Over the past year, I’ve heard “no collusion” way too many times. “We did not do anything to help Russia.” Not doing anything was the help they needed most. Suppose you learn a bank is going to be robbed Sunday and you fail to notify proper authorities. Then Monday, you are a bank robber, even if you were not there. Sin of omission.Every ranking member of the Trump campaign knew that the Russians wanted to influence the 2016 election. The help they gave was the failure to notify proper authorities of meetings and communications proving this intent by a foreign government.The fact that help wasn’t intentional doesn’t diminish the effect and value that doing nothing had. Being left alone was the gift. The fact that these campaign leaders didn’t recognize that they were being used doesn’t mean they were not being useful.The continuing attacks on our uniquely American institutions by the Trump administration are icing on Putin’s cake. And that is a sin of commission.Frank ElflandCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the… On Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, Jews ask forgiveness for two kinds of sins — sins of commission, things you did, and sins of omission, things you failed to do. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested East Kutai Regent Ismunandar and his wife, East Kutai Legislative Council (DPRD) speaker Encek UR Firgasih, along with 13 others on Thursday evening for alleged corruption in goods and services procurement in the regency.The arrests were carried out in separate operations in Jakarta and East Kutai and Samarinda in East Kalimantan between Thursday and Friday, KPK spokesperson for law enforcement Ali Fikri said.“We apprehended several parties in Jakarta and there are currently seven people in the KPK headquarters still being questioned by our team,” Ali said in a written statement published Friday.“Eight more were arrested in East Kutai and Samarinda. After the Samarinda Police investigate them, they would be taken to Jakarta in the afternoon,” he said. Topics : KPK commissioner Nawawi Pomolango said the antigraft agency arrested Ismunandar, Encek and a regional development planning agency head at a hotel in Jakarta.Ismunandar won the regional election in 2015 to lead East Kutai regency from 2016 to 2021. He previously served as the secretary for the East Kutai administration between 2010 and 2015.The arrest operation was the third one carried out under the KPK’s new leader, Comr. Gen. Firli Bahuri, following two separate operations in January that netted Saiful Ilah, the regent of Sidoarjo in East Java, and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.
The Thousand Islands Police have discovered five bodies inside a cold storage chamber aboard KM Starindo Jaya Maju VI, a fishing vessel.The dead crew members were between the ages of 19 and 27. Their bodies have been taken to the Kramat Jati Police Hospital for autopsies. Thousand Islands Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Morry Edmond said the police found the bodies at about 2:15 p.m. on Thursday. They had stopped the fishing vessel for carrying an excess of crew members. The police warned the ship’s captain to refrain from carrying too many crew members because of COVID-19 concerns.Read also: Body of man found mutilated in South Jakarta apartment The police then noted a mismatch between the number of crew members present and the number listed in the ship’s manifest. “The manifest stated that there were 43 crew members on board. However, the number of crew members present was less than what the manifest stated. Then the captain confessed that some of the crew members had died,” Morry said as quoted by kompas.com.“The captain had kept their bodies inside a cold storage chamber,” he said, adding that according to the captain, the bodies had been there for about a week.The police did not disclose the causes of death.Morry said the captain had planned to take the bodies to land. The vessel had been sailing for two months and was heading to port in Muara Baru. (dpk)Topics :
Indianapolis, In. — Governor Eric Holcomb has signed legislation signed into law supported by Greensburg Republican state representative Randy Frye that will pump an additional $5 million into more protections for Hoosier students.House Enrolled Act 1230 appropriates the additional cash to the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Fund. Frye said this is in addition to the $45 million already allotted to support initiatives to keep schools safe and secure.Under the new law, school safety specialist training will be implemented and will include information on identifying, preventing and intervening in actions by a person on school property who has the intent to harm others. Additionally, the secured school safety board will conduct a review and submit a report and recommendations to the Legislative Council, and each school corporation’s safety plan will be subject to a required audit.An amendment authored by Frye updates protocol in the event of an unplanned fire alarm to allow an employee to barricade or block a door for up to three minutes while the fire alarm is investigated by a designated school official. Frye said this is to prevent similar tactics like the one used in the Parkland tragedy.“The safety of children in our schools is top priority,” Frye said. “School officials should have the ability to take every precaution before rushing their students into the unknown. This modification in how teachers immediately respond to an unplanned fire alarm could prevent the loss of life at the hands of a shooter who goes to extreme lengths to lure students outside.”To more quickly implement the best possible safety procedures for young Hoosiers, the new law will go into effect immediately.There is more information online here.
