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Charter review deserves time

Charter review deserves time

first_imgMayor Meg Kelly has formed a new Charter Review Commission comprised of the commissioners and deputies, to review the existing charter and propose improvements. Fortunately, the 2016-17 Charter Commission produced a compendium of recommendations in this direction (separate from the Council Manager proposal) that the new commission would do well to consider.Amending the existing charter was our hedge against the possibility that the council/manager proposal was defeated at the polls. So in this way, at least, the mayor’s initiative is in keeping with the former commission’s mandate. If the new commission’s proposal is on the November ballot, there will be plenty of time and space to comment.For now, advocates of charter change need to lower their voices so that the discussion can be heard how the commissioners want to change things. We also need to give Mayor Kelly the consideration due to anyone who enters a competitive election and ends up on top. The voters made their choice, and the outcome deserves its time on the stage.GORDON BOYDSaratoga SpringsThe writer was treasurer of the 2016-17 Charter Review Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLast November’s referendum on the Saratoga Springs City Charter produced an excruciatingly close result. The 10-vote margin against change, out of more than 9,000 cast has, if anything, amplified the voices on both sides who want the issue to be settled their way. As a member of the former Charter Review Commission and an activist in the Yes campaign, I think it is in everyone’s best interest at this point to lower the volume and give the community a breather.last_img read more

No De Bruyne approach – Wolfsburg

No De Bruyne approach – Wolfsburg

first_img Pellegrini said: “We are near to the start of the Premier League so I think that the senior players will have more minutes than the last game and I think Delph will be involved.” Pellegrini was joined for pre-match media duties ahead of the International Champions Cup fixture by midfielder Yaya Toure, who was asked about his own future. Toure’s status was again thrown into doubt after more comments from his erratic agent Dimitri Seluk late last season but the player stated his commitment and has reiterated that position. The 32-year-old said: “There was too much speculation about me leaving – it’s clear that I have my contract at City and I want to see out my contract.” Former Barcelona player Toure has two years remaining on his deal at the Etihad Stadium but hopes to play on beyond that. The Ivory Coast international said: “I always try to be at my best. Sometimes it’s not easy but that’s part of the game. “Football for me is everything. I know my job well and sometimes I hear people try to know better – I don’t want to respond. “I want to do my best for the club and to try to help my team-mates. I can play until 40, I know my quality and that’s all.” Wolfsburg say they have not received an approach for Kevin De Bruyne despite strong reports linking the former Chelsea midfielder with Manchester City. “Nothing has arrived here. And neither Kevin nor his agent have told me they want to leave,” sporting director Klaus Allofs told the German media. City have been linked with De Bruyne, who was sold by Chelsea for £18million last year, throughout the summer but have not commented on the speculation. Club officials again declined to comment when asked about the latest reports. Manager Manuel Pellegrini, however, has been speaking about the future of striker Edin Dzeko, who has been linked with Roma. Dzeko, a £27million signing four years ago, did not feature in City’s pre-season outing against the Italian side in Melbourne on Tuesday and Pellegrini has indicated he could leave the club. Speaking at a press conference in Australia ahead of City’s next friendly against Real Madrid, Pellegrini said: “Edin didn’t play the last game as it’s not clear if he will continue here or not, but he is still working here with the whole squad.” Bosnia international Dzeko, 29, signed a four-year contract at City last summer but scored only six goals in an injury-hit 2014-15 campaign. New £49million signing Raheem Sterling made a goalscoring debut against Roma and another high-profile capture, Fabian Delph, is likely to make his first City appearance against Real at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. England international Delph initially rejected a move after City activated his £8million release clause from Aston Villa but then changed his mind and signed last week. It has been claimed City have opened talks over a deal for the 24-year-old, with suggestions the club could be prepared to pay a British record £60million. But the Bundesliga club, who have previously insisted the player is not for sale, claim there has not been contact. Press Associationlast_img read more

Porn website to sponsor French rugby match

Porn website to sponsor French rugby match

first_imgFrench rugby club US Carcassonne announced on Thursday that a porn website will be the match sponsor for their game against Biarritz next month.The site, ‘Jacquie & Michel’, said in a statement: “Commitment, power, endurance and vigor are all values that Jacquie & Michel share with (Carcassonne coach) Christian Labit’s men.”ADVERTISEMENT The site also sponsored the reserve team of Belgian football club Villers-devant-Orval in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award East contenders make their moves, Anthony Davis has to wait until summer for his Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The club said that they had already seen an increase in demand for tickets for the game on March 1.“It’s about being part of a fun and offbeat communication,” said Carcassonne general manager Christine Menardeau-Planchenault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There will be nothing that will shock anyone. Today, like many clubs, it’s hard to get people to the stadium, so we thought about a way to create a buzz and decided to partner with them.”The Carcassonne players will wear shirts featuring the website’s logo during the warm-up, but will stick to their traditional strip for the game itself, while there will be advertising in the stadium. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

USC basketball notes: Seattle sendoff for Stewart

USC basketball notes: Seattle sendoff for Stewart

first_imgFollowing an emotional farewell in his final game at Galen Center, senior Lodrick Stewart will get another sendoff this week in Washington. Stewart went to high school at Rainier Beach in Seattle. His father, son, girlfriend Sherrill Simmons and many other family members live in the area. He expects to have around fifty friends and family members at the Huskies game Thursday. “Going home brings a different player out of me,” Stewart said. “I want to get a win in front of my hometown crowd, especially being my last time playing there.” Stewart is 1-2 in Seattle with the Trojans. USC won there his freshman year but lost by 14 last season and 30 the year before. It will be the first game this season for his son Jaylin, who turned 2 earlier this month. “He watches all my games on TV,” Stewart said. “It’s funny, when he recognizes me on TV he runs and tries to grab the TV.” Cromwell on rebound: Against Stanford, RouSean Cromwell looked like the aggressive and tireless defender with quick reflexes who made an impact at USC as a freshman. He had just two points, three rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes, but Cromwell’s defense on the 7-foot-tall Lopez twins was key in the Trojans’ 69-65 victory. The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward finally is getting back to the way he played before two serious injuries set him back. Cromwell fractured his foot in the middle of last season and had to miss 15 games when he stepped on a loose ball during warm-ups. He came back for the final five games, but then needed to have knee surgery during the offseason to clean out debris. “Sitting out as long as I did, I was a little reluctant to move that hard,” Cromwell said. “Compare the Stanford game to the beginning of the season, I’m putting a lot more pressure on my legs and my movements are a lot quicker.” Cromwell still has a screw in his right foot that sometimes hurts during cold temperatures. “I would love to go back in time and not had these injuries but they are a part of me now,” Cromwell said. Lewis mending: Dwight Lewis said his right wrist has bothered him throughout Pac-10 play and was the reason he sat out practice Friday. The freshman guard said he doesn’t remember the exact nonconference game that he sprained the wrist on a fall. “I landed on the wrist and it’s never been right since,” Lewis said. After only playing three minutes against Stanford because the Trojans went big to match up with the Lopez twins and then skipping practice Friday, he came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points Saturday against Cal. “It’s more my wrist feels better,” Lewis said. “It’s been bothering me for a while, but it’s getting better and better every day now.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

HOW BUYING ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF DONEGAL WILL HELP CHARITY THIS CHRISTMAS

HOW BUYING ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF DONEGAL WILL HELP CHARITY THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgWE all have cameras these days – but photography is an art.And amongst the best practitioners of this art form work for the The Irish Times.This Christmas the newspaper is selling prints from its archives featuring some wonderful images from County Donegal. Here’s some of them….signed by the snappers concerned and framed for €100. All proceeds to The Simon Community and Concern Worldwide:To order email editor@irishtimes.comFloating Vote. ..Garda Jim Brennan; David Alcorn, the presiding officer; and Donal ? Dufaigh, a radio reporter, return from Inishfree Island to Burtonport, Co Donegal, with the General Election ballot box, containing two votes, in November 1992.Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times. Sunrise over Donegal town July 2015…Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish TimesCreevy Pier, Co. Donegal at dusk, July 2015.Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times Angels walk to a nativity play in Glenties,Co Donegal.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times   HOW BUYING ONE OF THESE INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF DONEGAL WILL HELP CHARITY THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 12th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ConcernIrish Times charitySimon Communitylast_img read more