Attempts to excuse kneeling are offensive

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation On Oct. 6, Briggs McAndrews wrote to support the disrespectful act of kneeling during the national anthem and did so by first stating that our president made the act of kneeling a evil gesture. Not true.President Trump rightfully called out those who disrespect our nation by kneeling during the national anthem. It’s his duty.Mr. Briggs knows full well that Colin Kaepernick stated : “I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag that oppresses black people.” Briggs twists his support of kneeling during the national anthem into a liberal gobbly-gook statement: “It’s the true role of a school district to impel young people into value forming experiences that ultimately ask them to be compassionate towards their fellow citizens.” What? Like in patty-cake football? As in compassion for those tens of thousands who gave their lives for our nation?If school administrators, coaches, teachers and parents fail to instill a pride and respect for our nation. What then? They, now by default, instill a disrespect for everyone — teachers, parents, grandparents, police, clergy etc. For example, the disrespectful dolt who placed a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art. Not OK. McAndrews stated: “The real value of that experience lies in the example to others of human motive and conduct.” You want a real value experience? Then you and Colin go to Arlington National Cemetery and “take a knee.” Pray for those who gave their lives so that misguided folks are allowed to spew their anti-American hogwash.Your “holier-than-thou” letter is just that — hogwash. And your attempt to excuse bad behavior is shameful at best and is extremely hurtful to old veterans like myself. That also applies to those who will write in your support.Recent credible evidence has surfaced claiming that Kaepernick was paid to do this by the center for community change, a progressive community organization funded in part by George Soros. Does anyone have to look any further than the NFL to see the damage that this nonsense does?God bless America.John OsterlitzGlenvillecenter_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Dad talks up Konoplyanka deal

first_img Press Association “Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games.” It was felt Liverpool needed greater reinforcements towards the back end of the team with four defenders – Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Mamadou Sakho and Glen Johnson – and defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva all currently out injured. However, having kept a second successive clean sheet, centre-back Martin Skrtel believes they are strong enough defensively to cope with injuries. “We have been working every single day on the training pitch to try to improve our defence,” he said. “It’s not only about the keeper or the back four, it’s about the whole team defending better. Last night was a big step forward. “It’s always nice to keep a clean sheet but the most important thing is always to win. I would rather we won 6-4 than drew 0-0. “With the FA Cup win (against Bournemouth), too, that’s two clean sheets in a row and hopefully we can make it three at West Brom on Sunday. “If we keep performing like that then we can finish in the top four. “There is a four-point difference between us and Everton now, and there aren’t too many games left to be played before the end of the season.” With Lucas out for probably another six weeks, Steven Gerrard has been asked to play as the deep-lying midfielder and he put in a masterclass against the Toffees, leading from the front to score the opening goal. “His influence in these games has been wonderful but it was equally as good (on Tuesday) albeit from that deeper position,” he said. “You saw his responsibility in the role, organising the team on the field and scoring a goal.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez knows he has to pick his side up from a demoralising defeat. “Unfortunately for us it is a performance which came at the wrong time. We need to get everyone back and fully match-fit,” said the Spaniard after fielding the likes of Antolin Alcaraz, Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley who were clearly not ready after several weeks out. “You shouldn’t be too negative about what effect it is going to have in the games ahead of us. “It is the opposite, it is a real test to regroup together and get ready for Saturday. “I never thought the result would give a clear indication of what is going to happen in May, the same way we could’ve won and still not qualify (for the Champions League).” There were reported incidents of coins being thrown at striker Luis Suarez during the derby at Anfield and Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating and had requested CCTV footage. The Football Association is aware and will contact both Liverpool and Everton for their observations but it is a matter the governing body will leave in the hands of the police and both clubs. Contrary to reports, the Reds head of recruitment Dave Fallows has not travelled out to Dnipropetrovsk and managing director Ian Ayre is believed to be handling negotiations, although not in Ukraine. However, with less than two days remaining in the January transfer window, it may prove a task too far to push through a deal which would likely cost Liverpool £16million. The Reds have been given some hope it remains a possibility after the Ukraine international’s father Oleg said there was a potential deal in the offing. “I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true,” he told Ukrainian media outlet Tribuna. “He can change club later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine.” Having lost out on long-term target Mohamed Salah after the Egypt international opted for Chelsea, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he was still keen to make an addition before Friday’s deadline. There has been growing discontent among fans that no progress was being made to strengthen a squad which is severely depleted by injuries despite being in a battle to secure a top-four finish. “I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days,” said Rodgers after beating Everton 4-0 in Tuesday’s 222nd Merseyside derby to maintain their grip on fourth place in the Premier League. Press Association Sport understands the club are in conversation with their Ukrainian counterparts to ascertain whether a deal can be done this month. Sources have said Liverpool are “testing the water” to see if Dnipro are willing to sell now as the 24-year-old winger was initially identified as a summer target. Liverpool are holding talks with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk over the potential signing of winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.last_img read more

