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  • Coyotes need to be kept under control

    first_imgMost significantly, the eastern coyote is no longer a pure coyote. East of the Mississippi, coyotes generally have some level of domestic dog in their genetics, and all have some level of wolf.The increasing predominance of those with more wolf genetics has given us a larger, stronger, smarter and bolder coyote.I had observed one coyote in open daylight over many decades of hunting, but have now seen four in the last two seasons. One of these followed my footprints to within 25 yards of me.The current coyote lives more on beavers, turkeys and deer (especially fawns in summer), and less on the smaller rodents that were coyote staples in the past. They also suppress smaller predators that live on rodents.Since rodents provide a step in tick life cycles, the “new” coyote is a factor in the spread of tick-borne illnesses. I agree with The Gazette article that we won’t (and shouldn’t try to) wipe out coyotes.However, when facing a passive human community, coyotes are known to become increasingly bold in asserting their dominance and exploiting food sources. I’m not a wildlife biologist, but have been interested in the development of the eastern coyote for some time. I believe that the Dec. 26 Gazette article on coyotes was missing some essential facts.  This starts with killing pets and livestock out alone at night; it can graduate to attacking pets on leashes in daylight. Human deaths are rare, but injuries have occurred. Only some level of hunting and/or trapping keeps coyotes shy of humans. I hope that landowners will consider this if someone asks for permission to hunt or trap. The article didn’t discuss safety. I urge all hunters to fully understand and rigorously comply with all legal (e.g. setback distances) and safety requirements.Norman PerazzoGlenvilleThe writer is a licensed hunter safety instructor.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristscenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

  • Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Tokyo governor says

    first_imgTopics : Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as a future Japanese premier, said on Monday the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming the novel coronavirus, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases.Japan has not seen an explosive coronavirus outbreak as suffered in some other places but a recent increase in cases in Tokyo, which accounts for more than a third of its more than 20,000 total, has fanned worries about a second wave of infections.The 2020 Olympics were scheduled to start this month but were postponed because of the coronavirus. Koike has pledged to win public support for the Games, although a media survey showed a majority think they should be cancelled or postponed again. “I want to host them as a symbol of the world coming together to overcome this tough situation and of strengthened bonds among humankind,” Koike told Reuters in an online interview.She declined to specify a deadline for deciding if the Games could go ahead.A media-savvy former television announcer who speaks English and Arabic, Koike is to many a paradox: a global thinker with a nationalist tinge; a political outsider who advanced with help from old-boy mentors, and a risk-taker who shied away from the big gamble of running for parliament in 2017 as head of her upstart “Party of Hope”.The party floundered after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election.center_img Instead, Koike stayed on as Tokyo governor and has won plaudits for her straight-talking handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in contrast to what critics called Abe’s clumsy response.She was re-elected by a landslide last week, reigniting talk she has a shot at becoming Japan’s first woman prime minister.On Monday, she sought to brush such speculation aside.”I’m happy that people have hopes for me but I received support for a second term as governor,” she said.”I want to protect the lives and health of the people of Tokyo by addressing the immediate issue of policies for the coronavirus. That is my greatest mission.”Political machine?Tokyo’s jump in COVID-19 cases comes as Abe’s government prepares to launch a campaign to promote domestic tourism, but that has raised concern about spreading the virus outside the capital.Koike said it was important both to contain the virus and revive the slumping economy.”At present, a tough situation continues but … by taking a proper response in Tokyo, I want to advance both the prevention of infections and social and economic activity,” she said.Tokyo accounts for about 20% of Japan’s economy.Koike, who clashed with Abe’s administration over the timing of a state of emergency, and over which businesses to target for shutdowns, said she wanted greater clarity on local governments’ authority during the crisis.A veteran member of parliament before defying Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to make her 2016 bid for governor, Koike also wants to make the metropolis a global financial center by luring foreign talent.Still, speculation persists that she could yet aim for Japan’s top job.She has already broken several glass ceilings: first female governor of Tokyo, Japan’s first female defense minister and the first woman to run for LDP president.But creating a new political machine to vault her to the top would be tough, political analysts said.”Does she have what it takes to be prime minister? Absolutely. But she doesn’t have the political machine that can make it happen,” said a source who has advised Koike for years.A return to the LDP fold would also face obstacles, given that mutual antagonism runs deep. last_img read more

