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: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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

Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez apologises to fans after pathetic season

first_imgAlexis Sanchez scored just two goals for Manchester United this season (Picture: Getty)Alexis Sanchez has issued a lengthy apology to Manchester United fans following Sunday’s embarrassing defeat against already relegated Cardiff City.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ended the season in sixth position, five points adrift of a Champions League qualifying spot having lost six out their final eight matches.Sanchez, meanwhile, struggled to make any sort of positive impression, managing just two goals in 27 appearances.The Chile international suffered an injury during United’s draw at Huddersfield last weekend but was present at Old Trafford for the traditional end of season lap of appreciation.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityEarlier on Sunday it was reported that Solskjaer’s squad had been divided over the bonuses awarded to the likes of Sanchez and Paul Pogba, but the former Arsenal forward appeared to hit out at those suggestions.AdvertisementAdvertisementHe wrote on Instagram: ‘It was a very tough season…the fan (sic) are the ones who deserve an apology as they always support you no matter what happens.‘Personally, I didn’t perform as much as I was expecting because of unpredictable injuries.‘Press and people were speculating of things that were not even true. I was always a professional in all aspects. Advertisement Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez apologises to fans after pathetic season Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 7:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kSharescenter_img Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Alexis Sanchez was present at Old Trafford despite missing Man Utd’s defeat against Cardiff (Picture: Getty)‘I apologise to the fans for not being able to achieve our goals, Nevertheless we are Manchester United!‘Players and staff are questioning if we were doing the right thing and if we were giving our best for this football shirt.‘I’m certain that Manchester United one day will return to be the club, as it was in the old days with Mr. Alex Ferguson.’last_img read more

Opinion: Far more than a trade war

first_imgMany observers are too fixated on the minutiae of trade tariffs to see the bigger picture. They fetishise trade, treating it as having its own intrinsic power rather than thinking more broadly about unfolding developments.What the world is witnessing is not a trade war but the start of a battle for global dominance. The rise of China, from a rural backwater in the late 1970s to arguably the world’s largest economy, is destabilising international relations. This is a structural reality rather than the result of a conscious plan for world domination by the Chinese leadership.The US understandably feels threatened by this development. For decades its position as the world’s leading power was beyond dispute. Now it is being called into question.Many pre-eminent international organisations were created on the premise of US dominance, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations and the World Bank. Now they are increasingly looking unfit for purpose.Early signs of this were already apparent a few years ago when China established the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Beijing had grown fed up with what it regarded as the West’s attempts to thwart it playing a leadership role at the World Bank commensurate with its economic weight. It has become almost universally accepted that the US and China are in the midst of a trade war – the term has long ceased to be written with inverted commas around it.Yet there are good reasons to question whether it is an accurate description of the growing rivalry between the two global powers. The process unfolding before our eyes is arguably something far more serious.It is blindingly obvious that there are tensions between the US and China over trade, but there is a subtle – though crucial – difference between that observation and declaring the existence of a trade war. Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meet at the G20 gathering in Osaka, Japan, June 2019There are some who have put US-China rivalries into a broader context. Graham Allison, a Harvard professor, has received a lot of attention for what he has called Thucydides’s trap. This refers to the classic work by an Ancient Greek historian on how the fear instilled in the powerful city state of Sparta by the rise of Athens led to the Peloponnesian War.Allison goes on to argue that, in 12 of the 16 cases of a rival power facing an incumbent over the past 500 years, the outcome was a war between the two. However, there is hope this time around because in four of his examples it was possible to avert military conflict.Yet the implications of this insight go much further than generally realised. To understand the significance of recent developments, three key points should be borne in mind:This is not a trade war. If anything, the battle over trade, and indeed over currency now too, should be seen as only a small part of intensifying international rivalries.Donald Trump is not the main driver of the current US-China conflict. It is true that the current US president adds his own impulsive and idiosyncratic edge to the rivalry, but it is notable also that Trump has solid backing from Republicans and Democrats in relation to the conflict with China. It is one of the few things on which they agree. The entire US elite feels deeply threatened by China’s rise.Europe too is becoming embroiled in great power conflict. The rise of China destabilises the relations between all the international powers. It is striking that the EU’s share of global output has fallen from about 30% in 1980 to about 15% today, according to IMF figures. Europe’s struggle to maintain its position in the world is already leading not only to greater tensions with China but more conflict with the US.No doubt alliances will shift in unpredictable ways, but international relations cannot continue to operate within the framework created after the second world war.I will examine growing US-European tensions in more detail in the September issue of IPE.last_img read more

