first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionMLK Day: We have a long way to goThe Jan. 21 edition of The Daily Gazette illustrated American racism well.Gazette first page: 1) A long article under the headline “Siena poll: Most say racism persists.” 2) A photo of a parade of largely segregated Union College students, celebrating MLK’s legacy. 3) A long article under the headline “Union students rally to MLK’s message,” continued on page 7 with large photo of Union College’s Dr. Gretchel Hathaway, minority dean of diversity and inclusion, lecturing on MLK’s legacy. First page Local Section: Three photos of fully segregated Americans acting “in the spirit of MLK.” Opinion page: Sympathetic letter suggesting NAACP change its name to eliminate the words “Colored People.”All reminders that earlier this month we celebrated the only national holiday we have that is based on a single person. (in itself racist?) If the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were to return, I suppose he would be shocked to see what we have done to this nation in his name.From his famous speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” What did we get: A nation ruled by “affirmative action,” judged by the color of the skin. That’s precisely what MLK wanted eliminated.This nation will never eliminate racism until we eliminate government racism and help each other on the basis of need, not government edict.Clyde MaughanSchenectadySidewalk plan has plenty of problemsWe are writing to express our concerns regarding the Schenectady Sidewalk Initiative Pilot Project that was rolled out on Ardsley Avenue, and is supposed to roll out in April on our street, DeCamp Avenue.Under this project, residents are expected to pay assessed fees to replace the sidewalks.On Ardsley, residents got “sticker shock” when their tax bills indicated that they were to pay nearly twice as much as they were told, now that the work is done.New bills are supposed to be generated to correct the error.When we were unable to obtain information from the city, The Daily Gazette provided information that allowed us to review expected fees for DeCamp residents; like Ardsley, the costs appear that they, too, will be close to twice what was projected by the city.Some streets have been upgraded in recent years, with no assessed fees, yet others have not. As of today, we still have nothing in writing on when the sidewalks will be repaired, what the paving schedule is or what the actual costs will be.It seems to us that this sidewalk project is not viable.Residents should not have to hound the city to get streets paved and get signed petitions to get sidewalks repaired under a special initiative, especially when downtown and many other streets exactly like DeCamp (Wright, Parkwood and Glenwood) are upgraded with no fees required from residents.This is Councilman John Polimeni’s initiative. What is your response?Laurie and David BacheldorSchenectadyLaurie Bacheldor is an officer for the 12309 Neighborhood Association and vice president of Schenectady United Neighborhoods.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

