Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Donald Trump is catching flak from veterans groups for using Memorial Day to honor his presidency.“Happy Memorial Day,” the draft dodging Donnie wrote on Twitter. “Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today.”To add to the stench of his remark, the Official Trump Store promoted a 25 percent off Memorial Day sale of their Chinese-made trumpery featuring pictures of a Trump-Pence Navy towel, Make America Great Again baseball cap, Trump-Pence flag, beer koozies and sunglasses holders. How much lower can he go? I’m sure he will show us come the 4th of July.For the record, I served two years in the U.S. Army, and that included a tour in Vietnam.Walter WokSummitMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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Australian five-eighth Bernard Foley opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the fourth minute after the All Blacks failed to roll away from the tackled player in their 22.But the All Blacks soon exploited a weakness in the Wallabies’ short-side defence. Flanker Liam Squire scored the first try of the game in the ninth minute after finishing an attacking movement on the left hand side with Wallabies winger Henry Speight rushing out of the line in the midfield to create an overlap.Foley edged the Wallabies closer, 7-6, with another penalty goal in the 16th minute after the All Blacks collapsed a scrum. But the visitors then blew the game apart, scoring 33 unanswered points in the next 24 minutes.Ioane scored his first try in the 17th minute in the left hand corner after getting around Wallabies fullback Israel Folau. He was over again three minutes later, scoring a classic All Blacks try off turnover ball. A pass from Wallabies captain Michael Hooper to halfback Will Genia went to ground and the ball was scooped up by Crotty, who put Ioane away.Crotty scored in the 24th minute. Five-eighth Beauden Barrett looped around lock Brodie Retallick and slipped a pass to Crotty. By this point the Wallabies had already missed 27 tackles. Sonny Bill Williams scored in the 33rd minute, crashing over between rugby league convert Curtis Rona and Speight.Crotty collected his double on the stroke of half-time after receiving a cut-out pass from halfback Aaron Smith and darting over. And All Blacks fullback Damian McKenzie scored his first Test try in the 42nd minute to effectively put an end to any chance of a Wallabies comeback win.All Blacks winger Ben Smith scored in the 47th minute after taking an inside ball from Aaron Smith, while Rona, replacement centre Tevita Kuridrani, centre Kurtley Beale and Folau scored consolation tries for the Wallabies, but even that was too little too late.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen praised the team’s performance in the first 50 minutes as “pretty special,” but they were then “seduced” by the scoreboard. “The first 50 minutes was probably as good as rugby as you’ll see and the last 30 was probably the ugliest,” Hansen said.“We got a little seduced by the scoreboard and went away from the fundamentals of what we wanted to do. It’s about concentrating right now on what we did really, really well. That first 50 minutes was pretty special.”The Wallabies now travel to Dunedin where they will try to level the series on Saturday night. If it is any consolation the last time the Wallabies won in New Zealand was in Dunedin, but that was in 2001. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Australia rugby union team Share on Facebook New Zealand rugby union team match reports Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news The All Blacks out-scored the Wallabies eight tries to four in their 54-34 win, setting a new record for points against Australia in a game which produced the second highest combined number of points, 88, in a Tri Nations/Rugby Championship Test. All Blacks Winger Rieko Ioane and centre Ryan Crotty both collected doubles.Instead of lifting spirits, the Wallabies’ defeat just created more despair to go with the gloom of Australia’s 0-26 win-loss record against Kiwi opposition in Super Rugby and the culling of the Western Force.Wallabies coach Michael Cheika lamented the team’s woeful defence. “It was pretty plain to see that our defence wasn’t good enough,” Cheika said. “The adherence to the way we wanted to defend plus the tackling itself. It’s got to be better. The first part of the game is not the level we can be at, at all. Not in any game, let alone a game against them.