Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Nov. 27

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProctors is a jewel; treat it with respectI was privileged to attend the spectacular production of “Frozen” at Proctors.The elderly gentleman with me needed his walker, so we were among the last to leave the theater.As we came up from the fifth row, I was astounded at the amount of trash left behind all over the floor, not just playbills, but water bottles, half-eaten candy bars, plastic cups and wrappers.Why should the volunteers have to clean up all this garbage, especially when there are bins on the way out? Restoring this beautiful, historic theater has helped restore downtown, and we no longer need to go to New York City to see wonderful Broadway shows. Proctors has become the jewel of Schenectady, and we should treat it as such.Joanna DeSilvaScotiaQuestion witnesses in impeachment caseAccording to one American poet, “Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see.”This might be the watchword for the House of Representative’s impeachment hearings.The House-backed witnesses repeatedly stated that they “overheard” conversations between the American president and foreign leaders. Hum. Such eavesdropping accusations ring hollow in credence and smack of much doubt.But even worse is what we see — too many House witnesses opine as to what form the president’s action should take.They say, “I think the president’s comments are inappropriate.” Huh? What gives these public servants the supposed credibility to question official policy-making decisions? Might it be their party affiliation? Impossible. Whistleblowers are above reproach, aren’t they?Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsSay thanks to all vets who’ve servedAs I prepared to go out on this Veterans Day to pay respects to my fellow veterans, and those that are not with us anymore, I decided that I would first send this letter to The Daily Gazette, and give you a big salute for the great job the paper did in publishing the section “Honoring Our Veterans.”That space dedicated to the special people on this special day was a great gesture of respect to the many Schenectady and Rotterdam residents that served our country in the military.I noted the many female veterans recognized in the section. Over 730 female veterans have received the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat in the current Afghanistan war.This section brought back many memories from when I was director of Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency, and how I had served the veterans with their military entitlements questions.Many veterans who served came from the same family and had parents that could have lost all of their children, like the “Five Sullivans” that lost their lives in World War II on the same ship.There were many families that sent their “boys” into the military because they were born at the wrong time and the government said they needed them to give us the freedom we enjoy today.When we see a person wearing a veterans cap that says they served, thank them for their service. They wear the cap, not to get praise, but because they have pride in having served.James A. WilsonSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Berliners form socially-distanced human chain against racism

first_imgTopics : The capital’s human chain was slated to stretch from the world-famous Brandenburg Gate past the landmark Communist-era TV tower at Alexanderplatz and down into the ethnically diverse Neukoelln district.Organizers had registered 5,000 people to show up, while police said they were prepared for up to 20,000.Over 10,000 people gathered in Berlin under the banner of Black Lives Matter last weekend in response to the May 25 killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the slogan was also in evidence on banners and T-shirts Sunday.But the organizers of the latest demonstration posted a broader set of aims on their website.  ‘Responsible’ protest Their demands include better working conditions and pay for all including migrants, affordable housing, upholding asylum rights, relaunching the economy along green lines and allowing workers more say in how companies are run.”Who bears the costs of the global crisis, who will be stronger afterwards and who weaker — that’s being decided now,” Unteilbar organisers wrote.A map posted online showed how different groups had been allocated responsibility for different sections of the Berlin human chain.They ranged from political parties like the Greens and Left party to civil society groups like “Grannies against the far right” and the Fridays for Future youth climate movement.On their website, Unteilbar organizers urged sticking to “a responsible form of protest in times of pandemic and crisis”, telling participants to remain three meters apart to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.As the human chain got under way, stewards handed out strips of brightly colored tape cut to the right length as a guide.”We have to stand strong against racism, exclusion and discrimination. But at the weekend and in the weeks ahead, we have to be considerate and take care of one another” by minimizing virus transmission, Berlin mayor Michael Mueller told the Tagesspiegel newspaper ahead of the demonstration.center_img Thousands demonstrated in Berlin against racism and for broader fairness, including sharing the coronavirus burden, as they stretched a human chain through the German capital Sunday while keeping safe distances.Although the German Weather Service (DWD) issued a storm warning for a swathe of the country, people also turned out in other cities like Leipzig and Hamburg after a nationwide appeal from progressive movement Unteilbar (Indivisible).”Now we will decide whether we manage to put ourselves on the path to an anti-racist society of social and climate justice,” tweeted Canan Bayram, Greens party MP for Berlin’s lively central Kreuzberg district.last_img read more

