Mental illness is a worldwide phenomenon. Shooting sprees like America’s rarely, if ever, happen in other developed countries. Shouldn’t we ask why not? According to the Gun Violence Archive, excluding suicides, 13,286 people were killed in America by firearms in 2015 and 26,819 were injured. In any other category but firearms, these numbers would be identified for what they are: an epidemic. Any other public health issue that took so many lives would be carefully studied by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that answers could be found and action taken to fix the problem. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The CDC analyzes things that cause public harm. Why can’t we study the issue of gun assaults on innocent human beings? People who are shot suffer at least as much as those who are afflicted by the flu or heart disease or any one of many other ailments.But our representatives, whose job is partly about public health and safety, actually defunded CDC gun research back in 1996 because of shakedown threats from the NRA. Only fools or cowards or criminals would prohibit research on such a grave and pervasive problem. Many of our trembling legislators are so fearful of losing their jobs they still bow to NRA pressure to nurture doubt and forbid funding to analyze the plentiful data and discover a dispassionate fix for the problem.Instead, they dutifully parrot old NRA propaganda slogans such as “There are already too many guns out there so we can’t do anything about them,” or “Only the crooks will have guns.” It’s long past time to renounce such defeatist, barroom excuses for doing nothing and demand objective, research-based answers about what role our current gun laws play in public safety.Now that our once-safe schools and public places have become potential killing fields, it’s time we made America great again. Let’s find out exactly why the shooting of innocents is so possible and so frequent in our land.DAVID LAMBERTNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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Topics : A bird may have caused a plane from an elite Canadian air force aerobatics team to crash, resulting in the death of one team member and injury to another, the defense department said Monday.The aircraft — part of the team known as the Snowbirds — crashed into the front yard of a house in British Columbia shortly after taking off from Kamloops Airport late morning on May 18.In a preliminary report, the Department of National Defence’s Airworthiness Investigative Authority said it had obtained video footage that revealed “one bird in very close proximity to the aircraft right engine intake during the critical post take-off phase. “The most difficult work of an investigation begins as we peel back the layers to understand why and how this happened,” said Colonel John Alexander, the director of flight safety and the Airworthiness Investigative Authority.”We are laser-focused to understanding everything we can about the accident so we can recommend effective preventative measures,” he said.The Snowbirds’ signature nine-jet formation, with trailing white smoke, began its tour in Nova Scotia and was to perform aerial displays over cities from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, at elevations as low as 150 meters.The team has temporarily suspended flights since the crash. “The flight safety investigation will focus on environmental factors [the bird strike] and the performance of the escape system,” the report said.The plane was scheduled to fly over British Columbia as part of a tour dubbed “Operation Inspiration,” launched in early May to pay tribute to Canadians’ efforts to battle the coronavirus pandemic.The report showed that the CT-114 plane had gained altitude, before abruptly leaving the Snowbirds’ formation and entering a nose-down spin.Both passengers were able to eject from the plane but were injured upon landing. Captain Jenn Casey, 35, a Public Affairs Officer with the Air Force, died as a result of her injuries. read more
Domestic workers in Indonesia may see a light at the end of the tunnel as lawmakers move to advance a domestic worker protection bill that has been in limbo for over a decade.Activist Lita Anggraini from the National Network on Domestic Worker Advocacy (Jala PRT) said she hoped all House of Representatives’ factions would agree to the bill in its future deliberation and that the government would respond positively to the initiative.“The law could change the mindset [such that] domestic workers are [considered] just as important as any other worker,” she said on Wednesday.Passing the bill would not only empower domestic workers but would also strengthen the country’s bargaining power in Indonesian migrant domestic workers’ placements in other countries, Lita said.Lita’s comments followed a House of Representatives Legislation B… Google Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Linkedin #DomesticWorkers domestic-workers domestic-workers-protection-bill #HouseOfRepresentatives house-of-representatives Facebook Log in with your social account read more
FILE PHOTO: Anthony MartialLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Anthony Martial has the talent to reach Cristiano Ronaldo’s level if he puts his mind to it, according to Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Martial had looked set to leave the club in the summer after falling out with Jose Mourinho but battled his way back into the Portuguese manager’s plans.Last month, with Solskjaer now at the helm at Old Trafford, he signed a deal keeping him at the club until at least 2024.The France international marked his first start since that contract with an assist and a superb second in the 3-0 win against Fulham, where his fine solo goal led ex-United captain Gary Neville to compare it to a Ronaldo effort at Craven Cottage in 2007.“He does have similarities, of course,” said Solskjaer, who replaced the sacked Mourinho in December. “If he wants to be at Cristiano’s level, Anthony knows what he has to do. It’s up to him. He has the talent.”“I am glad he is in my team,” the Norwegian added. “He has contributed to so many chances, so many goals. He is a Manchester United player. He excites the crowd. He excites the manager. He excites his teammates. And he is a great character around the place.”Martial, 23, who became the most expensive teenager in history when he moved to United from Monaco in 2015 for an initial £36 million ($46 million), has scored 47 goals for the club. Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 292 appearances for United, winning the Premier League three times and the Champions League.United play Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday, bolstered by Neymar’s injury, but Solskjaer said the absence of the Brazilian would be a loss.“When you play against the best teams, you want to play against the players,” he said. “The crowd want to see the best players. Too bad for Old Trafford.“I have played a couple of games when we played Real Madrid and (Brazil’s) Ronaldo and (Luis) Figo and all those were coming to Old Trafford. That gives it an extra edge.“Unfortunately for Neymar he is injured but of course he is a quality player. I think our right-back thinks it is not too bad he will not be here.”Share on: WhatsApp read more
Image Courtesy: FA/AFPAdvertisement xekyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5h6uisWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eej2( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7t6Would you ever consider trying this?😱jvwtCan your students do this? 🌚bl4aRoller skating! Powered by Firework Gary Neville, the legendary rough and tough Manchester United right back and the self righteous Sky Sports pundit we all love and respect. But did you know the player was once overwhelmed by the roughness of another fellow Red Devil? Yes, and its none other than the one and only Peter Schmeichel.Advertisement Image Courtesy: FA/AFPNeville, the United youth academy graduate was drafted into the senior team in 1992, just a year after Schmeichel switched sides from his national side Brøndby IF. Although the two became very well teammates under Sir Alex, there was one incident that Neville remembers very stoutly about the Danish goalkeeper.“When I first got into the first team at 18/19, Peter Schmeichel, I’ve said it before, quite often was brutal with me”- the 44 year old worded in his memories with his teammate in the latest episode of the famous 90s footballing nostalgia podcast Quickly Kevin, will he score?Advertisement “Now, I speak to him and we laugh about it, but he brutally was, yeah. He didn’t fancy me as a player that much. Peter Schmeichel was the goalkeeper and that back four of Bruce, Pallister, Parker and Irwin was legendary.” he added.“He used to do this crossing practice after the game and he used to stand on the penalty spot and catch it and say, ‘That’s s**t.’ He regularly just did that and he was actually just being really tough and horrible with me.” the pundit described the post match drill the former Denmark international would put him through.Advertisement The two remained comrades until Schmeichel joined La Liga side Sporting CP in 1999. Advertisement read more