Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 3

first_imgStudents need more help fighting hunger Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMore border security is better than a wallDemocrats want border security. “Wall” defenders cite prisons or the White House as examples of walls working. Of course, the White House has a fence, not a wall. That’s so they can see who’s outside. Walls don’t provide that visual advantage. Prisons do have walls. Prison staff doesn’t care who’s outside. They have guards stationed to monitor the inside. If we want a border wall to work like a prison wall, we need to spread our agents along the entire length. Trouble is, there are few cities or towns near the border. There are few houses for rent or for sale, no schools for their kids, no shopping, no place for their spouse to work. Wonder why we have 2,000 unfilled Border Patrol Agent job openings? However, with a few well-located military-style bases, listening devices, cameras, helicopters, aircraft, boats, drones, ATVs and SUVs, we can monitor the border and respond as needed. That arrangement solves the no-place- to-live issue that makes staffing a wall solution problematic. While we’re imagining a fence around the White House or a wall around a prison is somehow the equivalent of a wall on the border, ask yourself how many illegal immigrants arrive at the White House or prison by air. That is how 46 percent of illegal immigrants arrive in the United States. Even a perfect solution on the southern border only solves about half of our problem. We need border security, not a wall.Glenn GraySchenectady A recent Gazette article highlighted the efforts of Jessica Brennan, a social worker at Rosendale Elementary School, to reach out to meet the food needs of students who need a little extra help. Niskayuna is a relatively affluent community, but still has 13 percent of its students living under the poverty level.Jessica runs “Nisky NOW,” which is a backpack program that provides backpacks full of food to kids in need each weekend. Deliveries by volunteer drivers are made to the kids’ homes on Thursdays or Fridays. She recently organized “Hoops for Hunger,” which was a successful food drive that helped stock the program’s pantry.Earlier this year, when my husband and I visited the school board meeting to inquire as to why our district had not become involved in the Backpack Program, we were told by district Superintendent Dr. Casimo Tangorra that there was not a need here. Hopefully, now all recognize that such a need exists. Only through efforts of people like Jessica has the district implemented the Backpack Program.” This season has again seen many teachers and school staff reaching out to provide assistance to families in their schools. We should be proud of these teachers who are contributing in spite of the fact that they are working currently without a contract. Thank God for people who care for those less fortunate.Dorothy HorstkotteNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

No expense spared on dream home

first_img20 Scenic Rd, Kenmore.The master bedroom features a walk-in robe and stylish ensuite. Two other large bedrooms adjoin the main bathroom and sitting room, featuring a wood-burning fireplace. A separate fourth bedroom adjoins another sitting area and bathroom – ideal as a teenage retreat or for guest accommodation. 20 Scenic Rd, Kenmore.But it’s the home’s enviable location on 2777sq m of acreage just 10km from the CBD that the owners will miss most.“You feel like you’re living out at Pullenvale without being out that far,” Mr Pemberton said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The couple have lived in the home for the past seven years, but a change in family circumstances has convinced them to downsize. 20 Scenic Rd, Kenmore.THEY spared no expense creating their dream home in a secluded pocket of Brisbane. But now Chris Pemberton and Rachael Chan are looking for someone else to enjoy it.The couple completely renovated their four-bedroom house at 20 Scenic Rd, Kenmore.From the Spanish porcelain tiles and Italian pavers, to the designer kitchen and endless indoor and outdoor areas, the makeover is immaculate.center_img 20 Scenic Rd, Kenmore.The police officer co-ordinated the renovation, which involved “many hours on a jack hammer”.A garage and workshop were demolished to open up the rear of the home and create a seamless indoor/outdoor living area.“The aim was to capture the timelessness of a ranch-style home but create an open-plan, alfresco feel,” Mr Pemberton said.The hub of the home starts with the kitchen, which extends through stacked doors to the entertaining area and pool.It features stone benchtops, an island bench, soft-close drawers, a Smeg electric oven and an integrated dishwasher.last_img read more