  • Arsenal set to complete deadline-day deal for Nikolaj Moller as striker signs four-year contract

    first_img Video Settings Comment Read More Read More About Connatix V67539 Top articles Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected deadline day move to West Ham Metro Sport ReporterMonday 5 Oct 2020 5:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.9kShares / Skip Meanwhile, Arsenal are still pursuing a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, who has a £45m buy-out clause.‘I think he’s a top player,’ Arsenal legend Paul Merson said of Partey on transfer deadline day.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I nearly fell off my chair, £45million, I don’t think that’s a lot of money, at all for the quality of player you are getting here.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The one thing he brings as well. Discipline. He has played at Atletico Madrid, who are one of the most disciplined teams in Europe and he would do that.‘He’s not a midfield player who goes running all over the place and you are thinking ‘where has he gone?’. He is very disciplined. I think he would be a great signing.’Arsenal continued their encouraging run of form on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey agrees £250,000-a-week deal with Arsenal ahead of £45m transferMORE: Piers Morgan fumes at Arsenal after club sack long-serving mascot Gunnersaurus Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Arsenal set to complete deadline-day deal for Nikolaj Moller as striker signs four-year contract Read Morecenter_img Read More 1/1 by Metro PLAY Advertisement Full Screen SPONSORED Arsenal have completed a deadline-day deal for the teenage striker (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have wrapped up a deadline-day deal for Malmo forward Nikolaj Moller, according to reports.Moller, 18, completed his Arsenal medical on Monday and the deal should be finalised before the summer transfer window closes at 11pm.Goal say the teenage striker has signed a four-year deal at the Emirates in a move costing the Gunners around £450,000.The Sweden U19 international will initially link up with Steve Bould’s U23 squad at Arsenal rather than Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad.ADVERTISEMENT Coming Next Skip Ad 1 min. story Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

  • This Brisbane home is a godsend for large families

    first_imgKitchen is old school but with potential. Great spot for teenagers or a man cave.The kitchen opens into a 100sq m under cover, insulated deck which looks out over the pool, the listing said.Downstairs was “not quite regulation height” according to the agency, but there was potential for a teenage retreat, home based business or guest wing.According to CoreLogic records, the current owners paid $825,000 for the property last year. The 100sq m deck that comes off the kitchen. There is an inground swimming pool.“Revealing 4.8m vaulted ceilings as you walk from the foyer through the wide open hallway providing access to three of the four bedrooms upstairs, everything looks oversized, with so much open space that plays host to the generous lounge and dining room, four very large bedrooms, two with air conditioning, a large central bathroom with claw foot bath, vintage pedestal basin and separate shower.” 100 Franklin Street, Annerley Qld 4103IF you’re on the hunt for a bit of divine intervention in your housing search, this may be one to consider: A former church with ceilings up to 15 feet high.The four bedroom, two bathroom, double driveway, two kitchen home at 100 Franklin Street, Annerley, was formerly owned by the Grace Bible Church.The 741sq m Brisbane property has been built to cater for big groups and was being marketed in the high $800,000 mark by agent Darren Cosgrove of Place Annerley.“This former church makes an ideal home for the large or extended family or an ideal investment for the room by room investor,” was how he described it. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThat’s a long way up. Downstairs is “not quite regulation height”.last_img read more

  • Return of 100 stranded Ilonggo OFWs aborted

    first_imgOver the weekend,a newly-returned OFW of La Paz, Iloilo City tested positive for COVID-19. The OverseasWorkers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Region 6 which is tasked to quarantinethe returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) is not yet ready to temporarilyhouse them. “The OFWs aresupposed to arrive at 9 a.m. but aborted na‘yung flight from Manila,” accordingto Melissa Banias, chief of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6’sCapability Building Section. ILOILO – Thismorning’s scheduled return here of some 100 Ilonggo overseas workers strandedin Metro Manila won’t push through. She also said theOWWA central office would be flying the OFWs to Iloilo by batch – and onlyafter they have completed the 14-day quarantine in Metro Manila. OCD Region 6director Jose Roberto Nuñez told PanayNews local government units (LGUs), too, should have protocols in place forreturning OFWs. His move had thesupport of Iloilo mayors, said Defensor./PN Among others, he said,each LGU must have a ready quarantine facility. Banias assuredthe OFWs’ families here that the OWWA’s central office in Metro Manila willtake care of their stranded relatives, pointing out that no less than PresidentRodrigo Duterte issued an order that returning OFWs should not be turned away. “May OFWs na pauwi dito pero ang coordination natin, especially saLGUs, dapat i-address muna natin,” said Nuñez. Their healthstatus – whether positive or not for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) –is a big concern. For his part,Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. said he wanted to right away bring home from MetroManila all the stranded Ilonggo OFWs but that he could not risk the safely ofthe families here of these OFWs and the public health in general. From the IloiloAirport, an OWWA Region 6 vehicle would take them to a local quarantinefacility – likely the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University in Arevalo,Iloilo City, said Banias. Yesterdayafternoon, Defensor asked the Iloilo Airport acting manager, Maria Luisa Palma,to not allow the landing of the airplane scheduled to bring to Iloilo today thestranded OFWs. Once the OFWsreach Iloilo, however, they would be subjected to another two-week quarantine,said Banias.last_img read more

