Clare Crawley Is ‘Really Down’ Amid Changes on ‘The Bachelorette’

first_imgPappas continued, “On most days, she’s feeling really down about the things that people are saying about her online and the editing of the show. So, actually, the girls and I — we all sent her some flowers today just to let her know that we love her and this is a blip. This will all be done, you know? Whatever the outcome is tomorrow night, she’s going to walk away and she’s gonna be able to move on and hopefully have someone that she genuinely loves and can be with and people will forget about this. They’ll move on.”The former Bachelor contestant said that she has been “trying to reach out” to Crawley, 39, on a “daily basis” to make sure she’s doing OK. “I’m trying to be a cheerleader, because I feel like she has so many cards stacked against her,” Pappas added.Crawley has experienced major roadblocks throughout her Bachelorette journey. After being announced as the leading lady in March, production was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly after filming began in July at the La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, California, Us Weekly confirmed that she was leaving the show after believing she had found The One within two weeks. ABC then called in Tayshia Adams as a replacement.Clare Crawley Really Down Amid Bachelorette ChangesClare Crawley ABC/Maarten de Boer- Advertisement – This week’s episode of The Bachelorette will air on ABC Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants As her season has unfolded on TV, Crawley faced an awkward interaction with now-eliminated contestant Zack Johnson on their one-on-one date, during which he aggressively tried to kiss her repeatedly. She was also brutally slammed by now-cut suitor Yosef Aborady, who said that he “expected more from the oldest Bachelorette” following her strip dodgeball group date. Additionally, she quickly fell for contestant Dale Moss, and their connection sparked dissatisfaction among the other remaining menIn a sneak peek for the Thursday, November 5, episode, the Bachelor Winter Games alum breaks down in tears during a conversation with host Chris Harrison, who tells her that “the path we’re on right now, it doesn’t end well for anybody.” Teasing what is next at the clip’s end, Adams, 30, is revealed to be the next Bachelorette as she steps out of a pool.Deanna Stagliano Pappas Clare Crawley Really Down Amid Bachelorette Changes CastABC/Craig SjodinCrawley’s ex-fiancé, Benoit Beauséjour-Savard, recently suggested that it likely wasn’t entirely her choice to exit the show early. “So I think, like, ultimately it was production that came at her and said, ‘You know what, Clare, I feel like you’re not giving it a fair chance. You’re really into Dale, so we want you to be happy,’” the Canada native, 33, said on the “Almost Famous” podcast on October 30. “And they had, like, a common agreement on her maybe leaving the show, but I feel like it wasn’t her ultimate decision.”- Advertisement – A tough go of it. Former Bachelorette DeAnna Pappas revealed how her pal Clare Crawley has been coping with the changes during her season of the ABC spinoff.“I think anybody who’s been on the show … [knows that] it is hard. She’s just been put through the ringer, and the things that people are saying about her and about her life and stuff online can just be really hurtful,” the season 4 Bachelorette, 38, said on Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti’s “Almost Famous” podcast on Monday, November 2. “I just feel bad for her because, I feel like in a period of time where this should be really joyful for her and this should be a really great experience and probably one of the most exciting things that she will go through, it has not been that for her.”Deanna Stagliano Pappas Clare Crawley Really Down Amid Bachelorette ChangesABC; Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

