Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Aug. 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionEndangered Species Act must not be cutI’m writing in support of the Endangered Species Act, and in opposition to efforts by some in Congress and Interior Secretary Bernhardt to weaken it.As a scientist, I’m concerned about the loss of plants, fish and animals because we need to save as much of our biodiversity as possible if ecological systems on which we depend are to survive. Protecting and saving species is essential to ensure that future generations experience the world as we do now. The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for living things with which we share this planet.Since President Nixon signed the law in 1973, hundreds of species, including the bald eagle and whooping crane, have been saved from disappearing forever, and many more are on their way to recovery. In New York, the Endangered Species Act protects the roseate tern, bog turtle and other plants and animals from extinction.But today, some members of Congress and the administration are attacking the Endangered Species Act to benefit developers and the oil-and-gas and mining industries. Their proposed policies have no scientific basis and would make it harder to protect important habitat for imperiled wildlife. I hope and expect that Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will vigorously defend the Endangered Species Act.We have a responsibility to future generations to be good stewards of the natural world and protect endangered species and the special places they call home.Wally EltonSaratoga SpringsCharter change will be good for citizens  Thank you for calling attention to the citizens’ initiative for charter reform in Saratoga Springs in the Aug. 11 Sunday Gazette.Our petition effort is demonstrating the growing support for reform here, where an antique form of government has contributed to chronic unsolved problems, self-dealing among elected officials and an inability for democratic norms to provide accountability at the ballot box. From 2016-17, I served on the mayoral appointed commission that proposed a City Council to set budgets and policy, with a professional manager to bring order to the executive functions that are now divided among five “stovepipes” each headed by a different elected politician.The most striking finding we discovered, from a rigorous survey of the city workforce, was that employees were spending 30% – 50% of their time navigating the stovepipes. Confusion and impediments are not the sole experience of everyday taxpayers; even the professionals are stymied by the current form of government. That proposal came only 10 votes short of passing, out of more than 9,000 cast. In Saratoga Springs, we are ready for this change.In the coming 15 months, we will educate and advocate, aiming for wide participation in a November 2020 referendum.The new proposal features professional, unified management, mayoral leadership, and six City Council wards, so that each of the city’s neighborhoods will feel engaged with the democratic norms of representation and accountability, instead of feeling left out.That can only be good for our neighborhoods and for the taxpayer.Gordon BoydSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

German football announces new minimum age for Bundesliga players

first_imgDeutsche Fußball Liga ,DFL, has announced a new minimum age for Bundesliga players of the future – including Youssoufa Moukoko The 15-year-old has scored 35 goals in 26 appearances this season alone and was recently rewarded with a maiden call-up to the Germany U19s. Dortmund’s youth coordinator Lars Ricken has told Kicker that the club are “very happy with the decision”. “It immediately help the clubs, but also the young players in their development,” continued Ricken. “The majority of clubs now want to give young, exceptionally talented players the opportunity to take the next step in development in absolutely exceptional cases.” read also:Starlet Youssoufa Moukoko eager to fly and touch the sky Moukoko will turn 16 on 20 November and will then become eligible to play in the Bundesliga. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A MapBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made General meeting of the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga decided in its meeting on Tuesday 2 April for a new minimum age for players in the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2. Clause 14 number 1 of the Licensing Regulations for Players (LOS) is amended so that youth players can be granted a gaming license by the age of 16. The DFL is thus aligning its statutes with the regulations of many other national football leagues in Europe. The change will take effect from the 2020/21 season. The DFL commissions “Football” and “Performance Centers” had dealt with the application in advance and supported it. According to the previous regulation, only “A-juniors of the younger and older age group and B-juniors of the older age group after reaching the age of 17” can be granted eligibility to play. In the current season, the earliest age for a player to be eligible to play is 16 years and six months. The youngest player used in Bundesliga history is Nuri Sahin (now of Werder Bremen), who made his debut for Borussia Dortmund in the opening game of the 2005/06 season at the age of 16 years, 11 months and one day. Dortmund could be one of the first club’s to take advantage of the revised law, with U19 star Youssoufa Moukoko – who made his debut for the Dortmund U17s at the age of 12, and began the 2019/20 campaign with the U19s – already in the plans of head coach Lucien Favre.last_img read more