  • Sonya J. Smith

    first_imgSonya J. Smith, age 37 of Greensburg, died Monday, March 23, 2020 at her home. Born November 1, 1982 in Batesville, she is the daughter Tonya (Nee: Faulkner) Mullins and Anthony Kelley. She worked as an LPN at the Hickory Creek Health Care in Greensburg. Sonya always put others needs before hers. She loved being a nurse and caring for people, but her most rewarding role was being a mother. She had recently started making jewelry, specifically bracelets, and apparently had a weakness for shopping on Wish.com.Sonya is survived by her husband Steven; daughters Gabriella, Jasmine and Ayriana Smith; sons Matthew Schoettmer, Zavier and Zachery Smith; sister Jessica Kelley of Morris; brother Jeremey Kelley of New Point; mother Tonya Mullins of Metamora and father Tony Kelley of Batesville.Sonya’s wishes were to be cremated following a private viewing. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.last_img read more

  • Messi topples Ronaldo in FIFA 20 ranking + Top 10 ranking

    first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been unveiled as the highest rated player on this year’s latest installment of FIFA. The 32-year-old Argentine was awarded with a 94 rating and pipped rival Cristiano Ronaldo to the top spot. There were also places in the top ten for Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah, alongside Real Madrid wideman Eden Hazard and Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne. Messi edged past fierce competition from Ronaldo and PSG enigma Neymar to claim the best rating – with the talented trio leading the way at the top of the rankings. Hazard, fresh off the back of his big money switch to Spain this summer, has been awarded a 91 rating. De Bruyne, despite his injury woes at the Premier League champions last season, was also revealed to hold the same rating, alongside Atletico Madrid shot stopper Jan Oblak. Unsurprisingly, Liverpool stalwart van Dijk received a healthy upgrade, moving the Dutch international from an 85 to a 90 rating following his superb campaign at Anfield. Wing wizard Salah was also revealed as a 90 rated player this year, in what is a two point boost from the current edition of the franchise. Rounding off the top ten is Real Madrid’s Luka Modric and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with both stars receiving 90 ratings. FIFA fanatics will be able to receive their first taste of the new game when the demo is released on September 10, with new game mode Volta and standard 11 vs 11 clashes available to play. EA Sports will also gradually reveal the Most Improved players on this year’s game, as well as Future Stars and those who possess the best skill moves. The full game is set to be released on September 24 across all platforms.FIFA HIGHEST RATED PLAYERS Lionel Messi – Barca 94 Cristiano Ronaldo – Juve 93 Neymar Jr. – PSG 92 Eden Hazard – Real 91 Kevin De Bruyne – Man City 91 Jan Oblak – Atlético  91 Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool 90 Mo Salah – Liverpool 90 Luka Modric – Real  90 Marc-André ter Stegen – Barca 90 Tags: Cristiano RonaldoFC BarcelonaFIFALionel Messilast_img read more

  • Update on the latest sports

    first_img Associated Press — The Spanish league says it will file criminal charges against a fan who ran onto the field during Barcelona’s match at Mallorca. Saturday’s match was played without fans but the youngster wearing an Argentina soccer jersey made it past security and took a photo of himself in front of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. The league said the fan, who was not wearing a mask or gloves when he entered the field early in the second half, disobeyed orders from security personnel and broke health safety laws in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.AMERICA PROTESTS-NHLWhite NHL players find their voice on racismUNDATED (AP) — The predominantly white sport of hockey has a checkered history of racism and a culture of not speaking out. The death of George Floyd in Minnesota has changed that.A number of white NHL players have decided to join their black counterparts in discussing the issue. More than 100 players have posted statements on social media. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— College officials haven’t come up with a consensus opinion as they debate whether to announce how many of their athletes test positive for the coronavirus. Nearly half of the 66 Football Bowl Subdivision members that responded to an Associated Press inquiry said they were still deciding whether to announce the number of athletes with positive tests. Just over half of the schools will not release any numbers to the general public. Schools are trying to balance the public’s right to know during a pandemic against student privacy rights.— Louisiana Tech officials say a football player has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he and some of his teammates have been instructed to self-quarantine for two weeks. School officials say contact tracing helped officials identify additional football players who could have been exposed. Louisiana Tech has not released the names of the players being required to quarantine and has not specified how many players were identified for possible exposure. The Bulldogs reported to campus in Ruston, Louisiana, on June 1 for physicals and medical testing. They began on-field conditioning during the past week and are scheduled to begin weight training this week.— An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. The teams say the staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well. The team says all other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday. NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.— A small number of spectators will be in the stands Sunday for NASCAR’s Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Some 1,000 fans, mostly members of the military, have been invited to watch the third Cup race in eight days. It will be the 22nd time that NASCAR will run at Homestead, but the first time in any month other than November. The weather is expected to be hot and humid. Baseball players have told the commissioner’s office that any additional talks to start the season during the coronavirus pandemic would be pointless, and that owners should order a return to work.Union head Tony Clark said in a statement Saturday that “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”The union’s action might lead to a season of about 50 games rather than the 82 initially proposed by MLB. The Major League Baseball Players Association could respond by filing a grievance that would be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings, arguing players are owed hundreds of millions of dollars in damages due to a shorter season.MLB responded with a statement accusing the union of not negotiating in good faith and cited the March agreement that called for prorated salaries but did not obligate teams to play in empty ballparks. Clubs could file a grievance claiming the union did not meet its “good faith” obligation.Overall, this could spark lengthy litigation and could even prompt some star players to sit out. Kim Davis is the NHL’s executive vice president of social impact and the highest-ranked African American in the league. She says she thinks many players are realizing the truth about what she calls “the racial pandemic.” Floyd’s death in police custody has touched off an extraordinary reckoning of race and race relations, and sports have been part of it, from European soccer to the NFL. It has also made ripples in NASCAR, which like the NHL has predominately white athletes and, by most accounts, a largely white fan base.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-KOERNER HURTIowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accidentIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner (KOHR’-ner) has been injured in a jet ski collision on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. June 14, 2020 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order returnUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears headed to its shortest season since the 1870s. According to a police report, Koerner and his passenger, Cole Coffin, were hurt on Friday when their watercraft crashed into the side of a boat. Coffin was taken to a hospital by aircraft. There was no immediate word on his injuries or condition. Koerner was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.last_img read more

