Letters to the Editor

first_imgPaper again shows bias against TrumpI see your editor is at it again. What‘s the bold headline on the Opinion page? “Surprise! Trump Foundation is a Sham.”Well, now we know for sure Trump is just a scamster.To be fair, I expected to see directly below this headline another one just as bold: “Surprise! Clinton Foundation is a Sham.” Whenever I talk about my project, I am always proud to say a fellow Niskayuna resident first presented information about the solar pollinator garden legislation to my town government.Building off my troop’s previous pollinator garden project completed with Highway Department leaders two years earlier at the request of another resident, Niskayuna master gardener Kathy Harter provided the spark I needed to undertake this endeavor. Finally, I want to thank my hometown newspaper. The Gazette’s coverage of my efforts — and the new Gold Award Girl Scout scholarship I am launching — helps further my goal of increasing awareness of Girl Scouting at the highest levels. Caroline McGrawNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShutdown does a disservice to citizensThis government shutdown is dereliction of duty on the part of Congress and the president. Their job is to provide the governmental services that our taxes pay for. I think a group of citizens should sue in federal court to get our services back. You just don’t shut down a government. That’s like shutting off the car engine while you’re going down the highway.Art HombachSchenectady Many helped with Girl Scout projectRecently, I was one of 10 girls in the country named National Gold Award Girl Scout for my efforts to combat food insecurity by increasing pollinator populations through planting gardens at solar arrays; securing state funding for research; and successfully advocating for long stalled legislation. Since no accomplishment this big could be achieved alone, I did not want the year to end without publicly thanking everyone who supported me.From my troop leader since kindergarten, Liz Yanoff, and council mentor Allison Marinucci, to the middle school girls who planted seeds with me, I am very grateful for the Niskayuna Scouting community. Former Supervisor Joe Landry cultivated the idea for the solar gardens, much the same way he always helped Boy Scouts exploring Eagle Scout projects. Assemblyman Phil Steck guided me through the legislative process.  Imagine my surprise when I didn’t see it. Could your editor be so one-sided? Apparently so. It’s one thing to print every letter you get, representing the opinions of the populace.But when you choose which editorial articles to pull from the thousands available that day, and invariably pick anti-Trump ones, that says a lot about your views and your fairness.Let me help; your views are liberal, and your fairness doesn’t exist. Hillary’s foundation dealt with hundreds of millions of dollars, including massive ‘donations’ from nefarious origins, with the Clinton’s themselves being the largest charity receiving payouts. I’d appreciate it if you would make some attempt, even a small one, to print a balanced set of viewpoints.If you can’t find conservative ones, let me know.Bill DenisonBurnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: 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 motoristslast_img read more

Ireland come up short in Dublin

first_img The Stoke frontman dragged his side back into it with just 12 minutes remaining after Turkey had taken a 2-0 lead at the Aviva Stadium, but Martin O’Neill’s men were unable to rescue themselves as the visitors held out. Ahmet Ilhan Ozek’s first goal for his country handed the Turks a 17th-minute lead, and substitute Osman Tarik Camdal ultimately secured victory with 14 minutes from time. But the home side were to be felled by a sucker punch with 17 minutes played. Gokhan Gonul’s right-wing cross was inviting, but the header applied to it by Ahmet proved unstoppable as Elliot dived full length to no avail. Ireland’s response was concerted, with McGeady the architect of much of their best work. He led full-back Caner Erkin a merry dance to produce a series of dangerous balls into the box, one of which was headed wide by McClean. The Wigan midfielder turned provider 10 minutes before the break with a cross which Long back-heeled just off target, and he was unfortunate not to level himself within seconds when Onur repelled his well-struck shot from McGeady’s left-wing cross. Neither side was able to exert any real control in a scrappy start to the second half with play largely confined to the middle third of the pitch. However, Hoolahan sparked Ireland back into life with a raking 59th-minute crossfield pass which McGeady controlled expertly before seeing his shot blocked at source by Erkin. But there was action too at the other end of the pitch with Damien Delaney twice having the block Erdinc shots, the second of them a piledriver from distance, within three minutes. The Crystal Palace defender departed three minutes later along with McGeady and Long as O’Neill introduced David Meyler, Daryl Murphy and Walters with Marc Wilson, who had started the game in central midfielder, dropping into the back four as a result. Turkey dropped ever deeper as the home side made their big push with Hoolahan orchestrating behind the front two of Walters and Murphy, and Toprak was fortunate to escape once again after appearing to tug Hoolahan’s shirt inside the box with 15 minutes remaining. Ireland were still smarting when their fortunes dipped further as substitutes Oguzhan Ozyakup and Tarik combined for the later to extend the visitors’ lead in emphatic style just seconds later. Walters’ equally convincing finish after wrong-footing Toprak later gave O’Neill’s men hope, but Murphy headed straight at Onur from McClean’s 86th-minute cross as Ireland came up short. Jon Walters’ fifth international goal was not enough to prevent Ireland from slipping to a second successive friendly defeat. Ireland, playing in front of a sparse crowd – one dwarfed by the attendance at Croke Park for boyband One Direction’s concert the same evening – played in fits and starts with wingers Aiden McGeady and James McClean and playmaker Wes Hoolahan the bright spots. They might have been awarded two penalties as Turkey defender Omer Toprak rode his luck, and the visitors were indebted to the resilience of goalkeeper Onur Recep Kivrak. However, the hosts were unable to convert possession into goals and paid the price as Fatih Terim’s side matched Serbia’s feat in March by winning in Dublin. The challenge now increases significantly for O’Neill and his players as they face World Cup-bound Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal – all of whom are ranked higher than the Turks by FIFA, in their remaining summer fixtures. O’Neill rewarded Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot for his commitment – the 28-year-old missed his own stag trip to Las Vegas to join up with the squad – by handing him a first senior cap. The Newcastle man had little time to settle as he was called upon for the first time with less than a minute gone to keep out striker Mevlut Erdinc’s skidding shot, and, but for a near-post block by Stephen Ward, he might have been required once again seconds later. However, it was Ireland who largely enjoyed the better of the opening stages, and they were hugely aggrieved not to be awarded a fifth-minute penalty after Shane Long went down under Toprak’s clumsy challenge, but not to the satisfaction of French referee Ruddy Buquet. Ward smashed a left-footed shot just wide of the far post two minutes later with the home side in enterprising mood, and Long was denied by Onur from point-blank range before John O’Shea’s follow-up was blocked on the line. Press Associationlast_img read more

