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NY Governor Says He Supports Christopher Columbus Statue

first_imgCutout Photo: Kenneth C. Zirkel / CC BY-SA 3.0ALBANY — As activists in several U.S. cities pull down and damage memorials to Christopher Columbus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced support for a statue of the explorer in Manhattan.In recent years, critics who point to evidence of Columbus’ brutality toward indigenous peoples have called for New York City to remove his 70-foot-tall statue standing atop a column in Columbus Circle.Some have suggested that New York rename Columbus Day and call it Indigenous People’s Day, arguing that commemorating Columbus glorifies a symbol of genocide and enslavement and glosses over history.Those calls have been renewed in many cities in the wake of nationwide protests against racism following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Italian American groups, however, have used memorials to Columbus, who was from Genoa, as a way to celebrate their own heritage. The Manhattan statue was put up in 1892 as the Italian American community attempted to overcome prejudice and assimilate into American society.Cuomo, who is Italian American, defended the statue Thursday while saying he understands ongoing dialogue surrounding it.“I understand the feelings about Christopher Columbus and some of his acts, which nobody would support. But the statue has come to represent and signify appreciation for the Italian American contribution to New York,” Cuomo said. “So for that reason I support it.”His remark comes amid a growing push for the nation to reconsider who is honored and reckon with oppression and violence committed by national icons.The colonizer is at times credited with “discovering” the New World though millions lived there, said Onondaga Nation citizen Betty Lyons, who also leads the American Indian Law Alliance. Columbus never landed on what’s now known as the continental United States and faced accusations of tyranny and enslavement toward the native residents of a Caribbean colony he governed for Spain.“Governor Cuomo’s eloquence in response to the anti-racism movement sparked by the murder of George Floyd apparently does not extend to the genocide and enslavement those first transatlantic voyages initiated and which continue to underpin the oppression of indigenous peoples to this day,” Lyons said.In 2017, vandals doused the Columbus statue’s hands in blood-red paint and scrawled the words “hate will not be tolerated.”A 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue led New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to launch a commission that evaluated how to deal with controversial sculptures including the Columbus statue.The commission recommended adding historical markers to give more context.In New York City, Democratic lawmakers have called on the military to rename two streets — General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive — at Fort Hamilton, an Army base in Brooklyn.They wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper that soldiers “deserve to serve on bases that honor their ancestors’ contributions to our nation, not those who fought to hold those same ancestors in bondage.”De Blasio said Thursday: “Nothing should be named after Robert E. Lee at this point in history.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),What most people today fail to realize is that Columbus was Genoese not “Italian”. Columbus himself would not self identify as Italian. The Republic of Genoa was established in 1005 and maintained its autonomy until 1797. Italy, as a united entity, did not exist until the mid 19th century. So to say he was Italian is not historically correct. Besides the aforementioned facts he was in the employ of Spanish monarchs when he “discovered” the “new world”. Italian heritage has little to do with a man who brought suffering and genocide to the native peoples of the new world. In my opinion there is no reason to glorify him in any way.last_img read more

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Business basics

first_imgYou enjoy working in the yard, and you see lots of landscape and lawn maintenance companies around. How hard could running that kind of company be?Well, nine out of every 10 new businesses fail within three years, most in the first year. Given such dismal odds, you may be leery of starting a business.But the odds are better than you think. Landscaping and lawn maintenance are service businesses, which can succeed even in a competitive market.Other things that make starting a service business easier are that you can begin with little investment and with low overhead.Most businesses fail because they can’t survive slow periods or cash crunches. If you manage a service business well, though, you can design it to survive these problems. Slow times won’t cause a financial hardship.More helpOne more thing will help make your startup easier: You can attend the Green Industry Business School Feb. 1 at the Chicopee Woods Ag Center in Gainesville, Ga.This one-day program will address core issues for the landscape and turf industry in northeast Georgia. Topics include “managing by the numbers,” “how to submit a winning bid,” “finding and keeping good employees” and “pesticide licensing and record keeping.”The program is sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension in Hall County and the UGA Small Business Development Center. The cost is $75.To learn more, call the Hall County UGA Extension office at (770) 531-6988. To register, visit www.sbdc.uga.edu/ce/gainesville.last_img read more

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Experience Vermont With the 2003 Vermont Traveler’s Guidebook