Want to become youngest World Chess Champion, also beat Anand: Gukesh

first_imgChennai: The World’s second youngest chess Grand Master (GM) D. Gukesh said on Friday that he aspires to fefeat five-time World champion GM Viswanathan Anand – and also to become the youngest World chess champion.However, the 12-year-old is not throwing any open challenge to World No.8 Anand. When queried whom he will like to play and defeat, the soft spoken Gukesh picked his idol, Anand.”I would like to play Anand and it would be nice if I am able to defeat him,” Gukesh said.Anand and late World Champion Bobby Fischer are his favourite players.”His playing style is not like that of Fischer. But one can see traces of Fischer in his games,” Gukesh’s coach GM Vishnu Prasanna said.Queried about his target, Gukesh said he would like to become the youngest World Chess Champion.Prasanna does not agree with a view that Gukesh should take a break so that he can get over the feeling of becoming the world’s second youngest chess GM.Gukesh will be playing in the Gibraltar Masters soon. A gap of one month from playing serious tournaments perhaps is what is possible,” Prasanna said.The record for the world’s youngest chess GM is held by Sergey Karjakin of the Ukraine, who won the coveted title at 12 years and seven months.Gukesh, who is studying in seventh standard at Velammal Vidyalaya School, will also soon play in the Aeroflot Open Chess tournament in Moscow.To a question whether Gukesh would be a marked player in the tournaments, Prasanna said once he reaches the Elo rating of 2,650 points then stronger opponents would take him very seriously.”Gukesh should be unpredictable with his opening moves and also should not lose his passion for the game so as to break the 2,650 point hurdle and go forward,” Prasanna added.The new star in the Indian chess horizon is sponsored by city-based Rs 100 crore ver Microsense Pvt Ltd, a major in the providing wi-fi connectivity in Indian hotels.The company has sponsored GMs like Arvind Chidambaram, B. Adhiban and P.Harikrishna apart from Gukesh. Microsense has also sponsored World Under-12 Girls Champion Divya Deshmukh, Leon Mendonca and Pranesh.”Commercially Microsense does not gain any mileage sponsoring chess players. I am a chess player. And for the love of the game and also help out promising talent we are sponsoring young chess players. Now that Gukesh has become a GM we now have to chalk out plan for supporting him over a longer period of time,” S. Kailasanathan, the company’s Managing Director, told IANS.In 1972, Kailasanathan was the Tamil Nadu champion and has also played for West Bengal and Delhi during his younger days.”Our focus is only on young talent who lack money to progress further and not on players who have already made a mark. Such players may be employed and would also get some appearance fee for playing in tournaments and also win prizes,” Kailasanathan added.He said the company spends about Rs.30 lakh per year on sponsoring chess players and this may go up in the coming years. “We are not interested in sponsoring any chess tournament,” he added. IANSAlso Read: Sports Newslast_img read more