Police need to treat public with respect

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWith all the disrespect that anybody in law enforcement has been getting, I, for one, do not get it. Because it has nothing to do with a little thing called race or the way the media is portraying anybody in law enforcement. What it has to do with is less than a handful of law enforcement officers harassing law-abiding citizens and not doing their jobs in arresting the law-breaking criminal. I once had someone from the sheriff’s department harass me at the library on Nov. 19, 2017, by saying to me that I was barred from the library all because I was watching some YouTube videos. I was not violating any of the library rules. When will people in law enforcement learn to respect the public. The public has to respect each other. A little respect can go a long way. So some people in law enforcement need to learn some respect.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

Housebuilders’ prime sites battle generates record result

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Pandemic pushes Mexico’s ‘lucha libre’ wrestlers outdoors and online

first_img‘Healthy distance’ The show begins, narrated by two commentators gushing with the same passion as if they were in the Arena Mexico, the high cathedral of lucha libre.Emotions are running high when Japanese wrestler Yoshioka tries to tear off the mask of Thunderstorm — the ultimate humiliation.The referee, who had asked the wrestlers to keep a “healthy distance”, intervenes with a shout of “Not the mask!”.Then it is the turn of X-Devil and Big Philip Jr. to fall backwards on a plastic table that shatters under their combined weight.Amidst the tranquil surroundings, the bellowing rings out even louder, particularly when Shocker lets rip with a common Mexican insult involving Mr. Jerry’s mother.But it is not quite the same without the shouts, insults and applause of the spectators.”You feel an emptiness, a hole, because the public motivates you, they make the energy,” says Shocker. “Yes, I miss it a lot.”This veteran fighter, who relies on money from his taco business to survive, admits that returning to the ring was hard after putting on weight during the lockdown.”Yes, I have struggled [against the economic crisis], but thank God there is food to eat, which is the most important thing, and good health which is essential,” he says.So “when they told me about this project I said ‘go ahead’. I feel comfortable. Yes, I get tired, apart from that I put on a lot of weight, but the body recovers,” he adds.He is not the only one who feels the excitement of returning to the ring: Magic Eagle has also missed the adrenaline rush.”It’s good. I feel liberated,” says the strongman, who combines wrestling with his job as a construction worker.Confident of the event’s success, the organizers plan to keep using their new arena deep in nature and next time hope to attract more spectators by holding it at night.The show will air on Saturday at a price of 30 pesos ($1.35) and the money will be distributed among the wrestlers. The goal is to raise funds to save the wildly popular mix of sport and entertainment.Lucha libre is an integral part of Mexican popular culture, but like many activities it is now facing financial disaster because of the coronavirus.In the absence of the usual crowds of fans, the hubbub of the wrestlers’ arenas has been replaced by birdsong in the nature reserve on the edge of the city.”Because of the pandemic, we couldn’t do it indoors. So we decided to take it to this magical place,” 24-year-old wrestler Ciclonico tells AFP. Driven from their spectator-filled stadiums by the coronavirus, Mexico’s “lucha libre” wrestlers have taken their flamboyant costumes and acrobatic maneuvers to an unlikely new battleground immersed in nature.As dawn breaks over the capital, a dozen burly fighters board a boat in Xochimilco, a maze of canals and artificial islands created centuries ago by the area’s indigenous peoples.The pocket of green in the sprawling smog-plagued metropolis is now the scene of high-flying moves, blows and insults that will be broadcast online. The muscle-bound fighter’s face is covered by a mask representing an axolotl, an amphibian endemic to Xochimilco similar to a salamander.Hanging from a tree, a green ball shaped like the novel coronavirus offers a reminder of the health crisis shaking the country, which is approaching 50,000 confirmed deaths and 450,000 cases among a population of 128 million.Mexico now has the world’s third-highest official death toll from the disease. Topics :last_img read more

Benfica president reveals David Luiz will sign two-year Arsenal contract extension despite talks over return to Portugal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 8:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares The Brazilian’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the month (Picture: Getty)David Luiz looks set to remain at Arsenal for the foreseeable future, with Benfica’s president confirming that the defender has opted to extend his stay with the north London club.The Brazilian – who has spoken openly about his desire to one day return to Benfica – only signed a one-year contract with the Gunners when he joined from Chelsea last summer, with his current deal expiring at the end of this month.Arsenal have the option to trigger a further one-year extension, but Benfica’s president Luis Filipe Vieira says Luiz will in fact sign a two-year deal. Benfica president reveals David Luiz will sign two-year Arsenal contract extension despite talks over return to Portugal Advertisement Commentcenter_img Luiz’s contract is due to expire in the middle of the rearranged season (Picture: Getty)‘But now, if he came, it would only be for €1million and as a father I would say no. “David, you’re not coming, don’t be crazy, make more money!”‘It may be that it becomes a case like Rui Costa, who called me one day and said it was time to return, for me to make a contract, offer a salary, which he signed. If David Luiz does the same, he can return.’MORE: Hector Bellerin will only sign new Arsenal deal if Mikel Arteta delivers on improvementMORE: Arsenal yet to offer new deal to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Chelsea linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Benfica chief Vieira believes it is too early for Luiz to return to Benfica (Picture: Getty)Vieira spoke to Luiz earlier this week and while he would love to bring the central defender back to Lisbon, he concedes that Benfica cannot compete with Arsenal financially.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I spoke to him yesterday, we have a father-son relationship,’ Vieira told Benfica TV.‘He was in the car with his agent and will renew with Arsenal for two years.‘David Luiz loves Benfica, but he is 33 years old and has to earn money.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‘His salary in England is unthinkable for Benfica to pay. In England he earns €7million or €8million a year.‘If David Luiz comes and says “I want to come back”, if he is 35 years old and in perfect condition, of course we would welcome him. Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 200 New Jobs at All Fresh Farms Facility in Pike County

first_img May 21, 2015 Governor Wolf Announces 200 New Jobs at All Fresh Farms Facility in Pike County SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that All Fresh Farms, LLC, an indoor hydroponic production and packaging operation that specializes in growing lettuce mixes, kales, and basil, will establish a new facility in Greene Township, Pike County, a move that will create at least 200 new jobs.“Today’s announcement of 200 new jobs coming to Pike County is another huge win for Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “All Fresh Farms chose the commonwealth as the best location to support their business over other sites outside of the state and I have no doubt that my budget as proposed will continue this momentum, paving the way for even more jobs that pay.”All Fresh Farms has purchased a 50,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres located at 115 Mozzette Road in Greene Township, Pennsylvania. The company plans to invest more than $3.4 million at the new site, with plans to double the size of the facility within the first five years of operation. In addition, All Fresh Farms has also pledged to create at least 200 new jobs over the next three years.The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development including a $400,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, a $90,000 WEDnetPA grant, and $400,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.All Fresh Farms was also encouraged to apply for a $500,000 First Industries Fund loan, administered through the Commonwealth Financing Authority, for machinery and equipment used in vegetable production and processing.“We are excited about opening this facility in Pennsylvania and very impressed with the professionalism and interest shown by the Governor’s Action Team and the Department of Community and Economic Development,” said Steve Nelson, All Fresh Farms owner. “This strong welcome really solidified our decision to come to Pennsylvania. Our leafy vegetables and other produce will be labeled “locally grown” as we deliver to markets within 400 miles which will include Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York City. This is a great location with a great welcome to our company. We are looking forward to hiring and training employees this summer and hopefully selling our first crops by the fall.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the Governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Pike County Economic Development Authority.“This is an exciting time for Pike County,” said Pike County Commissioners Matthew Osterberg, Richard Caridi, and Karl Wagner. “Working with All Fresh Farms was a pleasure; it is firms like this that we are so proud to welcome into our community. This is especially true given their cutting edge innovation and technology. As they move forward with their plan, this will mean employment for as many as 200 of our residents and an expanded economy for our county.  The Pike County Economic Development Authority and the Pike County Commissioners thank the owners of All Fresh for their commitment to Pike County.”Based in Florida, All Fresh Farms is an indoor hydroponic production and packaging operation that specializes in growing lettuce mixes, kales, and basil.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit newPA.com.MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Havens – 717-783-1132# # #last_img read more

PHOTO: Second Johan Sverdrup jacket named at Kvaerner’s yard

first_imgNorwegian offshore structures builder Kvaerner has named the second jacket meant for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup development located in the North Sea, 160 kilometers west of Stavanger.In a social media update on Thursday Kvaerner shared images from the christening ceremony held at its Verdal shpyard in Norway.The jacket’s godmother Synne Magnus named it Vilje, the company said in the update.This is the second jacket to be built by Kvaerner for the giant Sverdrup development. The first one, for the riser platform, was completed in June 2017 and named Aegir.It is worth reminding that Kvaerner has been awarded contracts to build three jackets for the Johan Sverdrup development and a contract for the utility and living quarters (ULQ) platform topside together with KBR.The Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup field, one of the largest in Norway, will be developed in phases. The first phase involves the establishment of a field center consisting of four platforms, including a utility and living quarters platform, a processing platform, a drilling platform and a riser platform. The platforms will be interlinked by gangways.Production start-up is scheduled for end 2019 with production capacity estimated at 440,000 barrels of oil per day.The plan for development and operation (PDO) for phase 2 will be submitted before September 2018. Phase 2 is expected to start up in 2022, with full field production estimated at 660,000 barrels of oil per day. Peak production on Johan Sverdrup will be equivalent to 25% of all Norwegian petroleum production.As previously reported by Offshore Energy Today, the Johan Sverdrup development is now nearly 70% complete.Johan Sverdrup has expected recoverable resources of between 2.1-3.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent, and is seen as one of the most important industrial projects in Norway over the next 50 years.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

