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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 10

first_imgWhen Trump released his list of judges for consideration to the Supreme Court, it was all over for Hillary Clinton.Roe v. Wade was a mistake. Change is coming thanks to President Trump.Rather than bemoan the president’s human foibles, let us thank God we live in this country, celebrate Americanism and proudly march in the Fourth of July parades. We’ll send a message to any foreign intruder that you can try but Americans don’t bite.Mary B. McClaineSchenectady As the chairman of the Niskayuna Town Board Economic Development Committee, I’m concerned about the supervisor’s comments. The O.D. Heck facility is still occupied by state employees. If the state decides to turn over a small portion of the property for reuse, the excess parcel will not be “a large swatch of land.”  This section of state land bordering Balltown Road contains a pond that must be protected. Redevelopment would be disallowed under federal and state wetland protection laws.  If the state makes excess land and buildings available for reuse, the zoning change being considered by the Planning Board does not allow for light industrial uses. This area of the Niskayuna is not appropriate for manufacturing facilities. There’s been a lot of misinformation put out about the O.D. Heck property. The state still occupies the vast majority of the site. Any redevelopment at the site must be done responsibly. To suggest there is a lot of property ready to go on the tax rolls for industrial or other commercial uses is incorrect.If any portion of O.D. Heck becomes available, priority one should be responsible development supporting the environment and in sync with nearby neighborhoods.John DellaRattaNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine O.D. Heck land needs responsible review In The Gazette profile of the Niskayuna town supervisor (and subsequent interview on her brother’s television program), Yasmine Syed said rezoning the O.D. Heck property to expand the tax base is “priority one.”She went on to refer to the property as a “large swatch of land” she favors to be rezoned as “light industrial.”center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters didn’t need Russia to back TrumpIf in fact there was Russian influence during the 2016 presidential election, it didn’t affect the outcome.Americans knew how they would cast their vote when they saw candidate Trump come down the escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy. No one had to ask, “Who is this person?” He already had name recognition.Throughout the campaign, specific blocs of people publicly declared their support for Trump. One such group was the “Bikers for Trump.” I attended the bikers’ rally held in Schenectady. Believe me, no attendee was going to be influenced by any country, anybody or anything. They knew candidate Trump was the right person for the times.Don’t underestimate the power of the thousands of voters who spent their professional lives holding a secret clearance. They understood the seriousness of Hillary’s private server. Clinton was her own worst enemy. What was that about Russian influence?Also consider the Evangelicals, Fox News viewers and the Rush Limbaugh radio listeners. Is anyone so naive to think the Russians could influence such a conservative bloc of voters?last_img read more

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Liverpool enter race to sign long-term Arsenal transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link663Shares Advertisement Liverpool enter race to sign long-term Arsenal transfer target Dominik Szoboszlai Szoboszlai would cost around £26m (Picture: Getty)Liverpool are reportedly preparing another transfer raid on Red Bull Salzburg, this time for highly-rated midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.The 19-year-old has consistently been linked with a switch to the Premier League, with Arsenal regarded as long-time admirers of Szoboszlai.Arsenal have seen their transfer budget slashed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the talented Szoboszlai might be picked up for just £26million in the next window.Liverpool secured the bargain £7.25m signing of Takumi Minamino last January from RB Salzburg and are eager to repeat the trick with Szoboszlai.ADVERTISEMENTMinamino has been eased into life at Liverpool and although he has made just seven appearances for the Reds since joining, Jurgen Klopp expects big things from the Japan International.AdvertisementAdvertisementItalian outletTuttosport claim the Reds have entered the race to sign his former team-mate Szoboszlai, but will face competition not only from Arsenal, but Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.Klopp will be very familiar with Szoboszlai, as Liverpool played the Hungarian and Salzburg in the Champions League group stages. Liverpool snared Minamino from Salzburg last January (Picture: Getty)Minamino managed to convince Klopp to sign him with his performances against the Reds and it appears Szoboszlai has now caught the German’s eye.While Arsenal are reportedly targeting free transfers and swap deals, it is unclear how Liverpool’s transfer business will be affected by the public health crisis.The Reds have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner and Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who are both long-term targets of Klopp’s.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut for now Liverpool’s focus will be on winning their first ever Premier League title, with players gradually returning to training this month.Premier League chiefs want to finish the 2019/20 season this summer which would likely see the upcoming transfer window moved, putting any plans Liverpool or Arsenal might have on hold.MORE: Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal bossMORE: Bayern Munich chief hits out at Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea transfer target Timo WernerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Adcock and Smith see off Scots

