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Letters to the Editor for Monday, Jan. 6

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe must fix our past to have our futureHas anyone realized how smart our country is with new electronics every few months?So called smart phones, iPads, computers, you name it, we make it. Along with all the new electronics, we have cars that drive themselves, along with flying cars being tested, little robots that clean your floors.What a futuristic world we live in. Or do we?Our roads are too old to handle the traffic, our bridges are crumbling and becoming safety hazards and our water systems underground must be replaced. Millions of autos and trucks have defects and are being recalled. The list goes on.Don’t forget our landfills; some are open but many are closed. The ones that are closed look nice, with green grass or solar panels. But they continue to poison our earth, water and air. Trains that carry oil all over our country are a catastrophe waiting to happen. Our infrastructure is falling apart right under us. We look for ways to get money to fix it and yet not much is done to correct the problem. We are building our future on quicksand. Are we smart or what?If we don’t slow down and fix the past, we will not have a future.We need to do what must be done to get the United States of America back on track.We are the best country in the world. Let’s keep it that way. We need peace and understanding in our land. God bless America, its government and all that live in our land.Sid GordonSaratoga SpringsTake action to close the racial wealth gapThe Gazette has often printed news stories and commentaries about reparations for black Americans to compensate the descendants of the formerly enslaved for centuries of slavery, segregation, and racism that continue to impose unequal access to jobs, justice, health and wealth.  The Gazette has also often reported on the racial wealth gap.The median wealth (assets minus liabilities) for white U.S. households is more than 10 times that of black and Hispanic families. We also have enormous wealth gaps between the wealthiest Americans and the rest of us.  I know some whites oppose paying reparations to black Americans for many reasons, one being that many white families are struggling themselves.Are we as a nation serious about closing the white-to-black and white-to-Hispanic wealth gaps? If so, how?Can we raise the wealth of the poorest three-fourths of Americans while vastly increasing the wealth of black and Hispanic families?A large majority of us are not racist or try not to be.I urge that we get serious about electing candidates at all levels of government who are serious about closing the overall and racial wealth gaps.Closing these gaps can help unite us in a worthwhile goal.Tom EllisAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regslast_img read more

Niles dominates Laparkan Holdings 35-lap feature cycle race

first_imgVETERAN cyclist Junior Niles continued his dominance of cycling on the local scene when he won the feature 35-lap race of the 12th annual Laparkan Holdings sponsored 11-race cycle programme which was organised by cycling coach Hassan Mohammed,and staged around the outer circuit of the National Park yesterday.Niles, who along with Mark Harris, Brighton John and Paul Cho-Wee-Nam,broke from the group after two laps and established a sizeable lead.However,after the 20th lap, John dropped back while Harris, Cho-Wee-Nam and Niles continued to lead.John,before being outpaced, had captured one of the eight prime prizes that were up on offer for the eventWith six laps remaining in the fast-paced event, Cho-Wee-Nam, Harris and Niles were mixed with the stragglers and stayed with them until there were two laps remaining.They then surged ahead of the chasing pack and while heading for the finish, Niles outsprinted his rivals and was never really challenged.Harris,who finished second and Cho-Wee-Nam who settled for third,both put in creditable performances.Niles,who won one of the prime prizes,clocked one hour,18 minutes and 53.81 seconds in winning the race.Cho-Wee-Nam and Harris won two prime prizes each.In the race for the other top three places, Hamzah Eastman outsprinted Shaquille Agard to take fourth.Agard finished in fifth while Kemuel Moses came sixth.In other results from the day’s activity, John was the first to cross the finish line in the 10-lap race for juveniles. Second was Jaheel Jackson while finishing third was Raphael Leung.The three-lap race for mountain bikers was won by Oziah McAulley,ahead of Stephon Gobin, while John Niles won the two-lap race for BMX boys and Girls 6-9 years old.Jeremiah Harrison was the winner of the BMX boys three-lap race. Second was Shay Sue-Hang and finishing third was Zab James.Theran Garbarran won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years old, while Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age. Second was Linden Blackman.Lennox Jackman won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age,ahead of Junior Niles and ralph Williams,respectively.Prior to making the presentation of prizes to the respective winners, Human Resources Manager of Laparkan Holdings Limited,Lynette Shiwlochan,thanked cycling coach Hassan Mohamed for organizing the event and also congratulated the participants.Shiwlochan,who has been the company’s Human Resources manager for the past three years, expressed Laparkhan’s commitment to sponsoring the programme for years to come.Mohamed thanked the company for staying on board and noted that all the participants were winners, even though some may not have secured podium places.last_img read more

