Letters to the Editor for Thursday, July 25

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBike bells work for some, but not allI read with interest Michael Werner’s July 19 letter in which he advocated for bike bells (and not an “On your left” announcement). My interest stems from a recent discovery I made while riding my bike with my husband.Another bicycle was about to overtake us, and the rider used his bell. I could hear it (at the last minute), but my husband could not.We made it out of the way in time, but I’m sure it made the rider behind us either worried or annoyed for a split second. In that moment, I realized my preference for a cheerful voice behind me, letting us know to watch out. I don’t have a bell, and I won’t likely rush out to buy one. But I do appreciate hearing how others perceive the situation on the bike path. I pledge to share the lane safely and respectfully.Brenny RabineSaratoga SpringsMedia deliberately misquotes TrumpWhen I first heard President Trump tweeted to four congressional freshmen women, “Go back to your countries,” initially, it sounded really bad. The press coverage was unified in its reporting that Trump’s tweet was racist. But fake news has become ubiquitous with its agenda to portray the president in the worst possible light. So I researched this claim myself. The mass media recited only a segment of the president’s full tweet, taking it out of context. Here’s what he actually said: “Go back to your countries, fix the problems there — and then come back, and show us how you did it.”Notice how race was never even mentioned here.This kerfuffle is a curtain call of the Charlottesville “Fine People on Both Sides” hoax, where the president was quoted out of context and his clarification was completely omitted.He said: “I’m not talking about Neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they need to be totally condemned.” This disclaimer couldn’t be clearer. Yet, the headlines read, “President Trump said Nazis are fine people too.” The mass media continues this hoax to this day. The mass media doesn’t seem to care it’s destroying itself. Since the release of the Mueller Report, MSNBC has lost 30 percent of its audience. CNN’s ratings have plummeted since Trump took office. Most of the media has allied themselves with Democrats, who seek to fundamentally transform America.When the press is no longer free, history shows us that often tragedy follows.William AikenSchenectadyWhitney a winner  on and off race trackThe passing of Marylou Whitney is a great loss for horse racing and for the Capital Region.I met Marylou over 25 years ago in the backstretch at Saratoga Raceway. I was sitting in my chair on one of the observation decks.Back then you could actually pull your vehicle right up to the fence. I would watch the race from the deck and listen to it on the car radio. Well, up drove a car and guess who emerged? Marylou was wearing a bright yellow jump suit and a large yellow hat. I offered her my chair and she accepted. Her horse was running and once the race started, I turned on the car radio. Marylou came off the deck and opened up the car door and we listened to the finish of the race together.Marylou started skipping down the roadway yelling she won. Marylou gave her trainer a hug and me a thank you and a peck on the cheek. I didn’t bet on her filly, but I felt like a winner anyway. Edward CooperRound LakeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

A tiring renovation project has proved a success for this owner

first_imgThe bathroom at 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.Ms Vorbach said the property would best suit first-home buyers or downsizers.“It’s a smaller yard and perfect for a small, young family,” she said.When Ms Vorbach first laid eyes on the home, she said it was structurally sound but looked tired and outdated.Major renovations to the home included updating the kitchen, the bathroom and the laundry.“Visually, the paint and flooring were big ones,” Ms Vorbach said.“Pretty much everything has been touched, but mostly cosmetically.” The 3D Diakrit floor plan of 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.The property has a pet door, which Ms Vorbach said would be ideal for a small pet at the property.“There is a fully enclosed yard and it is quite secure,” she said.“There is a lot more space than you would think when looking at it.” The property is close to shops and public transport. 12 The kitchen at 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.The mother-of-two, who lives nearby, said it was a very tiring project.“I am the primary carer of the two kids during the day and had to do the renovations during the evening and throughout the night,” she said.“I did purchase the home to renovate it, but it was hard work — it was a long process.”The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is on a 317sq m block. Ms Vorbach said she chose the location because of its affordability.“Being so close to the city and the lifestyle the area has to offer were definitely drawcards for me,” she said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019center_img 12 Venning Street, Everton Park.Emma Vorbach’s intention to spruce up this Everton Park property has gone to plan.The property at 12 Venning St was bought by Ms Vorbach at the end of June and has taken a few months to revamp.last_img read more