“It’s not attitude. It’s maybe that little bit of doubt creeps in. When something goes against you early and we have been preparing a certain way, a little bit of doubt creeps in and causes some of the problems. Points should be coming. We have an attacking type of team so we should be scoring points, but you’ve got to have both sides of the game.”Australian rugby desperately needed a Wallabies win to arrest the alarming decline of the game. Yet few truly thought they could win, certainly not the fans. A crowd of only 54,846 showed up and a lot of supporters were Kiwis or, say it quietly, dual citizens. The large number of black coats, jumpers and jackets darkened the mood. Bledisloe Cup Read more Australia sport Rugby Championship There was hope it would be the start of something big, the resuscitation of Australian rugby no less – a Wallabies-led recovery which would bring the game in this country back from a near death experience. But it turned out to be a sad, forlorn longing, crushed by the weight of 23 men in black.Some claimed there were cracks in the All Blacks’ armour. Sex scandals, bugging dramas and even a spelling crisis, but the only cracks were in the Wallabies’ defence. Share on WhatsApp
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Cardiff manager Warnock: I still want striker signingby Ansser Sadiq9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff boss Neil Warnock is still hopeful that he will be able to sign a striker this month.The veteran boss knows that is side must score more goals if they are to remain in the Premier League, having only netted 19 in 21 games so far.”I’d still like another striker, even with the lads that are here, because something like this might happen again,” Warnock said in his press conference. “We’re very thin on the ground in that area and we’ve got to try and get more goals into the team.”Cardiff are only a place and two points off the drop zone.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Aaron Connolly mixed emotions for Republic of Ireland debutby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Aaron Connolly was left frustrated with his Republic of Ireland debut.The 19-year-old Albion striker went off the bench with just 11 minutes remaining of the Euro 2020 qualifier in Georgia.He had two chances to score, forcing a solid save from keeper Giorgi Loria and then firing into the side-netting in a cameo which lit up an otherwise attritional 0-0 Group D draw in Tbilisi.Connolly said: “Like every striker, I feel I have to score that at 0-0 in a game like that. I should have scored. It’s disappointing, but I feel proud as well.”The confidence levels are quite high because of last week (scoring twice against Tottenham) and I felt if I came on, I would make an impact.”I feel like I did but I feel like I should have scored as well. It’s disappointing.”
Shane Simmons TweetThe college football recruiting Twitter world is a place full of top-10 lists, little humility and cryptic emojis. Avoid it at all costs, if you can. There are times when you can’t avoid it, though. Like when a recruit committed to a school tweets something about another school, causing a semi-freakout among fan bases. That happened today. Shane Simmons, a four-star linebacker in the 2016 class committed to Penn State, tweeted a turtle emoji, something often used by Maryland players and fans. — Shane Simmons (@Shizzeee_) May 17, 2015 He then retweeted the following tweet from four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who committed to Maryland on Friday.#ShizzeeeToUMD @Shizzeee_— Dwayne Haskins, Jr. (@dh_simba7) May 17, 2015 Then Penn State fans reacted. @Shizzeee_ Booooooo!!!— E (@We_Are_Penn_St) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ what’s up with the turtle emoji— Justin Muffley (@muffley10) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ PSU is where it’s at— Justin Muffley (@muffley10) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ He’s making fun of them…they don’t even realize it.— Brian Richards (@fuzz3307) May 17, 2015 @We_Are_Penn_St @Shizzeee_ hes making fun of Maryland lol— David (@DFi5her) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ #TheMovement pic.twitter.com/9pvCyGJfZD— SaulGoodman (@Linebacker_U) May 17, 2015 @dh_simba7 @Shizzeee_ Hells No! Let every man decide his path and do not judge or scorn him for it. #WeAre!!— R. Robert Garcia (@TexasTrinity) May 17, 2015 @dh_simba7 @Shizzeee_ why would he want to play for a bunch of losers. What has Maryland ever won. Oh yeah they win at disrespect— Andrew Ball (@PhileePhan) May 17, 2015 Simmons was considering Maryland at the time of his commitment to Penn State. Now that Haskins is on board with the Terps, many recruiting analysts believe other top in-state prospects will follow. Simmons, a Hyattsville, Md., native, could be one of them.