Tottenham have agreed a £17million deal to sign midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians, according to the Brazilian club. The Brazil international held a press conference on Monday, one day after lifting the Confederations Cup with his country, to confirm he is leaving the Sao Paulo club. The club also said in a statement on their website that Spurs were set to pay 20 millions euros (£17m) to release the player from his current deal. “It’s hard to say anything at a moment like this, but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles and working with the right people, who always helped me,” Paulinho, 24, told reporters. “What I have to say to Corinthians is ‘see you soon’. Pretty soon I’ll be back, owing to everything you have done for me.” The statement from Corinthians thanked Paulinho for his contribution to the team, with the midfielder helping them win the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2011 and both the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup last year. He scored 34 goals in 167 appearances for the club and was also instrumental in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup. Spurs offered no comment when contacted on Monday night. Press Association
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 28, 2016 at 8:52 pm Contact Liam: email@example.com Freshman Nicole Levy made two quick steps and the Boston College defenders pulled back, a sign of respect to the freshman who already netted three goals on the day. Instead of continuing toward the net, Levy hesitated and the defenders matched her, frozen in hopes of containing the scoring threat.But it didn’t matter. Levy took the space and ripped a low shot that hovered inches above the ground before reaching the back of the net. The goal, her fourth of the game, gave SU a 10-6 lead.Levy scored another goal to cap off a career-high five-score performance and lead a spirited second-half as second-seeded Syracuse (15-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) defeated No. 7 seed Boston College (10-8, 2-5 Atlantic Coast), 16-11, on Thursday at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.Earlier in the year, in arguably its worst loss of the season, Syracuse fell 13-8 on the road against Boston College. The Orange had a season-low two assists and it marked the first time all season SU never held a lead.But in this game the Orange held a one-goal lead at halftime, and Syracuse scored five straight to begin the final 30 minutes, outscoring the Eagles 9-5 in that span.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoston College began the game with two straight goals, but Levy responded quickly with a pair of her own. As the Boston College defense was preoccupied with SU’s leading scorer Kayla Treanor, who only scored one goal Thursday, space was left for Levy to fill with quick cuts to the net and shot opportunities.The two teams traded goals throughout the remainder of the first half before Syracuse headed to the locker room with a 7-6 lead.Riley Donahue scored two goals out of the break and midfielders Erica Bodt and Taylor Gait added one apiece to stretch out the Orange’s lead. It wasn’t until 15:29 remained in the second half before Boston College netted its first goal of the final stanza.But the goal propelled the Eagles forward and the team didn’t submit, despite the SU offense imposing its will. Boston College continued to compete, outscoring the Orange over the final 15:29, but the damage from the scoring run had already run its course.Syracuse next plays the winner of Louisville and Notre Dame Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the ACC semifinals. Comments
Published on January 21, 2018 at 5:35 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org Syracuse topped the Vermont 14-7 through four quarters of a scrimmage on Sunday. After its fall season ended early due to the mumps outbreak on campus, Sunday was Syracuse’s first look at different colored jerseys since Towson ended SU’s season on May 21.Here are three takeaways from the scrimmage.Dom Madonna appears to be the new starting goalieAfter two years of Evan Molloy in the cage, it looks like head coach John Desko has found his replacement in Dom Madonna. The redshirt senior started in goal for the Orange in its first scrimmage of the season against Vermont. Madonna held the Catamounts scoreless in the first frame, and looked comfortable in the cage.“I thought he was terrific in the first half,” Desko said. “He’s a fifth-year guy and how he played in the scrimmage is how he played in our practices this spring and this fall.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs of today, Madonna will be in goal come SU’s first game on Feb. 10 against Binghamton, Desko said.In the scrimmage, Desko turned to his backups in the second half, subbing sophomore Drake Porter in for Madonna. In 15 minutes of play, Porter surrendered only one goal, while making several impressive one-on-one saves. While Madonna looks like the starter, Porter played well.