Rawlins stars as Bermuda see off Cayman

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – Sussex all-rounder Delray Rawlins’ quick-fire 49 helped  guide Bermuda to a six-wicket victory over the Cayman Islands, while Canada edged their North American neighbours United States by four wickets on day three of the week-long quadrangular ICC Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier Americas final on Wednesday.Rawlins, 21, smashed five sixes and a four in his 31-ball knock, adding 70 runs for the fourth wicket with Kamau Leverock (28 not out), who plays for Nottinghamshire Seconds, to take the game away from Cayman, who had earlier subsided from a promising 85 for one to 116 for nine off their 20 overs.After Cayman elected to bat at White Hill Field, Durban-born opener Chad Hauptfleisch hit three fours and a six in his 42, putting on 32 for the first wicket with Sri Lanka-born Sacha De Alwis, who made 19, and adding a further 53 for the second wicket with Darren Cato, who made 20.However, the introduction of fifth-change Onias Bascome halted the Caribbean side in their tracks.The medium pacer, later named Man-of-the-Match, claimed four for 10 from three overs while off-break bowler Rodney Rott chipped in with two for 15. Opener bowler George O’Brien returned to claim two wickets in the final over to finish with two for 15.An early wobble left Bermuda – whose team players were all born on the island – struggling at six for two, and although Bascome was third out at 36 for 22, Rawlins, who earlier took three catches, was quickly into his stride with a flurry of boundaries before falling one short of his second half-century of the tournament.Alessandro Morris, a 36-year-old Jamaican off-break bowler, was the pick of the Cayman attack with two for 17 from four overs.Canada, with a superior run rate, joined Bermuda on five points after squeezing home with five balls to spare after Steven Taylor (38) and former West Indies batsman Xavier Marshall (22) helped guide the U.S. to 144 for six.A half-century by Man-of-the-Match Navneet Dhaliwal laid the foundation of Canada’s reply, but they slipped to 112 for six at the start of the 17th over as leg-break bowler Timil Patel made serious inroads with four for 27 from four overs.Guyana-born Dillon Heyliger proved to be Canada’s hero, teaming up with Hamza Tariq (11 not out) to steer Canada home. Heyliger’s 11-ball unbeaten 23 included 13 runs off the penultimate over, delivered by Cameron Gannon.Tariq then dispatched Saurabh Netravalkar’s first ball of the final over for four.The top two teams from this week’s tournament will earn places in the final qualifier to be held in the United Arab Emirates later in the year ahead of next year’s 16-team T20 World Cup in Australia.last_img read more

