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State must stop wasting tax money

October 20, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As a New York state taxpayer, along with most of you readers, I’m appalled at the lack of outrage regarding the current state budget that was just recently pushed through. Some examples of extreme waste are $3 million that was allotted to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Golf Tournament — yes, $3 million. Also, $300,000 was given to Cornell University for “concord grape research,” as well as $100,000 to the town of East Hampton for “tourism initiatives.” Trust me, this is a town that doesn’t need this kind of help. There are many other examples of money given for these “pet projects,” which in my opinion, could have been better spent elsewhere.We have roads loaded with potholes and infrastructure that’s falling apart around us, yet those worthy causes didn’t get the money they need. Just to get out in time for the Easter and Passover holidays, lawmakers chose to fund these other unworthy causes.  What about organizations and institutions established to help the poor and those in need? Food pantries and homeless shelters are in constant need of funds and supplies to help the many who go hungry and have nowhere to sleep in New York state every day. Apparently, they’re less important than a golf tournament.Let’s send out a message to our elected representatives on Election Day, or messages to their respective offices even sooner. This isn’t how I want our money spent.Come on, lawmakers, get your act together. Do your jobs and earn our respect. Fund the causes that truly need it — and not spend billions in pork-barrel spending. And you wonder why people are disgusted.Margaret HesdorferSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Arsenal make offer to Man Utd for Smalling

September 26, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_img Loading… Everton are also said to be plotting a raid for the United outcast following his return to form in Serie A. Read Also:Smalling informs Man Utd he wants Roma stay Roma are looking to turn the loan into a permanent deal this summer but are said to be shocked by the Red Devils £25million price-tag and are looking to negotiate a lower fee. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal have made an offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. Smalling Corriere del Sport says the Gunners have made an offer and asked their Premier League rivals “for information” regarding a potential summer deal. The on-loan Roma defender has made a return to England a ‘concrete option’ to be closer to family members following the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesWill 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?These TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more

Loan officer hurt in shooting incident

September 25, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgBACOLOD City – A loan officer waswounded in a shooting incident in Barangay 33. According to police investigation, Bonwas about to board his vehicle when an unidentified gunman fired at him around 9:15a.m. on Feb. 13. The suspect then fled onboard a motorcycle. The 30-year-old Andrie Bon of Barangay Blumentritt,Murcia, Negros Occidental was recuperating at the Riverside Medical Center inthis city. He sustained a gunshot wound on the body, a police report showed.center_img Officers of Police Station 6 are lookingat personal grudge as the possible motive in the shooting. Investigations arestill ongoing as of this writing./PNlast_img

first_imgBayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City, according to various media reports in Germany and England on Tuesday.Advertisement Loading… The 24-year-old was reportedly close to signing for Bayern last year before suffering a knee injury.Sky Sports and the BBC say the two clubs have agreed a fee of £54.8 million (59.97 million euros, $67.36 million), with German daily Bild reporting a fee of “at least 50 million euros”.Bild said Sane will sign a five-year contract at the German champions, with the transfer fee far lower than the 100 million euros mentioned last year.Sane’s contract at Manchester City is due to run out in June, 2021.Sports magazine Kicker said a deal is “near”.The Germany international made his first Premier League appearance of the season as a substitute against Burnley last week.But City manager Pep Guardiola admitted earlier this month that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer.“Leroy said he does not want to extend the contract next season so it means he wants to leave and it is going to happen this summer or at the end of the contract,” he said.Sane (R) made his first league appearance of the season last weekRead Also: Serie A: Juventus keep Lazio at bay with Genoa win“I think everybody knows if at the end of this season there is an agreement of both clubs, he is going to leave.”Sane has scored 39 goals in 135 matches in all competitions for City since joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew Aboutlast_img read more

Meals on Wheels event has a roaring good time

September 23, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgGreensburg, IN —The Greensburg Meals on Wheels held their annual Dancing with the Stars fundraising event at the Community Church in Greensburg.  According to Executive Director Dianna Robbins, the “Roar into the Twenties” night was a success.  Robbins stated that the event brought in approximately $9000 to help subsidize the cost of meals for local older adults in the community. Several local celebrities danced the night away for the cause.  Father-Daughter team Christopher and Jasmine Bailey took away the honors for best dance. Jasmine stated she was inspired last year when she attended with her dad, who was djing for the event, and that they decided this year they should dance.  The dance duo of Kelly Oakley and Christopher Fogle took honors for bringing in the most donations.  Other participants included Ashley Hennen, Nevika Debaise, Kim Lingle, Kim Roberts, Michael Scharfenberger, Candice Jasper, and Terry and Ann Alverson.  Next year the organization will celebrate the 10th year for the event and will celebrate by bringing back the best dance duos from at the seasons.last_img read more

