Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTake party politics out of Ballston SpaIt was disappointing to learn that Larry Woolbright declined the Democratic Party nomination for Ballston Spa mayor. The statement released in explanation of his decision rings hollow. It asserts that “politics cannot take center stage to what is most important, getting our finances in order.” Mr. Woolbright’s actions speak louder than his words. Rather than embracing the nomination as an indication of his commitment to that principle, he has chosen partisanship.Apparently, it’s more important to be seen as the Republican candidate for mayor than to welcome the votes of those who prefer to vote Democratic. Mr. Woolbright’s statement also insults the intelligence of the electorate whose votes he seeks. Does he truly believe that Ballston Spa voters are so gullible the they will vote a straight ticket because the Democratic line is first on the ballot? The Democratic Party has fielded well-qualified candidates for the position of trustees who have made specific proposals to address the financial mess that village finds itself in. Let voters judge the candidates on their merits, not their party affiliation. The financial crisis in the village developed on the Republican Party’s watch. Spurning the overture of the Democratic Party in this election is a step in the wrong direction. Sadly, it’s politics as usual.Bill McPhersonBallston Spa Our video gaming facilities and casinos welcome an examination of gambling addiction services, which state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called for in his most recent audit (“Foss: State ill prepared to address problem gambling,” Feb. 6). But we are already committed to comprehensive responsible gaming programs. As members of the National Council on Problem Gaming, NYGA’s video gaming facilities and casinos strictly adhere to established practices to ensure a safe environment that protects patrons. We deliver comprehensive training to staff to identify at-risk patrons, provide support and educational services to patrons, and have exclusion policies in place to help people battling addiction.At the same time, please don’t dismiss the positive impact that the gaming industry is having across our region and state. NYGA facilities now employ over 5,500 employees, including 620 at Saratoga Casino Hotel, and we’re delivering on the promise of gaming expansion.All told, the industry can reliably claim a total economic impact for the state of $2.5 billion for 2017. And for every $10 spent at a casino, over $4 goes back to funding New York schools. Video gaming facilities and casinos are proud to provide resources for the education of New York’s children, make it easier for New Yorkers to raise families, and support vibrant communities.Michael KaneAlbanyThe writer is the president of the New York Gaming Association.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Our problems lie in believing in TrumpIn Mr. Callahan’s Feb. 12 letter regarding political division and blaming someone who isn’t even in politics at the moment shows his own discourse and division. He shows how his one-sided conservatism rules his thinking. In his thinking, the votes of all the citizens in two of our states, California and New York, s shouldn’t even count because they are “ liberal” states. I guess that’s his definition of democracy. Then he mentions putting partisan politics aside, then blames only one side for all our problems. There have been 34 indictments so far of this president’s people, constant lying and misleading statements to the American people every day, not through the press, but directly through his tweets and speeches, and constant belittling and bullying. Yet he blames our country’s discourse on others? Our country’s biggest problem lies in people who keep believing in this deplorable man.Randy HaynerSchenectady State does address problem gamblingResponsible gambling isn’t just a buzzword for the members of New York’s Gaming Association.
100th Farm Show, The Blog The winter holidays have come and gone, but now Pennsylvanians are gearing up for a very exciting annual tradition in Harrisburg — the Pennsylvania Farm Show.This year is extra special because we are celebrating the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show. The theme is “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience,” which is a nod to individual experiences visitors have enjoyed since the first show took place in 1917.The 2016 Farm Show logo, a blue ribbon, recognizes the range of exhibits and contests that take place throughout the week-long event and make the Farm Show Pennsylvania’s state fair.In addition to yearly crowd pleasers like the butter sculpture, grape stomp, and legendary food court, this year’s show offers several new exhibits and events, including:A Weis Markets’ Farm-To-Shelf exhibit in the Weis Expo Hall where you can interact with farmers, processors and grocery store staff and learn about how the food you purchase at your local grocery store is grown, harvested and sourced and then makes its way to youPennsylvania Dairymen’s Association will reveal a new flavor in recognition of the 100th show at the opening of the PA Preferred™ Food Court on Friday, January 8 at noonA first-of-its-kind mushroom-growing exhibit, highlighting the growing process from raw materials to compost, from spawn to the delicious finished productVisitors will have the chance