Rights, not NRA, are the issue with guns

first_imgWhen the Second Amendment was written, the intent was to guarantee the “people” should and would have the means to protect themselves from a tyrannical government. The “modern arms” of the times were the cap lock and flint lock, not the match lock. In this day and age, “modern firearms” are much different.There’s no doubt that Mr. Anderson dislikes the AR-15 type of firearm. In his comments, he clearly doesn’t understand the issue at hand and the laws currently in effect. The AR-15 type of firearms is  not a fully automatic firearm. Fully automatic firearms are allowed by the federal government for civilian ownership by applying and submitting to an extensive background check. I would ask that he and others take the time to educated themselves about the 130,000 gun laws currently on the books, and more importantly take the time to discuss these matters with other gun owners. The NRA isn’t the issue here. It’s the infringement of rights guaranteed in our Constitution and the efforts to erode those rights.Joe VivaBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Re May 10 letter, “Reasonable gun regs block by NRA”: Stephen Anderson views the NRA as a threat. It does appear he doesn’t own any firearms, nor is familiar with the process of legally obtaining a firearm, both long gun or pistol, nor the existing laws.  His view of the NRA tactics seems to go against those that he would use to enforce and maintain the Second Amendment right of individuals to own guns. Negotiating from a position of strength has proven itself time and time again to be the greater of choice. History has proven appeasement never works.Mr. Anderson mentions the “no-fly” list. Is he aware of the problems involved with the no-fly list? Is he aware that people have been erroneously placed upon this list, with no recourse to having their names removed? The same issues hold true with the lists prepared by the state and federal governments regarding those who have been erroneously placed upon the “mentally ill” lists. The NRA didn’t commit these acts. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Investing over spending: Banks, e-commerce firms cater to shifting consumer preference

