Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDec. 16 was historic, in that for the first time in the Wreaths Across America program, all 11,000-plus veterans’ graves at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery were able to receive a wreath – due largely to the generosity of communitywide support for this annual event. The Daily Gazette was generous in reporting on this program. However, I wish to clarify some of the information contained in The Gazette’s reporting of the Wreaths Across America event. Your article seemed to suggest that the Dec. 16 ceremonies were primarily a Patriot Guard Rider-led function and operation. While the Patriot Guard Riders are justifiably proud of our efforts and the significant support we lent to the successful result of this year, the Wreaths Across America program at the cemetery is operated and managed by the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (Capital District) under the direction of Lt. Col. Anita Martin and her staff.The Civil Air Patrol has worked tirelessly to develop and nurture additional wreath sponsors and fund-raising organizations. Lt. Col. Martin and her cadets of the Civil Air Patrol also conduct the opening ceremonies before the actual wreath-laying by volunteers takes place. Also, the encouragement and support of Cemetery Director Scott Lamb was vitally important to the ultimate success we all enjoyed this past weekend.I thought it important to clarify your reporting so as not to diminish the fine work and efforts of the many other fine organizations who also made significant contributions to this historic Wreaths Across America day at the Gerald B.H. Saratoga National Cemetery.Bill SchaafTroyThe writer is state captain of the Patriot Guard Riders.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: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
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Oil services company Archer has been awarded a four-year contract for plug and abandonment (P&A) rig operations by Repsol. According to Archer’s statement on Wednesday, the contract scope includes permanent plugging and abandonment of the wells on the Gyda platform operated by Repsol Norge.The Gyda field is located in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, between Ula and Ekofisk. It has been developed using an integrated facility with a steel jacket in 66 meters of water.In addition to the firm contract term, three additional two-year extension options are available, Archer said. The contract scope includes drilling and maintenance services, engineering and downhole tool rental services.John Lechner, Archer CEO, said: “The new contract is a continuation of Archer’s twenty three year association with the Gyda platform. This is a testament to the hard work and commitment from all our personnel who have maintained a safe environment and a high level of operational and technical efficiency.”“We look forward to continuing our working relationship with Repsol Norge AS for the end of field life activities on Gyda.”With this award, Archer’s offshore drilling crews will provide drilling operations and maintenance services on forty-two platforms in the North Sea, two in Brazil and one tender-assist barge rig in Greece.
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has recommended extending oil production cuts until the end of 2020 due to the negative impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global oil demand.Illustration; Author: SP MacThe Minister of Energy of Algeria and President of the OPEC Conference in 2020, Mohamed Arkab, has said that following an extraordinary meeting of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) held in Vienna, from 4-6 Feburary 2020, the JTC has recommended extending voluntary production adjustments under the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ process until the end of 2020 and to proceed with an additional adjustment until the end of the second quarter.To remind, Saudi Arabia together with other OPEC members and Russia last December decided on deeper production cuts for the first quarter of 2020 as part of an attempt to prevent oversupply and support oil prices.The President of the Conference said in a statement on Saturday, February 8 that JTC’s new recommendations came in response to the fact that the coronavirus epidemic “has had a negative impact on oil demand and oil markets.”“The coronavirus epidemic is having a negative impact on economic activities, particularly on the transportation, tourism and industry sectors, particularly in China, and also increasingly in the Asian region and gradually in the world,” he added.In response, the JTC has recommended extending the current production adjustments until the end of 2020.The Committee also recommended a further adjustment in production until the end of the second quarter of 2020. The Minister stressed that he “supports the conclusions of the JTC.”Arkab intends “to continue his consultations with OPEC Member Countries and non-OPEC countries participating in the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’ to seek consensual solutions, on the basis of the said proposal of the Technical Committee, to rapidly stabilize the oil market and deal with the current situation.”The Minister stressed that “the situation is clear; it requires corrective action in the interest of all.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
Greensburg, In. — The Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will be closed on Friday, May 4 for staff development. The library will also be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. The closure also includes the Westport facility.