first_imgUntil now masks had been compulsory only in crowded public spaces and enclosed sites, such as shopping malls.The mask-wearing regulation is one of the strictest currently applied in European capitals and follows a similar decision by authorities in Madrid in July. In Paris face masks are mandatory outdoors only in crowded places.Belgium has been hit hard by the pandemic, with nearly 10,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus so far, which gives the country of 11 million one of the world’s highest death rates from COVID-19 per head.Infections have been rising steadily in recent weeks and it now has one of the highest number of cases per inhabitants of any European country. On Tuesday the country had on average more than 60 daily cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the last two weeks, compared to 7.5 in Italy, 13 in Germany, 29 in France and 90 in Spain, according to figures collected by the European Union’s public health body, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.Last week the British government said it would impose a quarantine on people arriving from Belgium.Children below 12 years, people doing sport or physical works in public places are exempt from wearing a mask Wearing a face mask became compulsory on Wednesday in all public places in Brussels as the number of COVID-19 infections rose to a government alert level that puts the city among the worst affected in Europe.The Belgian capital, which hosts the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, recorded on average 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants daily over the last week.Everybody in the city, which has a population of 1.2 million, now has to wear a face mask when in parks, on streets or in any other public sites, as well as in private space accessible to the public, the regional government said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgItalian oil company Eni has started the early production phase from the Miztón field in Area 1, located in the Campeche Bay offshore Mexico, making Eni the first international company to start offshore production in Mexico after the Energy Reform.Sapura 3500 DP3 Heavy Lift Vessel during installation of Mizton topsideEni installed the Miztón platform offshore Mexico, making it the first foreign offshore oil asset installation in Mexico, in April 2019. The installation was completed by Sapura Energy’s Sapura 3500 DP3 heavy lift vesselAnnouncing the production start on Tuesday, Eni said that this was the first step in the development of Area 1, estimated to hold 2.1 billion of oil equivalent in place (90% oil) in the Amoca, Miztón and Tecoalli fields.Eni acquired Area 1 in a competitive bid round in September 2015.Production from the Miztón field platform, located in 34 meters of water depth, is sent through a multi-phase sealine to Eni’s Onshore Receiving Facility (ORF) in Sanchez Magallanes, State of Tabasco.After separation at ORF, production is delivered to Pemex’s San Ramón plant for treatment. According to Eni, production has started from the Mitzón 2 well that has shown a very good productivity index; the early production phase now is expected to produce up to 15,000 barrels of oil per day.Full field production will start in early 2021 utilizing a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading facility (FPSO) and reaching a plateau of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The Plan of Development for Area 1 also includes two additional platforms on the Amoca field and one on the Tecoalli field.Eni Chief Executive Officer Claudio Descalzi commented: “We have achieved production startup in less than two and half years after Eni started its first well in Area 1 and in less than one year from the approval of the Plan of Development. This is in line with the expectations of the Mexican Government to increase the country’s overall production. Eni is the first international company to start offshore production in Mexico after the Energy Reform, and we look forward to continue working with the Mexican authorities.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgThe delivery also included a new bespoke control system. “This shows the experience and the “can do” attitude that Pharos is proud to deliver to our client base. Pharos will also be supporting the operation of the plough system with its plough operators. Pharos Offshore Group has delivered a fully refurbished telecoms plough for use in the North Sea region.center_img “Our aim is to be the partner of choice for specialist equipment, engineering and manpower in the subsea pipeline, cable Installation and burial Industry.” The Cheltenham-based firm has delivered this full rebuild within a three-month period from start to finish.last_img read more

first_imgThe other night I was watching a commercial on TV.  A young girl dressed in her softball uniform was just walking on to the ball diamond.  Oh, how this brings back memories for any of us who ever played the sport of baseball or softball.  I know young boys usually envision that they are really walking onto a major league baseball diamond.It is good for young children to be encouraged to get out and exercise.  It is also very good for them to get involved in activities outside of the house at their age.  Here is where parents walk a fine line.  All parents should encourage their kids to get involved with something.  It doesn’t have to be sports.  It could just as well be music, dance, theater, or art.  The parents’ big decision is that fine line between encouraging and pushing.  Watch your young child.  They will usually indicate (maybe not in language, but in actions) whether they are enjoying it or whether they are doing it just for you.  Here is where you need to take your wishes out of the equation.  It is your son or daughter, not you.  Maybe “pushing” is not the answer!last_img read more

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff’s Department sergeant David Durant has entered the race for the top job on the Democratic ticket.Durant graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1980, then Vincennes University before taking a job with the Cumberland Police Department. In 1988 he began a 27-year career with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department that included serving as a SWAT & K-9 commander, participated in special investigations and held top-secret security clearance through the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets program. He became the Decatur County Community Schools resource officer in 2015, joined the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department in 2016, earned Officer of the Year in 2017 and was also promoted to the rank of sergeant.Durant says he wants to create an unfavorable environment for criminals and make Decatur County a safer place. He believes drugs are no longer a “big city” problem and all approaches must be embraced to tackle the current epidemic. He also advocates the use of faith-based initiatives in the jail to support recovery efforts.Durant is the only Democrat in the field and will face one of five Republicans in the November 2018 general election.The Republican candidates are Indiana State Police master trooper Jim Ponsler, Decatur County Sheriff’s special deputies H. Wayne Shake and Rick Underhill, former Decatur County Sheriff’s Department deputy Steve Snyder and former Greensburg police chief of police and Decatur County prosecutor’s special investigator Bill Meyerrose.last_img read more