first_imgWelma is a platform that allows users to invest in mutual funds, bonds, as well as to purchase insurance products. The bank reported that the number of transactions within Welma had increased from less than 2,000 transactions in December 2019 to 6,498 transactions in July this year, with the total transaction value reaching Rp 722 billion (US$49 million) in July. The number of users downloading the platform surged from almost 25,000 in the first quarter this year to over 58,000 in September.Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) data shows that the number of retail investors in the country has increased to 1.2 million as of June this year, a rise of around 12 percent from December last year. The rise of domestic retail investors in the country was significant in that it had provided the local bourse, the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), with a liquidity buffer as foreign capital fled the country, driven by market panic due to the COVID-19 fear, analysts have said. As of Friday, data from the IDX shows that domestic investors make up 65 percent of the total trading value in the bourse this year, while foreign investors make up only 35 percent. Bond instruments are also highly sought after, with the government raising Rp 18.33 trillion through its July issuance of ORI017 retail bond series, 367 percent more than the original sale target of Rp 5 trillion and making it the highest recorded proceeds from online bond issuances. Prominent players in the country’s digital economy are eyeing to benefit from this trend and thinking to possibly expand their platform to include investment features if they have not done so already. “Hopefully, we can release an investment service, [but] we don’t know when yet,” Bank BTPN digital banking business product head Waasi B. Sumintardja told The Jakarta Post during an Instagram Live session with the Post on Thursday. “I hope by next year, we’ll already have an investment service. But we’ll see then because we received quite a lot of input from our cocreators, so we need to pick which ones are the most fitting for Jenius users,” Waasi explained, referring to its innovation process called cocreation in which Jenius users can share their ideas to the Jenius’ team on how to make the digital banking app work better for them. Decacorn ride-hailing app Gojek has also expanded its services to include an investment platform by forming a partnership between its payment services GoPay and Pluang, an online gold investment platform. Speaking during a webinar hosted by the Post, GoPay managing director Budi Gandasoebrata hinted that the GoJek app might soon launch a new investment feature. “Yes, hopefully, you will see it very soon […] If I share too much, it won’t be a surprise anymore, so you’ll see when it comes,” Budi said on Sept. 25. Bukalapak also announced on Oct. 5 the launch of its fintech arm PT Buka Investasi Bersama (BIB) and aims to attract half a million Bukalapak users as mutual fund investors in 2021. Tokopedia, on the other hand, already owns mutual funds and digital gold investment platforms; both have grown robustly since they were launched. Tokopedia’s mutual fund investors have multiplied 57 times and gold investors 20 times in the last two years. The total number of transactions multiplied by 27 and 20, respectively. Schroders Indonesia president director and chief executive officer (CEO) Michael T. Tjoadi said during the Indonesia Knowledge Forum that investors would need to weigh in their investment horizon when building their investment portfolio — whether it was long-term or short-term. “In the short-term, knowing that the interest rates will be kept low, it is safer to invest in government bonds as they are less risky than corporate bonds,” Michael said on Oct. 6.Topics : Banks and e-commerce platforms are trying to ride the trend of customers choosing to invest rather than spend during the pandemic by offering investment services and pushing the use of existing assistance for retail investors.Publicly listed Bank Central Asia (BCA) vice president director Suwignyo Budiman noticed a shift toward wealth accumulation among customers after the privately owned bank recorded a surge in funds under management for investment products and bancassurance, while loans began to diminish. “Starting from March, especially since June and July until the present, investment products [demand] increased quite notably,” Suwignyo said during the 2020 Indonesia Knowledge Forum held online on Oct. 6. He added that demand had been particularly high for bonds, which gave a relatively higher return than bank time deposits as interest rates kept falling.Bank Indonesia (BI) data shows that the country’s loan growth stood at just 1.04 percent year-on-year (yoy) in August while third-party funds soared 11.64 percent annually.McKinsey & Company’s “COVID-19 Indonesia Consumer Pulse Survey” found that consumers remain cautious about spending, with 83 percent of respondents agreeing to the statement: “Given the economy and my personal finances, I have to be very careful how I spend my money”. The survey was done from June 19 to 21. “BCA has strengthened its wealth management services in the past few years, so in the condition where wealth accumulation increases, […] Welma, our wealth management app, received an overwhelmingly warm response from the public,” he added.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Continues Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Continues Visits to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties Press Release Harrisburg, Pa. – Today is the second day of Governor Tom Wolf’s four-day, 14-county visit in northern Pennsylvania with stops in Sayre, Bradford County; Mansfield, Tioga County; Coudersport, Potter County; and Emporium, Cameron County.“It is important that every part of Pennsylvania, big and small, rural and urban, understand that we’re listening to them and working to improve their communities,” Governor Wolf said. “As I travel through Pennsylvania, it is clear that no matter the area, there’s a lot of important work being done to make communities stronger. Our job at the state is to support those efforts and what I’ve seen throughout this trip is that we’re already making a lot of progress in areas like community development, education and workforce training.”The governor’s first stop was Rynone Manufacturing Corp, a family-owned manufacturing business, where he conducted a roundtable discussion with Bradford County businesses on workforce and economic development. After the discussion, he toured the company’s manufacturing facility.Rynone was followed by a visit to Warren L Miller Elementary School in Mansfield, where the governor, joined by First Lady Frances Wolf, visited several classrooms and talked with teachers, administrators and education partners.Gov. Wolf will visit Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport at 2:30 p.m., where he and the First Lady will tour the facility and meet healthcare staff, administrators, and board members.Friday, Sept. 22, Gov. Wolf and the First Lady will visit McKean, Warren, and Forest counties with stops at Zippo Manufacturing in Bradford, Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt Jewett, Whirley-DrinkWorks! in Warren, and the Tionesta Market Village in Tionesta.On Thursday, the governor stopped in Jim Thorpe, Carbon County; Tunkhannock, Wyoming County; Montrose, Susquehanna County; and Dushore, Sullivan County to hear from business leaders, employees and healthcare workers about economic development, workforce training and healthcare in their communities.Stops Saturday include locations in Elk, Jefferson, and Clearfield counties.center_img September 21, 2017last_img read more

