Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Oct. 12

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLimousine driver was a victim, too There was a ceremony for the limo crash victims this past weekend in Schoharie. It’s a very thoughtful thing to do.I’m writing because one name was left off: Scott Lisinicchia. His apparent sin was to be the limo driver. I’ve known both Scott and his twin brother Keith since they played Little League baseball for me as 10-year-olds. They also played freshman baseball and bowled four years for me at Ballston Spa High School. They were also in my math class. They were great kids.Scott’s mistake was driving a limo that didn’t belong on the road. This opinion was also expressed by Congressman Paul Tonko.I can’t fault a guy for trying to make some extra money to pay his bills. The limo went through stop sign and went towards the SUV. With a pending accident, you’re going to do one of two things: either hit the brakes or try to turn to avoid the other car. There were no skid marks made, which makes me think he didn’t or couldn’t brake.If he then turned the limo, it would have rolled over at that speed but that didn’t happen.My thought is both the brakes and power steering failed, which could have cause such an accident. When I asked someone who examines accidents for an insurance company, he said my thoughts were reasonable. Please don’t ever forget the loved ones lost. But try to remember one more victim. He didn’t put that limo on the road.Pete PidgeonScotiaToughen penalties for welfare fraudThe recent article about a New Jersey woman pleading guilty to stealing more than $35,000 in welfare benefits really hit a nerve with me. The Inspector General stated that this egregious abuse of social services for personal gain is now bringing real consequences. What consequences? She was ordered to pay restitution, a fine and perform community service.A slap on the hand like this would encourage welfare fraud instead of deterring it.Ed PeticolasSaratoga SpringsMax Spritzer will be good for JohnstownI recently had the pleasure of hearing Max Spritzer, candidate for 4th Ward councilperson in the city of Johnstown, speak on why he is running for that office. After listening to him, I have come to the conclusion that Max is just what our city needs to lead us forward into the future.He has energy, enthusiasm, is well qualified and has a vision of what the future should be for our city. Although I do not live in the 4th Ward, I fully support Max and urge all residents of that ward to get informed on what Max has to offer them and our city before making their choice on Nov. 5.I’m sure after doing that, they will find that the clear choice is to cast their vote for a man with a vision for the future.Gary S. LocatelliJohnstownTrump followers can follow him to RussiaI hope that all of President Trump’s followers follow him to Russia when he is deported.He can sit by the right hand side of his Putin and rule with an iron fist, as he would prefer to do here in our country. And his followers will be right where they belong. Lefty Liberal.Ed CareyMalta More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Solar and wind technology have become popular and can be a significant part of an overall solution to decreasing carbon emissions.The problem is that both are uncontrollable and intermittent. At night, no solar power is generated. Clouds will dramatically decrease the power generated. The wind comes and goes. Fossil-fueled plants must compensate for these variations in power output.One source of dependable and non-polluting electrical power is nuclear power. Many people are afraid of nuclear power. The Russian catastrophe was a result gross incompetence and was the result of an “experiment” they were conducting at the time. The Japanese catastrophe was a result of a 20-foot sea wall not stopping a 30-foot tsunami. Also, the backup generators and pumps were on the ground and unprotected from the ocean water.The fossil fuel industry wields a great deal of political power. It promotes fossil fuel plants as well as minimizes the science of global warming and leads the attack on the nuclear power industry. As a result of this influence, some politicians not only have turned their backs on nuclear power, but the science of global warming as well. This is no way to run a country. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events is only the beginning. If we let emotions and politics drive what we do, we will condemn our children to a dark future.Effective solutions to mitigate global warming will require unbiased knowledgeable experts.John DworakRotterdamThe Electoral College protects rural votersDemocrats have no respect for the U.S. Constitution, as evidenced by their push to scrap the Electoral College because, in 2016, Trump beat Hillary even though losing the popular vote. Is this unfair? Consider the following.Clinton won by approximately 2.9 million votes. In the five counties of New York City, she received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. They comprise 319 square miles out of the 3,797,000 square miles in the United States. Of 3,141 counties in the United States, Trump won 3,084. Of 62 counties in New York, he won 46.It’s insanely ludicrous to suppose that the population of 319 square miles should dictate a national election. The same for 57 out of 3,141 counties. Large, densely populated urban areas do not speak for the rest of the country. The founders knew this and carefully worded the Constitution to safeguard against such disparity.The Electoral College prevents areas with massive populations from exclusively deciding who leads the rest of the country. It gives voice to the sparsely populated areas in Middle America and helps them be heard as well as the elitist densely populated areas.New York is a perfect example of this. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, much to the detriment of upstate, wins the election every cycle because he captures large population centers, while the majority of the state overwhelmingly rejects him. The Electoral College is the only means to prevent this sort of one-sided control by a small regional area over the rest of this vast nation.James HomanGlenville More school districts should support vetsIt’s been almost six years since state Real Property Tax Law was amended to allow school districts to grant veterans and more importantly, Gold Star parents, a school tax property exemption.Mohonasen, Niskayuna and Scotia-Glenville, along with many other local school districts, have already adopted the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption. This has given veterans a modest reduction in their school taxes, but more importantly, recognized and honored veterans for their sacrifices and contributions to both our community and the nation.Over the years, many of our sons and daughters have proudly served our nation in uniform.  Our returning veterans and their families have played a vital part and contribute so much to our community.We are clearly a veteran-friendly community, and it’s time for the Schenectady city school board, the Duanesburg school board and the Schalmont school board to recognize veterans for their contributions and sacrifices.With Veterans Day approaching, what better way could these school boards honor our veterans than to provide a school tax break?The 900 members of Lt. Vibert O. Fryer Chapter 88 of the Disabled American Veterans and our Auxiliary stand with these veterans and ask that you join us by letting your school board know that you support veterans.Robert J. SerottaNiskayunaThe writer is commander of DAV Chapter 88.Walter J. SchlegelColonieThe writer is adjutant of DAV Chapter 88.Trump isn’t in Irish politician’s leagueTo compare President Trump with the great Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell is sinful and ridiculous. It shows a lack of understanding of Irish history. Not only was Parnell a master politician, but an Irish patriot. He was an officer in the Wiclow Militia, something Mr. Trump is sorely lacking (military service), Parnell also was imprisoned in the infamous Kilmainham Goal (jail) in 1819 for his support of Irish tenant farmers (something that Trump never experienced).Working from Kilmainham, he accomplished the so called Kilmainham Treaty, supporting 100,000 Irish tenant farmers’ fight for fair rent. There may be some remote similarities between Trump and Parnell in terms of their political styles, but the argument made here is preposterous.Stephen M. DownsVoorheesvilleAmedore shows true colors with projectThe Oct. 9 article regarding Sen, George Amedore’s record on green legislation makes me smile.A year or so ago, the Amedore organization purchased a heavily wooded parcel on Consaul Road in Colonie. The first thing they did was clear-cut the entire parcel of mature trees. Currently 18 homes, starting at $400,000 each, are being erected so close to one other that from Consaul Road, they appear almost touching. In a triumph of marketing, the name of this development is Sable Woods.Ted ThompsonSchenectady Natural resources are still affected by PCBsRuss Wege’s Oct. 6 guest column (“Further dredging of PCBs won’t solve the problem”) acknowledges that GE tragically contaminated the Hudson River with PCBs. Wege concludes correctly that further dredging is probably inappropriate, as it cannot collect dredge-dispersed PCBs. Yet, he fails to suggest action to address the massive natural resource damage that has occurred.Contrary to Wege, GE never used the best dredging technology. GE conducted a year-long advertising campaign pledging to use the best technology: hydraulic (suction) dredging. However, GE instead used clamshells, which are great for navigational dredging, but not for environmental dredging.As we predicted in peer-reviewed articles, clamshells were bound to fail for PCB removal. Unsurprisingly, PCBs in targeted upstream hotspots have been carried downstream and spread widely. If any hotspots remain to be dredged, hydraulic technology is needed.Wege is right that you can’t remove PCBs from fish flesh. The (valid) idea, however, was to remove it from sediments that contaminate air, water and biota. That would have protected the air that people breathe and the fish and birds that they may eat.Now just one potentially effective PCB removal option remains.As Wege states: “In time, natural processes will prevail.”  