to be the judge and decide which of the four BBQ sauces at the PennAg Industries food booth will be named the 2016 PA Farm Show Best BBQ Sauce – including two sauces developed by PennAg Industries.The famous PA Preferred™ Food Court will offer new items as part of its taste of Pennsylvania:A blended mushroom burger from the American MushroomA carrot cake funnel cake from the Pennsylvania Vegetable GrowersWalking goat meat tacos and ribs from the Pennsylvania Livestock AssociationA BBQ Beef Bowl from the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s AssociationChocolate-covered bacon, chicken bites, fish sliders, fish nachos, oversized fresh-baked cookies and breakfast pretzel rolls from the PennAg Industries Association SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The agriculture industry in Pennsylvania employs almost 500,000 people and has a $40 billion impact on our state’s economy. The Farm Show serves as a gathering place for both farm families and city dwellers — a place for teaching and learning, competing and improving, and for enjoying the fruits of much labor and celebrating the commonwealth’s number one industry.I invite you attend this free, family-friendly event over the next week and take advantage of everything Pennsylvania agriculture has to offer.For a full schedule, parking information and more, visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show website. BLOG: What’s Happening at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture January 06, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Offshore oil & gas performance improvement specialist, Salos Sunesis, has recently carried out a management buyout, which has enabled director Grant Wallace to acquire the Aberdeen-based company from founder Ty Crandall.The company was formed 21 years ago, and during this time the team has assisted in the successful delivery of over 70 of the most challenging high pressure high temperature (HPHT) wells around the world.Transferring knowledge from these challenging wells, Salos delivers performance focused auditing, coaching and training to maximise efficiency whilst ensuring safe well delivery.Grant joined the business in 2013 and saw an opportunity to develop its service offering, which now includes managed pressure drilling (MPD) project services. He has also brought industry stalwart, Bob Dickson onto the senior management team as the company’s operations manager.Bob has held senior positions such as subsea wells manager with Talisman and has over 35 years experience in the industry covering many aspects of drilling engineering and management. He has managed projects in the North Sea, Middle East, Russia, Norway and North Africa.Grant Wallace, managing director at Salos Sunesis, said: “The MBO has allowed the team to build on the last two decades of expertise. We are very positive about the future potential of the business and with increased enquiry levels we are seeing strong signs of the sector recovering. Bob’s appointment is another indication of our drive and ambition to grow the company by focussing on delivering value and assurance to our clients. He brings a wealth of expertise and insight to the team and more importantly our clients to enhance performance at the well site.”
An estimated 100 bamboo workers fromvarious Maasin barangays would be working on the kiosks. Amboy said there are around 5,000hectares of naturally-grown bamboos in Maasin. Such abundant supply has mademany residents venture into the bamboo business – primarily as suppliers ofbamboo or makers of items made of bamboo such as furniture. This is just one of some 300 food kiosks for Dinagyang’s Ilonggo Food Festival – made of bamboo from Maasin, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The Ilonggo Food Festival will be fromJan. 23 to 26 on Iznart, Aldeguer and Arroyo streets and part of LedesmaStreet, all in the City Proper. The Iloilo Hotels Resorts and RestaurantsAssociation is also joining the food fest and will occupy Delgado Street. It will be rented out to interestedparties at P5,000 per unit. “We considered the traffic situationand the economic side of this decision,” he said. “Environment secretary Roy Cimatu hasproposed setting up a bamboo processing plant in Maasin,” said Amboy. Maasin, Iloilo’s Mayor Francis Amboysaid IFFI’s decision to tap his town’s bamboo and labor force will createemployment for his people and is also an opportunity to showcase the skills ofMaasin’s bamboo craftsmen. Some 300 uniformed bamboo kiosks wouldbe built, according to Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc.’s (IFFI) KioskCommittee chairperson Philipp Chua. Amboy said between 2,000 to 3,000bamboo poles (layon) which cost P70to P80 a piece would be used. IFFI has a budget of between P1million to P1.2 million for the kiosks. The bamboo kiosks would be delivered on the night of Jan. 22, said Chua. ILOILO City – Kiosks or food stallsfor the Ilonggo Food Festival of the annual Dinagyang celebration will beconstructed by skilled bamboo craftsmen from the municipality of Maasin, theso-called “bamboo capital” of Iloilo province. The highlight of the DinagyangFestival is on Jan. 26 (ati tribescompetition)./PN The design is similar to the bahay kubo and a unit costs P3,500. IFFI’s Chua previously announced thatfrom the usual 1,500 kiosks built every Dinagyang, the foundation decided totrim it down to just around 300 to clear some streets during the festival.
