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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Jan. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionProps to Cuomo for canal, rail initiativesI rarely find any merit in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initiatives, but I believe in giving credit where it’s due.Although it pains me, I compliment him on his recently announced initiatives: re-imagining the Erie Canal and high-speed rail between New York City and Buffalo.The Erie Canal made New York “the Empire State.” Making the Erie Canal economically and recreationally relevant, and high-speed rail along the same corridor, could re-invigorate the dead and dying Rust Belt communities along the way. They called the Erie Canal “Clinton’s Folly” when Gov. Clinton proposed it.When completed, it not only transformed New York but extended our country’s frontier westward, opening up new markets and opportunity. Good transportation does that. If you’ve lived in the Capital District long enough, I’m sure you marvel at what I-87 has done to Clifton Park and points north. Don’t give up, Andrew.Having said that, now that I have your ear, I’d like to add that Mr. Cuomo’s unwillingness to extend the authority to perform marriage ceremonies to federal judges simply because they represent the Trump administration is petty, spiteful, childish and vindictive. Behavior like this (not to mention the SAFE Act) is why I regard him as a jerk.George NigrinyGlenvilleRight on red isn’t mandatory, so chillI am the driver of a small Honda, and I choose to turn right on red when I think it is safe for me, my passengers and pedestrians.Due to the size of my car, it is difficult to see around snowbanks, larger cars and SUVs. Sometimes I will sit at a light until it is green in my favor.During these short waits, there have been more frequent displays of flashing lights, blaring horns and finger messages. I look at your face in my rearview mirror and you look so angry and wretched that I almost feel sorry for you.Draw a deep breath, count to 10, send mental good wishes to a friend. Before you know it, this little car will be safely on its way and so will you. Turning on red is not mandatory — it is a choice.Louise FarnumMalta Destroying cultural sites is a war crimeOn Jan. 4, President Donald Trump tweeted that if Iran retaliates for the targeted killing of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, America will target sites important to Iranian culture.Let me be clear: It is a war crime to target cultural sites, according to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The United States is a party to that convention, meaning we must abide by it.The United Nations also regards destroying cultural sites as a war crime (U.N. Security Council Resolution 2347).War crimes are illegal under federal law (18 U.S. Code § 2441). The punishment is being “fined under this title or imprisoned for life or any term of years, or both, and if death results to the victim, shall also be subject to the penalty of death.”If President Trump goes through with his threat and attacks those cultural sites, he is a war criminal. Plain and simple.Daniel Wade IIIRound LakeMany share blame for Trump’s failuresWe need to get serious about climate change. We need to eradicate hate crimes and poverty. We need to build alliances, roads, bridges, healthcare systems and schools. Instead, we find ourselves in a useless fossil-fuel-sucking war that will kill, maim, destroy and deplete resources.Who is the most irresponsible?The 45th president? The military, which gave him an option it knew was terrible? (You don’t give a loaded gun to a baby and expect a good outcome.)  Or the American public and politicians who didn’t put an end to this presidency when they had a chance?Melinda PerrinNiskayunaWe all must learn to embrace differencesEvery year, people would like to accomplish some goals for the new year.Well I have a goal that I would like to see happen, not just in this new year, but year-around.This goal is that we as a human race need to understand that we are a very extraordinary human race and we all have our differences. We need to embrace them and learn from them instead of attacking each other.We are killing all of us with this hate. And yes, both sides, the left and the right, are at fault for all the hate that has been going around.But I strongly feel that if we as an extraordinary human race can embrace and accept our many differences, we can heal this nation and world. This is a goal that I would really like to see happen, not just this new year, but year-round.Anthony CarotaSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

PFA communications chief quits in clash over future role

first_img“We were not able to agree about that, and so we reached an agreement that means Morten has resigned with immediate effect,” he said.“This is completely natural given the central position he has had at PFA, and I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to Morten for a good, significant and loyal period of service at PFA.”He said it had not yet been finally decided how communications and public affairs should be organised within PFA.Polack himself is new to PFA, having taken the helm in April, after being poached from Nordea Asset Management, where he was chief executive.In May, PFA was hit with the loss of PFA Asset Management’s joint managing directors Poul Kobberup and Jesper Langmack, when the two were hired by Danica Pension as part of its new investment strategy, conceived by CFO Jacob Aarup-Andersen.In September, PFA found a new co-head for its investment team in Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, who had been heading up investments at the DKK134bn fund Industriens Pension.Observers have put the wave of personnel changes down to heightened competition in the Danish pensions sector, which Danica Pension’s change in strategy reflects. PFA’s director for group communication and public affairs, Morten Jeppesen, has quit suddenly after talks with the group’s chief executive ended in a disagreement, the Danish pensions provider has announced.The departure comes during a phase of many staff changes at Denmark’s biggest pension funds.Allan Polack, chief executive of the DKK552bn (€74bn) pensions firm, said: “We are in the middle of a strategy process looking ahead to 2020, in which we are taking a more thorough look at how PFA should be in the future.”In this connection, he said he been having a discussion with Jeppesen about his future role at the company.last_img read more