first_imgHAMPDEN — Eastern Maine Board No. 111 of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials is offering a prospective officials class for any individuals, 18 years of age or older, who are interested in becoming certified basketball officials.The class will be held at Reed’s Brook Middle School, Room 164, in Hampden on Sundays and Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 27.Individuals living in Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Waldo counties are eligible to take this class.There will be seven classes, culminating with a written test on Nov. 2. A fee is required that covers all books, materials and testing.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more information, contact Dave Ames, Board No. 111 interpreter, at 789-5118 or by email at damesref@tidewater.net.last_img read more

first_imgENGLAND bowling coach Ottis Gibson has confirmed he will leave his position to become head coach of South Africa.The former West Indies player, 48, will replace Russell Domingo and will start his new role after the conclusion of the Test series against West Indies in September.“Ottis is an ambitious man,” said England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.“When this opportunity presented itself it was difficult for him to turn down.”Gibson, who has been England’s bowling coach since 2015, previously coached West Indies.The England and Wales Cricket Board said it will shortly launch a process to recruit a new fast-bowling coach going into a busy winter schedule which includes the Ashes in Australia.Former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie is already being tipped to become Gibson’s replacement.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

first_imgWITH $700 000 up for grabs for the winners, the Street Vybz Entertainment ‘Nations Cup’ Futsal Championship will be the most lucrative of its kind in Guyana and tonight, some of the country’s top teams will begin their quest to glory at the National Gymnasium.Suriname, Brazil and a team representing several African nations will try to out-gun the likes of Sparta Boss, Gold is Money and other top Futsal teams for the title and to cash in on the over $1.2M total prize money.“We’re hoping to have a really good tournament and we’re encouraging everyone to come and support, because I know for sure, the prize money will encourage the players to give their best,” said organiser Linden Gill, speaking at the tournament’s launch yesterday at the Windjammer International Hotel.Tonight, eight elimination matches will be played, starting at 19:00hrs. Kitty Hustlers will take on Pike Street Sophia, while Agricola Champion Boys engage Meadowbrook Kings (MBK) All-Stars at 19:30hrs.The third fixture will pit Gold is Money against Albouystown-B at 20:00hrs, while Showstoppers will come up against New Market Street at 20:30hrs and Mocha tackle Broad Street from 21:00hrs.Leopold Street will battle Melanie from 21:30hrs, Back Circle lock horns with Alexander Village at 22:00hrs and Sparta Boss, one of the pre-tournament favourites, match skills with Channel-9 Warriors at 22:30hrs.The event resumes on Saturday at the same venue with another eight matches. At 19:00hrs, Swag Entertainment will battle Beterverwagting (BV), while Dave and Celina’s will tackle West Back Road at 19:30hrs and Silver Bullets take aim at North East La Penitence from 20:00hrs.In the fourth contest, Albouystown-A battle Bent Street at 20:30hrs, while North Ruimveldt oppose the Brazilian team from 21:00hrs and Ol Skool Ballers engage the Dutch Team from 21:30hrs.The final two fixtures will pit Sophia against Tucville from 22:00hrs and Campbellville against Future Stars at 22:30hrs.The team who finish second will pocket $250 000 and the third- and fourth-placers will receive $150 000 and $100 000 respectively.last_img read more

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Hockey is the latest sport to finalize a return to competition after NHL owners and players approved an agreement to resume the season. The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period that ended Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Lightning already got a pandemic scare when three players and additional staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month. The positive test results forced the team to close its facilities for a brief period of time.PALACE IMPLOSIONPistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn downAUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, crumbled to the ground following a series explosive pops. The rest of the arena had already been removed. The second round wasn’t completed until Saturday morning because of storm delays. Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman were three behind and in the final group with Morikawa. The third round featured threesomes because of the rain delays.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Rose are among the players who missed the cut. Koepka closed with five birdies in seven holes last evening, but his 74-69 was one shot short. The cut was a 142, the highest score to make the cut in the five weeks since the PGA Tour restarted its season from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixty-seven players made it.Nick Watney, Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy missed the cut. They all tested positive for the coronavirus this week but were allowed to play because they already had tested positive, got through self-isolation and showed no symptoms. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL to resume season in Canada next month Associated Press The Palace, which opened in 1988, held more than 22,000 people for NBA games and up to 23,000 for concerts and other shows, according to nba.com.After the Pistons relocated in 2017 to downtown Detroit, the arena about 30 miles northwest of the city continued to host concerts and music events, the last in September 2017 by rocker Bob Seger.It also became the second suburban Detroit arena that found little real use after its main sports tenant took its games back to the city. The Detroit Lions played at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome from 1975-2001 before moving to Ford Field in Detroit. The Pistons also called the Silverdome home for a decade before The Palace opened. The Silverdome was taken down with a partial implosion in 2017.OBIT-JACK CHARLTONEngland World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85 July 11, 2020 — German soccer club Union Berlin is offering free coronavirus tests for more than 20,000 fans as part of a plan to hold games in a full stadium in September. The Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) club will offer testing ahead of each game to fans and club staff. Each person must test negative for the virus within 24 hours of kickoff. Union wants to implement the plan in time for the first home league game of the new season, which could be as soon as Sept. 18. The club’s plan is more ambitious than those of other German clubs because it relies on mass testing instead of social distancing. The Berlin city government has a ban in place on mass gatherings until Oct. 24. NHL-PLAYERS OUTLightning’s Stamkos injured again at start of training campUNDATED (AP) — Captain Steven Stamkos will be limited at the start of Tampa Bay Lightning training camp because of a new lower-body injury. General manager Julien BriseBois (BREEZ’-bwah) said Saturday that Stamkos fully recovered from core muscle surgery in early March but was injured again during voluntary workouts. Stamkos is expected to be ready for the start of the NHL’s expanded 24-team Stanley Cup playoffs in early August.Unlike Stamkos, the Calgary Flames won’t have defenseman Travis Hamonic for the resumption of the hockey season after he decided to opt out for family reasons. Hamonic on Friday night became the first player to publicly choose not to play in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hamonic’s daughter was hospitalized last year with respiratory issues, and he and his wife also have a baby boy.center_img — The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive and went to the hospital on the recommendation of his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend. The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.— The Houston Astros have canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors. General manager James Click said they decided to cancel Saturday’s workout as a precaution.— Swiss top-tier soccer club Zurich said it had more cases of coronavirus Saturday among its players and staff who are now in home quarantine. Zurich did not specify how many new COVID-19 cases were reported after the initial announcement Friday that a player had tested positive. Zurich’s Swiss Super League games on Saturday against Sion, and on Tuesday at Basel, have been postponed during the 10-day quarantine period through to next Friday. Zurich has seven league games left and it is unclear how that program can be met ahead of UEFA’s Aug. 2 deadline to complete domestic seasons. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa takes 3-shot lead into weekend at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa takes a three-shot lead into the third round of the Workday Charity Open in Ohio. His 13-under 131 is one stroke away from the 36-hole record at Muirfield Village that Jason Dufner set three years ago at the Memorial. UNDATED (AP) — England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died. Charlton was an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland. Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969. His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton died at home on Friday in his native Northumberland in northeast England. He was 85.Premier League games will be preceded by a minute’s silence this weekend as a tribute to Charlton and players will wear black armbands.TENNIS-SUSPICIOUS MATCHES Tennis Integrity Unit eyes suspicious exhibition matchesLONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 “suspicious matches” at exhibitions organized while the men’s and women’s tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June.The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches. Suspicious betting patterns don’t necessarily mean a match was fixed. A similar effect can also happen if insider information about a player’s injury leaks. Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March. Some have little or no oversight. Besides a smattering of events with big-name players, there are many smaller events around the world with low-ranked players.last_img read more