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Newest Gazette reporter joins tradition of adventurers

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionJournalists are an adventuresome bunch by nature.During my 30 years in newspapers, I’ve had the privilege to work with countless colleagues who are passionate about exploration, reporters and editors eager to hike the next peak, paddle a new river.One of my former co-workers left his job for a year to trek in Nepal and elsewhere in South Asia.Another one left her reporting career altogether to hike the Appalachian Trail (and she made it!).On a more modest scale, one current Gazette co-worker recently bicycled the length of the Erie Canal bike route for her summer vacation.  Last fall, a different co-worker loaded up his little Subaru for a weeklong solo road trip to the remote and chilly reaches of northern Canada.To sleep at night, he stretched out his 6-foot, 2-inch frame in the back of his hatchback.Then there are the weekend warriors.Nary a week goes by that some Gazette newsie isn’t snowshoeing in the Adirondacks, backcountry skiing in Vermont or discovering on foot some up-and-coming city in the Northeast.Adventure is a big part of life for many Gazette staffers.And so it comes as a pleasant bonus that the newest member of the Gazette team is an explorer himself.PHOTOS PROVIDEDPete DeMolaPete DeMola started last week as our new reporter covering government and other happenings in Schenectady. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Pete, 36, is a veteran of numerous adventures big and small. At last count, he’d visited 15 countries outside the United States.Pete’s grandest adventure to date was his eight-year stint in China, a trip he embarked on shortly after graduation from Syracuse University in 2005.There, he worked for a period of time as a freelance journalist before landing a business-reporting gig with a state-run media outlet, a music-reporting position with a social media startup and a job with a Beijing-based record label.Life in the land of 1.4 billion people was vastly different from Pete’s childhood in upstate New York in his hometown of Marcellus, population 6,210.The experience was profound.“Reporting from China during such a transitional time in the country’s history was eye-opening and formative,” DeMola says now.When Pete returned to the States in 2013, it didn’t take him long to set out on his next adventure.center_img He’s already crisscrossing the city in search of stories, a better sense of life in the Electric City and, perhaps most importantly, good places to eat. Cooking, it turns out, is one of his top two hobbies along with traveling.So far, thanks to a crowd-sourcing effort on social media, Pete has put together a growing list of eating establishments to try.The list includes More Perreca’s, Druther’s and Mike’s Hot Dogs —and he’s just getting started.So if you see Pete out and about in the coming weeks, perhaps enjoying an Italian pastry at Civitello’s or a pickle at The Dilly Bean, say hello.If you’re lucky, he might have a minute to share a story about one of his adventures.Miles Reed is the editor of The Daily Gazette. He relocated to New York’s North Country for a job reporting for a small newspaper in Essex County, the Sun Community News. There, he quickly dove into reporting on some of the most critical issues facing the region, including economic-development challenges and land-use issues.The beat also allowed Pete to flex his investigative muscles, eventually producing a series of enterprising reports about the state’s universal broadband initiative and criminal schemes involving rural Medicaid transportation.Pete went on to get promoted to managing editor of The Sun, but not before receiving accolades for his reporting.He was named the New York State Press Association’s Reporter of the Year in 2016.And last year, he was named runner-up for NYPA’s Thomas G. Butson Award for In-Depth Reporting for a series of articles exploring the challenges facing the home health care industry in the Adirondacks.For his latest adventure, Pete moved to Schenectady earlier this month to be close to City Hall and other spots that will loom large on his beat.last_img read more

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Pope Francis, Prince William lead TED global call to act on climate crisis

