Adults must be role models for our kids

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Oct. 15 letter of Lois Mills regarding high school football players imitating the example of NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem had a serious flaw: namely that she felt that the students were being leaders in doing so, while clearly they were being followers of, in my opinion, faulty role model Colin Kaepernick.It’s sad to see that someone who is benefiting in the millions of dollars yearly from a country that gives free food through food stamps and pantries, health care through Medicaid, education from Headstart up to college, salary through unemployment, and housing through Section 8, creates a means of drawing attention to himself during the National Anthem.If he, and other attention seekers truly care about whatever issue they take, let’s see them work for that cause or donate some of their millions to change things. After all, who really needs all that money to live a good life? Better yet, let them find a country that suits them. Or don’t they really care about things? If they really cared about anyone or anything besides themselves, they would not demand those exorbitant salaries. They would take more equitable salaries so that tickets to games would be reasonably priced, and families could actually afford to buy tickets for the games.And they would try to be good role models.It’s time for teachers, advisers, parents and supervisors to stop letting naive, inexperienced children run the show. It’s time for all of us to be role models — good role models.It’s time to realize how good we have it in this country. Even the slightest knowledge of world news would have us kissing the ground in thanksgiving for this free land we live in.Theresa NowickiPattersonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationLocal movie theater operators react to green lightSchenectady County warns of possible COVID-19 exposure at Schenectady restaurant, Rotterdam barlast_img read more

Study finds chronic cannabis users worse off

first_imgRadio NZ 3 April 2016Family First Comment: It’s called ‘dope’ for a very good reason! So why would governments want to encourage use of it??New research shows chronic marijuana smokers – those who use cannabis four or more days a week for many years – are more likely to wind up in a lower “social and economic class” than their parents.Researchers at the University of California, Duke University and King’s College London, tracked 1000 people who were born in Dunedin 45 years ago and were being monitored in Otago University’s longitudinal health and development study.They said those who went on to become heavy marijuana users disproportionately experienced downward social mobility and financial problems by the age of 38, compared to their peers.Earlier this week Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne this week said the government was considering taking a more tolerant approach to minor drug offences, which kicked off a debate about drug laws in New Zealand.Scientist Magdalena Cerdá said the most important finding of the study was that people who smoked cannabis regularly over many years ended up in a ‘lower social class’ than their parents.They also ended up in jobs that were lower paid, less prestigious and that required lower skills. read more

First tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season forms.

first_img Share Share Tropical Storm AlbertoBRIDGETOWN, Barbados ––  The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) is reporting that at 5 pm eastern time Tropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 32.2 north longitude 77.7 west or about 140 miles east southeast of Charleston, South Carolina.The 5 pm EDT NHC advisory indicates that maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts and tropical storm force winds extend 45 miles mainly to the north of the system.The estimated minimum central pressure for the system has dropped to 1007 mb.Tropical Storm Alberto is the first named storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season which begins on June 1st, 2012 however it poses no threat to the Caribbean.According to Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray of the Department of Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season is expected to see about ten named storms including four hurricanes and two major hurricanes.Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share 40 Views   no discussions NewsRegional First tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season forms. by: – May 21, 2012last_img read more

Douvan delivers in great style

first_img Mullins said: “He did that nicely. He jumped and galloped and did everything that he does at home. He does things very easy. “That race on paper looked stronger than the one Vautour won last year. I don’t think ground or trip make any difference to him, and I’d imagine he’ll go straight to Cheltenham now.” Walsh added: “He did it very well. He travelled well, he jumped super. They were probably stayers he beat but they’re decent enough horses, it was a good performance. He has the size and scope to be a beautiful horse next year – when he fills into his frame, he’ll be some horse. “He has a lot of natural ability and hopefully we can keep him right and going the right way and get him to Cheltenham in one piece. “He was very professional with his jumping and travelled beautifully, settled lovely, quickened up the little bit when he had to – it was hard to knock it. “He’s a very good horse. I’d say you could go any trip with him, two, two and a half – I doubt you’d have to go the Albert Bartlett, but either of the other two (Supreme and Neptune) wouldn’t bother me.” RaceBets cut Douvan to 5-2 favourite from 4-1 for the Supreme, and to 4-1 market leader from 10s for the Neptune. Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “Willie Mullins and Rich Ricci are treading a similar path with Douvan as they did with Vautour last season. “Douvan was far more impressive than Vautour in winning the Moscow Flyer and when you consider that Vautour went on to win the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, it is no surprise that Douvan is now the clear favourite to follow in his stablemate’s hoofprints.” Betfred trimmed Douvan to 3-1 from 5-1 for the Supreme, leaving him unchanged at 6-1 favourite for the longer Neptune. Paddy Power quote him as 3-1 favourite from 4-1 joint-favourite for the Supreme. Press Association Douvan strengthened his claims for Cheltenham honours with an emphatic success in the Grade Two Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle at Punchestown.center_img Already at the head of the betting for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle in March after impressing on his Irish debut at Gowran, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old passed his latest test with flying colours. Sent off the 1-3 favourite, the Rich Ricci-owned gelding was never out of second gear under Ruby Walsh, who sat in fourth through the early stages before cantering to the front hard on the bridle coming to the last. Having safely negotiated that, he cruised home from Alpha Des Obeaux. last_img read more