Oxlade-Chamberlain eyes first of many

September 21, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgMidfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident Arsenal’s next trophy will be the catalyst for an era of success for Arsene Wenger’s new generation. The Gunners head to Wembley on Saturday afternoon to take on holders Wigan for a place in next month’s FA Cup final, and a shot at ending nine campaigns without a trophy. Oxlade-Chamberlain insists that while the current squad are not burdened by the weight of expectation, they are all conscious of just what ending the best part of a barren decade would mean for the future. “It is definitely a springboard and a confidence boost going on to the future.” Oxlade-Chamberlain added: “Once you do get that experience of winning the first one, you automatically build confidence that you can go on and do that again and again and again. That experience is vital. “I always hear commentators talking about squads that have been around and that have won things, they always mention the experience of winning, and knowing what it takes to win. They have only got that through winning trophies, and winning competitions. “That is definitely something that will help this team to go on and push forward and be successful in the future, but it is just getting to that first one, and that is a lot easier said than done. “We are all desperate to win, there is no doubt about that, but for me it is not so much that I am really impatient, I am more interested in trying to play as well as I can, and help the team whenever I am needed. “I believe that with the team that we have here, it will come.” Oxlade-Chamberlain can remember watching on as Arsenal beat Southampton to win the 2003 FA Cup final in Cardiff, while his father Mark often recall stories of his appearance for Portsmouth against Liverpool in the 1992 semi-final against Liverpool at Highbury, where he limped off injured and missed the replay defeat on penalties at Villa Park. The Arsenal midfielder, though, knows there can be no dreaming of a piece of his own Wembley glory in May just yet, as Wigan will want their say. “We don’t think we are massive favourites and they are underdogs. We know it will be really hard,” he said. “If they can beat Man City, on their day they can beat us, and it is our responsibility to make sure that does not happen by not taking anything for granted and approaching the game in the right manner. “We know what is in store and what they are capable of, so we need to give them the respect they deserve and do what we need to do as a team.” “I have been here for three seasons and others have only joined this season so in a way, as a club, it is weighing on us, but as players it is not like that,” said Oxlade-Chamberlain, the 20-year-old England international who signed from Southampton. “We have all come together as a fairly new squad and for the time we have been together, we have been building ourselves up to a moment like this. “When people say it has been weighing on the club heavily, the players are fully aware of that and we want to make that right. “But as a group of players, the most important thing is that we have been gelling together over a fairly short period of time, maybe two or three years. “So for us it is just trying to do the basics right and working together as a team to win a trophy.” Photos of Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ side of 2003/2004 adorn the walls of Arsenal’s London Colney base, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident the latest generation can cement their own place in Arsenal history over the coming seasons. “With the pictures around the training ground, that would be nice,” said the England World Cup hopeful. “It is just good to get into winning ways, to win a trophy, to be able to go the whole journey as a team and win it, that is a massive experience for a team like us, who are fairly new together. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img… Niles wins back-to-back Vets category in two daysBERBICE cyclist Romello Crawford took advantage of home turf to win the fourth edition of the Wilbert Benjamin Sports Store’s 50-mile cycle road race in Berbice on Monday.The event which started in front of the Benjamin’s Sports Store located at Courtland Village, Corentyne, Berbice saw a total of 58 participants in the various categories vie for top honours in their respective categories.According to reports, after being sent on their way, there was a jostle for positions and soon after that, Geron Williams, Jamal John and Silvio Inniss broke away and reached the turn-back point at Number 51 Village, Corentyne unchallenged.However, shortly after, the chasing pack closed in on the trio who were eventually joined by Crawford, Paul DeNobrega, Hamza Eastman, Shaquille Agard and Andrew Hicks.The bunch stayed together until there was approximately 200 metres remaining to the finish line.Crawford jumped the bunch but was followed by DeNobrega and Eastman and in the end, Crawford stopped the clock at one hour 54 minutes 29 seconds and was followed past the line by DeNobrega and Eastman in that order. Williams, Agard, Hicks, John, Inniss, Stephano Husbands and Mark Harris occupied the other positions..John won five of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs while Inniss, Eastman and Williams won one each. Junior Niles, who one day earlier had won the second leg (veterans) of the Dr Cheddi Jagan 50-mile road race in West Demerara, secured back-to-back 50-mile victories by winning Monday’s Benjamin Sports Store veterans’ category ahead of Ian Jackson, Jaikarran Sukhai, Paul Choo-Wee-Nam and Ralph Williams respectively.Zaman Khan was first in the juveniles’ category. Second was Corwin Collins.The 12-14 years age group race, David Dick was first. Second was Jamar Helliger and finishing third was Michael Holder.Ozia McAulay won the mountain bike event ahead of Keon Thomas, Julio Melville and Michael Holder respectively.On the distaff side, Deance Welch won the category ahead of Shenika Teixeira and Nyonza Poyer respectively.The females, mountain bikers and the 12-14 riders all left the starting point but turned back at the University of Guyana, Tain, Berbice.The event was organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club of Berbice.last_img read more

Trojan Family ties too strong?