McConnell says stimulus Senate’s top priority before year end

first_img“I think that’s job one when we get back,” McConnell said. “Hopefully we get a more cooperative situation than we’ve had.”Although Republicans appeared set to retain their majority in the Senate as of Wednesday afternoon, McConnell struck a cautious outlook and cited tight contests in key battleground states.- Advertisement – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), gestures while giving election remarks at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 4, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.Jon Cherry | Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday said his top priority remains passing a new economic stimulus bill before the end of the year.McConnell, who Tuesday evening won his reelection bid for a seventh six-year Senate term, said from a news conference in Kentucky that another relief package would be the chamber’s chief focus when it reconvenes next week.He also said that state and local aid, a consistent Democratic demand in relief discussions with the White House, could be included in a new bill.- Advertisement – Democrats did win the Senate race in Colorado, and are leading in Arizona, but as of 1:55 p.m. ET they appear to be set to fall short of becoming the majority. NBC News projects Democrats will keep control of the House of Representatives.Maine Democrat Sara Gideon’s concession to incumbent Sen. Susan Collins makes flipping the chamber even more difficult, though NBC News has yet to make an official call on that race.Still, McConnell’s comments could rekindle relief talks between the two parties after months of stalled negotiations between Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House officials including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.The mired talks come even as the U.S. recorded another 91,500 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the second-highest single-day tally to date, according to Johns Hopkins data. The disease has now killed more than 230,000 Americans.Up until the weeks immediately preceding the election, McConnell had warned that a potential $2 trillion package negotiated between Mnuchin and Pelosi may lack sufficient support in the Senate out of fears it could be too expensive.“The Speaker laid out a $2.5 trillion package with all kinds of things that I felt were simply unrelated to the subject,” the majority leader said Wednesday. “I laid on the Senate floor not once, but twice, half a trillion dollars …  targeting the school situation, the need to replenish PPP small loan program.”McConnell tried early in 2020 to advance his own, far-smaller bill that lacked fiscal support for state and local governments as well as omitted another round of $1,200 direct payment checks to most Americans.That effort was blocked by Senate Democrats — who argued that it lacked enough relief — and by some Republicans that said even the watered-down bill was too costly. Congress has not enacted any new major stimulus since the spring when lawmakers muscled through four bipartisan bills worth about $3 trillion.“Ultimately, you’ve got to kill the [virus] before we get back to normal. Because there’s no other way to get back to normal. You can keep keep pumping money into the economy forever And it won’t solve the problem until we kill the virus,” McConnell said.“Having said that, there are other sectors that need help and I outlined what I think is appropriate, but I don’t get to make the final decision. We have to deal with the Democrats,” he added. “And what I’m saying is, I think now that the election’s over, the need is there and need to sit down and work this out.” – Advertisement – “As I’ve said repeatedly in the last few months, we need another rescue package,” McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday morning. “Hopefully, the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election. And I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

N Forest 2 – 1 Coventry

first_imgIt was the defender’s first goal in more than a year, since he netted in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock for Aberdeen, but his finish was impressive.Forest ‘keeper Brice Samba had to make an adept save to keep out O’Hare’s skimming shot, but Forest were deserving of their half-time lead.Maxime Biamou was unlucky not to draw Coventry level early in the second half, when he saw his driven shot bounce back off the foot of the post.An injury to Matt Godden gave Tyler Walker the chance to impress against the club where he came through the academy ranks.But it was O’Hare who was on hand to head Coventry level in the 57th minute as he attacked a cross from Sam McCallum to flick home.Forest almost restored their lead but saw Marosi hold a Taylor header confidently.O’Hare also flashed another decent effort wide and Biamou should have put the visitors in front, but planted a great headed chance straight at Samba.Samba pulled off an outstanding save to deny O’Hare as Coventry pushed hard for a second goal.The Forest ‘keeper also had to beat Walker in a race to a through ball to deny him a chance.Substitute Sammy Ameobi picked out Lolley with a cross, but he could not get enough on his header.Coventry had looked the more likely to snatch the win – right up until the moment Taylor netted from the penalty spot with the final kick of the game.What the managers said…Nottingham Forest’s Chris Hughton: “It has been a difficult time for us with regard to getting goals and sometimes you want a break to go your way. I think we deserved something from the game. Whether we deserved a win or not is something different. But we will take it.“It felt as though, if any side was going to go on and win the game, it would have been Coventry. But just when we thought it was going to end in a draw, we managed to get a goal with the last kick. I thought we were good in the first half but my biggest disappointment was that we did not make the most of the possession we had. We did not have enough shots on goal, we did not create enough opportunities or good crosses. Our build-up play was good.“But we were up against a very well drilled Coventry side who have been together for some time. It was still a good feeling to get that win. Now we just need to take that feeling into the next game, against Wycombe.”Coventry’s Mark Robins: “We would have been disappointed with a point. I thought we were much better in the second half. We hit the post and had numerous chances to finish the game off. Then we shot ourselves in the foot by giving the penalty away, at a point when we had no time to come back.“If you touch Lyle Taylor he will go down, inside or outside the box. You cannot give him the opportunity to do that. McFadzean is saying that he did not touch him but there was clearly a coming together and as soon as he felt contact he was going to go down, which gave the referee a decision to make.“Then he picks himself up and sticks the ball in the back of the net. We have had bad luck but, having said that, we could have made it easier for ourselves by making more of the chances we created. On the upside we have played really well. But to come away with nothing is a real blow.” But then Kyle McFadzean clipped Taylor’s heels in injury time to give the striker the chance to hand the Reds three points from the penalty spot – an opportunity he took with great calmness.Forest almost took the lead in the 12th minute, when Marko Marosi made hard work of what should have been a straightforward save from a driven shot from Anthony Knockaert, with the ‘keeper relieved to see it bounce wide.From the resulting corner, McKenna planted a header narrowly the wrong side of the post.- Advertisement –  Image:Lyle Taylor scored a late winner from the penalty spot for Nottingham Forest Gustavo Hamer conjured Coventry’s first attempt on goal in the 27th minute, but his 22-yard effort was always rising well over the bar.Joe Lolley came close with a header that was deflected wide at the other end.Forest went ahead in the 30th minute following some penalty box pinball that saw both Luke Freeman and Samba Sow have shots blocked, with the latter’s effort deflected perfectly into the path of McKenna, for him to sweep a low shot into the back of the net.- Advertisement – Lyle Taylor’s penalty six minutes into added time helped Nottingham Forest claim a 2-1 victory over Coventry and hand Chris Hughton his first home win as manager.Forest looked to be on course for their fourth 1-1 draw of Hughton’s six-match tenure, after Callum O’Hare’s 57th-minute header had cancelled out a first-half goal from Scott McKenna at the City Ground. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO experts favor single-dose H1N1 vaccine regimen

