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Officiating at track meet was horrible

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe officiating at the Feb. 11 Section II Division I Championship at UAlbany was the worst I’ve seen in 2-1/2 years, and I’ve been to most matches.On the first turn, seven seconds into the 4 X 400M relay in Section 1, the Bethlehem runner was tackled from behind and the race wasn’t stopped. That same runner, now bruised and stunned, shouldn’t have to pick up the baton and finish the race.The official, who was supposed to be watching in turn one had his back to the race. When this was pointed out to the officials, who took about 20 minutes looking up the rules, they refused to acknowledge what they were being told by coaches and others.When officials are asleep, the kids who work hard to compete fairly suffer — not the inept officials.Bill CerveraBallston LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

India’s new COVID cases top global tally for 18th straight day

first_imgIndia reported on Tuesday the highest number of new coronavirus cases globally for the 18th straight day, remaining well ahead of the United States and Brazil, a Reuters tally based on official reporting showed.It took India from the end of January, when the country’s first case was reported, until July to reach around 1.6 million cases, a period when the government imposed a strict lockdown.However, infections have rocketed by another 1.5 million since the start of August, taking the total to around 3.1 million, behind only Brazil and the United States. The rate of new cases in India is increasing rapidly, climbing by 60,975 in the latest 24-hour period, according to the federal health ministry.”If we cross the absolute numbers [in Brazil and the United States], I won’t be surprised, but we also have a larger population,” Giridhar Babu, epidemiologist at the non-profit Public Health Foundation of India, told Reuters.But deaths have remained comparatively low – at 58,390, or 1.84 % of total cases – lower than the global mortality percentage of 3.4%India reported its first COVID-19 fatality in mid-March, with the death toll rising to around 35,700 by the end of July. In August so far, around 22,600 deaths have been recorded. Deaths are considered a lagging indicator, given the two-week incubation period of the disease.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has said it is reassured by the high recovery rate – around 75% of the total 3.1 million cases are no longer infected, according to data from the federal health ministry.Amid the race to develop a vaccine, the ministry said India was in conversation with Russia regarding Sputnik-V, its experimental COVID-19 vaccine.Topics :last_img read more

Saipem expands fleet with ‘Lewek Constellation’ buy

first_imgItalian offshore contractor Saipem has entered into an agreement to acquire the ultra-deepwater pipelay and construction vessel Lewek Constellation.Saipem said on Thursday that the 2013-built Lewek Constellation was ready to be promoted for commercial opportunities.The Constellation will be marketed in all geographic areas including the Gulf of Mexico, the North and Norwegian Seas where, according to Saipem, the vessel characteristics make it suitable to pursue the subsea tie-back initiatives predominant in those areas.Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO, said: “The Constellation is the latest addition to Saipem world-class fleet that will integrate our offering with reeling capabilities in order to safely and competitively respond to the needs of the subsea tie-back market.“Indeed, in the current economic scenario, the subsea tie-back developments are becoming increasingly important as they maximize the utilization of the existing infrastructures at reasonable expenditures. The acquisition of the Constellation bridges this gap, expanding the set of future opportunities.”Saipem added that the Constellation would be acquired for $275 million through the partial utilization of available liquidity.“Considering the time to finalize commercial endeavors on this expanded business segment, revenues and EBITDA adjusted 2018 guidance will remain unchanged,” the company said.The Constellation, bought from Emas Chiyoda Subsea, is currently located in the Gulf of Mexico, near Galveston, USA.To recall, Emas Chiyoda Subsea, a joint venture between Ezra Holdings Limited and the Chiyoda Corporation, filed a petition for bankruptcy protection at a U.S. court in late February 2017last_img read more