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce 2003 Traveler’s Guidebook is the key for a peaceful Vermont getaway as spring, summer, and fall grow slowly into Green Mountain hills and valleys.The 2003 Vermont Traveler’s Guidebook offers listings, a comprehensive resources section, and editorial. Lodging, restaurants, attractions, shopping, and more are listed by town. Extensive lodging descriptions and colorful photos of accommodations will help the most discriminating traveler identify the site of the perfect family vacation or romantic escape.The Guidebook resources section speaks volumes, pointing the way to Vermont agricultural fairs, wineries, and cheese makers. Visitors will easily find the best fishing holes, golf courses, hiking, historic sites and churches, maple sugarhouses, gardens, farmers’ markets, and more.Visitors who are ready to celebrate may want to attend the ever popular Top Ten Summer and Top Ten Fall Events. Another Traveler’s Guidebook annual editorial feature, Mom’s Top Fifty Picks for Kids, may be a lifesaver to families looking to please.Chris Fogg, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel and Tourism, noted that “Whether people seek a respite from life or an experience of a lifetime, Vermont is the perfect place to find simplicity, security, activity and beauty as well as big-city sophistication, culture, and arts.”Annually the Vermont Chamber of Commerce prints 200,000 copies of the Vermont Traveler’s Guidebook, the official guide of the State of Vermont. The Guidebook and other Vermont information is available free of charge at 1-800-VERMONT or (802) 223-3443 ext. 110, or order the Guidebook online at www.vtchamber.com(link is external). Visitors may also view the Guidebook listings, resources, and editorial at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Musical Memories of 2014