Don’t hold your breath: natural attenuation will require generations for satisfactory completion.Dr. Robert A. Michaels, PhD, CEPSchenectadyDr. Uriel M. Oko, PhD, PEGlenmontTrump backers should question loyaltiesTrump supporters are, undoubtedly, patriots. But many of the president’s most loyal followers unthinkingly buy into the mantra that the “Dems have been trying to get rid of President Trump for three years.” That talking point explains everything to them. Their man is innocent no matter what.Forget the findings of that old-fashioned conservative Republican Robert Mueller, who uncovered eight cases of possible obstruction of justice on the part of our president. Even today, after the president publicly admitted to trading weapons for political dirt with the Ukraine, the mantra continues.Blindly loyal backers of President Trump need to ask the obvious questions: Do innocent people hide the facts? Would an innocent person ignore subpoenas, bury official documents and refuse to allow public servants to testify under oath? In short, does an innocent person obstruct and stonewall legal investigations? Of course not. If you agree, then the next question is also obvious. Are you loyal to the president or are you a real patriot whose loyalty is to the U.S. Constitution?Bill ScheuermanScotiaBuy locally produced milk, dairy productsOctober is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food and farms. As a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Pattersonville, I’m proud to provide my community with wholesome, nourishing milk.In fact, milk products from our farm serve students in schools that use any Cabot or McCadam products.Milk, one of the few foods produced locally and available every single day of the year, makes its journey from farm to school (and store) within 48 hours. Packed with nutrients, including calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D, high-quality milk starts on the farm with the care we give our animals including a balanced diet and clean, comfortable living conditions.Dairy farmers have a long-standing commitment to student health and academic success from nutrition education in schools to supporting the expansion of school breakfast programs and access to free summer meals. We want kids to be nourished so they can grow, play, learn and succeed.You can support the dairy farmers in your community by choosing real, local dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt when you go to the grocery store. Remember, your milk comes from a good place, responsibly produced by farmers who care about their cows, their land, and their communities.Visit AmericanDairy.com to learn more about milk’s nutrition as well as life on a dairy farm. Thank you for your support.Terri PhillipsPattersonvilleListen to experts on climate change fight Kelly has achieved a lot during her tenureSaratoga Springs elections are fast approaching. Mayor Meg Kelly has many achievements to her credit. She’s brought civil discussion to the council table and to external relations as well. She’s led the council toward the conclusion of several projects that have been in the planning stages for far too long, including the soon-to-be-constructed parking garage, which will enhance the ability of our City Center to attract larger conferences, thereby benefiting the downtown business district. A fire station for the East Side is nearing a decision. She implemented the city’s disaster plan after the fire that damaged City Hall. The renovations taking place will make City Hall more modern and efficient, but also complete some long-deferred maintenance.She’s shown the leadership ability to move City Hall operations to alternate sites that ensured necessary functions never missed a beat.Now that’s close to a miracle.All of these successes are a result of Meg Kelly’s ability to work with others, find compromises when necessary, and then do the hard work of tying up the loose ends so projects can move forward. Meg has done that, and made it look easy.Please vote to return Meg Kelly to office.A.C. RileySaratoga SpringsThe writer is the former mayor of Saratoga Springs.Village residents serve the town well Responding to W. Thomas Bird’s divisive, ill-informed letter from Oct. 6, it’s important to know that all Town Council candidates are Glenville residents.It is entirely appropriate for village residents to run for Town Council and should be encouraged. Village residents pay town taxes, which have been increasing every year as village residents are saddled with expenses like town parks and the supervisor’s ever-increasing salary, for which they have little use.Town residents outside the village do not pay village taxes or receive village services, and therefore, appropriately, are ineligible to vote in village elections. Retiring Town Councilman John Pytlovany, distinguished former village police chief, lived in the village for most of his tenure on the Town Council, and his residency was never questioned.Meanwhile, his knowledge of policing has been an asset to the town for years. Likewise, Andrew Kohout’s knowledge and experience of public works operations will be an asset for the town.On the ballot are two candidates, Eric Buskirk and Andrew Kohout, Glenville residents who have served their community for many years.They are both young, talented, family-oriented people with an interest and abilities that the residents of Glenville (and Scotia) deserve on the Town Council.Cathryn Bern-SmithGlenvilleThe writer is chair of the Glenville Democratic Committee.last_img read more