September 17, 2020 | zelepmlo | No Comments

first_imgIt seemed like an unusual location for the USC football program to hire multiple assistant coaches. I had to double-check what conference the school was in — Conference USA — and what in the world its team name — the Hilltoppers — represented (no explanation, though Wikipedia describes its mascot as a “red, furry blob”).But when the names of the assistant coaches from Western Kentucky who had been hired by USC came out, the move made much more sense. The Trojans are bringing in the Hilltoppers’ offensive line coach Neil Callaway along with the offensive coordinator Tyson Helton. Tyson, of course, is the younger brother of recently named head coach Clay Helton. Callaway will take over the same position for the Trojans, while the younger Helton will shift to quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator.It’d be easy to call the maneuver classic nepotism, and maybe the Trojans will end up having missed out on some of the best assistant coaches in the country. But the elder Helton is shaping up what will be a very strong and unified staff, which will prove to be more important than having some big-name hires.Critics of the promotion of Helton from the interim to full-time head coach argued that it was a classic example of Athletic Director Pat Haden and the athletic department getting too caught up in nostalgia for the “Trojan Family.”Instead of looking externally for a potential big-name upgrade, the Trojans went in-house, promoting a coach already with ties to the school as an assistant, to the program head for the third time in a row. After the legendary Pete Carroll left the USC program in some turmoil for the NFL in 2010, Haden tried both Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian, former offensive coordinators under Carroll, as head coaches, but both failed after brief stints.Looking into the other coaching staff moves Helton and the athletic department have made plays into this idea even further. Helton promoted Tee Martin, the team’s wide receivers coach, to offensive coordinator. For the defensive coordinator, Helton brought back Clancy Pendergast, who served that role for the Trojans in 2013. For special teams, Helton also kept it in the Trojan Family, bringing back John Baxter to fill the special teams coordinator position he had held at USC from 2010 to 2013.But there was plenty of good reasoning for all five of the major hires Helton has made.In three of his four seasons at USC, Baxter’s special teams unit ranked in the top 10 in ESPN’s special teams efficiency metric. This past season, under that same title at Michigan, Baxter led the Wolverines to 13th nationally in efficiency after ranking 96th the year before. Anyone who watched Monday’s national championship game could tell you how important that phase of the game is.Neil Callaway comes with an illustrious career and experience at several different levels. He was an offensive coordinator at Alabama from 1998-2000 and at Georgia from 2001-2006, winning one SEC title with the Crimson Tide and two with the Bulldogs. He’s also had head coach experience at the University of Alabama Birmingham, where he was the program head from 2007-2011. If anything, he seems almost overqualified for a positions coach and should do a great job in the role. Though the younger Tyson comes with much less experience, his Western Kentucky team did win its conference and the Peach Bowl this season, finishing 12-2. The Hilltoppers scored the fifth most points on average in the country at a rate of 44.3 per game.In arguably the most important move, Helton made a great move in bringing back Pendergast. He was only a coordinator at USC for one season in 2013, but the Trojan defense led the conference that year in defensive efficiency, ranking sixth nationally in ESPN’s ranking. He proved he could do the same elsewhere in the conference, leading Cal’s defensive unit to the best total yardage defense in the Pac-12 in 2010 and 2011. He also brings experience from the next level, having led the Arizona Cardinals as a coordinator to a Super Bowl appearance in 2008. Given the criticism of past coordinator Justin Wilcox, the move was especially important and exciting for fans like me who were there to watch the 2013 season.Tee Martin is arguably the biggest question mark of the hire. In a position most susceptible to second-guessing, Martin has no experience in an offensive coordinator role beyond the high school level. His best asset might be his recruiting abilities, but his most important duties will now arguably be his playcalling responsibilities. He’s had tremendous success as a college player, succeeding Peyton Manning as the starting quarterback at Tennessee and leading the Volunteers to their most recent national title in 1998, but he will have the most to prove this season.Overall though, the chemistry and communication between the staff will surely be strong. Everyone has experience working in the Coliseum and under the pressure of the LA media market, and everyone seems to fit with the hardworking and dependable personality of Helton. Ultimately, it will come down more to the players than the staff, but the coaching staff features a savvy and motivated number of football minds that will put the Trojans in the best chance to succeed.Luke Holthouse is a junior majoring in policy, planning and development and broadcast & digital journalism.last_img read more

