Act now to prevent another shooting

first_imgIf you think guns are the No. 1 problem in this country, think again. It’s drugs sold on the streets, in drug stores and elsewhere.The next problem is the easy buying of guns all over the United States. Most people know this is true. The government has to take a big-time look at all of this and change all the old-fashioned laws that don’t seem to work. This time, we all have to work together and get the proper laws passed in all areas to put a stop to this madness.Another law that could go into effect is to give everyone a 90- or 120-day notice to have automatic guns turned in, no questions asked. After that, if someone gives any information on someone who has an automatic gun and that gun is found by law enforcement authorities, that person faces a jail term of 10 years, plus more if other guns are found.It sounds unfair, but this is what it many take to get rid of the automatic guns that people now have. It won’t be easy, but we have to do something now, not later. We don’t need another Las Vegas event.Sid GordonSaratogaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Why Dani Ceballos is the Spanish playmaker who can succeed where Denis Suarez failed at Arsenal

first_img Comment Zinedine Zidane’s return coincided with Dani Ceballos given fewer first-team minutes (Picture: Getty)Lopetegui was given only four months to instigate the rebuild before his sacking, his successor Santiago Solari was handed even less time and then Zidane returned with the promise from Florentino Perez that funds would be available to start over.For the third time during Perez’s reign, the club have embarked on a ‘Galactico’ driven transfer policy with Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy all signed for around £300m, leaving the club’s clutch of young Spaniards on the fringes or offloaded elsewhere.By all accounts, Zidane was happy for Real to part with Ceballos permanently this summer to help free up funds for a move for Paul Pogba – the embodiment of a Galactico player and one of Real’s sponsor’s Adidas’ big hitters to boot – but the club’s hierarchy are less keen on the idea.AdvertisementAdvertisementPerez values Ceballos highly enough that a permanent transfer this summer was out of the question despite Zidane’s demands to sign Pogba, which played nicely into Arsenal’s hands given their north London rivals Spurs had shown interest in buying him outright.Arsenal operating under financial restrictions in the transfer market will secure an elite talent in a deal that will barely cause a dent in their reduced £45m budget, which is important given Emery wishes to strengthen at left-back, centre-back and on the flanks. Amid all the understandable frustration and disillusionment amongst Arsenal supporters at the direction in which the club is travelling under passive ownership, the Ceballos deal is Arsenal’s biggest statement signing since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.Arsenal are acquiring a player good enough to play regularly for Champions League challenging club and although the deal is short-term in nature, it could have longer-term implications if Ceballos can help steer the side back into the top-four.It has taken longer than hoped but Arsenal have finally made a mark in the transfer market and unlike the Suarez deal, the circumstances surrounding Ceballos’ move to the club suggests he is primed to be a big hit at the Emirates.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 Advertisement Denis Suarez endured a frustrating time on loan at Arsenal last season (Picture: Getty)Considering Arsenal’s well-documented budgetary restrictions and their inability to offer transfer targets the allure of playing Champions League football, the imminent signing of Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan from Real Madrid is unquestionably a major coup.It is presumably with Ceballos in mind that Josh Kroenke, the son of Arsenal’s ‘silent’ owner Stan, stated confidently that Arsenal supporters would ‘be excited’ about the club’s transfer plans following a slow start to the summer during a rare interview with the official website.Real Madrid were so desperate to sign Ceballos ahead of arch-rivals Barcelona in 2017 that they paid Real Betis €17m to secure his services, despite the fact that the release clause in his contract was set at €2m lower.Although Ceballos hasn’t scaled the heights expected of him since his move two years ago, there have been extenuating circumstances, most notably the continued excellence of Luka Modric in 2017-18, the return of Zinedine Zidane in March and Real’s gradual abandonment of a transfer policy centred around acquiring young Spanish talent.Following Zidane’s shock departure in the wake of the Champions League final win in 2018, Real identified the then-Spanish national coach and former U17, U19 and U21 boss Julen Lopetegui as the man to usher in a new era by building around the likes of Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola, Jesus Vallejo, Marcos Llorente and Ceballos. Oliver Young-MylesSunday 21 Jul 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kSharescenter_img Why Dani Ceballos is the Spanish playmaker who can succeed where Denis Suarez failed at Arsenal Dani Ceballos is set to join Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)The last time Arsenal snapped up an under-used, highly-rated Spanish playmaker warming the bench at one of La Liga’s big two clubs, it didn’t exactly go to plan.There was genuine hype around Arsenal’s loan capture of Denis Suarez from Barcelona in January given his pedigree and track record of working successfully alongside Unai Emery at Sevilla, yet he ended up playing just 95 underwhelming minutes for the club.So limited was Suarez’s impact at the Emirates, he even bypassed Kim Kallstrom as the club’s most pointless loan signing of the past decade. At least the Swede – crocked upon his arrival – scored a crucial FA Cup penalty against Wigan during his short-lived stint in London.AdvertisementAdvertisementHaving had their fingers stung over the Suarez deal, one might have expected Arsenal to steer clear of making similar moves in the transfer market for the foreseeable future, yet sometimes an opportunity presents itself that is too difficult to pass up.ADVERTISEMENT Unai Emery has been keen to strengthen his squad this summer (Picture: Getty)Although signing Ceballos permanently would be preferable, Arsenal might hope that circumstances align for them to get him next summer, as was the case with Chelsea and Mateo Kovacic, who was bought for £40m this month despite the lack of a purchase option in his loan agreement.It is also a deal that works for Ceballos given he has not yet given up on securing a place in Real’s first-team in the future. Although it appears as though he has work to do to convince Zidane of his worth, he may well be eyeing up Modric’s place for the 2020-21 campaign with the Croatian out of contract next June.While there are more glaring areas of weakness in Arsenal’s current squad, Ceballos will inject much-needed energy and dynamism into what has been a pedestrian central midfield in recent seasons.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDuring his final season at Real Betis, Ceballos ranked third for successful dribbles in La Liga with 81 across his 30 appearances, only behind Barcelona duo Neymar and Lionel Messi, highlighting his ball-carrying qualities from midfield. Not since the Cesc Fabregas days have Arsenal possessed a player capable of quickening the pace of play through the middle.AdvertisementAnyone who has watched either or both of the previous two U21 European Championships, meanwhile, will be well aware of Ceballos’ technical ability in the final third. Spain won both competitions with Ceballos named Player of the Tournament in 2017 and in the Team of the Tournament this summer.Pick that one out 🚀Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos opened the scoring for Spain at the Euro under-21 championships last night, but Italy came back to have the last laugh. More:— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) June 17, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Modern Carindale home sells for more than $1.5m