Women of Troy see first loss during split weekend in Washington

first_imgAfter starting the season 12-0, the USC women’s volleyball team must now add a tally to its loss column.The Women of Troy saw their undefeated season come to an end Friday night after losing to No. 10 Washington in five sets, 25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 18-25, 15-5. It was USC’s sixth straight loss in Seattle.Air it out · Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led USC with 23 kills in the loss to Washington and 19 kills in a win against Washington State. The loss to the Huskies was USC’s first this season after 12 straight wins. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan USC went down two sets early but quickly fought back. It convincingly won game three and broke a 10-10 tie in game four after five straight points behind senior outside hitter Geena Urango’s serve, eventually tying the match at 2-2.However, the Women of Troy were not able to keep that momentum upon entering the fifth and final set. They lost the clinching game and subsequently the match.“We won games three and four pretty easily and then never got started in five,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “It was really disappointing because I felt we were the better team. Statistics showed we were the better team and we really let Washington steal one.”Junior outside hitter Alex Jupiter led USC with 23 kills. Freshman outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana added 16 kills.“I really wanted to practice being able to handle [Washington’s] intensity, and I didn’t think we did that very well,” Haley said. “Then when we relaxed, I think we just roared through them, kind of took them out of their own game and their own gym, only to come back in the short game, game five, and just not be able to function.”When the Women of Troy won the third and fourth games, Haley said he was confident about his team’s chances of coming away with the conference victory.“I thought we were in total control of the match,” Haley said.  “Then we tried too hard in game five again, and it was just a shame.”After Friday’s defeat, the Women of Troy did not have much time to reflect. They travelled to Pullman to face the Washington State Cougars just a day after the loss.After being down 8-7 early in the first set, USC won eight straight points behind junior setter Kendall Bateman’s serve, pushing the score to 15-8. After that, USC never faltered, sweeping the Cougars 25-15, 25-17, 25-19.Jupiter led the team with 19 kills, along with three aces, six blocks and only three unforced errors, hitting .516 in the match. After the game, Haley could do nothing but praise his All-American outside hitter.“Jupiter came on big time. [Friday] night, she had a lot of kills, but she had 10 unforced errors. [On Saturday], she did a much much better in that regard,” Haley said. “All in all, she just dominated the opposition.”It was not just Jupiter who committed too many unforced errors this weekend. Haley identified that as one of the biggest problems his team faced.“It’s just the unforced hitting errors that I think [we need to] work on being a little bit smarter, a little more in control,” Haley said.  “I think as we talk about that in practice and design drills to work on that. I think we’ll get a lot better there.”Although unforced errors proved to be the team’s Achilles’ heel this weekend, there was one very positive aspect of USC’s play — serving.“We had 19 aces in two days in Pac-10 competition,” Haley said. “That’s tremendous serving on our part. We served at the highest level we’ve ever served at since I’ve been here at USC.”The Women of Troy will look to get back on track for next weekend, as they host No. 1 Stanford and No. 8 California at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Shaun Pollock compares India’s current pace bowling attack with the past

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTIAdvertisement 1at8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Evczy( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mgxs3Would you ever consider trying this?😱anarCan your students do this? 🌚7eoRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former South Africa cricketer Shaun Pollock has recently praised Indian pace attack which has been doing wonders for the last few years. With Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a few in their kitty, India have currently one of the best pace bowling attacks.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/APIndia are known for producing world-class batsmen and spinners through the years but now they have started investing on pacers ss well. The likes of Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, and Shardul Thakur are the next set of bowlers, although Umesh has a fair share of experience of playing for India.While talking about this, one of the best pacers of his time, Shaun Pollock said that India have ticked all the boxes when it comes to fast bowling now. Pollock, who has 421 Test wickets and 393 ODI scalps in his kitty, said India now can choose fast bowlers according to the format as well.Advertisement “Yeah, you guys (India) are really in a strong position now (with regard to fast bowling). The depth in bowling, the different variations, you have got some tall guys, shorter guys, quick, skillful, shaping the ball and you can decide in between them and you can have a real good balance,” Pollock said on ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show.The former South Africa captain also recalled that there was a time when India didn’t have any third or replacement bowler to give enough support to their lead pacers like Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad but the situation has changed a lot.Advertisement “If you decide to go with three or even four seamers, you now have got guys who can step in. In the years gone by, you might have had a Srinath or a Venkatesh Prasad, but then the replacement bowler…third bowler or backup bowler… was not of the same quality and that’s where I thought they were letting themselves down,” added Pollock.However, with the increasing number of bowlers, competitions are also increasing day by day. While Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini came in the set up in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav has lost his place in the limited-overs game. Moreover, he said in a recent chat that, Jasprit Bumrah had told him about competition among the Indian bowlers to seal a spot.“We had a chat with Bumrah, the other day, and he was saying everyone is competing, ready to go, you really have to keep performing and if you don’t have a good few games, then someone can step in and take your place. So, that’s a good situation for India,” Shaun Pollock concluded.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Here are all the new Covid-19 rules that will be implemented in international cricketChris Gayle weighs in on the Darren Sammy ‘Kalu’ racism controversy Advertisementlast_img read more

Humboldt State football opens practice hoping to get back to the GNAC’s mountain top

first_imgArcata >> The location of the Humboldt State football team’s first practice of the preseason didn’t take place at its usual venue. There’s still business to take care of when it comes to the Redwood Bowl’s new track and its final stamp of approval.Just because the Jacks were at College Creek Field and there were no football lines on the field turf didn’t damper the mood of a new season officially getting underway.And with a new year brings the same expectations that head coach Rob Smith has …last_img read more

Did Fallout from the Solyndra Debacle Lead to Canceled Loan Guarantees?

first_imgOnly a few weeks ago, it appeared as if photovoltaic specialist SolarCity was well on its way to launching Project SolarStrong, a $1 billion plan to install PV systems on 160,000 military residences. The project would double the number of residential rooftop systems in the U.S., according to its backers.Then came solar company Solyndra’s filing for bankruptcy protection on September 6. And on September 23, SolarCity, based in Foster City, California, announced that it did not have enough time to comply with a newly announced request by the Department of Energy for additional documentation the DOE said it needed before it would guarantee $275 million of a $344 million loan for a major segment of SolarStrong, whose estimated total cost is $1 billion. The loan guarantee was needed to make the first segment of the project profitable for SolarCity.The DOE technically has until September 30 to finalize its approval of the guarantee, but that deadline will be missed. An affiliate of investment firm US Renewables Group and Bank of America were lined up to make the loan.Solyndra syndromeSolarCity’s CEO, Lyndon Rive, told Bloomberg news that the Solyndra meltdown prompted the DOE request for additional information. “Because of the Solyndra bankruptcy, additional documentation and reviews were required that we couldn’t get done in the next five days,” Rive said. “Everyone has been very supportive of this project and if we had a little more time we could get it done.”But a DOE spokesman, Damien LaVera, said Solyndra’s troubles had nothing to do with the snag in SolarCity’s quest for the loan guarantee. “All of the extensive due diligence and legal documentation simply cannot be completed by September 30,” LaVera said. “The questions surrounding the Solyndra application had no impact on other applications, including this one.”In fact, SolarCity is not the only solar firm to stumble in pursuit of a DOE loan guarantee. Thin-film specialist First Solar announced on September 22 that it wouldn’t receive a $1.9 billion guarantee because it could meet the September 30 deadline. On the other hand, First Solar did land a $967 million guarantee in August for a project in Arizona, the Bloomberg story notes. And in recent weeks at least three other projects – one focused on ethanol production and two on renewable-energy installations – have secured DOE loan guarantees totaling $623 million.last_img read more

