I’m so tired of the many lectures and rants about hatred and respect from the Trump-supporting hypocrites. Thank you to Josh Hermance (March 15 letter) for exposing some of that flagrant hypocrisy.Hatred and disrespect poured out of your mouths constantly for Obama. Don’t pretend it was his politics that bothered you. I bet you never once said, “We have a black man for president — so what?” People who supported Hillary Clinton don’t think she’s perfect, but she had a political resume — not an evil agenda. Trump had no political resume and offered vulgarity, arrogance, lies and racism promising to make America “white” again. You criticize Bill Clinton, yet Trump has at least 19 counts of sexual misconduct against him and he’s still in office with no investigation. You want the Hollywood elite held to a standard you won’t even hold your own president to. Are Robert Mueller’s prosecutions to date based on fiction too? We all know you would criticize Trump-style behavior if it were coming from any Democratic president. To Toni Ann Kinsella (March 15 letter), Trump makes you feel safe? No wonder our country is a huge mess. Every day is sickening and draining with the latest Trump scandal and the circus of an inexperienced administration. We are failing because Trump himself is a failure. Our lives got worse by Trump’s own hands and power, not ours. If only our disdain for him was that powerful. We have no control. Shame on Republicans for putting party before country and for telling us that “Trump may go about things the wrong way but so what, it’s okay.” You are delusional from drinking that Hannity Kool-Aid. It’s not OK and it never will be, and your deranged tirades are as destructive and hypocritical as Trump himself.Michele B. KoesterGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion read more
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“I think we all hope that this can be contained, but of course we will take advice, but it’s got to be health first, sport second,” Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford told the UK’s Press Association. Wales are due to play Italy in Rome at the Euros.The coronavirus crisis was raised at an executive committee meeting of European football’s governing body in Amsterdam on Monday, but UEFA is remaining calm over the possible repercussions for Euro 2020.”UEFA is in touch with the relevant international and local authorities regarding the Coronavirus and its development,” it told AFP.”For the moment, there is no need to change anything in the planned timetable. The issue will be kept under constant scrutiny.”The opening match is due to take place in Rome on Friday, June 12, with Italy facing Turkey.UEFA says it has received more than 28 million requests for match tickets, a figure it says is more than double the number for Euro 2016.However, if the outbreak continues to spread, some fans may think twice about travelling to games, even if everything is ready to welcome them.Of the 12 venues, only the Puskas Arena in Budapest has been newly built, the stadium in the Hungarian capital officially opening in November. Wembley in London will be the venue for the semi-finals and final.Wembley stadium is seen ahead of the English League Cup final football match between Aston Villa and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London on March 1, 2020. (AFP/Adrian DENNIS )How the favorites are shaping upOn the field, the carrot of playing in the final on home turf is dangling over England, with Gareth Southgate’s side among the tournament favorites.They were hugely impressive in qualifying, but since then injuries and a loss of form to key players have raised some doubts.Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford could miss the rest of the season with their clubs due to long-term hamstring and back injuries respectively, while Raheem Sterling has yet to score in 2020.Southgate, who will attend the draw for the next UEFA Nations League in Amsterdam on Tuesday, also has a big call to make in goal with Everton’s Jordan Pickford struggling for form.A Bournemouth supporter wears a protective face mask in the stands during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Chelsea at the Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth, southern England on February 29, 2020. (AFP/Adrian DENNIS )One of the few leading nations who will not host matches, World Cup holders France also have problems, with Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante’s season notably ravaged by injuries.France are in the same group as Germany, who are hoping to bounce back from their 2018 World Cup disaster with a squad that has been considerably freshened up.While Spain look to rediscover the form that allowed them to win back to back Euros in 2008 and 2012, holders Portugal will hope to get one last song out of the 35-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo.Dutch’s forward Calvin Stengs (R) vies with Estonian’s defender Karol Mets during the UEFA Euro 2020 Group C qualification football match between the Netherlands and Estonia in Amsterdam, on November 19, 2019. (AFP/Koen Van WEEL)Meanwhile, Belgium and a rejuvenated Netherlands — who will play group games in Amsterdam — may fancy their chances of going all the way.Of the 24 qualifying spots, the last four will be decided by the Nations League play-offs later this month. Most matches in Italy’s Serie A were called off at the weekend with the country the hardest hit by the outbreak in Europe, with 52 deaths and more than 2,000 cases as of Monday.Tourists wearing a protective respiratory mask tour outside the Colosseo monument (Colisee, Coliseum) in downtown Rome on February 28, 2020 amid fear of Covid-19 epidemic. (AFP/ Andreas SOLARO)Meanwhile, neighboring Switzerland — with 24 confirmed cases — on Monday announced the postponement of all games in its top two divisions until the end of March.”The health of persons is much more important than any football game,” insisted FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the weekend. Topics : This Wednesday marks 100 days to go until the start of Euro 2020, but as preparations are fine-tuned for the first European Championship to be played across the continent, the coronavirus outbreak could pose a potentially serious threat to the tournament itself.The decision to stage the second 24-team Euros in 12 different cities in 12 different nations, from as far apart as Baku to Dublin and Glasgow to Rome, was certainly an ambitious move.UEFA say all venues and transport links are ready, that demand for tickets is through the roof, and there are no obvious security worries. Except for the coronavirus outbreak, with its unknown potential consequences, which could cast a shadow over the entire event. read more
More than one billion people have been asked to stay home in over 50 countries and territories around the world as governments battle the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, according to an AFP tally Monday. Some countries have imposed mandatory lockdown measures, while others have issued stay-at-home recommendations to stem the spread of the virus. At least 34 countries or territories have established mandatory lockdown measures ordering people to stay in their homes, accounting for some 659 million people. At least four countries with a collective population of more than 228 million people, including Iran, Germany and Britain, have urged their populations to stay indoors and limit contact with other people as much as possible. But the impact of these non-mandatory recommendations has been limited. In Britain, the government warned of tougher measures after crowds gathered in parks and beaches over the weekend, while millions of people in Iran travelled for the Persian New Year last week. Parts of India, the world’s second biggest country by population, also faced lockdown orders affecting some 700 million people. At least 10 countries and territories with a total population of 117 million people have issued curfews and barred overnight travel.These measures are in place in Burkina Faso, Chile, the Philippines’ capital Manila, Serbia and Mauritania, while in Saudi Arabia a curfew will be imposed from Monday evening. Elsewhere, some countries have imposed isolation measures in main cities, with measures barring people from entering or exiting. These measures have been seen in Almaty, Bulgaria, Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan’s Baku.Combined, these cities have an estimated 10 million inhabitants.Topics : This includes France, Italy, Argentina, the US state of California, Iraq and Rwanda. Greece is the most recent country to impose mandatory confinement measures, which came into effect on Monday morning. Colombia will enforce an obligatory lockdown on Tuesday and New Zealand will follow suit Wednesday. In most cases it is still possible to leave the house to go to work, buy essentials or seek medical care. read more
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