DOJ summons 13 Pampanga ‘ninja cops’

first_imgThe policemen involved in theoperation allegedly kept 160 kilograms of shabu, got P50 million and new sportsutility vehicles in exchange for the release of alleged Chinese drug lordJohnson Lee./PN The dismissed case accused the policemenof violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Police Major Rodney Baloyo. GMA NEWS The case which was filed by thePhilippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group stemmedfrom the 2013 illegal drugs operations in Mexico, Pampanga. The special panel of prosecutors iscomposed of Senior Assistant State prosecutor Alexander Suarez and AssistantState prosecutors Josie Christina Dugay and Gino Paulo Santiago.center_img Baloyo and his co-respondents wereordered to appear for the probe and submit additional evidences on Oct. 16, asstated in the subpoena issued by the special panel of prosecutors handling thecase. MANILA – The Department of Justice(DOJ) issued subpoenas against 13 alleged “ninja cops,” including Police MajorRodney Baloyo, into the re-investigation of charges against them. DOJ secretary Menardo Guevarra orderedthe re-investigation of the dismissed criminal complaint against the said cops,who allegedly recycled illegal drugs seized in operations.last_img read more

Chalobah still has Chelsea dream

first_imgNathaniel Chalobah still has aspirations of playing for Chelsea and wants to prove he is capable of making the grade at Stamford Bridge during his loan spell at Burnley. The England Under-21 international is currently embarking on his fourth loan having experienced mixed fortunes with Watford, Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough. He was an impressive performer under Gianfranco Zola with the Hornets two seasons ago, but stagnated somewhat during two stints with two other Sky Bet Championship clubs last term. However, still just 19, Chalobah believes that his prior experiences – both good and bad – have been pivotal in the learning process. “In football there’s always ups and downs and you’ve got to deal with it as best as you can,” the Londoner said. “Last year I hit a patch where I wasn’t doing really well and now is a chance to redeem myself. I’ve just got to give everything I’ve got. “You can never turn the opportunity down of playing in any competitive game as a footballer. If you love playing football you’re always going to want to play games. “Going out and getting that experience in the Championship is good for any player, but making that next step up is important for any player and I’ve got the opportunity to do that now.” However, far from being deterred by the lack of academy prospects currently in Jose Mourinho’s first team, Chalobah is keen to grasp his chance during his time with Sean Dyche’s men. “Chelsea’s my club and I’d love to play for the club,” Chalobah, who is yet to make a top-flight appearance, admits. “I’m still there for the next few years but at the minute it’s just about concentrating on Burnley now, and then hopefully everything will fall into place.” There had been high hopes that Chalobah could break the mould when it came to promoting from within at Stamford Bridge. He appeared on the bench as a 15-year-old for a League Cup tie in 2010 and travelled to the Champions League final in 2012 but is still yet to appear for the Blues’ first team. He will not give up on his dream of becoming a part of Mourinho’s team, though, and thinks impressing with Burnley will show he is worthy of consideration alongside the likes of World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas, who arrived this summer. “I had to go in there in pre-season and fight for a spot,” he added. “It wasn’t like an issue of ‘they’re here now, I have to pack my bags and start leaving’. Of course not. I had to go in and compete and they’re world-class players. “It’s always good to work with them anyway. Working with players like that at any club is always going to be a good experience. I took everything I could on board in pre-season and now it’s up to me to take the next step.” The teenage midfielder signed for the Clarets on transfer deadline day last week on a loan deal until January, following many of his Blues team-mates in seeking first-team football away from west London. There are over 20 players on Chelsea’s books currently plying their trade elsewhere across the globe, with the likes of Ryan Bertrand, Josh McEachran and Victor Moses out on loan due to the talent ahead of them in the pecking order. Press Associationlast_img read more