Damen Yichang Cuts 1st Steel for Eesti Gas’ Short-Sea LNG Bunker Ship

first_imgOn March 18, Damen Yichang Shipyard in China held a steel cutting ceremony for the first of a planned series of short-sea LNG bunker vessels to be built for Estonian energy company Eesti Gaas.The 6,000 cbm vessel, ordered a couple of months ago, and its future sister-ships are intended to accelerate the wider adoption of LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel in the north-eastern region of the Baltic Sea by providing a mobile ship-to-ship distribution service for the first time.At the ceremony the first sections of the 100-meter, LGC 6000 LNG class vessel were cut from 8mm steel plate and will eventually be part of the wall separating the ship’s engine room from the tank hold. Assembly will start in May with the installation of the LNG tanks scheduled for November, according to Damen.Following sea trials, the ship will arrive in Estonia next summer and will start serving LNG clients in the autumn. The new vessel will be capable of carrying out bunker activities at designated locations both in and outside ports.The LGC 6000 LNG is designed to meet the requirements of ICE class 1A certification, allowing it to operate all year in the Gulf of Finland and the northern Baltic. It will also have a green ship notation. A dual-fuel propulsion system will be used for the management of the Boil-Off Gas (BOG) in combination with a gas burner, and the interior of the vessel will feature high-quality accommodation for her crew.Eesti Gaas will operate the vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company Infortar AS. Eesti Gaas is also the LNG supplier for Tallink Grupp’s LNG RoPax vessel Megastar.“The start of steel cutting for this brand-new vessel for Infortar marks an important milestone in the start of her construction. We are very grateful to Eesti Gaas and Infortar for choosing Damen to build their new LNG bunkering vessel,” Peter Anssems, Sales Manager, Sales East and South-East Europe, Damen Shipyards Group, commented.“With this high-tech joint venture, Eesti Gaas and our launch client ferry-operator Tallink will ascend to having the title of the LNG companies with the most competence and experience in this region,” Kalev Reiljan, a member of the management board of Eesti Gaas, said.“Eesti Gaas has performed over 1,500 port-based LNG truck-to-ship refuellings of Tallink’s LNG-powered Megastar ferry and now we are moving on toward offshore, more mobile solutions,” Reiljan added.This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport program.last_img read more

Incoming Prime Minister Bill English U-turns on gay marriage

first_imgNZ Herald 12 December 2016Family First Comment: Wow! How quickly they flip-flop. Even Donald Trump didn’t capitulate like this. “Just seeing the impact it has had for couples and the fact that it doesn’t erode marriage. In some ways, it’s an affirmation of the concept.” – Bill English.No Bill. It hasn’t affirmed it. It’s confused and denied the obvious cultural and natural character of marriage and the subsequent creation and care of children.www.protectmarriage.org.nz #marriageonemanonewomanNew Prime Minister Bill English has revealed he would vote in favour of same-sex marriage if another vote was held, saying he has witnessed the positive impact it has had on gay couples in New Zealand.English, in his first press conference after being selected as National Party leader, also said he would not use his Prime Ministerial position to push through or lobby for socially conservative changes in New Zealand.He was chosen as the party’s new leader after a short caucus meeting this morning, and was sworn in as Prime Minister at Government House this afternoon.Speaking to reporters after the caucus meeting, English told reporters he was an “active Catholic and proud of it”. But while his Catholic faith was an important influence, it did not define him, he said.He said his opposition to euthanasia and abortion remained the same. But his position on gay marriage had changed.“I’d probably vote differently now on the gay marriage issue. I don’t think that gay marriage is a threat to anyone else’s marriage.”English voted against the legalisation of same-sex marriage in New Zealand in 2012. It passed into comfortably with the support of two-thirds of MPs.Asked what had changed his view, English said: “Just seeing the impact it has had for couples and the fact that it doesn’t erode marriage.“In some ways, it’s an affirmation of the concept.”But again, I don’t intend to use the position to try and influence those issues. They’ve been dealt with by the Parliament and by the processes of law and I accept that.”READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11765250Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

William “Bill” R. Grimes

first_imgWilliam “Bill” Grimes age 75 of Harrison, Ohio passed away peacefully Friday, November 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born February 11, 1943 in Clay County, Kentucky the son of Franklin and Pauline (Sparks) Grimes.Bill married Debby Plymale September 24, 2003 in Covington, Kentucky, graduated from Whitewater high school in 1961 and worked as a car salesman for many years.Bill is survived by his wife Debby Grimes of Harrison, Ohio, sister Jean Russell of West Harrison, Indiana and brother Jeffrey Grimes of Harrison, Ohio. Bill is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.Preceded in death by his parents Franklin and Pauline Grimes and brothers Richard and Joseph Grimes.Services will be private at convenience of the family.Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Cincinnati c/o Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030.last_img read more

Vance, Sautter top Tri-City IMCA Modified features

first_imgThe Allstar Performance IMCA Modified drivers had some extra work to take care of at the June 7 show at Auburn, first of all completing the feature rained out from the previous week. However, it was another no. 42 that stole the spotlight in the second feature for the Modified class. No. D42 Sautter, a long-time veteran in asphalt racing, had his own tough luck over the past 10 years since switching to dirt racing. Sautter the held off a tenacious Szecsodi to pick up his first dirt feature win. Vance slipped into the lead early and never looked back as he started the evening picking up his first feature win of 2019. He also dominated the field in his heat race and looked like he had a legitimate chance to sweep all of his races that night. AUBURN, Mich. (June 7) – Craig Vance won the makeup feature and Don Sautter raced to his first win on dirt Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway,center_img Don Sautter was a first-time winner on dirt, in Friday’s scheduled IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Motor Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Tri-City Motor Speedway) Sautter, who had yet to win a feature on dirt, took the lead from row three on the first lap. He commit­ted to the low groove for the majority of the race. A few bobbles knocked him back as far as fifth but he was able to fight his way back to steal the lead from Matt Szecsodi with three laps to go. By Roger M. Williamslast_img read more

