Letters to the Editor for Thursday, August 8

first_imgBe ready to farm the old-fashioned wayThe Ogallala aquifer in the Great Plains area of the United States, which is used for irrigation for a large percentage of America’s crops, is expected to dry up within the next century.Many blame excessive meat consumption on this problem, and it’s not expected to end any time soon.It’s claimed we’re running out of sand and gravel. China has used up a huge amount of sand in the past decade.Farmers are struggling today and have been for decades now. But if either of these causes a major crisis (along with the many other problems), you’re going to have to farm by hand again. It’s part of our past and will be part of our future. For any human who cares about our future, I’d say learn about farming by hand. You can start tomorrow.Colin YunickCharltonMetroplex zombie deal raises red flagsThe Gazette’s “Your Niskayuna” of Aug. 2-8 reports, “Niskayuna could get help from Metroplex to deal with “zombie’ houses.” The accompanying story makes it clear Metroplex wants the Town Board to vote on Aug. 27 to allow Metroplex to conduct business anywhere in the town, which it cannot do now.But nowhere is Ray Gillen, chair of Metroplex, cited as saying Metroplex funds would be committed to addressing zombie houses in the town, only that it could provide such funding.The new authority Metroplex is seeking to operate anywhere in the town of Niskayuna is authority it already has in the city of Schenectady, where its direct funding for the removal of zombie houses can only be described as modest. Is Niskayuna being offered a pig in a poke?Elmer F. BertschNiskayunaNonprofits provide invaluable servicesRecently the state comptroller released a report on the role and value of nonprofit organizations in New York.Comptroller Tom DiNapoli stated nonprofit organizations, large and small, provide a multitude of essential services on behalf of the state, county and other governmental entities, including health care, social welfare, care for the disabled, education and more.Nonprofits provide over 1.4 million jobs and comprised nearly 18 percent of private employment in the state as of 2017. Wages for these workers totaled just over $78 billion. From 2007 through 2017, non-profits added more than 175,000 jobs in New York, a gain of 14 percent. Today, over 400 Northern Rivers Family of Services staff work in Schenectady County providing educational, early head start, family services, counseling, foster care and mental health services to over 4000 families, children and youth. We depend on trained staff to support our clients.We will continue to serve our communities and their residents and look forward to being a vital part of the safety net for families, adults and children.William GettmanAlbanyThe writer is CEO of Northern Rivers Family of Services.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTurn in guns to build the wallAll the God-fearing, gun-toting folks attending vigils for slain victims of gun violence, instead of burning candles, floating balloons, tying ribbons and offering thoughts and prayers after the fact, bring your guns and deposit them in recycling bins. The guns can be melted down and formed into fencing being erected at our southern border. The tremendous, tallest, biggest, most beautiful southern border wall is being constructed as we speak. Just saying.Chris MooreGreenville, S.C.The writer is a former resident of Glenville. Root out causes of hate and violenceWe must find the causes of hate and violence. My heart is heavy for those who lost their lives in recent shootings. Our society needs to teach the golden rule “Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.” When respect for life and property was taught through the Ten Commandments, we didn’t have this violence.A society cannot allow a newborn infant to be left to die and then say a life taken by other means is wrong. What is driving these young men to be so filled with hate and rage? Violent video games and radical ideas online are factors that must be addressed along with mental illness.Arlene Shako Schoharielast_img read more

Gardner hails galvanising goal

first_img “We knew if we won the local derby it would catapult us up the league, get everyone back on side, get the fans back on side, because we need the fans, we need everyone at the club,” said Gardner, who started his career at Villa. “We got the whole team, the whole club back together. “This win can have a really galvanising effect, definitely. The fans, seeing the work rate we are putting in, seeing we are not hiding “It is a platform to build on. It’s four points from two games and we can really push on now.” Gardner celebrated his goal with Irvine and also handed his shirt to young fan Rui Roper at the end of the game. He said: “It was nice to give a little bit back, I’m a fan myself. I’ve been in that position that little lad has been in. It’s nice, he’ll remember that for the rest of his life. He’s going to go home, probably sleep with the shirt on, tell his friends and family. “I do know the kid, he was in my eye line. It was going to go to a kid and lucky enough I knew him. I know his dad.” Defeat ended Villa’s five-game unbeaten run and they will have to deal with suspensions for Kieran Richardson – after he was sent off – and Alan Hutton and Tom Cleverley after they received their fifth bookings of the season. The midfielder scored his first goal for Albion in the 1-0 victory at the Hawthorns on Saturday, just their second win in 10 Barclays Premier League games. It eased the pressure on head coach Alan Irvine after fans had started calling for the axe and lifted the Baggies to 14th in the table. Craig Gardner believes West Brom’s derby win over Aston Villa has reunited the club and he challenged the Baggies to pull away from danger. Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar returned from injury but boss Paul Lambert knows they need more depth. He said: “I don’t think we have the strongest (squad depth), but we’ve got Fabian back and (Philippe) Senderos is close but I think you are always trying to improve the quality and squad size.” Vlaar returned as a late substitute after a thigh problem but Lambert insisted his skipper is not guaranteed a place after the form of Jores Okore and Ciaran Clark. He said: “The really pleasing thing is that Okore had 14 months out and is coming in like this, and Ciaran looks outstanding. “I think he has always been up and down but playing the way he is is the best I’ve seen him. They look good as a pair, they have a good understanding. Sometimes you stumble on things and these two lads have been absolutely fantastic. Ron will see himself the two lads have been great, but it is good to have Ron back and pushing again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

SIS and ATR granted exclusive media rights deal with Ascot

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Share Racing content and data provider SIS (Sports Information Services) and At the Races (ATR) have both signed an exclusive media rights deal with Ascot Racecourse, which will allow racing coverage from Ascot to be broadcast internationally.Both SIS and ATR have been granted exclusive media rights for sports betting purposes, as well as for display across licensed betting premises within their respective territories. The two will work alongside one another as part of the split contract to broadcast race meetings from the East Berkshire course. The agreed upon deal is a similar arrangement to that in place at Chelmsford Racecourse, which left ATR to join Racing TV, unlike Ascot which conversely moved from RTV to ATR.Paul Witten, Commercial Director at SIS, praised the collaboration: “Extending our partnership with Ascot Racecourse is an important step, as we look to continually enhance our racing betting offer for our operator partners across the globe. “Ascot is world renowned for its thoroughbred horse racing, and is very popular with bettors internationally, so we are thrilled to be able to supply this to our customers via our 24/7 Live Betting Channels.”As part of the agreement, SIS have been awarded international fixed odds betting rights across the world, however this does exclude the UK, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. The data services supplier will have the ability to sell coverage to its customers, in addition to the exclusive right to represent Ascot rights in connection with pari-mutuel betting in Australia. Meanwhile, ATR has been granted international pari-mutuel betting rights across the world, also excluding the UK, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Australia. The broadcaster will be permitted to grant sub-licensees the ability to broadcast the coverage for use in licensed betting offices and the right to make the coverage available online for registered users.Matthew Imi, Chief Executive Officer of At The Races, added: “We are delighted to be working so closely again with Ascot in distributing their racing to the many important Tote wagering operators around the world. “It is a responsibility we take very seriously as Ascot is a premium brand which resonates globally. We are also pleased to have been awarded the streaming contract to deliver racing from Ascot to our UK and Ireland bookmaker partners via our Sport Mediastream platform.”Chief Commercial Officer at Ascot Racecourse Juliet Slot stated: “We have placed these two specialised international betting picture rights contracts with proven experts in their respective fields as part of our strategy to partner with entities that best suit each contract’s individual need. “It is fantastic to extend our relationship for delivery to international fixed odds markets with SIS, who we are already working with in the UK market as part of the retail betting distribution, in partnership with RMG and, for Tote markets, to start working again with ATR’s international team.“Separately, we also look forward to working with ATR, using their Sport Mediastream platform, for the streaming of our racing content to UK and Ireland bookmakers from March.”Slot’s optimism for the new deal was reaffirmed by Ascot Racecourse Chief Executive Guy Henderson who concluded: “Collaboration is key to the UK and International development of Ascot’s business. I would like to thank our two new partners for their support in working together to create a package which best serves our needs.”The new three-year deals will run from the 1 March 2019, lasting until 31 December 2021. They will cover the all major race meetings from the course, including Royal Ascot, with exception to British Champions Day.last_img read more

Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested for Misconduct, Grand Theft

first_imgOfficials say Silberberg claimed he had worked a regular shift and an overtime shift on the same day, when he only actually worked the overtime shift.The 16-month investigation also revealed the deputy said he worked a full day.However, records show he either did not leave his home, or worked part of his shift before returning home.Ultimately, investigators found 57 occasions on which Silberberg claimed to have worked the entire day, when records showed he had been at home for some or all of those shifts.BSO’s investigation found that over four months at the end of last year, Silberberg was overcompensated $15,540 for 368 regular hours and 16 overtime hours that he falsely claimed to have worked.He was arrested Thursday afternoon at BSO’s Public Safety Building.Silberberg has been suspended without pay. He had already been suspended with pay since February until Thursday’s arrest.He was hired by the sheriff’s office in 2006, when he initially worked as a detective in the robbery unit. Deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday they have arrested one of their own on charges of grand theft, official misconduct, and obtaining property under $20,000 by fraud.According to investigators with the BSO”s Public Corruption Unit, Det. Luis Silberberg falsified overtime forms seven times and lied more than 50 times about working a full shift when records showed he did not, thereby defrauding the sheriff’s office out of more than $15,000.last_img read more

Steelers looking to address penalty issues

first_imgTampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) makes a catch in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Brice McCain (25) during an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Antonio Brown was giddy. Le’Veon Bell was fired up. Cam Heyward was offering a pointed critique.Different emotions, same result: the kind of after-the-whistle penalties that have plagued the Pittsburgh Steelers during an uneven 2-2 start.The Steelers were flagged 13 times for 125 yards in Sunday’s confounding 27-24 loss to previously winless Tampa Bay. And while coach Mike Tomlin can live with the miscues that pop up during play, it’s the ones like the three personal fouls drawn by three of his team’s stars that are maddening.“Post-play penalties are ridiculous,” Tomlin said. “That we have full control.”At the moment, Pittsburgh is out of control.The Steelers are drawing 11 flags a game, ranking second to San Francisco for the most in the league. They Steelers drew six 15-yard fouls against the Buccaneers, some of them the kind of immature mistakes that are easily avoidable.Brown drew a celebration penalty when he used the ball as a prop and went to the ground following his 11-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter that tied the game at 10. It was a little more elaborate than his usual scoring rituals and Brown said he didn’t know he was breaking the rules.The Pro Bowler isn’t blaming the NFL for taking a hard stance, saying he simply has to cut down on the histrionics.“Obviously there’s excitement,” he said. “You want to have some fun but you’ve got to be smart.”Brown’s score came at the end of a drive in which Bell was flagged for taunting a pair of Buccaneers after a 16-yard run. Bell contends he was doing the kind of trash talking that is commonplace between the lines.“It happens every game,” he said.Maybe, but the dynamic second-year back understands there’s no real reason to put yourself in a vulnerable position.“If I’m not disciplined it’s on me,” he said. “Everybody else should take the same approach.”Heyward’s penalty may have been the most forgivable. He gave an official an earful following a 3-yard touchdown run by Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin that made it 17-17 early in the third quarter. Steelers linebacker Sean Spence appeared to be held during the play, and as the sellout crowd at Heinz Field roared its disapproval Heyward advocated for his teammate.The fourth-year defensive end copped to cursing at the official and crossing the line.“There are going to be bad calls, there are times we’re going to be upset,” Heyward said. “It’s just part of the game. If it was perfect, we wouldn’t need refs. I went too far. I messed up.”A sentiment echoed throughout the locker room as the Pittsburgh attempted to regroup following another baffling early season loss to a seemingly overmatched team.On Sunday it was the Buccaneers, who were coming off a 42-point loss to Atlanta. Last fall it was Oakland, who turned an early 93-yard touchdown run by Terrelle Pryor into a 21-18 win. In 2012 it was road upsets at Oakland and Tennessee. The Steelers missed the postseason by one game last year and two in 2012.While linebacker Lawrence Timmons stressed “it’s still early” he knows his team missed an opportunity.“Nobody ever takes us out of the game. We’re always in it,” he said. “We’ve got to do the necessary things to close those close games like the ones yesterday, like the Oakland games, things like that. If we get those games, it will be easier for us to make the playoff push.”It’s a notion Pittsburgh can scuttle if it doesn’t clean up its act. The Steelers will get another chance to beat a seemingly hopeless team when they travel to Jacksonville next weekend. Yet a game that looked like a gimme on the schedule appears decidedly more uncertain.Pittsburgh has mixed flashes of dominance with long stretches of mediocrity in the season’s first month. The mixed bag needs to stop soon, and the Steelers know it.“We just lost to one of the worst NFL teams in our house, we blew the game,” Brown said. “We feel embarrassed. We feel ashamed. We’ve got to do better to minimize those things. Losing at the end of games is unacceptable.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

If Steve Smith was an Indian his unorthodox style would’ve been welcomed claims former…

first_imgAdvertisement f4p4iNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2yrwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E698( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 8kvWould you ever consider trying this?😱1vq032bCan your students do this? 🌚8wymdfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Trent Woodhill, the former coach of Steve Smith stated that his student’s uniqueness and unorthodox batting style would have been accepted in the Indian cricket system, where everything is “about the output”. The Aussie superstar was named as the player of the tournament in the recently concluded Ashes for his sublime form and now his formative coach believes that Smith’s unusual technique should be celebrated in Australia.Advertisement “If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted,” Woodhill said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.Advertisement “We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (Rohit) Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag – all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system is all about output, about scoring runs. We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it’, whereas in Australia we wanted you to score well and we wanted you to look good” he added.The former Australian captain scored 774 runs in five Tests with an average of 110.57 which included three centuries and as many fifties along with a superb double hundred at Manchester. However, his peculiar batting style, especially while leaving deliveries, was criticized by those who still view Test cricket as a classical game. Woodhill though, is upset with those struggling to accept his uniqueness, saying this attitude can have a negative impact on a young player’s career.Advertisement “Young players need protection from both themselves and others who don’t like difference. A cricket dressing room can be a brutal place for a young player, who might be forced to conform – more so in Australia than any other country I’ve been in. In Australia we struggle with things that are different. We like a sexy Shaun Marsh thirty, made with a conventional, attractive technique, rather than an unconventional Steven Smith hundred.”  Advertisementlast_img read more