UN peacekeepers support Haitian police in efforts to curb crime

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews UN peacekeepers support Haitian police in efforts to curb crime by: – November 1, 2011center_img Share Share UN peacekeepers struggle to control the thousands of desperately hungry Haitians outside the wrecked presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. Image via: dailymail.co.ukPORT-AU PRINCE, Haiti — United Nations peacekeepers in Haiti and local police officers have carried out a four-day joint operation to target criminals operating in two neighbourhoods of Port-au Prince, the country’s capital.Operation Hope, which ended last Friday, targeted known criminals in the Bel Air and Martissant neighbourhoods with the aim of disrupting their activities. According to a news release issued on Monday by the mission (MINUSTAH), the operation involved the deployment of more than 2,100 troops – mainly Brazilian and Sri Lankan – and 600 police officers. In addition, ground and aerial equipment and assets were mobilized for the operation.MINUSTAH said the operation was meant to act as a deterrent for future criminal activities in those neighbourhoods. During the operation, Haitian authorities apprehended seven wanted criminal suspects, including several prison escapees.Security has remained a concern in Haiti since last year’s earthquake, which enabled the escape of about 6,000 prisoners. Since then, criminals have used the ensuing chaos to rebuild and increase their activities. MINUSTAH said it “remains firmly committed to bringing stability and security to the people of Haiti, in support of the national authorities.”Currently, there are some 8,900 military troops, 1,351 police officers and 2,940 members of formed police units (FPUs) in MINUSTAH. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Benzema arraigned in court over sex-tape row

first_imgRelatedPosts Benzema ponders boxing career Real Madrid win La Liga title LaLiga: Benzema strikes as Real edge Atletico in Madrid derby The sex-tape row case between Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena returned to court on Monday. The Court of Cassation, the highest-ranked court in the French justice system, assembled on Monday afternoon with 19 magistrates to try and settle a case which first emerged four years ago. Valbuena complained to police in June 2015 after he was contacted by a man who sought a lucrative deal in exchange for not publishing an intimate video of the player and his girlfriend. Benzema has been indicted since 2015 – along with Alex Angot, Mustapha Zouaoui, Younes Houass, Karim Zenati and Djibril Cisse – on grounds of ‘complicity in attempted blackmail and participation in a conspiracy’. Monday’s plenary hearing went through evidence on the record once again, before reaching a verdict before the end of December. But the Real Madrid striker’s defence lawyers believe that the police may have acted dishonestly in the investigation and therefore argue that the case should subsequently be dropped. One policeman went undercover using the pseudonym ‘Lukas’ and lawyers, according to a report in L’Equipe, feel that he implicated Benzema and others with telephone calls later retrieved as evidence. The transcripts are said to reveal that ‘Lukas’, initially speaking to Houass before Benzema was involved, was ‘the first to talk about money and ransom’ and it will remain a key part of the defence at the Court of Cassation. An initial appeal to CAC on July 11, 2018, concluded that “Lukas” had initiated contact after “weeks of silence” with the group and is said to have “provocatively” got on the topic of money.Tags: Karim Benzemalast_img read more

Ferguson flabbergasted by 15-point lead

first_img They might not even need 13 given City visit Old Trafford on April 8, and the feeling is Ferguson has already set his sights on eclipsing United’s record 18-point winning margin from 2000. It has given Ferguson some leeway with his selections over the Easter weekend, when United find themselves pitched into two key games in the space of 48 hours. Following Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Sunderland – which could move United 18 points clear given City are not in action until slightly later – the Red Devils must prepare for Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. As one of the players not being troubled by international duty, Rio Ferdinand can expect significant involvement following his controversial trip to Qatar, whilst Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic and Anderson should also be fresh. “Every coach is praying that their players come back fit,” said Ferguson. “They played last Friday and they are playing tonight. Once I know later this evening how many minutes each player has played, I will start to think about my team for Saturday. “I have to make sure I have some freshness in the team because we also have Chelsea on Monday lunchtime. “It is a big ask for our squad and something we need to concentrate on because I need to make sure I pick the right teams.” Following Manchester City’s demise at Everton just before the international break, United require only 13 more points from their remaining nine games to clinch a record 20th championship. “With Manchester City coming on the scene in the last couple of years and Chelsea and Arsenal and Tottenham, you have teams vying for that top-four position,” Ferguson told Sirius XM.”I expected it to be really tight. But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season.” Press Associationcenter_img Sir Alex Ferguson is stunned Manchester United are 15 points clear in the Premier League title race.last_img read more