Woodward has lot to prove: Scholes

first_img Scholes, who played in two World Cups, has urged manager Roy Hodgson to make sure Rooney channels all his energy into his responsibilities up front. Scholes said: “Wayne wants all the responsibility to score. He’ll try to play left-back, right-back. Sometimes he does that too much instead of saving himself and his energy for what his teams need – the ball in the net. “He needs to use his energy more effectively now as he’s a player who likes to be up front on his own and I don’t think he’s great with partnerships. “To get the very best from Wayne in Rio, the manager needs to tell him, ‘Don’t bother running back. Stay up top. Stay centre forward. Score goals. That’s your job in my team’.” Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has much to prove. Scholes has also revealed he does not expect to be involved in a coaching capacity at Old Trafford next season. Woodward has endured a rocky first year since assuming his current position, with the ill-fated appointment of David Moyes as manager, some frustrating summer transfer experiences and the team’s disappointing on-field results. Press Association But Scholes feels Moyes has been made too much of a scapegoat for the poor 2013-14 season and more questions need to be asked of Woodward. Scholes, in his new column for the Paddy Power Blog, wrote: “David Moyes took a lot of stick, but I believe he’s a top manager. I’d question if 10 months was enough time. “Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job. He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants. “It’s obvious that last year he didn’t manage to do that. If he doesn’t we are not going to get anywhere near the top.” Scholes, 39, retired a year ago but was brought back to United in a coaching role for the final four games of last season by interim manager Ryan Giggs. He has not been told whether he will continue under new manager Louis van Gaal next season, but is not expecting to be retained. Scholes said: “I’ve not spoken to Edward Woodward. I came back for Ryan Giggs for the last few games of last season to try to help out, but I’m not waiting for a phone call and don’t expect to be at United next season.” Scholes went on to say how he believes England can get the best out of his former United team-mate Wayne Rooney at the World Cup this summer. last_img read more

Malone sisters reunite at Syracuse after running together their whole lives

first_imgIn high school, every day was the same for sisters Mary and Margo Malone: school, practice, family dinner.With a family of runners, it wasn’t hard to anticipate that the dinner conversation would go to cross-country.But then Margo went off to college, and the dinner conversations got a little quieter. This year, the conversations are relocating to Syracuse as the two sisters are reunited on the women’s cross-country team, with Margo in her third season and Mary starting her first. “I was ecstatic when she told me,” Margo said of Mary’s commitment to SU. “I couldn’t believe it and I think it’s going to be really cool to share this with her.”Margo was the women’s top runner last year, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference and All-Northeast Region honors, while Mary was an accomplished high school senior, leading North Hills High School in Pittsburgh.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt started in fourth grade. Like most the kids at St. Teresa of Avila School — a private Catholic grade school in Pittsburgh — Margo began exploring sports. She dabbled in basketball and soccer, but cross-country was the one that stuck. It had something the other sports didn’t: her mother, Midge Malone, as the coach. Margo fell in love with the sport, so her younger sisters Shannon and Mary decided to give it a try, too. Throughout high school, Margo and Mary’s lives revolved around running. They trained and practiced together — along with Shannon, who runs for the University of Virginia and is in between the other two sisters in age — which helped bring them closer.They were always challenging and pushing each other to get better for every weekend spent traveling to meets.“There was a little bit of sibling rivalry,” Midge said. “They were always really close in speed in high school, but they always had a healthy competition.”It was that sibling rivalry that helped the Malones dominate the cross-country and track and field scene at North Hills.  At a tri-state coaches invitational, the Malone sisters were the first three women to finish the race.Mary and Margo had a passion for the sport that their high school coach John Wilkie said he rarely ever sees. “Margo and Mary really love hard work,” Wilkie said. “Typically an athlete will put up with it knowing they have to do it to improve, but the Malones actually relished the hard work.”The three sisters led North Hills to two consecutive Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Triple-A cross-country titles in 2010 and 2011, and earned 15 combined individual WPIAL medals.This past summer, Mary and Shannon joined Margo and the SU women’s team on a training session in Lake Tahoe, a trip organized by the girls on the team.SU head coach Chris Fox said Mary has high expectations for herself given her sister’s performance.“Margo has kind of set the bar high because she’s had such a great two years here, especially the last year,” Fox said. “And so Mary thinks kind of bigger than most incoming freshmen.”Fox hasn’t had a chance to observe Mary in practice very much, but said he believes she could be among the top seven runners the team takes to each meet. Even though Mary is running for a new team and a new coach, she’ll be racing beside a familiar face — one that she knows will motivate her.“It helps with the transition because I know how she runs and I know where I should be in comparison to her,” Mary said. “If I’m ever having a bad day, she’s there.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 4, 2014 at 12:20 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

