More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion When Commerce Secretary Ross announced that the census questionnaire will include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, he made a decision that will have a negative impact on residents of the Capital Region and in communities around this country. It might seem like an innocuous question, but it is likely to cause fear in the immigrant community and result in substantial undercounting.Many resource allocation decisions are made on the basis of census data. Money for public safety planning and disaster response, education needs, hospitals, veterans’ assistance, transportation, aid to cities, and much else is allocated at least partially by how many people live where. Our business developers use census data to choose where and how to invest. Undercounting makes all these decisions less efficient, and thus harms us all.The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County calls on our local officials to speak out and oppose the citizenship question in the 2020 census. We must send a strong message to have Congress reverse this decision and remove the citizenship question from the census. The stakes are too high to allow this unnecessary question to derail the count.Cheryl NechamenSchenectadyThe writer is president of the League of Women Voters of Schenectady County.
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Smart City FC of Lagos defeated Enyimba 3-2 while Nasarawa State’s Aklosendi defeated fellow team from same state Nasarawa United 1-0. EFCC FC dimmed Sunshine Stars also by the same 1-0 score line.The beauty of minnows ending the campaigns of topflight clubs continued with Calabar Rovers defeating Wikki 4-2 in penalty shoot out after regulation time deadlocked one all.Abia Warriors defeated Gateway FC 2-0 to end the run of the Ogun State teamAt the UNIBEN Sports Ground in Benin City, what was predicted to be an easy fixture Enyimba turned out a nightmare as the non-league team ended the run of the People’s Elephant from Aba.Kareem handed Smart City the lead in the 17th minute before an own goal by Tunde Adejoku drew Enyimba level after the half hour.But it took the hard fighting Lagos side only three minutes to retake the lead with a ferocious effort from John Mawe Gini.Usman Abd’Allah sent on Bashir Abdulrahaman and Bright Emmanuel at the restart and the switches paid off twenty minutes later when Abdulrahaman picked Stanley Okorom’s long ball to blast past the keeper and restore parity for the second time in the explosive encounter.The underdogs, however, claimed a historic winner with 15 minutes left when Abduljabar Umar tapped in a loose ball after a free kick from the right.Thereafter, coach Lukman Oshun’s side defended obstinately to produce one of the biggest upsets in Nigeria’s Cup Competition.In Enugu, Rivers United FC handed out a 3-0 spanking to Akwa United to romp into the Last 16 stage.The Pride of Rivers State started in barn storming fashion and could have scored in the opening 60 seconds when Martins got on the end of a teasing Peter Ubakanma delivery off a corner only for Etboy Akpan to clear his goal bound header off the line.Akwa responded in the seventh minute with the Rivers United goalkeeper, Abiodun Akande forced into making a smart save to deny Dennis Nya who struck with purpose from the edge of the box.Rivers United scored with their next goal attempt with Adedipe’s effort off an Ubakanma delivery from a free kick, crossing the line despite the best attempts by the Akwa defence to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net.Akwa predictably pushed forward in an attempt to get back on level terms and hurl themselves back into the contest.They almost got the equalizer on 19 minutes when Olisema shot but saw his effort saved, again by Akande.Spaces were now opening up for Rivers United as the Akwa United players charged up field in numbers in search of the equalizer.They almost got caught out in the 23rd minute following an electrifying Rivers United counter attack which ended with Bakary Bamba heading agonizingly wide from eight yards after he was set up brilliantly by the impressive Onyedikachi.Moments later, Ubakanma fired an indirect free kick inches wide as the Port Harcourt side began to tighten the screw.Seven minutes before the break, Akwa had and missed their best chance of the half when an unmarked Ocheme Edoh placed a header from six yards wide when it seemed easier to score.The Uyo club, buoyed by that action, made one last push in an attempt to get back on level terms before the game got to the half way stage.Temple Emekayi needlessly gave away a free kick at the edge of the Rivers United penalty area on the stroke of half time and set piece expert, Ndifreke Effiong stepped forward to take.He struck it brilliantly and the ball seemed destined to nestle in the bottom corner but Akande produced an extraordinary save to push the ball away for a corner.It was basically the last kick of a first half that ebbed and flowed but even more drama was to unfold in the second half which Akwa threatened to take by the scruff of the neck.The Akwa United Head Coach, Abasiakan Windy refused to speak to the media after the game but striker, Edoh was more forthcoming. RESULTSSmartCity FC 3-2 EnyimbaAmbassador FC 0-1 Warri WolvesGateway FC 0-2 Abia WarriorsCrown FC 1-1 Kwara UnitedCalabar Rovers 1-1 Wikki Tourists(Calabar Rovers 4-2 penalties)Ekiti United 2-4 InsuranceDelta Force 0-0 Cynosure FCCynosure FC 11-10 penalties)ROUND OF 16 QUALIFIERS1. Warri Wolves2. Aklosendi United3. El-Kanemi Warriors4. Lobi Stars5. Abia Warriors6. Bendel Insurance7. Rivers United8. Cynosure FC9. Niger Tornadoes10. Shooting Stars11. EFCC FC (FCT)12. Smart City FC13. Kwara United14. Calabar RoversTo be determined today1. Kogi United /Plateau United2. ABS FC /Kano PillarsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThe ongoing 2019 AITEO Cup lived up to expectation Wednesday as several top Nigeria Professional Football League teams crashed out of the competition.Enyimba FC, Rangers International FC, Sunshine Stars, Nasarawa United, Akwa United, Katsina United, Gombe United and Wikki Tourists all crashed out at the Round of 32 stage yesterday.
Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams made his much-hyped return to the National Rugby League on Saturday, a limited 14-minute playing stint helping his Sydney Roosters to beat the Canberra Raiders 18-6.He was hit hard by Raiders player Dunamis Lui on his first involvement in the second half, but still managed to get an offload pass to halfback Luke Keary and finished with four touches of the ball.Williams left the field with eight minutes to play in his first game since turning out in the English Super League for the Toronto Wolfpack in March.“I love being back in the game,” he said. “It was pretty fast. I know there’s been a lot of talk about me coming back but, for me, it’s just about me playing alongside some of these guys.”James Tedesco scored two tries to lead the Roosters to victory. His second was the most important, taking the team’s lead to 12 points midway through the second half.Williams’ first NRL game since 2014 came after he was included on the Roosters’ bench for a 2019 grand final rematch against the Raiders. His team is now up to third place.He signed a short-term deal to return to the NRL champion Roosters after the Wolfpack withdrew from the Super League in July because of travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The 35-year-old Williams had to spend two weeks in quarantine after returning to Australia.He initially forged a reputation as a hard-hitting, hard-running forward for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL before switching to rugby union.Williams played 58 tests for the All Blacks and was part of the squads that won World Cup titles in 2011 and 2015, spending two seasons in the NRL with the Roosters in between. He also played for New Zealand in the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series and at the 2016 Rio Olympics.(Image Credit Pixabay) Written By First Published: 5th September, 2020 19:40 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 19:40 IST Sonny Bill Williams Returns To Australian Rugby League Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams made his much-hyped return to the National Rugby League on Saturday, a limited 14-minute playing stint helping his Sydney Roosters to beat the Canberra Raiders 18-6. LIVE TV Associated Press Television News
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