Fantasy Football WR Sleepers: Several young wide receivers poised for breakouts

first_imgMichael Pittman Jr., Colts Pittman Jr enjoyed an outstanding senior season at USC, totaling 101 catches for 1,275 yards and 11 TDs. That suggests he could make an impact in PPR leagues a rookie. He will take some pressure off T.Y. Hilton, and a chance to work with a veteran quarterback in Philip Rivers does not hurt. Pittman Jr will be cheaper than the other rookie receivers on this list, too.  Breshad Perriman, Jets Perriman is the classic hit-or-miss deep threat receiver who can make (or break) your week. He has 95 catches on 195 targets through a four-year career with three different teams. The allure remains a career average of 16.4 yards per catch, as well as a monster showing over the final three weeks last year while in Tampa (17 catches, 349 yards, four TDs). He won’t have gunslinger Jameis Winston forcing it to him this year, but perhaps he finds a rhythm with Sam Darnold in the Jets’ offense.  Hunter Renfrow, Raiders Renfrow was a cult hero during his college days at Clemson for his knack for the big catch, and he started to find his role with the Raiders late last season. He had back-to-back 100-yard games with a pair of TDs in Weeks 15 and 16, and owners tend to remember those players who come through in the fantasy playoffs. Renfrow will earn an increased role in the offense in 2020 and has a chance to be a real PPR stalwart. The potential for a breakout season is there for these 11 receivers, all of whom have the potential to greatly outperform their average draft positions:  2020 Fantasy Sleepers:Quarterback | Running back | Tight endFantasy Football WR SleepersJustin Jefferson, Vikings  Jefferson put up absurd numbers at slot receiver for LSU last season with 111 catches, 1,540 yards, and 18 TDs. He fills a void in Minnesota left by Stefon Diggs, and even though it’s unlikely he performs at Diggs’ level right away, he has the potential to emerge as a reliable target for Kirk Cousins later in the season.  Diontae Johnson, Steelers  Johnson was inconsistent early last season, but he turned it on in Pittsburgh’s final four games with 23 catches on 31 targets for 257 yards and a pair of TDs. He will be featured more in the offense, and the return of Ben Roethlisberger should translate into far more production.  Darius Slayton, Giants Slayton emerged as a waiver-wire gem last season after averaging 15.4 yards per reception, and he finished in a six-way tie among receivers for eighth in the league with eight TDs. Slayton did all that despite hauling in 48 catches on 84 targets. Daniel Jones does a good job of spreading the wealth in New York, and even full seasons from Golden Tate (five games missed last year), Sterling Shepard (6), and Evan Engram (8) shouldn’t kill Slayton’s value. He’s a value pick in standard leagues.  Mecole Hardman, Chiefs Hardman needed just 26 catches to total 538 yards – a 20.7 yards per catch clip that makes him one of the more-exciting fantasy plays on any given week. Hardman’s six TD catches covered 287 yards, an amazing average of 47.8 yards on scoring plays. That blend of home-run speed fits perfectly in Kansas City’s offense and should lead to more production in 2020.  Jalen Reagor, Eagles  The Eagles grabbed Reagor in the first round, and there’s some appeal based on his ability in the return game. Reagor averaged 15.2 yards per catch at TCU with an inconsistent quarterback situation. Philadelphia will make use of his talent. Given the Eagles’ lack of healthy, reliable WR options, Reagor could have value right away and should have extra value in PPR leagues.  N’Keal Harry, Patriots Injuries limited Harry to just seven games as a rookie, and he was a bit player in the New England’s offense as a result. The 6-4 former first-round pick can make New England’s new starting quarterback comfortable with his size, especially if it’s Cam Newton under center. He will need to improve his catch percentage to be more consistent, but the buy-low appeal is there on a team that lacks playmakers. Preston Williams, Dolphins Williams totaled 32 catches for 428 yards and three TDs as a rookie before a torn ACL ended his season. He was a consistent PPR receiver up to that point, and that role will be important when Tua Tagovailoa takes over at quarterback for the Dolphins. The 6-5 Williams is on track to be ready by Week 1, and he’ll will start the season as a WR4 or WR5 on fantasy rosters. The upside is there to move up the ladder.   Allen Lazard, Packers Another 6-5 big-play threat, injuries pressed Lazard into service last season, and he took advantage of the opportunity with Aaron Rodgers. Devin Funchess, Green Bay’s biggest offseason signing at receiver, opted out in August, so Lazard is in position for major playing time again this season. Lazard had seven games with at least 40 yards receiving last season, but he’ll need to score more TDs opposite Davante Adams to have real value.   How many times has your fantasy football matchup come down to picking that last wide receiver or flex? Those decisions can make the difference, so finding the right sleeper WR lower in the pre-draft rankings — be it a boom-or-bust big-play guy or a low-ceiling, PPR possession type — can go a long way. The talent at the wide receiver position is spread out more than ever. A total of 24 receivers had more than 1,000 yards in 2019, but only two, Detroit’s Kenny Golladay and the Rams’ Cooper Kupp, scored 10 TDs or more. Production comes in a variety of ways and from a variety of players, including rookies, second-year standouts, and potential third-year breakouts.last_img read more