first_imgOct 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – An expert committee that advises the World Health Organization (WHO) today updated its guidance on pandemic H1N1 vaccines, recommending a single dose for most age-groups and advising that any of the forms are safe for pregnant women.At a media briefing today, Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the agency’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, said this week’s 3-day meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunizations marked the group’s first discussion of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine since mid July, when it took up the vaccine priority question and addressed concerns about low yields with the first vaccine seed strains.”The level of evidence in October is much higher than July, and the recommendations are much more precise than July,” she said.After examining clinical trial data for all versions of the vaccine, the group recommended a single dose for everyone aged 10 and older, as long as such use in line with national regulatory authorities. Though the group said immunogenicity data are more limited for young children, it also recommended that countries that have children as a high-priority group administer one dose so that as many children can be vaccinated as possible.The United States has prioritized children to receive the pandemic vaccine has recommended that those under age 10 receive two doses. Also, Europe’s drug regulatory agency on Sep 23 announced it would stick to its initial recommendation that the three vaccines it approved be given in two doses, because data were insufficient to merit a one-dose recommendation. However, it added that one dose may be enough in adults.At a separate press briefing today, reporters asked Thomas Frieden, MD, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about the difference between the SAGE recommendation and the CDC’s guidance. He said preliminary vaccine data on children have not shown the desired immune response in children that would warrant a single-dose recommendation. Though the CDC is anticipating new data soon from the National Institutes of Health, “for the time being, we’re sticking with what the ACIP [Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices] has recommended,” Frieden said.Kieny said the WHO group advised that more studies are needed to guide a recommended vaccine dose for immunocompromised patients.Fourteen countries have now launched pandemic H1N1 vaccination programs, she said. In its review of early vaccine monitoring data for the pandemic, SAGE found no indication of unusual reactions, and it found that the events reported so far are well within the range of those seen with seasonal flu vaccines.Given concerns about vaccinating pregnant women, the WHO panel looked at animal studies of all forms of the vaccine and found no evidence of direct or indirect harm to fertility, pregnancy, embryonic or fetal development, birthing, or postnatal development. Given the high risk of flu complications in pregnant women, the group said any licensed vaccine can be used in pregnant women, unless specific contraindications have been outlined by national regulatory bodies.The United States is among countries where authorities have recommended that pregnant women not receive the intranasal, live attenuated H1N1 vaccine (LAIV). Public health officials were in a difficult position when the first pandemic vaccine doses were delivered, because nearly all of them were the LAIV version, though pregnant women are at the front of the line to be vaccinated. However, US officials have recently said the injectable version that pregnant women and other high-risk groups can receive makes up half of the increasing supply.The group also took up the issue of whether seasonal and pandemic H1N1 vaccines can be given at the same time. In a statement today, the WHO panel said clinical trials on coadministration of the vaccines are ongoing, but it endorsed the CDC recommendation that the intranasal versions of the seasonal and pandemic vaccines should not be given together. The group said the seasonal and pandemic vaccines can be given at the same time provided both are inactivated (injectable) or one is inactivated and the other is LAIV.Regarding options for the Southern Hemisphere’s 2009-2010 seasonal flu vaccine, SAGE weighed whether a trivalent vaccine (pandemic H1N1 plus seasonal H3N2 and B) or a bivalent vaccine (seasonal H3N2 and B) plus a separate pandemic H1N1 vaccine would be best. They concluded that both formulation options should be available, depending on national needs.See also:Oct 30 WHO statement on SAGE recommendationshttp://www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/notes/briefing_20091030/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Eurowings opens a new line Düsseldorf – Zagreb

