Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, Dec. 24

first_imgThe best option for Trump is to resignIn Trump’s impeachment, House Republicans attacked the process under Democrats’ control. They engaged in antisocial and counterfactual behavior. Conspicuously, however, they failed to defend Trump as being either honest or innocent.Underlying partisanship of the House vote was near unanimous agreement about Trump’s guilt.This was evident from debate in the Intelligence Oversight and Judiciary committees and the full House. Despite partisan bitterness, the House action sends a powerful, essentially nonpartisan message of guilt to voters and senators.Senators know that all House members’ terms end in 2020. They know that Republican members risk primary challenges at Trump’s instigation if they rebel. They know that House Republicans desiring impeachment did not have to vote for it, as Democrats would do the job.Not so in the Senate. Senators serve six-year terms. Just 23 Republican senators’ terms will end in 2020, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s. Thus, 30 of the 53 Republican senators will join 47 Democrats, totaling 77 Senate trial jurors protected from Trump jury tampering.Republican senators have a weighty responsibility. To keep them in line, Trump relies upon Mitch McConnell. McConnell must avoid the appearance of rebellion, but he could engineer rebellion surreptitiously. He could advise Trump to resign with an immunity deal or face conviction and removal.Resignation seems likely. Trump’s legal peril may become dire if his tax returns must be released. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider this issue. A likely adverse decision could be averted, however, if Trump resignation renders it moot.Dr. Robert A. MichaelsNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDon’t forget Christ on holiday to-do listDo the Gazette editors know the origin of Christmas? I was deeply saddened when reading the Dec. 19 feature of “100 things to do this holiday season” to find not a single reference to attending a church service, taking time for private devotions or singing Christmas carols.Perhaps you are not aware that the “holiday season” includes “Christmas” which comes from the word “Christ.” For many people, the season is a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, often called “Christ.”  I weep that he’s still forgotten.Paul RandallSlingerlands Republicans: Stop defending TrumpTo all Trump supporters: if Bill Clinton could be impeached over lying about having an affair with an intern, pushed by Republicans and Clinton haters for years, then dare I say, it’s only right that Trump be impeached for bribery of a foreign country and obstruction of justice at the highest levels. Call me crazy, but the latter seems much more serious. Republicans, get your heads out of the sand and stop defending the indefensible. History will remember all of this, and you.Mary BakerPerthMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

East Kalimantan governor to ‘personally stop’ new capital construction if harmful to forests

first_imgKutai Kartanegara regency is home to a 61,850 hectare forest called Bukit Soeharto. Through Agriculture Ministerial Decree No. 818/1982, late former president Soeharto named the location the Bukit Soeharto Conservation Forest, which then covered 27,000 ha. The government subsequently expanded the conservation area over the years until it covered 61,850 ha in 2004, when the Environment and Forestry Ministry declared it the Bukit Soeharto Grand Forest Park.Known as a Taman Hutan Raya (Grand Forest Park) in the province, the sprawling Bukit Soeharto is also home to local wildlife conservation groups such as the Wanariset Samboja Center of Orangutan Rehabilitation and Reintroduction. In addition, Bukit Soeharto is also home to Mulawarman University’s forest education site.According to experts, Bukit Soeharto’s current status as a national forest park could save the government a considerable amount of money allocated for land acquisition, since the entire area is state-owned. (rfa) The environment is a vital component of the lives of East Kalimantan residents, therefore it has to be protected, he added.“It’s better that the capital doesn’t end up being relocated to East Kalimantan if it only brings destruction to local forests,” Isran said, adding that the province had previously committed to protecting the environment in several international declarations, including the New Green Growth Pathway in 2016.Read also: Jokowi wants to see oxygen-rich forests in new capitalPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced in August last year that the province’s North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kertanegara regencies would host the country’s new capital, replacing the overpopulated and sinking Jakarta. East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor has called on the central government to be more mindful of the lush forests covering parts of the province as Jakarta moves forward with its long-term plan to relocate the country’s capital city to the region.Isran addressed his concerns over the environmental impact of the imminent capital relocation during a meeting with the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) at the East Kalimantan governor’s office in Samarinda on Monday.“I will personally stop [the new capital construction] if it damages the forests,” he said after the meeting as quoted by kompas.com.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks out over Willian’s future amid Arsenal transfer links