Mike Ashley is running Newcastle “from another planet” and should sell the club as soon as possible, according to former manager Kevin Keegan. “It’s not a difficult thing to work out unless you’re from another planet,” Keegan told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme. “I think Mike Ashley runs that club from another planet.” Keegan accused Sports Direct billionaire Ashley of ‘disrespecting’ Newcastle fans with his decisions since buying the club in 2007. Keegan resigned the following September after a dispute over transfers. “It is almost as if Mike Ashley has said, ‘What is the worst thing I can do? Change St James’ Park and call it ‘Sports Direct’, and so he tried to do it. Incredible.” Keegan said. Fan protests have accelerated since March, when the club announced a record profit, with those protests coinciding with an alarming slide down the table which has culminated in their final-day relegation worries. Keegan said he sympathised with the frustrations of fans but said he was hoping for a solution to be found in the form of a new owner. “I don’t think boycotts are the answer. You get through this season, hopefully stay up, and then hopefully someone with a lot of money and who cares about Newcastle United Football Club, who wants a very special club, comes along and says ‘that’s for me’,” Keegan added. Ashley said in September he would not sell the club until at least 2016, but Keegan is hoping he can be persuaded otherwise. “It’s not just me who would urge him to go,” he said. “It’s everyone connected with the football club and even some of the people employed there… It’s time for a change.” With Newcastle facing a relegation showdown against West Ham on Sunday – they begin the final match two points above Hull who host Manchester United – Keegan delivered a passionate attack on Ashley’s regime, which was in place when Keegan resigned from his second spell as manager in 2008. Keegan said he was hoping Newcastle could find a way to survive and then be sold to “someone who cares” who could then map out a way to return excitement and optimism to St James’ Park. Press Association
THE Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) has chosen referee/judge Elton Chase to attend an International Technical Officers (ITO) course in May.Chase will attend the course in St Lucia and write an examination which, if he is successful, will make him the first AIBA-certified ITO from Guyana.GBA president Steve Ninvalle disclosed that Chase has been working tirelessly during the last three years and was Tournament Supervisor at two major international competitions held here last year.“Chase performed with distinction at the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors in August and the Caribbean championship in December. The Caribbean has less than a handful of certified ITOs and we are confident that Elton Chase, with his propensity for hard work, will soon join that distinguished group, Ninvalle said.Chase’s trip to St Lucia is part of an ongoing GBA plan to expose and upgrade local officials
BARCELONA (Reuters) – The mother of Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has died after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, the English Premier League champions said on Monday.“The Manchester City family are devastated to report the death today of Pep’s mother Dolors Sala Carrió in Manresa, Barcelona after contracting coronavirus. She was 82-years-old,” City said in a post on their official Twitter account.“Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”Guardiola, who has also coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich and spent most of his playing career with Barca, donated one million euros ($1.08 million) last month to fight against the virus, contributing to a campaign launched by the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation and Medical College of Barcelona.
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoA year ago, the starting receiver and tight end positions held a great deal of uncertainty. Then-inexperienced Paul Hubbard and Luke Swan assumed the role, and despite some bumps along the way, really proved that they could hold down the position. At tight end, Travis Beckum found his niche and quickly became quarterback John Stocco’s favorite target. This year, Hubbard and Swan have cemented themselves as the top wideouts for UW. The reward: expanded route trees. “I’ve been very happy with the progression of Luke Swan and Hubbard. I mean, those guys got some season under their belt,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “Obviously Luke, in what he’s able to do as far as running routes and making the right catches and having a big body, [showed] that, as the season progressed, he can catch the football. It’s nice to have that in position.”Beyond them, there’s a logjam of potential, but no real emergence of a reliable talent. It’s still in the developmental stages. The same can be said about tight end, albeit not as drastically. Freshmen Xavier Harris and Isaac Anderson are being given the most reps during spring ball at the receiver position and are the favorites to complement Swan and Hubbard. “That was our goal coming into spring football — to get [Harris and Anderson] more and more reps to try and get them on track faster. We know what we have with Hub and Luke, but those guys in particular, and also Maurice Moore — we want to see what they bring to the table; see what they can bring us in the fall.”However, Anderson in particular has some adjustments to make and some consistency to find before being relied upon to play as a third or fourth option. “They have a long way to go,” Hubbard said. “I feel like they can do things — make the plays, do the right things every time. It’s just they’re still young and sometimes they’re up, sometimes they’re down. And at practice you can’t have that. You have