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Submit Esports betting platform Luckbox has appointed former Playtech product manager Aleksandar Dimitrov as its first Head of Sportsbook.Dimitrov joins Luckbox senior management team, tasked with developing esports-specific elements and engagements of Luckbox’s planned sportsbook offering.A 10-year industry veteran, Dimitrov holds vast product management and planning experience having served as served as Poker Product Manager for Playtech technologies, and Head of Product for Lottotech systems.“Luckbox is a company, which is involved in all the areas I am really passionate about – gambling, software, gaming and crypto.” Dimitrov commented on joining Luckbox.“The team in terms of talent and experience is simply amazing. Throw in the ambition that we have and our vision for the product and the market, and you can’t be anything else than pumped with excitement and motivation.”Dimitrov will support Luckbox’s Chief Product Officer (CPO) Boris Mihov, working closely with the start-up’s development team in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.Boris Mihov commented on the appointment of Dimitrov: “We’re working hard to build the strongest possible team – not only in terms of talent and experience but also a passion for and understanding of esports.”“Finding someone to manage our sportsbook is a big part of the puzzle for us and to get someone of Alex’s calibre is just fantastic for our company and the rest of the team.” Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Recapitalised Luckbox calls for a recruitment drive  June 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, told SBC Magazine how racing events 24/7 are driving additional revenues for operators globally, helped by the appropriate localised approach.Horse racing and greyhound betting events are becoming a key part of the product offer for international operators in a number of new territories, including regions where there has previously been little racing heritage.Both retail and online operators have identified racing betting content as an effective way to provide their customers with an exciting betting experience, which has in turn led to incremental revenues. One of the key drivers in the growth of betting on racing is the frequent, ‘quick-fire’ nature of these betting events. Bettors demand easily accessible content at any time of the day and products such as SIS’s 24/7 Live Betting Channels allow sportsbooks to offer their customers these types of events across all day parts, at times that suit their customers. Tailored contentThe way in which racing betting events are presented to bettors is a key consideration, especially in emerging territories where customers may be less familiar with racing. We have spent a lot of time looking at how our racing content is presented, to ensure it is easy to understand, regardless of customers’ level of racing knowledge. Our channels feature a range of betting prompts and tips on-screen to provide bettors with the confidence to have a bet even if they are new to racing. With our extensive range of markets and prices, operators can also promote markets that will resonate best with their customers and their betting preferences, whether that is Win only markets, forecasts and tricasts or spin and win style derivatives such as odds vs evens.SIS partners closely with our customers to ensure that our products are as successful as possible for operators. We can provide operators with marketing implementation support in-shop and online, working closely with customers to advise the best way to communicate the racing offer in line with customer needs. To support this process, we have created a marketing portal with collateral templates such as easily to understand “How To Bet” guides, alongside helpful hints and tips for enhanced in-shop point of sale featuring content such as top performing jockeys, trainers, traps as well as track stats. We’ve also established an Analytics team that assesses our content performance, which allows us to provide our customers with valuable insight into how best to optimise their offer, including the types of markets to promote to their customers. The “Watch and Bet” formulaPresenting these racing betting events in a “Watch and Bet” format has been effective in helping to encourage bettors to engage with horse racing and greyhounds. With no initial need to place a bet in order to watch live racing, this approach allows bettors to familiarise themselves with racing and the betting markets, as well the ability to engage with the excitement of the live betting product.Allowing bettors to access this live content has proved to be successful for our operator partners internationally, creating encouraging growth in acquisition and retention levels. One of our customers in Eastern Europe introduced new international horse racing content via the Watch and Bet model, which has led to a 50% increase in revenue. In addition, a major UK bookmaker customer has already seen a double digit increase in racing turnover since migrating to Watch and Bet.Proven expertise in deliveryWith over 30 years’ experience in providing betting services to the industry, SIS is the leading supplier for operators looking to offer their customers regular racing betting opportunities throughout the day, 24/7. Thanks to our market-leading international racing offer, SIS’s 24/7 Live Betting Channels can now deliver a betting opportunity every three minutes – translating to approximately 175,200 races a year. We offer operators a truly end-to-end solution, which includes live streamed pictures, data, commentary, on-screen graphics with betting triggers, prices and derivatives.Additionally, by employing our Complex Automated Production (CAP) service, SIS can now create bespoke channels for different operators across regions, to cater for the varying needs of bettors in each territory.Click HERE to download the full magazine featuring exclusive interviews with Superbet CEO Johnny Hartnett, theScore CEO John Levy, Microgaming CEO John Coleman and Swintt CEO David Flynn.last_img read more