National Skip to My Lou – Jump Rope Team Championship to ignite Sports Hall today

first_imgTHE ‘Jump Rope’ phenomenon will take centre stage today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall today, when over 100 students, drawn from 50 primary and 50 secondary schools in eight districts around the country, compete in the inaugural National Skip to My Lou – Jump Rope Team Championship.The Skip to My Lou – Jump Rope competition originated in Linden and will take place today from 10:00hrs to 16:00hrs, thanks to the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Ministry of Education, National Sports Commission (NSC) and long-time supporter Banks DIH under their Coca Cola Brand.As per competition rules, each team will comprise five jumpers, who will be able to participate in Individual Freestyle, Individual Single Rope/Double Dutch Teams and Last Man Standing.Dr George Norton, Minister of Social Cohesion and who also holds the portfolio as the Minister responsible for Sport, said, “There is no doubt about the fact that this competition has numerous benefits, one of which is the fostering of social cohesion.“Participants will be able to develop better interpersonal skills through interaction with others from various educational districts. At the same time, the competition will allow for the students to engage in team-building.“It is our aim to very soon have a well-established National Jump Rope Federation in Guyana. With such a body in place, we will have jumpers to participate at world class competitions such as the Pan-American Jump Rope Competitions and the International Double Dutch League,” said Norton.The NSC ensured that Guyana, for the first, participated at this year’s World Jump Rope Championship and Camp, July 1 – July 10, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. Shavin Green and Mackenzie High School student Adriell Wilson were Guyana’s representatives.According to Green the competition will allow for the growth in the sport, and also help to spot Guyana’s future representatives for next year’s World Jump Rope Championship.The Ministry of Public Telecommunications also came in for high praise, being named as one of the sponsors of the event, through the E-Governance unit.The Public Telecommunications Ministry donated two laptops as part of the prizes offered for the top performers.last_img read more

TOURISM BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS TOP CHINESE JOURNALISTS FLOWN INTO COUNTY

first_imgJournalists Effie Jia, Iris Deng, Yuanyue Bi and Wang Ting with Xin Wang, Tourism Ireland (second right), and tour guide Min Lin Siew (right), at the Slieve League Cliffs, Co Donegal.Pic – John McConnellHOTEL staff in Donegal may have to start brushing up on their Mandarin – tourism chiefs have targeted the China to help boost the number of visitors to the county.Four Chinese journalists have been visiting Donegal as guests of Tourism Ireland.The group includes a blogger, a travel photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic and Lonely Planet, as well as two magazine journalists from China. They are here to experience at first-hand some of the many things to see and do in Ireland for features stories they will write when they return home.The journalists’ itinerary, designed by Fáilte Ireland, included visits to Dublin Castle and the ID2015 Design Hub, Trinity College and the Book of Kells and the Guinness Storehouse.Then it was on to Donegal, where the group took on a guided walk of the Slieve League cliffs and visits to Donegal Castle and Glenveagh Castle and Gardens.Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Asia, said: “China is an important emerging travel market and one that Tourism Ireland is committed to growing over the coming years. The aim of this fact-finding visit is to increase awareness of the island of Ireland.” Mayor Ciaran Brogan welcomed the boost.“It’s fair to say a few years ago Donegal would not have been on the map when it came to tourism initiatives like this but now Tourism Ireland are really helping to push the real Ireland to overseas visitors,” said Cllr Brogan.“The Wild Atlantic Way is certainly helping and we know we could create many more jobs here if the council is given more funding to help develop the route further.”Cllr Brogan at the launch of the viewing point at Cnoc Fola last weekTOURISM BOOST FOR DONEGAL AS TOP CHINESE JOURNALISTS FLOWN INTO COUNTY was last modified: September 26th, 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:donegalNumbersTourism IrelandVisitorslast_img read more