Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We urge people living in the district to vote yes on Dec. 5 at Gowana Middle School on the proposal to sell land to the town of Clifton Park for $1.1 million to preserve 34 acres of land for a central park.This centrally located park will be available to all residents of southern Saratoga County and future generations to enjoy.Voting yes on this proposal will secure this land as green space, promote the building of community and move plans forward to develop a central park.Deborah LakritzLeland LakritzClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?High-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning Board We have been residents of Clifton Park for 44 years and are the parents of two girls who attended and graduated from Shenendehowa.We have seven grandchildren, six currently attending various Shenendehowa schools.
Kamp stressed the importance for schemes’ participants that pension funds and insurers invest locally, saying this boosted Dutch society and helped workers.Diederik Samson, leader of the labour party PvdA, also called for additional pension fund investments in The Netherlands, arguing that an additional investment of 1% would benefit the local economy by €10bn.When asked by IPE sister publication FD-IPNederland, Kamp said an additional percentage point of investment was not his final target and he declined to be more specific.Encouraging pension funds to increase their local investments is a sensitive issue, as it involves private institutions.According to Eloy Lindeijer, head of asset management at the €159bn provider PGGM, “forced investment” is one of the risks of the NII.However, in the opinion of Jan van Rutte, the architect of the NII plan, the risks associated with the Institution would be no different than if it did not exist, although he conceded the risks could increase due to “publicity pressure” for local investment.Another risk is that the NII, despite the support of institutional investors, cannot offer “sound investments”.Lindeijer said he expected that it would take approximately three months before the NII could take off.The Institution aims to offer its first investment in 2015.The NII is considering issuing subordinated loans to small and medium-sized companies, as an addition to the NL Ondernemingsfonds, an initiative of the pensions providers MN and Syntrus Achmea in cooperation with banks and asset manager Robeco. Henk Kamp, minister for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, has said the new National Investment Institution (NII) will offer pension funds greater options for investing locally in the Netherlands.During the presentation of a concrete plan for the NII, Kamp, a former minister for Social Affairs, said the example of Dutch insurers showed that local investment could be a “responsible policy”.Currently, Dutch insurers invest 43% of their assets in the Netherlands, whereas pension funds invest just 14%.Investors from North America know this as well, Kamp said, adding that the US ambassador told the minister US investments in the Netherlands were larger than its combined stake in the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China.
I was recently asked what makes a good interview? I thought of 5 things that probably make an individual a good interviewer. They are:1. Be yourself and don’t try to copy someone else’s style. Not everyone is a Marty Brennamen.2. Don’t try to be an expert on all things. If you are talking to someone about a topic with which you are unfamiliar, let them do the explaining.3. Listen to their answers. Don’t interrupt.4. Give them time to formulate their answer.5. Smile, have eye contact, and make them comfortable.You need to do these simple steps even when you are interviewing a person with whom you may not agree. After all, they are entitled to their opinion just the same as you are.
Area Girls Tennis Sectional ScoresThursday (5-17)South Dearborn SectionalsBatesville 5 Lawrenceburg 0Oldenburg Academy 5 South Dearborn 0Batesville defeated Lawrenceburg 5-0 in the opening round of the sectional. Audrey Weigel, Rachael Rose, and Sophie Brown won in singles. In doubles action, the teams of Baylee Rohlfing/Corinne Stone and Jenna Ertel/Betsy Harmeyer were winners.Batesville will play East Central on Friday at 4:30 PM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
The first Florida driver elected to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Scott Sessions will also be making his first trip to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s this September. (Photo by Photophil)MILTON, Fla. – Scott Sessions made history when he was elected to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational on Friday night.He hopes for even bigger and better things on Saturday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.From Milton, Sessions became the first driver from Florida elected to start the All-Star Invitational in the 13-year history of the event. He’ll come to Boone Speedway with a goal of taking the green flag in Saturday’s big dance as well.“I am very honored to be part of the race on Friday. It came as a complete shock when I got a text from IMCA after the first round of voting, asking me to call them as soon as possible,” said Sessions, the 2015 Allstar Performance Alabama State champion. “Super Nationals has always been on my bucket list but I thought I would attend as a spectator and not as a competitor.”Sessions started racing a local bomber division at the age of 19. He’s 47 now and has piloted hobby stocks, open late models and crate models in the 28 seasons since.After losing his shop and its contents to a fire, Sessions rebuilt his race program and decided to give Modifieds a try.“I’ve won plenty of hobby stock races and a bunch of late model races,” he said, “but being elected to start the All-Star Invitational far exceeds anything else I have ever done.”“The best way I can describe Super Nationals is that it’s like the Super Bowl of Modified racing,” he continued. “I know how good the competition is going to be. Winning either the All-Star Invitational or the main event would be a major accomplishment.”Sessions has been researching Boone Speedway, watching videos posted online and talking to friends who have raced at Boone. He will also have some questions for the folks at Larry Shaw Race Cars – he has a 2011 Shaw Chassis – before loading up and making the 1,100 mile trip north.In addition to his wife Kristie and daughter Kaylie, Sessions’ crew help includes Jimmy and Amy McDaniels, Damon Taylor, Randy Pack, Frayne White, Chana Sweeney, Beverly Cooley and Jeffrey and Ashely Odom.He is sponsored by Sessions Construction Services, Northwest Florida Powersports and Miller Motorsports, all of Milton, and Northwest Florida Speedway.Sessions also has a singular distinction among his fellow All-Stars, being owner and promoter of Northwest Florida Speedway in Baker, a regular stop for the Bay Area Emerald Coast Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds again this season.“I really pushed to get IMCA back in the Panhandle. There are a ton of things I like about IMCA,” he said. “I like the consistency of the rules and everything IMCA does to keep the cars affordable. The average guy can show up and compete with the guy who has a lot of money.”Two Florida Modified drivers have qualified for the Saturday show at Super Nationals … Jimmy Balkcom in 1987 and Curtis Galbreath in 2000.
