Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionNo sense to Background Check ActThe Bipartisan Background Check Act (HR8), when properly spun, sounds like a commonsense law to keep guns out of the hands of felons. A desirable goal, although there are currently many laws designed to do that. Let’s look a little closer at this law and its results.As a child I received several guns from my now deceased uncle. If I return them to my cousins, I would be a felon, as I did not first do a background check. If I lent a friend a rifle to hunt with, that constitutes an illegal transfer, again I am a felon. If I let a friend handle or shoot my gun while target shooting, that also is an illegal transfer, another felony. Think about that, letting another person handle your firearm, unless you are on the premises of a Federal Firearm Dealer, will make you a felon, subject to a year in jail and $100,000 fine. Farmers and ranchers who hand (transfer) an employee a gun to deal with predators or injured livestock would become felons. Accepting a gun from a suicidal friend would make you a felon.It quickly becomes evident that there is no commonsense to this law, it is just another scheme to criminalize legitimate gun owners. Which, come to think of it, is probably the end goal of this law’s writers.James Van DijkSaratoga SpringsNational Grid’s lights flickeringI’m writing this letter to vent my frustration with National Grid. This is a huge company that we all depend on. On the afternoon of March 10, my daughter called me in distress saying that her lights were flashing on and off in rapid succession.She said it was scary. She has limited cell coverage and was not sure how long her phone would work. I called the main number provided by National Grid.After two minutes of commercials, I was told to choose option seven which was a gas leak or a life threatening emergency. Since this did not fit in that scenario, I chose the next option non-life threatening. I was on hold for more than 20 minutes, gave up and went for option seven. The woman that answered had an attitude, stated that the power was out in my daughter’s area and would be restored later in the evening was about to hang up on me when I asked her if they should unplug their appliances, she said with her attitude, if it were me I would. And then hung up. This was not an emergency per se, sitting on hold for over 20 minutes listening to what a great company National Grid is was an unpleasant surprise. I hope if I have a real emergency, someone will answer the phone promptly. Most of the workers at National Grid are hard dedicated workers, and I appreciate all that they do. They just need to work on their communication skills.Marty ShantyCharltonAbortion is extremely racistLiberals love to tell us that they are pro-abortion and anti-racist. To anyone who knows much of anything about history, this is a contradiction of terms. History shows that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was about as racist as anyone could possibly be. Margaret was a eugenicist, who created slogans like: “More children from the fit, less from the unfit – that is the chief aim of birth control,” and “Birth Control: to create a race of thoroughbreds.”A director of the American Birth Control League, Sanger’s organization prior to Planned Parenthood, expressed his admiration for the Nazis’ method of cleaning up their race problems by sterilizing those who were unfit to produce children. There was little distinction made between eugenic and Nazi goals.Adolph Hitler used birth control for the same purposes, making it and abortion illegal for Aryans, while at the same time spreading propaganda in territories outside Germany that billed abortion as safe and childbirth as a health hazard.A graph produced by the Guttmacher Institute in 2017 shows that abortion rates by race changed from 40 percent for blacks, 27 percent for Hispanics, 10 percent for whites, and 23 percent other in 2000, to 38, 25, 14 and 23 respectively in 2014, while the total number of abortions decreased 42 percent. Fewer babies being killed overall, but still disproportionately more black and Hispanic babies than white babies. Abortion is extremely racist. Seems Sanger’s objective and that of the far left, of reducing the non-white population, is succeeding.James HomanGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Danish shipping and logistics major A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S has introduced instant booking confirmation for containers, slashing waiting times for container bookings.The company said the move was aimed at eliminating waiting times, as the delay in booking confirmation, which has now been reduced from up to two hours to a few seconds, triggers uncertainty and extra workloads in managing supply chains for customers.“We are now making it as easy for our customers to book a container as booking a flight ticket. Instant booking confirmation makes it faster, easier and simpler for our customers to interact with Maersk. It is a milestone for the entire industry and a concrete example of how we are bringing our strategy to life when we improve the customer experience through seamless digital offerings,” says Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer, A.P. Moller – Maersk.Maersk said that the new solution provides greater visibility of sailing options with available vessel space, a list of depots with empty containers to choose from and a choice of relevant value adding services. It also ensures that a booking will not be cancelled at a later stage.“Due to e.g. lack of vessel space or equipment availability, around 10% of bookings placed in Maersk’s systems were previously either rejected or confirmed for an alternative sailing, often spurring customers to follow up with questions and requests for changes. Such follow-up inquiries have accounted for 15% of all Maersk customer service calls and chats – and close to 200,000 emails every month,” the company explained.The solution can be accessed through the online booking modules of the Maersk Line, SeaLand and Safmarine brands, covering dry cargo shipments. Refrigerated cargo, dangerous cargo (IMDG) and inland container yards are expected to be added during 2019. The instant booking confirmation is also available via the Maersk App.
Penalties smiled at Egyptian giants Zamalek to grab their first ever CAF Confederation Cup title, and end a 16-year of continental drought. The White Knights defeated Moroccan side RS Berkane 5-3 on penalties after the return leg of the 2018-19 Total CAF Confederation Cup final ended with 1-0 victory for the home side at the Alexandria based Borg El Arab Stadium, the same result Berkane achieved last weekend at home.Defender Mahmoud Alaa scored from the spot ten minutes after the break to send the game to penalties after a 1-1 tie on aggregate. Zamalek scored all their kicks, while Hamdy Laachir missed the first kick for Berkane to see the White Knights lifting the second-tier continental club competition for the first time in their history.Zamalek’s last CAF title dates back to 2003 when they won the CAF Super Cup. They can now enjoy end a long drought, while dreaming of more and more titles.It was heartbreak for “The Oranges” who reached their first ever continental final just to fall very short from touching the sky. Berkane ended the game a man down after Omar Namsaoui received his marching orders a minute from full time.Zamalek opted for an attacking line-up aiming for an early goal to neutralize the 1-0 deficit from the first leg. But the game’s first chance fell to the visitors when Laachir’s shot missed target. The hosts replied with Yousef Obama who went head to head with Berkane’s keeper Abdellaoui M’hamedi but missed the chance to his fans’ bewilderment.Zamalek’s Ibrahim Hassan tried a shot from the distance at the half hour mark but his shot went high. The game turned to be somewhat tense with the referee showing yellow cards to both sides’ players to see the first half ending in a stalemate.The homers returned from the break on a high note, and eight minutes into the second half they had a penalty after the referee returned to VAR system. Defender Alaa scored from the spot to give Zamalek a 1-0 lead and level on aggregate.Zamalek pressed to double their lead, while Berkane opted for the counter attacks trying to snatch a valuable away goal. But time passed with both sides’s defenders having the upper hand.A minute from time Namsaoui was shown the red card for a tough tackle on Mahmoud “Kahraba” Abdel Moneim. But nothing changed as both sides headed to the decisive penalties.During the shootout Khaled Boutaib, Alaa, Abdallah Gomaa, Obama and Ahmed “Zizo” Sayed scored for Zamalek, while Ismail Mokadem, Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba and Issoufou Dayo scored for Berkane after Laachir missed the first kick.Zamalek will pocket $1.25 million, compared to Berkane’s 625,000 dollars.The White Knights will wait next weekend to know their opponents in the 2019 CAF Super Cup from the 2018-19 Total CAF Champions League final between Tunisia’s Esperance and Morocco’s Wydad. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw in Rabat. Source: CAF