Trump’s issues go beyond mental test

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo one should accuse The Gazette again of liberal bias after the recent rants of David Harsanyi (Jan. 22 column) and Ed Rogers (Jan. 24 column). By comparison, George Will, with the same political bias, uses the language well, sometimes beautifully, and he shows evidence of principled thought. I’ll chose just one statement to question for lack of space. Does Harsanyi really believe that “Trump passed an extensive cognitive exam?” Look online for a copy of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment for a simple screening of dementia: Identify a couple of animals, count backward from seven, copy a cube from the drawing and make a clock face. Be pronounced fit to be POTUS in 10 minutes. I doubt Dr. Ronny Jackson is qualified to administer tests for the real concerns we have. The media has been complicit with willful distractions by giving attention to tweets, potty-mouth comments, and even adding its own discrimination based on age: early dementia. All these are distractions and false issues. Meanwhile POTUS and his ilk dismember our democracy and any semblance of justice, while redistributing wealth to the top tier who execute this so well.Betty PieperScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Officials: Man Exposed Himself to Online Central Florida Class

first_imgSchool officials in Central Florida say a man exposed himself to students after hacking into an online class being held by a public school.Orange County Public Schools in Orlando told its teachers in a letter Thursday that the man had gained unauthorized access to the Zoom video conferencing lesson and exposed himself to the class.The document encouraged teachers to use the “waiting room” function in Zoom, which allows the host to control when a participant joins a meeting.A message was also sent to the parents of the eighth grade students at Wolf Lake Middle School who were affected.The Apopka Police Department has not said if a suspect has been identified, but told an Orlando television station that no arrests have been made.“Zoom is not a district supported application and the district has strongly encouraged teachers to use district supported applications such as Big Blue Button and Canvas for their video conferencing needs,” an Orange County spokesperson said.As with many school districts around the country, Orange County is conducting online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

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Oboh Wins Cote d’Ivoire Open

first_imgFrom Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaNigeria’s promising golfer, Georgia Oboh has started her professional quest on a bright note after winning the Cote d’Ivoire Open in Abidjan over the weekend.The 17-year-old edged Senegal’s Oumy Dieye and Madagascar’s Leslie Grandet, who campaigns on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and a host of other lady professionals from Côte d’Ivoire by three shots to emerge victorious. It was a historic flourish over the6,669 yards long Ivoire Golf Club layout by the Nigerian starlet, who is bidding to earn the Ladies European Tour (LET) professional card at the final Qualifying School in Marrakech, Morocco, from December 16 to 20.Oboh carded 74,78, 85, 78 over four rounds to become the youngest winner of a professional golf event in Africa.Her opening 74 on the par 73 golf course gave her a seven- shot lead over the field. But Morocco based Dieye cut that advantage to three shots, halfway through the campaign.After depleting her lead in the first six holes on day three, Oboh rallied to restore her three shots lead going into the final round, despite poor visibility that warranted play to be suspended till the following day.She and Dieye resumed early on Sunday morning to complete the last hole and then wait until 12noon to start the fourth and final round.Her birdie on the 18th hole was greeted with a rousing roar by the packed gallery to herald the emergence of the new queen of the greens.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Inability to close out sets plagues Syracuse in straight-sets loss to Pittsburgh