Collina sitting pretty for Polly

first_img Prendergast said: “She ran a good race the last day, she just bumped into a top-class filly on the day – a real Group One filly. “We ran her over a mile and a quarter the time before at Naas to see if she’d get the trip and she did. “The only reason we came back to a mile was because we thought the race looked a good opportunity, but we didn’t know Henry Cecil’s filly was that good. “We’ll go back up in trip with our filly now and we’ll aim towards the Pretty Polly on Derby weekend at the Curragh. “I think she’s come on again from her last run and I hope she’ll be hard to beat in the Pretty Polly.” Trainer Kevin Prendergast hopes La Collina will be “hard to beat” when she chases a second Group One in the Oxigen Enviromental Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Press Associationcenter_img Winner of the Phoenix Stakes against colts as a juvenile, the four-year-old filly has failed to find the target since, but has run some excellent races in defeat, most recently chasing home Chigun in the Group Three Abu Dhabi Stakes. She is now set to return to the highest level for the Pretty Polly on June 30. last_img read more

Moyes: I never expected this

first_img “You need a little bit of creativity and a bit of variety at times to open [teams] up. “It was partly straight forward. “We know that we had to be more compact and tight in wide areas because United would cross the ball a lot.” Moyes defended his decision to pump so many balls into the box even though it was clear that the tactic was not working. “It wasn’t always one way. One of the big things about Manchester United is that they do play with width, they do cross the ball, its in their genes here,” the Scot said. There was a downbeat answer from Moyes when he was asked whether his team could finish in the top four. “We will do our best,” Moyes said. “We have a good team and there will be very few teams desperate to play Manchester United, that’s for sure.” It is hard to believe that Arsenal, who face United on Wednesday, will share Moyes’ point of view after this latest underwhelming display from the champions. Press Association United have now dropped 18 points at home this season, and with away defeats to Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Stoke, bookmakers have the Red Devils down as 6-1 outsiders to make the top four. Those same bookmakers were offering odds of 23-1 on Fulham to beat Moyes’ side before Sunday’s match. Fulham were rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League with the worst defensive record in division. Five days earlier they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield United, who are in the League One relegation zone. But the Cottagers took just 19 minutes to open the scoring and they then survived an onslaught from United to eventually come away with a 2-2 draw thanks to Darren Bent’s 94th-minute equaliser. United flung a record 81 crosses into the Fulham box, but with 6ft 7in centre-back Dan Burn in the away side, visiting head coach Rene Meulensteen said his team were well prepared for everything the hosts threw at them. “When I saw Manchester United today I thought the game-plan was quite straight forward – get it wide, get it in,” said Meulensteen, who walked away from Old Trafford last summer following a long spell among Ferguson’s backroom staff.. “If you’re well organised and the goalkeeper is in good positions to come and collect the ball it can be easy [to defend against]. United now stand nine points behind fourth-placed Liverpool following their latest disappointing result – a 2-2 home draw against Fulham. Moyes never thought replacing Sir Alex Ferguson would be easy, but when asked whether he ever thought it could have gone as badly as this, the former Everton boss replied with a very frank: “No, probably not.” David Moyes admits he never expected his debut season as Manchester United manager to go as badly as it has done so far.last_img read more

