Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I find ironic the article in The Daily Gazette outlining New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ongoing battles with Trump administration policies. I believe that the people of New York really need to see the AG of our state in terms of what he really is — a partisan Democrat who finds fault with everything the Republicans and the Trump administration does. He sues for the funds being withheld to so-called sanctuary cites in New York that don’t comply with ICE protocols. He treats the illegal immigrants better in New York than the tax-paying citizens of our state. He is always looking to make the news or on TV fighting all and everything Republican or that isn’t Democratic in the state. You must wonder Mr. Schneiderman was when Dean Skelos, Sheldon Silver, Sen. John Samson, Vito Lopez and so many other Democrats were stealing from the people of New York right under his nose. Funny how he never saw or commented on any of those crimes.If that’s not a partisan attorney general from New York state, I guess we all live in a fish bowl.Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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 intimidation
Published on March 3, 2019 at 10:51 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments After dominating Wake Forest on the road, Syracuse returns to the Carrier Dome on Monday night to take on No. 2 Virginia. For the third time in just over a week, SU will face a matchup with a top-5 opponent. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, have dominated since a loss to Duke in early February, winning six straight and holding opponents to 61 points or less in all of those games.Here’s what you need to know about Virginia.All-time series: Virginia leads, 6-5Last time they played: Inside the Carrier Dome, Syracuse’s offense struggled to beat the Cavaliers defense. The Orange scored just 21 first-half points and shot 34.8 percent from the field. UVA meanwhile shot 50 percent from the floor and jumped out to a double-digit lead.It set the stage of how the second half would play out: Syracuse’s poor shooting would ultimately spell doom. The Orange shot 10 percent from 3 in the latter frame and scored just 44 points total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textVirginia finished with three players in double digits, with freshman De’Andre Hunter adding a team-high 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Tyus Battle scored 15 points, as only four total SU players would score in the 59-44 loss.The Virginia report: One of the more complete Virginia teams in recent years, the Cavaliers are not only known for their usual strength, defense, but have been among the best offensive teams in the country, too.UVA shoots the 3 at a 40-percent clip, fourth in the country. Hunter leads the way, shooting 46 percent, while juniors Kyle Guy (43.9) and Ty Jerome (40.9) have also strung together arguably their best seasons yet.Defense has always been UVA’s strong suit and the same could be said this season. The Cavaliers rank second in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com, and have held opponents under 60 points in all but six games.How Syracuse beats Virginia: As seen against North Carolina, Syracuse has been able to hang around with the best of the ACC. The Virginia defense is arguably the best in the country, and will pose a problem for the Orange. Syracuse’s offense needs to be at its best and take efficient shots. There have been glimpses of that: Elijah Hughes’ five first-half 3s against UNC, and Tyus Battle’s complete takeover for minutes at a time. (Again, think UNC and Boston College, among others).Even if Syracuse is able to put up points, the 2-3 zone will need to stifle the Cavaliers offense, which has shown it can put away any team, outside of Duke, with ease. If Hunter and Guy struggle early, SU needs to jump at the opportunity and take control on its home court.Stat to know: 26.7 — Opponents shoot just 26.7 percent from 3 against the Virginia defense. That ranks No. 1 in the country.KenPom odds: Syracuse has a 24 percent chance to upset Virginia, and is projected to lose 64-56.Player to watch: De’Andre Hunter, forward, No. 12After a redshirt year and a solid campaign last season, Hunter has emerged as Virginia’s most efficient player this season. The 6-foot-7 forward leads the team in points (15.2), is second in rebounds (5.3) and third in assists (2.1), all while shooting 54.7 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3. He was the leading scorer in last year’s matchup with Syracuse and will be one of the hardest players to guard Monday night.