Bruins Repeat As CYO Champs

first_imgFor the second year in a row, St. Louis-1 captured the Batesville Deanery CYO basketball championship by defeating St. Michael-1 56-44.The game was close for the first 8 minutes as the lead would change hands several times and St. Louis would hold a 1 point lead after one period 12-11. The second quarter would turn out to be the difference in the game as St. Louis-1 would outscore St. Michael-1 19-9 to take a 31-20 led at halftime.We knew going in that we would have do a good job rebounding the ball and not give them 2nd and 3rd chance opportunities. We did a great job controlling the boards. At halftime, we knew we needed to continue to play our game and not have a letdown in the second half. In the third quarter St. Louis-1 would continue their strong play and would extend the lead to 44-31 going into the final quarter. St. Louis-1 would close out the game as they would hit their free throws to secure the win.This was a good group of kids to coach and I am really proud of the way they grew as a team over the year.Bruins Scoring.  Anthony Butz 19, Alex Roell 16, Cooper Williams 6, Zach Prickel 4, Nathan Batta 4, Caleb Moster 3, Paul Ritter 3, Evan Straber 1.Courtesy of Bruins Coach Roger Dietz.All Deanery Teams.St. Louis-1.  Anthony Butz – MVP/All Sportsmanship; Alex Roell – 2nd team; Nathan Batta – 3rd team.St. Louis-2.  Lane Oesterling – 2nd team; Gus Cooper – 2nd team.last_img read more

Dedication for new library announced

first_imgBrookville, In. —There will be a dedication ceremony for the new Franklin County Public Library in Brookville on Sunday, September 16 at 2 p.m. The public is welcome.last_img

FIFA chooses six stadiums for U-20 World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland Football’s global governing body FIFA has selected the six venues for the 2021 U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, an official said on Thursday. The six stadiums are the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in the capital Jakarta, Pakansari stadium in the West Javan town of Bogor, Manahan stadium in Central Java’s Solo, Mandala Krida stadium in Yogyakarta Province, Gelora Bung Tomo stadium in East Java’s capital Surabaya and Kapten I Wayan Dipta Gianyar stadium on the island of Bali, according to Gotot S. Dewa Broto, Secretary of Indonesia’s Youth and Sports Ministry. The number of stadiums chosen by FIFA is in line with the request of the Indonesian government, as the governing body had previously planned to select only four stadiums, according to the ministry. Gotot added that FIFA would conduct inspections of all the sports facilities in March. The 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup will be held in Indonesia from May 24 to June 12, with 24 teams set to take part.Tags: FIFAGelora Bung Karno StadiumU-20 World Cuplast_img read more

Syracuse seeks to finish games stronger in Diamond 9 Citrus Classic this weekend

first_img Published on February 27, 2014 at 12:51 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse was two outs from victory against No. 11 Stanford. Two hours later, it was one out from defeating Long Beach State.The Orange was unable to close out either game, and what could’ve been a 4-1 weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic saw the Orange finish 2-3.“It was one of those days where the ball kept dropping in for the other team and not for us,” SU head coach Leigh Ross said of her team’s two late losses Sunday. “We are young and inexperienced as a team.“Being on the bottom half of the score happens sometimes.”This weekend, Syracuse (4-6) looks to rectify its late-game struggles when it travels to Orlando, Fla. for the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic. The Orange will face Nebraska-Omaha and Missouri on Friday, Auburn and Bradley on Saturday and finish the stretch against Fordham on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the first game of the doubleheader Sunday, SU led Stanford 5-2 heading into the final inning.After freshman Christina Clermont pitched five impressive innings, Ross planned to bring in freshman Sydney O’Hara. Because of the lead, she opted for junior Lindsay Taylor instead.A Taylor error in the seventh allowed Stanford to tie, and after Taylor experienced tightness in her throwing arm, O’Hara came in two innings later than originally planned.Stanford piled on six runs in the extra frame, going on to win 11-5.“The injury kind of threw a wrench in everything, so we had to blow out our pitchers for that first game,” Ross said. “They did what they could do because they had used all their energy.”Two days after pitching a perfect seventh for the first save of her career against California Polytechnic, O’Hara was on the opposite end of the result against the Cardinal.Despite the result, the freshman still had a positive outlook on her outing.“I was pretty on point, but Stanford is a really good team,” O’Hara said. “I think I did a pretty good job of attacking each batter. You just have to work through it no matter what happens.”Even though Ross’ initial plan didn’t go accordingly, she said she feels confident with each pitcher on the mound no matter the situation.Clermont, O’Hara, Taylor or sophomore Lindsey Larkin can be brought in at any time depending on the opponent’s weakness, and the coaching staff trusts that all four can get the job done.Against Long Beach State later in the day, Larkin entered a tie game with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the fourth.She went on to retire nine of the next 11 batters before Hannah De Gaetano doubled in the bottom of the seventh. After Larkin got the next batter to ground out, Long Beach State recorded three straight hits, including a walk-off double, to win 7-6.Despite the final result, Ross was extremely pleased with the sophomore’s first outing of the season.“She did exactly what she was told, so I was really proud of her, “ Ross said. “We don’t really care about the loss right now in the season. We’ll get to that later.”It’s no secret that the Orange lacks experience on the mound.Larkin mentioned how big situations can sometimes get the better of the young pitchers, something that she said needs to be fixed.“I think that if the pitching staff focuses more on ‘one pitch at a time’ it will help us keep late-game leads,” Larkin said via email. “I know many of us can get caught up in the big picture when in reality that is not the best thing.”Larkin added how she thoroughly believes that each pitcher can handle big-time situations, and that late-game success will simply come with more experience and confidence as the season progresses.“We just have to stay focused the whole entire game,” O’Hara said. “Each time, just attack the batters, get outs, trust your defense and just work through anything.” Commentslast_img read more