Everton boss Roberto Martinez lauds rising English talent

first_img Press Association Everton boss Roberto Martinez feels his side’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Sunday was a game that boded well for England ahead of Euro 2016. And Martinez said: “It was a joy to see so many English players on both sides with young ages but big roles in the game. “You could see players that probably wouldn’t get opportunities in other teams in this league. “It is the best league in world football, but sometimes you need to be a bit patient. “What you are seeing now is such a variety of good young English players. “You don’t get many opportunities of having generations with players like Ross Barkley, John Stones, Harry Kane and Dele Alli – a large pool of players with something to offer, but very, very different. The options are huge. “It is important they play in games like this, that they develop and that they can then bring experience, because at the end of the day, the psychological aspect of a player in big tournaments is important.” An England man with plenty of experience who was an unused substitute on Sunday is Toffees defender Phil Jagielka. The 33-year-old Everton captain was back as part of a matchday squad for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in October. Toffees duo Ross Barkley and John Stones and Spurs’ Harry Kane each made notable contributions to an absorbing Barclays Premier League encounter at Goodison Park, while the latter’s team-mate Dele Alli was widely seen as the man of the match. That youthful foursome – along with several others who were involved, including Tottenham’s 21-year-old Eric Dier – are aiming to be part of England’s squad for the Euros in France this summer. He is close to a return to action, but Martinez stressed Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Manchester City at home will not see Jagielka feature in the first XI. “It was just important for us to have the figure of a captain and that feeling of comfort in the dressing room,” Martinez said. “He will be part of the team in the next few games, but I think maybe the FA Cup third round game (against Dagenham next Saturday) is a more realistic target.” Between both Kane and team-mate Ben Davies hitting the woodwork, Everton took the lead against the run of play in Sunday’s match through ex-Spurs man Aaron Lennon’s 22nd-minute strike. Alli provided the visitors with a richly-deserved equaliser in first-half stoppage time, dispatching a fine volley past Tim Howard. The hosts improved after the break and finished strongly, but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino stressed his men, seeking a fourth straight win, had not been content with a point. Pochettino – whose side are fourth in the table, six points off the top and three clear of fifth, while Everton lie 11th – said: “For a lot of the second half we were dominant too. “They only created some chances, and not too many, in the last 15 minutes. “The game was open then because we wanted to try to win it. “While attacking sometimes we gave some space to them in transition. But that was because our ambition was to get the three points.” last_img read more

Ghana international Daniel Amartey completes Leicester move

first_img Press Association Leicester have completed the signing of Ghana international Daniel Amartey. The east midlands club announced the 21-year-old, who can play in central midfield or at right-back, had signed a contract until 2020. “It’s a great pleasure to join Leicester,” Amartey said. center_img “I know the club have been interested in signing me for some time and that was a big part of my decision to come here.” Leicester have been the outstanding success story of this Premier League campaign. They survived relegation last season, but remain in the Barclays Premier League title hunt, sitting second but level on points with league leaders Arsenal. “All over Europe, people are talking about Leicester and how well the club is doing in the Premier League,” Amartey added. “The team plays exciting, attacking football and I’m looking forward to being part of it.” Copenhagen signed Amartey from Swedish side Djurgarden in the summer of 2014, and has so far won six senior caps for his country. The deal remains subject to international and Premier League clearance. Amartey becomes the Foxes’ second signing of the January window after they also brought in winger Demarai Gray from Birmingham for £3.75million. last_img read more

Dolphins player Mark Walton arrested over domestic dispute

first_imgOpa-Locka Police arrested former University of Miami and Dolphins running back Mark Walton on Thursday morning at around 3:30 AM, after receiving a domestic dispute call at 3261 NW 132nd Terrace.According to police, Walton got into a verbal dispute with the mother of his child. Police say there was no physical contact between Walton and the woman, but he violated a restraining order she filed against him in Broward County.In November of 2019, Walton was released from the Dolphins after he allegedly struck his then pregnant girlfriend.Miami Dolphins release running back Mark Walton after domestic violence arrest Police arrested Walton and transported him to TGK.last_img

DEFY’s Sealander, Holmes excel at national meet

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ava Sealander and Camden Holmes of the Down East Family YMCA swim team placed among the top competitors nationally Thursday at the YMCA Long Course National Championships at the University of Maryland.Sealander, who graduated from George Stevens Academy in June, placed sixth in the 50-yard butterfly, and Holmes, who will be a senior at Ellsworth High School this coming school year, took 13th in the boys’ 50-yard freestyle.The two claimed individual state championships at the high school level this past season with Sealander winning the Class B 200-meter individual medley and Holmes claiming victory twice in the same class with wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

