Sitting for anthem shows lack of ethics

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’ve been sitting on the sideline listening to various opinions on the seemingly vogue practice of professional football players, at least for some of them, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. They’ve fabricated reasons to justify their actions, of which many have supported on First Amendment grounds.I strongly support the Constitution and do my best to avoid picking and choosing only the parts that support my opinions. I thus agree that the players have a right to protest. One thing that I’ve noticed to be conspicuously absent from the various pro and con statements on this issue is one very important word; that word is “ethics.” Though the players have the First Amendment right to protest, doing so during the National Anthem is abhorrently unethical. It’s disrespectful to everyone who’s served this nation, living and dead. It’s disrespectful to every patriot in our nation.Another right these players don’t have is the right to protest on the job. I know that I would be fired for doing so.The statement the protesting players are really making is that they lack basic moral values. They lack the ability to determine that the protesting should be done on their own time and not during the National Anthem; not the message they wanted to get across.Niskayuna High School announcing it won’t play the anthem before a game is a stunningly poor decision. The school’s job is to teach its students to better prepare them for their adult lives. Instead, they’ve been taught how to dodge an issue.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Police record drop in crime rates amid COVID-19 response

first_imgThe National Police say that crime rates across the country have dropped as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.“There has been a significant decrease in the levels of felonies, misdemeanors and public disturbances,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said by video link from the Jakarta headquarters of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) during a press conference on Thursday.The police recorded 3,743 felonies nationwide last week from 4,197 felonies the previous week. Misdemeanors had also decreased 53.82 percent from 301 to 139 cases, while public disturbances had dropped 34.78 percent from 69 to 45 cases.Asep said that during the ongoing health emergency, the National Police would focus on crimes related to personal protective equipment (PPE) that were sorely needed by medical workers.“The National Police, together with health agencies and [PPE] distributors, will be running close surveillance to ensure an adequate supply of PPE […] especially for health workers,” he said.  The police have uncovered 18 cases of price gouging, stockpiling, and obstructing the distribution and production of PPE. The police have named 33 suspects, of which two have been detained.Several reports on the theft of PPE have emerged in past weeks.In March, police arrested three employees of a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, for stealing hundreds of boxes of masks that the trio allegedly planned to resell. In Pekanbaru, Riau, an ambulance driver was arrested for allegedly stealing a box containing 1,000 masks intended for a puskesmas (community health center).Topics :last_img read more

IPE Awards 2019: Open for entries

first_imgAnother notable winner was Sweden’s AP4. The national buffer fund won five trophies overall – one from each level: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Country/Regional and Themed.The IPE Awards reward excellence and innovation in Europe’s diverse pensions industry, creating a meaningful annual benchmark enabling pensions providers of all shapes and sizes to measure their investment and other areas of performance against their peers at national, regional and global levels, as well as against institutions of a similar size, remit and resource.In 2018, we received 459 entries across 42 categories, from pension funds worth a combined €2trn. These institutions represent over 90m pension fund members in 24 different countries across Europe.The judging roster features up to 100 industry experts and leading former pension fund executives who are selected for their expertise and knowledge in specialist areas.Entering the IPE Awards is completely confidential and free of charge, and is based on a streamlined but sophisticated online entry system.This year, the conference and awards dinner will take place at the Tivoli Congress Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.To enterIf you would like to enter or learn more, you can access the Awards online entry form atipe.com/entriesOr alternatively contact Robert Melia Watson at robert.watson@ipe.com . The IPE Awards are now open for entries.Launched in 2001, the event has grown to become the premier event of its kind and largest annual gathering of pension funds in Europe, with 44 prizes up for grabs.Commodities will make a return in 2019 to the roster to reflect the comeback of the asset class following a lull in popularity after the financial crisis a decade ago.Last year saw PensionDanmark secure the highly prized European Pension of the Year award for the second year running and fourth time overall, while chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen took the Outstanding Industry Contribution title for his tireless commitment to the evolution of Europe’s pensions sector.last_img read more

NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Not Charged By Grand Jury

first_imgONTARIO COUNTY, NY – Tony Stewart has learned his fate.A grand jury in New York has decided Stewart will not face criminal charges in connection to the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. in August.Prosecutors submitted two charges to the grand jury,one as manslaughter and the other criminal negligent homicide.For a grand jury to approve charges in New York State, twelve members of the 23-person grand jury must vote in favor.The August 9 dirt track incident involved Stewart striking Ward, 20, as the young driver was walking on the track after crashing into a fence.last_img

Harold Ronald Anderson, 80, Brookville

first_imgHarold Ronald Anderson, age 80, of Brookville, Indiana died Tuesday evening June 30, 2020 at Riverside Healthcare in Dayton, Ohio.Born February 18, 1940 in Cincinnati, Ohio he was the son of the late Harold & Violet (Holly) Anderson.  He was a Veteran of the United States Navy.  On August 1, 1959 he was united in marriage to Dessie P. Reese, and she preceded him in death on July 8, 2009.Ronnie was retired, having been self-employed for much of his life in excavating and trucking, and had also driven a school bus for the Franklin County Community School Corporation for many years.He was a member of the Valley Christian Church in Brookville.  In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, playing guitar, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.Survivors include three sons, Rick (Janie) Anderson, Doug (Laura) Anderson, and Scott Anderson all of Brookville, Indiana; as well as six grandchildren, Katie, Steve, Jenna, Brittany, Chelsey, and Brady.Family & friends may visit from 9:00 A.M. till 11:00 A.M. on Friday, July 3, 2020 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Wayne Ison will officiate the Funeral Services on Friday, July 3, 2020, 11:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Valley Christian Church.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to once again serve the Anderson family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon wanted by Toronto Police in connection with alleged sexual assault

first_img The alleged incident happened on the same day Brazil clinched the bronze medal in the tournament, with Piazon scoring in a 3-1 win over Panama. Piazon joined Chelsea in August 2011 and is contracted to the Barclays Premier League club until 2017. He travelled on the first team’s 2013 pre-season tour to Asia after a short spell with Malaga towards the end of the 2012-13 campaign. He spent the 2013-14 season at Vitesse Arnhem, the 2014-15 term at Eintracht Frankfurt, and is on a season-long loan at Reading. He has made eight appearances for the Royals so far this season. Andrey is a goalkeeper with Brazilian side Botafogo. Press Association A warrant has been issued for the arrest of the 21-year-old and his Brazil Under-22 team-mate Andrey following an incident which allegedly took place during the Pan-Am Games tournament in July. A Chelsea spokesman said: “We are aware of the reports.” Chelsea made no further comment. Reading are also aware of the reports after Toronto Police issued a media release on Thursday. “The Toronto Police Service is alerting the public to a sexual assault investigation,” it read. “It is alleged that: – on Saturday, July 25, 2015, a 21-year-old woman, along with a friend, met two men in a nightclub in Toronto. “The two men accompanied the women to one woman’s residence “Once inside the residence, the two men sexually assaulted one of the women. “The two men have now been identified, and arrest warrants have been issued for Lucas Domingues Piazon, 21, and Andrey Da Silva Ventura, 22. “They are both wanted for: 1. Sexual Assault. “Both men are from Brazil. They were in Canada as participants in the 2015 Pan-Am Games as members of the Brazilian Pan-American football (soccer) team.” Lucas Piazon, a Chelsea forward on loan at Reading, is wanted by Toronto Police in connection with an alleged sexual assault. last_img read more