Rooney is a top striker – Van Gaal

first_img “In the composition for Mr Hodgson, Rooney is probably giving more contribution to the English team in the striker’s position, then I would put him there too if I was the English manager,” Van Gaal said. “He (Hodgson) has to compare Rooney with other strikers in his line-up and that is another consideration I have to make. “I have to choose between (Radamel) Falcao, Robin van Persie and all the other strikers I have, then it is my consideration that is a different way.” Hodgson will be in the BBC studio at Deepdale on Monday night to watch his captain play against Preston in the fifth round of the FA Cup. At the other end of the pitch, Van Gaal looks set to start with David de Gea in goal. It was widely assumed Victor Valdes would play in the FA Cup after he signed on a free transfer, but Van Gaal has stuck with De Gea and that looks set to be the case for a while. Valdes, who has not played a competitive game since March because of a serious knee injury, will have to make a big impression in the reserves to oust his in-form compatriot if he is to start the next match in the competition, assuming United are not knocked out by their League One opponents. “(Valdes) has to (prove himself) in the second team,” Van Gaal said. “When you are out for more than one year, you have to show yourself at a lower level. Like Ashley Young is doing, like Michael Carrick did, it’s always the same, it is normal.” De Gea won the player of the year award last season and on current form, he looks likely to win the gong again this term. The Spaniard has put in a series of outstanding displays this year, but Van Gaal refused to reveal whether he thought the 24-year-old is the best in the world. “I never speak about that because I can never judge other goalkeeper, I can only judge mine,” he said. “He doesn’t save any points as he is my goalkeeper and his obligation is to hold balls and you are thinking that is an exception for other goalkeepers? It is not like that.” But the goals have dried up somewhat since, and the idea that he will definitely bridge the 25-goal gap between himself and Charlton has been put into question because of his positional change. Rooney started the season as a striker, but Van Gaal moved him back to number 10, then into central midfield and he ended Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over Burnley as a defensive midfielder. Van Gaal has been heavily criticised for moving Rooney back deeper and deeper, but that does not mean his days are numbered as a centre-forward. “He is maybe the best striker (I have),” the United manager said. “It is not that anybody isn’t a good player in my selection. I have to look at where each player can make the biggest contribution. “It’s the composition, which is more important than the individual player.” Roy Hodgson indicated this week that Rooney will play up front in the upcoming internationals against Lithuania and Italy. Van Gaal insists he has no problems with the England manager over his comments and claims he would do the same were he in his shoes. At the beginning of Van Gaal’s reign, it seemed only a matter of time before Rooney would break Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record. The striker was in good form, scoring 11 goals before December for club and country. Press Association Louis van Gaal still rates Wayne Rooney as a striker even though he has dropped his captain into a deeper midfield role in recent weeks. last_img read more

Can’t wait to get out on cricket field: Joe Burns

first_imgMELBOURNE: Australia cricketer Joe Burns feels the enforced break will help players recharge their batteries for when they can finally return to the field. All cricket has been suspended for the time being in the aftermath of coronavirus pandemic that has hit the entire world. Burns calls it a silver lining that players have been forced to stay away from the game for such a long time as according to him it has been one of the longest off-season ever.”Definitely this enforced layoff for everyone provides the opportunity just to really get yourself right, reset and start preparing physically for next summer,” Burns told reporters through a video conference on Thursday as per “It’s probably the longest off-season any of us would have had for a long time. “From a physical perspective it gives the opportunity for us to be in a really strong position. I think that’s the silver lining,” he added. Burns conceded that there was a time when cricketers were looking for some time off from the game but now, they cannot wait to get out on the middle and play with their teammates. IANS Also Read: Cesc Fabregas feels Kylian Mbappe will ‘fit in very well’ at Real Madridlast_img read more

Barbados Pride, Red Force first day hit by rain

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Very little play was possible between Barbados Pride and Trinidad & Tobago Red Force in the Regional 4-Day Championship, due to wet conditions on Thursday here.Red Force reached nought without loss in their first innings at the close on the first day of their day/night, first round match at Kensington Oval before rain and soggy conditions curtailed the rest of play.The start had been delayed by an hour, due to wet patches on the outfield caused by rain in the island overnight and during the morning period.Justin Greaves was only able to four deliveries to left-handed Amir Jangoo in just two minutes of play before the rain interrupted.Umpires Leslie Reifer Jr and Jacqueline Williams made a number of inspections of the outfield after the rain stopped, but cloudy conditions, the gathering evening gloom and light winds failed to assist with the drying of the field.Play on the remaining days is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm local time.last_img read more

House to Hold Final Public Hearing on NFF Act Today

first_imgAnother bill for discussion at today’s hearing is the Act establishing the Nigeria Sports Anti-dropping Agency, the body responsible for carrying out all functions of the Nigerian anti-doping organisation.The committee will also discuss the bill for an Act to provide for the Administration and Management of Sports in the country.This body is to handle the establishment of sports institutions and facilities, harness sports development and to encourage and promote drug-free sports and recreation in Nigeria.Over the years, football stakeholders have clamoured for the autonomy of the Glass House from government control. But the government that has been funding almost all its activities has been exerting influence through the supervising Federal Ministry of Sports.Total government control has made it impossible for any incumbent president of the NFF (A) to seek re-election and most corporate bodies shy away from partnering the football federation.The administration of Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi at its 2008 Congress approved the change of the then NFA to NFF in line with FIFA Statues.However, that change remained mere paper work as it has no legal backing.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaThe House of Representatives Committee on Sports is to hold a public hearing today on the bill proposing to repeal the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Act.The Upper Chamber of the National Assembly (the Senate) had earlier conducted its own hearing on the same NFA act and passed it.Today’s public hearing in the lower chamber is scheduled to hold at the Conference Room 028, New building of the Assembly complex in Abuja starting from 10 am.In a paid advertisement signed by Rt. Hon Goni Bukar Lawan, the House Committee on Sports is inviting the general public and stakeholders to vent their airs on the bill seeking to repeal the Nigeria Football Association Act, CAP. N110, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Act.last_img read more

Guilford, Greensboro Colleges feed locals through Soup Bowl competition

first_img Published on September 9, 2014 at 12:01 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Guilford College and Greensboro College, both in North Carolina, are competitive in almost everything they do. Even in off-field contests, each school tries to outdo the other.For their annual football matchup, the Gate City Soup Bowl, any fan that brings at least two canned food items to the game doesn’t have to pay the $5 admission price to the Division III matchup.When Guilford (1-0) blew out Greensboro (0-1) 52-0 on Saturday, the namesake competition was which school collected more cans of food. Guilford won with 5,102 food items to Greensboro’s 2,402. All of the proceeds from the 2,700 fans at Guilford’s sold-out Appenzeller Field benefitted the Greensboro Urban Ministry.“If they can work toward a common goal of collecting food items, then it unites everyone around that goal,” said Christine Byrd, Director of Development and Communication at the Greensboro Urban Ministry.The Greensboro Urban Ministry distributes over 1.5 million pounds of food each year and over 100,000 pounds each month. Most donations come from independent food drives, like the Soup Bowl’s. But without these collections, the demand for food in Greensboro would not be met, Byrd said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGreensboro is one of the most food-insecure cities in America and the Greensboro Urban Ministry’s supply is typically depleted at the beginning of September before the holiday season. With the winter months just around the corner, the Soup Bowl has a strong effect on the Greensboro community.“Right now, it is most crucial,” said James Shields, Director of Guilford’s Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning. “The Greensboro Urban Ministry, where the cans will be going this year, their food bank is almost completely depleted at this point. So the need is really big.”Guilford senior Turner Votipka, president of Guilford’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, said that the Soup Bowl is the most hyped-up game of the year. Campus leaders, including resident advisers, set up signs and boxes for donations leading up to the game. Votipka, a member of the men’s tennis team and a resident adviser, said that entire hall goes to the game together.“The students get into the game because them going to the game helps them defeat Greensboro, also because they’re bringing cans. They’re bringing support for the team,” Votipka said. “So especially what we want is a double win against Greensboro.”At Greensboro, every residence hall participated to see which one could bring the most cans. Every first-year student seminar also joined in and the winning seminar earned a group prize. Preparation for Greensboro began at freshman orientation when students were told about the Soup Bowl and to begin collecting.At Guilford, the athletic teams have a challenge to see which team can average the most cans per person. Guilford’s football team also won this with an average of 11.6 cans per team member.Since 2009, the Soup Bowl has been played during the first week of September. Having this game just a couple weeks after students return to campus has long-lasting benefits, not just for those receiving the canned food.Said Votipka: “If you unify school right off the bat, then you’re really looking forward to a good school year.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Allee named’s World Tipster Champion

first_img Related Articles German tipster, Allee, has been named World Tipster Champion 2019 as part of an annual competition run by Better Collective’s flagship tipster network, annual competition, sponsored by Bet365, monitors the best tipsters across Bettingexpert’s different language portals, with allee awarded a cheque of €10,000.World Tipster Champion 2019, allee celebrated the accolade: “Being the World Tipster Champion is a dream coming true. I have been a part of the Bettingexpert community for many years and enjoy helping other tipsters to improve their betting performance while also competing against some of the best tipsters in the world. I will definitely participate again next year to defend the title – taking home the title for two consecutive years would be incredible.”Over the course of twelve months, Allee delivered 7,022 tips, generating an average yield of 16.84 per cent.Christian Kirk Rasmussen, Co-Founder and COO at Better Collective, said: “The betting expertise within the community is outstanding and considering the many thousand skilled tipsters that have taken part in this year’s competition, allee has proven to be one of the best tipsters in the world as he outperformed his competitors. “His tips have contributed to enable sports enthusiastic bettors to get the most entertainment for their money and therefore, he undoubtedly deserves the prize as World Tipster Champion 2019.” Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more