to be more consistent.”Isaac (Anderson) has all the potential in the world. He’s just got to lock in mentally.”Disappointed in his performance last season, Anderson is looking to build up his reputation this spring as a reliable option.”Last season, I felt that I didn’t play to my ability — I didn’t catch enough balls, didn’t compete as well,” Anderson said. “I think I’ve been showing some things this spring, showing them that I can be a lot better. I just think this spring is going to be a big opportunity to show what I can do — what I didn’t do last year.”I just need to relax out there, and spring ball is definitely helping out a lot with that.”Whenever there is confusion about a play among these younger guys, the leader, Hubbard will take them aside and straighten out the player’s concern. “I’ll break it down for them a lot of times because they don’t understand the concepts of the play,” Hubbard said. “Coach Mason has his own style of coaching, he’s old school, and he’s going to drive it into you whether you like it or not, so it’s always good to have a guy like Swan or myself come over there and actually talk to them.”We’re going to take the time they need, so they can get better.”Jarvis Minton has played well, but has some nicks in his game. Moore, along with Richard Kirtley, has been getting a fair chunk of reps. Add to that the three wide receivers coming in as freshmen in the fall, who are looking to contribute right away and beyond the starters. Finding someone else is really a crapshoot.The tight end position is a big question mark behind second-team All-American Travis Beckum. Andy Crooks, a contributing option for offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s offense last season, is out for the entirety of spring after having surgery, leaving a lot of inexperience at the position. Mickey Turner and injured Sean Lewis are the only other letter winners. All told, the five guys behind Beckum and Crooks on the depth chart have 26 games of experience and zero receptions. Lance Kendricks, a redshirt freshman in the fall, recently moved from wide receiver to tight end, and is similar to Beckum in terms of athletic ability at the position. To date, Turner is getting the most reps. Although he hates to see a teammate like Crooks get hurt, Turner’s enjoying the added workload. The sophomore’s practice regimen consists of ironing out his footwork, blocking and receiving. Of course, if he has any questions, Beckum is there to guide him.”The good thing about Travis is, I mean, he’s so athletic that if I have a question on certain routes — ‘Do I need to cut this way or cut that way?’ — I can watch Travis, because I know he’s going to have it down, because he did all year last year with a lot of success,” Turner said.Practice NotesRunning back Lance Smith returned to practice Tuesday and seemed to suffer no ill effects from a minor ankle tweak that sent him to the sidelines last Saturday. … While the quarterbacks are starting to get more comfortable with where their receivers are in their routes, they are still sometimes forgetting to check down or look at other options. Corner Allen Langford picked up on it and was able to slip under wide receiver Luke Swan and make the interception during a receiver/secondary drill. Additionally, more than usual, receivers had difficulty hanging on to passes; there were at least six drops during the day. … Elijah Hodge has impressed Bielema thus far at the middle linebacker position.
Andrew Shaw is back with the Chicago Blackhawks.The Montreal Canadiens agreed to send Shaw and their seventh-round draft pick in 2021 to the Blackhawks in exchange for Chicago’s second and seventh-round picks in 2020 and their third-rounder in 2021. NHL free agency rumors: Oilers among teams targeting Corey PerryThe Blackhawks drafted Shaw with the 139th pick of 2011 draft, and he won two Stanley Cups with Chicago in 2013 and 2015. After five seasons in Chicago, he was dealt to Montreal in the 2016 offseason, where he then signed a six-year contract with an AAV of $3.9 million.The right winger, known for his physical style of play, notched a career-high 47 points (19-28–47) in just 63 games last season with a plus-17 rating. He has 233 points in 504 games over the course of his eight-year NHL career, which also includes 70 goals, 137 points and 300 penalty minutes in 322 appearances with Chicago.
The women national football team of BiH almost made a great sensation, but they were defeated by the favored England with a result of 0:1 in the sixth match of group 7 in qualifications for the European Championships 2016.During the match played in the Training Center of the Football Federation of BiH in Zenica, the attribute of the match hero went to the goalkeeper of the BiH national team Almina Hodžić, who defended 14 shots by the guest players.The English women dominated during the entire match, and in the first half Hodžić had to intervene seven times.Gemma Davison had the best chance in the first half, in the 41st minute, but Hodžić amazingly defended the goal.Domination of the English national team continued in the beginning of the second half, but Hodžić was undefeatable and she saved the BiH net in the 48th minute, when Jill Scott made an attempt, and in the 58th minute, when Hodžić was more successful than Jordan Nobbs.As the match approached the end, pressure by England kept increasing. In the 71st minute, Francesca Kirby, who entered the game four minutes earlier, had an opportunity, but Hodžić defended amazingly once again.Three minutes later, Scott made another attempt, but the BiH goalkeeper was again undefeatable.Guests’ initiative on the field paid off in the 86th minute. Karen Carney kicked the ball, Hodžić defended, but the striker of Birmingham succeeded from the second attempt and scored a goal, causing great celebration among the English women.(Source: klix.ba/ photo bhrt)