A WNBA icon, Leslie’s career comes to its end

first_imgEver since I can remember, Lisa Leslie has been the face of women’s basketball. The star from Compton was one of those figures that never seemed to age. If there was a women’s basketball game on TV, be it a WNBA or an international game, chances were Leslie was right in the middle of it.But those days will soon be nothing but memories and tape reels. Because tonight could be the last game the greatest women’s basketball player and one of the best USC athletes in history will play. Leslie has said she’ll retire at the end of this season, and with the Los Angeles Sparks facing playoff elimination from the Phoenix Mercury, it could be the last chance to see Leslie set up in the post or knock a jumper down from 15 feet.Basketball pioneer · Former USC star Lisa Leslie (33) played an integral role in starting the WNBA and was the first woman to dunk. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationIt might surprise you to learn that the three-time WNBA MVP is only 37 years old. She’s been so dominant for so long, it feels like she came from the Paleolithic era. In an age when athletes are still competing as they reach their 40s (Dara Torres won an Olympic silver medal in swimming at the ripe age of 41 in Beijing last year), it sure seems plausible that Leslie could continue to play for a few more years. But the 6-foot-5 center has done so much in her career, it’d be a bit selfish to ask her to stay.And why should she stay? She has won four Olympic gold medals, more than any women’s basketball player in history, and two WNBA championships. She is only one of four players left from the inaugural season of the WNBA in 1997, and she is the league’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. While at USC, she became the first player in conference history to be named to the All-Pac-10 team all four years, and she was an All-American for three of those years. She also won the Naismith Award in 1994.Oh yeah, she was also the first player to ever dunk in a WNBA game.It was her play, as well as her attractive personality, that made her the perfect ambassador for the game. After 13 years in the league, the ambassador hasn’t lost her charm.“Hi, my name is Lisa,” she said at a news conference following the Sparks’ win in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals last week. “I’m not sure if you guys had any questions for me, but I thought I’d come in.”You cannot measure Leslie’s impact on women’s basketball. She was one of the first players to make of name for herself in high school, as she actively tried to break Cheryl Miller’s record of 105 points in a game (she scored 101 in the first half, then the opposing team failed to come out for the second half). She dominated at USC, but after graduating, she found there was no place for women basketball players in the States.So she moved to Italy for a year and played there, but came back in 1996 to capture the gold medal in the Olympics in Atlanta. The United States was still without a league, and she thought her career was over before it even started.“At that moment, I thought I had retired from basketball,” Leslie told The New York Times last month.Thankfully, her retirement was postponed 13 years. Because after the Olympics, she played a big part in instituting the WNBA.Ever since that inaugural season in 1997, Leslie has been scoring baskets and inspiring young players around the country. If it wasn’t for her, there might not even be a WNBA, and once-in-a-generation talents such as Candace Parker might be playing overseas, or not at all.“I don’t think there’s an athlete on the court today or in this league or in youth leagues all around this country who don’t owe a debt of gratitude to Lisa Leslie, or don’t look up to her as an iconic figure in women’s basketball,” said Donna Orender, president of the WNBA, at this year’s All-Star Game. “She has been one of the great competitors, the most fierce competitor.”Being the competitor that she is, Leslie is going out on her own terms. She had a baby two years ago and could have easily called it quits after that, but she decided to come back and play. She injured her knee early this season and could have made an excuse about being too old, and nobody would’ve questioned her.But she’s here to win one last WNBA title. If she doesn’t, there are no plans to pull a Brett Favre or Michael Jordan. She’s done with her career and wants to spend time with her daughter and husband.When she finally takes off her shoes for the last time, be it tonight or a few weeks down the road after her third WNBA championship, she will leave a void larger than Los Angeles in women’s basketball. There’s not a single player who can fill that void, and because of her long-lasting career and fame, she will continue to be the face of women’s basketball long after she takes off the No. 9 jersey.She has arguably been the greatest Trojan ambassador in any sport. For that, Leslie deserves a standing ovation, and, maybe, just maybe, she could give us one last dunk.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Kenny at klegan23@gmail.com.last_img read more