Picture-perfect living on the marina in Manly

first_imgThe home at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.THIS waterside home is on a big corner block with marina views, wraparound veranda and picture-perfect presentation.The property at 497 Royal Esplanade, Manly, was designed by architect John Dalton and has five bedrooms, three bathrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces spread across two levels. Marketing agent Marc Sorrentino said the home was a masterpiece built to exacting standards. The kitchen at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.“The home is enhanced by wraparound verandas and arched ceilings creating a superb aspect, cross ventilation and an abundance of natural light,” he said.Owner Ross Marino said the home had a timeless quality but was a comfortable family home. “It’s absolutely built for family living and the front veranda is a great place to watch the world go by and enjoy a cold beer,” he said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The dining room at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.There is a fireplace in the formal lounge and all the living spaces open to the veranda or poolside entertainment space. There is also a bedroom, office, laundry and bathroom on the ground floor. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, powder room and private balcony. The veranda at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.“You can see dolphins in the harbour, watch the weather fronts forming and the yachts coming in.”On the ground floor of the home there is a formal dining and lounge space, living area, family room and open-plan dining and kitchen. The kitchen has Tasmanian myrtlewood cabinetry, granite benchtops, Miele appliances, an island bench and wine storage. The pool at 497 Royal Esp, Manly.The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a family bathroom, separate toilet and linen cupboards. Outside there is an in-ground pool with glass fencing, established lawns and gardens and a double garage with storeroom.last_img read more

Schroders to buy majority stake in impact investor BlueOrchard

first_img“We expect others to react and either build their own capabilities in this space or look for opportunities to similarly bolt on capability,” he added.“The deal is another key step in impact investing entering the mainstream and gaining traction based on investor demand. While exclusionary and inclusionary SRI and ESG integration are becoming more of a baseline standard for firms, strong impact investing propositions will likely become the battleground for differentiation in the responsible investing space.”Founded in 2001 as a UN initiative, BlueOrchard is the world’s first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments, according to a press release.It has around $3.5bn (€3.1bn) in assets under management across credit, private equity and infrastructure, and partners with leading global development finance institutions for blended finance mandates. It only invests in frontier and emerging markets. Major Dutch pension funds ABP and PGGM previously had investments in funds managed by BlueOrchard, but they had to pull out due to regulatory changes in the Netherlands.Schroders said the deal would support the expansion of its “sustainability capabilities” and accelerate its growth in private debt and private equity investments in emerging markets.Peter Harrison, group chief executive of Schroders, said: “Schroders has a strong belief in the value that investment can create in society, particularly within emerging and frontier markets. BlueOrchard’s expertise in this area is exceptional.“They share our values, recognising that through our combined contributions, we can purposefully affect positive change. They are a blueprint for the future of our industry and we are delighted to partner together.”Patrick Scheurle, CEO of BlueOrchard, said Schroders’ “stable ownership structure and heritage… makes them an excellent partner”.Schroders said there would be no changes to the management team, processes or strategies that BlueOrchard manages.Schroders’ Harrison, global head of private assets Georg Wunderlin, and Stephen Mills, executive chairman of Schroder Adveq, will be appointed to the BlueOrchard board of directors, according to the press release.The acquisition is expected to complete by the end of the year “subject to usual closing conditions”. Listed UK asset manager Schroders is to acquire a majority stake in impact investor BlueOrchard, underscoring the growing mainstream investor interest in this extension of the ESG investing movement.The announcement of the deal comes as return-seeking investors increasingly show interest in investments that have a positive impact on society and/or the environment.It is thought to be the first time a large European asset manager has made such a strategic move into impact investing. In the US, Goldman Sachs Asset Management acquired impact investor Imprint Capital in 2015. Its co-founder, John Goldstein, was yesterday announced as the head of a new sustainable finance group the banking group is forming.Mark Thomas, ESG specialist at asset management consultancy Alpha FMC, said Schroders’ move “really shows the focus and intent from bigger asset managers to enter into impact investing”.last_img read more

RACEceiver rewards national runners-up in all divisions in fifth season as IMCA sponsor

first_imgThose awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.  The Gainesville, Ga., company gives Element custom driver packages to the runners-up in na­tional point standings for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, IMCA Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. GAINESVILLE, Ga. – RACEceiver marks its fifth year as manufacturer of the official one-way ra­dio of IMCA in 2020, giving new post-season awards in all eight sanctioned divisions. “RACEceiver has come out with a new rechargeable radio for racers, and the extension of this program incorporates that new model into the contingency package,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It will be a great resource and one we’ll have the pleasure of giving away to many deserving drivers.”center_img “Being a sponsor of IMCA is a big part of giving back to the community of drivers who have supported our business for so many years. A lot of the support we get from drivers is feedback that helps us to develop new products for the racing industry,” said RACEceiver’s Joe Vinson. “Because of that feedback, RACEceiver will be introducing some new technology this year that will further improve safety in racing.  IMCA drivers and tracks will be some of the first to see and experience that new technology. RACEceiver is excited to continue our sponsorship of IMCA for many years to come!” Information about RACEceiver products and dealers is available by calling 866 301-7233 and at the www.raceceiver.com website. last_img read more

Chevrolet Performance adds to bonus program with new crate engine prizes at Super Nationals

first_imgGRAND BLANC, Mich. – Chevrolet Performance complements its established bonus program by awarding new motors to champi­ons or top-finishing crate engine drivers in the Modified, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod main events at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.“Weekly track championship bonuses have become a staple of the Chevrolet program but the anticipation is really high for the 602 and 604 crate engine giveaways during the upcoming Super Nationals,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “In combination with Karl Chevro­let, we’ll award no less than five complete crate engines during the Saturday night program in Boone and make the infield an even more exciting place than it already is.”The engines of main event winners in all three divisions will be sold during the auction that follows the Saturday program at Boone Speedway.IMCA Northern and Southern SportMod drivers competing with crate engines are in the running this season for bonuses from Chevrolet Performance as part of a program now in its ninth season.Chevrolet Performance will give $250 bonuses for each Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod or Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod track title won with a crate engine under the hood.Bonuses will be paid after point standings become official in late October.Northern SportMods are part of weekly programs this season in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.Southern SportMods are on the ticket for shows in New Mexico, Texas and Utah.Both Northern and Southern SportMods will run in Colorado and Kansas, and again at the Duel In The Desert special at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.2012 track champions earned bonuses totaling $10,000.GM had previously administered the bonus program, which was introduced in 2005 and ex­panded to include Southern SportMods after the crate engine option was added for that division.More information about the bonus program is available by calling Yoder at the IMCA home office, or from Chevrolet Performance at 810 606-3655.last_img read more