“I really just want to show what I’m capable of,” Porter said, “… getting a lot of time with our starting group (of defenders), just to really talk to them and make sure they respect in the cage, and listen to me and I know what’s going on with them.”New-look offense struggles in first halfIn Syracuse’s first competition since its season-ending loss to Towson last year, the offense struggled in the opening half.Without Sergio Salcido, Nick Mariano and Jordan Evans, its top three points scorers from 2017, the new offense totaled just five goals and didn’t shoot “particularly well,” head coach John Desko said. Tack on Brendan Bomberry’s early departure and there were only two returning starters playing the majority of the half — sophomore Jamie Trimboli and junior Nate Solomon.“We started off pretty rough,” Solomon said. “The main difference is putting more (responsibility) on not just those three guys that were here last year, but the whole team.”Redshirt sophomore Stephen Rehfuss played on the first line of attack alongside Solomon and Bomberry and added two goals in the win. Brad Voigt also worked onto the line when Bomberry went down.In the second half, Syracuse poured in nine goals, working the ball more and getting open looks. SU ended the game on a four-goal run over the final six minutes.“Things started to loosen up in the second half, we adjusted with their defense,” Desko said. “We had better possessions in the third quarter than we did in the first half.”In the midfield, the offense figures to run around Trimboli, the only returning starter. He opened up the game with a score and finished with two goals and an assist in the win. Desko paired Trimboli with freshman Tucker Dordevic and sophomore Peter Dearth on the first-midfield line.Brendan Bomberry “going to be fine”Senior midfielder Brendan Bomberry left the scrimmage on Sunday midway through the second quarter, which was earlier than most other starters. Bomberry limped around the sideline with ice on his ankle after exiting the game.“You know it’s so early in the spring here I think he just twisted his ankle,” Desko said. ‘I think he’s going to be fine.”Bomberry, who swung between the midfield and attack last year, played attack on Sunday. He will “most likely” play there while bumping up to attack alongside juniors Brad Voigt and Nate Solomon and sophomore Stephen Rehfuss, Desko said.“You may see Voigt or Bomberry in the midfield,” Desko said. “You may even see Solomon at the midfield and Voigt and Bomberry in there. We’ll wait and see, it’s too early to tell.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – All signs are pointing to the summer of 2018 as the completion date for an intersection overhaul in the Middletown Village Historic District.After initial construction began on Feb. 1, work on the Kings Highway/Church St. intersection will extend through the new year with the project significantly picking up pace once the springtime weather arrives, said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone.Arnone said there was no holdup as the county was waiting for utility companies to come in and upgrade underground infrastructure in the area. New Jersey Natural Gas broke ground to install 8-inch gas lines and Verizon was also on site to relocate a number of utility poles. That work was completed near the end of October, he said.“We have to coordinate them into one project, and that eliminates us coming in multiple times to do work on the same corner,” said Arnone.The remaining scope of work is designed to lessen the burden on motorists who use Kings Highway and Church St. as their main commuting route. The NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line’s Middletown station is on Church St.Lucas Brothers of Morganville was awarded the $389,389 construction bid in November 2016.The roadway on Kings Highway will be widened to allow for a left-turning lane onto Church Street. Four matte black traffic lights, as well as pedestrian crosswalks, will be added to the intersection.“There is no question you’ll see a dramatic difference,” Arnone said. “Even though the widening isn’t as dramatic, just that little bit will be good.”Preserving the feel of the historic district was important to Middletown elected officials and congregations in the immediate area. There are three historic churches along Kings Highway – First Baptist Church of Middletown (1688), Christ Episcopal Church (1702) and Dutch Reformed Church (1836).Utilizing matte black traffic signals is becoming common in New Jersey when upgrading historic districts. In an effort keep the historic feel of the area, Lucas Brothers will be bringing in 1,261 linear feet of peanut stone to line the roadways. That is the biggest single expense for the project at $39,091.Arnone said the county will look to coordinate the asphalt and paving work with nighttime construction so commuters and motorists aren’t disturbed. “You’ll get some sort of closing or detour, but it won’t be substantial,” he said.This article was first published in the Dec. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.