Six DEFY gymnasts win top all-around honors

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — Six young gymnasts representing the Down East Family YMCA captured top all-around honors in tri-team competition on Saturday in Bath.Facing off against the Bath and Auburn/Lewiston YMCA teams, the DEFY team from Springers’ Gymnastics Center found success in Levels 4 through 7, with 15 gymnasts qualifying for regional competition in May.At Level 4 for ages 8-9, Eleanor Tyne took all-around honors, placing first on vault, bars and floor and second on beam.At Level 4 for ages 10 and over, Kajsa Morrison was first on beam and floor and second on vault and bars for first all-around.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Level 5 for ages 9-10, Gilly Rice was top all-around gymnast, placing first on bars, beam and floor and second on vault.At Level 5 for ages 11 and over, Olivia Robidoux was first on beam and floor, second on vault and bars and first all-around.At Level 6 for ages 7-11, Katherine McKee was first on vault, beam and floor and third on bars for first all-around.At the Excel Platinum Level for ages 15 and up, Mary Lou Ross was top all-around gymnast, placing first on beam and floor, second on vault and third on bars.Following are the remaining DEFY results:Level 4, ages 6-7Genevieve Muise, third on bars, fourth on vault and floor, fifth on beam, fourth all-around.Kaela Springer, fourth on beam, fifth on vault, bars and floor, fifth all-around.Level 4, ages 8-9Ellie Kane, first on beam, second on vault, bars and floor, second all-around.Elena Springer, third on vault and bars, fifth on beam and floor, third all-around.Level 4, ages 10 and overOlivia West, first on vault and bars, third on floor, fourth on beam, second all-around.Jialan Deal, first on vault, third on bars, beam and floor, third all-around.Syra Gutow, second on beam and floor, third on vault, fifth on bars, fourth all-around.Lexi Rich, fourth on floor, fifth on vault and beam, sixth on bars, fifth all-around.Dezirae Zaman, fourth on vault and bars, fifth on floor, sixth on beam, sixth all-around.Level 5, ages 11 and overAnna Brown, first on vault, second on beam and floor, third on bars, third all-around.Chloe Politte, third on bars, fourth on beam, fifth on vault and floor, fifth all-around.Level 6, ages 7-100Paige Sawyer, first on bars, second on vault, beam and floor, second all-around.Sarah Danby, second on vault and bars, third on beam and floor, third all-around.Level 7Briana Clark, second on floor, third on vault, bars and beam, third all-around.Excel Platinum, ages 12-14Natalie Klaver, first on beam and floor, third on vault, fourth on bars, second all-around.Excel Platinum, ages 15 and overKassidy Robidoux, second on bars, third on vault, beam and floor, third all-around.The next meet for the DEFY girls will be on Sunday, April 14, at Springers’ Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Latest Postscenter_img Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017last_img read more