first_imgThe second largest airline in Croatia is recording excellent results on the Croatian market.In 2017, it had an expansion of 60% on the Croatian market with over 900.000 passengers, flights had a occupancy rate of about 90%, while with a total of 42 routes to Croatia in 2018 it expects to transport over a million passengers to / from Croatia. Encouraged by the excellent results, the inaugural flight at the new destination Zagreb-Düsseldorf, which is the fifth city to which Eurowings operates from Zagreb, was officially launched on Tuesday.In the future, they plan to focus even more on increasing the number of flights and destinations in the winter flight schedule, following the example of the Rijeka-Cologne route. “We are glad that we have introduced the fifth line to Zagreb from Germany and we expect 200.000 passengers in 2018 on these lines. We are proud that Eurowings is the fastest growing airline in Europe and in Croatia. In the coming period, we plan to further increase the number of lines and destinations to Croatia and focus on reducing seasonality in the country.”, Said Ivan Oreč, destination development manager at Eurowings.During the winter and summer flight schedules, Eurowings will connect Düsseldorf and Zagreb three times a week – on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.The Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, believes that the opening of a new Eurowings route on the route Düsseldorf – Zagreb, in addition to existing flights to Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Stuttgart and direct connection with Zagreb, creates a unique opportunity to expand the market. the city of Croatia, but also the whole country to visitors from Germany, but also from all over the world. “In this regard, I would like to point out that the Croatian capital, from January to September this year, was visited by 14% (52.302) more guests from Germany who achieved an increase of 11% in overnight stays (94.301). Also, guests from Germany are positioned among the best guests in terms of length of stay in Zagreb and are always at the top of the list of visitors to our citySaid Bienenfeldlast_img read more

Šibenik connects its fortresses by minibus

first_imgAs part of the European project “Revitalization of the fortress of St. Ivan ”, the City of Šibenik procured a midibus with the aim of conducting educational programs and workshops, ie, for the needs of transfers and tours of archaeological sites in the Šibenik-Knin County, as part of the field work of the educational campus of St. Ivan. Also, all three Šibenik fortresses will be connected by bus.”We will connect all three fortresses by bus, and will serve in carrying out various educational activities intended primarily for children, the domicile population, but also tourists. Our goal is to extend the season, and just one of the facilities at the Fortress of St. Ivana is an educational campus intended for educational programs that will last all year round. Fortress of St. Ivana will be the starting point, and all cultural and archaeological assets in the city of Šibenik and its surroundings will be the subject of visits and various activities.Said the mayor of Sibenik, Zeljko Buric.Midibus, Otokar Navigo C brand, has a total capacity of 40 people, including wheelchairs. The total financial value of the project “Revitalization of the Fortress of St. Ivana ”amounts to HRK 50.014.742,95. The European Union co-finances the project with HRK 41.486.646,05 from the European Structural and Investment Funds within the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion, while the rest of the funds are provided by the City of Šibenik.last_img read more

HOW Festival: Despite research, we still don’t understand the way Generation Z makes decisions

first_imgDisposable packaging of hotel cosmetics is replaced by dispensers With the introductory sentence “Which is a vacation without pictures you can share”Lopatny presented the first Croatian Instagram hotel campaign where guests are rewarded for posting their pictures at seven selected hotel locations. Some of them were influencers in whom Lopatny sees added value for the recognition of the hotel brand, while Šumiga pointed out that influencers should be selected from targeted target groups, giving the example of wrong selection of influencers with poor followers to promote luxury resorts. micro influencer. That “personalized cosmetics will be a trend in the future” was concluded at the panel on trends in hotel cosmetics in 2020, where they discussed Ivona Begušić from The Pucić Palace Hotel in Dubrovnik and Nina Brouwers from Rituals Cosmetics in Amsterdam. More than 70 percent of those present in the audience supported dispensers as a better solution for packaging hotel cosmetics than small disposable packages in the survey. Smart hotel without reception and personal concierge access At the panel, Šumiga reminded the audience that likes on social networks for sale no longer mean anything and that one should be consistent in messages to guests, and every marketing activity should be measured, otherwise we are just a “person with opinions”. In the end, he highlighted a sore point of many destinations he had experienced himself; the slowness of wi-fi which deters guests from posting on social media; “If we increase the speed of wi-fi, we will get brand ambassadors among the guests without much effort”, He said. We will find brand ambassadors among the guests if we increase the speed of wifi On the final panel she moderated Marina Franolić from Beach Events, two different forms of hotel communication with the guest are opposed.   “The biggest danger on social networks are the new generations. They create their own content and their own closed digital ecosystems. Despite research, we still don’t understand how they make decisions. “, He said Dalibor Šumiga from PromoSapiens on the final day of the third edition of HOW. He cited the example of memes in the closed WhatsApp group as the main source of information for Generation Z, ie all those born after 1995, and a great challenge for marketing agencies in the future. Hotel Operations Weekend ended in Poreč yesterday – the first festival in Europe on the topic of hotel operations. This year, the festival gathered over 50 speakers in 20 panel discussions and presentations at which the participants were introduced to the latest world trends in hotel operations.  Novicov also mentioned moving away from Google ads towards more effective marketing methods. When asked by Prevolšek, he gave an example of a bad campaign where the author speaks about himself and does not offer a call to action, while a great campaign has a purpose, great content and supporting context behind it. “It’s never about the product or the hotel, but about the goal of coming to the hotel, why we’re doing something. We need to build an emotional connection with the guests and share our passion”, He said. RELATED NEWS: Begušić concluded that there must be other solutions for small hotels because cosmetic gifts create memories for guests. Brouwers pointed out that trends indicate the importance of organic and ecological solutions, the use of gray, white and beige tones and increased attention to the general well-being of the guest in the form of personalized cosmetics, in-room yoga mats, yoga videos and the like. Given that 73% of tourists watch accommodation social networks before booking, the first panel is “Sales and marketing: Engage your guests – let them be your ambassadors / Social networks: do we value them enough?” aroused great interest and filled the hotel hall. The panel was moderated Denis Prevolšek, regional director of Valamar Riviera, and together with Šumiga they participated Alexander Novicov from the IQD agency in London and Maja Lena Lopatny from HTP Korcula.  The last panel ended another edition of the famous Festival of Hotel Operations in Poreč, which gathered over 570 participants and thus once again confirmed the status of the leading regional conference of hoteliers.  Peter Palitz, CEO of QuiHotel in Budapest, presented the first “smart” hotel in Europe, which with the help of one application and nine employees runs a hotel with 40 rooms. “We communicate with guests before, during and after their stay. We have a virtual receptionist for every channel, Viber, WhatssApp, Messenger”Said Palitz, who noted that the younger generations prefer writing to face-to-face communication even though they are then more courageous in asking tricky questions. “The best proof that you are doing a good job is when a guest leaves a comment on social media with your name or when they contact you before their next stay. Personalization is the key to everything from interaction through communication channels”, she pointed out Sandra Grčić, head of the Valamar Experience Concierge program whose Concierge employees are available to guests at the info desk, but also in the breakfast room. “We have digital pilot projects that will help us respond more quickly to the needs of the guest, but it will all go through a personalized approach. ”, she concluded. The focus of the second day’s program was topics such as social networks, the quality of wi-fi in hotels, new trends in hotel households, and communication and emotional connection with guests and creative concepts in the food and beverage departments. HOW FESTIVAL: BY REDUCING PRICES AND DISCOUNTS, THE VALUE OF ITS PRODUCTS DECREASESlast_img read more

The countdown continues: Dubrovnik caterers close bars for 60 minutes in the “3 to 12” action

first_imgCaterers: If there are no us, there will be no jobs 4. Access to investment credit lines (HBOR) A survey based on almost 500 caterers from all over Croatia found that almost 60% of caterers recorded a decline in business of more than 50%, and almost 40% face the fact that in these conditions will not survive until next season. On the other hand, as many as 80% of employers will be forced to resort to terminating contracts with employees. World coffee day with free coffee 3. Access to liquidity lines (HAMAG) Survey: 80% of employers will be forced to resort to terminating employee contracts Photo: Kod Kapetana Hvar / Source: Udruženje ugostitelja Split The measures required by caterers are: 1. Suspension of VAT collection until 1.3.2021. 2. Permanent reduced rate of 10% on all food according to the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy from 2013 (according to the law on food – food, coffee, beer, juices, water and wine) center_img The countdown continues: On Wednesday, September 30, Dubrovnik caterers will close the bars for 60 minutes in the “3 to 12” action, but they will also call for free coffee the next day. “If there are no us, there will be no jobs. We do not ask the Government to give us money or give us anything to the detriment of other taxpayers. We just want to be taken less in the name of taxes in the coming years and to be provided with credit lines that we would of course return through business in the coming, hopefully better years. The widely announced credit lines through Hamag Bicra and HBOR have remained empty letter on paper, and commercial banks do not grant loans to vulnerable companies and crafts in their arrangements”Point out the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik. – For the first time, we have decided to activate, unite and ask the Government for concrete measures to save the economy of our city and the whole of Croatia., emphasize from the Association of Dubrovnik caterers. Following the actions “5 to 12” organized by the Association of Caterers of Kvarner and Istria, and “4 to 12” organized by the Association of Caterers Split and colleagues from all over Dalmatia, the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik together with caterers from the area joins the action “3 to 12”. Because of all this, the Association of Caterers Dubrovnik, together with colleagues from the surrounding area, decided to take action. “3 to 12 ”and on Wednesday 30.09. from 11.57 to 12.57 suspend serving your guests to draw attention to the seriousness of the situation. Numerous companies such as travel agencies, agencies for organizing “events”, carriers, shipping companies, laundries, traders, small renters and of course our fellow caterers, without serious proactive measures will not wait until the beginning of next season, they point out. Dubrovnik Restaurant Association and add that the government’s measures to preserve jobs have really helped their employees, but now employers also need help to keep those jobs safe until next season. As a continuation of the action, the next day 01.10. on World Coffee Day, the locals participating in the action will serve coffee to their guests free of charge in the same time period from 11.57 to 12.57. 5. State guarantees for loans with commercial banks, following the example of other European countrieslast_img read more

State is leading by example on gun laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As we have seen time and time again, guns can do great harm when they end up in the wrong hands. The gun enthusiasts of New York state have demonstrated that they take seriously their responsibility of gun ownership. Most gun owners I know lock their guns and ammunition away when not in use, teach their children safe gun-handling and hunting skills, practice with their guns and abide by the state laws put in place.After reading John Cropley’s Oct. 15 Gazette article, “N.Y. is home to low gun death rates,” it also sounds like New York state shop owners are doing their part as well.The article states that shop owners inspect their merchandise when it arrives to make sure it conforms to state laws, complete necessary paperwork and offer more safety classes and marksmanship training. More 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?center_img Mr. Cropley’s article also notes that the police are busy doing their job enforcing the Safe Act regulations. From 2013 to Sept. 2017, there have been 17 arrests for failure to register legally owned assault rifles, 123 arrests for possession of high-capacity magazines, 816 arrests for illegal possession assault rifles and 338 arrests for illegal possession of fully automatic weapons. When you think of the damage that can be caused by just one automatic weapon with high-capacity magazines, these arrests are even more impressive.The cooperation between gun owners, shop owners and law enforcement has helped to make New York one of safest states in the nation when reviewing firearms death rates. There were 144 fewer firearms deaths in 2014 than in 2005 in New York, and our state has the fourth-lowest death rate from firearms in the nation.There’s much more to be done to continue this trend.The mental health component and the need to improve the nation’s ability to do background checks are two areas in need of significant improvement. I feel that New York state citizens have set an admirable example as to how reasonable gun laws, and gun ownership, can co-exist.ROBERT KARANDYBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Help Rivers Casino thrive before looking at exit

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Jan. 14 column, “Look At Casino In The Past, Present, And Future,” by Dr. Roger Hull is a well-written column dealing with the issues that exist with the Rivers Casino and the possibility of a Schenectady without a casino. My only criticism of the column is his reference made about “robberies in the casino parking lot.” Dr. Hull readily admits that this is “hearsay.” To even mention this, without a police report substantiating this claim, can be detrimental to the casino and does the casino a gross injustice — especially if it’s just “hearsay.” Maybe, Donald Trump is correct about “fake news.”Every casino has its problems with security, problem gamblers and misguided financial projections. Those casinos and cities that have been successful have found corrections to those problems or have developed plans to cope with them. Why not focus on this instead of developing plans for “life after the casino.” Let’s hope that the Rivers Casino and the city of Schenectady can focus on developing plans for success.Paul FoxSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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