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes the club’s much-publicised complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg can now be consigned to history. “We would try to help as much as we can. We know refereeing is a very tough job that demands a lot and we try to have a very good relationship with him, a very impartial game and a very fair game which is what we all want from this game.” The complaint stems around Southampton’s claim that Clattenburg told Lallana: “You are very different now, since you’ve played for England – you never used to be like this.” Despite the club rather than player making the complaint, the comments have seen the attacking midfielder come under criticism, not that Pochettino has seen a negative impact on the England international, who scored in Saturday 4-3 FA Cup defeat of Burnley. “The whole matter with Clattenburg has been forgotten and it hasn’t affected him at all,” he said. “Adam is a very strong player mentally so he has completely forgotten. “I think sportsmen in general quickly forget about things such as these and referees as well are also sportsmen and they forget about it as well so it’s in the past, it’s history. “Our main focus right now is to learn from it. We are fully aware to be a referee is very tough, it’s a very demanding job. But we also have the right to complain whenever we feel we have been hard done by in certain situations. “It’s up to us to try to help referees as much as we can so the situation doesn’t happen again.” It is a situation that has led to much debate and ridicule – but Pochettino hopes that can be forgotten, with his focus on Saints’ clash with West Brom this weekend. “For me the matter was over a long time ago,” he said. “I already said what I needed to say about it after the game against Everton. Now we need to look to the future and help referees as much as we can. “I take full responsibility for what I said about that game but I think now it is time not to dwell on it, we get over it and we have to focus on the future. “If we ever do come across Mark Clattenburg again, we will try to make things as easy as possible because we know it’s a tough job.” The powers that be at Southampton are understood to be sticking to their guns about the Clattenburg affair, insisting it would be difficult for him to officiate in any of their games. That, though, does not appear to be a view Pochettino shares. “It would not be a problem if we had Mark Clattenburg again refereeing us,” he said. Press Association Having spent much of the first half of the season making positive headlines, Saints have spent the last week under the spotlight for the wrong reasons. The club failed with a complaint about Clattenburg’s alleged remarks to England midfielder Adam Lallana during the defeat by Everton on December 29, with the Football Association joining the referees’ governing body PGMOL in taking no action.
Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse victims are now able to start filing compensation claims against his estate.Earlier this month, a U.S. Virgin Islands probate judge signed off for the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program to begin accepting claims starting on Thursday, June 25.An estimated $630 million has been allocated to the fund. The funds will be distributed to victims based upon their allegations that can be proven.Victims who have more evidence and more significant damages will receive more money.Epstein, who was accused of sexually abusing underage girls and running a sex trafficking ring, was found dead in his jail cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug,. 10, 2019. A medical examiner determined his cause of death was suicide by hanging.To submit a claim to the Epstein Victims’ Compensation Program, click here.
