Letters to the Editor for Saturday, March 2

first_imgAmerica must stop plundering the worldThe United States has a long, sordid, bi-partisan history of ousting democratically elected governments in Latin America, through force or sanctions, in order to appropriate resources.Truman started the School of the Americas (Assassins), teaching torture, killing, overthrows, etc., in 1946. It is still in operation.A partial list of U.S. presidents and their interference, incursions, coups and invasions includes: Eisenhower (Guatemala 1954, Haiti 1959, Ecuador 1960); Kennedy (Cuba 1961, Brazil 1962); Johnson (Dominican Republic 1965); Nixon (Bolivia 1971, Uruguay 1972, Chili 1973); Reagan (Nicaragua 1981, Guatemala 1982); Bush (Peru 1989); Clinton (Haiti 1992, Colombia 1999); Bush (Venezuela 2002); and Obama (Honduras 2009, Nicaragua 2015).Our deadly interference in Latin America increases the numbers of refugees fleeing the negative consequences of violent dictators. I won’t get into the oily chaos created by our $4 trillion illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria. Let’s stop plundering the world!Peter LookerGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionExcited over first woman presidentSenator Kamala Harris was asked at a town hall event whether Democrats had to nominate a man to defeat the president in 2020. It’s dispiriting that this is one of the first questions faced by Sen. Harris as a presidential candidate.  With Amy Klobuchar’s announcement, at least five women will be vying for the presidency in 2020, and they all boast impressive legislative resumes.  These candidates, in many ways, feel empowered and driven to answer the call for the nation’s highest office in rebuke of a president who has been a demagogue since before he was elected.I’m inspired by the women who have announced their candidacy. Personally, women in leadership roles and political office is not a second thought; it’s a way of life in New York.  As a constituent, I’m represented by Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Senator/Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (who also announced her candidacy for president). The narrative in 2020 shouldn’t be that women are running for office, but about the fact that they seemingly are the most qualified.   The Democratic field is the most diverse in United States history. This group of candidates leaves me hopeful for our republic and confident that our political system is yet able to remove those who abuse power. I’m excited that we have an opportunity to check that “first ever” category for the office of president of the United States and elect our first “Madam President.”E. Hyde Clarke Albanylast_img read more

State Deploying Additional Resources to Supplement Erie Winter Storm Response

first_img December 26, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today said that multiple state agencies are working with county and local authorities to supplement the winter storm response in northwestern Pennsylvania as state and local agencies tackle a record amount of snow fall across the area over the last several days.“Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of people in the area,” said Governor Wolf. “Multiple agencies are working with local officials to address the snowfall and ensure that requests for state help are processed quickly and so there’s no delay in delivery of whatever is needed. Please help first responders by being safe and avoiding travel if possible.”The Department of Transportation has deployed additional plow trucks, heavy equipment and personnel to Erie County to assist with snow removal for the duration of the storm. At the same time, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working closely with Erie County emergency management personnel to assist the county with any needs.PennDOT has restricted commercial vehicle travel on Interstate 86 and a portion of Interstate 90 in Erie County. The restriction is in place for Interstate 86 and Interstate 90 from the New York state line to the Interstate 79 interchange. Included in the restriction are lightly-loaded or empty semi-trucks, double trailers, recreational vehicles, non-commercial vehicles towing trailers, and motorcycles.State officials are urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel but those who must head out will see speeds reduced to 45 mph on Interstate 90, Interstate 86, and Interstate 79.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should take into account special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.center_img State Deploying Additional Resources to Supplement Erie Winter Storm Responselast_img read more

Pacific Drilling: Two rig contracts in, one out

first_imgDebt-laden offshore driller Pacific Drilling has managed to secure two contracts for its drillships.The driller, which on Monday said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has found more work for its Pacific Bora and Pacific Santa Ana drillships.Oil company Erin Energy has exercised its option to extend the contract for the Pacific Bora. The previous operations completed on October 3, 2017. The new, one-well, contract starts late in November, and is on a dayrate of $150,000.Offshore Energy Today previously reported, based on data from VesselsValue, that Pacific Drilling had secured a deal with Petronas.This has now been confirmed by the drilling company, who on Monday said that Pacific Santa Ana drillship would be performing integrated services for a plug and abandonment project in Mauritania, for the Malaysian company.According to Pacific Drilling, the contract is estimated at 159 days with an option to extend.Worth noting, the dayrate for the Pacific Santa Ana is higher than the one originally reported by VesselsValue.Pacific Drilling, with a fleet of seven ultra-deepwater drillships, on Monday revealed the dayrate with Petronas $265.000. VesselsValue had reported a dayrate of $170,000.For comparison, Pacific Santa Ana’s previous long term contract with Chevron, which ended in January 2017, the rig had a dayrate of more than $480.000.While securing new contracts for the two drillships, the company saw its contract with Pacific Scirocco expire. The drillship was let go by Hyperdynamics which recently failed to find oil in its Fatala-1 well offshore Guinea, meaning the oil company decided not to extend the contract for three optional wells.This now leaves the drilling company with three rigs under a contract, and four stacked in Tenerife, waiting for work.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Offshore WIND Magazine Edition 1/2018 Spotlights LiDARs and Offshore Connectivity

first_imgThe first edition of the Offshore WIND Magazine in 2018 is in the making, with the magazine’s editorial team currently working on topics that are of interest to our readers and gathering all the relevant insight from industry professionals.Illustration (showing Offshore WIND Magazine 4/2017)This year’s first Offshore WIND Magazine, to be published in February, will cover the matters such as the role of LiDARs in offshore wind measurement and new developments in offshore connectivity that would contribute to cost reduction and improve efficiency for operators and contractors.Furthermore, the magazine will offer a guest column, Offshore WIND Breezes, Wind Farm Updates and will take a look back at the Offshore WIND Conference 2017 to provide an overview of the most interesting points, mostly powered by the speakers.Looking to advertise in this edition? Please contact the Offshore WIND Sales team via [email protected] or call us at +31 10 20 92 600.Want to subscribe to the magazine? Head to this website: shop.offshorewindmagazine.comlast_img read more

PHOTO: USACE’s Currituck Busy at Rudee Inlet

first_imgPhoto courtesy Donny Potter, USACEThe special purpose vessel Currituck begins the day at Rudee’s Inlet in southeastern Virginia. The project provides access to the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing boats, head boats and a wide range of private recreational vessels.The dredging is being done as a result of significant shoaling across the entire entrance channel.The Currituck , working temporarily for the Norfolk District, is able to navigate and dredge in shallow waters to help create safe passage for mariners.In addition to removing dredged material from the channel, the vessel can transport the material to the downdrift beach and deposit it in the surf zone to nourish sand-starved beaches.[mappress mapid=”24818″]last_img

Champions League final eight draw throws up possible Barca-Bayern clash

first_img The draw threw up the possibility of a Clasico semi-final, with Barcelona and Madrid on collision course to meet in the last four should both make it that far. The other side of the draw is clearer. First-time quarter-finalists RB Leipzig of Germany will meet Atletico Madrid, runners-up to city rivals Real the last time the Champions League final was played in Lisbon in 2014. Atletico knocked out holders Liverpool in the last 16. The winners of the Leipzig v Atletico quarter-final will face either Paris Saint-Germain or Atalanta in the last four. The quarter-finals will be played between August 12 and 15 in the Portuguese capital, with matches shared between Benfica’s Estadio da Luz and Sporting’s Estadio Jose Alvalade. The semi-finals are scheduled for August 18 and 19, with the final on August 23 at the Estadio da Luz. Read Also: Ronaldo shows off ripped body as he recovers from AC Milan loss All games are set to be played without spectators after UEFA confirmed on Thursday that “matches should take place behind closed doors until further notice” because of the uncertain health situation around Europe. The situation in Lisbon itself is particularly concerning, with lockdown restrictions reimposed last week on 19 neighbourhoods across the northern periphery of the city as virus cases increase at a worrying rate. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona and Bayern Munich will meet in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League should both sides make it through, Friday’s draw for the final eight confirmed. Both teams still need to complete their last-16 ties, with Bayern almost there having won 3-0 away to Chelsea in the first leg, while Barcelona are due to host Napoli after a 1-1 draw in Italy. Meanwhile, if Manchester City can finish the job in their last-16 tie against Real Madrid, Pep Guardiola’s team will go on to a quarter-final against either Juventus or Lyon. City won 2-1 in Madrid in the first leg in March, while Juventus must overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their last-16 tie against Lyon. Postponed in March as the pandemic took over, all remaining last 16 second legs are due to be played on August 7 and 8. The winners will advance to the Final Eight, which will be held as a unique straight knockout tournament in Lisbon due to the difficulties caused by the coronavirus. Loading… Promoted Content8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TruePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Finishline Racing Products backs IMCA Dirt Knights

first_imgDUNLAP, Iowa – A company that many IMCA drivers are already familiar with has a new sponsor­ship role this season.Finishline Racing Products, owned and operated by Ryan and Theresa Anderson since March of 2017 and relocated to Dunlap, will give $50 gift cards to a top five finisher in each Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour event.Each qualifier for the Modified race of champions during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s receives a gift card of the same value.“Ryan raced a Sprint Car and my brother (Craig Reetz) is a long-time Modified driver,” said Mrs. Anderson. “The love of racing was definitely there so we decided to take on the adventure.”The high-performance parts supplier is a vendor for Speedway Motors, Performance Bodies, Aero, Allstar Performance, Wilwood, QA1 and Eibach, among other manufacturers,The Finishline parts trailer also supplies Hoosier tires and Sunoco fuel on Fridays at Crawford County Speedway and Saturdays at Shelby County Speedway.“Many of our customers are IMCA drivers and we want to help them get their cars running at their best,” Mrs. Anderson said. “The tracks we support are IMCA and we’re also looking forward to being on Manufacturers’ Row at Super Nationals.”Finishline Racing Products gift cards will be mailed from the IMCA home office after results from Dirt Knights Tour events are received, and in September following Super Nationals.More information about products available from Finishline is available by calling 712 267-1150 and at the www.finishlineraceparts.com website.“This new venture with the Andersons has been in discussion for a while and we wanted to make sure all of our ducks were in a row before making it official,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are excited to help facilitate a new chapter at Finishline Racing Products and are confident Ryan and Theresa will do a great job.”last_img read more

Osimhen fit for Marseille showdown — Lille boss

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Lille manager Christophe Galtier has disclosed that Victor Osimhen is fit for the club’s home clash against Olympic Marseille on Sunday. Osimhen sustained an injury in Lille’s 2-0 away win at Angers SCO last Friday. The 21-year-old, who scored Les Dogues’ first goal of the game, was replaced by Nico Gaitan 10 minutes from time following the setback. “Victor Osimhen trains normally. He had a simple cramp against Angers,” Galtier declared at a news conference on Friday. The Nigerian has scored 12 goals and registered four assists in 23 league appearances for Lille this season. A win for Lille in the game will boost their chances of playing in Europe next season. Galtier’ s men currently occupy fourth position in the table with 40 points from 24 games.Tags: Angers SCOLes DougesOlympic MarseilleVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

‘They have to look in the mirror’

first_imgWindies legend Roberts insists better infrastructure won’t help WI batsmen LEGENDARY West Indian fast bowler Sir Andy Roberts has pointed to a poor work ethic on the part of the region’s batsmen as a major factor in the team’s inability to take a step up to the next level.Following the promising start but a disastrous end to the tour of England, a lot of discussions surrounding how to improve the team’s performance focussed on increased technological infrastructure around the region.The typically fiery former pace bowler was, however, quick to point out that such investment is unlikely to make a difference if the attitude and work ethics of the batsmen do not improve.“Infrastructure will not make you a better player.  You have to make yourself a better player and I don’t think the commitment is there from a lot of West Indies players,” Roberts told the Mason and Guest radio programme.“It’s not just the Test players but a lot of people who play cricket in the West Indies. I don’t think they commit themselves enough.  If you did, you would not be averaging 30 in first-class cricket and that is what we are getting.”In the recently concluded series, it was Jermaine Blackwood that averaged the most for the team with 35.17 but he was the only one to get to 30.  Overall, for the series, the team averaged closer to 20.  In fact, the team’s highest batting average in a Test series consisting of at least two matches since 2017 is 34.66 and that was against Zimbabwe in 2017.“You can’t beat any quality team with that type of average.  So, our guys first have to stand up in front of the mirror and think: what am I doing to improve myself? Because, until our players improve their batting we are not going to score runs against a strong team.” (Sportsmax).last_img read more

Net rotation: Syracuse will utilize goaltender shift for 3rd consecutive season

first_img Published on November 6, 2012 at 2:31 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Kallie Billadeau and Jenesica Drinkwater are in a constant battle.Neither one has been given the starting goaltender role, creating a rotation in net that’s atypical of most collegiate hockey teams. Despite the fight for time on the ice, their biggest supporters might be each other.“We’ve been friends since the second we’ve been here and we’ll be friends until the day we leave, and probably beyond,” Billadeau said.For the past three seasons, the Orange has rotated between goalies Drinkwater and Billadeau. Head coach Paul Flanagan did not see dominance from either Billadeau or Drinkwater when they came to Syracuse, so he decided to go with the rotation.Since that decision, they both have spent equal time in the goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter coaching for 31 years, Flanagan has toyed with several different rotation systems before, including the one he uses now.“I’ve had goalies that have played 95 percent of the team’s games throughout the season,” Flanagan said. “I’ve had situations where I’ve rotated three, believe it or not. I guess I’ve had seasons where the goalie that’s playing was hot, maybe gets six or eight games. I’ve also had this similar situation where you kind of look to rotate.”Billadeau played hockey at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, Minn., where her coach, Vin Paolucci, said she was the “backbone of the team.” She earned almost every single start and never had to worry about rotating.That makes the rotation she’s played in for the past three seasons unfamiliar territory for Billadeau.“It’s something different I came from high school where I was the one goalie and played all the time,” Billadeau said. “It’s a good thing to get used to something different and I don’t know; it seems to be working out pretty well for us.”Paolucci has been coaching in the sport of hockey for 22 years. While he admits many coaches have different philosophies, he thinks the best way to go is to have one goalie take most, if not all, of the playing time. A rotation could affect the goaltenders’ confidence.“Every coach is a little different,” Paolucci said. “I come from the standpoint of, ‘You’re my No. 1 goalie. You’re going to have a bad game, you’re going to get right back in there and you’re going to win the next game.’”In Paolucci’s view, Flanagan’s rotation is only utilized when neither goalie has stood out.“I think if you got a standout goaltender, you’re not alternating,” Paolucci said. “Sometimes coaches want those kids to earn that and show it.”When Billadeau and Drinkwater began their rotation freshman year, neither player was ever told it would continue for an extended period of time. Eventually both players made the adjustment and noticed this might be something they would need to get used to.“You do what you’re told,” Billadeau said. “If you get the nod one night, you get the nod and you have to be there to help the team win. And if you don’t, you got to be there to support them, support Drinkwater.”While Paolucci may feel the rotation is only because neither goalie grabbed the starting spot, Billadeau said the reason it continues is that both have been able to play consistently well.“I think it is something that has worked for our team,” Billadeau said. “I think we’re both playing pretty well. I think, you know, just keep doing it until it doesn’t work anymore.”Drinkwater’s mother, Cathy, has watched her daughter grow with the sport of hockey since the age of 4. She’s started many games since then. She started playing hockey through the influence of her brothers, who both loved the sport.Against her parents’ wishes, Drinkwater only wanted to play hockey.Now that she has reached the level of a collegiate hockey goalie, Cathy is proud of the work her daughter has done, and actually sees several benefits in the rotation the team uses.“I think sometimes it’s good to be challenged,” Cathy said. “You shouldn’t have this expectation that you’re the be-all end-all. I think it makes you step up and work harder.”Julie Rising was one of the first players to play for the five-year-old Syracuse ice hockey program. She graduated from college after the 2010-2011 season, which was the first year Flanagan implemented the rotation. She now coaches for the Boston Shamrocks in the North American hockey academy.During her time on the team, she was impressed with both Billadeau and Drinkwater’s play, and saw nothing wrong with the rotation.“I think Syracuse is really fortunate to have two strong, talented goalies in the same year,” Rising said. “Not a lot of programs have that.”As Paolucci said, he does not see a reason the rotation should continue if someone can rise above the competition.Drinkwater currently is stuck sitting on the sideline with an injury as Billadeau has been in goal for several shutouts. She’s even taken home the College Hockey America award for Goaltender of the Month.According to Flanagan, though, this is a rotation that will continue.“We believe in both of them,” Flanagan said. “They’re both good goaltenders and they both deserve to play. We don’t want either one of them sitting down.” Commentslast_img read more