Despite down season, Syracuse finds success with blocks

first_img Published on October 26, 2016 at 11:51 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu With Syracuse and Louisville tied at two sets apiece and the fifth-set score at 14-10, in favor of the Orange, the Orange needed one more point to close out a win.UofL’s Jasmine Bennett spiked the ball and could have started the Cardinals’ rally. Before the play, Mackenzie Weaver said SU head coach Leonid Yelin told her, “If you miss this block, I’m going to kill you.” Weaver, Leah Levert and Christina Oyawale sprang up and knocked the ball back to the Louisville side for an SU point.The Orange’s blocking has been its one constant through the season so far. SU has used a mix of two- and three-player blocks to stop opponents’ attacks. Syracuse (5-15, 4-6 Atlantic Costal) has dominated opponents through the first two-thirds of the season in blocking with 315 blocking assists. Block assists are recorded when two players help on a block, and SU’s opponents total 196 block assists this season, 119 fewer than the Orange.Blocking will be key for SU when it takes on Wake Forest and Duke this weekend.“A lot of times you are going to base your team’s defense around the team that you have,” assistant coach Erin Little said. “We’re very physical at the net. We have tall players who can jump and physically be a big presence at the net.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe outside blockers, or the pins, are the players who stand on the left and right sides of the net. They are in charge of watching the opponents’ outside hitters while the middle blocker’s job is to watch the setter. Syracuse uses its middle blockers’ speed because they move between the outside blockers based on the direction the ball heads. If the situation requires a block, the two jump in sync.“It’s about our eyes,” junior middle blocker Leah Levert said. “I don’t think anyone would ever guess that’s what goes into it but it’s about focusing on what the other player is doing on the other side of the net.”SU uses two-player blocking rather than three-player blocking schemes to prevent an opponent’s setter from setting the ball to the outside while all three move toward the middle of the net. With a quick middle blocker and two blockers that stay on the outside, SU stopped 196.5 potential kills this season — 65 percent more than its opponents. Based on where the hitter chooses for the ball to go, the middle blocker chases the ball.SU has four main middle blockers: Levert, Santita Ebangwese, Amber Witherspoon and Christina Oyawale. They combined for 200 of the 315 block assists. Levert and Ebangwese lead the team with 76 and 55 block assists, respectively. Witherspoon tallied 39, rounding out the top three. Oyawale has 30.“The middle’s job is to close the block,” Ebangwese said. “We have to read the setter. Where’s the setter going to set or if they set we have to close the block.”When the middle closes a block, a wall is formed. The middle and outside blockers jump at the same time, shoulder to shoulder, with their arms fully extended above them to stop anything that might penetrate their wall.“I think coach Yelin has a lot of experience and he knows how to teach (blocking) very well,” Little said. “That coupled with the players we recruit that have the physical capability, it’s a good combination.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Nerves kicking in in Tipp camp