By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A former female employee of an Aboriginal organization is asking the Federal Court to overturn a Human Rights Commission decision to dismiss a sexual harassment complaint against Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau, according to a court document.Brazeau was the head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) before he was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.CAP deals primarily with non-status, off reserve First Nations and Metis issues.The former employee, Alisa Lombard, filed the application on Friday, the last day before a 30 day window to contest the commission’s ruling expired.According to the application, Lombard alleges she was sexually harassed by Brazeau in December 2007 and January 2008.Brazeau responded to the Federal Court filing on Twitter.“I certainly hope you get all the facts on this story, including how often the complainant has introduced complaints and lost,” tweeted Brazeau, who goes by the handle TheBrazman.Lombard is representing herself in the case. She has completed law school and expects to be called to the bar on June 21, National Aboriginal Day.The Federal Court application for a judicial review seeks to overturn the commission’s ruling dismissing the complaint without a hearing because it fell outside of its jurisdiction. Lombard argues that the commission erred in law when it made the decision.The commission handed down the ruling on March 30, and delivered the decision to Lombard on April 3.“The commission incorrectly, unfairly and unreasonably dismissed the complaint on the basis that the complaint was beyond its jurisdiction,” said the document. “The commission based its decision on an incorrect and unreasonable analysis of CAP’s nature and normal and habitual activities.”The commission originally agreed to deal with the complaint on Nov. 3, 2010, after a year-long submission process, the document said.Lombard originally filed her complaint against Brazeau and CAP with the commission in October 2009, after the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal dismissed it on jurisdictional grounds, “favouring federal jurisdiction,” the document said.Lombard turned to the human rights bodies following an internal CAP investigation of the complaint by a firm hired by the organization.The investigation concluded that no sexual harassment occurred, but did find “inappropriate behaviour by (Brazeau), including a clearly unwanted and rebuffed ‘inappropriate and stupid’ physical advance, the document stated.Lombard, who participated in the investigation, said she felt it “inadequately addressed her complaint.”David Langtry, chief commissioner with the Canadian Human Rights Commission, dismissed the complaint arguing that labour law fell under provincial jurisdiction.He also found that because CAP’s primary role involved lobbying and “political activities,” it was not “integrally tied to the Indian Act, status, Aboriginal rights” and therefore not a federal issue.Lombard argues in the document that the commission failed to “recognize the unique constitutional position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada” and “ongoing litigation respecting jurisdiction over Metis and non-status Indians.”The commission also erred by “refusing to hear a complaint where it was not ‘plain and obvious’ that there is not a prima facie case of discrimination, thereby precluding the complainant from any adjudication of the complaint on the merits, creating an egregious miscarriage of justice.”Lombard and CAP reached a settlement on the matter in March of this year, the document email@example.com
BERLIN – A group of city counsellors in Munich say they want the southern German city’s main train station to have a landing pad for flying taxis.Five city council members from the Christian Social Union party submitted a motion Wednesday calling on rail company Deutsche Bahn to consider the space needed for the small, drone-like passenger aircraft in its plans for a future redesign of the station.In their motion, they write that “it is to be expected that within a few years technology will have advanced so far that flying taxis can be used to transport people.”The party, which has a majority across Bavaria but is in opposition in the state capital’s assembly, has recently been championing the idea of flying taxis as a future means of travel.
