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Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 6

Letters to the Editor for Monday, May 6

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionStop the slander and get more informedToo often, we fire words with reckless intent to smear and demean.A recent writer’s brash claim, “Many Americans are surrendering their values” supporting a president whose “motives are driven by narcissism” trashes both our president and voting citizens exercising their right.Is the writer privy to the president’s motives, or uttering the mantras of a hostile media?Continuing to “illustrate” surrender of “values,” the “horrified” writer asserts, with nary a shred of evidence, that appointing William Barr as attorney general was a “sinister plot” by Trump to gain a protector in the position of the office. She then declares, in an unclear and unsubstantiated statement, “he has forever tainted and dishonored the office of United States Attorney General.”We bear the responsibility to be informed. Though we no longer rely on the media to report facts, we have easy access to information. Bill Barr’s Memorandum of 8 June 2018 on Mueller’s “Obstruction” Theory addressed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is online. You will find more than 18 pages of articulate, carefully measured and weighed reasoning, referencing many legal cases. Kids get a taste of reality about vapingHere’s a lesson for you.One of my daughter’s friends, a teacher, stopped by and told me about a recent lesson she taught at one of the local middle schools.She started her lesson by saying to her 13-year-old students, “Today, we are going to make milkshakes, and we are going to use some of the same ingredients that are used in making e-cigarettes. Let’s start with blueberries. Flavor is important to both concoctions. Next, a little formaldehyde. It’s used to manufacture the colorless, gaseous stuff that makes the smoke in e-pens. Yes, it’s used in fertilizers and embalming fluids, but only large amounts are harmful.Next is the e-liquid. That’s the propellant used to get the smoke into the lungs. It causes cancer in rats and heart disease in humans, but only if used to excess. How about a little arsenic? It’s used in rat poison, but it keeps the ingredients in vape machines free of rodents in stores. Then, a little cyanide. It’s only dangerous in large amounts, but it, too, adds flavor to the smoke inhaled. In keeping with that flavor, let’s add a little yogurt. Our milkshake is complete and just as tasty as those trendy little e-pens. Now, who wants to try my milkshake?”  No hands went up, but a great discussion took place on whether to vape or not to vape.Allen R. RemaleySaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinecenter_img U.S. Attorney General Barr is not a novice. He has served under a previous president. His reports to Congress are patient, intelligent, “just the facts” responses to even the most hostile and rude congressional members.Let us all determine to stop the slander and false accusations that ignite hostility.An informed citizenry engaging in civil discussion is one of the greatest blessings in our democratic republic and we ought to carefully safeguard it.Joanne DarlingPattersonvillelast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three players

Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three players

first_imgMikel Arteta is set for his first pre-season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta should build his new-look Gunners side around the likes of Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock.The Spaniard has placed his faith in youth since taking over at the Emirates and has vowed to name a starting XI based on performances in training, rather than picking on name alone.That’s seen the likes of Alexandre Lacazette demoted in favour of youngster Eddie Nketiah and there’s been an upturn in results since Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December.Nevertheless, Arteta faces a huge challenge in north London and there will be plenty to work on this summer as he faces a difficult situation in dealing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is refusing to sign a new deal at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Mar 2020 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Ferdinand has backed Arteta’s decisions so far (Picture: Getty)But Ferdinand believes Arteta has set the right values in motion at the club and should continue to build around the likes of Martinelli, Saka and Willock.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Really you’re meant to be looking at centre-halves, they should’ve been looking there for the last 10 years and they haven’t got it right,’ Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.‘Arsenal is a fantastic football club, what a club, a massive club. I think they’ve got to get it right in other areas of the pitch. ‘Keep bringing in these [players], [Gabriel] Martinelli, [Bukayo] Saka, [Joe] Willock, all these boys.‘I love seeing that but they’ve got to get stability and strength in there, some people who will do good for the club, because it hasn’t worked with the likes of Sokratis and Mustafi, I don’t think they haven’t been able to get it right, and Chambers before that.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWith Aubameyang likely heading for the exit, Arsenal have been linked with Real Madrid outcast Luka Jovic.However, Ferdinand has advised Arteta not to move for the Serbian.‘He’s someone who’s done nothing in a Real Madrid shirt but the potential he showed when he was at Eintracht Frankfurt made him someone who was very highly thought of,’ said Ferdinand.‘But it doesn’t always go to plan when you go to a new team, so I wouldn’t hold it against him. ‘I think he’s someone who can add something to Arsenal. ‘But I don’t believe Arsenal need a player in that position.MORE: Rio Ferdinand reveals one issue with Jadon Sancho’s £120m move to Manchester United Advertisement Comment Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Mikel Arteta to build Arsenal team around three playerslast_img read more

Fugro Confirms Løseth as New CEO

Fugro Confirms Løseth as New CEO

first_imgFugro’s shareholders have appointed Øystein Løseth as member of the board of management at today’s extraordinary general meeting. Løseth was nominated by the supervisory board of Fugro in October this year, following the announcement that its current CEO Paul van Riel will retire on April 26, 2018.He will join the board on January 1, 2018. After a transition period he will succeed the current CEO and chairman of the board of management, Paul van Riel, who will step down as planned.Løseth until recently was on the board of directors of Norwegian company Statoil, of which the last two years as chairman of the board. Previously he was CEO of Vattenfall.In addition, the shareholders meeting approved the amendment of the articles of association. The only relevant change is an increase in the number of ordinary shares whilst decreasing the number of financing preference shares, resulting in an unchanged authorised share capital.last_img read more

Gustin gets first Boone win of season

Gustin gets first Boone win of season

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (May 7) – Racing won out over the raindrops at Boone on Saturday night, after last week’s rain out.  Fans were treated to a great show in all divisions.Jimmy Gustin grabbed his first local win this season in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified division, as did Randy Roberts in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Trent Murphy in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.Only the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks saw a repeat winner, Solomon Bennett.In the Modified 20-lap feature, it was Joel Bushore showing the way until lap 14.  That was when Gustin and Mike VanGenderen, who had started side-by-side in row five, came calling.  Gustin made his way around Bushore and into the lead. Not to be outdone, VanGenderen also got around Bushore and began hunting down Gustin.It wasn’t to be on this night however, as Gustin took the win.  VanGenderen, who had won back on April 23, finished a close second. Bushore held on to third, Russ Dickerson took fourth and fifth went to 11th place starter Jon Snyder.In the Northern SportMod feature, it was Roberts snatching the lead on lap four and pulling away from the field. A yellow flew at lap 16 of the 18-lap event but it did not prove to be a game changer for Roberts.He kept his lead to the checkers, scoring his first victory at Boone this season. Johnathon Logue moved from starting seventh to finish in second place, Ryan Rose was third, Jake McBirnie took fourth and Brandon Williams rounded out the top five.Bennett made it two in a row visiting victory lane in the Hobby Stocks.  Bennett fought past Jor­dan Peters to take the lead at lap seven and kept the lead to take the win by a comfortable mar­gin. Chad LeGere got around Peters with a lap to go as they went second and third.  Eleventh place starter Matt McDonald finished fourth and Eric Stanton finished fifth from starting 12th.The Stock Car feature completed the night’s racing action with their 18-lap main event.  Robert Stofer led the field through the first 10 laps, then ninth place starter Murphy took command.Murphy stretched his lead, taking the win in comfortable fashion.  Stofer scored the runner-up position and pole sitter Corey Piffer finished third. Donavon Smith took fourth place and Andrew Knode was fifth.last_img read more

Gophers strike twice late to steal tie

Gophers strike twice late to steal tie

first_imgWith a little more than minute to go in the second game of a two-game series against Minnesota, the No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (7-0-1) seemed poised to complete an impressive sweep over their archrival Gophers. There’s a reason they play the whole game, though, and despite leading 3-1 with 1:12 to play, the Badgers gave up two goals and had to settle for a tie, snapping a 19-game win streak.Though it was Minnesota (3-2-1) that struck first during Sunday’s game with a first-period goal, UW sophomore Kayla Hagen was able to wrap the puck around the net and tie the game up midway through the first. Despite a low number of shots on net, the Badgers were able to score again in the third on Meghan Duggan’s deflection of an Erica Lawler shot, and a Phoebe Monteleone goal with 8:20 to play put the Badgers ahead 3-1 and seemingly locked up the game.Gopher defensemen Dagney Willy was able to score with 1:12 to play, however, as Badger goalie Jessie Vetter was screened by a defenseman and rendered unable to see the shot. The goal allowed the Gophers to pull their goalie in exchange for an extra man and forced the Badgers to play defensively. After winning a faceoff with just more than 12 seconds to play, Minnesota was able to bat the puck around before finally slipping one by Vetter with just two seconds left to play. The overtime period proved fruitless for both teams as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.”We just didn’t do what we needed to do to finish it off,” Badger coach Mark Johnson said. “A couple little things happened, but that’s hockey. It’s getting a bounce here or getting a break, and [Minnesota] got a couple late in the game.”Though ending with a tie after holding a two-goal lead so late in the game may have been difficult to swallow, the Badgers hope to learn from the experience and move past it.”We learned our lesson,” forward Lawler said. “We just have to take it for what it’s worth and learn from it.”Vetter, starting both games of a series for the first time this season, understands how important moving on is, especially for a goalie.”Bad bounces happen, being a goalie you have to get over it quick because they’ll come right at you again,” Vetter said. “We’ll just take what we can from this game and look forward to next weekend.”Disappointing as Sunday’s tie was, the Badgers were pleased with their overall performance this weekend after winning 3-1 over the Gophers on Saturday. Meghan Duggan, playing against Minnesota for the first time, scored twice as Wisconsin out-shot their opponent 36-14 to notch an impressive win in the teams’ first meeting since last season’s National Championship game. “I was pretty nervous before the game,” Duggan said. “I just went out and tried to not be nervous.””[Duggan] played well,” Johnson said. “She competed, she played hard, and she got rewarded with a couple of nice goals.”Minnesota had come into the game averaging 38.5 shots per contest, but Wisconsin was able to hold them to only 14 shots in the game by keeping the puck in the opposing zone, a factor critical to the outcome.”The best defense is a good offense,” Vetter said. “Our offense played very well — forechecking, keeping it in there. If it ever got in our zone, the D got it up pretty quick.””I thought overall that was one of the best performances over the seven games we’ve had so far. Everybody played well,” Johnson said. “Overall it’s a good weekend to get three out of four points, and we’re happy with that.”The Badgers will host North Dakota in a two-game series next weekend.last_img read more

ESI Super Forum: Esports team ownership – Panel Assessment

ESI Super Forum: Esports team ownership – Panel Assessment

first_imgAmongst the plethora of talent and expertise that took to the stage at our ESI Super Forum on March 22n was the five pictured below. They sat down to discuss esports team ownership in front of an engaged audience. With plenty of sports stakeholders buying stakes in esports teams, we looked at whether it was a good investment and what goes into this decision making.The panel was comprised of (from left, pictured) Co-founder of Code Red Agency, Ben Woodward, Team Vitality CEO Nicolas Maurer, Method Co-owner Scott “Sco” and Managing Director of exceL Esports, Kieran Holmes-Darby.Following their introductions, moderator and freelance esports journalist Mike Stubbs asked the question: How do you take an esports team from start up to a commercially stable organisation with its own players and staff?Holmes-Darby started off the answers, explaining that naturally it all started as a hobby, but “we came across these tournaments that were happening in the UK, and saw that in the UK it was happening quite poorly and not very professionally. We saw a gap in the market for someone to come in and have a bit of business about them and create a team that is sellable and get to a commercially stable position.” As Holmes-Darby stated later, it is important for people getting in to esports to look at it as a business just as much as a passion or marketing ploy.“Sponsoring a team gives a much more engaging audience”Mike then asked what the advantages are to brands in sponsoring a team as opposed to a tournament, an area each of our panelists certainly had a vested interest in. Maurer stated that the value will lay within the teams, and if you look at traditional sports “only the top teams really get the value that’s created in esports when it comes to sponsorship rights and investment.”Sco supported Maurer’s sentiment, saying that although a tournament may provide more reach short-term, “sponsoring a team gives a much more engaging audience”, which is imperative to long-term growth for these brands both endemic and non-endemic.Mike continued the session by looking at traditional sports teams and their impact on esports, asking the panel: “Do you think that all these big sports teams with loads of money are a good thing for the industry or stunting the growth of endemic organisations?” A loaded question, but one that the panel had a range of experience with, especially with Sco, Holmes-Darby and Maurer all running successful endemic esports teams.Here, opinions were many and varied. Holmes-Darby stated that though many would think he is against it, he is a huge fan of the involvement of big names providing exposure to esports, though argued that there is “a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it”, reiterating the importance of going about the situation correctly, commending FC Copenhagen’s North on how well they have done to create a natural, organic esports brand.The panel further discussed the global nature of esports, what sports teams can (and do) achieve in esports and franchising in esports before opening the panel to audience questions. Here, the panelists were asked how to start their organisation without big investment, the dangers of allowing a publisher to control an entire esport and who is expected to invest in tournaments and esports teams in general.The panelists were very honest in their views, providing information that is incredibly difficult to come by outside of events like these, and the video (as well as those from all other panels) will be available soon to watch in full.last_img read more

Friday’s Elf on the Shelf Clue…

Friday’s Elf on the Shelf Clue…

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