Willie Mullins has eight of the 115 entries for the first £1million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on April 5. Press Association Successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, the champion trainer’s team includes the Graham Wylie-owned trio of On His Own, Prince De Beauchene and Boston Bob. The other members of the County Carlow handler’s squad are Paddy Power Chase winner Rockyaboya, Up The Beat, Vesper Bell, last season’s Irish Grand National runner-up Away We Go and Quel Esprit. Martin Brassil struck with Numbersixvalverde in 2006 and could be represented in this year’s showpiece by Double Seven, who was last seen completing a five-timer at Wexford in October. Leading hunter chaser Mossey Joe, now trained by Enda Bolger, has been entered after being purchased by Barry Connell. Ted Walsh, successful with Papillon in 2000, could be represented by Colbert Station and Seabass, who was third in 2012. Only two of the first six home last year have entries this time – the third Teaforthree, trained by Rebecca Curtis, and the sixth, David Pipe’s Swing Bill, owned by Halewood International, parent company of Crabbie’s. With last year’s 66-1 winner Auroras Encore retired through injury, trainer Sue Smith relies on Mr Moonshine and Vintage Star. Paul Nicholls secured his first National with Neptune Collonges in 2012 and has seven entries this year, headed by the 13-year-old Tidal Bay. The Ditcheat trainer is also responsible for Welsh Grand National runner-up Hawkes Point, There’s No Panic, Rocky Creek, Kauto Stone, Mon Parrain and Sire Collonges. Jonjo O’Neill, successful with Don’t Push It for principal patron JP McManus in 2010, has also made seven entries, headed by the same owner’s Sunnyhillboy, beaten a nose by Neptune Collonges in 2012, Alfie Sherrin, Merry King, Burton Port, Lost Glory, Storm Survivor and Twirling Magnet. Pipe, who sent out Comply Or Die to win in 2008, has six engaged, with Swing Bill joined by Standing Ovation, Our Father, Goulanes, Junior and The Package. Last season’s Welsh Grand National winner Monbeg Dude, trained by Michael Scudamore, and Hennessy Gold Cup victor Triolo D’Alene are among the ante-post market leaders. Triolo D’Alene, winner of last year’s Topham Chase over the famous fences, is with UK champion trainer Nicky Henderson, who has yet to win the race. The Lambourn handler has also entered 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run, Hunt Ball, Shakalakaboomboom and Quantitativeeasing. Other notable entries include Scottish Grand National scorer Godsmejudge from the Alan King yard and Kim Muir Challenge Cup winner Same Difference, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. The latter has been on the roll of honour twice, with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002).
CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani opened the official event to announce the group-stage matches and complete schedule for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The announcement was held Tuesday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA – first time host of the Gold Cup final.“Gold Cup is pinnacle of our CONCACAF football. Since the inaugural edition in 1991, the competition has produced many memorable moments and equally stunning results,” said Montagliani to the group composed of football and city dignitaries, representatives and head coaches from the qualified nations. “This is a day to celebrate the teams achievements, congratulations to all of you.”The procedures were conducted by CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio. The event featured U.S. national team legend Cobi Jones, San Francisco 49ers President Al Guido, and San Jose Earthquakes President Dave Kaval.The president underscored the competition’s importance to raise competitiveness and further develop the game across the Confederation. Furthermore, he spoke briefly about the ONE CONCACAF Vision, which focuses attention on good governance, football investment, solid leadership and strategic planning.“Our aim is at ensuring that we continue broadening participation for our Member Associations, while increasing competitiveness through development opportunities,” said Montagliani.Fourteen stadiums in 13 metropolitan areas across the United States will host the next Gold Cup to be played from July 7-26, 2017. (Sportsmax.com).
Audley Harrison is to return to boxing in a 10-rounder against Chelsea’s Ali Adams in Brentwood on 14 April.It will be the Wembley heavyweight’s first fight since losing a one-sided world title clash with David Haye in November 2010.Harrison, 40, was crowned Olympic champion in 2000 but has been much maligned during his professional career, and the third-round stoppage by Haye was his fifth defeat.AdChoices广告“Anyone can lose but I didn’t lose with dignity. I was never going to retire after that performance,” said Harrison.“I’ll have too much for Ali Adams. I intend to show I still have a future in the game.”Adams, who was born in Iraq, is 10 years younger than Harrison and has a record of 13-3-1.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
(BBC) – Pakistan batsman Babar Azam must “become a match-winner” before he can be compared to the likes of England’s Joe Root or India’s Virat Kohli, says former all-rounder Shahid Afridi.Babar, 25, scored 69 and five as Pakistan lost to England in the first Test of the three-match series. He averages 44.74 from 27 Tests.“He is very talented – the backbone of the team – but needs to score big runs,” Afridi told BBC Sport before the second Test, which starts today.Babar is ranked as the number one batsman in Twenty20s and third in one-day-internationals, but Afridi – who retired from playing for Pakistan in 2017 – says he has more to do in the longer format of the game.“If Babar wants to become like Root, Kohli, Australia’s Steve Smith or South African AB de Villiers then he needs to convert his fifties into hundreds,” the 40-year-old added.The young pace duo of Naseem Shah, 17, and Shaheen Afridi, 20, impressed for the tourists in the thrilling first Test but Afridi warns that it is too soon to be drawing comparisons with Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.“We have high expectation of Naseem and Shaheen,” said Afridi.“They are young, energetic and highly talented, but if they are to become like Wasim and Waqar then they have to be consistent in their performance and we have to win matches.“They need to just take the pressure which they are under, enjoy the game and give 100%.”‘Azhar’s consistency isn’t there’Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has come in for criticism after he failed to score in the first innings against England in the first Test and was out for 18 in the second innings.In his post-match interview, Azhar also admitted to BBC’s Test Match Special that perhaps he “was too late to bring fielders up” in the hosts’ run-chase.Afridi says Azhar needs to first improve his own displays with the bat to help his side level the series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.“If you look at Azhar’s track record, the consistency in performance hasn’t quite been there,” added Afridi.“When any team loses the captain is criticised. That will always be there. But his own performance is very important. As the captain he is the base.”Bouncing back against ‘world-class’ EnglandAfridi scored 11 196 international runs and took 541 wickets in all three formats of the game.He expects Pakistan to react strongly against a “world-class England team” in the second Test.“I’m totally confident Pakistan will always bounce back very well,” he said.“Our squad is very good. We have experienced management and players, good batsmen and players.”
You’ve always got to focus on the next step ahead. Whether treading the icy sidewalks of Madison or life’s winding paths, if you glance too far ahead and neglect where you are, you could very well lose your footing.Senior University of Wisconsin distance runner Craig Miller knows this. And that’s why it’s all he thinks about during his races.Just this past weekend, Miller set the No. 2 national mark at the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, running an NCAA qualifying 4:00.78 mile time. Miller is looking to use this time to push himself to run harder and faster in the upcoming indoor season and become NCAA National Champion, after he was runner-up in the mile last year.Since his freshman season, he has been at the top of his sport, earning six track and field All-America honors — two in each year — competing in the mile, the 1500-meter and the distance relay.Even though the coaches say Miller would like to improve on his No. 2 national standing in the mile, Miller is looking to widen his potential and experiment with the 3000m race this year.“I run the 1500m outdoors, mile indoors for the last few years, and I’ve tried to expand on running a little bit,” he said. “If it doesn’t work I can always go back to the mile. But that’s my main goal, I want to win the [NCAA National] indoor 3K; and outdoor, I’ll try to do the 1500, and I’ll place well in that.”Cross country head coach and track and field assistant coach Mick Byrne thinks Miller can excel at any of these lengths and knows he will help the team in whatever he runs.“He’s wants to move up and experiment with the 3000 m this year,” Byrne said. “It requires a little bit more strength, and he has the speed to go with that strength; it’s just a challenge for him.“When it comes to the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships, he’ll fit into wherever we feel comfortable in terms of scoring points.”The coaches know he’ll score well not only because he has in the past, but also because they see his work ethic and understand how competitive Miller is.“When you have a motivated athlete, you don’t need to challenge him, he challenges himself,” track and field head coach Ed Nuttycombe said. “You can help him and give him guidance, but we don’t need to challenge him. He’s his own critic and own motivator and his own everything, and that’s what makes those guys special.”Byrne has been working closely with Miller since they’ve been together and is always impressed by Miller’s character, as well as his running skills.Miller has been running 90-100 miles a week (13-14 miles a day) in addition to working out with the team every day.“He works very hard, obviously,” Byrne said. “He’s a tough, tough competitor, but he’s just a tough kid. When he goes into a race, he goes in to win. He’s not daunted by the competition or who’s in the race. He’s pretty confident every time he goes to the line.”As a runner, Byrne said that Miller is extremely strong with high endurance, but what sets him apart is his leg speed.Leg speed is exactly what it sounds like, and Miller is able to put one foot in front of the other much faster than his competitors and is able to achieve a top speed that others aren’t. Miller is able to adapt much quicker and more effectively from his long miles in training to his one-mile or 3000m race, giving him the speed others don’t have.“We’re always working on the strength and keeping his legs fresh and turning over,” Byrne said. “Where other guys have to work a little harder on shorter intervals to get faster, he just has that pure instinct. Pure, natural speed.”Contrary to one’s intuition in distance running, Miller says he doesn’t have the luxury to focus on the next 100m, 10m or even 10 feet.“I’m focusing in on exactly the next step ahead and exactly what I’m doing in that given point. It’s kind of tough because you have to relax and concentrate on what you’re doing at the same time, they kind of go against each other.”Miller does have the luxury to look ahead to the next step in his career, though, and because this is Miller’s senior year, he’s looking to use this season to catapult him into a professional running career in the years to come.“Byrne sat me down in September and we had a discussion about post-college running and what I needed to do to get there,” Miller said. “That’s what’s motivating me the most right now.”In terms of a professional career, Miller says there are many opportunities outside the obvious Olympics and World Championships that he is also working towards.“There’s a lot of meets over in Europe that pay you money to race and run well,” he said. “There’s a lot of running and athletic shoe companies — Nike, Adidas, New Balance — all those guys give you money and give you gear to run professionally for them.“You’re not going to make millions of dollars. It depends how fast you are, but you can make $50,000 a year. Coming right out of college, I could make $20,000.”The coaches see no false hubris in his goals.“He has the ability to move to the next level and run professionally,” Nuttycombe said. “I think the opportunity will present itself.”