first_imgSyracuse needed two points.It had controlled the pace throughout the first set, led by Anastasiya Gorelina’s nine kills, and built up a 23-20 lead. It would be just the second time the visiting Panthers lost an opening set in 13 games, the only other time coming against the Orange on Sept. 22.Then, SU crumbled. A kill by Pittsburgh’s Layne Van Buskirk, an attack error by Santita Ebangwese, and an errant set by Dana Valelly evened the score at 23. Then, after an attack error and a kill by Ella Saada, two Stephanie Williams kills won Pittsburgh the set, 26-24.“We started playing safe, playing not to lose,” head coach Leonid Yelin said. “It usually doesn’t work.”Syracuse (14-7, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) failed to close out two sets in which it had a late lead and lost to Pitt (14-4, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) in straight sets, 24-26, 24-26, 19-25, Friday afternoon at the Women’s Building. Syracuse registered six total blocks and 31 digs, their second- and third-lowest totals of the season, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was hard for us (to block their hitters),” Gorelina said.Anastasiya Gorelina (16 kills) and Santita Ebangwese (10 kills) provided for the Orange on offense, while Jalissa Trotter tallied 25 assists, six digs, and two aces. Belle Sand posted nine digs, only the fourth time all season she failed to eclipse 10. Ella Saada also chipped in with eight kills and four digs.In the second set, SU used a 4-0 run to take a 16-14 lead and, from there, the two teams traded points until the score was knotted at 19. Then, Williams stepped up again, placing two kills past a hopeless Syracuse defense to give her team as part of a 3-0 run by the visitors. The Orange managed to claw back to even the score at 24 through three Pittsburgh attack errors and kills from Ebangwese and Christina Oyawale, but the Panthers’ hitters responded. Back-to-back kills by Van Buskirk and Nika Markovic gave Pittsburgh the set, 26-24.“We were getting tense at times we didn’t need to,” Ebangwese said. “When someone made a mistake, it led to more and more.”The third set was the easiest of the day for the Panthers, which established an early lead that it never relinquished. Up 11-10, Pittsburgh powered home 12 of the game’s next 17 points, including four kills from Kayla Lund and two from Williams. The Orange whittled the lead down to five, but it was too late, as the Panthers closed out the set, 25-19.“Pittsburgh was the better team today,” Yelin said. Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 5:17 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Ex-Leventis United Coach, Okoh is Dead

first_imgFormer Leventis United Chief Coach, Emmanuel Okoh, 65, died in Lagos on Tuesday.According to a press statement endorsed on behalf of the family by Charles Okoh, news editor of Champion Newspapers Limited, the coach died in the early hours of yesterday after a protracted illness in a Lagos hospital.An ex-footballer, Okoh, in his playing days captained Leventis Football Club (Iddo Tigers) in Lagos before being made coach of the Ibadan-based all-conquering Leventis United.Coach Okoh was voted the best coach in the country when he led the Leventis United to the finals of the African Cup Winners Cup.He also coached Calabar Rovers, Delta Steel FC, Aladja as well as Union Bank of Lagos, before quitting coaching to venture into other business endeavours.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Jamaica looking to construct thousands of new hotel rooms

first_img“The industry is growing. The demand is expanding. At 4.3 million visitors, our market has increased by nearly 300,000 per month,” Bartlett said, adding the potential for further growth in the local tourism sector is limitless, relative to how the industry is projected to grow globally, noting that “the scope for us to act and get more from it has no bounds”.In this regard, he called on financial industry stakeholders to be more accommodating of local entrepreneurs supplying the industry, particularly manufacturers, by facilitating them with funding support.Need banking support“We have to change the mindset [of lenders] because, unfortunately, our credit arrangements in Jamaica are skewed towards consumerism. It’s easier to get a loan for a car or to spend a holiday than for an investment [in a budding entrepreneur] in Priory.”Bartlett also called on financial institutions to boost funding support to persons in the creative industries, which, he argued, have sustainable products. He said these will serve to attract increased foreign direct investments from the thousands of persons travelling to Jamaica annually for a cultural experience.“Entertainment, sport, music and arts… form around building that experience of happiness. Nowhere is better for that than Jamaica, with Reggae being regarded today as the millennium music form.“Today, Jamaica’s popular artistes are celebrated all over the world, and the music form has been embraced by more countries than you can imagine, making Jamaica a real powerhouse,” Bartlett added. KINGSTON, Jamaica, – Jamaica has plans to boost the economy through the construction of 6,000 additional hotel rooms early next year.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the initiative is expected to begin in January and would serve to further boost the economy by providing opportunities for local stakeholders, such as manufacturers, whom he encouraged to prepare to supply the anticipated heightened demand for furniture, among other key inputs.Industry growing and demand is expandinglast_img read more