Last seven months haven’t been easy: Hardik Pandya

first_imgMumbai: An on-field injury followed by some controversial statements off the field saw all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the news for all the wrong reasons. But the Mumbai Indians player wants the focus back on his game and was instrumental in helping MI beat Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Wankhede Stadium.A brilliant 8-ball 25 was followed by bowling figures of 3/20 from his four overs as the all-rounder was rightly handed the Man of the Match award. Speaking after the game, Pandya thanked all those who have supported him through his tough time.“The injury happened and then the controversy too. These seven months weren’t easy and I wasn’t sure of what to do. This award is special and I dedicate it to all those who stood by me during those tough times. My goal is to keep performing and hopefully, help India win the World Cup,” he said.Pandya said he was waiting to get some game time after spending hours at the nets. He also added that he is hitting the ball really well at the moment. “It feels really good to help the team win and to contribute to it. It’s been seven months since I played much competitive cricket. Have batted and batted and batted in the nets. I am someone who loves to have game time and I am hitting them really well at the moment,” he said.While Pandya played a cameo at the end, he was well supported by West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard as he hit an unbeaten 17 off just 7 balls. The experienced campaigner said that Pandya was doing a fabulous job for the team. “Taking into context, the Pandya boys are doing really well. He has a clear mind and has been hitting the ball very well. As a team, we strive on momentum. It’s good for us, we have been batting pretty well, it’s just a matter of improvement,” he said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgCo-founder Patrick Mouratoglou hopes the Ultimate Tennis Showdown can change the way tennis is viewed by allowing a younger audience to access the raw feelings of players.The UTS features ATP Finals winner Stefanos Tsitsipas and U.S. Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. There will be 10 players with matches every weekend for five weeks in a round robin format.Matches will be streamed live with organizers saying every sight and sound will be captured. In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Spanish league president Javier Tebas said Sunday he is in favor of having fans back in stadiums as soon as regions are cleared by health authorities. However, that contradicts an earlier message by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who said it wouldn’t be fair for some clubs to have fans and others not. Spain has been gradually lifting confinement restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some regions have entered advanced stages that could allow them to have matches with at least some fans in the stadiums.TENNIS-NEW TOURNAMENTNew tennis tournament in France aiming for younger audiencePARIS (AP) — With discussions ongoing over whether the U.S. Open or the French Open can even take place later this year, a new digitally friendly tennis tournament starts Saturday in southern France with four Top 10-ranked players involved. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-ATLANTAHarvick wins as NASCAR recognizes social unease following death of FloydHAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was a winner at the site of his first NASCAR Cup victory. Harvick turned in another dominating run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, cruising to victory over Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. Harvick won for the second time since NASCAR returned from the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, adding to his emotional victory at Darlington in the first race back.Harvick came into the day having led 1,138 laps on the 1.54-mile Atlanta trioval, far more than any other driver in the 40-car field.He now has 51 wins — breaking a tie with Ned Jarrett and Junior Johnson for the 12th spot on the career list. Three of those triumphs have come at Atlanta Motor Speedway, including in 2001 and 2018.Busch ended up second, followed by Truex, Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin. Seven-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson was seventh in what may have been his final Atlanta appearance. Johnson plans to retire as a driver after the season.NASCAR acknowledged the social unrest in the country and vowed to do a better job of addressing racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MAYERBoxer Mayer tests positive for COVID-19, out of return boutUNDATED (AP) — Junior lightweight contender Mikaela Mayer has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been pulled from the co-main event of Las Vegas’ first major boxing card since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.Mayer announced her positive test on social media two days before her scheduled bout against Helen Joseph in the Top Rank show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.The former U.S. Olympian is asymptomatic but says she tested positive for the virus on Saturday. The rest of Mayer’s camp has tested negative, including her longtime coach. NASCAR President Steve Phelps addressed drivers and teams on the track before the race, saying. “The black community and all people of color have suffered in our country, and it has taken far too long for us to hear their demands for change. Our sport must do better. Our country must do better.”Bubba Wallace donned a black T-shirt with the words “I Can’t Breathe” and “Black Lives Matter.” Wallace is the only African American in the top-level series.FOOTBALL-OBIT-RILEYFormer Bengals star Ken Riley dead at 72ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Ken Riley was a ball-hawk defensive back in the NFL before serving as a head coach and athletic director at his alma mater, Florida A&M. Update on the latest in sports: The son of former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan comes to Green Bay after posting a 14-13 record in his lone season as the head coach at Division II program Wheeling in West Virginia.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-STRENGTH COACHIowa coach denies racial misconductIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa football strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle denies any “unethical behavior or bias” based on race.Several black former players posted on social media Friday night about issues they saw in the football program, attributing many of them to Doyle. He was placed on administrative leave Saturday, part of a decision made by coach Kirk Ferentz in what he called “a defining moment” for Iowa’s football program.center_img FOOTBALL-OBIT-CALDWELLReche Caldwell fatally shotTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former University of Florida and NFL wide receiver Reche Caldwell was fatally shot Saturday night in his hometown.Caldwell’s mother confirmed her son’s death to the Tampa Bay Times, saying police told her they believe her son was ambushed outside his home in a possible robbery attempt.Caldwell was drafted by San Diego in the second round in 2002. He had 152 catches for 1,851 yards and 11 touchdowns in six NFL seasons — four with the Chargers and one each with New England and Washington. Caldwell was awaiting sentencing this month after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, along with several other former NFL players. He also served prison time on a 2014 drug charge.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-GREEN BAY-RYANGreen Bay picks Ryan as new hoops coachGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay is turning its men’s basketball program over to Will Ryan.Athletic director Charles Guthrie has announced that the school and the 41-year-old Ryan have agreed to a deal in principle, though final contract details are still being worked out. The school has announced that Riley died early Sunday morning at 72. No cause of death was given.Riley was a four-year starting quarterback at Florida A&M and a Rhodes Scholar candidate before he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL/AFL draft. Moved to cornerback by head coach Paul Brown, Riley had 65 career interceptions for 596 yards and five touchdowns in a 15-year career with the Bengals. He also recovered 18 fumbles, and his interception total ranks fifth in NFL history.Although named a First Team All-Pro three times and a second teamer on two other occasions, Riley still hasn’t been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite his impressive statistics. He landed on the All-Pro First Team in 1983, his final season.Riley coached the Rattlers from 1986-93, going 48-39-2 with two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles. He took A&M to the second-ever Heritage Bowl, losing to Grambling State in 1992.NFL-OBIT-ZOOK Associated Press Ex-Falcons DE Zook diesATLANTA (AP) — Former NFL defensive end John Zook has died in his native Kansas after a long battle with cancer.Zook originally was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round in 1969 but was subsequently traded to the Atlanta Falcons. He teamed with Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey to give the Falcons a dynamic combination at defensive end from 1969-75. Zook never missed a game during his tenure with the Falcons, starting 97 of 98 contests. He made his only Pro Bowl appearance in 1973, joining Humphrey in the all-star game.Zook played his last four seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring after the 1969 campaign.His brother, Dean Zook, confirmed the death to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 7, 2020last_img read more