Newcastle appeal against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in Sunderland game

first_img ”We need an experienced referee for this and I think he was a little too quick to make a decision.” Another d efender, Daryl Janmaat, called the decision “crazy”. He said: “I think we were by far the better team in the first half, and then we get a red card like this – it was unbelievable. “I don’t like to blame referees, but that was not a penalty. I think everybody saw it and a red card is crazy, in my opinion. “It kills the game. I don’t like excuses, but I think we had 70 per cent possession in the first half and were far better than them. In the second half, we lost the game with 10 men. “It’s disappointing because in the first half, we played well.” Asked if the incident should have resulted in either a penalty or a red card, Janmaat said: “I don’t think so. I think it was nothing. It’s a contact sport.” If Newcastle felt hard done by, there was an acknowledgement too that they had failed to make the most of the early pressure they exerted with Sunderland never really in it until the penalty incident. Coloccini, Jack Colback and Georginio Wijnaldum had all forced saves from Costel Pantilimon, who later kept them in front with a vital stop from Aleksandar Mitrovic, before Billy Jones and Fletcher got the goals which put the game beyond the Magpies. Janmaat added: “We had some good chances and we needed to score. We were far better. That’s what’s so disappointing. We didn’t deserve it.” The Magpies slipped back to 19th place in the table on goal difference as Sunderland leapfrogged them – with both clubs having collected just six points from their opening 10 games. Press Association Newcastle have appealed against Fabricio Coloccini’s red card in Sunday’s derby defeat at Sunderland. ”Coloccini was given a straight red card by referee Robert Madley in first half injury time following an incident involving Steven Fletcher, which resulted in the awarding of a penalty kick. ”The appeal will be heard by a Regulatory Commission tomorrow afternoon and the club will be notified of the result shortly afterwards. ”Should the dismissal stand, United’s captain will miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League fixture with Stoke City at St James’ Park.” Argentinian defender Coloccini leaned heavily on Fletcher as the Sunderland striker sought to get on the end of a Jermain Defoe through-ball just before half-time. Steve McClaren criticised Madley after the incident, which did his team few favours in their unsuccessful attempt to avoid a sixth successive derby defeat to their fierce rivals. The Newcastle boss said: ”It’s simple: he is wrong in my opinion. ”Referees are part and parcel of the game and you control your performance – you can’t control the opponent or the referee and they can affect the result. And they have done today – not so much the opponent, but definitely the referee. ”I have seen lots of challenges like that in the game, in every game and, outside the box, they are never given. It’s a double whammy – a penalty and 10 men. It made it very difficult. The Magpies captain was dismissed just before half-time after fouling Steven Fletcher, an incident which led to Adam Johnson opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the Wearsiders’ 3-0 win. A statement from the Magpies on Monday morning read: ”Newcastle United have lodged an appeal with the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Fabricio Coloccini during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. last_img read more

Slick Arsenal end United’s long unbeaten run

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON,(Reuters)-Arsenal scored twice in three minutes through a deflected Granit Xhaka strike and Danny Welbeck’s header to claim a deserved 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday and inflict a first Premier League defeat on the visitors in 26 games.The victory at the Emirates Stadium keeps sixth-placed Arsenal’s hopes of a top-four finish alive, but they are six points adrift of Manchester City, who currently occupy the final Champions League qualifying slot, albeit with a game in hand.The win also takes Arsenal within two points of fifth-placed United, who stay four points behind City having played the same number of games as their local rivals.“Hopefully this result will give us confidence,” said man-of-the-match Aaron Ramsey. “I said a couple of weeks ago we had to win every match and unfortunately we didn’t do that against Tottenham (in a 2-0 loss last weekend). But we will see.”For all of United manager Jose Mourinho’s pre-match bluster about fielding a weakened team, his only concession to youth in eight changes from his midweek Europa League team was 19-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe, who made his Premier League debut.Everything else was familiar, with United under orders to produce the sort of bodies behind the ball performance that makes them so hard to beat.However frustrating the tactics, there is no doubting their effectiveness and the first half finished with Arsenal having spurned a series of chances and the Emirates again jittery.Twice United defenders had denied Welbeck on the six-yard area while darting runs from the ever impressive Ramsey almost saw him get on the end of pinpoint balls from Aaron Sanchez.United also had their chances before the break, with Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech saving from Anthony Martial.But after a battling first-half display, the visitors were undone after the interval with Xhaka’s 25-metre shot looping up off Ander Herrera to catch out United keeper David De Gea after 54 minutes and then Welbeck adding a second against his former side with a header from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s cross.There was no way back for United and, for once in a troubled season, the Arsenal fans could relax and forget the will he-won’t he concerns about whether manager Arsene Wenger will renew his contract. The win could not have been better timed and was Wenger’s first over Jose Mourinho in a league game.For United, the only realistic route to Champions League qualification now lies in winning the Europa League in which they host Spaniards Celta Vigo at Old Trafford in the semi-finals on Thursday holding a 1-0 win from the first leg.“Yes is all on the Europa league,” said Mourinho, “but you cannot say we did not try to win.”last_img read more

