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

Fernandes pens new Sporting CP deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Bruno Fernandes has signed a new deal with Sporting CP.Fernandes has dealt Manchester United and Tottenham a blow by extending his contract with Sporting.The new contract sees his buyout clause rise from £65 million to £85 million.Fernandes expressed his delight at putting pen to paper on a contract extension to 2023.“It’s a pride for me and a recognition of my work; it’s a sign that I’m doing things well,” he said.“I have been trying my best to do what is best for the club. It is for what I did on the pitch, but also showed that I liked Sporting CP and took pride in representing the club I represent.“For me it is, and always will be, a privilege to be here and be able to wear the Sporting CP jersey.“You can expect more and better. I promise the same delivery and dedication so we can have more moments of glory as we had last season.”Tags: Bruno FernandesManchester UnitedSporting CPlast_img read more

Syracuse sweeps California road trip in 3-0 shutout win over UC Davis

first_imgUPDATED: Aug. 28, 2017 at 9:21 p.m.Goalkeepers Borg van der Velde and Emma Likly combined for Syracuse’s third shutout in as many games as the No. 5 Orange (3-0) blanked UC Davis (0-2), 3-0, on Monday afternoon in Davis, California. In net, the freshman van der Velde started for the third straight game and has now started her college career with 175 minutes of scoreless play. Likly, also a freshman, started the second half, posting a scoreless 35 minutes.Senior back Lies Lagerweij notched her second goal of the season to open the game. Before the first half ended, freshman Sarah Luby added her first career goal. Midway through the second half, Emma Tufts added her first goal of the year to put the Orange up 3-0.Statistically, Syracuse blitzed the Aggies. The Orange put 20 shots on goal while UC Davis had none. In total, SU outshot UC Davis 36-1 and piled on 15 corners.After a three-game sweep on its California road trip, Syracuse plays Bucknell in its home opener on Saturday at 1 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe story has been updated for appropriate style.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2017 at 8:18 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Grahamlast_img read more

Serena’s French Open seed denial stirs fresh debate

first_imgMaria Sharapova also spoke up in support of her longtime rival last week.“It’s a tough call, I would like to see that change,” Sharapova said. “I think that would be nice.”At Wimbledon, which runs from July 2-15, the All England Club could elect to seed Serena using its unique system that favors grass-court specialists, given she is a seven-time champion.But at Roland Garros, an event she has won three times, organizers are not ready to take such a step with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) reaffirming the seedings will reflect the latest WTA rankings.Tournament organizers have been equally unmoved in the past when faced with similar situations.Victoria Azarenka was unseeded at last year’s Wimbledon in her first Grand Slam since giving birth in late 2016, while Kim Clijsters was in a similar position at the 2009 US Open.However, that didn’t stop Clijsters, who needed a wildcard just to compete in New York, from going on to lift the second of four career Grand Slam titles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Devance to miss PBA All-Star; Rosario, Pogoy skip Mindanao, Visayas legs View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES FILE – Serena Williams returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during the Miami Open Presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 21, 2018 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPThe decision by French Open organizers not to grant Serena Williams a seeding on her long-awaited Grand Slam return has prompted a renewed focus on the sport’s policy towards female players and parenthood.“French Open is punishing Serena Williams for having a baby” read a USA Today headline, arguing an exception for the 23-time major winner should be made for Thursday’s draw.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But it does not guarantee them a seeding, leaving Serena vulnerable to an encounter with leading title contenders as early as the first round.At Miami, Williams ran into Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka in her opening match and was easily beaten.‘Grace period’ needed“She has won this title so many times (eight) that she needs protection,” Miami tournament director James Blake said after the WTA refused to alter its rules despite conceding that they would be “further reviewed” going forward.“It’s not as if she left because of injury and lost her passion for the game,” Blake said. “She had a kid, which we should all be celebrating, so when she comes back there should be a grace period where she can still be seeded.”ADVERTISEMENT At 36, the American is looking to regain her top form following the birth of her daughter last September. After sitting out of competition for over a year, she no longer had a ranking upon her return to the WTA circuit in March.She has played just four matches this season across appearances at Indian Wells and Miami. But her results, far from convincing, have only been good enough to climb to 449th in the world rankings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith a ranking so low, no player would typically even be able to take part in qualifying for the main draw. That is unless benefiting from a wildcard or using a protected ranking, which has at least allowed Williams direct entrance into the field.It is a system that lets a player retain, for a transitional period, a former ranking upon return from a long absence — between six months and two years — due to injury, illness or pregnancy. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more