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM We’re just over 24 hours away from the start of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship when Tipp begin the defence of their provincial title.Cork provide the opposition in Thurles tomorrow afternoon as the Premier look to put their surprise League final defeat to Galway behind them.Speaking at the Clonmel Enterprise Town event this morning Tipp manager Michael Ryan said at this stage the nerves have begun to kick in for him. Throw-in for the Munster quarter final is at 4 o’clock in Semple Stadium tomorrow afternoon and Tipp FM’s live coverage is in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Raymie Ryan Lighting, Cashel.last_img read more

Pogba slammed by Man Utd fans for training in Juventus jersey [VIDEO]

first_imgWhy is pogba trying all his best to go back to juventus? Seen wearing their jersey 🤦‍♂️— boluwatife (@Thepromised1ne) March 19, 2020Others, however, defended the Frenchman stating that him wearing the jersey wasn’t important, as he was only supporting a friend.Only sick fans will abuse pogba for wearing Juventus Jersey. He already explained himself.. Linfelop wore Damp jersey too but you won’t just say anything about it… Pogba will be laughing right now— ︻╦╤─Capt♥Ved︻╦╤─ (@Olakved) March 19, 2020 With the world of football still reeling from the virtual shutdown of the sport following the global outbreak of coronavirus, some players have taken to working out on their own as they stay fit.Players like Ghana’s Michael Essien, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, who contracted the disease and has recovered, Arsenal’s David Luiz and Everton’s Theo Walcott have shared videos of themselves working out.While most of these updates have been received quite fondly by fans, Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba’s own workout video has rubbed many Red Devils fans the wrong way.In his video, Pogba was wearing a Juventus shirt, which aside from being his former club, is a club he has been heavily linked with.The jersey bore the name and number of Juventus and France midfielder, Blaise Matuidi, who contracted the disease recently.Pogba explained that he was wearing the jersey in support of his France mate and other players who have got the disease as well.“I know the cheeky ones will talk about the Juventus jersey. I’m just supporting my friends … that’s all, nothing more.‘Supporting our friends Blaise Matuidi, Albin Ekdal, and all athletes and people around the world! Be strong, and be safe.’Victor Lindelof, who Pogba was working out with wore the jersey of Sampdoria’s Albin Ekdal.Take a look at the video of Pogba below: Despite the explanation from Pogba, fans of Man Utd have taken him on for wearing the jersey given the huge transfer speculation surrounding him and the club.Some argued that he could have worn Matuidi’s national team jersey instead.Take a look at some reactions below His friend Matuidi is tested positive for the virus, just supporting him, nothing else.— Jwalin🔰 (@jwalinbhatt31) March 18, 2020 I know he’s just supporting his former teammate Matuidi but if he really had the upmost respect, he would be wearing Blaise’s France shirt ? Right?— #18 ⚡️ (@UNlT3Dx) March 18, 2020 That Jersey number is Blaise Matuidi’s who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19, so I’m sure the jersey choice is to show support to him. Not everything has to be interpreted negatively— Mathew Adeleke (@donemiliomatteo) March 18, 2020 Nice touch @paulpogba 👏 Get well soon @MATUIDIBlaise 🙏— A B D U L (@ao__t_) March 18, 2020last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: At least 2 teams interested in JR Smith following reported George Hill deal

first_imgHe is averaging 6.7 points and 1.9 assists this year in 11 games, but has not played since Nov. 19 against the Pistons. Expect the Cavaliers to try to move on next from JR Smith. I heard this week they received some interest for Smith from the Rockets and Pelicans—both teams need depth at the wing position. Smith’s 2019-20 salary is guaranteed for only $3.9M, so it has some value as a trade chip.— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) December 7, 2018Both teams need help on the wings, and a report came out Thursday stating the Rockets planned to make a deal by the end of the week. Smith asked to be traded by the Cavaliers earlier this year when the team started to cut his playing time in an effort to give younger players more experience on the court. Related News NBA trade news: Bucks deal for George Hill in 5-player trade Now that George Hill and Sam Dekker have reportedly been dealt to the Bucks, it looks like it may be JR Smith’s turn to move.According to the Ringer, the Rockets and Pelicans have both checked in on the Cavaliers 33-year-old guard.last_img read more