Europe needs coronavirus vaccine more than Africa – Lobi Stars coach

first_img “Africa as a continent has to stand on its feet. If Europe has a solution, they should test it over there,” Ogunbote told Goal. “They need it more than we do because they are in a worse challenge than we are. “Such a statement is not good enough. It is an insult to our person and is racist. You don’t undermine another person. “God has been faithful to Africa because we have far fewer deaths compared to Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. So, it is not a good statement and Africa must stand against it. read also:Duru roars: Ogunbote will really transform Lobi Stars “Considering how far behind Africa is technologically, many expected the coronavirus to hit Africa more, but the reverse is the case.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 French doctors Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht had earlier asserted that vaccine testing for the pandemic, which has affected more than a million people globally, be put on trial in Africa first. This invoked the ire of four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto’o and also Didier Drogba, with other top African players lending their voices to kick back against those racist comments. Europe is the worst-hit continent in the world, with more than 600,000 confirmed cases and more than 50,000 deaths. Africa is the least affected continent with around 10,000 cases and fewer than a thousand deaths.Advertisement Loading… Lobi Stars manager, Gbenga Ogunbote, has stated that Europe needs a coronavirus vaccine more than Africa does and should do testing among themselves. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson8 Infamous Mistakes That Cost People BillionsThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

Reds Caravan activities kick off today for 16 stop tour

first_imgBatesville, IN—The Cincinnati Reds are heading out on their annual caravan this morning and will finish on Saturday. The tour will make 16 stops in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee and travels more than 3,500 miles.  The Caravan lets fans interact with current and former players, top minor leaguers, broadcasters and members of the Reds front office staff. Groups will field questions and sign autographs while time allows. All Caravan fan stops are free and open to the public.The Indiana leg of the tour includes pitcher Amir Garrett, left fielder/infielder Josh VanMeter, minor league infielder Jonathan India, Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro, and Vice President of Player Development Shawn Pender. They will stop in Munice, Evansville, and Indianapolis before stopping in Batesville to gather with southeastern Indiana fans.  The event brought to you by WRBI and Southeastern Indiana YMCA will be on Saturday, January 18 from 2-4 pm. Autographs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while time allows. No posed photographs. There may be restrictions on items participants can sign.Reds sales representatives will be at each stop to answer ticketing questions and discuss 2020 ticket plans. Memberships to the Reds Heads, Reds Rookies and Club Red fan clubs will be for sale at select stops.last_img read more

Graeme Smith set to be appointed CSA’s Director of Cricket

first_imgJohannesburg: Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith is all set to become Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket, according to the board’s President Chris Nenzani.Nenzani said that he had spoken to Smith about his appointment on Saturday morning.”I am happy to announce that we have engaged Graeme Smith and I am confirming that by next week Wednesday all of the negotiations around the contract terms that need to take place would have been concluded,” said Nenzani, speaking after a special board meeting of CSA.If Smith, who is likely to accept the new role, will have just around a couple of weeks to put a selection panel and coaching staff in place before the first of four-Test series against England gets underway in Centurion on December 26.On the other hand, the CSA crisis is still the same as with Nenzani with his remaining board members refused to resign from their post as Tony Irish, Chief Executive of the SA Cricketers Association (SACA), who had asked the CSA President to step down on Friday.Irish said in a tweet: “Appalled that the President and board of CSA have taken no responsibility for cricket’s biggest crisis. Now clinging to power.” IANS Also Read: Graeme Smith in line for becoming first-ever South Africa Director of CricketAlso Watch: Assam is heating up, Lakhs of People take to street to protest against CAB on Saturday, Watch Herelast_img read more

Orange misses out on scoring chances in 2-1 loss to Clarkson

first_img Published on October 14, 2013 at 1:05 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Paul Flanagan crossed his arms and shook his head. The Syracuse head coach was frustrated. With 24.5 seconds left in the game and Syracuse down a goal, Jessica Sibley was called for a checking penalty, fettering any chance the Orange had of a miraculous comeback against No. 3 Clarkson. Syracuse stayed competitive all night against the superior Golden Knights, but couldn’t come through when it counted. “Now we need that combination of competing like that and executing,” Flanagan said. “You get a two on one or any type of opportunity, you need to execute.”Syracuse (1-3) lost to Clarkson 2-1 in front of 234 fans at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday night. On Saturday, the two teams played again in Potsdam, N.Y., with Clarkson (5-0) cruising to a 4-0 victory. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Friday, the Golden Knights outshot the Orange 41-18. Every time Syracuse got the puck on offense, there was a sea of green and gold Clarkson jerseys there to take it right back. “You just have to manage the puck,” Flanagan said. “But in fairness to our kids, there’s a lot of pressure on you. There are two players bearing down on you, coming at a pretty high rate of speed.”Clarkson struck first on a Carly Mercer goal with 1:40 left in the first period. Then she made it 2-0 with more than 16 minutes left in the third.The best scoring opportunity for Syracuse came with 11 minutes left in the second period and SU down 1-0. Melissa Piacentini drew the attention of the Clarkson defense, leaving Nicole Ferrara wide open to the left of the net. Piacentini fed Ferrara the puck, but the forward’s shot wasn’t well placed and Clarkson goalie Erica Howe made the save look easy. “It’s definitely frustrating,“ Ferrara said. “Melissa made a really nice pass, and I shot it into the goalie a little bit. I wish I could do it over.” It was one of several missed opportunities on the night for Syracuse. The Orange scored just once on five power plays, the last of which was a five-on-three. For the first 40 seconds of that power play, Syracuse was in control of possession and Clarkson was scrambling. Nicole Renault got a shot off and put it past Howe to send the Syracuse faithful into its first frenzy of the night. “It definitely brought the energy up on the bench,” Renault said. “We saw we could get that goal, and that goal was the one goal difference, we just kept pushing.”With 1:21 still remaining on the power play, Syracuse couldn’t regain that same poise. Clarkson continued to clear the puck, and the Orange didn’t get another shot off.“That’s something we have to get better at,” Flanagan said. “A lot of games in our sport are so close, 2-1, 3-2. You’ve got to be able to execute on the power play.”Flanagan said that while he’s never satisfied after a loss, he thought his team did a good job of sticking with a perennial powerhouse. “Our competition level, I’m really pleased,” Flanagan said. “Our execution, we’ve got a long way to go. Certainly the girls aren’t sitting in (the locker room) satisfied at all. “You can look at the shots, but if we executed a little bit better on a couple of occasions, who knows?” center_img Commentslast_img read more

Football logs final practice before short-week matchup

first_imgMatt Karatsu | Daily TrojanOn Wednesday, USC finished up a short week of practice in preparation for Friday’s game against No. 16 Washington State. The team worked on red-zone efficiency and readied for potentially inclement weather while continuing to deal with a slew of recent injuries.Bracing for harsh weatherThis Friday, USC could see a potentially rainy, windy evening in Pullman, Wash. In order to prepare for that prospect, the team practiced with wet footballs on Wednesday.“It looks like we may get some rain there in the second half,” head coach Clay Helton said. “We worked [in] some precipitation, which will be the first time for us this season.”Helton insisted that his team will be able to handle the harsh conditions, despite the lack of experience dealing with rain in sunny Southern California.“We’ve been fortunate,” Helton said. “Stat of the day is: Since 1923, we’ve only had 16 rain games in the Coliseum, but [I’ve] been here for two of them, in 2010 and 2016. At the end of the day, professionals don’t make excuses; they’re supposed to be the answers.”Injury UpdateAs USC grinds through 12 straight games without the reprieve of a bye week, the pileup of injuries always seemed inevitable. A third of the way into the season, after facing four challenging opponents, the accumulation of wear and tear has already become a major factor. The Trojans spent most of their short week trying to get key players healthy and back on the field.“I don’t think anybody is 100 percent right now after these first four games,” Helton said. “I think we all have bumps and bruises right now at all positions.”Helton offered several injury updates on the offensive side of the ball. Junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett and freshman receiver/return specialist Velus Jones both came back to practice on Wednesday after dealing with minor injuries, but their fellow pass-catcher redshirt senior Steven Mitchell Jr. remained out with a groin injury suffered against Texas. Mitchell Jr. is the team’s second leading receiver with 223 yards and two touchdowns.“I watched him run today and he is getting closer,” Helton said. “If it’s not Saturday, it will be next week.”Helton also offered new information about redshirt sophomore tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe, as he’s been out with a hip injury since the season opener against Western Michigan. Tight end is a particularly thin position for the Trojans without Imatorbhebhe and now with the departure of freshman Cary Angeline.“We’re all hoping that he plays this year,” Helton said. “We’re hoping to forecast for the Notre Dame game week. He’s getting closer but this is an investment that we made. We wanted to get him back 100 percent, and until he’s that way, I’m not going to put him out there.”Junior Tyler Petite is now by far the most experienced tight end on the depth chart. He turned in his best performance last week against Cal with four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown.Improving red-zone efficiency Currently, the Trojans’ lack of success in the red zone has been one of the team’s biggest crutches. Over the first four games, the team is 73rd in red-zone efficiency, tied with Ball State and Idaho. During this week of practice, USC worked on that specific area of the game.“The last two weeks, we haven’t been great [in short yardage offense],” Helton said. “Everyone can see that. We worked hard in the red zone today and at finishing drives, because third-down and red-zone efficiency is going to be the key in this game. You’re not going to be able to kick field goals while they’re scoring touchdowns.”last_img read more

PokerStars launches poker and casino games in Portugal

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit PokerStars has launched poker and casino games in Portugal, after being granted a local license within Portugal’s recently developed, independent regulatory and licensing regime.PokerStars will offer Portuguese players games such as blackjack and roulette (single and multi-player) on both desktop and all mobile devices. The Amaya-owned company will maintain the highest levels of player fund protection by segregating Portuguese player funds under trust agreements.In the meantime, while Portugal remains a closed liquidity poker market, PokerStars intends to actively work with applicable Portuguese authorities to help further develop and enhance the Portuguese regulatory framework for poker via the promotion of shared liquidity.Eric Hollreiser, Vice-President of Corporate Communications for Amaya, said: “We are very happy to offer the world’s leading online poker brand to Portuguese players under a local regulatory framework that ensures rigorous consumer protection and gaming integrity.“This approval demonstrates our commitment to the responsible growth of online gaming by supporting local regulation that protects players, creates a viable marketplace and provides revenue for local governments.”Amaya also expects to seal approval to offer sports betting in Portugal through BetStars, which is another brand operating under its Rational Group of gaming-related businesses.PokerStars has also been using Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as a spokesperson for its recent marketing campaigns, which includes the launch of fast-paced ‘Beat The Clock’ tournaments.last_img read more

Feature: The Chipolopolo bug must be crushed!

first_imgZambia are gradually taking the place of Nigeria as Ghana’s biggest football rivals. If there was any lingering doubt about that assertion, perhaps the run-up to Friday’s cliff-hanger of a World Cup qualifier may just be the veritable evidence of modern day football rivalry.With barely 24 hours to go for the epic encounter, the Zambian team is nowhere near Kumasi, Ghana, venue for the battle.Instead they are home in Zambia, waging media war and calling the attention of FIFA to what they claim is a grande plot by Ghana’s FA to frustrate them.The Chipolopolo, with a Boeing 737, want a direct flight from Lusaka to Kumasi, a local, not an international airport and when they were reminded by their Ghana counterparts that Kumasi was only a local airport undergoing some form of maintenance they went crying to FIFA fabricating stories of frustration which can only be self-inflicted.Given the history of the Zambians and the painful memory of their past footballers who died as martyrs in a plane crash, they should be the first to reason with the local avaiation authorities in Ghana and take all precautionary measures and the last to question aviation advice.But no! Friday’s game is a game on its own. It is a must win game for Brazil 2014 and any plot to win is a plot worth considering. But the plot appears to be working somehow. For days, ahead of the game, the Zambia, Ghana media have been choked with stories about Zambia. First they want Derek Boateng punished by FIFA for an alleged revenge comment; then it was Claude LeRoy former Ghana coach predicting victory for Zambia; then came a poke shot from a Zambian official mocking Ghana for inviting all its players who were ‘retired’ after the Zambia inflicted a back-to-back 1-0 victory against Ghana in a period of six months in high profile competitions.Whilst at it, the same Zambian team has called all their ‘limping’ players, suffering one injuring or another to line-up in the Kumasi battle with Ghana en route to Brasilia.There are reports the Zambia team is coming with over 80 delegation in the botched flight with just a quarter of them being the playing body and the technical team.And ohh not to forget the pending drama of straight flight to Kumasi from Zambia, which is yet to be finalized.So you see, even in this little piece, the Chipolopolo have managed to get a rather tall, hugely undeserving introduction to a game so important to Ghana’s coach Kwasi Appiah, to Ghana and to Africa. Ghana dreams of a third successive World Cup outing- and they were the only African country to have survived the first round hostilities in all the two previous outings.Incidentally, in all those outings, foreign coaches masterminded the plot. It’s now the turn of ‘our own’ to take us to Brasilia and he must not fail. He needs it; Ghana needs it; Africa needs it; World football needs it. For what will a World Cup in Brazil be without the Brazil of Africa?Whilst Zambia make fun of Ghana for calling its retired players back into battle against them, it is time for those players to put the Zambia team in its rightful place. Asamoah Gyan, they grabbed your penalty; they mocked you and it’s time for revenge on the field. Incidentally you are now the captain, the army commander of a team desperate to leave an indelible mark on the country and the time is now. Don’t forget, football fans, particularly those in Ghana have such a short memory when it comes to success. Even though your crucial goals away to Sudan and Lesotho have brought us this far, they will all amount to nothing if the Zambians snatch victory on Friday.last_img read more

Barca look to Messi and a little luck for last-gasp win over Sevilla

first_imgThe Sevilla game was always going to pose a danger to Barcelona after international week and Saturday’s last gasp 3-2 win was a potential banana skin avoided due to a great deal of luck and, as always, the sheer determination of Lionel Messi to avoid defeat and produce a piece of magic when it mattered.On 94 minutes with the game recently leveled at 2-2, Messi decided Barca simply had to finish the evening with a 100% record in La Liga, and thanks to him they did.When he desperately burst down the right-hand channel in search of the byline it appeared far more likely that the Sevilla defenders would usher him, the ball, or both to safety.When he somehow pushed the ball past full-back Alberto Moreno, and appeared around the other side of the defender, in time to stretch a leg around a ball that was going out of play at speed, he again showed why he has been voted Ballon d’or on four occasions and is considered the greatest exponent of this sport in perhaps its entire history.Part of Barca’s luck came next, the last ditch hooked cross from Messi was met by a desperate foot from Beto in the Sevilla goal, only for the ball to land just right for Alexis Sanchez to slot home and claim an undeserved winner.The other major slice of luck Barca enjoyed on the evening was the goal ruled out for Sevilla that Spanish media will be viewing from every angle until the midweek Champions League dates at the very least. When the impressive Sevilla centre-half Cala rose to meet a corner on 64 minutes he appeared to do so legally. His header beat Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes to make it 1-1 before referee Muniz Fernandiz decided he had witnessed an offence.What that was nobody seemed to know and Cala was booked for protesting his innocence. It was not until the TV stations brought out a fifth different angle of the header before a possible infraction by Cala was spotted as he jumped above Dani Alves.Whether it was a foul or not we will never know, what we can say is Barca were fortunate the referee spotted it, as on first, second third and fourth viewing it appeared to be a perfectly legal equaliser with 26 minutes to go.As it was, Sevilla did manage to finally level the game at 2-2 at the death and here is where we can start with the negatives of the evening in what was at times a sloppy Barca performance.Vitolo managed to leave Sergio Busquets, Gerard Pique and Adriano on the ground in a strong run on the left before allowing Ivan Rakitic to make it 2-1. While in the final minute Coke Andujar was left completely unmarked from a corner to grab the equaliser. Indeed, so ragged were Barca defensively by that stage that Marko Marin almost won it for Sevilla before Messi set off on his run.There were positives also, none more so than the first-half performance of Neymar, during which he looked close to ripping Sevilla apart on his own down the left-hand side.His close control, attacking play and dribbling required three yellow cards from the opposition to stop. With the ball tied to his foot at times he looked unstoppable and he made right-back Coke’s life a misery before the interval.The Brazilian’s best moment came on 30 minutes when he received a pass from Adriano on the halfway line and with coke breathing down his neck he dismissed the full-back with a quick one-touch back-flick before setting off on another run towards the Sevilla area.He combined in the second half to provide Messi with his goal and Barca’s second of the evening and his play is getting more intelligent as he helps his side keep possession when an attacking run is not an option. In fact, his prominence in the first half meant we saw less of Messi than usual and if he did not grab a goal and make that run in the last minute it would have been remembered as one of his poorer games.To go back to the negatives, it is the second game in a row Barca have held on to win 3-2, after going three goals ahead at Valencia. Afterwards Tata Martino could not explain why this was happening but he did correctly state that for him to “correct things in a winning team is always easier than in one that is losing”.And that is what Barca are at the moment: four from four in the league, a perfect record, but with obvious room for improvement.last_img read more