LONDON, England (AP): Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) moved ahead of Arsenal to take control of their Champions League group with a 2-2 draw in north London yesterday. Lucas Moura’s header was helped over the line by Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi in the 78th minute as PSG retrieved a point in Group A. Edinson Cavani had given the French capital club the lead at the Emirates Stadium but Olivier Giroud levelled from the penalty spot just before half time. Arsenal went in front in fortuitous circumstances on the hour when the ball pinged off Marco Verratti and into his own net. There was a glaring miss from Cavani before Lucas met a corner from Hatem Ben Arfa to ensure PSG rose above Arsenal on goal difference heading into the final group-stage games next month. Top spot secures a game in the round of 16 against a group runner-up, but whether that is an advantage will only become clearer after the knockout phase draw. Both German champion Bayern Munich and Manchester City will finish in second place, and holder Real Madrid are also currently a runner-up. Bayern Munich had to settle for second best after losing to tenacious Russian club FC Rostov 3-2 in their contest. Bayern had already qualified but will now finish second in Group D thanks to Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Eindhoven. Rostov was already eliminated, but can reach the Europa League. Two months after beating Rostov 5-0, Bayern struggled to deal with Rostov’s rapid counterattacks as well as a never-say-die spirit which brought it back from 1-0 down to claim arguably the most famous win in the club’s history. Bayern’s Douglas Costa scored the opening goal in the first half, blasting the ball into the roof of the net after Rostov defender Cesar Navas failed to clear properly. Rostov striker Sardar Azmoun showed the skill which has seen him linked to top clubs around Europe to draw level eight minutes later, just before half time. Azmoun charged into the Bayern box and sent Jerome Boateng sprawling with a smart feint before hitting the ball low past Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, starting in place of the rested Manuel Neuer. PENALTY SCORED Rostov took the lead after the break when Boateng brought down Christian Noboa in the box and Dmitry Poloz stepped up to hit the penalty low and hard past Ulreich. Five minutes later, Bayern pulled level again when Juan Bernat scored with a fierce shot from a narrow angle. Noboa hit the winner in the 67th, curling a 20m free kick over the Bayern wall and into the bottom-right corner. Bayern laid siege to Rostov’s goal late on, but the Russians clung on for the win, blocking shots and packing the box until the final whistle. Manchester City drew 1-1 away to Bayer Monchengladbach, Besiktas came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Benfica, Barcelona tagged Celtic 2-0 on the road, while the Ludogorets vs Basel and Napoli vs Dynamo Kiev games both ended 0-0.
Abraham Pelham, considered Liberia’s top fashion designer with a client portfolio that includes President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, recently had a sold out fashion show aimed at raising funds to provide 2000 rain coats for disadvantaged Liberian children.On July 19, 2014, scores of high profile personalities including the President graced the Monrovia City Hall ballroom to see the latest fashion opus by Abraham Pelham.According to Pelham, the proceeds from his charity fashion show will ensure that at least 2000 Liberian children are suited up with rain gear for the rainy season. Who wouldn’t want even a strip of fabric designed by Pelham? Among the crowd favorites was a dress priced at US$3,000, with very elegant hues of lime green embedded in its fabric. Surprisingly, but not a shock to any of Mr. Pelham’s clients, every garment at the show was sold, one of which was auctioned for a deal – US$1,500. In addition to his gorgeous dresses, Brussels Airlines donated a first-class roundtrip ticket Monrovia-New York that was auctioned at US$5,000.“In Paris we see the kids prepared for the rain, but why aren’t our kids in Liberia prepared? It really bothered me and I was going to do a little show for my friend but then the idea hit me, we should bring awareness to this,” he said during an interview with LIB Life.It takes a lot to notice the little things in Liberia and Mr. Pelham’s charity initiative could go a long way for many children who have to walk distances to school under the rain. “When I tell this story I get very emotional,” Pelham continues. “I came to Liberia almost a few months ago to do a training program involving children, but I had to work in Buchanan as well. I’ve never been here during the rainy season; there are a lot of things that I forgot about. On my way to Buchanan I saw children under the rain. It’s like we’re getting immune to what we see, when it’s constant it becomes a part of life, like a fabric of life. We don’t know where the next president will come from and I don’t know who the next vice president will be, it could be anyone of these kids on the road under the rain and the amazing thing about it is, despite the rain, it will happen.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)