Simon heads Interim Management Committee for Reliance Sports Club

first_imgAFTER years of dormancy, the Reliance Sports Club in Central Essequibo was recently resuscitated and an interim body elected.This was greatly facilitated by former Essequibo Under-19 inter-county player and overseas-based Ravendra Mandolall who is also a member of the club.On his last visit to Guyana, Mandolall suggested that a committee be installed to reintegrate present and former members as a means of reactivating the club and developing the Reliance Sports ground which had remained unplayable for a lengthy period of time.Following a recent meeting, Travis Simon was elected Chairman, with the Committee comprising members from both the youth and Over-40 teams.The Reliance Sports Club is renowned for producing some of the best players from Essequibo, including Alfred Maycock, Rovindra Mandolall, the late Shivnandan Mandolall and Balchand Shivambar, Narendra Mandolall, Lawrence Farnum, Clain Williams, Ryan Amsterdam and Rovendra Parasram.Meanwhile, the Committee has already begun its work with the filling of dirt and the grading of the ground which has been completed.The facility is now playable and a competition is currently ongoing among teams from Reliance, Cotton Field and Bush Lot. The Chairman has since expressed his appreciation with the support including from the Anna Regina Town Council.The next major event scheduled for the ground will be the hosting of the Shivnandan Mandolall memorial competition which has become an annual feature in memory of the former national Youth Player who died at the age of 31.The Club will also seek to register with the North Essequibo Cricket Committee to compete in next season’s competitions.(Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

Why you shouldn’t skip the Sun Bowl

first_img“Inside the 20s” ran every other Thursday. If you would like to comment on this article, visit or email Nick at The setup is less than ideal. Playing in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, against a 6-7 team from the ACC? Not exactly somebody’s ideal New Year’s Eve plans.Throw in the fact that kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on the west coast and I’m starting to question just how many people will even watch this game.As has been well-established, this was not the ending to the 2012 season everyone pictured last summer. Underwhelming though it might be, there are many positives in watching this year’s edition of the Sun Bowl.Senior quarterback Matt Barkley is expected to play in his final game. Many fans were left disappointed with Barkley’s play this season, which saw him fall from the Heisman favorite to a Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection.Regardless of how he played on the field this season, Barkley should be respected for what he has done for this program. In the darkest of times, he led the team out of a situation that could have left the program in shambles. Barkley should be praised because he fought on, and we should all be thankful that we get a chance to see the Trojan legend take the field one last time, regardless of what bowl game it is.Speaking of swan songs, another football icon will be making his final appearance for the Trojans: de facto defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin. Things never really did click for the USC defense under Kiffin’s tenure, and it’s sad to see a great father-son coaching story end this way.But the elder Kiffin’s reputation is secure in football circles, and he should be celebrated as USC takes the field under his direction to try and slow up the Georgia Tech offense.An extra game also gives fans the chance to see just how many times Lane Kiffin can call plays designed for Robert Woods as a last-ditch effort to lure him into returning for his senior season. Or, Lane could go the other way and call plays for Marqise Lee as a way to let Heisman voters know just how wrong they were to leave Lee out of their top three and to send a message as to who should be the favorite heading into next year.Speaking of next year, one of the most significant aspects of bowl games is how they can be a barometer for creating a pecking order among conferences.This can make a huge impact on the Pac-12’s national perception heading into next year, which can only help USC’s chances at a high preseason ranking for 2013. Should USC and the rest of the conference’s eight bowl teams post a 7-1 or perhaps even an 8-0 record, then the Pac-12 will be held in high regard going into next season.Another positive side to playing the Sun Bowl is that it gives Lane an opportunity to use different players in live game action.Though the team will be playing to win a victory in the Sun Bowl will do little to remove the stink that this season will leave behind. So why wouldn’t Lane take some chances with some different lineups?Maybe some extra snaps for freshman wide receiver Nelson Agholor or even even sophomore wide receiver George Farmer will be in store. Additional carries for sophomore running back D.J. Morgan could be expected, as well.On the other side of the ball, Monte could sub frequently throughout the game, particularly in the secondary, where USC will likely be replacing three starters next season. Maybe junior safeties Gerald Bowman or Demetrius Wright could see increased playing time.Kiffin could use the bowl game as a sort of early audition for starting jobs next year, and possibly take a page out of Pete Carroll’s book and become a vocal advocate for constant competition, even he probably is already a vocal advocate of “constant competition” in practice or in seemingly meaningless bowl games.Or maybe the team will simply be focused on waking up early enough for kickoff, or on getting back to Los Angeles in time to celebrate the New Year. It’s entirely possible that the players and coaches are just as deflated about this season’s disappointment as the fans.But if they’re smart, they’ll take this game seriously. Because, as any Trojan fan is quick to remind you, next season is right around the corner.last_img read more