Rodgers hoping Coutinho adds competition

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects new signing Philippe Coutinho to up the ante in the battle for first-team places but insists he will not push the player too hard, too soon. It was not an ideal introduction either as many of the players were away on international duty after midweek games so he had a “bridging session” on Thursday and took part in his first full training the following day. Unlike fellow January signing Daniel Sturridge, who came in at the beginning of the month from Chelsea and made his debut a few days later in the FA Cup, Coutinho is likely to be introduced gradually having had a recent injury at Inter. “He’s a young player I’ve got very high hopes for but Daniel was ready to come in and play – we’ll see how young Philippe goes,” said Rodgers. “He was with the medical team with Milan and he has come here and we have assessed where he is in terms of his fitness. “He trained with the group on Friday and we’ll observe him and see where he’s at but competition for places is what we want, that was the whole idea of bringing him in. “The key for us has always been to build a competitive squad that would enable us to challenge. “That will keep us going and allowing us to develop.” The 20-year-old Brazilian arrived from Inter Milan for £8.5million in the final few days of the transfer window, but he has only just spent his first few days training at Melwood after returning to Italy to finalise all the necessary aspects of the move. “He’s a top young player with big experiences and bringing him into the group adds that competition,” Rodgers said. “There’s no doubt that the team who have been involved in the last couple of games have been exceptional but it’s very important that we’ve got players in the side who are fighting to get into the team.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Barca being asked to ‘give a masterclass in every game’ – Valverde

first_imgBARCELONA, SPAIN (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde knows his side can play better than in their last few matches but urged them not to lose perspective when they host Borussia Dortmund today with a chance to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.The Catalans are top of La Liga and also lead Group F, which also contains Inter Milan and Slavia Prague, but have produced a series of underwhelming displays recently which have brought serious criticism.Their last Champions League match was a dire goalless draw at home to Slavia Prague, while they needed a freak, late goal from Arturo Vidal to overcome La Liga’s basement club Leganes 2-1 last weekend.“Here at Barca there is always turbulence and there always will be, if people aren’t complaining about one thing then they are complaining about another,” he told a news conference. “We have just won a game in which we suffered a lot and it was an uphill struggle for us but we won it. The problem is that here we are asked to give a football masterclass in every game and sometimes we are not able to.”Valverde, who has a knack of keeping his cool in the face of pressure, advised his players to not get too bogged down by what they have been doing wrong.“We could also focus on the good things we are doing, like the fact we managed to come from behind and win a very difficult game the other day,” he said. “We showed a good attitude and never lost control of the game; we should appreciate that. I understand that there is a tendency to stick the knife in at every opportunity but we should look on the bright side so that we don’t lose our heads.”Valverde’s side will seal their place in the knockout stages as group winners if they beat Dortmund, who are second in the standings on seven points and would advance to the last 16 with victory at the Camp Nou.“The good thing is that you always have another game to look forward to and now we’re playing Dortmund, we will try to win and make our fans happy again,” added the coach. “We’re in a strong position and we want to take advantage of that, and we are also a very good team at home.”last_img read more

TeamFA appoints e3creative Manchester as website redevelopment lead

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Checkd Media the operating company of leading UK sports betting portal TeamFA has confirmed that it has appointed Manchester-based digital creative agency e3creative to develop and design its new TeamFA website.Following an agency tender process, Checkd management selected e3creative to lead the redevelopment of the TeamFA website, with a view to gain optimal user experience and cross convergence throughout Checkd websites and social media assets.Seeking new dynamics, the new TeamFA website is set to display live market odds combined with in-play betting opportunities for TeamFA + 2 million loyal users.Key project stakeholder Michael Whittle Product Manager at Checkd Media, detailed that the firm’s tender focused on selecting an agency who could develop a website which could handle TeamFA peak activity.We’re delighted to be teaming up with e3creative on our latest innovative product. Working collaboratively with Jake [Welsh] and the team, we firmly believe Checkd Media will remain as the UK’s largest sports-betting community,” Michael Whittle detailed.Jake Welsh, e3creative MD commented on the project “We have been following TeamFA for some time now and are delighted to be partnering with such a cutting-edge and forward thinking brand. Our vision for user experience was aligned even from the first meeting, so it’s always great to work with partners who share the same ambitions,”“Our intent is to expand their reach in an innovative and unexpected way, ensuring all touch points are seamless and straightforward easing the process of multi-sport betting.” Submit Share bet365 continues Manchester expansion with new offices March 13, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: October’s big betting news December 30, 2019 Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020last_img read more