The Latest: NHL reports no positive tests from active teams The Tour’s French organizers have yet to announce a replacement city for Copenhagen, although there have been reports that the three-week event could start from the French region of Brittany in 2021.This year’s Tour, which was supposed to start in June, will now be held Aug. 29-Sept. 20 — starting in Nice.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The National Hockey League says there have been zero positive coronavirus test results since 24 teams entered quarantined bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. The league announced it had administered more than 7,000 tests to players, coaches, staff and officials over the past week. Teams with 52-member traveling parties entered the bubbles July 26.There were also zero positives the previous week when teams were still in their home cities for training camp.___Results of Covid-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a night game. The Phillies (1-2) have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Although the Phillies didn’t have any players test positive, their games last week were postponed as a cautionary measure.___Danish organizers say the Tour de France start due to take place in Copenhagen next year has been moved to 2022 to avoid being held in the same month as the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and the European Championship soccer tournament.Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen says the move means the three-stage Tour start in his city will now be planned for July 1-3, 2022, adding that he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will have passed by then.The 2021 Tour was scheduled set to start on July 2. August 3, 2020
USC head coach Dan Hubbs calls his team the “cardiac kids” because of his players’ propensity for late-inning drama.It’s unclear exactly how close they came to actually giving him a heart attack on Sunday against Utah, but they couldn’t have been that far off.Catching fire · USC freshman outfielder Timmy Robinson led the Trojans’ offensive attack on Sunday against Utah, going 3-for-6 with two runs scored and 5 RBI to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe Trojans (16-23, 8-10 Pac-12) blew a 10-2 lead, allowing a game-tying single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, before scoring five runs in the tenth and taking the rubber match of the three-game series against the Utes 15-10.“Hey, it was nice to jump out to the big lead,” said an understandably pleased Hubbs. “A lot of good happened over the weekend, and we played great on Sunday, really, except for that one inning.”But that one inning almost did the Trojans in. USC led 8-1 after three innings and 10-2 after five, the highlight being a two-RBI triple by freshman outfielder Timmy Robinson, who was 3-for-6 and has seen his average jump 80 points in the last month and 20 this weekend alone.Junior Bob Wheatley, the Trojans’ ace for much of the season, returned from injury after missing his last two starts. He tossed two perfect innings in a controlled outing before usual Sunday starter Kyle Twomey came on in relief. The freshman allowed a pair of runs over three pretty rough innings of work before bowing out before the sixth.“I figured we’d have two guys go two innings each, and then we’re good to go,” Hubbs said.If only it were that simple.Sophomore Nigel Nootbaar allowed hits to the first three hitters he faced in the sixth, putting him in a jam with runners at second and third and a run already in. Then the USC defense made three errors on its next two plays, allowing two more runs to come in and cutting the lead to 10-5.“We really threw and kicked the ball around,” Hubbs said. “And that obviously didn’t help [Nootbaar], especially because he wasn’t pitching well anyways.”Freshman Brent Wheatley came in with runners at the corners and nobody out and promptly walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases. He induced a sacrifice fly out of the next hitter, but then allowed a single, a double and hit a batter before he was removed with two on, one out and seven runs in.“It was kind of unbelievable,” Hubbs said of that sixth inning. “You’re just trying to make it stop.”Fellow freshman Kyle Davis came in to stop the bleeding, getting a pair of strikeouts to mercifully end the inning after seven runs, five hits, three errors, a walk and a hit batsman. What was a 10-2 lead was suddenly 10-9.Davis pitched well, sending Utah down quietly in the seventh and eighth before the Utes mounted a rally in the ninth, eventually plating the game-tying run on a bloop single with two outs.Seemingly dead in the water, having just blown an eight-run lead and having not scored since the fifth inning, the Trojans roared back in the 10th. Robinson smacked a bases-loaded single through the left side to score a pair, giving him five RBI for the day.Freshman left fielder Bobby Stahel followed that up with a two-RBI double and then scored on a wild pitch to put the Trojans up 15-10. Davis came back out for the bottom of the inning to seal a victory for USC.“Hey, to put up five in the 10th after blowing an eight-run lead, that shows a lot,” Hubbs said. “I was really pleased with the way we bounced back.”All told, USC set a season high in runs with 15 and hits with 22. It’s the first time the Trojans had 20-plus hits in a game since their 21-hit performance in May 2008 against UC Riverside.The Sunday finale was in sharp contrast to the relatively routine games that preceded it. Utah smacked the lifeless Trojans 10-0 in the opener on Friday, the first time all year USC was shut out.The Trojans returned the favor with a 7-4 win on Saturday that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. USC was up 7-1 headed into the ninth, but surrendered three runs in that final frame, perhaps a foreshadowing of the cardiac arrest to come the following day.The Trojans continue their road trip with the first of a three-game series against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. on Friday, with the first pitch slated for 4 p.m.
Andre Ayew scored his second goal for Swansea in as many games in a 2-0 victory against Newcastle on Saturday.The Swans were in control of the game as Jonjo Shelvey set up Bafetimbi Gomis to put them ahead early on. Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat was also sent off shortly before half-time after repeated fouls.Jefferson Montero, who has been the toast of Swans since the season started, was on hand to cross for Andre Ayew to power a header home.In fact, Swansea could have scored more but for two efforts thumping the woodwork.Andre Ayew had a fantastic debut for Swansea as they picked up a point at the Stamford Bridge a week ago Saturday. After that game, Garry Monk, team coach had special praise for the Ghanaian.Ayew, , netted the visitors’ first equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. “He’s come in and he’s been incredible,” Monk told reporters of the player, who arrived in Wales from Marseille on a free transfer “He’s worked extremely hard with the group, the group have worked hard with him to get him settled and it’s always good for a new player when you come into a new league.”Ayew made the move from Marseille in a highly-publicized move that saw him become the Swans marquee signing. Below: Ayew and Montero–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag