Government should put Americans first

first_imgWhy is our governor, and anybody in our government, giving these so-called Dreamers free health care and a free education at taxpayers’ expense, when the hard-working taxpayers have to pay for every thing like health care and a education and never asked for help from the government expect when needed? Some of these so-called Dreamers are knowm criminals and members of very dangerous gangs like MS-13 and members of drug cartels and members of terror groups and organizations. Something is very wrong with our government when they forget they work for us, the American people, and not these so-called Dreamers.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

New bribe details on 2018, 2022 World Cup votes as execs charged

first_imgTopics : In addition, Trinidad’s long-serving FIFA official Jack Warner “was promised and received” bribe payments totalling $5 million to vote for Russia while Guatemala’s Rafael Salguero was promised a $1 million bribe to vote for Russia.Salguero pleaded guilty to multiple corruption charges in 2016 and was banned from FIFA while Warner, who faces charges in the United States, is currently battling extradition to the US from his native Trinidad.”The profiteering and bribery in international soccer have been deep-seated and commonly known practices for decades,” William F. Sweeney Jr, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said in a statement on Monday which announced the charges against Lopez, Martinez and Romy.”Over a period of many years, the defendants and their co-conspirators corrupted the governance and business of international soccer with bribes and kickbacks, and engaged in criminal fraudulent schemes that caused significant harm to the sport of soccer.”Their schemes included the use of shell companies, sham consulting contracts and other concealment methods to disguise the bribes and kickback payments and make them appear legitimate.”Since the FIFA scandal erupted in 2015, the US government has accused a total of 45 people and various sports companies of more than 90 crimes and of paying or accepting more than $200 million in bribes. Of the 45 accused, five have died. A total of 22 pleaded guilty, of which only six have been sentenced to date.A dozen remain in their home countries, where they face prosecution by local authorities or are free fighting extradition. Two former executives with US media giant Fox were charged with corruption, bank fraud and money-laundering on Monday as US federal prosecutors shed fresh light on the scandal-tainted bidding war for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Former 21st Century Fox employees Hernan Lopez, 49, and Carlos Martinez, 41, face charges along with 65-year-old Gerard Romy, who worked for Spanish media conglomerate Imagina. The three men are accused of paying millions in bribes to officials from CONMEBOL and CONCACAF, the governing bodies for football in South America and North America, Central America and the Caribbean.center_img The charges allege the bribes were paid in exchange for lucrative television rights contracts for regional competitions, the Copa America and qualifying games for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.The case forms part of the wide-ranging 2015 corruption scandal that left world governing body FIFA in turmoil and led to the downfall of president Sepp Blatter.An unsealed superseding indictment released on Monday also detailed corruption surrounding the 2010 vote in Zurich which saw FIFA award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.The indictment said former Brazilian FIFA member Ricardo Teixeira and late Paraguayan official Nicolas Leoz, both members of the FIFA committee which voted on the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, received payment of bribes in exchange for voting for Qatar’s bid.last_img read more

Park Hill Village launches stage two as untapped views lure buyers

first_imgPark Hill VillageHe said they were hoping to welcome the first residents into the Village by Christmas.“It has been really exciting to see Park Hill Village come to life,” Mr Infanti said.“People who come and stand in the display homes are always impressed with the size, design, and thoughtful layouts.”The four-bedroom terrace homes average 230sq m and are priced from $635,000. The three-bedroom terrace homes are 217sq m and priced from $599,000. All homes have two bathrooms, plus a powder room, double car parking, bamboo floors and Miele appliances. Park Hill VillageResidents of Park Hill Village will be able to enjoy a resort-style pool, gym, barbecue and picnic area. Mr Infanti said Park Hill Village was the right product at the right time.“It is a very desirable proposition in a quiet pocket of a well-established estate,” he said.“Park Hill Village is an opportunity to have a brand new home close to lifestyle precincts, the airport, and an easy commute to the CBD. “And they are at a price not usually seen for homes of this quality this close to the city.” Park Hill VillageSize, quality and value for money, compared to other prestige real estate in the area, had proven to be a winning formula, he said.“I think one of the reasons we have had such strong sales is that the developer built two full-size display terrace homes on site so buyers could touch and feel exactly what they were getting for their money,” Mr Infanti said.“They can feel the spaciousness, touch the finishes, see the full effect of the colour schemes and admire the amazing views. “Until people are here, I don’t think they understand the panoramic city views Murarrie lays claim to. It is one of the most elevated positions in Brisbane.”Stage two has 26 three and four-bedroom terrace homes for sale from $599,000.Mr Infanti said the sales at Park Hill Village were being driven by families and downsizers who were attracted by the size and quality fitout of the homes as well as the lifestyle facilities. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agocenter_img Park Hill Village is launching stage two with 26 three and four-bedroom terrace homes in Murarrie.LARGE terrace homes in one of the most elevated positions in Brisbane, are proving popular with families and downsizers at Murarrie with stage one a sell out and stage two launching to market.Developer Juxgold has construction on Park Hill Village’s 34 terrace homes for stage one well underway, and construction on stage two set to start within three months.Park Hill Village marketing manager Maurie Infanti said the large, temptingly priced terrace homes at 19 Governor Terrace, had turned heads for all the right reasons.last_img read more

WATCH: Mum on a Mission

first_imgTHE YOUTUBE VIDEO POLITICIANS DON’T WANT NZ PARENTS TO SEEIn 2007, politicians changed the laws making it illegal for parents to use smacking as form of correction with their children. The referendum in 2009 revealed that 87% of New Zealanders opposed this move believing that it wouldn’t solve genuine child abuse but would lead to good parents being unjustly persecuted.To assuage these fears, John Key stated that “If I see good parents getting criminalised for lightly smacking their children for the purposes of discipline, I’m going to change the law.”Here’s the evidence.To see ALL the evidence, go to watch “My Mummy’s A Criminal” (2011) at

Gay rights in the Caribbean slowly coming out of the closet.

first_imgNewsRegional Gay rights in the Caribbean slowly coming out of the closet. by: – June 12, 2012 A recent poll in Jamaica suggested that 61 percent of the population would have a negative opinion of government should it repeal the law.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday June 12, 2012 – Over the past six months, governments in two influential Caribbean trade bloc member states – Jamaica and Guyana – have floated political test balloons on the question of whether colonial-era laws criminalising homosexuality should be amended in keeping with trends in most Western states.The climate for gay people in the two nations is very different.In Guyana, where many gays and lesbians live openly, the move has not made headlines, although some Christian churches have vowed to fight the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to the very end on this issue.The administration of President Donald Ramotar says that it is preparing to take a motion to the 65-member parliament as early as this week to begin debate on the abolition of buggery and cross- dressing laws, corporal punishment in schools, and capital punishment by hanging.“The idea is to have the special select committees of parliament convene and begin public hearings on all three of these issues as we have indicated to the United Nations Human Rights Council,” said government legislator and presidential adviser on governance Gail Teixeira. “These should dealt with shortly.”Government has already sounded out the Christian church, and is aware of its continued and obvious opposition to the move. Crunch time will come when the public is invited to have its say, as opposition remains fairly strong to legalised homosexuality and cross-dressing, even though gays and lesbians are not usually attacked or shunned for who they are.Joel Simpson, an executive member of Guyana’s umbrella Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), says it is appalling that the colonial-era laws are still on the books and can be enforced at the behest of any policemen.“We can be jailed from between two years to 25 years for buggery even if it is consensual sex between two adult men, and cross dressers can be fined and jailed for up to six months. We want these laws changed,” he said.More than 1,000 miles away in Jamaica, widely considered one of the world’s most homophobic societies, the government of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller says there could be a parliamentary conscience vote in the near future as to whether or not the so-called buggery laws should be amended.In contrast to the open hostility toward gay people of her predecessor, Simpson-Miller has also said that ability rather than sexual orientation should be the main criteria for political appointments.In the land of Bob Marley and reggae, this is music to the ears of a gay community that has largely existed underground because of Jamaica’s culture of often violent homophobia.Many officials in key governmental positions across the Caribbean might be reluctant to admit it, but Western governments have been upping the pressure on them to initiate change, even linking aid to the laws being removed from the statutes.Going even further on the issue, the Simpson-Miller administration said recently that “the People’s National Party (PNP) president remains committed to her pledge to make appointments to a cabinet led by her on the basis of competence” and that legislators will be allowed to vote their conscience when the issue hits parliament in the coming months.A recent poll in Jamaica suggested that 61 percent of the population would have a negative opinion of government should it repeal the law, down from 82 percent last year, but some Christian fellowship groups are leading a so far relatively successful fight against any amendment to the laws.Last year, Guyana’s then health minister Leslie Ramsammy said it was high time governments face the issue head-on.“The laws and policies that we want to legislate need to address stigma and the social risks of (HIV) testing, anonymity, confidential testing and recognising that there are vulnerable groups such as women, children, indigenous populations, prisoners, commercial sex workers and MSM (men who have sex with men).”Clearly emboldened by the recent signals from officials, a regional LGBT advocacy group this week demanded that some of the four million euros the region will get from the European Development Fund (EDF) for vulnerable groups in the Caribbean be set aside for protection of gay rights.The funding, intended to boost the capacity of civil society groups, covers 15 Caribbean Forum countries, including the Dominican Republic.Ian McKnight and John Waters of the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition say they are unhappy with the rather narrow definition of which groups are considered “vulnerable”, and believe that sex workers, prisoners, at-risk youth and others should included as well.“We are asking the press to partner with us on this,” said McKnight. “There is an emerging threat to civil society that might have the strong possibility of excluding those who we call vulnerable population from a very large grant that will benefit the Caribbean region.” (IPS).Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring! 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Hospital lockdown may be lifted today; some 700 subjected to RT-PCR test

first_imgILOILO City – The lockdown of St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo (SPHI) beginning Sunday night may be lifted today, according to the regional interagency task force on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). * direct care for a patient with probable or confirmed COVID-19 disease without using proper personal protective equipment. * face-to-face contact with a confirmed case for at least 15 minutes “Our protocols for infection control have always been in place and strictly followed. These are in accordance with accepted standards to address the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the safety of everyone working, confined in, or visiting the hospital,” it stressed. Earlier, DOH-6 director Dr. Marlyn Convocar issued this public advisory: “The public is hereby advised to immediately contact DOH Western Visayas, the City Health Office and/or their respective local government units through Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) if they have visited the above-mentioned health facility from June 23-28.” Yesterday, DOH-6 announced that one nurse of the hospital tested positive for COVID-19 – a 28-year-old male from the City Proper (Patient No. 309). He was one of the 17 new cases in the region confirmed yesterday. She, however, said it would be up to SPHI to determine when it would be ready to resume normal operation. “Wala sang exempted (from testing) didto sa sulod,” he stressed. In a statement, the SPHI management assured the public it had “protocols and processes to address the results of the said tests.” Today, some 700 hospital personnel, hospital patients and other persons who may have come in contact with the eight hospital doctors positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would have been all swabbed for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing, said Atty. Roy Villa, task force spokesperson. Dr. Ella Mae Divinagracia, infectious disease specialist of SPHI, the nurse was assigned at the third floor of the hospital. The swabbing was a joint effort by medical technologists of SPHI, City Health Office (CHO) and Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. Those identified as close contacts of the doctors were require to undergo strict home quarantine and isolation for 14 days. “Any flu-like symptoms such as fever, difficulty of breathing, and/or cough should be immediately consulted with physicians or reported to the nearest health facility. Confirmatory testing for close contacts shall follow DOH Department Memorandums 2020-0258,” according to Convocar. Close contacts are individuals who had lived with, cared for, traveled with, or transacted with a confirmed case who has: The SPHI lockdown was a precautionary measure, said Villa, against the spread of COVID-19, and may also help determine the source of the eight doctors’ infection. The disinfection of SPHI is also expected to end today, according to Dr. Renilyn Reyes, head of DOH-6’s Public Health Program Development. Some test results are also expected to be released today. * was with a confirmed case in an enclosed space for at least two hours The infected eight doctors and nurse are currently being quarantined at the hospital’s hostel. St. Paul’s Hospital of Iloilo is a tertiary level training general hospital with a capacity of 265 beds./PN * direct physical contact with a confirmed cases The virus-infected SPHI physicians were resident doctors and a Family Medicine consultant.last_img read more

$750 to win feature at Davenport July 24 for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa – Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $750 to win their Mississippi Valley Fair show next Tuesday, July 24 at Davenport Speedway.A minimum of $75 will be paid to start and there is no entry fee for the draw/redraw show, held in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Late Models.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Iowa State, but no track points will be awarded.General admission is $25 and box seats are $30.More information about the Northern SportMod portion of the program will be available from the IMCA office.last_img

Hope man arrested after fleeing police

first_imgColumbus, IN — Bartholomew County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a subject who had multiple outstanding arrest warrants. Jason Morgan, 42 of Hope, was located riding a bicycle near the intersection of US 31 and SR 7. When deputies made contact, Morgan falsely identified himself and ran into a cornfield. Both a Columbus Police Department K9 and Columbus Fire Department drone arrived on the scene to assist in the search and Morgan was taken into custody without further incident. After identification was confirmed, Morgan was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail and charged on allegations of Criminal Mischief, Resisting Law Enforcement, and five arrest warrants.last_img

Allardyce aims to end Palace hoodoo

first_img Former manager Pulis left Selhurt Park less than 48 hours before the start of the new Barclays Premier League season, with Keith Millen taking charge of Saturday’s narrow 2-1 defeat at Arsenal. With the furore surrounding Malky Mackay’s ongoing wranglings with former club Cardiff, the Scot will no longer be filling the vacancy. Sam Allardyce is aiming to break West Ham’s losing streak over Crystal Palace – but is expecting a tough challenge from a side still likely to play the ‘Tony Pulis’ way. That means Millen is once again likely to be in charge of first-team affairs for the visit of West Ham – with the Eagles having won four of the last six meetings and remaining unbeaten in the fixture since 2003. But Allardyce, who is struggling with early season injuries and suspension to his defensive line, is hopeful of overcoming their recent south London hoodoo. “I think they have some better players than last season but they very much stick to the same type of structural organisation,” he said. “We didn’t beat them last year and it will be just as difficult, if not more so, with the players they’ve brought in. “The new players have lots of Premier League experience and from that point of view we’ll have a tough job. “There’s still lots of excitement around the ground and the stadium, the players know their position now, they know what their job is. At the start of last season they found it difficult to cope with the league, but Tony Pulis came in and structured it accordingly. “It’ll be a tight game. I don’t think there’ll be many goals in it, but hopefully it’ll be as entertaining as it possibly can be.” The Hammers slipped to two 1-0 defeats at the hands of Palace last season and went on to finish two places lower than the Eagles’ final position of 11th. With debutants Aaron Cresswell and Cheikhou Kouyate impressing in the last-gasp defeat to Tottenham last week, Allardyce could hand either Enner Valencia or Diafra Sakho their first starts for the club on Saturday. But, after bolstering his attacking options over the summer, it is in defence where Allardyce will be weakened – with James Collins banned and James Tomkins, Joey O’Brien and Carl Jenkinson unlikely to be completely match fit. Republic of Ireland international O’Brien is hoping the managerial uncertainty can see the Hammers turn the tables this season. “Palace did a number on us twice last year, so we want to get one back,” he said. “In that first year in the Premier League you might wonder what to expect from them, but now everyone knows their players and the situations they create. We know what to expect this year. “I don’t know whether the managerial situation there will affect the players. I watched their game against Arsenal last week and they played really well – they were unlucky to lose the game, so it’s a home game for them, their fans will be up for the first home game of the season and we’ll have to play at our best.” Crystal Palace’s rocky managerial search has clouded the club’s future in uncertainty, according to caretaker boss Millen. Former Palace defender Millen has pledged the protracted bid to replace Pulis will not affect Saturday’s home Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham. The 47-year-old did concede, however, that as long as the Eagles remain without a permanent manager, the club’s future direction will be called into question. Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is the latest bookies’ favourite to success Pulis, who walked out on Palace on the eve of the new season. Allegations of racism and homophobia lodged with the FA by Cardiff put paid to Mackay’s chances of taking the Selhurst Park helm, also forcing the resignation of Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody. “It’s probably the same now as it was when Ian (Holloway) left last November,” said Millen, still adamant he wants the permanent Palace job. “It’s the not knowing that’s the hardest thing for the players and staff – which direction the club and the chairman want to go in. “Who’s going to come in, are we going to play a different way, what sort of structure will we have and as far as staff’s concerned what role will we play? “So it’s probably the unknown ,the uncertainty, that is the hardest thing to get your head around.” Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood ruled himself out of contention for the Palace job after initially being deemed second choice to Mackay. Millen took caretaker charge of Palace when Ian Holloway was sacked in October 2013, until former Stoke boss Pulis arrived. Croydon-born Millen said he hopes his past experiences of temporary management can help Palace gear up to face Allardyce’s Hammers this weekend. “From day one we’ve been favourites to get relegated, so it’s always been us against the world if you like anyway,” said Millen. “And I think that suits us, we like to be the underdogs, and we like to prove people wrong. “Come Saturday you’ll see a united team that will want to get three points for the club. “I think they realise, the lads know that it’s no reflection on them, they’ve done nothing wrong. None of the managers or anyone that’s left has been because of the players, and they know that, it’s not affected their confidence. “The only question-mark from them is what direction we’re going to take now. “The beauty of me being able to continue it is I know what we’re good at, so that hasn’t caused too much unrest. “We’ve continued on the lines that I think brings the best out of the players.” Scott Dann has an “outside chance” of featuring. Millen wil l put Dann through a late fitness test as the central defender battles to beat a hip strain in time for the Hammers’ visit. Adrian Mariappa trained on Thursday following a rib complaint, while Jonny Williams and Jerome Thomas are also fit to return. Press Associationlast_img read more

Petr Cech happy to spread the praise for Arsenal win

first_imgGoalkeeper Petr Cech believes Arsenal’s collective team effort rather than his crucial saves was key to beating Bayern Munich – but knows more hard work lies ahead if the Gunners are to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League. Arsene Wenger’s men battled to a hard-earned 2-0 victory over the runaway Bundesliga leaders at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night, kickstarting their European campaign following successive defeats. The final result, however, could have been very different but for the intervention of Cech, the veteran former Chelsea stopper making his first Champions League appearance for the Gunners this season, replacing the injured David Ospina, who was at fault for one of the goals in the 3-2 home defeat by Olympiacos last month. Ozil’s late effort was clawed out from behind the line by Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – who made a remarkable first-half save from Theo Walcott’s point-blank header – before the goal was awarded by the additional referee. The German World Cup winner is confident Arsenal can continue their momentum when they resume Barclays Premier League action at home to Everton on Saturday. “We have to believe in ourselves, keep working hard and then we will be on a good path,” Ozil said on Arsenal Player. “I am really satisfied with my performances. I am on a good way, I feel at ease and you can see that the team and the manager give me their trust.” Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set for a spell on the sidelines after the Wales international was forced off during the second half with a hamstring injury. Wenger confirmed: ” He is all right, but very down because he told me that his hamstring is quite a tough one. He is out (for Saturday).” Cech, though, preferred to focus on the efforts of all the players and not just his key contribution in producing a fine early reaction save to deny Thiago Alcantara and then deflecting over a close-range shot form Robert Lewandowski shortly before substitute Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal in front after 77 minutes. Mesut Ozil netted a second in stoppage time. “Everybody was doing their bit and I was trying to do my bit,” said the 33-year-old, who won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012/13. “I am pleased with my performance because whenever they managed to get through our defensive block I was there to help my team-mates, but I am pleased with the team’s performance as I thought we had been up for the game. “Obviously if Thiago had scored early in the game then they would have had control of the game, so it was a very important save at the start. T hen I am obviously glad I made the save against Lewandowski as in that moment we could have been 1-0 down, instead in a few minutes we were 1-0 up and that basically decided the game.” Arsenal remain bottom of Group F on head-to-head record, but are now level on points with Dinamo Zagreb, who have a minus five goal difference. The English side travel to Germany next month and will need other results to go their way to stay on course for the knockout stages, with Olympiacos having won 1-0 away to Dinamo to move on to six points, the same as Bayern. Cech said: “Obviously we are back in the game (for qualification), but our position has not changed much as Olympiacos won their game and obviously that have the home advantage in the next leg (against Dinamo) so we still need more points. “We go to Munich knowing we can compete with them and we are positive that we are going in another game where we can get points and obviously it will depend on how the game will go, but it has been a great night here and so let’s see what will happen in the future.” Press Associationlast_img read more