Japan eye record gold haul at Tokyo 2020

first_imgView comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I reckon we can aim to get 2.5 times the amount we did in Rio,” the former Olympic judo champion told local media, pointing to Japan’s recent success in gymnastics, table tennis and badminton.“That’s just my personal opinion, not that of the technical committee,” added the 60-year-old Yamashita, who was Japan’s deputy chef de mission in Brazil.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We will collect the relevant data and decide (the official target) hopefully by next summer.”Yamashita, who won judo gold at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, also raised the hope that the host nation’s track athletes could deliver a surprise after a Japanese sprinter, Yoshihide Kiryu, finally broke the 10-second barrier last month after years of trying. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s previous best effort in terms of gold medals was as host of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and at the 2004 Athens Games, when they won 16.Thirty golds would have put them above second-placed Britain’s 27 in Rio, but still a long way behind the table-topping United States, who captured 46.Yamashita was also bullish about Japan’s chances at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, predicting nine medals overall.The country’s previous best haul at a Winter Games was five gold medals and 10 in total as host of the Nagano Olympics in 1998.ADVERTISEMENT Read Nextcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MVP favorite Fajardo, Beermen likely to banner Mythical Team 2020 summer Olympic games host city, Tokyo, is projected on the floor as dancers perform during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)A senior Japanese Olympic official has called on the host country’s athletes to win a national-record 30 gold medals at the 2020 Summer Games, local media reported Friday.Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) sports committee chairman Yasuhiro Yamashita backed home-grown competitors to more than double their haul of 12 golds at last year’s Rio Olympics, where Japan finished sixth in the medal table.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PH’s Nietes shoots for historic stardom

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas The records: Nietes, 41-1-5, 23 KOs; Ioka, 23-1, 13 KOs.Call it a belated recognition of his masterful and dominant performance in California that was dubiously declared a draw in September.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefDong Secuya, founder and chief editor of Philboxing.com, calls the fight a defining moment that should catapult Nietes to long overdue full stardom.Nietes, 36, winner of three world division crowns—105, 108, 112—has been respected, but is not wholly admired. LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue There’ll be fireworks of the classy and noble kind. Donnie Nietes, listed as lone Filipino to have reigned longest as a world boxing champion, clashes with Japan’s Kazuto Ioka for the WBO super flyweight championship at Wynn Palace in Macau on New Year’s Eve.The bout has been billed “a gem in the New Year’s Eve tradition.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “He’s a legend—but not a star,” said Secuya. “Humble and very respectful, his highly technical style and passive counterpunching were blamed for his lack of star power.”Nietes is listed among Ring Magazine’s top ten pound-for-pound fighters, together with Vasyl Lomachenko and Terence Crawford.He’s aiming to be a four-division world title winner, together with Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire Jr.The younger and rugged Ioka, evidently the harder puncher, can only be expected to go for a stoppage.Nietes, backed by a great well-rounded preparation, should be able to blaze his way and go for his own knockout.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid “I’ve tremendous respect for Nietes; he’s very smart and truly talented,” said Ioka.There promises to be a fierce and colorful contest, a New Year’s Eve thriller.ABS-CBN has announced there’ll be a live coverage of the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

FINAL THOUGHTS: Women’s open

first_imgPrior to the start of the State of Origin series, the two captains of the women’s open teams Louise Winchester (New South Wales) and Peta Rogerson (Queensland) shared their final thoughts.Lousie Winchester on…The women’s open division:“We know it is going to be a tough one that is for sure, New South Wales and Queensland are always the toughest games I’ve been a part of. You’ve got the best versus the best, you have got such quality players out there mixed with experience and youth. It’s always the quickest touch I have ever played and you know, Australia are world champions in touch and it’s the best of New South Wales against the best of Queensland. It is an absolute physical battle as well as a mental battle.The series 2-1 loss in 2012:“That [loss] really hurt us. Queensland deserved it, they outplayed us but we have had two years to think about what we need to do and to get the series win, especially in Queensland it will be something we are looking forward to and being a part of.”Peta Rogerson on…The Queensland team:“We’ve had a great couple of weeks with our preparation. Everything has run really smoothly and there isn’t an overly nervous feeling in the camp at the moment but I’m sure as it draws closer, it will build. I just hope all of our girls have a great series, especially the girls on debut, I just want them to have the opportunity to play really well.Playing in Queensland:“You’ve got your family and your friends who sometimes don’t get the chance to watch you play when you are travelling further away. It is always that extra special to play in front of them and that’s what makes it a bit more proud and important.Wearing the maroon colours:“Growing up as a girl playing touch, it was my dreams to make a Queensland team and every time I put on a Queensland jersey it makes me feel very, very special and very proud, and to captain these group of girls, it will be a great moment this weekend.”There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksCaptain’s tales: Womenlast_img read more

13 days agoRaul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Raul urges calm around Barcelona youngster Ansu Fatiby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaul has been asked about Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati following his latest match in charge of Real Madrid Castilla, a 2-1 win over Pontevedra.Raul expressed excitement at the new generation that is breaking through, while also calling for patience.”There are young players who appear and there’s a need to have patience and to enjoy them,” Raul said when asked about the Barcelona teenager.”It’s good for football that there are players with this quality and this youth.”I am the kind of person who has patience with this, but he’ll earn what he does on the pitch.” last_img read more

Sunny future Alberta town becomes solarpowered net zero community

first_imgRAYMOND, Alta. — What began as a friendly rivalry between two southern Alberta towns has ended with what may be one of the most extensive programs of solar power anywhere in the country.Raymond, an agricultural community of about 4,000, has operated nine municipal buildings and all of its street lights by the sun since last fall. It sells excess solar power to the electrical grid when it can and buys it back when it needs to.It all started in 2017 when town council heard the nearby community of Cardston was planning a solar project. That rankled a bit, said Greg Robinson, Raymond’s economic development co-ordinator.“We have a bit of a competitive rivalry,” he laughs. “We just wanted to do better than them.”And so they have.Raymond has become what is believed to be Alberta’s first “net zero” community. The money spent on power from the grid in January is expected to be recouped in the sunny days of July.“It’s ebb and flow,” Robinson says. “At the end of the day, we’re hoping it’s sized properly to be a wash.”The greenhouse gas savings are the annual equivalent of taking 169 cars off the road.Solar panels are leased from Calgary power utility Enmax at a total installed cost of $2.8 million. About $630,000 of that came from a provincial grant under a program, which, said Robinson, “made it very easy to say yes.”The grant brought the installed cost of the solar panels to less than $2 per watt, well under the average cost for installation.The program’s future, however, is uncertain.The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, created in 2009, has spent about $1.5 million out of a five-year $6.9 million allocation for solar projects that mostly came from the province’s carbon tax. New Premier Jason Kenney turfed the tax as one of his first acts in government.“We have no concerns about our ability to fund existing programs,” said centre director Trina Innes. “The government’s still exploring ideas for the future right now.”Kenney’s United Conservative government also has promised to end subsidies for wind and solar projects. The province was unable to provide information on the future of the action centre’s funding.Meanwhile, solar is growing across Alberta.Leduc, just south of Edmonton, is finishing a 1.14-megawatt installation that will power the town’s recreation centre. Brazeau County in central Alberta is running its fire hall, water treatment plant and administration with solar. Cardston, the town that sparked Raymond’s project, has plugged its arena and civic centre into the sun.The action centre is involved in 74 solar and other projects in 31 municipalities. Robinson recently made a presentation to 22 other Alberta communities.Installation projects have become routine, said Jason Atkinson of Enmax, the Calgary power utility that has worked with communities on their solar installations.Software uses 100 years worth of sun and snow data to predict a solar “harvest.”“We have over 1,000 sites out there,” Atkinson said. “We have been very accurate. We provide a production guarantee to our customers.”It’s the business of the future, he added.“It’s just where society’s going. We want to be out in front of it.”Robinson acknowledges initial skepticism in Raymond.“There was ‘This seems too good to be true,’” he said. “But the math makes total sense.”Aside from environmental benefits, the town will avoid any future federal or provincial carbon taxes. And at the end of 15 years, when the Enmax lease expires, Raymond will own its own power utility.Robinson knows it’s early days. The project’s first annual report won’t be ready until the end of the year.But the future looks, well, sunny.“Do we intend to stop here? Not really. We’ve got hospitals and schools and our business core. How can we as a municipality partner with our businesses and our residents? Maybe there is a Phase 3.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on TwitterThe Canadian Presslast_img read more