Cricket News Steve Smith’s international return delayed due to elbow surgery, set to miss Indian Premier League

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Steve Smith, who has been banned for a year due to the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test against South Africa, will see his ban end by March 2019. However, his international return has been derailed further by an elbow injury which he sustained while playing for the Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League. Smith, who has been playing T20 cricket and club cricket as he serves out his ban, was forced to return home from the Bangladesh T20 League with the injury. He is expected to undergo surgery on a damaged ligament in the elbow on Tuesday and will be forced to wear a brace for six weeks before he can commence rehabilitation.This has potentially derailed Smith’s plans to make an international comeback as he aims to get selected in the Australian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England which will be played in May. A Cricket Australia spokesperson said, “Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed.” This development rules him out of the Pakistan Super League and it also gives him an outside chance to play in the limited-overs series against Pakistan scheduled to be held in end-March, the time his ban ends.Read More | MS Dhoni achieves special milestone, goes past 10,000 runs for IndiaSmith is also in doubt to play for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League which is scheduled to begin on March 23. Even if Smith plays for Rajasthan Royals, if he is included in the World Cup squad, he will have to leave the IPL in early May to be part of a preparatory camp in Brisbane where they will play two games against New Zealand before heading to the World Cup.Read More | Rohit blasts record century, becomes six-hitting machine vs AustraliaIf Smith does not play any international cricket, the selectors will be placed with a massive dilemma whether to pick him in the squad for the World Cup. All the teams must announce their World Cup squads  before April 23, which is the final date announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC). last_img read more

Other Sports India announces 18-member squad for Australia Series

first_imgRupinder is returning to the squad after a long injury lay-off.Manpreet Singh will lead the hockey team. The tour will feature four matches. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. P R Sreejesh and Krishan B Pathak are the two goalkeepers, while the backline, which also features Surender, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Gurinder Singh and Kothajit Singh, will be bolstered by the return of Rupinder. The 25-year-old Jalandhar-born Jaskaran will make his debut in the Indian midfield along side Hardik Singh, Manpreet, Vivek Sagar Prasad and Nilakanta Sharma.The forward-line will consist of Akashdeep Singh — who was rested for the season opener in Ipoh — along with Armaan Qureshi, Mandeep Singh, Sumit Kumar Jr and Gursahibjit Singh.”This tour will provide me with a great chance to get to know this group of players. It comprises a well-balanced mix, including some younger players, a debutant and a player coming back from long-term injury,” new chief coach Reid said. “To be able to play four matches against a world class opposition including a match against club side Western Australia Thundersticks will be a great opportunity to test our players under pressure. It provides the ideal preparation for FIH Men’s Hockey Series Final in June,” he added.The tour will feature four matches — two against Australia national side, one against Australia ‘A’ and one against Western Australia.Squad:Goalkeepers: Krishan B Pathak, P R SreejeshDefenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, Surender Kumar (Vice-Captain), Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Gurinder Singh, Kothajit SinghMidfielders: Hardik Singh, Manpreet Singh (Captain), Jaskaran Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Nilakanta SharmaForwards: Mandeep Singh, Gursahibjit Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Sumit Kumar Jr, Armaan Qureshi. New Delhi: Experienced drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh Tuesday returned to the Indian men’s hockey team, which also features debutant Jaskaran Singh for the tour of Australia, starting May 10. Rupinder is returning to the squad after a long injury lay-off. He last played for India at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta last year.The 18-member squad, announced Tuesday by Hockey India, will be led by mid-fielder Manpreet Singh while Surender Kumar has been named as the vice-captain. The tour, marked as a preparation for next month’s Hockey Series Final in Bhubaneswar, will be newly-appointed chief Graham Reid’s maiden assignment with the Indian team.India began the season with a silver medal at the 28th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, where a young team with a select few seasoned players were tested against sides like Korea, Japan, Canada, Poland and Malaysia. In the Australia tour too, India will try youngsters besides testing experienced players ahead of handpicking team for the Hockey Series Final, to be held from June 6 to 15.last_img read more