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Northern Strike gears up for fire exercise

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –The Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center is gearing up for their upcoming Northern Strike fires exercise held annuallyThe training center participates in the largest annual joint exercise with the Department of Defense.Participants for Northern Strike are largely from reserve components and come from all over the U.S. and Northern Europe.According to Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, there are many steps before getting to the graduate level of training.Roger’s said Michigan is a unique environment and perfect for training.He also said this year will be very different because of COVID–19 but they are prepared.This year’s training is scheduled for July 28 and there is more information to come on specifics for the time and social distancing practices.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local prosecutor’s office welcomes Megan MckeonNext Presque Isle Electric & Gas construction crews prepare for transitionlast_img read more

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British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka criticizes J.B. Holmes slow play but doesn’t blame him for poor round

first_imgWhile Holmes shots were all over the place, starting with his opening tee shot that went out of bounds, Koepka had trouble on the greens.“My putting was the most frustrating part of the week,” he said. “I just didn’t make anything. I hit good putts. They just didn’t go in. And I left a couple putts short right in the middle, so that’s very frustrating.” British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka’s hopes shot after dreadful start to round four While the current world No. 1 shouldered the blame, he didn’t let Holmes off the hook.Holmes had a devastating round of 16-over 87 for the worst final-round Open score in 53 years. He fell out of contention after entering the day in third place, trailing the eventual Open champion Shane Lowry by six shots.“J.B. had a rough day. J.B. is a slow player. I know it’s difficult with the wind, but I didn’t think he was that bad today,” Koepka said. “I thought he was all right. There were times where I thought it was slow. There’s a lot of slow guys out here.“What I don’t understand is when it’s your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that’s where the problem lies. It’s not that he takes that long. He doesn’t do anything until his turn. That’s the frustrating part. But he’s not the only one that does it out here.“But like I said, it wasn’t that bad today, it really wasn’t. It was slow, but it wasn’t that bad for his usual pace. It was relatively quick for what he usually does.”The slow play didn’t favor either golfer, especially Koepka, who prides himself on playing fast. British Open 2019: Brooks Koepka’s consolation is place in golf’s star-studded top-five British Open 2019: J.B. Holmes racks up nightmare 87 in final round Brooks Koepka was visibly frustrated with J.B. Holmes slow play during the final round of The Open Championship on Sunday.At one point Koepka even pointed to an imaginary watch on his wrist as he walked past an official. But the four-time major champion, who finished the weekend tied for fourth place to become just the fifth golfer to secure a top-five finish at every major in a single season, didn’t blame the PGA Tour vet after he shot a 3-over 74 on Sunday.“If you don’t play good you’re not going to win,” Koepka told reporters after his round. “So, it’s very simple. It’s disappointing, yes. I didn’t play the way I wanted to.” Related Newslast_img read more

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Co Durham club sets national first for women’s golf