first_imgGabby Adcock and Lauren Smith won a fiery Anglo-Scottish clash against Imogen Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour on Wednesday evening. The English pair, seeded fourth, edged out Scottish rivals Bankier and Gilmour 21-13 17-21 21-18 amid a boisterous atmosphere at the Emirates Arena to reach the women’s doubles last 16. The Scots had the majority of the crowd on their side for the late-night encounter, but neither pair disappointed in a match of high intensity. The perceived rivalry between Adcock and Bankier – who played mixed doubles alongside Adcock’s husband Chris at London 2012 – added an intriguing sub-plot as momentum shifted from side to side. Tensions did come to the surface in a tight and niggly final game, with both pairs complaining about line calls and the umpire getting the scores mixed up, but eventually it was the English who who prevailed after 74 draining minutes. The final game saw the lead change hands several times and finished after 11pm. Smith said: “It was a very nervy, scrappy game but we got through it and that is all that matters. “We were a little bit behind in the third game but we stepped it up when it mattered at the end.” England’s other women’s doubles pair of Heather Olver and Kate Robertshaw had a more straightforward – and low-key – 2-0 win over Uganda’s Daisy Nakalyango and Margaret Nankabirwa. Adcock’s victory was her second of the day after victory in the mixed doubles. She and husband Chris looked strong as they eased into the second round with a 21-12 21-13 win over Northern Ireland’s Tony Murphy and Alannah Stephenson. Chris Adcock was also victorious in men’s doubles as he and Andy Ellis – the top seeds – brushed off Douglas Clark and Ross Stewart 2-0 to join team-mates Peter Mills and Chris Langridge in the next round. Langridge and Olver also enjoyed mixed doubles success, beating Kenya’s Patrick Mbogo and Mercy Joseph 2-0. Men’s singles hopes Rajiv Ouseph and Kieran Merrilees, of England and Scotland respectively, remained on course for a potential quarter-final meeting. Third seed Ouseph saw off Sahir Edoo of Mauritius 21-11 21-6 while Glaswegian Merrilees, his regular training partner and eighth seed, overcame Victor Munga, of Kenya, 21-6 21-7. Ouseph will next play Tony Murphy of Northern Ireland, who edged past Muhammad Bhatti of Pakistan 2-1, while fellow Ulsterman Tony Stephenson won 2-0 against South African Prakash Vijayanath. The loss for Bankier and Gilmour took the gloss of what had otherwise been a good day for both players and the Scottish team in general. Bankier had earlier combined with Robert Blair for an impressive 15-21 21-14 21-14 win in a high-quality mixed doubles encounter against the unseeded but highly-rated Malaysians Wei Shem Goh and Loo Yin Lim. Blair said: “We thought this could be our hardest game until the latter stages. I hope to God they get easier than that. “Maybe there was a loss of concentration from them, as once we got the lead a few errors crept in, but we had to keep our concentration.” Blair also combined with Paul van Rietvelde for a 21-7 21-6 win over Mohamed Sarim and Hussein Zaki of the Maldives while Gilmour, world number 17 in singles, beat Australia’s Verdet Kessler 21-14 21-5. To add to the host nation’s success, Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh beat another Maldives pair, Ajfan Rasheed and Nasheeu Sharafudden, 21-11 21-7. There were further good results for Northern Ireland on the doubles front with victories for Stephenson and Caroline Black, Stephenson and Murphy, and Black and Sinead Chambers in the various disciplines. Also making progress in the women’s singles were Sarah Walker and her former England team-mate Liz Cann, who now represents Jersey. The pair will meet for a place in the last eight. Carissa Turner of Wales also went through, beating Guernsey’s Elena Johnson in revenge for a defeat at Delhi four years ago, before having further success in women’s doubles with Sarah Thomas. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Regional Invitational XI beat T&T Red Force in charity T20 for hurricane victims

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Brandon King, Darren Bravo and Rovman Powell all starred as a Regional Invitational XI defeated a Trinidad and Tobago Red Force XI by 11 runs in a celebrity Hurricane Relief Twenty20 here Saturday night.The encounter, staged at Queen’s Park Oval, brought together a plethora of regional and West Indies stars with the aim of raising TT$ one million (US$148 233) to support ongoing relief efforts in the Caribbean countries devastated last month by the passage of Hurricanes Irma Maria.As such, while the result was of academic interest, several players grabbed the opportunity to entertain the sizeable crowd which turned up to support the venture.Sent in, the Regional XI piled up an imposing 217 for eight off their 20 overs with Jamaican Brandon King lashing an imperious 62 off just 26 balls while West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell pummeled 56 from 28 deliveries.Windies T20 opener Johnson Charles hit 26 from 25 balls while Ashley Nurse came at the end to belt a 12-ball unbeaten 26.The Regional XI were 67 for three in the ninth over when King, and then Powell, intervened to accelerate the innings.King crunched four fours and six massive sixes, putting on 58 for the fourth wicket with Powell before holing out at long off in the 14th over.Powell then took over, smashing seven sixes to dominate a 50-run, fifth wicket partnership with captain Darren Sammy (4) before perishing in the 17th over – three balls after the former Windies skipper departed.West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine picked up two for 23.In reply, the left-handed Bravo lit up the Oval with a sparkling 58 off 29 balls, with two fours and six sixes while Lendl Simmons struck 49 from 26 deliveries and fellow opener Tion Webster, 21 from 14 balls.Simmons set the tone for the innings, blasting five fours and three sixes in a 71-run, opening stand with Webster.When Simmons fell in the sixth over, Bravo put on 33 for the second wicket with Webster and a further 36 for the fifth wicket with older brother Dwayne Bravo (19).Red Force seemed on course for victory at 158 for four in the 14th over but once Darren Bravo pulled medium pacer Dwayne Smith into the lap of Charles at deep mid-wicket, the last six wickets tumbled for 48 runs.The match was an initiative of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board in partnership with the Sport Company of T&T, and Queen’s Park Cricket Club.last_img read more

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