first_img Matches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:39FullscreenMatches returning with halves shorter than 45 minutes ‘not ruled out’https://metro.co.uk/video/matches-returning-halves-shorter-45-minutes-not-ruled-out-2165468/This 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.The likes of Tammy Abraham, Danny Rose and Troy Deeney have all raised concerns about the English top flight restarting amid the pandemic and Lampard says he understands their reservations. ‘Everyone will handle those situations differently,’ the Chelsea manager added.‘People like Troy Deeney, you have to give the freedom to speak out, because people will be speaking from the heart.‘I think we have to upgrade that communication so players know what they’re going through, and then they can make those decisions.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Frank Lampard’s transfer stance on Miralem Pjanic and Jorginho as Juventus offer Chelsea swap dealMORE: BBC set to show live Premier League matches for first time ever with selection of games to be made free-to-air Advertisement Frank Lampard says he wants the same Chelsea squad until the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has confirmed that he is keen to extend Willian’s contract if the Premier League campaign restarts. Willian becomes a free agent at the end of next month and discussions over a possible extension at Stamford Bridge have reached an impasse amid the coronavirus crisis. The 31-year-old Brazil international is demanding a new two-year contract but Chelsea are only willing to offer him a rolling 12-month extension and widespread reports suggest he is set to leave the club. Comment Willian and Lampard were once team-mates at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘Of course they’ll be concerned about themselves, in terms of how training is now is and if the pre-season is a rush they’re going to have to make sure they’re alright.‘So it’s going to have to be something we have to look at, hopefully we can make that arrangement can be made so they can stay with us.‘I would love the squad to look as it has all season, but we’ll have to see how that works.’ Giroud and Willian are both out of contract next month (Picture: Getty)Both Arsenal and Tottenham have been mooted as potential suitors, with Willian hoping to remain in London, but Lampard has played down the speculation by declaring that he wants the same squad until the end of the season if ‘Project Restart’ is successful. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOlivier Giroud is also nearing the end of his deal with the Blues.Uncertainty over player contracts remains a huge concern among clubs if the 2019/20 campaign resumes at some stage, with teams potentially set to lose squad members whose deals expire in June.‘It is still uncertain if and when play will get underway. We have big players [out of contract] so that’s something I’m obviously looking at very carefully,’ Lampard told Sky Sports. ‘The ones who are out of contract here have been great servants for the club, and actually have a lot of feeling for the club. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 16 May 2020 8:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Chelsea boss Frank Lampard speaks out over Willian’s future amid Arsenal transfer links Advertisementlast_img read more

Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi out of FA Cup final vs Chelsea

first_img Comment Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi out of FA Cup final vs Chelsea Ozil and Guendouzi look set to miss out (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi will play no part in Arsenal’s FA Cup final against Chelsea this weekend, reports claim. Ozil is reportedly in Turkey – with the club’s permission – while Guendouzi has been told he will not be involved. Ozil, Arsenal’s highest-paid player, has not played a single minute of football since football restarted after lockdown. And according to Goal, he is not even in the country for the biggest match of Arsenal’s season. ADVERTISEMENTGuendouzi has not featured since the second game of Project Restart – a 2-1 defeat to Brighton – where he clashed with Brighton players. AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s believed Mikel Arteta wants to sell him this summer. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 31 Jul 2020 7:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Advertisement Advertisement Arteta wants to sell Guendouzi (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty Images)While Guendouzi is likely to move on, getting Ozil’s £350,000-a-week wages off the bill will be a tough ask. His agent, Erkut Sogut, admitted he is unlikely to move on until the end of next season when his contract expires.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I do not think there will be a change in the case of Mesut Ozil until the summer of 2021,’ he told Turkish outlet Fanatik. ‘He has a contract. There is no change. He will remain with Arsenal.’Who will win the FA Cup final?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Two homes are going to auction to make way for potential units

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago74-76 Hillview Pde Ashmore“It offers significant potential, especially when you consider the proximity to Ashmore Plaza shopping centre,” Mr Guo said. “This is a rare opportunity to purchase two centrally located properties.“The homes would be easily rented to provide rental income in the event of a development approval process too.” 74-76 Hillview Pde Ashmore 17 February 2017TWO enormous properties close to Ashmore City plaza could be the future site for townhouses.With a combined land size of 4080sq m, 74-76 Hillview Pde includes two five-bedroom family-sized homes, each with a swimming pool. Ray White Broadbeach marketing agents Sam Guo and Julia Kuo said the land is zoned for 16 townhouses. 74-76 Hillview Pde AshmoreMr Guo said the properties were in a growth area.“Hillview is a very desirable street and it is minutes from the M1 and Griffith University,” Mr Guo said.The houses include ensuited main bedrooms with spa baths and private access to lush gardens.last_img read more

Cassell looks to defend IMCA Modified Oregon state title in 2015

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageALBANY, Ore. – Craig Cassell of Albany enters this season as the defending Allstar Performance Oregon State champion. In 2015 he will try his very best to defend that IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified crown.In two starts this season he managed a 15th place finish at Cottage Grove on April 4 but was very im­pressive last weekend at Sunset Speedway Park, ending the evening second in the feature.“Last weekend we were a little off but we learned some stuff with this car,” commented Cassell. “We were good toward the end so I’m not going to complain.”“We had to make a lot of small changes to the car this year, so the balance of the car is still a little off of where it needs to be,” he added.Cassell will visit Willamette Speedway in Lebanon this Saturday, April 25 in hopes of collecting his first triumph of the season.  It is a venue where he has graced victory lane on five occasions while finishing runner-up in the points table the last two consecutive campaigns.  It looks like this year he’ll be visiting Sunset Speedway Park in Banks a little bit more often but the “Two-Five Ex­press” will be at Willamette a fair amount of times this year.“One of our goals is to defend our title but my main goal is to race every week and run every race in Oregon and win races and just let the points take care of themselves,” he explained.Something else to note for Cassell are two sponsors hopping on board this season, Corvallis Seed & Feed and American Hero Carpet Cleaning.He now chauffeurs the Ester Lee Motel of Lincoln City, Corvallis Seed & Feed, Dr. Mary Harada Breast Cancer Specialist, Debra Herndon Family Nurse Practitioner, Mid Valley Farms, Trevor Glaser Motorsports, American Hero Carpet Cleaning, Arco AM/PM of Stayton, CRD Race Bodies and Fabrication, Beakbuilt Race Cars, Driving Force Graphics, Frank’s Fabrication & Auto of Browns­ville number 25 Rocket by Ruhlman entry.He also has acquired crewman Shawn French. Both crewed on Bob Jeffrey’s late model team several years ago, and with help in the pits it will eliminate Cassell working on the car all by him­self.“It’s cool to have new sponsors on the car helping the team out financially as well as Shawn help­ing in the pits,” he said.last_img read more

EPL: Leicester beat Sheffield, boost top-four hopes

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Leicester City boosted their hopes of finishing in the Premier League top four as goals by Ayoze Perez and substitute Demarai Gray secured a 2-0 home win over Sheffield United.The result left Leicester fourth on 62 points from 36 games, three ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United who were visiting Crystal Palace later and one behind Chelsea in third. Sheffield United stayed eighth on 54 points, two behind sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers who occupy a Europa League qualifying spot.Having won only one of their last six league games, Leicester needed a victory to get back on track in their bid to secure a berth in next season’s Champions League and they delivered with a dominant performance.Perez fired them ahead in the 29th minute with a crisp low shot from 14 metres after a fine cut-back by 19-year-old debutant Luke Thomas and Gray sealed the contest in the 79th with a clinical finish.The Foxes missed a string of chances to win by a bigger margin as visiting goalkeeper Dean Henderson made several reflex saves while top scorer Jamie Vardy hit the outside of the post shortly after halftime.Tags: Ayoze PerezCrystal PalaceLeicester CityManchester UnitedSheffield Untiedlast_img read more

Baines is vital – Martinez

first_img Press Association Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes Leighton Baines is vital to the club’s future and has warned Manchester United he will fight to keep the England international. The Spaniard described the 28-year-old defender as “phenomenal” and said the standard he had produced over the last couple of years made him the best left-back in the country. Everton have turned down a £12million bid from United after David Moyes returned to his old club in an attempt to cherry-pick one of their prized assets. While that offer was rebuffed, the Old Trafford club are expected to come back with a significantly improved figure but Everton have stressed Baines is not for sale and want him to extend his contract beyond the existing two years he has remaining. center_img Baines is about to enter his seventh year at Goodison Park and Martinez believes the Kirkby-born player has become the standard bearer for everything the club represents. “Leighton is a phenomenal performer and has become a very consistent player for Everton,” he said. “A lot of people get upset when other clubs show interest in their players but I feel it is compliment. Leighton is vital for our future and what we are going to achieve at the club. “The level that he has been reaching over the last few years consistently shows me that he is the best left-back in the country.” Martinez is focusing on making additions to his squad not worrying about potential departures. The Spaniard is keen to bring in the right characters and while he insists he will not be rushed in that search two arrivals are imminent. Press Association Sport understands deals for his former Wigan players Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz are almost done. Striker Kone is likely to cost the Toffees £5million but centre-back Alcaraz will arrive on a free transfer once his contract has been finalised. “They are players that I know really, really well. I worked with them really closely and they are players that are used to the Premier League and the British game,” he told evertontv. “You will always get those sorts of situations but at the moment we are still looking to try to bring the right characters to the football club. “We need to remember that we have a very strong team at the club, but in the same way we don’t want to close the window without feeling stronger than we were when the window opened. I’m sure that we will have many other names mentioned and hopefully we are going to get the right characters to represent our football club.” last_img read more