first_imgMy son, J.P., in the midst of my musical moment of the year.The advent of a new year brings upon us the desire to look forward. Before we turn our expectations to all that we believe the next twelve months might offer, however, I wanted to revisit all of the musical magnificence of the year that we just finished. So many great records, so many great shows. 2014 certainly didn’t disappoint on the musical front.I reached out to a number of friends to discover which musical moment of the year would be etched most prominently in their memories.My favorite and most lasting memory of 2014 was seeing Sturgill Simpson open for Jason Isbell at the Ryman Auditorium in late October. It was the Sunday show of a three night run in the town both Isbell and Simpson call home, and the crowd was like a loving family welcoming their hardworking sons back to a familiar stage. Besides the incredible music, the vibe and mood of the show stuck with the most. Both artists experienced meteoric rises in 2014, mainly by bucking the traditional Nashville country sound and paving their own course. Interestingly enough, they even shared a producer, Dave Cobb, on their most recent records. The Ryman crowd showed its appreciation all night with raucous applause and standing ovations. It was definitely a night I won’t forget.– Drew Logsdon, Music Fan, Frankfort, KYMy favorite musical moment was actually a renewal of music I’d long forgotten. Being a fan of Foo Fighters, I very much enjoyed Sonic Highways, the band’s show on HBO. In each episode, the band travels to a different city across the country – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, and more – and records in a historic studio while chatting up rock and roll luminaries like Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, George Porter, Jr., Cyril Neville, and Willie Nelson. The whole series was amazing, and what I learned from it stuck with me. Now, I’m not a big country music fan, and I tend to write off most country artists just for being country. But, low and behold, I am now a huge Zac Brown fan because of the show. I can’t stop listening to him. Because of the show, I also discovered a band called The Germs, from L.A., that don’t exist anymore, and a Washington, D.C. band called Trouble Funk that I had never heard of. I’ve gotten back into Fugazi, Willie Nelson, and even found a new appreciation for Gary Clark, Jr. There just something about the way these stories were told and the history and influence that sometimes is forgotten. So, it was really nice to have this show jump start my ears and heart again with all this new and old music.– Micah Davidson, Blue Mountain Artists, Charlotte, NCI have no cool moments, save one: Carbon Leaf at the Jefferson Theater in October. Twenty years after hearing them for the first time, they still bring it and flood a room with sound. It was great to see people from their teens to their sixties all feeling the same way about a band that has weathered all that has happened in the last twenty years. I went with some fellow Longwood University grad who are about fifteen years younger, but they got it, too. Carbon Leaf seem on the verge of making it big on more than one occasion, but that isn’t really the point. They still create great songs and are a unique band. After the show, we went to buy a cd and a copy of the night’s show. Barry, the lead singer, was manning the merch table and remembered playing our college party in 1994. He even remembered names. Good music. Good times.– Rich Lindsay, Music Fan, Charlottesville, VAIt’s hard to pick just one favorite musical memory of the past year, but I’d have to say that my two favorites were the Ohio River Throwdown at the Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati and the ROMP Festival at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, Kentucky. The line up for the Ohio River Throwdown included a wide variety of amazing artsts; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes were fantastic. Trombone Shorty had everybody boogieing. Justin Towne Earle’s new material was solid and Jason Isbell was simply moving. ROMP was a who’s who of bluegrass and ranks up there with the best in the nation. It was super family friend and they get fantastic talent. I really enjoyed Del McCoury, Railroad Earth, The Wood Brothers, and Sam Bush, but it was Old Crow Medicine Show that brought the house down.– Michael Orzali, Music Fan, Cincinnati, OHMy favorite musical moment of 2014 was, hands down, The Bluegrass Situation’s super jam at Bonnaroo. From Dierks Bentley to The Avett Brothers, it was awesome to see thousands upon thousands of people ecstatic about the jam.– Emilee Warner, Warnerblaster, Nashville, TNLast spring, with a stroke of luck, I won tickets to Lockn’ through a teacher appreciation raffle at work. I was in a fever pitch by September, because I was finally going to get to see Numero Uno on my bucket list, Willie Nelson. Along the way to his set, I got see some amazing music. An unexpected highlight was Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi playing an intimate acoustic late night set. It was dark and quiet, even though there were hundreds of people listening. A sign language interpreter was dancing to the beat of the music while signing the lyrics to the songs, and people were lounging in mellow hammocks in a forest grove beneath the stars. It was incredible. And, on Sunday, when I finally got to see Willie with his fingers on Trigger, my weekend was complete.– Jason Collier, Music Fan, Charlottesville, VAI have too many favorite musical moments of 2014 to pick just one, but at the top of the list would certainly be having the honor of performing on the main stage at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Walking on stage that had “Tweedy” written on tape everywhere was a surreal moment for both me and the rest of the band. It was awe-inspiring and fuel for the fire inside me that is determined to have my name and my band’s name written on that tape, and on that stage, someday.– Bryan Elijah Smith, Musician, Dayton, VAI experienced a lot of great live music in 2014, but the highlight for me was Hot Rize at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina. Hot Rize has always exemplified what I think is the best that bluegrass has to offer. From the early days with the late Charles Sawtelle on guitar, their music has always shown clear connections to the past while maintaining a completely original voice, and their songs tell stories with more detail, risk, and nuance that most bluegrass bands would attempt. That character and dedication to the shared voice that has been on display since their earliest records continues to develop, and it was on full display in Raleigh. The boys played most of their new record and a few old favorites, and all of them felt totally personal and fresh. If you didn’t know, you’d never guess that the band had been on a long hiatus. They have the polish and patina – and I mean that in the best way! – that only comes from years of shared experience. Of course, Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers made an appearance, joined by occasional guest sideman Elmo Otto (Sam Bush in a fez!). Seeing Hot Rize in its alter ego country band is like hearing a friend tell a familiar joke, and my favorite moment of 2014 wouldn’t have been complete without it.– Jeremy Darrow, Musician, Nashville, TN2014 brought about many musical adventures, including great shows and the recording of Sturgeon City’s first full length album. What truly stands out, however, was the Friday line up at Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Furnace Mountain, one of my favorite Virginia bands, played early in the day, warming things up with mountain melodies and beautiful harmonies. I also saw Pokey LaFarge for the first time that day. He and his band blew me away with their orchestration and well-crafted tunes, and they played a super tight and energetic show. There were other really great bands that day, but Sarah Jarosz’s set floored me. Her band – a trio, nonetheless – was formidable and the setlist was killer. For her fiddle tune, “Old Smitty,” to Dylan’s “Ring Them Bells” and favorites like “Squirrel Hunters” and “The Tourist,” the dissonance and accompanying resolve they created was truly impressive. The rest of the evening included an excellent performance from The Devil Makes Three, where I got to hear “For Good Again,” one of my favorite tunes of theirs. There were good friends, great music, and a beautiful setting at Mt. Solon’s Natural Chimney Park. It’s safe to say I will return in 2015.– J.M. Nobile, Musician, Richmond, VA As for my own moment, it was watching my John Patrick, my oldest son and pictured above, play to a packed house with his band, Mis’ry Creek, at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. I was nervous about this particular set, as they were playing in a small theater and, frankly, I didn’t know if anyone would come in. My worries were unfounded. Apparently, the ushers were turning people away at the door. J.P. and his mates in the band had a wonderful set and finished to a standing ovation. I got to sit in the crowd and think, “That’s my boy.” 2014 was also a great year for Trail Mix. Hundreds of songs. Great artists. Tremendous interviews and giveaways. Thanks for paying attention and I hope you’ll hang on for the great things to come in 2015.Cheers!Davelast_img read more