Miranda Ramirez’s familiarity with Duke’s No. 78 Meible Chi helps end her six-match losing streak

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2018 at 10:23 pm Contact KJ: | @KJEdelman Miranda Ramirez was familiar with Duke’s No. 78 Meible Chi, and it wasn’t through playing against her in tennis matches. Up 5-1 in the second set, Ramirez was in control against her childhood doubles partner, Chi.Despite riding a six-match losing streak, Ramirez had a chance to close the match against Chi and give SU its second point of the day. But it wasn’t going to be that easy for her.Chi took three straight games against Ramirez, but Ramirez still had an opportunity to clinch the match with her serve, up 5-4. At 40-30, she hit a high second serve to Chi. Five shots into the point, Ramirez stepped back and drilled a forehand winner down the left endline.The sophomore let out a yell, and then a sigh of relief. Both smiling, Chi and Ramirez met at the net, happy to see each other.In a 4-2 Syracuse (14-6, 6-6 Atlantic Coast) loss filled with missed opportunities, Ramirez capitalized on her familiarity with Chi to win her first singles match since March 14. Their relationship with tennis that spans back more than 10 years, Ramirez said, helped her win on Friday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Because I knew her for so long,” Ramirez said, “I knew all of her tactics. It was the first time in a while I felt like I played my game.”Before the Orange’s match against the Blue Devils, SU junior Libi Mesh gave Ramirez a quick pep talk. Because Ramirez was facing one of her best friends, Mesh tried to ease her nerves and promised to watch her match. The talk helped Ramirez calm down, she said.Ramirez opened her match at second singles at 40-all. In the deciding point of the first game, Ramirez fought Chi off with her backhand but ended the point with a forehand winner on the back endline.After dropping the second game, Ramirez went up a break on a forehand volley down the right line. During the stoppage time, Ramirez started to caress her left thigh. It tightened up, Ramirez said, but only felt sore between points.At 3-1, Ramirez yelled toward the crowd after forcing an error out of Chi. Frustrated, Chi hit the ball back into the net after the point ended. After the exchange, Chi left an errand floating forehand in the air for Ramirez to volley. Chi had her serve broken again. Ramirez extended her early lead to a first set victory, 6-4.Like the first set, Ramirez dominated the beginning of the second set by taking five of the first six games. She started to play “smart tennis,” head coach Younes Limam said, and that helped Ramirez extend her lead.Up 5-1, something changed, slightly. Ramirez started to hold onto her thigh more in between points. During a break, Ramirez used a bench to do a minute-long exercise, stretching out her thigh. After the stretch, Ramirez returned to action and started to hesitate to force winners. Eventually, the second set got tighter, at 5-4.Despite troubles midway through the second set, Ramirez was not worried about closing out the match.“She had some great points and shots (after 5-1),” Ramirez said, “I just had to get in the zone.”After winning the match in the tenth game of the second set, 6-4, 6-4, Ramirez turned away from Chi and locked eyes with Mesh. The two walked towards each other, embraced and began to laugh.The win felt like a turning point for Ramirez and her singles play, doubles partner Gabriela Knutson said.“Sometimes all you need is one win to get back your confidence,” Limam said, “she was back today.” Commentslast_img read more

Tipp clubs in League action

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Following last weekend’s sensational victory for Nenagh Ormond over Limerick’s Garryowen in the Limerick Charity Cup Final they’re back in Ulster Bank League Division 2A action this afternoon.The North Tipp side, which are fourth in the table, take on eighth placed Galwegians at 2.30 in New Ormond Park Nenagh.Meanwhile, fifth place Cashel take on second placed Highfield in Woodleigh Park at the same time.last_img