first_img13 Feb 2019 Co Durham club sets national first for women’s golf Boldon Golf Club in County Durham is leading the way to grow the women’s game by becoming the first club in England to sign up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.The club has made a series of pledges which include running events to encourage more women and girls to play golf, to have at least three female board members and to create even better community links.It has also appointed women’s member Alyson Chapman as its Charter champion to support and help new players and members.Alyson, who has previously won a Durham award for her efforts to get women involved in golf, commented: “I’ve had a huge amount of pleasure out of golf and I enjoy sharing that with other women and girls.“Golf isn’t just about competing. Women and girls at Boldon really value the social and friendship groups – and we’ve got a growing group who holiday together, with ages from 20 to 70+! Golf is a really great hobby and it’s got the extra plus of lots of health benefits.”Diane Lilley is a new member and she commented:  “The club has been amazing and helpful. I’m one of 12 women who joined, from a group of 20 who started with Get into Golf. We’ve got a social media group to keep in touch and we have a lot of fun. We often place a bottle of Prosecco in the hole during coaching sessions – first to putt or chip and hit the bottle wins it! There are non-golfing activities at the club as well, such as women’s keep fit in the winter months.”The Women in Golf Charter was launched last year to increase the number of women and girls playing golf and to encourage more opportunities for women to work. England Golf was one of the first signatories and, it’s just been announced, a total of 106 organisations have committed to it. Now, the drive to get more clubs to sign up is set to gather pace, and in England, Fulford Golf Club has already committed to join Boldon.Lauren Spray, England Golf Women and Girls’ Manager, commented: “Boldon have been wonderful to work with. They have set realistic targets and it is fantastic to see them looking at everything from leadership positions to recruiting new women into their club.“As the first club in England to adopt the Charter I am sure they will encourage many more to pledge their commitments to the Charter and support the continued growth of women and girls’ golf.”Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director – Golf Development at The R&A, remarked: “We are delighted to have Boldon’s support as the first golf club in England to sign up to the Women in Golf Charter. It is so important for the Charter to break through at club level.”Currently Boldon has 42 women and 6 girl members, including seven who are following the club’s pathway to full membership. The target is to increase this by five during 2019.It’s already got a great track record with its Get into Golf sessions for women, which are supported by Alyson. It has also run family days which attracted boys and girls to the junior Wee Wonders programme. Boldon also gets involved with community activities such as a local scarecrow event where it successfully promoted golf to women. These activities are all back in the 2019 calendar.Club Manager Steve Watkin commented: “It was an easy decision to support the Charter and to embed our activities and commitment into our business plan. We are excited to be recognised as the first Charter signatory in Co Durham and the first club in England.”Chris Pascall from the Durham Ladies’ Association added her congratulations: “What a fantastic achievement for the whole club and county.  It just shows that there is lots of great work going on within clubs to support women and girls’ golf.”Any English club which wants to adopt the Charter can find out more here and should follow-up with their Club Support Officer.Caption: (from left) Mike Greener, England Golf Club Support Officer for County Durham; Steve Watkin,  club Manager; Alyson Chapman, Charter champion; Alan Pearson, club Captain; and Chris Pascall from the Durham Ladies’ Association. Tags: growing the game, The R&A, Women’s Golflast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

first_imgPOPULAR JAY COHEN IS BACK ON THE HORN TODAY TRAINER POINTS NEW BUY TO SANTA ANITA DERBY RETIRED GARY STEVENS FEELING GOOD BEHIND MICcenter_img PAPAPRODROMOU SEEKS SANTA ANITA DERBY UPSETGeorge Papaprodromou plans to run rank outsider and recent private purchase Synthesis in the Santa Anita Derby a week from Saturday, April 6.Stifle those guffaws and hark on back to April 19, 2014. That’s the day Papaprodromou saddled Imperative to win the $1.5 million Charlestown Classic by a length-and-a-half at 26-1, upsetting 3-5 favorite Game On Dude, three-time winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap.“So far, so good,” said the 42-year-old Papaprodromou, whose 76-year-old father, Andreas, was a trainer in his own right. “The horse worked last week, he’ll work again Sunday and we’ll go from there.”Previously trained by Keith Desormeaux for owners Big Chief Racing LLC and Madaket Stables, Synthesis is a three-year-old Kentucky-bred son of First Samurai who was fourth Feb. 10 in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs, beaten a length at odds of nearly 18-1.The new owners are Kretz Racing, John Decker and Jay Selby.In nine starts, Synthesis has a maiden win at Keeneland last Oct. 20, in addition to one second and four thirds, with earnings of $117,400.                             Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza April 6, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000 on the calendar, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, each bestowed with Grade I status, Santa Anita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for the biggest day in racing to date this year will be 12 noon.JAY COHEN BACK AT SANTA ANITA TO BLOW HIS HORNJay Cohen, Santa Anita’s popular horn blower, is back on the beat at Santa Anita today after missing some three months battling a face-paralyzing ailment called Bell’s Palsy.Cohen, 63, has been a fixture at Santa Anita for the past 31 years, treating fans to their favorite tunes upon request, telling what are best described as “corn-ball” jokes and performing magic tricks when not beckoning horses to the track with his signature ‘Call to the Post,’ but Bell’s Palsy put an end to those glorious moments, at least until now.“I’m about 80 percent as far as playing the trumpet goes,” Cohen said, “but the Bell’s Palsy has been gone for weeks. I’ve been extremely lucky with a huge amount of support medically and from fans who sent letters wishing me well.”Cohen took advantage of his down time to learn additional magic tricks for his many patrons. “My time off gave me a chance to come up with some new tricks,” he said.“I’m good enough to come back to work, and I can tell you, I’ve played the trumpet when I’ve felt worse. I’m back and nothing’s going to stop me now.”Or to paraphrase a lyric from the song ‘Nothing Can Stop Me now,’ Jay Cohen has “found a dream worth fighting for . . . ”STEVENS DOING WELL AFTER RETIRING FROM THE SADDLE       Gary Stevens, fresh out of the starting gate in a new career behind the mic after retiring from a Hall of Fame riding career last November, was a recent visitor to Clockers’ Corner, taking in the breathtaking landscape that is uniquely Santa Anita’s, and schmoozing with friends and acquaintances.Stevens is recovering well from an operation on his C4 vertebra nearly two months ago following a post parade mishap at Del Mar.“The surgery took place the latter part of January at USC, so I’m about eight weeks into recovery right now, and I’m doing well,” Stevens said. “I’m in therapy twice a week and doing home exercise. I’m on an elliptical machine and exercising to strengthen my neck.“I’m pain free and there’s no numbness in my arms or fingers or feet. That’s all gone, but it was a quadruple fusion, and they used cadaver bone, a plate and six screws. It takes six months to a year to fully heal.”Stevens also is mending emotionally from his retirement as a world-class rider.“I went to work (as analyst) for Fox Sports and NYRA (New York Racing Association),” he said. “I’ve done five shows but I’ve got a little bit of boredom going on. I watch a lot of races on TV since we haven’t been racing at Santa Anita.”On a happier note, Stevens was understandably pleased that his older brother, Scott, 58, was named winner of Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.“Well-deserved,” said Gary, 56, who won it in 1996. “He should have won it before I did, so it’s good. He’s excited.”FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert plans to breeze Improbable tomorrow for the April 13 Arkansas Derby, while Simon Callaghan has Bellafina scheduled to work five furlongs for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Oaks . . . Jockey Aaron Gryder will be Tom Quigley‘s handicapping guest Saturday at 11:50 a.m. . . . Hunch exacta box of the day: Whirling and Swirling, both daughters of Twirling Candy, in today’s second race.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Omaha Beach (Outside) in company with  Next Gen works 4 furlongs (Mandella) 3-29-19Ms Bad Behavior in company with  Untouched Elegance work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 3-29-19Big ‘Cap Memories:  Mike Smith talks about his three wins in the Santa Anita HandicapBig Cap Memories:   Gary Stevens reminisces on his 1990 Santa Anita Handicap victory aboard RuhlmannBig Cap Memories:   Frank Mirahmadi describes Farma Way’s win in the 1991 Santa Anita HandicapBig Cap Memories:   Tim Yakteen describes Sir Beaufort’s thrilling victory in the 1993 Santa Anita HandicapBig ‘Cap Memories:  Sean McCarthy  looks back to 1982 at John Henry’s win in the Santa Anita HandicapBig ‘Cap Memories:  Bob Baedeker says nothing beats Spectacular Bid’s victory in 1980Big ‘Cap Memories:  Ron McAnally  takes us back to the 1981 Santa Anita HandicapDraft Pick works 4 furlongs (Eurton) 3-29-19Improbable galloping (Baffert) -3-27-19Pricing works 4 furlongs (Proctor) -3-27-19Rye works 5 furlongs (Morey) -3-27-19last_img read more

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