Chennai: A confident Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will aim to maintain their dominance in the IPL when they host bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday. While the defending champions are sitting at the second spot in the points table with two wins from as many games, Rajasthan have lost both their games and it will be a herculean task for the Ajinkya Rahane-led side to stop Chennai, one of the most successful teams in IPL history. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMeanwhile, all eyes will also be on the Chepauk wicket as just 141 runs were scored here in the first game of the season featuring Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai. Rajasthan’s batting unit has done an excellent job so far, but their bowlers have let them down. Despite posting a challenging 198/2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday, the Rajasthan bowlers failed to restrict their opponents as most of them leaked runs. Only Shreyas Gopal had a perfect outing with impressive figures of 3/27 and the team management would expect him to replicate the show on Sunday. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterRajasthan batsmen Sanju Samson, Jos Butler and Rahane have performed on expected lines, but will have to come out with something special when they face the experienced Chennai bowlers. On the other hand, the Chennai bowlers have done a fair job till now and are likely to give a difficult time to the visiting batsmen on the Chepauk wicket. Veteran Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo have impressed in both the matches and will look to keep the momentum going. While Tahir and Bravo have four wickets each from the two games, Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan have three each. The Chepauk wicket assisted the spinners in the last game and Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to stick with his spin bowling trio of Jadeja, Tahir and Harbhajan. Dhoni would however expect his batsmen to fire, who have been average so far. With the likes of experienced Suresh Raina, all-rounder Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Bravo and Dhoni, Chennai have the ability to overhaul any massive target or post a mammoth total. Meanwhile, it will also be interesting to see how the Chepauk wicket behaves on Sunday. Speaking after the opening game, both Dhoni and RCB skipper Virat Kohli had said that they were expecting a better wicket. Overall, the 12th game of this year’s league will be a contest between Chennai’s bowlers and Rajasthan’s batsmen. Squads: Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Faf du Plessis, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Stuart Binny, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun.
Manama – Morocco’s national human rights council (CNDH) and Bahrain’s national foundation for human rights signed on Wednesday in Manama a memorandum of understanding for coordination and cooperation in deepening human rights respect.The two institutions pledge to cooperate in reinforcing their capacities in deepening and spreading human rights values.The agreement provides for trading visits, sharing publications and studies, holding training sessions and workshops and organizing joint conferences on Arab issues during international and regional events. The two institutions’ secretaries general held on the occasion a meeting over preparations for next May’s international conference on the Arab Human rights court to be held in Bahrain in the presence of several international organizations, including the High commissioner for human rights and Amnesty International.
Powered by Genius By Jody Avirgan Adam Silver Responds To FiveThirtyEight’s Letter About The NBA Lottery Adam Silver NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONAdam SilverCommissionerMay 28, 2015Dear Jody, Chadwick, Neil and Kate:Thanks for your letter and for devoting FiveThirtyEight’s considerable resources (and those of your readers/listeners) to addressing the NBA Draft Lottery.I was impressed with the detail and sophistication on display in many of the proposals — though I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon. From the Tombstone Date to the Tweaked Wheel, I am grateful for the hard work of all 7,000 passionate basketball fans who took the time to examine our Draft Lottery from every conceivable angle.Of course, there can only be one winning proposal, and the work of the Futures Draft Planning Committee is a worthy champion. It is thorough, well researched and addresses many of the questions we are currently facing with the Draft Lottery; in fact, our internal Draft Lottery working team looked at models very similar to the one proposed by Samuel and Cody. While we continue to study this concept, we believe that “NBA Futures” runs into some of the same problems as other proposals we have considered — namely, by solving one potential problem, it creates a host of new ones.To elaborate, we believe the proposed system would represent a change in two major areas:First, it creates more variability; it is difficult to predict exactly where a team will finish in a particular year, so there is not a guaranteed reward for getting the first selection of a surrogate” team. However, we believe there would be a strong correlation between the selection order of surrogate teams and their actual performance (based on the high correlation