Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Dec. 5

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop bridge hits by banning truck trafficReading Harry Darling’s Nov. 28 letter (“Raise bridge, tracks to eliminate crashes”), I felt the need to jump in.He correctly argues that raising the bridge would solve the problem of large trucks striking it.I proffer that although it would be the best solution, that bridge will never be raised. There were many reasons discussed when the road was rehabilitated a few years ago. Among the reasons cited was the cost to do so.I’m sure the railroad doesn’t want to spend the money. But moreover the real reason is very few folks want Glenridge Road to become a “truck route.”The best way to prevent that is to block their access.Edward VanderwallClifton ParkLeaders must work to inspire faith againThe election of the Once-ler for president aside, there are many symptoms of a worsening national illness. We have lost faith.The concept of faith has been hijacked by discussions of religion. And though it is relevant, it’s by no means exclusive.Faith plays out in almost every area of our lives, from marriage to driving.And there is no question that faith for Americans among Americans is flagging; faith in government is incredibly poor.Faith, real faith, that of relationships built through experience and collaboration, integrity and honesty through time, is essential for our republic.Without it, we will be left with some form of oligarchy pretending to be a democracy.Some might argue we are there already, that wealth is the only power.The reasons for this diminished faith are too complicated and numerous to discuss here.Suffice it to say that the ability to foster and manipulate this loss of faith for political and economic gain is at the core.There are political and economic beneficiaries of this loss of faith.Yet, if Americans, as represented by a variety of different sub-groups, no longer believe in the integrity of their leaders, the Constitution, local authorities (police, local government), the integrity of news outlets, their neighbors, basically the nation’s functioning, then that is a disaster for our future.Yet, sadly, there are very definite reasons for a loss of faith in all of those things.It’s time that we all, beginning with our leaders, start to inspire faith.James CiminoSchenectadyShow more respect to dedicated nursesMy friend retired after 40 years from a local nursing home. She was a dedicated LPN from the old school. She ironed her uniform before work. She answered call lights and worked with aides.She was the kind of nurse you would want for yourself. She was never written-up. People loved and respected her. When she retired, agency staff and coworkers gave her gifts they could not afford.The outpouring of respect was overwhelming. Upper management did nothing.When it was pointed out, they invited her to lunch. No special recognition. No gold watch. Nothing.I watched as average employee benefits erode. I listened to the corner office make crass jokes. Bonuses were given to upper management who were soon let go. There is a constant turnover.I suspect that the CEO gives excellent presentations to the board about profit. Nursing is about caring and empathy.When upper management doesn’t recognize a distinguished 40-year career, you have a head without a heart. Dedicated nurses need to be shown better.Take the time to recognize the role model nurses who stand and deliver in our community. To hear my dear friend get emotional over what was done by her friends and for what was not done by upper management is difficult. How do you want to be treated after 40 years? When a business loses its heart, it ceases to serve.Rick GreenBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

British PM Johnson will be back at work on Monday, office says

first_imgCriticism is growing over the government response to the pandemic, with limited testing and shortages of protective equipment for medical workers and carers.Johnson’s stand-in leader Dominic Raab has faced questions over how Britain will ease the lockdown without a deadly second wave of infections.Britain’s interior minister urged Britons to stick to the lockdown rules earlier on Saturday. But many lawmakers want restrictions to be eased to bolster the economy, which budget forecasters say could be heading into its deepest recession in more than 300 years.Johnson was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital in central London suffering from COVID-19 symptoms on April 5, and spent April 6-9 in intensive care.Topics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be back at work on Monday, a Downing Street spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday, after having recovered from a case of coronavirus that sent him to intensive care for three nights in early April.Johnson, 55, will take back control of a government under pressure from the economic fallout of shutdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the highly infectious virus, as well as a rising death toll.As of Saturday, Britain has recorded more than 20,000 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.last_img read more

Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-out

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 18 Jun 2019 4:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link442Shares Lucas Torreira has been linked with a return to Italy (Picture: Getty)‘Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell. Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.‘Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.’Arsenal have been linked with moves for Ryan Fraser, Alexis Claude-Maurice, Gabriel Martinelli, Yannick Carrasco and David Neres this summer.Emery’s side kick-start their 2019-2020 Premier League campaign with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Unai Emery has been told to sell three Arsenal players (Picture: Getty)Charlie Nicholas has urged Unai Emery to sell three Arsenal players before bolstering his defensive options in the summer transfer window.The Gunners suffered a dismal run of form towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign to fall out of the top-four in the Premier League.Having also lost to London rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final, Arsenal will again be absent from the Champions League next term.Emery is keen to bolster his defensive options during the summer transfer window and Nicholas says he should also be looking to sell some of his current players.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe Gunners hero has identified Mesut Ozil, Lucas Torreira and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as players who should be sold if the right offer is on the table.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told Sky Sports: ‘We’re being slow again in the market. The manager has identified plenty of options. Defensively is the key area.‘I just hope we don’t delay these deals. Arsenal need to get into the market. We can’t afford someone like Aaron Wan-Bissaka but we need a whole new defence really.‘We need three defenders to come in which will cost £60-£70m. Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outlast_img read more

Calum Chambers reveals what Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players in dressing room before Everton match

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 21 Dec 2019 2:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Calum Chambers reveals what Mikel Arteta told Arsenal players in dressing room before Everton match Advertisement Chambers played a central role as Arsenal recorded a clean sheet (Picture: Getty)‘Everyone can be proud of their performance. Still there’s things we can work on but it’s good start for us.’On the clean sheet, he added: ‘This is important for us [the defence] it’s been something we’ve been working hard on. I’m pleased to get a clean sheet today.‘I’d like to think so it’s a promising group we got to work hard, build on this performance, work on the training ground and keep going.’MORE: Mikel Arteta’s stern message to Per Mertesacker and Arsenal coaches after appointmentMORE: Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointmentMore: 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 Ljungberg reflects on Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Everton, teases ArtetaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:35FullscreenLjungberg reflects on Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Everton, teases Artetahttps://metro.co.uk/video/ljungberg-reflects-arsenals-0-0-draw-everton-teases-arteta-2075034/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal recorded only their third clean sheet in the Premier League this season and Chambers – who was named Man of the Match – was happy with how the Gunners performed.He continued: ‘A clean sheet away from home at a place like this is never easy. I think we put in a great shift today. It was a young team out there and everyone put in 100% effort. Arteta was in the stands to watch his side claim a point at Goodison Park (Picture: Getty)Arsenal mustered just two shots on target but Arteta had tried to fire them up pre-match, with defender Calum Chambers revealing that he gave a speech prior to kick off.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked about Arteta’s dressing room visit, and what he said, Chambers told BT Sport: ‘He just wants us to be brave, take responsibility and work hard for each other. Those were the messages from him.‘I feel we did that today and now there is more, there is a lot more, we can work on, his philosophy and the things he wants to bring to the team. I’m sure we’ll be working on that this week.’ Advertisement The new Gunners boss went into the dressing room prior to kick-off (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta visited the away dressing room prior to Saturday’s goalless draw with Everton and issued a rallying cry to his players.The Spaniard, who is taking his first steps in management, was officially appointed as the permanent successor to Unai Emery on Friday, though interim boss Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the team one last time at Goodison Park.Everton themselves announced Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment shortly before the game, with both new bosses in the stands to watch what turned out to be a very dull 0-0 contest.last_img read more

Cairns luxury property: 31 Gloucester St, Whitfield on the market

first_imgMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago31 Gloucester St, Whitfield“This home is positioned close to the popular Edge Hill and Whitfield local cafes, restaurants and shops, the Cairns Botanical Gardens, the Tanks Precinct, the Arrow walking tracks, International and Domestic Airports, Cairns CBD and Esplanade,” Ms Edwards said.“For those who love cooking and entertaining, a central, well-appointed, large kitchen with quality stainless steel appliances, including gas cook top, granite bench tops, ample storage space and servery to the outdoor area will bring a smile to your face. 31 Gloucester St, WhitfieldSTYLISH, generous and spacious — this home in one of Cairns’ premier suburbs is guaranteed to have plenty of interest in coming weeks. With five-bedrooms, three-bathrooms, an office, three-car garage and a pool, the whole family will have room to move and, most importantly, relax.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Nadine Edwards said the exclusive, elevated home at 31 Gloucester St was in a sought-after part of Whitfield.Generous living areas across two levels extend to oversized outdoor entertainment areas which provide the ideal space to absorb the tranquil leafy surrounds and panoramic views. 31 Gloucester St, Whitfield“There is a media room which could also be a sixth bedroom and the master bedroom has a walk-in robe, ensuite and direct access to its own private balcony and heated spa.”In the yard, a stunning 13-metre Magna lap pool with a wet edge and waterfall is perfectly positioned adjacent to the downstairs entertainment area.Established tropical gardens with alfresco paved and timber areas and landscaped garden alcoves completes the lush atmosphere and ambience.The home is wired from smart technologies and includes a video intercom at the front entry, double car accommodation with remote control entry and internal access into the home.Solar panels, a GenSet switch to move electric power supply to and from the generator during a power outage and a seven station irrigation system complete the outstanding property package.last_img read more

The Latest: former A’s farmhand dies of virus complications

first_imgThe Latest: former A’s farmhand dies of virus complications May 1, 2020 The race is planned for Aug. 2 but Formula One officials are rewriting the 2020 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic forced cancellations and postponements.Hungarian race officials announced their plan after the government banned large gatherings through Aug. 15.F1 chairman Chase Carey says the season could start July 5 with the Austrian GP. He hopes 15-18 races can take place beginning in Europe before moving to Eurasia, Asia and the Americas.___The European Masters golf tournament scheduled for August in Switzerland has been canceled. World Athletics says it’s looking to hold Ultimate Garden Clash competitions in other events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Swiss officials say they had talks with the International Ice Hockey Federation and 2021 worlds co-hosts Belarus and Latvia about Switzerland taking its turn next year.That has now been ruled out.The Swiss federation says the financial risks were too great and there is no guarantee the coronavirus outbreak will allow the next championship in May 2021.Switzerland hopes to host again in the coming years but the IIHF has already allocated world championships through 2025.___ Organizers say the decision came after the Swiss government extended a ban on gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The tournament in the Swiss Alps was scheduled for Aug. 27-30.Organizers say the course at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will open to the public on May 11 as part of the easing of social restrictions.___The three biggest names in men’s pole vault will compete against each other in a rare sporting event during the coronavirus pandemic. And they’ll do it from their own backyards. “I think there will be a college football season. They may have nobody in the stands or reduced attendance, but my understanding is, particularly in the ACC, which I follow, that they’re anticipating having a season,” the Kentucky Republican said during an interview Thursday on Louisville radio station WLCL.“More immediately, I called the commissioner of baseball a couple of weeks ago and I said, ‘America needs baseball. It’s the sign of getting back to normal. Any chance?’ And you may have heard, there is discussion about having an abbreviated season beginning around the Fourth of July, where the teams would either play at their spring training sites in Arizona or Florida or play at home to largely empty stadiums.”Big league opening day had been scheduled for March 26. The start has been pushed back indefinitely due the new coronavirus pandemic.“I think there’s an active discussion under way to salvage part of baseball season, and if we can salvage part of baseball, surely we can salvage football, as well. There would still be at the bigger schools, like U of L (Louisville) and UK, (Kentucky) television revenue, which would help. “But I think the country needs sports. We’ve all missed that during the pandemic, and the sooner we can get at least some of our sports, and I think the one eligible to begin first would be baseball. It would be a great morale booster for the country and an indication that we’re going to begin to get back to normal.” Viewers will be able to donate via the “From Milan with Love” official fundraising page and AC Milan’s Facebook page.The hour-long tribute is scheduled for Sunday at 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) and will be hosted by Grammy-award winning producer DJ Khaled and Italian TV presenter Diletta Leotta.Other performers will include Kelly Rowland, Robin Thicke, Gavin Rossdale and Chris Traynor of Bush, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, and Lola Ponce.___The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta is moving to Thanksgiving from its traditional Fourth of July date because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press None of the three displayed symptoms and they will all now spend 14 days in isolation at home, the club said.Tests have been carried out this week on players, coaches and other staff at various Bundesliga clubs ahead of a planned return firstly to full team training, then to competition. Cologne says its players and staff were tested on Thursday.German clubs are operating limited training schedules with players in small groups. If German soccer does return this month — which is subject to approval from federal and state politicians — it would almost certainly be weeks ahead of other major European leagues.___U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants baseball and football to get on the field, and he says big league opening day could take place around the start of July.center_img The 20 clubs in Serie A are in agreement that they want to finish the season if they can do so in accordance with government guidelines and by respecting health regulations and protocols.The Italian clubs met by video conference and all supported a statement issued a day earlier by league president Paolo Dal Pino.Dal Pino said it was “only natural that the Serie A league wants to play soccer. It would be against our nature to say the contrary.”___Hungarian Grand Prix organizers say spectators won’t be allowed at this year’s Formula One race if it goes ahead. The event is the world’s largest 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) race with about 60,000 participants. The first race was held in 1970.The Atlanta Track Club says the Nov. 26 date was selected because families gather for Thanksgiving. It will also minimize the impact on retailers in downtown Atlanta because most businesses will be closed for the holiday.Rhonex Kipruto of Kenya ran last year’s race in 27 minutes, 1 second to break the U.S. record in the event.___The 2021 badminton world championships will now start in November to avoid clashing with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Oakland Athletics say former minor leaguer Miguel Marte has died of complications from COVID-19. The A’s announced Friday that Marte died this week. The British government also held talks with sports bodies about when athletes can start to train again.Decisions by the Dutch and French governments led to their soccer seasons ending. Lower-league professional soccer clubs in England have been told they might not be allowed to have fans at their matches until 2021.___AC Milan and Roc Nation have partnered to create a virtual live event on Sunday headlined by Alicia Keys “to honor and pay tribute to key workers fighting on the front line in Italy and around the world.”Funds raised through the event will benefit Direct Relief and Milan’s philanthropic foundation. Video links will connect world record holder Armand Duplantis, world champion Sam Kendricks and former Olympic champion Renaud Lavillenie.World Athletics calls it “The Ultimate Garden Clash” and will stream it on social media.Duplantis will be in Louisiana, Kendricks in Mississippi and Lavillenie in France.Their challenge is to clear the most 5-meter jumps within 30 minutes. The athletes agreed on the format because adjusting the bar is not practical without officials in place.Duplantis broke Lavillenie’s world record in February. He cleared 6.17 meters and then 6.18 on consecutive weekends. Marte, a first baseman, catcher and right fielder from the Dominican Republic, was 30. He played in the Oakland farm system from 2008-12, going as far as Class A.In other team news, the A’s have decided to pay all employees through May.___Three people at German soccer club Cologne have tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest blow to the Bundesliga’s hopes of resuming games this month.Cologne didn’t name the people who tested positive, and didn’t say whether they were players. ___The English Premier League is still hoping to restart its season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The 20 clubs discussed the latest planning under “Project Restart” on a conference call.The league says it is “considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with government guidance.”But the league says the “clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019-20 season.” The Badminton World Federation says the event will remain in Huelva, Spain, and be held Nov. 29-Dec. 5.BWF president Poul-Erik Høyer says the two main events can now go ahead “with equal fairness for everyone.”___The Swiss hockey federation says it won’t seek to host the 2021 men’s world championship after losing this year’s event because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 2020 championship had been due to start next week in Zurich and Lausanne. 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Canucks Sven Baertschi waived, tough decisions force hand

first_imgThroughout injuries, the winger has still maintained a solid production for the Canucks. In his last 79 NHL games, he has scored 23 goals and 20 assists, causing some reaction over his roster move..@patersonjeff on Baertschi: This is a guy that has scored 23 goals in his last 79 NHL games. I have trouble justifying how you walk away from a guy who scored 23 goals in 79 games on a team that struggles to put the puck in the net? #Canucks— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) September 30, 2019In his first four seasons with the Canucks — not taking into account the three games played in 2014-15 following his trade from the Flames — Baertschi has yet to appear in more than 69 games in a season. Even so, he has finished top-five in goals for the Canucks in three of the last four seasons.Just last offseason, the 2011 first-round pick was granted a three-year contract extension, keeping him in Vancouver through 2020-21. MORE: NHL 2019-20 predictions: Final standings, playoff projections, Stanley Cup picks#Canucks reduce pre-season roster by three players; Baertschi, Biega & Goldobin placed on waivers, designated for assignment to @UticaComets. https://t.co/YvmC3UBHHU— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) September 30, 2019Baertschi has been plagued with injuries since making his NHL debut in 2012. Just last season, the 26-year-old was limited to 26 games while dealing with post-concussion syndrome (PCS). The Canucks placed Sven Baertschi and two other on waivers on Monday.Following a six-game, four-goal preseason from 22-year-old Adam Gaudette, the Canucks were forced to make a tough decision at the forward position. The forwards designated for assignment to the Canucks’ AHL-affiliate Utica Comets were Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin. They are joined by defenseman Alex Biega.last_img read more

FL nurse charged with scamming Holocaust survivor out of life savings

first_imgA Florida nurse was arrested Friday for scamming a Holocaust survivor and her husband out of their life savings, police say.Odalis Lopez, 56, faces felony charges of grand theft and elderly financial exploitation in connection with the crime, which police say netted the caretaker more than $116,000.Lopez is accused of stealing from 91-year-old Rella Herman and her husband Leanard, 90, for several years.She began working as their caretaker in 2011.Police say Lopez would take the couple’s credit cards to purchase groceries but instead went on personal shopping trips and dined at expensive restaurants.The couple’s grandson told reporters that Lopez stole his grandparents’ life savings including their retirement accounts and reparations received from surviving the Holocaust.“My grandmother survived one tragedy, which was the Holocaust, and then her only son passed away in 2015,” Micah Herman says. “At that point in time, the caretaker increased the fraudulent charges and took advantage of her despair and depression. I find that to be revolting.”last_img read more

CrimeStoppers Honor Pioneering Board Members

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by CrimeStoppers of Olympia/Thurston CountyThe Board of Directors of Olympia/Thurston County Crimestoppers is taking time from regular duties to recognize two people who are leaving the board.  Collectively, Geri Thumser and Renee Buell have dedicated more than three decades to fighting crime in the South Puget Sound area and they will be missed for their hard work and inspiration.Geri Thumser first began work with CrimeStoppers in 1998.  Over the years she has served as Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary-Treasurer and Secretary for the organization.  She has been a key worker on numerous fund raising activities and has helped to maintain public awareness of the program through participation in community events and the various CrimeStoppers programs.Renee Buell started her work with CrimeStoppers in 1993 and has served two terms as Board President.  She also worked as staff to the organization for several years.  Renee has been instrumental in helping to design and organize several different types of fund raising events providing much needed revenue for the reward program and for general operating expenses.Renee says she will miss working with everyone involved in Olympia/Thurston County CrimeStoppers.  “Above all else, my favorite thing about being involved with CrimeStoppers was getting to work with so many great, dedicated people. This has been a rewarding experience and one of the biggest privileges of my life!”Robbi Wright of the CrimeStoppers Board says Geri and Renee will be missed.  “There are people in any community-based organization who selflessly give of themselves.  Geri and Renee make the sacrifices to enable CrimeStoppers to do a good job and that makes this a better place to live.  That’s a legacy they can be very, very proud of and one that will continue after their retirement from the board.”Olympia-Thurston County CrimeStoppers is a non-profit organization made up of various law enforcement agencies and dozens of other community partners and volunteers. Established in 1991 the tip line has resulted in the arrest of more than 900 suspects, recovery of more than $1.8-million in stolen property, seizure of more than $7-million worth of illegal drugs and the payout of more than $166-thousand in rewards.  Those with information on a crime can call the tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS.  To learn more about Olympia-Thurston County CrimeStoppers, please visit http://www.crimebusters.org/last_img read more