Moments from the FUFA Uganda Cup final between @VipersSC 3-1Onduparka at Nakivubo @MosesMagogo @AirtelUFootball pic.twitter.com/ubdVlQSFIY— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) June 18, 2016 Moments from the FUFA Uganda Cup final between @VipersSC 3-1Onduparka at Nakivubo @MosesMagogo @AirtelUFootball pic.twitter.com/DFQkXSUy7B— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) June 18, 2016 Teams that started:Vipers XIIsma Watenga, Nicholas Wadada, Dan Bilikwalira, Halid Lwaliwa, Shafik Bakaki, Deus Bukenya, Sentamu Ssiraje, Erisa Ssekisambu,Pius Wangi, Mike MutyabaOnduparaka XINathan Ajab, Alex Gasper, Dennis Andama, Toha Rashid, Ibrahim Faizil, Simba Sabir, Toto Ajobe, Gadaffi Gadinho, Gaddafi Wahab, Olega Ceasar, Shaban Muhammed.Uganda Cup Winners since 1971:1971 –Coffee F.C1972-1975-Not Held1976- Gangama F.C1977- Simba F.C1978 – Nsambya F.C1979 – KCC F.C1980 – KCC F.C1981 – Coffee F.C1982 – KCC F.C1983 – SC Villa F.C1984 – KCC F.C1985 – Express F.C1986 – SC Villa F.C1987 – KCC F.C1988 – SC Villa1989 – SC Villa1990 – KCC F.C1991 – Express F.C1992 – Express F.C1993 – KCC F.C1994 – Express F.C1995 – Express F.C1996 – UEB S.C1997 – Express F.C1998 – SC Villa1999 – Mbale Heroes S.C2000 – SC Villa2001 – Express F.C2002 – SC Villa2003 – Express F.C2004 – KCC F.C2005 – URA F.C2006 – Express F.C2007 – Express F.C2007/8 – Victors S.C2008/9 – SC Villa2009/10 – Victors S.C2010/11 – Simba S.C2011/12 – URA F.C2013/2013 – Sports Club Victoria University2013/2014 – URA F.C2014/2015 – SC Villa Jogoo2015/2016 VIPERS SCShare on: WhatsApp Moments from the FUFA Uganda Cup final between @VipersSC 3-1Onduparka at Nakivubo @MosesMagogo @AirtelUFootball pic.twitter.com/xQ2kRX0N6z— Uganda FA [FUFA] (@OfficialFUFA) June 18, 2016 Vipers celebrate their historic victory. PHOTO FUFAVipers SC 3 Onduparaka FC 1Pius Wangi hit a brace as Vipers SC grabbed their first Uganda Cup trophy on Saturday, ending the dream run of Onduparaka.Viper’s 3-1 victory at the Nakivubo stadium final also brought and end to their Uganda Cup finals jinx that had seen them lose at the last stage on two previous occasions.Goals from Wangi (2) and Erisa Ssekisambu ensured the victory, in a game where Gaddafi Wahabu had momentarily put Onduparaka back in competition with the game 2-1 at halftime.The winner of the Uganda Cup got a trophy, gold medals and a sh7 million cash prize. The runners up got sh2 million and silver medals.Ssekisambu was later named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the cup competition as Vipers also grabbed most of the awards. Ismail Watenga (Vipers SC) was named best goalkeeper and George Nsimbe (Vipers SC) best coach.Top scorer is Onduparaka’ Muhammed Shaban (7 Goals).THE FINAL IN PHOTOS via @OfficialFufa
Saturday saw the launch of the World Cup trophy tour around the globe. Photo by @FIFAWorldCupMoscow, Russia | AFP | The World Cup trophy tour began a worldwide tour in Moscow on Saturday at a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief Gianni Infantino.Ten months before the 2018 World Cup kicks off there, the ceremony took place at Luzhniki stadium, which has been fully renovated and will also host the final and five other matches.The event was also attended by football stars of the past — Bebeto of Brazil and former French striker David Trezeguet.Putin has promised that his country will complete the preparations for hosting the tournament on time. “We will tell Russia and the entire world what a competition will take place here in 2018. I’m confident that it will be a remarkable tournament.”The FIFA boss said he was impressed with the modernisation of the Luzhniki stadium.“The stadium is absolutely amazing. It’s very beautiful and it has absolutely everything that a stadium of the highest class should have,” Infantino said. “Everything is going according to scedule, everything is supported by the financial backing,” Putin said.Infantino said he was confident Russia would put on a tournament to remember.“The World Cup is the most famous sports symbol, it’s unique,” he said. The World Cup trophy will be showcased in 24 Russian cities and more than 50 countries around the globe giving fans an opportunity to see the most coveted prize in world football.The World Cup will be played between June 14 and July 15 at 12 venues in 11 cities — Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.Share on: WhatsApp
Advertisement i9wbNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbmt3b9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7f4t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1mpWould you ever consider trying this?😱0dbgCan your students do this? 🌚yu9t4fRoller skating! Powered by Firework The ongoing worldwide lockdown has halted all sporting activities across the world and athletes have found themselves with an enormous amount of spare time at their disposal. While some are keeping themselves busy by interacting with their followers through social media regularly, some like Smriti Mandhana are trying their hand at some other creative activities. Recently, the Indian opener shared a video on her Instagram channel where she was seen playing a popular Hindi song with her teammate Jemimah Rodrigues.Advertisement Image Courtesy: IG/smriti_mandhanaOn Tuesday, Mandhana shared a couple of videos on her social media account (which also featured her colleague Jemimah) where the duo appeared to be busy playing the famous Hindi track “Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon” from Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Yes Boss’ movie. While Mandhana was playing the tune on her gadget, Jemimah played the tune on her guitar, with a fantastic sync.“Apart from irritating each other this is what we do in our free time @jemimahrodrigues. P.S: Don’t miss the 2nd video,” Mandhana captioned.And naturally the video went viral within no time and has gathered over 200,000 likes so far.Meanwhile, the second clip was a blooper reel, in which Smriti and Jemimah were seen struggling to coordinate with one another as the latter was heard saying that she “forgot” the tune on several occasions.In a Twitter Q&A session last week, Mandhana picked Hrithik Roshan as her favourite actor and admitted that she loves to trouble her sibling during the spare time.“The other thing I like is spending time with my family. We love playing cards. I help my mother with cooking. I guess washing utensils has become a part of my daily routine. However, my favourite pass time is to trouble my brother,” she said.Last month, the Indian women’s team reached their maiden T20 World Cup final in Australia through an unbeaten run earlier in the tournament. However, hosts Australia clinched their fifth T20 World Cup trophy beating India by 85 runs. If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.comAlso follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.com You may also like:Quarantine quests: Cricketers engage themselves with ICC’s isolation gameDiscover How the Covid 19 Crisis is Affecting Cricket Stars Advertisement
Arsenal are planning a shock summer swoop for Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, according to the Daily Mail.The paper say sources close to Sturridge claim he is unhappy playing on the wing rather than through the middle and that he wants an improved contract, which Chelsea are reluctant to give him.AVB appears to be under pressure.The Mail also say under-pressure Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been ordered to improve results after holding talks with club owner Roman Abramovich for the second time in four days.And Abramovich is said to have also called in director of football Michael Emenalo to explain the Blues’ poor results.The Daily Mirror suggest John Terry’s determination to play in the recent derby against QPR may have aggravated the Chelsea captain’s knee problem.The Daily Express report Adel Taarabt’s apparent new start under manager Mark Hughes at QPR, as do The Sun.And the Mail say Fulham face a stand-off with Andrew Johnson over the striker’s proposed new contract.Johnson, 30, will be a free agent in the summer but has only been offered a two-year contract, said to be worth less than his current £33,000-a-week deal.The Sun report that would involve a £5,000-a-week pay cut for the player.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In the hip late 1950s and 1960s and dawn of the Kennedy era in the U. S., what better way to show the world what America was all about than having airline service for men only!It started with United’s DC-6Bs and the flights would depart New York and Chicago at 5pm every week day and took 3 hours 15 minutes.It was so popular it was extended to mornings at 9am.Then United swapped the DC-6s for the French Sud-Est SE. 210 Caravelle and it was almost amusing to seen the conga line of nattily dressed businessmen carrying leather briefcases and wearing grey flannel suits with white button-down shirts and skinny black ties walking out to the rear stairs of the Caravelle.Yes, as politically incorrect as that may seem today, United’s famous “Men Only” executive service was perceived as a special perk for successful businessmen heading off to, or returning home from important business meetings in a day-and-age well before women airline captains, astronauts, and fighter pilots, not to mention video conferencing.In another seemingly astonishing move, cigars were not only permitted on these flights, but were eagerly provided to passengers by the stewardesses themselves – the only two women on the aircraft. With its four-abreast seating and large triangular windows, the sleek 64-seat jetliner was an instant hit with passengers and United’s “New York Executive” and “Chicago Executive” men-only flights became an undeniable success with business travelers.These flights continued until January 1970 when the progressive “women’s liberation” movement suddenly became a force to be reckoned with. The newly formed National Organization for Women took legal action against United, filing a highly publicized lawsuit which officially brought the famed service to an end.Effectively filling the void in aircraft size at the beginning of the commercial jet age, the Caravelle offered short to medium-range service on routes more suited to aging propliners remaining in operation while larger four-engine jets began to command trunk lines and turboprops reigned supreme at medium-size airports.United’s Caravelles beat the competition on short and medium-range routes until the Boeing 727 and Douglas DC-9 appeared in the mid-1960s, but the airline’s “pure-jet” Caravelles were a familiar sight in the skies over the eastern United States. In tribute to their homeland these elegant-looking aircraft were named for famous cities in France.
Around 5 000 people lined up on the Nelson Mandela Bridge to ride to Soweto and back in Joburg’s first Freedom Ride. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Lisa Seftel Executive Director Department of transport, City of Johannesburg +27 11 870 4511 [email protected] • The world’s biggest cycle race • In the swim things at the Midmar Mile • A Mad Swim from Mozambique to Madagascar • From Mdantsane to the world: The Eastern Cape’s champion boxersLucille DavieUnder a moody Sunday sky, Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau led 5 000 people off the Nelson Mandela Bridge in the city’s inaugural Freedom Ride, to celebrate the life and legacy of the world statesman.The ride, from the bridge to Vilakazi Street in Soweto and back again, was to be 35 kilometres long, but the route had to be moved because of flooding after heavy rains, turning the ride into a 55-kilometre slog for amateurs. According to his spokesperson, Fred Mokoko, the mayor found the ride tough going, perhaps because of the longer route, but he managed to finish.Tau was happy with the turnout, and in particular, the multiracial nature of the riders. “It is the culmination of the aspirations of the leadership that we have a multiracial race. The race celebrates the ownership of freedom, as the city and the country.” He was also pleased that, whereas 20 years ago whites would not have ventured into Soweto, now they went freely in and out of the township. Several along the route proclaimed that this had been their first visit to Soweto.After giving interviews before the start, the mayor set off, leading the bristling pack briefly through Braamfontein, then out west through the suburbs into Soweto, and up Vilakazi Street, where Mandela had his home at number 8115. The house has been restored and is now a museum which attracts visitors from around the world. The street also features the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who, like Mandela, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The street is a major tourist attraction. The Hector Pieterson Museum is also nearby, the theme of which is to commemorate the 1976 student uprising.The sentiment among riders was undoubtedly great enjoyment, with many saying what a great idea it was, and indicating that they would be back next year for the second Freedom Ride. Many found it hard going, given several long uphills. A cut-off for arriving at Vilakazi Street at 11.30am was set, and any riders who reached the street after that time were ferried back to the bridge by Rea Vaya buses or Metrorail trains.Participant Dimakatso Machetele said on the Freedom Ride Facebook page: “Was hard … But yet had fun. Big-up to Jozi, participants, the organisers of the ride and everyone who was there in assisting the running of the whole ride.”Another rider, Margaret Sylvester, said: “Great ride … But creating an expectation of 35 kilometres on a route that is actually 54 kilometres is unacceptable. I felt really sorry for the kids, the parents towing their kids and the guys who don’t normally cycle and just wanted a fun morning out on their bicycles. Pity that this negative point outweighed all the positives of this ride for everyone on the way back.”And Johan Vorster added: “There are some valid comments especially regarding expectations of distance. Lucky it was a cool day. Also safety, potholes, sweepers, etc. But for those who could manage it, it was a hugely satisfying experience. Will definitely be back.”The conceptThe Freedom Ride was the brainchild of Crispian Olver and a group of friends. Olver is a former director-general in the department of environmental affairs and tourism, and now the founder and chief executive of Linkd Environmental Services. He is also a sports cyclist.He said that by coincidence he and his friends were talking about “taking cycling forward in the city”, on the night of 5 December, the night Mandela died. “We decided that night that we would start with the idea and not wait for the city. We wanted to build up a mass movement.”But then with his death, an important dimension was added. “We wanted to connect communities, from town to township, the rich and the poor, black and white, and make the route accessible to most people. It was to be a social ride. It just unfolded from there,” he explained. “It gathered massive momentum. An event that would normally take a year to organise, was done in two months.”Plans for the next eventIt was important not to have a race, said Olver, but they did need riders to register, as an aid to the logistics, like supplying water stations and making sure there were enough emergency personnel on the ground. At present the organisers are busy evaluating the success of the ride, as a first step to organising the next one.Initial suggestions are to consider a ride that takes in the northern suburbs that have significance for where Mandela had connections. These would include his Houghton home, his backyard room in Alexandra township, Mandela Square in Sandton, and Liliesleaf Farm, where the ANC had its underground headquarters, and where the top echelons of the party were arrested in 1963. They were subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. It has been restored and is now a museum. Mandela lived there for a short while in disguise as a gardener.Another suggestion is to have two rides each year, one in winter, another in summer. What is coming out of the ride is the start of plans for a Bicycle Empowerment Centre in Orlando West in Soweto, where youngsters in the suburb will be trained in bicycle repair, and given professional training in riding.The City of Johannesburg is also constructing cycle lanes in various suburbs. A 5km route is being created in Orlando West; a cycling and walking path is planned between Sandton and Alexandra in northern Joburg, to be called the Great Walk; a 15km cycling route is being constructed between the University of Johannesburg and Wits University. Eventually it will continue to Park Station in the CBD, and in time extend to Ellis Park, just east of the CBD.“The city is committed to increasing cycling as a commuter mode of transport as well as increasing the number of learners that can safely cycle to school,” indicates Joburg’s Strategic Integrated Transport Plan Framework.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week, National Farmers Union (NFU) brought together more than 1,000 beginning farmers and ranchers for the first online-only conference focused exclusively on education for the next generation of agriculture.From December 5-8, attendees virtually joined educational sessions focused on beginning farmer and rancher issues, including: mentorship, business planning, USDA programs, women and veterans in farming, conservation and more. The conference, titled “Growing for the Future”, also featured farmer-to-farmer webinars, live question and answer sessions, a discussion board and a resource center.“Agriculture will see a significant transition in the next decade as the older generations retire from agriculture and leave the responsibility of crop, fruit and vegetable, and livestock production to the next generation,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “By building an educational network for beginning farmers and ranchers to learn about farm business management and other important issues, we’re laying the foundation for a successful transition in the coming years.”For those unable to attend the live conference, free registration will be available through January 9th to access all the resources, recordings of the live sessions and webinars and the discussion board. To register for the conference, visit www.nfu.org/growing-for-the-future.Recognizing the need for accessible educational resources to help beginning farmers and ranchers succeed, NFU has launched the NFU Beginning Farmer Forum, a web-based community and educational resource for those starting a farm or ranch business.“We’re proud to continue to make education for beginning farmers and ranchers a priority in the Farmers Union organization. Through this online conference, our Beginning Farmer Institute, and our Beginning Farmer Forum, we are committed to the future success of the agriculture industry,” Johnson concluded.The Growing for the Future conference was made possible through the generous in-kind support of the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, Barn Media, BeginningFarmers.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Denver Urban Gardens, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Farmers Market Coalition, FarmHer, FarmLink, Johnny’s Select Seeds, MachineryLink Solutions, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, National Farmers Union Foundation, National Young Farmers Coalition, Red Ants Pants, Slow Food USA, Springdale Farm, Sustainable Food Center, Sustainable Seed Company, Turnrows, University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Women Food & Ag Network.
Three people were killed and six others injured when an overhead water tank collapsed in Ahmedabad’s Bopal area on Monday morning. The injured were taken to hospital for treatment. The overhead tank collapsed due to cave in and it’s debris fell on a nearby canteen where labourers were sitting. “Three of them were brought dead, while six others are undergoing treatment. The condition of two of them is critical,” the hospital’s medical superintendent R.M. Jitiya said.Ahmedabad Collector Vikrant Pandey said a committee has been formed to investigate the incident.“The water tank was constructed by the municipality in 1997. It collapsed due to sinking of soil. A probe has been ordered and action will be taken accordingly,” he said.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to the Ahmedabad Collector. Bopal comes under Mr. Shah’s parliamentary constituency Gandhinagar. All three deceased and the injured are non-Gujarati labourers working in construction sites. Earlier, four persons, all construction workers, had died when a compound wall collapsed in the same area.(With inputs from PTI)