Coaches Corner On WRBI Monday Night (10-7)

first_imgListen to Southeastern Indiana’s top local sports show, Coaches Corner with Hall of Famer Ron Raver, Monday Night at 6 at Ison’s Family Pizza in Batesville.Andy Koors will be filling in for Ron.Guests include Shane Wellman-Franklin County Football, Jackie Fitzgerald-Oldenburg Academy Boys Tennis, Jody Thomas and Kateri Paul-Batesville Volleyball Coaches, and Eric Heppner-Batesville Football.Thank you to Ison’s Family Pizza for hosting Coaches Corner on WRBI.last_img

Other Sports Aditya Mehta stuns Pankaj Advani to win CCI snooker crown

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Mumbai: Indian Oil cueist Aditya Mehta produced a tremendous performance to stun arch-rival Pankaj Advani 7-3 in the final of the Rs 12.9 lakh CCI All India Open Snooker Championship on Tuesday. It was a great comeback for the lanky Mumbai-based Mehta, who has been struggling due to some health issues and has been playing with an unorthodox stance and cueing action.He did well to cruise to a 62-60, 0-91, 38-63, 37-70, 74-39, 79-7, 62-59, 84-13, 72-13, 65-19 victory. Mehta received the ‘Champions’ trophy and a handsome cheque of Rs 2 lakh, while Advani got the runners-up prize of Rs 1.30 lakh. Advani also pocketed Rs 25,000 for the highest break of 131 he had craftily constructed in the round of 64 match.The top-ranked Indian Advani showed promise at the start and on his second visit made a 53-run to gain the advantage, but a couple of visits later he fouled on the pink and Mehta did not waste time as he neatly rolled in a 56 break to take the opening honours. Bengaluru-based National champion Advani of ONGC came good in the second and, after making a 29-run at the start, he followed it up with a break of 62 to pocket the frame and tie the scores.Also Read | KXIP donate Rs 25 lakh to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in Pulwama attackLater, Advani won the next two by close margins to take a 3-1 lead. However, Mehta, playing with plenty of guts and gumption, managed to snatch the fifth to bridge the gap. He then constructed a superb 79 clearance to win the sixth and to go into the short interval with the scores level at 3-3.Mehta maintained the winning momentum on resumption and came up with a timely 43 clearance to snatch the seventh frame to lead 4-3. Thereafter, he played with greater confidence and potted more consistently as he went on to also pocket the subsequent three frames to wrap up the match and emerge champion. last_img read more

Pomeroon Oil Mill Challengers win inaugural 10/10 memorial title

first_imgA LARGE and boisterous crowd at the Teneze Ferme ground in Lower Pomeroon River, last Sunday, witnessed hosts Pomeroon Oil Mill Challengers Sports emerge winners in the inaugaral 10/10 George Alphonso memorial one-day tournament involving four teams.In the final, Pomeroon Oil Mill Challengers Sports were inserted to take first strike and managed 87-2 from their 10 overs.Captain Mukesh Singh with 28 (2×6, 2×4) along with Carlos Matthias’ unbeaten 23 (1×6, 1×4) were the principal scorersSpinners Chris Matthias and Usen Rose claimed one wicket each. In reply, Teneze Ferme ‘B’ found scoring difficult and never threatened the target.They eventually were all out for 54 in the 10th over to be defeated by 33 runs. Suresh Dindyal (15) was the only batsman to reach double figures. Medium pacers Gary France with 4-16 and Mukesh Singh 3-15 combined to earn their team the coveted trophy, medals and $60 000 while the runners-up received $40 000.Third-place winners Teneze Ferme ‘A’ also pocketed $30 000 during the presentation which was witnessed by the widow and children of the late George Alphonso Sr, who was a popular cricketer and supporter of the game in the Pomeroon.His daughter Kerenza Alphonso during her brief speech promised to have the competition played annually and to include more teams.Eagles Sports also participated. Former national umpire Dasroy Balgobin and Deva Dass were the officiating umpires.last_img read more