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Calstock Flood Alleviation Plan on Display

first_imgThe Environment Agency is holding a public drop-in session at Calstock next week to explain how potential works could reduce flood risk to local homes and businesses, and benefit the environment.According to EA, the current embankment by the River Tamar which protects Calstock from flooding is in poor condition and needs replacing.Dan Boswell of the Environment Agency said: “The existing flood defense embankment in Calstock protects property and community assets but is in poor condition and unsustainable in its current position. By moving it inland it can be maintained to a better standard to increase its effectiveness at reducing flood risk and allow the creation of inter-tidal habitat to help offset the impacts of rising sea levels on wildlife.”The Calstock plan includes:managing flood risk to the community, and the impacts of climate change;protecting the environment and visual landscape of Calstock and the Tamar Valley as an important recreational amenity;enhancing the environment by attracting additional wildlife to the improved local habitat on land reconnected to the river.The drop-in session on the proposed work will take place in the Kelly Room of Calstock Arts on Wednesday 8 November 2017, from 3pm to 8pm.[mappress mapid=”24577″]last_img read more

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Subsea 7’s Pipeline Bundle for Statoil’s Snorre Expansion

first_imgSubsea 7 has been awarded a substantial contract by Statoil for the Snorre Expansion Project, located in the Tampen area, 150 km west of Florø in Norway.According to Subsea 7, a substantial contract is worth between USD 150 million and USD 300 million.The engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract will see Subsea 7 provide pipeline bundle technology, which contains all flowlines and control umbilicals necessary for operation.The project features three pipeline bundles: West, East and North, the company informed.Production of the pipeline bundle system will take place at Subsea 7’s fabrication facilities at Wick, Scotland, while project management and engineering will start immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway and Aberdeen, Scotland.Offshore operations are planned to take place in 2019 and 2020.Phil Simons, Subsea 7’s vice president North Sea and Canada, said, “Subsea 7 looks forward to working closely with Statoil to safely and successfully deliver our work scope on the Snorre project. This award demonstrates the versatility and economic benefit Subsea 7 can offer through its unique pipeline bundle technology, where all service lines are integrated in a single product and installed using our controlled depth tow method.”last_img read more

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Sunman Wine & Fireworks Festival Set For Saturday

first_img(Image: Sunman Chamber of Commerce) SUNMAN – Large crowds are expected this weekend at the annual Sunman Wine & Fireworks Festival.The Salute a Soldier 5K kicks off weekend festivities at 9 a.m. Saturday. The race is in memory of PFC Anthony Seig and all current and past military members who have fought, or are fighting for our freedom.Seig was killed in action on September 9, 2006.Following the race, the public is invited to stay for the new Karaoke Contest beginning at 1 p.m. The popular Sunman Idol follows at 2:30 p.m.The annual festival features wine tasting, food, children’s activities, homemade wine judging and a beer garden.Saturday’s music lineup includes Pistol Holler, Swamptucky and Batesville band 5 Lights.last_img

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De Jong relishing Magpies challenge

first_imgNewcastle have completed the signing of forward Siem de Jong from Eredivisie champions Ajax. De Jong joins Tenerife striker Ayoze Perez and Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback in joining the Magpies this summer as boss Alan Pardew looks to win over the fans following what was seen by many as a disappointing campaign last term. “We are absolutely overjoyed to bring Siem to the club because he will give us intelligence in the final third and create goalscoring situations, which we lacked towards the end of last season,” Pardew said. “It is a big signing for this club. Siem brings massive experience from Ajax. I think our fans are going to enjoy the way he plays and I cannot wait to start working with him.” De Jong played almost 250 times for Ajax, scoring 78 goals, and has netted twice in six appearances for his country. Press Association “Newcastle United have completed the signing of Ajax captain Siem de Jong,” read a statement from the club. “The 25-year-old Dutch international attacking midfielder has moved to Tyneside for an undisclosed fee, signing a six-year deal at St James’ Park.” De Jong’s younger brother Luuk struggled to make an impact for Newcastle after signing on loan in January, but De Jong senior is relishing the challenge of the Premier League. “It is great to have signed for Newcastle,” he said. “It is a big club which my brother told me all about, so I already feel good here. “I had been at Ajax a long time and wanted a new challenge in a new environment and a new country. “Coming to Newcastle is a great opportunity and the chance to play for a club like this in the Premier League was one I could not turn down. “I am looking forward to starting training and meeting my new team-mates and hopefully we can have a successful season.” The 25-year-old Holland international moves to Tyneside for an undisclosed fee and has penned a six-year deal at St James’ Park. De Jong came through the Amsterdammers’ fabled youth system and has won four Dutch titles since making his debut in 2007, assuming the captaincy in 2012. last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What to know about North Carolina

first_imgUnseeded Florida Gulf Coast gave North Carolina a fit in an NCAA tournament second-round matchup last week, but the Tar Heels prevailed in double overtime, 3-2. The win earned UNC a date with Syracuse, which coasted past Dartmouth, 3-0, behind Sergio Camargo’s two goals and assist. The two Atlantic Coast Conference foes meet for the fourth time in two years Sunday at 2 p.m. at Onondaga Community College’s Murphy Field, instead of at SU Soccer Stadium because of field conditions.The winner of No. 8 seed Syracuse (12-3-4, 3-2-3 ACC) and No. 9 seed North Carolina (12-3-3, 5-1-2) will host an Elite Eight tilt against either Creighton or Providence, which stunned No. 1 seed Maryland.Here’s what you need to know ahead of the matchup, SU’s third straight Sweet 16 appearance.All-time series: North Carolina leads, 2-0-2 (Syracuse advanced past UNC on penalty kicks in last year’s ACC tournament, a game recorded as a tie.)Last time they met: A Friday night battle between then-No. 3 Syracuse and No. 4 UNC, two of the country’s top offenses, ended in a scoreless tie. Syracuse owned a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal and outshot UNC, 13-6, but the closest SU came to a score was a Chris Nanco shot off the crossbar.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe North Carolina report: The Tar Heels are as deep as SU. Six players on each team have netted at least three goals. Where UNC separates itself is offensively: seven times this year the Tar Heels have scored three or more goals, including twice they have scored five or more (SU has not scored more than four in a game).Redshirt senior forward Tucker Hume netted four goals through UNC’s first eight games. The 6-foot-5, 203-pound Division II transfer has size, skill and experience that make him dangerous. His 11-goal total last year ranked second in the conference, and his seven goals this year places second on the team. He’s flanked by Zach Wright, who’s posted five scores and seven assists, and Nils Bruening, a sophomore with a team-leading eight goals.How Syracuse beats North Carolina: While SU’s scoring offense places only 33rd in the country, its defense is dominant. A fourth-ranked goals-against average (0.55) and a shutout percentage (0.58) that ranks tied for fourth nationwide have kept Syracuse just two wins away from a trip to Houston for the College Cup. The Orange could rely on its defense for 110 minutes then take its chances in penalty kicks.The Orange could also try to set up Chris Nanco. When the senior forward scores, SU is 17-0 over the last four years. Sergio Camargo has come on of late — the senior transfer has four goals in SU’s last seven games after not having scored in his first nine games.Stat to know: 11 — The Tar Heels place in the nation’s top 12 in 11 statistical categories, including goals-against average (third), assists per game (second) and shutout percentage (third).Player to watch: Tucker Hume, forward, No. 36Hume scored in both SU-UNC matchups last year. The first goal came off a ball passed around the box that found Hume. On the second, he tied last year’s ACC quarterfinal bout, sending it to overtime before SU advanced on penalty kicks. A Rollins College (Florida) transfer, Hume could give SU’s back line difficulties with an imposing frame and knack for scoring. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2016 at 7:14 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Preview: Greyhound racing in Clonmel tonight

first_imgEddie Anderson is racing manager at the track and he previews tonight’s card. There’s greyhound racing in Clonmel tonight where the first is off at 7.30pm. The card sees:FINAL of the Dessie Loughrey Memorial A1 550 StakeFINAL of the B.I.F. National Produce Stakes A1 StakeFINAL of the B.I.F. National Produce Stakes A2 StakeFINAL of the B.I.F. National Produce Stakes A1 StakePlus Top Class Supporting Programmelast_img

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