Trojans set to face Florida State for first time in program history

first_imgComing off a successful weekend doubleheader against Sacramento State and St. Mary’s College, the No. 2 USC men’s tennis team will now face a top-30 team in Florida State.Attention will shift toward freshmen Emilio Gomez, Michael Grant and Ray Sarmiento to help influence the outcome of the match.Welcome back · Junior Steve Johnson returns to the court after missing matches against Sacramento State and Saint Mary’s over the weekend because of an injury. Johnson is ranked as the No. 6 singles player in the nation. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan All three had solid finishes to Saturday’s competition and they will need to continue to step up to the plate as the season progresses.“They have an opportunity to be a big part of the team,” USC coach Peter Smith said. “The freshmen had a great weekend. They came through with flying colors.”The Trojans (2-0) hope to focus on tightening up in the doubles department, which will be especially important as the season progresses.Still, if the Trojans give the same effort as last weekend, their prospects of winning look good, especially with the return of some of their more seasoned players.Returning to the lineup for the match against Florida State (4-0, 2-0) is USC’s No. 1 player, and nationally ranked No. 6, junior Steve Johnson.Johnson sat out during the weekend’s matches due to injury, but Smith is confident that he will be at 100 percent in the next game.Last season, Florida State ranked seventh in the ACC conference.The Seminoles are now No. 27 nationally.“I think playing the defending national champions is exciting, especially early in the year,” said Florida State assistant coach Nick Crowell on the team website. “Our guys are really excited, they’re really pumped, they worked hard over break. I feel like they’ve had this match in their sights for a long time.”The Seminoles will return two seniors in Clint Bowles and Vahid Mirzadeh, but the team will rely on the younger talents of freshman Blake Davis and sophomore Connor Smith, who went 5-1 and 6-1 in spring singles dual matches, respectively.“Florida State is a good program that has been right there in the top 20,” Smith said. “That’s why we are playing them. I am looking forward to seeing how our team plays.”First serve is at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.last_img read more