Fast reaction: Syracuse beats No. 25 Texas A&M to win Battle 4 Atlantis championship

first_img Related Stories Grade the Orange’s performance against No. 25 Texas A&M and pick SU’s player of the gameGallery: Syracuse wins Battle 4 Atlantis championship game against Texas A&MStorify: Syracuse community reacts to Battle 4 Atlantis title win over No. 25 Texas A&M Published on November 27, 2015 at 5:11 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (6-0) defeated No. 25 Texas A&M (6-1) in the the Battle 4 Atlantis championship, 74-67 on Friday afternoon. The Orange won three games in three days and beat two ranked teams, matching last season’s total. Here are three quick observations from the win.Can’t be trustedMichael Gbinije picked up an offensive foul with 14:08 to go in the first half. It was his second foul of the game. His continued presence in the game might have jeopardized his ability to play in the second half, but Syracuse’s backup point guard stayed right on the bench. Kaleb Joseph played only four minutes of Syracuse’s 79-76 win over Connecticut. On Friday, he played limited minutes in the first half. On a transition steal by Trevor Cooney, a pass to Joseph went off his fingertips and out of bounds for a turnover. A timeout was called and Boeheim screamed at Joseph on his way back to the bench. Moments later he was subbed out for Malachi Richardson. Glass half fullAdvertisementThis is placeholder textA night after Richardson said he found himself in the second half despite playing his worst brand of basketball in the first half, the freshman wrote a similar narrative. He scored just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in the opening 20 minutes, but scored SU’s first seven points out of the break. He connected on four free throws, the first of which came when he was the victim of a flagrant foul on a drive to the basket. Later, he showed poise in going up and under on an and-one layup that tied the game.Richardson finished with 16 points in the contest. Floor-Boards Syracuse was dominated on the glass on Friday, getting out rebounded 39-31.  Jim Boehiem called the Aggies the biggest and strongest team he’s ever seen after SU’s win on Thursday. They lived up to the hyperbolic billing as Syracuse overcame the struggles on the boards.The second-chance points didn’t burn the Orange too badly. On one play in the second half, Texas A&M had four opportunities to score in the span of a few seconds. The final rebound ended in Lydon’s hands. Syracuse caught the breaks on Friday and executed as well in the win.  Commentslast_img read more

Conlan unhappy with O’Reilly’s pre-Olympic conduct

first_imgConlan says O’Reilly didn’t train with them for 8 weeks before the games and didn’t see him until they met at the airport.Clonmel native O’Reilly was sent home from Rio after failing a drugs test.last_img

Marijuana conference to pitch investment ideas to Cayman Islands

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands on Thursday, welcomed investors  healthcare professionals  and others working in the first CanEx Cannabis Investment Summit in this jurisdiction.The summit is part of a series of conferences around the region,  during which experts will be offering an overview of the legal ganja industry, examining both challenges and opportunities.The Cayman Islands’ Misuse of Drugs Law was changed in 2016 to enable doctors to prescribe cannabis oil for medical use in certain circumstances, but that is as far as legislators have been willing to go to date.However, global attitudes are changing rapidly with the legalization of marijuana use in Canada for both recreational and medical use; it has also been legalized in some US states at varying levels  and Jamaica has amended its laws and is seeking to become the central hub for the medical supply.This summit  – that ends on Friday, include a panel discussion, with investors speaking about the global opportunities as well as regional ones and how the industry is developing.last_img read more

911 tape and Bryan Nispel testimony highlights Day 2 trial of Provencio assault trial

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Sumner County jurors heard the 911 tape and the testimony of Bryan Nispel, one of the alleged victims of the April 22, 2015 brawl in Sumner County during day two of the Sylvester Provencio jury trial.Provencio, 22, of Caldwell is facing charges of aggravated battery, a level 5 felony and criminal deprivation of a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. His counterpart Nick Reedy, 33, of Caldwell has already pled guilty.The second day of the trial was highlighted by a 10-minute audio of the 911 tape of Nispel who called from his Dodge Ram pickup during a melee involving Provencio; Reedy; Nispel, 55; and Gregory Schneider, 53, of Caldwell.Jurors also heard the testimony of Austin Townsend, who had been with Provencio and Reedy before the brawl, but left and returned four miles to his home in Caldwell on foot once the fight started taking place.Caldwell physician Jim Blunk and Sumner County 911 Director Marcie Bristor also were called to the witness stand in a full day of testimony at the Sumner County District Court.Nispel was the first witness called to the stand by Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer, who was involved in the melee that night over a year ago.Nispel described a normal day preceding the event in which he was in Caldwell to pick up tomatoes, watch some of a track meet and eventually to Joe B’s tavern where he met of with Schneider to play some cards. He said he had three beers and a bag of chips at the 3.2 establishment.Both Nispel and Schneider left around midnight and proceeded east into rural Caldwell where they lived. Nispel said he noticed a truck that appeared to be stuck in the mud on the south side of U.S. 81. He had a cell phone and drove past them. He called Schneider, who was driving behind him, telling him to stop and see if anyone needed some help.Schneider was driving his wife’s pink Cadillac at the time because his pickup had a flat tire. Nispel said he called a friend who had a chain, and he drove to the next block, made a U-turn and came back. When he got there he rolled down the window and heard Schneider say “that’s a prick way to act for two people trying to help you.”He said at first it appeared as if Provencio and Reedy were fighting and then Provencio had turned to him and started cussing and screaming at him. He said then Provencio charged him where the two exchanged blows. The first hit knocked him in the pickup but he was able to get in a good blow after the second hit, before Provencio hit him a third time. The two ended up wrestling in the mud in the east ditch on the opposite side of the white Toyota pickup that was stuck.Nispel said it was very dark and he could not tell the whereabouts of Schneider but heard him ask if he was all right. Nispel decided he would get back to his truck which was still running and call 911. It was at this point he said on his way back to the truck he was hit in the back twice.He was eventually able to get to the truck and turned it around only to see that Reedy and Provencio were kicking Schneider on the ground, who appeared to be unconscious. Nispel said he used his pickup to knock them into the ditch so they would stop kicking Schneider. He said the two boys fled and got into Schneider’s pink Cadillac and left the scene.Nispel said he got out and saw that Schneider was unresponsive with blood gushing, his head swelling and his eyes rolling in the back of his head. He said he had been a paramedic earlier in his life and had seen victims die who had looked better than Schneider looked at that moment.It was then that Ed Baker and Becky Gonzalez arrived. Nispel said Baker was cooperative but Gonzalez started screaming at him about this being a “little deal and he shouldn’t call the police.” Nispel told Baker to get her away from him. Nispel said he loaded Schneider in the pickup and took him to Sumner County Hospital in Caldwell where emergency personnel were standing by.———Earlier in the day, Blunk testified that Schneider had scalp lacerations, one inch laceration on the nose, lots of bruising, fracturing of his 11th and 12th ribs, arm abrasions, lower abrasions on knees, contusion of the kidneys, problems with vertigo and severe concussions during his three-day hospital stay.  He said Schneider suffered from vertigo and had a severe issue with standing up, and vomited frequently from the concussion. When asked if any of these injuries were life threatening he said the injury to the brain was very serious and could have been fatal.Blunk said he walked with a shuffle for a long time due to balance issues. He suffered from five blunt forces. During cross examination, when asked were any of these blunt forces caused by him getting run over by Nispel’s vehicle, Blunk said it was not.last_img read more