first_imgWith a call to save the planet, Prince William and Pope Francis on Saturday joined activists, artists, celebrities and politicians in a free streamed TED event aimed at mobilizing and unifying people to confront the climate crisis.”The shared goals of our generation are clear,” William said in a video message kicking off the event, dubbed Countdown. “Together we must protect and restore nature, clean our air, revive our oceans, build a waste-free world and fix our climate.” The Pope joined other speakers in saying the climate crisis is real and backed by science, and needs to be urgently confronted in ways that are socially just.”The Earth must be worked and nursed, cultivated and protected,” the Pope said.”We cannot continue to squeeze it like an orange.”Countdown also focused on ways in which damage to the environment also fuels social and racial injustice.”Black people breathe the most toxic air relative to the general population, and it is people of color who are most likely to suffer in the climate crisis,” said British Parliament member David Lammy.”It gives all new meaning to the Black Lives Matter slogan ‘I can’t breathe.'”Lammy called for climate and social justice leaders to join forces, and for a new international “ecocide” law to criminalize “the most severe actions against nature itself.”Capitalism ‘monstrous’ Firms that make fortunes from fossil fuels or other greenhouse gas-emitting operations cause damage they don’t pay for, while funneling money to politicians who help preserve the status quo, said another speaker, US economist Rebecca Henderson, who called on businesses to step up.”We let capitalism turn into something monstrous,” she said, adding: “It’s going to be tough to keep free enterprise alive if most people believe the rich and the white are trashing the planet for their own benefit.”Other speakers presented ways people can help stop slow down climate change.The mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, for example, explained a project there to plant a million trees to protect against flooding and to absorb carbon dioxide.Climate knows no politics Countdown came as some world leaders have seized on the issue of climate change for political gain.US President Donald Trump triggered outrage recently by suggesting global warming will reverse itself and dismissing climate change as a cause of the ferocious fires engulfing vast swaths of the US West.Christiana Figueres, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, warned before the event that the topic has been “politicized.””But,” she added, “democracies have a way of changing the leaderships in those countries.”An array of Countdown speakers urged people to use their voting power to elect decision-makers who prioritize stopping the climate crisis.”I want to cast my vote in favor of the planet,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay said.”If  you are eligible to vote, anywhere in the world, elect people who care and urge others to do the same. Vote for the planet.”‘Clarion call’ Countdown organizers set a goal of mobilizing governments and citizens to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next decade and get to net-zero carbon pollution by the year 2050.TED head Chris Anderson called Countdown “a clarion call” to tackle the daunting challenges of climate change. “But it’s also a day of hope that there is a pathway to do this and we must walk down it together.”A recording of the live event is available at countdown.ted.com.Topics : For more than five hours the second-in-line to the British throne and other speakers delved in the reality of the climate crisis, the need for action, and what can be done.Solutions posed included ways of farming that welcome wildlife as well as crops; transportation systems powered by electricity; cities designed for people instead of cars; economies that thrive by keeping the planet healthy instead of destroying it, and voting for political leaders keen to end the climate crisis.”We are living during a historic moment marked by difficult challenges, as we all know,” Pope Francis said while urging people of all faiths to unite to protect Mother Earth.”The world is shaken by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which highlights yet an even bigger challenge – the socio-environmental crisis.”last_img read more


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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour

first_img About Connatix V67539 The attacking pair were also spotted during lap honour begun, with cameras again catching them looking crushed with the result.While Arsenal’s biggest stars dealt with the blow of the result, Unai Emery believes his team deserved a win.‘We deserved to win but we know they are defensively very strong and played very well,’ he said. Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Arsenal conducted a lap of honour after the draw (Picture: Getty) AdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the demoralising result, the players were required to stay behind for the traditional lap of honour.Departing Gunners Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck were all honoured after the final whistle, but the cameras panned to a devastated Arsenal team just before the lap of honour.Strike duo Lacazette and Aubameyang were visibly miserable alongside the rest of the first-team as they waited for the lap of honour celebrations to begin. SPONSORED Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cannot hide frustration during Arsenal lap of honour Video Settings Aubameyang had put Arsenal in front (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette cut dejected figures on the Arsenal bench as the Gunners waited to complete their lap of honour at the Emirates on Sunday.Arsenal’s final Premier League home game of the season ended with a 1-1 draw with Brighton as Glenn Murray hit back for the visitors after Aubameyang put the Gunners in front in the first half.The result is set to be the killer blow to Arsenal’s top four chances, as Tottenham have now all but secured Champions League qualification.Arsenal need a miracle on the final day of the season with Tottenham three points ahead of them in fourth spot and boasting an eight-goal better goal difference.ADVERTISEMENT (Picture: Getty)‘We had our chances to score, the first half was probably the difference in the result.‘And in the second half after their goal we had chances but they defended very well, congratulations to them for their work.‘We fight and try to win each match in the Premier League but every match is difficult and today is an example of that.’MORE: Jan Vertonghen responds to Arsenal’s draw with Brighton: I’ll take that by Metro Read More Read More Comment Read More PLAY Coming Next Skip Read More Top articles Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 May 2019 8:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link843Shares Skip Ad / Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more


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Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Rob Holding is a big fan of Martinelli (Picture: Getty Images)‘You want a striker that will sort of give up on you, but he never gives up. His finishing has been unbelievable, even with his head.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s only a small guy but the headed goals he’s scored in the [Nottingham] Forest game and the Standard Liege game have been incredible goals, to be fair to him.’Holding has also revealed that the young Brazilian striker is slowly picking up the English language, partly thanks to yoga classes at the club.‘In yoga, he is trying to learn as much English as he can,’ continued Holding. ‘It’s only a small group of like five or six of us, so he’s learning English as he goes along and he’s making an effort, which is important.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘There are about six players, plus Freddie Ljungberg, he joins in and does a bit of yoga. It’s a good group there and it’s up to you, if you want to do it, you can do it. We come in and do one session a week. I enjoy it so I do it.’Martinelli is likely to get another chance to shine against the Portuguese side on Thursday night with the Gunners picking up two wins from two in Europa League Group F, while Vitoria Guimaraes have lost both their matches.MORE: Ray Parlour urges Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa to play Arsenal loanee Eddie NketiahMORE: Charlie Nicholas makes Europa League predictions for Arsenal, Man Utd, Celtic and Rangers Rob Holding describes ‘unbelievable’ Arsenal team-mate Gabriel Martinelli as ‘a nightmare for centre-halves’ Gabriel Martinelli is making a big impression at Arsenal (Picture: MB Media/Getty Images)Gabriel Martinelli is making a serious impression on his Arsenal team-mates, with Rob Holding describing him as a ‘nightmare’ for centre-halves to deal with.The 18-year-old arrived at Arsenal from Brazilian side Ituano over the summer and was not expected to make a big impact in the first team, but is already making a name for himself with four goals in five appearances.Those four strikes have come in the EFL Cup and Europa League, but Holding believes the teenager has all the qualities to make it in the Premier League.‘Martinelli has come in and settled really well,’ said Holding ahead of the Europa League clash with Vitoria Guimaraes. ‘In training every day, he works hard. He puts you under pressure constantly and never stops running, which as a centre-half is a nightmare.ADVERTISEMENT Phil HaighWednesday 23 Oct 2019 7:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3kShareslast_img read more


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‘Eclipsemania’ building for rare event

first_imgPhoto courtesy of eclipse2017.org/Batesville, In. — After a 40 year wait, the United States will experience a full solar eclipse. From about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 21 the “Great American Solar Eclipse” will roll across the Great Northwest to Appalachia, then off the coast of South Carolina.Hopkinsville, Kentucky could be the closest location for “Totality” to the Hoosier state. The town is hosting a three day festival for enthusiasts. Complete information and an official countdown is online at eclipseville.com/.Officials from the Indiana Department a of Transportation say about 200 million people live within the path of “Totality.” Congestion is expected before and after August 21 on U.S. 41, U.S. 231 and I-69. Interstate 65 is also expected to experience increased volume.Eclipse enthusiast Dan McGlaun says the rare event is uniquely American. The last total eclipse in the United States occurred on Feb. 26, 1979. The last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918 and the last time a total solar eclipse occurred exclusively in the U.S. was in 1778. McGlaun has a webpage dedicated to the event here eclipse2017.org/ .last_img read more


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September 1, 2017 Police Blotter

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Simmons Promotions to host March 26 race car show

first_imgFARLEY, Iowa ­­– Simmons Promotions has set Saturday, March 26 as the day to kick off the 2016 race season with its very popular pre-season race car show.The Palace Ballroom, located on the Farley Speedway grounds on the west edge of Farley, will be the site. Fans are invited to enjoy the warm comfort inside the Palace which offers plenty of space for the drivers to display their new race cars ready for competition. This opportunity allows the drivers a great opportunity for sponsor recognition.Trophies will be awarded this year courtesy of Callahan Construction of Dubuque.Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the show will continue until 2 p.m. at which time live music will be held as the popular Northeast Iowa rock band Hot Mess will hit the stage. Live music will continue until 6 p.m. The Palace Ballroom offers a full bar with food available as well.For more information please log onto the official SPI website at Simmonspromotionsinc.com.last_img read more


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Despite being under house arrest, Ronaldinho hosts parties with models

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho has been accused of hosting parties attended by groups of models while under house arrest at a luxury hotel in Paraguay.The silky-footed forward – a two-time FIFA World Player of the Year – spent his 40th birthday locked in a Paraguayan prison, along with his agent and brother, after the pair were caught trying to enter the Latin American country with fake passports back in March. After a month behind bars, the De Assis Moreiras moved into house arrest at the Palmaroga Hotel in the capital Asuncion after making a $1.6 million bail.According to Paraguayan newspaper HOY, eyewitnesses have spotted the duo welcoming several women in one go to their rooms until the early hours – breaching both the terms of their release and night-time curfews imposed in Paraguay due to coronavirus.One source claimed to have seen “at least two women at a time” coming to visit them – some of them famous – carrying presents and “high-quality” beverages.The source is quoted as saying: “I think they are models because they all have the looks.“The famous ones enter directly via the car park and the ones who aren’t are driven up to the door and come in via the front. “They dance and sing karaoke.”People in Paraguay are currently banned from partying between midnight and 5am on any day of the week – and certainly if they are under house arrest.Ronaldinho and his brother could be released from house arrest in the coming weeks pending a hearing over whether to suspend their sentence.Less than a decade since his exit from AC Milan, the entire affair is the culmination of a decline almost as spectacular as Ronaldinho’s rabonas.The forward won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, shortly after arriving in Europe for successful spells at Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona. But Ronaldinho was criticised for his late-night party lifestyle and an apparent lack of dedication in training as he left Milan prematurely in 2011.Tags: FIFAParaguayRonaldinholast_img read more


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Low-Pressure System in Atlantic Dissipates, as Hurricane Season Officially Begins June 1

first_imgThe weekend forecast for South Florida continues to call for partly sunny skies with a 20 to 30 percent chance of scattered showers through Sunday night.High temperatures in the mid- to high-80s are expected, with lows in the upper 70s, according to the weather service.However, the chance of showers and thunderstorms will increase to 50 percent as the week starts, the National Weather Service said. A low-pressure system in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is showing signs of weakening, now with just a 20 percent chance of developing into a subtropical depression within the the next 24 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the system was moving slowly northward and was located about 400 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. It will likely encounter conditions that will make further development difficult, forecasters said.The next system that forms in the Atlantic would be named Tropical Storm or Hurricane Cristobal. The 2020 hurricane season officially begins June 1, although there have already been two named storms in the Atlantic, Arthur and Bertha.NHC has issued a special Tropical Weather Outlook for the Atlantic. Development of the system over the central Atlantic has become less likely. There is also potential for tropical cyclone development over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico next week. https://t.co/QnemzQ1V2D pic.twitter.com/GLiHU1zVkx— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) May 31, 2020last_img read more


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USC-led center receives $12 million grant

first_imgPhoto from Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC WebsiteFostering technology · Yang Chai, the associate dean of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, is also the director of C-DOCTOR.USC is one of six California universities in a dental institution collaboration that will receive $12 million over the next three years through a research grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. The research grant was awarded to the California-based Center for Dental, Oral & Craniofacial Tissue & Organ Regeneration, also known as C-DOCTOR —  a joint venture between several California institutions, including the University of California at San Francisco, Berkeley, Davis and Los Angeles, an Ostrow research team at USC and Stanford University.C-DOCTOR received the grant for its progress in developing safe and effective clinical strategies for tissue regeneration in the field. The group will act as a nationwide resource for the recruitment, cultivation and clinical translation of innovative technologies to regenerate dental and craniofacial tissues and organs damaged due to congenital disorders, trauma and disease.USC professors Yang Chai, Yong Chen and Mark Urata are members of the team that received the grant, along with researchers from the other five universities in C-DOCTOR. Bridget Samuels, a senior research coordinator at USC’s Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology, worked closely with Chai.“We are trying to identify promising new approaches to engineering dental, oral and craniofacial tissues so that we can replace or regenerate tissues that are lost to … trauma, after surgery or removing a tumor,” Samuels said. “C-DOCTOR brings together all the resources that the research team would need to bring their technology into large animal models and [get] ready for phase one of clinical human trials.”Samuels said that they had received previous funding from NIDCR, whose program was in two stages. In 2015, they funded 10 groups across the country to start planning the development of a resource center like C-DOCTOR. USC had successfully competed for one of those one-year grants. Now, the grant will help get the resource center up and running as the team looks to put together the strongest group by joining forces with other universities throughout California.Samuels said the grant will help further the research C-DOCTOR is doing now on stem cells.“I think right now people are starting to realize the potential of stem cells in regenerative medicines,” Samuels said. “There are a lot of different types of stem cells that have been identified in the dental region, many of them being pioneered by USC faculty. We are trying to understand the different kind of stem cells that are easily accessible because they are in the mouth and use their power to regenerate all kinds of tissues, like bones and gum tissues.”According to Samuels, these products are not yet available in the market, making it one major direction that C-DOCTOR is planning to look into. Samuels said that the first thing the team will do in the next couple of months is issue a request to recruit team members with promising projects. The research team will review the potential members’ proposals and provide counseling on how C-DOCTOR would be able to use these projects to make the best impact in the field.last_img read more