of teams’ year-over-year performance). This suggests that there would indeed still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams in any given year.Second, “NBA Futures” delays the allocation of high draft picks to poor performing teams; for example, Team X finishes with the worst record in year 1 and gets the right to select its surrogate team first – Team . As described above, we would expect Team Y to perform poorly in year 2 more often than not, thus resulting in a high draft pick for Team X after year 2. Under our current system, Team X would get a high draft pick after year 1.It is debatable whether the goals of increased variability and delayed allocation of high draft picks to poor-performing teams are the right ones. If we were in fact seeking to accomplish these two goals, there are several approaches that might be more straightforward. For example:– To add variability, level out the odds for the worst performing teams– To delay pick allocation, tie lottery odds to performance from one year priorThe proposed system could also create strange incentives around surrogate team selection: Will teams be inclined to select a surrogate in their division or conference for competitive purposes? Will teams try to sign their surrogates top free agent simply to make them worse? There could also be situations in which a team would have incentive to contribute to its non-surrogates improvement.And even though it sounds like Samuel and Cody have thought of contingencies like no trade clauses between surrogate teams, the proposal would likely add a significant layer of complexity to the trading of draft picks.Finally, its worth noting that the timing of surrogate selection would be very important. Wherever set, it could become subject to gamesmanship by teams sequencing transactions or disclosing (or not disclosing) information, like injuries, on either side of the deadline.As you can see, while there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery, finding the right balance of competing interests, especially one that will gain the support of three-quarters of NBA teams (the vote required to make the change), is a work in-progress. Regardless of the outcome, all of us at the NBA thank you for your contributions to a lively debate. Please keep the ideas coming!Sincerely,(Adam Signature) Over the last month, our sports podcast “Hot Takedown” asked listeners to submit their ideas for how to fix the NBA Lottery and end tanking. We got almost 7,000 responses, some silly, most very thoughtful. We picked one — a proposal in which teams would place bets on how other teams will perform, divorcing one’s own record from one’s own lottery pick (read about it here) — and sent it off to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office.And then we waited. Most of us (all of us) figured that was it. Usually letters to powerful sports bureaucrats go into the ether.Well, on Friday an envelope arrived in the mail from Commissioner Silver’s office. Someone had clearly read our letter and taken the time to draft a three-page response. (But, for what it’s worth, that someone had not listened to the podcast, or seen my bio page — it was addressed to “Ms.” Jody Avirgan.)The letter lauded our project, offered a detailed response to our plan, and acknowledged a “growing consensus” that the lottery needs fixing. Ultimately, though, it said the equivalent of “thanks, but no thanks.” But over three pages!Watch the video above for instant reaction from “Hot Takedown” host Chadwick Matlin and me. We’ve also posted the full text of the letter at the bottom of this post, and invite you to annotate it on Genius.We’ll dig into the details of Silver’s response soon, but here are a few quick notes.“I can’t say I’ll be riding a bear into the Lottery room any time soon,” Silver writes. Bummer. But the vision lives on.The word “tanking” does not appear in this letter.Nevertheless, in responding to the “futures” plan, Silver does say he thinks “there would still be an incentive to be among the worst-performing teams.” Not to get too Talmudic, but is his use of “still” a tacit acknowledgment that there is currently an incentive to perform poorly?It’s signed only “Adam.” Neat.It’s tough to say whether this letter, along with the other statements Silver has made about lottery reform, indicates that the NBA is truly considering or merely entertaining more creative ideas. And Silver points out that three-quarters of owners will have to approve any changes. Is mentioning that the lottery’s fate is in owners’ hands an excuse not to take bold action, or just realism?Toward the end of the letter, Silver writes that “there appears to be a growing consensus that we need to reform the Draft Lottery.” In the past, Silver has flat-out denied that players are trying to lose, but he’s also acknowledged that the Competition Committee is looking at lottery reform. Part of me appreciates his candor, and part of me is surprised that Silver is still using cautious language like “appears to be … growing.”We’ve already re-extended our invitation for Commissioner Silver to come on “Hot Takedown” to further discuss the proposals and NBA tanking. Again, you can annotate his response for yourself and listen to our original podcast discussing all the proposals below (tanking conversation starts at 17:30): Silver’s full letter, plus your annotations: Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed