Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, May 1

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionPray for solutions to current problemsI was 9 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked, and World War II began. My four cousins, living next door, left to fight in the war. It was a sad time for me. My two older sisters, worked at Woolworth’s and saved enough money to purchase a radio/phonograph player, which supplied us with much pleasure. I remember our family, sitting around the radio, listening to Kate Smith singing “God Bless America.” Even at my age, it sent chills down my spine. The enemy threatened Kate Smith’s life if she continued singing. However, she was not deterred and bravely continued. I read recently that in the 1930s, Kate Smith sang racist songs and was labeled a racist. However, I never heard one of those songs on our radio. I am sure,what is considered racist today was not in the ‘30s, or ‘40s. It was a different era, and people were not educated about racism.Because of this finding, the New York Yankees decided to stop playing “God Bless America” after the seventh inning. A shame indeed!Instead of spending time searching for racism in our history, we should spend time praying for the disasters that happen almost daily. We can start by praying for the resurrection of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the hundreds of Christian lives lost in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday massacre.Finally, I end by saying “God Bless Kate Smith” and “God Bless America.”Vince AlescioClifton Park Scotia must control spending, taxesIt was sad to watch the Scotia Village Board break the tax cap by raising taxes over the state-mandated limit while passing the village budget. This is at least the third time the village has broken through the cap in recent years.Worse yet, they blew through even more of the village savings account to help try to meet their obligations. This tax increase doesn’t even include the increase yet to come when the village trustees ask us to pay for a new firehouse. Higher taxes, higher rents and lower property values for village residents are a reality for the foreseeable future at this rate of spending.This fiscal crisis in the village started years ago under the tax-and-spend policies from the Democrat-controlled village board.They need to tighten their belt, preserve our services and stay under the tax cap. We village residents can’t afford tax increases every year and we can’t afford to have a Democratic one-party rule either.Maria PetersonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Linden synthetic track to be completed by end of 2018

first_imgBy Naomi MarshallMELISSA Dow-Richardson, Assistant Director of Sport, has disclosed that the synthetic track at the Bayroc Community Centre ground in Wismar, Linden, is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.Dow-Richardson, along with members of the Public Infrastructure Special Project team and Building team for the Ministry of Education, conducted their third site visit to Linden as it pertains to the synthetic track project on Tuesday.Dow-Richardson described the project as “unique”, adding, “it’s a two-site project, because we got synthetic in Region 6 and we’re placing synthetic in Region 10.”She highlighted that BSW Regupol would have sent their consultants and engineers to do the evaluation of both sites, noting that the Bayroc Community Centre was suitable and welcoming.Lawrence Mentis, Public Infrastructure Head of the Special Project Unit, explained that they will be involved in the surveying component of the project whereby the ground will be totally surveyed with the use of GPS mapping.“The part of the special project we will be playing are two components, the surveying component whereby we go and get the ground totally surveyed. We will have the levels also to determine where the water will be receiving and also we have the testing of the soil,” said Mentis.He further stated that the surveying stage should commence tomorrow and they are hoping that the soil testing and surveying components will be given to the Ministry by Wednesday.Mayor of Linden, Carwyn Holland, stated that he’s “happy to see another project that I was passionate about come on stream. It’s all about Linden. And we’ve been working closely with the athletes and winning the national championships without a stadium. So I know this will be very impactful for Linden.”Construction on the facility is expected to begin within this first quarter of 2018, and it is the desire and expectation of the team to have the track completed by year end.The track will consist of field components – a football pitch, security fencing, drainage, rest room, among others.Back in October 2017, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, who has responsibility for Sport, disclosed that the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board has approved the award of a contract totalling $160M for the construction of two 400m synthetic tracks of which one will be placed in Region 10 and the other in Region 6.The $160M was awarded to BSW Regupol.last_img read more

Tennis stars make their mark at USC

first_imgThe USC men’s and women’s tennis teams have found similar success over the last few years — success due in large part to two players.Captains of their respective squads, junior Steve Johnson and senior Maria Sanchez have quietly risen to the top.Top-notch talent · Junior Steve Johnson has helped lead the Trojans to a Pac-10 championship and a 21-2 mark during the regular season. Now, he is looking to lead USC to its third-consecutive NCAA title. – Daily Trojan file photo Between March 14 and April 11, both were atop the collegiate tennis hierarchy, making NCAA history as the first male and female ranked No. 1 from the same school.“I feel really fortunate and honored to be a part of this,” Sanchez said. “I know Steve’s a great player and works really hard too, so it’s great that we can both be number one together.”Sanchez is now ranked No. 2, while Johnson has stayed at the No. 1 spot.Individually, they are two of the most accomplished athletes at USC.In his freshman and sophomore seasons, Johnson and the team won back-to-back national championships, bringing the crown home to the Trojans for the first time since 2002. This year, with a 21-2 overall record and Pac-10 championship, the team is poised for a three-peat.Johnson, who co-captains the Trojans with senior Jaak Poldma, is undefeated this season. The journey to the top has been tough, but Johnson has proved time and again he is up to the challenge.“Coming into college was a big wake up call,” Johnson said. “I realized that talent and what you did in the past doesn’t mean much. I learned to have a work ethic.”And he learned quickly. USC men’s coach Peter Smith praised Johnson’s dedication and determination, and said he is always eager to improve his game.“You don’t win national championships without special people, and he’s as special as they come,” Smith said.Sanchez, in her final season with the Women of Troy, captains her team. She, too, has worked hard to get to the top. Sanchez played at No. 5 her freshman season and would work her way up the ladder to finally land the No. 1 spot her junior season.“When I first found out I was No. 1, it was definitely a relief,” Sanchez said. “This is where I feel like I should be right now. But it’s really just a ranking. I’m trying to focus on the process and getting better.”USC women’s coach Richard Gallien was quick to emphasize Sanchez’ progress, crediting her passion as what separates her from the rest.“She has a ferocious desire,” Gallien said. “Not everyone has got the courage to put themselves on the line every day.”Aside from their many accomplishments, what is perhaps most impressive about Johnson’s and Sanchez’s respective games is their humility. Their modesty, leadership and undeniable skill, has earned them both an unquestionable respect among teammates.“When we were playing well together, I felt that we were unstoppable,” said freshman Ray Sarmiento, who started the season playing at No. 1 doubles with Johnson. “He is kind of a mentor to me and I’m learning from him.”Junior Alison Ramos, who has played alongside Sanchez for nearly three seasons, was just as impressed.“There’s passion when she plays,” Ramos said. “She is a fighter. She really pushes the importance of family and team, and she really wants us to come together.”Through it all, Sanchez and Johnson have stayed grounded, competing with a love for the game and remembering the sport relies just as much on teamwork.“Individual success is not much unless you have a group of people to share it with,” Johnson said. “Two of the greatest moments of my life were winning the national titles and being able to just go hug a bunch of my friends.”Johnson and Sanchez have accomplished much while donning the cardinal and gold, both individually and with their teammates, but there’s still more they’d like to do.“I’m hoping to get a couple more national titles,” Johnson said. “That’s been the goal from day one.”Sanchez expressed similar sentiments.“To win a team national championship, that’d be most important to me,” Sanchez said.last_img read more

News in brief: Ivanovic nominated for award, Bees youngsters beat Ipswich

first_imgIvanovic has been in superb formBranislav IvanovicThe Chelsea defender has been nominated for the PFA fans’ player of the month award for February. The 31-year-old scored twice in three Premier League games during the month and was also on target in the Champions League draw with Paris St-Germain. The other nominees are Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Harry Kane of Tottenham, West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Manchester City midfielder James Milner.Brentford Under-21sJermaine Udumaga scored as the Bees’ development squad beat Ipswich Town 1-0 on Tuesday. The 19-year-old netted from close range to earn his side their fourth victory in five games.Richard Lee played in goal for Brentford, who also fielded first-team boss Mark Warburton’s son Jack in midfield alongside the former QPR youngster Josh Laurent.ChelseaThe first leg of the Blues’ FA Youth Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur will be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday 5 March. The game will kick-off at 7.45pm and will be screened live on ITV4. Details of the second leg at Stamford Bridge are yet to be confirmed.Harrow BoroughMarc Charles-Smith scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half as Steve Baker’s men beat Staines 1-0 to book their place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final. They will meet Hanwell Town in the end-of-season showpiece, at Hampton and Richmond’s Beveree ground, on 9 May.HendonGary McCann’s side have been drawn against promotion rivals Margate in the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup. The other tie sees Grays Athletic face Billericay Town.Rajiv OusephThe Hounslow badminton star was absent from the German Open as the tournament began on Tuesday. Ouseph was the 11th seed and was due to face defending champion Arvind Bhat of India in the first round but the Londoner pulled out of the event.Sir Bradley WigginsThe Kilburn-raised Olympic hero will begin his classics campaign on Saturday after being named in Team Sky’s squad for the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium. It is part of Wiggins’ build-up to Paris-Roubaix on 12 April, his last race for Team Sky before he switches his focus back to track cycling.Gareth BergThe all-rounder, released by Middlesex at the end of last season, has signed for Hampshire. The 34-year-old spent seven years at Lord’s but played only one game for Middlesex in 2014 after undergoing shoulder surgery.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Soaring shiraz designed to be drunk at 38,000ft

first_imgAustralian vineyard claims a first with wine specifically blended for aircraft consumptionAn Australian vineyard believes it has achieved a first by specifically blending a wine to be drunk while an aircraft is in cruise at 38,000ft.Depending on the aircraft, cabin pressure at that altitude is between 6000ft and 8000ft above sea level and combines with the low humidity to affect the taste buds.Airlines for some time have designed food to take into account the impact of lower cabin pressure and also select wines with this in mind.But St Hallett, from Australia’s Barossa Valley region, and Virgin Australia have taken this a step further to blend a wine specifically for consumption at high altitude.Virgin worked with St Hallett winemaker Shelley Cox to produce a  shiraz the partners say delivers balanced acidity and texture when consumed in the air.The wine, made from grapes from the Barossa and Eden valleys, was also designed to complement the meals offered in the Virgin’s award-winning business class by chef Luke Mangan.Read: Virgin Australia takes out major industry awards.“The drier air in the cabin can make it hard to really capture a wine’s aroma,’’ Cox said. “This is where the Eden Valley component comes in.“The higher altitude of the Eden Valley means cooler conditions and creates Shiraz with lovely overt floral aromas. You only need a small component to really lift a whole blend.“We played around with a lot of different options to ensure the acid and texture balance was right. It was a great experience and we are confident the wine will deliver in both taste and aroma on the plane at altitude.”The wine, labelled The Duo, is already on board Virgin Australia aircraft and in the carrier’s lounges.last_img read more

Market Forces Are Driving a Clean Energy Revolution

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Transforming energy marketsOver the past 24 years — under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — the United States has made substantial investments to promote research, development and deployment of clean energy technologies. Transforming U.S. energy systems away from coal and toward clean renewable energy was once a vision touted mainly by environmentalists. Now it is shared by market purists.Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar power are so affordable that they’re driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. Lower-cost natural gas is helping, too.I direct Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy, which works with states to facilitate the transition toward a clean energy economy. In my view, today’s energy market reflects years of federal and state support for clean energy research, development, and deployment.And, despite the Trump administration’s support of coal, a recent survey of industry leaders shows that utilities are not changing their plans significantly. Integration and technology advances support renewablesThere are, of course, renewable energy skeptics. Detractors argue that wind and sun are intermittent sources — not reliable 24 hours a day as a resource that can be turned on and off in response to power market demands.Most new generating capacity added in recent years has been renewables and natural gas while most retired generation has been coal-fired. (Energy Information Administration)This is partially true: A single solar field only produces energy when the sun is shining, and a single wind farm only produces energy while the wind is blowing.But as these resources expand geographically, they create an integrated system of renewable generation that produces a consistent source of electricity.States in New England, mid-Atlantic and the Midwest have integrated electricity systems run by independent system operators that deliver power over large geographic areas, enabling them to balance energy output across their territories.Now the West, too, is starting to integrate into regional transmission systems powered largely by clean sources.For example, in Colorado, Xcel Energy recently submitted a plan to regulators to replace coal generation with renewables and natural gas. This shift will bring its Colorado mix of power up to 55% renewable by 2026 while reducing associated emissions 60% below 2005 levels — all without the EPA’s Clean Power Plan or a renewable mandate. Xcel also is finalizing plans to join the Southwest Power Pool, a transmission market that includes nine other states.Further, advances in energy storage are decreasing the intermittency of renewable generation and offering utilities a buffer between energy demand and energy supply.With storage, utilities can deliver energy when the system needs it. They also can meet spikes in demand with energy from batteries, which reduces the need to build expensive generation that is needed only to meet peak power demand.Innovation is also giving utilities and consumers new ways to manage their power needs. More energy-efficient buildings and appliances, and the ability to manage power requirements through an intelligent grid, will make it possible to do more with less electricity, lowering energy costs for everyone.I expect this dramatic transition to become more pronounced over the next 15 to 20 years. U.S. energy production and consumption will continue to evolve toward a cleaner, more stable, and more intelligent system.This is good news for U.S. energy consumers and for efforts to protect our climate, environment, and economy for future generations. Bill Ritter is the former governor of Colorado. After leaving the governor’s office, Ritter founded the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University, which works with state and federal policy makers to create clean energy policy throughout the country. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.center_img Utilities care about cost and predictabilityA recent survey by the trade publication Utility Dive found that electric power industry leaders expect significant growth in solar, wind, natural gas, and energy storage. They also project significant decreases in coal- and oil-fired generation.Why is their outlook so divergent from what’s happening in Washington, D.C.? The answer is a result of multiple market dynamics within the energy industry.1) Markets favor low-cost energy. Currently natural gas, wind, and solar are the lowest-cost resources available to produce electricity and are pushing out coal as a source of power.2) Markets emphasize the long view. As utilities look at aging coal plants that are providing decreasing value to their systems, they are making multi-decade and multi-billion-dollar decisions on investments in power plants and infrastructure to replace coal.3) Markets loathe uncertainty. The Trump administration’s policy reversals and tweets are an unstable foundation upon which to build a corporate strategy.4) Wall Street is helping utilities finance billions of dollars of investment. To ensure access to low-cost capital, they want to cite low-risk investments. Coal represents a high-risk investment from both a pollution and a resource standpoint. In 2016, 44% percent of the U.S. coal supply came from companies that had declared bankruptcy. The resource is simply too risky for investment markets.5) Utilities earn returns on investments in capital infrastructure. Investments in renewable resources are nearly all capital investment and represent the best return for investors. White House Takes Aim at Renewable Energy ResearchCost of Renewable Energy Continues to FallAn Unlikely Bastion of Renewable EnergyDebating Our All-Renewable Future These Southern Cities Are Going 100 Percent Clean (Energy) Federal agencies provided funding for research and development as well as tax incentives. States used renewable portfolio standards, which typically require that power providers supply an increasing percentage of renewable energy to their customers, to promote deployment of green energy.This one-two punch led to innovations that have transformed U.S. energy markets. In the last eight years, utility-scale solar costs have declined by 86% and wind energy prices have fallen by 67%.Natural gas prices, which were highly volatile and often spiked in the early 2000s, have now stabilized at much more affordable levels. They are likely to remain so as production methods improve and sources expand.The Trump administration is resisting this trend, repealing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan and proposing subsidies for coal-fired power plants. In doing so, it has also eliminated programs that were designed to help coal-dependent communities weather the energy transition.But these reversals can do little to change underlying market forces, which are driving innovation, closing coal plants, and promoting investment in clean technologies.last_img read more

World T20: Indian players explore Lanka on rare day off

first_imgRegular members of the Indian team know how to treasure an off day. After all, with cricket ‘seasons’ a thing of the past and even two-week breaks between series getting filled up with other series every year, the off day has become a rare commodity for the cricketers.After their record victory over England that signalled the end of the group stage on Sunday, India have no game scheduled till Friday, and a few of the senior players decided to utilise the rest day to soak in the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka, even though they seem to travel here almost every year.MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virat Kohli headed off to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, a suburb of Colombo that lies roughly 15 kilometres south of the city Centre on Galle Road. The area is known for its ‘golden mile’ of beaches, and is a tourist hotspot.Incidentally, Monday was also the fifth anniversary of India’s triumph over Pakistan in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa.Dhoni and the two Singhs were integral members of that team, and a few fans loitering about in the hotel lobby had reminded and congratulated them on the feat in the morning.Rohit Sharma, whose unbeaten 50 played a key role in India’s walloping of England, stayed back and had some friends over for company. They enjoyed lunch in the hotel.Gautam Gambhir, meanwhile, decided to be the dutiful husband and took wife Natasha out for a tour of Colombo itself.The hotel authorities were under strict instructions from the team management not to let the players be disturbed, and the other members of the team seemed to enjoy their day of privacy inside their rooms.With their minds refreshed, members of the team will regroup on Tuesday morning with a scheduled three-hour practice session at the Colts Cricket Club here.And with Australia, South Africa and Pakistan waiting to pounce on them once the Super Eights begin, the intensity will need to be straight back up.advertisementlast_img read more