Siskiyou hosting Sept. 27 Restad Modified Memorial

first_imgYREKA, Calif. – Siskiyou Motor Speedway’s Sunday, Sept. 27 Rod Restad Memorial boasts a $4,000 check for the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event.The Restad Memorial is a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The $150 entry fee includes car and driver.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the program, chasing national and state points.Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Pit passes are $35.More information is available on Facebook and at the www.siskiyoumotorspeedway.com website.last_img

Boys Area Baseball Sectionals (5-24)

first_imgBoys Area Baseball SectionalsFriday  (5-24)Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ East Central.Columbus East  2     Bloomington South  1Columbus North  12     East Central  0last_img

Official Emblem of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Launched

first_imgMumbai: The official emblem of the FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, which India will host in 2020, was unveiled at a star-studded launch event at the Gateway of India here.Popular local and international stars attended the event on Saturday evening, including two-time women’s World Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist Kristine Lilly of the US, and the members of India U-17 women’s football team, who will compete in the showpiece event next year.Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Sports Kiren Rijiju said: “I’m extremely proud to be a part of the launch of the official emblem and stand behind our women footballers as they take an important step towards this historic event.”We are delighted that through the U-17 women’s World Cup, we can initiate various schemes and programmes which will make sports like football easily accessible to everyone, especially young girls.””This tournament is not only the first step onto the international stage for the participating young women, but it is also an opportunity to inspire girls of all ages across India and around the world,” said Sarai Bareman, Chief Women’s Football Officer for FIFA.The FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup will take place between November 2 and November 21, 2020. IANSAlso Read: FIFA U-17 Women World Cup: Guwahati Shortlisted as possible venueAlso Watch: Assam Martial Arts shines at World Martial Arts Games 2019 in Londonlast_img read more

Georgia, Ole Miss meet in SEC tourney

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 13 seed Georgia (15-16, 5-13) vs. No. 12 seed Mississippi (15-16, 6-12)Southeastern Conference Tourney First Round, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Georgia is set to face off against Mississippi in the first round of the SEC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 25, when the Rebels shot 52 percent from the field while limiting Georgia to just 30.9 percent on the way to a 10-point victory. March 10, 2020 Associated Press TALE OF TWO ROSTERS: Mississippi has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Georgia has leaned on freshmen. Seniors Breein Tyree, Devontae Shuler and Khadim Sy have collectively accounted for 57 percent of Mississippi’s scoring this season. On the other hand, freshmen Anthony Edwards, Sahvir Wheeler and Toumani Camara have combined to score 46 percent of the team’s points this year and have accounted for 67 percent of all Bulldogs points over their last five.ACCURATE ANTHONY: Edwards has connected on 30.1 percent of the 236 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 39 over the last five games. He’s also converted 77.5 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Bulldogs are 0-7 when they score 61 points or fewer and 15-9 when they exceed 61 points. The Rebels are 0-10 when they fail to score more than 63 points and 15-6 on the season, otherwise.WINNING WHEN: Georgia is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least six opposing shots. The Bulldogs are 10-16 this season when they block fewer than six shots.DID YOU KNOW: Georgia is rated second in the SEC with an average of 72.7 possessions per game.___center_img Georgia, Ole Miss meet in SEC tourney For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

