area.last_img read more

IU Data Breach Could Impact Student Information

first_imgThe personal data breach at IU could impact over 140,000 students and recent graduates.Officials at Indiana University say that personal information of students and recent graduates may have been exposed.The names, addresses and Social Security numbers for approximately 146,000 students across seven IU campuses who attended the university from 2011-2014 may have been breached.IU reported the incident to the Attorney Generals Office on Tuesday. Students that are possibly affected will be contacted by the school.If you have questions, IU has set up a call center. It will be open beginning after 8 a.m. on Feb. 28. Call 866-254-1484.last_img

Bulldogs Defeated By Red Devils In Tennis Regional Finals

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Tennis team’s season came to an end with a 4-1 loss to the host Red Devils at The Tennis Regionals at Richmond.last_img