first_imgREAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEHe said the price gained for the 3 Almavale St home gives confidence to other sellers.“The price this home got for 600sq m is what you’d usually get for 1000sq m,” Mr Torres said.“I’m seeing more confidence from sellers because of the prices that are being achieved.” REAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEPlace Coorparoo lead agent Will Torres said many houses in the Carindale area are becoming older, so the seven-year-old home’s newer look drew buyers to inspect.“The new owners loved how new it was in the area of Carindale,” Mr Torres said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“Most properties are ageing in that area, with many from the mid-90s.” REAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEThis modern two-level Carindale home has sold for $1,510,000 as other properties in the area begin to age.center_img REAL ESTATE: 3 ALMAVALE ST, CARINDALEThe new owners are a family who were drawn to the generous size of the bedrooms and the home’s four bathrooms.Mr Torres said he is seeing a boom of properties being put on the market in the area.“In February last year there were 40-odd homes on the market, this year there was about 72,” he said.“I’ve listed six so far in Carindale this week so the market is moving.”last_img read more

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Pension funds recommend diversification in ILS as rates fall

first_imgVolumes will grow, not least thanks to the ongoing economic recovery, he added, but not enough to offset the amount of capital available.“Clearly there is a tragedy that could re-set rates, but given the level of capital out there that would have to be consumed, that disaster would have to be a whopper,” said Matthew Fosh, of the insurance company Novae.“There is no event in our models that would take up more than 60% of the capital available,” confirmed Ben Brookes of ILS risk analytics firm RMS Europe – who said that he would not be surprised to see the amount of peak peril risk backed by alternative sources of capital double from today’s levels of 10-15%.“I don’t think we will see a traditional rate re-set again; if we do see rates go back up meaningfully it will be from some totally unforeseen event, and perhaps something out of ILS alteogether – perhaps something in fiscal policy.”Johnson suggested a slight pick-up in rates might come as the new class of investors started to feel “a little less comfortable with the risk-reward equation”, but did not see that as an immediate risk.“We worry a lot about capacity in an asset class like this – and you certainly don’t want managers you invest with to have to hoover-up whatever comes to market,” said Craig Baker, global head of investment research at Towers Watson.“We couldn’t suddenly double our clients’ allocation, but we can still go a lot further. It depends on where rates are and what part of the market we are talking about.”Pension funds at the event agreed that while some parts of the re-insurance market looked stretched, it was important to think of ILS as a long-term strategic allocation, and recognise there was more to the opportunity than property catastrophe insurance.“ILS is an important investment class for us,” said Yoshisuke Kiguchi, CIO, Okayama Metal & Machinery Pension Fund, which currently has 9% of its $450m (€330m) fund allocated.Kiguchi made the point that ILS is part of his fund’s “long-term” portfolio, and that the nature of the asset class means that losses will usually be accompanied by a rise in the risk premium, providing a good opportunity to invest more at better rates.“This mean-reverting characteristic is important, and makes us happy to invest in this asset class in our long-term portfolio,” he explained.“We certainly recognise that there are times when you need to pull back, and the flexibility is there to do that,” said Stacy Apter, director of global benefits, financing and asset management at The Coca Cola Company, which allocates 5% to ILS for “equity-like returns with uncorrelated risk”.Apter insisted on a segregated account with Securis Investment Partners and its other ILS manager, to ensure it had the flexibility to define its mandate and its potential exposures.Coca Cola also deliberately chose two managers to diversify its risk within ILS.“One is very much focused on US catastrophe risk, while Securis is more focused on the alternative risks,” said Apter. “They are a good complement.”Espen Nordhus, co-founder of Securis Investment Partners, which organized the event, also went on to emphasize the importance of having access to the full range of ILS precisely to retain the flexibility to avoid areas where rates are under pressure.“We just put $50m into life, and that’s $50m that isn’t in Florida wind,” he said. Pension fund investors in insurance linked securities (ILS) expressed some concern over falling re-insurance rates and emphasised the importance of diversifying ILS exposure to mitigate the risks.Speaking at the inaugural Securis ILS Investor Meeting at Llloyd’s in London on 22 May, re-insurance professionals played down the risk of a significant re-set in rates – at least due to any natural catastrophe.The wall of alternative capital that has pushed rates so low over the past couple of years, from the likes of pension funds and hedge funds, will probably mean that they stay there, they said.“We see no reason for property catastrophe insurance rates to increase, for many reasons, including the availability of capital,” said Nick Johnson an insurance-sector analyst at boutique investment bank Numis Securities.last_img read more

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2015 College Football

first_imgThe NCAA Division I schools are ready to start the 2015 season.  To no one’s surprise Ohio State and Michigan State are predicted to be the top 2 teams in the Big Ten.  Also, to no one’s surprise, IU and Purdue are predicted to finish at the bottom of the Big Ten.  When will this ever change?I think the reason is simple.  IU and Purdue do not emphasize football the same way they do basketball.  For many years now neither school has placed a high enough priority to improve the results that the alumni would like.  While other Big Ten schools have upped their seating capacities to over 100,000, only Northwestern has smaller facilities than IU and Purdue.Until the administrations at these schools are willing to put the dollars in the football program, we will be stuck with second-rate programs.  I don’t see any Drew Brees on the horizon for either school.last_img read more

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Pallister hails ‘terrific’ Giggs

first_imgGary Pallister remains as captivated by Ryan Giggs as he was when he first clapped eyes on the Manchester United superstar almost a quarter of a century ago. “The gaffer said he was going to be a star,” said Pallister. “I thought, ‘That’s a big statement, he’s only a 15-year-old kid’. “But there he was, this spindly-looking lad running amok up and down the left-hand side playing against opponents who were 16 or 17. “He was absolutely terrific.” Within two years, Pallister and the ‘kid’, who had changed his name to Giggs after his parents split, were team-mates. That season they won the League Cup, the following year the Premier League, one of four they were to be involved in, two of which turned into Double-winning campaigns. Now retired for 12 years and carving out a niche for himself as a TV pundit, Pallister can only watch on with scarcely believable admiration as the ‘teenager’ prepares to turn 40. He may no longer be quite able to be compared with the ‘piece of silver paper floating on the wind’ as Ferguson once did, but, mostly in central midfield, Giggs is still able to produce high-class performances that make him worthy of a place in David Moyes’ squad. “It’s about time he retired, isn’t it?” laughed Pallister. “He is keeping young kids out of the game. “What can you say about him? I still love watching him play. “I obviously played with him for seven years, watched him mature and become the player he is now – one of the best to ever don the shirt of Manchester United.” Giggs’ records are the stuff of legend. Thirteen Premier League titles, two European Cups amid four final appearances, four FA Cups, three League Cups. And a staggering number of games for his one and only professional club. One of Moyes’ first tasks after replacing Ferguson as manager was to offer Giggs a first-team coaching role. Many believe it will be the initial step towards Giggs one day taking over as manager in his own right. For now, he is combining roles. Observing from the bench on occasion, sometimes in the stand. But also on the pitch, where he has done so much damage to opposition teams down the years. And from what Pallister has seen, he is still capable of causing it. “He is still making an impact,” said the former England star. “He can still play on that left-hand side of midfield, never mind centre-midfield, and still make a difference. “We all recognise Ryan is not going to play as many games as most players in that squad, but when he does play, he is fit and ready. “David Moyes has already used him. And believe me, there is no sympathy vote from him. “Ryan is getting used because he can play an important part in this Manchester United team.” Press Association After making a high-profile move from Middlesbrough to United in 1989, Pallister was still kicking his heels at a local hotel with fellow new-boy Paul Ince when he was invited to watch the Red Devils’ youth team in action. Sir Alex Ferguson was also present and prior to kick-off advised the duo to pay particular attention to a youngster on the wing who went by the name of Ryan Wilson. last_img read more

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Cricket News This batsman hits record 25-ball hundred in Twenty20, team goes past 300

first_img New Delhi: The Twenty20 format has resulted in batsmen and batting playing aggressively, innovatively and ensuring bowlers get demoralised. The advent of Twenty20 has seen bats getting bigger, edges thicker and boundaries shorter. In the modern era, the fastest century in ODIs has fallen twice, with AB de Villiers of South Africa holding the current record of the fastest century in 31 balls. In Twenty20s, the fastest is 30 balls by Chris Gayle against Sahara Pune Warriors in IPL 2013. However, during an unofficial Twenty20 game in England, a batsman broke Gayle’s record to record a 25-ball century.George Munsey, who plays for Scotland in international cricket and plays for Gloucestershire’s second XI, played in a Twenty20 game against Bath Cricket Club’s first XI and created history. The left-hander smashed a fifty off 17 balls but he got to his next fifty in just eight balls. In the process, he reached a century off just 25 balls, five balls quicker than Gayle’s effort. Munsey blasted 147 off 39 balls and he was well assisted by GP Willows, who blasted a century off 53 balls. The efforts by Munsey and Willows allowed Gloucestershire 2nd XI to reach 326/3 in 20 overs.Munsey’s knock included five fours and 20 sixes. The tally of sixes is also the highest, beating the mark of Gayle where he blasted 17 sixes in his knock of 175. Gloucestershire won by 112 runs as Bath CC XI managed to score 214 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle blasted a century off just 30 balls.Chris Gayle’s 175 is the highest individual in Twenty20 cricket.Goerge Munsey scored 50 in 17 balls and then reached his century in the next eight balls. highlights Although Munsey’s record will not be counted, it is still a staggering achievement. He also hit six consecutive sixes and ensured there was thorough entertainment. In 26 Twenty20 Internationals for Scotland, Munsey has a strike-rate of 150 and his highest is 71. In ODIs, he has an average of under 30 in 16 games and in four First Class games, he averages 56 with just one century and one fifty.Gayle blasted 175 off 66 balls during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s game against Sahara Pune Warriors in the IPL 2013 encounter at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. His tally included 13 fours and 17 sixes and he notched up his century off 30 balls, all of which are records which have not been broken in this format. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Badgers plow Platteville 88-33

first_imgYANA PASKOVA/Herald photoThe Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team looked primed and ready to go for the regular season as they routed the UW-Platteville Pioneers 88-33 Sunday in their final exhibition game.Big Ten 2004 Freshman of the Year Jolene Anderson led the way with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting.Anderson displayed her three-point shooting touch by connecting on 3-of-6 shots from behind the arc and also had a number of nice passes, finishing with three assists.Fellow sophomore phenom Janese Banks once again took the scoring load off of Anderson, chipping in 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.While the dominating margin of victory is satisfying, head coach Lisa Stone believes that these exhibition games are more about the experience and making adjustments for the regular season than anything else.”There’s certainly benefits from early games,” Stone said. “Again, it isn’t about the score board, it is about the experience and for us to play against new bodies and different offenses … we wanted to try as hard as we could not to look at the scoreboard and worry more about us in staying focused and tenacious, if you will, for the whole game. I think we showed flashes of that, but I do think we let up a little bit in our intensity defensively.”Although the defense is still in need of preparations, the offense looked quite crisp as Wisconsin continues to play its way into the new swing offense that is being implemented this year.”Offensively what I did like is the fact that we shared the ball tremendously well,” Stone said. “We worked for good shots; we didn’t, as we did last Sunday, try to take the first available run-and-gun a lot. We were a lot more patient, got the ball inside to some folks, and put some people in some positions to score at a higher percentage.”Despite the fact that all 12 players on the roster saw at least some playing time Sunday, Stone is aware that she must cut her rotation down to possibly nine players.”Nothing is set in stone, shall we say,” Stone said. “There’s going to be people that are maybe in the regular lineup, but I think that it’s great that it doesn’t matter to our players who starts. It’s a team effort and a team accomplishment.””In that lineup, I have not settled into anything yet,” she added. “I’m not sure I’ll settle in at any time, but obviously you want some continuity, there’s no question. … There’s certain groups that work better together and we’re still trying to find those things out.”Aside from the starting five of Anderson, Banks, Ashley Josephson, Kjersten Bakke and Annie Nelson, senior Jordan Wilson and sophomore Danielle Ward will be two main reserve contributors as they showed their ability to provide a spark of energy off the bench.Wilson was able to score almost at will in the post, finishing with 11 points and seven boards, and Ward continues to show impressive speed for her 6’4″ frame, as she scored 10 points, most of which were off of fast-break points.”(Ward) has slowed herself down as far as her wheels spinning and trying to figure out where to go as a freshman to having a better understanding,” Stone said. “She’s stronger with the ball and one area I don’t want her to slow down is her ability to run the floor. She can get up the floor and catch. She’s long and lanky and just flies by people. That’s a really nice threat for us to have.”last_img read more

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Former Senator Barbara Boxer speaks at USC

first_imgWith the Trump administration set to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 31 percent, many recent environmental protections may be in jeopardy. This development has worried politicians such as Sen. Barbara Boxer, who spoke at Bovard Auditorium on Thursday as the keynote speaker for the Environmental Student Assembly’s Earth Month. In January, Boxer retired from the U.S. Senate, where she served from 1993 to 2017. She was previously the ranking member of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served as chair of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 1993.Boxer began her speech by discussing the relationship between science and politics in the modern world.“It’s an odd world, filled with alternative facts, which I call authentic lies,” Boxer said to a laughing crowd. “We’re living through a time when science is so threatened that scientists have to march to show the American people that scientists are tellers of truth.”Boxer also spoke about the injustice of climate change.“We’re all taught to care about and stick up for the powerless,” Boxer said. “One of the reasons I was so attracted to the environmental issue is because it most often becomes an environmental justice issue.”Joshua Blockstein, the co-director of ESA, spoke about California’s environmental policy in an introduction for Boxer.“We need to look no further than our own state for evidence that we can take the initiative to revolutionize environmental policy,” Blockstein said. “California has taken the necessary steps to tackle climate change and protect our natural environment.”Jacob Lind, a freshman studying English, decided to come to the event to hear about Boxer’s political opinions in the Trump era.“She’s a political veteran, so it’s interesting to hear her take on the current turmoil,” Lind said. “She’s now a private citizen like the rest of us, but she has a kind of insight into the situation of Donald Trump being president.”Boxer’s presentation was followed by a panel featuring Bonnie Reiss, global director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy; Terry Tamminen, CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation; and Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board.Congrui Lin, a senior studying human biology, is an intern for  Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and came to the event to learn more about California’s environmental policy.“I think that the cap-and-trade plan has been very successful, and so we should keep aggressively pursuing that and transitioning towards a cleaner economy,” Lin said in reference to California’s policy limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Rebecca Weber, co-director of ESA, felt that Sen. Boxer was a perfect choice for a speaker for Earth Month.“Our mission is to engage, inform and empower the student body about sustainability initiatives on campus, but it’s not just about campus anymore, especially with the new administration,” Weber said. “It’s good to make sure that students are informed about what’s going on.”To close her speech, Boxer called for students to take action on environmental issues.“We have the responsibility to stand up, to speak out, to be tough and to fight back,” Boxer said.last_img read more

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