  • Magpies boss shrugs off reports of Chelsea interest in trio

    first_imgNewcastle manager Alan Pardew insists his club has no intention of selling its best players.Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and goalkeeper Tim Krul, but the Magpies boss believes all three will stay at St James’ Park.“I think anyone who looks at this football club will know we are difficult sellers,” he said.AdChoices广告“Someone is going to have to pay a lot of money to take one of our players away – especially considering where we are right now, and that we’re having success.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

  • New degree bridges communication, tech

    first_imgA new partnership between the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Viterbi School of Engineering aims to form an interdisciplinary program that will foster an environment for students to become successful as communication technology professionals.The collaboration consists of two elements, a new joint degree as well as innovation teams combining students from both schools. The master of communications informatics joint degree evaluates the impact technology has had on the future of communication. The degree will look at aspects ranging from data analytics, crowdsourcing, social media, online communities and the use of technology in journalism.Craig Knoblock, the associate director of informatics in Viterbi, said that he wants joint degrees to be a major focus for the future of the school since students often want to apply what they learn in Viterbi to different industries.“Our vision in informatics is that future programs will focus on joint degrees that span information and informatics in multiple disciplines, that’s really where the meat is,” Knoblock said. “People want to learn about the computer science aspect of things and understand how to apply it to multiple fields.”Last week’s press release also discussed the new innovation teams as part of the new Annenberg Leadership Initiative. Funded by a portion of the $5 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation, the teams aim to provide a opportunity for students of both disciplines to pioneer new methods of creative storytelling. Students will work in the new Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center to form new methods of delivering news.Michael Cody, a professor of social influence processes within Annenberg, is one of the main individuals behind the creation of this new program.“We decided to start a small exclusive program,” Cody said. “We’re expecting around 10 to 12 people at the beginning. We want people who are interested in combining algorithms, computer science and tracking, who are looking for the best way of comparing and showing similarities between profiles of people.”Whether a student is working from the engineering or communication side, the overall objective of the program surrounds the concept of harnessing technology to implement change in our society and guide it in a more positive direction.“We celebrate this new, powerhouse partnership and everything it will bring to both schools and our graduates,” said Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of USC Annenberg in a press release.Austin Roy, a masters student studying communication management at Annenberg, thinks this collaboration will provide students involved with the unique advantage of having skillsets to succeed in both sides of this evolving industry.“I think it’s essential for communication students to understand the value of technology and for technology students to understand the value of communication,” Roy said. “Although both fields may seem polarly opposite, without each other their individual messages won’t be heard.”Danny Cantwell, a masters student studying computer science at Viterbi, agrees.“I’ve worked on a lot of engineering projects where students have a lot of different expectations, and even though they have a deep understanding of the technical side of things, Annenberg students have a better understanding of the more communicative elements of a project and would be able to really help in that aspect,” Cantwell said.Cody discussed some potential projects that could come out of a program like this, such as artificial intelligence systems that could be used to help kids with autism.“It may be that artificial intelligence systems could be worked with tablets to help these kids, so when they’re working with computers and you read that they’re unhappy or having vocal stress you’d then modify the system so that it adapts to their needs and concerns,” Cody said. “That’s something I’ve dreamt about for decades; in communication, we don’t have that access but now it’s possible.”The program is set to start admitting students this fall.last_img read more