UW’s Unser sprinting toward hockey glory

first_imgWhile many high school seniors try to enjoy their last year by taking it easy, Wisconsin freshman Laurie Unser was looking for ways to occupy her time.A standout athlete from West Salem, Wis., Unser was not satisfied just running on her cross-country and track teams in high school. She wanted to play hockey as well. Two hours away.A current member of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, Unser would make the trip from West Salem several times a week to play for the Madison Capitols, rated as one of the best prep hockey programs in the country by Hockey News Magazine.Now that Unser has made the permanent move to Madison, she has brought that work ethic with her.“I was always active,” Unser said. “I kind of like being busy because it keeps you so you have time management.”Originally a figure skater, Unser became tired of watching her brother play hockey and decided to give it a try as a 6-year-old. She didn’t try cross country or track until eighth grade, but quickly realized she was a natural at running.“Once you’ve had success it motivates you to work even harder,” Unser said. “It’s easier to work for something you need to know what in store for you.”Efficiency will be key for Unser, as the level is raised both academically and athletically in college. So far, however, Unser appears to be doing just fine.“She’s an all-around player on the ice,” UW junior Kelly Nash said. “Coach can put her wherever if we need somebody to fill in she just steps there and plays her hardest.”In just her second shift as a Badger, Unser made her presence known with a goal against North Dakota. Positioned by the net, she turned a rebound opportunity into a two-goal lead for the Badgers. After her first taste of offense, Unser appears ready to contribute again.“It’s nice to have those players that can hop out on to the ice and perform,” UW head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “A lot of the freshmen it takes them a month or two to finally get in the groove.”Fittingly enough, Unser did not receive a scholarship out of high school, but had to walk on to make the program. As a four-time scholar athlete and Midwest Elite Hockey League Academic Award winner, Unser’s grades were good enough to attend Madison even if she hadn’t made the team.As if hockey and school at UW didn’t occupy enough of her time, Unser is considering joining the track team in the spring as well. According to Unser, the extra work on the track will benefit her on the ice.“I think one of my stronger points on the ice is speed, and I think track has contributed to that,” Unser said. “I’m working my leg muscles and I think it’s a great cross-training.”A state champion in the 4×800 relay and an individual champion in the 400-meter dash, Unser is no stranger to success on the track.“Since sophomore year I realized that I could have a chance; I got second at state in the 400,” Unser said. “So my senior (year) I really worked hard — as hard as I could — and it all paid off.”If Unser does end up joining the track team, she would not be the only dual-sport athlete in the hockey program. Twin sisters Alev and Derya Kelter, are on the soccer team as well.Unser has kept in contact with the track coaches and will make a decision down the road to determine if she has a future in track as well. Although she is still unsure about what to do this spring, Unser has made up her mind that successful athletes don’t need to stick to one sport.“If you want a sport, you just have to make sure you work hard,” Unser said. “As long as you put in the hard work you can pretty much do anything.”last_img read more

SU men’s soccer left demoralized after shutout loss to last-place Rutgers

first_img But even with the back four intact, the defense was still not able to find a rhythm. The second and third goals both came on additional defensive errors. Bourdeau, yet again, caused trouble down the line, getting inside on defender Robbie Hughes and knocking the ball into the middle. The player waiting there was not being covered and tipped the ball in easily. Ian McIntyre sat alone at the end of the bench. There was still 15 minutes left to play in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Rutgers, but the deflated coach abandoned his usual post, standing a few yards to the left of midfield for the solace of the covered bench. ‘I was tired, I think emotionally and physically,’ McIntyre said. The offense provided little support. Although its attacks came close every time, no one was able to finish. Seven corner kicks and a few good crosses left the ball in the center of the Rutgers box, but Syracuse could not settle the ball. The team had 19 shots to Rutgers’ eight and still lost 3-0. Comments alguggen@syr.edu So there he sat. Facebook Twitter Google+ The back four was unable to stay on its men, letting the Rutgers offense slip into the middle almost uncontested. Although the Syracuse (2-8-5, 0-4-3 Big East) defense allowed Rutgers (4-9-1, 1-6-0 Big East) to muster only eight shots, more than one-third of them found the back of the net. Minutes later, Arena was back on defense. ‘I don’t think it was working as well as I was hoping it would,’ McIntyre said. ‘It looked good on paper.’ McIntyre, the Syracuse men’s soccer coach, had just watched his team surrender three goals to the worst team in the Big East. An SU defense that kept the team in numerous games while the offense struggled had just broken down on three separate occasions. His offense, which has struggled to score all season, repeatedly created and then botched all its chances.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img ‘We need to work on finishing more,’ Bibbs said. ‘And I think individual defending we’ll work on a lot this week before Louisville comes in.’ ‘Nick Bibbs is a good defender,’ Arena said. ‘And if I’m going to play up top in a wide position, someone like Nick Bibbs is perfect back there. He’s a good defender, he’s fast, he’s good with his feet.’ Despite having a consistently solid defense, McIntyre said he decided to switch things up in search of an offensive spark. He moved senior outside back Justin Arena up to midfield, putting Nick Bibbs, who played defensive midfielder for most of the season, into Arena’s spot. With conference play coming to a close, a win Saturday would have put the Orange in a good position to clinch one of the two remaining Big East tournament spots. A loss, however, means it is clinging to sixth place. With two games remaining this season, the team will need to win both to guarantee a postseason berth. On Wednesday, Syracuse will face No. 2 Louisville, which is undefeated in the Big East. So with only a few days, after a loss to the Big East’s worst team, to prepare to play the conference’s best team, Bibbs said SU has a lot to work on in practice. And the final goal was simply a matter of not marking. Salmon was unmarked in the middle of the box and headed the ball unchallenged into the goal. ‘The second goal — I don’t know how their striker was so open to get the toe poke into the corner,’ Bibbs said. ‘Well, he came across one of our center backs. That can’t happen. … We’ve got to be tight on our marks. The third goal was just — you need to have the courage or something to win the ball in the air. He had a free header and just banged it right into the corner. Those types of goals can’t happen.’ But McIntyre’s decision resulted in the first goal. Published on October 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Bibbs matched up on the right side of the field with Rutgers midfielder Nate Bourdeau. Bibbs said he was not marking Bourdeau tightly enough. So when Bourdeau got possession down the sideline, Bibbs’ tackle did not come off cleanly. The ball deflected off Bourdeau to Rutgers’ Yannick Salmon, who was waiting in the middle of the field. Salmon’s shot went into the upper corner of the goal, nowhere near SU keeper Jeremy Vuolo.last_img read more

Kiffin has high praise for Tuerk

first_imgAfter Saturday’s demoralizing loss to No. 3 Oregon at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, No. 19 USC felt it had a lot to work on in Tuesday’s practice. Though senior quarterback Matt Barkley threw two interceptions against Oregon, USC head coach Lane Kiffin still had much praise for his play this season.Upgrade · Since making his way into the starting lineup, freshman tackle Max Tuerk has helped a sputtering USC offense get back on track. The Trojans scored 51 points in a loss to Oregon last weekend. – Carlo Acemas | Daily Trojan“I thought Matt played great,” Kiffin said. “Oregon had given up 10 touchdown passes the entire season combined. Matt threw for five … Everything really for the most part is similar or better than last year outside of interceptions.”Regarding Barkley’s higher interception total — he threw seven in 2011, Kiffin gave Barkley a goal of not throwing an interception over the next three games.“It’s always a goal not to throw a pick,” Barkley said. “But I’m going to make more of an emphasis on finishing the season with no more picks.”Though Oregon did generate some pressure against USC, the Ducks only sacked Barkley once. USC’s improvement along the offensive line can be attributed to the switch that was made at left tackle. Freshman offensive tackle Max Tuerk, who started the last two games against Arizona and Oregon, has been one of the keys for an improving USC offense.“[Tuerk’s been] phenomenal,” Kiffin said. “You have to give the kid a ton of credit for what he’s been able to do.”USC’s biggest problem in its loss to Oregon was its inability to stop the Ducks’ offense. USC allowed 730 yards on defense, and the 62 points allowed was the worst in school history.“If you give up those numbers it has to be [defensive scheme and execution],” Kiffin said. “It really was a combination of every aspect of defense that you can think of for it to get to the level that it was at.”USC waited until late in the fourth quarter to attempt an onside kick against Oregon, which had several people confused as to why Kiffin waited until so late in the game to do this. Kiffin defended the delay as a matter of field position.“We kept having faith that we were going to stop them whether it was us making a play or them screwing up on a play as opposed to giving them the ball at midfield,” Kiffin said.On a non-football related note, Tuesday was also election day. Kiffin declined to say whether or not he was going to vote in the election.“I don’t answer political questions,” Kiffin said. “They’re a no-win [situation].”last_img read more