Gibson raring to go for Ireland

first_img He said: “Being out for 10 months last season gave me a lot of time to think about things, and I think this is now or never, really, to be honest with you, so I am looking forward to the task ahead. “It just made me realise that I’m not getting any younger. I need to start playing games and I need to start doing well for myself. It’s a big opportunity for me.” Gibson’s misfortune struck in October last year when he collapsed in agony during the first half of Ireland’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier victory over Kazakhstan and was carried from the field on a stretcher. Scans quickly confirmed damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, condemning him to surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. The former Manchester United midfielder had only just returned to the Republic fold having been recalled by caretaker manager Noel King following Trapattoni’s exit. Gibson travelled to the Euro 2012 finals, but did not taste a single minute of action in Poland and Ukraine, and his response was to reluctantly make himself unavailable to his country. As a result, he is eager to make up for lost time with the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign due to get under way in Georgia on Sunday. Gibson said: “It was the second game back, wasn’t it? It was tough for me, I was devastated when I did it. But the staff and players at Everton helped me through it. Darron Gibson admits it is a case of “now or never” as he attempts to establish himself as a regular in the Republic of Ireland team. The 26-year-old Everton midfielder will pull on the green shirt for Wednesday night’s friendly against Oman at the Aviva Stadium 10 months after his last appearance there ended in agony as he suffered the cruciate ligament injury which has sidelined him for much of the intervening period. Injuries and Gibson’s disenchantment with former manager Giovanni Trapattoni have limited the senior international career to 21 caps, and he knows his latest opportunity under current boss Martin O’Neill is one he cannot afford to pass up. “Being out for 10 months is tough. The hardest thing was going every week to Goodison [Park] and watching the lads knowing I should have been playing, and there was not really much I could do about it. “But the physios are good there and the staff are good, and they helped me through it. “It is very hard. You want to be playing and training every day. It takes a bit of getting used to, but after a couple of months, I got round the idea that it was a long-term injury and I just got my head down and focussed on getting through it, and thankfully I’ve come out the other end.” O’Neill, who replaced Trapattoni in November last year, will have Gibson at his disposal for the first time on Wednesday evening, and he is looking forward to having another potential key player in his squad. The 62-year-old said: “He’s obviously a very, very decent footballer. He hasn’t played that much, but he’s a very, very talented player. He looks comfortable, he looks in really decent shape. I am actually looking forward to seeing him play. “Whether he thinks half of a game or something like that is enough for him, I don’t know – most players always feel they are properly fit and fine. These are the sort of decisions that the two of us will consider, maybe not just necessarily for this game, but for the tournament ahead. “Ideally, he would like to break in and get into Everton’s side – I think he is pretty well close to that – and that would be good, that would be great. But he is just coming back from long-term injury, so I think it’s just a matter of taking a little bit of time.” Gibson, who has spent the last few days working with boyhood hero Roy Keane in Malahide, could be forgiven for dreading a return to the spot on the Aviva pitch where injury struck, but he insists it will not be on his mind at all. He said: “I have thought about it, to be honest with you, but no, I don’t think there’s any point. I am past the injury and my knee feels good, so I will not be thinking about it when I get on to the pitch. “I know exactly where it is, but I will not be thinking about it.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Blatter appears at CAS for appeal against ban

first_imgBy Cecile MantovaniLAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter appeared before sport’s highest tribunal, the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS), yesterday to appeal against his six-year ban from soccer.The 80-year-old, who headed soccer’s global governing body for 17 years until he resigned in June last year, was banned from all football-related activity last December along with the-then European soccer boss, Michel Platini.“My name wouldn’t be Sepp Blatter if I didn’t have faith, if I wasn’t optimistic,” he told reporters as he arrived for the hearing. “I will accept the verdict because, in football, we learn to win, this is easy, but we also learn to lose, but this is not good, I wouldn’t want to lose.”The bans were imposed for ethics violations related to a payment of two million Swiss francs that FIFA made to Platini with Blatter’s approval in 2011 for work done a decade earlier.“I’m sure at the end …. that the (CAS) panel will understand that the payment made to Platini was really a debt that we (owed) him and this is a principle, if you have debts, you pay them,” Blatter said.Both men, who have denied wrongdoing, were initially banned for eight years, later reduced to six by FIFA’s own appeals committee. Platini has already taken his case to CAS, who rejected his appeal but reduced his ban to four years.CAS have not said when its final decision on Blatter’s appeal will be announced.Blatter resigned in the midst of a FIFA corruption crisis only four days into his fifth term.Several dozen football officials, including former FIFA executive committee members, and entities were indicted in the United States on corruption-related charges last year.Switzerland, for its part, opened a criminal investigation into the decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.last_img read more