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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionChartock needs to follow his own adviceIn its bellicose tone, Alan Chartock’s recent column accusing “progressives” of causing division in the Democratic Party ironically demonstrated the very faults he was criticizing. In a troubling attack on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, he refers to comments she made regarding the Israeli lobby as “…what many people are calling anti-Semitic tropes and not for the first time.” Regrettably, he leaves unresolved the essential issue of whether Ms. Omar is simply guilty of a poorly worded comment that was subject to exploitation by her critics or whether she is actually an anti-Semite.Mr. Chartock is too adroit an observer of the media to miss that this will simply contribute to the suspicion that Ms. Omar is, in fact, an anti-Semite and fuel the divisions he laments. Include all $2.5B for water infrastructureIt’s easy to ignore the hundred-year-old water pipes running beneath our feet, out of sight, out of mind.But these pipes are corroding, and they’re increasingly a threat to the safety of our drinking water. When pipes burst, dangerous contaminants can enter the water that flows to your kitchen tap. Plus, water main breaks frequently damage streets and shutter businesses, harming the economic potential of our communities.As plumbers and pipefitters, we’re in the business of making water flow, and we’re eager to get to work to fix our pipes and protect clean water. But we need the state government as a partner.  I applaud their leadership to make this project happen for our community.Weber and McGraw are exactly the kind of collaborative leaders our community needs.Dede HildrethNiskayuna If Ms. Omar is an anti-Semite, she deserves the harshest condemnation. If, on the other hand, she is simply guilty of language that could be exploited, then it deserves a more measured response by him.The distinction is not trivial.If she is not an anti-Semite, then in the interest of unity and civility, he should caution her critics from making intemperate attacks, while urging her to show more care in crafting her public statements.  I would urge Mr. Chartock to follow his own dictums and more carefully craft his own language to set an example of how unity can be achieved.John KaufmannSaratoga Springs It can provide the grant funding that is critical to jump-start local infrastructure projects.The state Senate and Assembly recently announced their budget proposals for the coming year.Budgets reflect values and priorities, and the Senate led the way by stating loud and clear that water infrastructure can’t be a back-burner issue.Its multi-year, $2.5 billion investment in clean water grants will best help our union members tackle New York’s enormous, $80 billion need.But the $2.5 billion isn’t a sure thing. Budget negotiations are happening right now, and clean water funding might be cut before the final budget is signed and delivered on April 1.I urge Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins help ensure the full $2.5 billion makes it across the finish line.Frank NataliRotterdam The writer is a business agent with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 7. Grateful for effort to improve Nisky parkAs a longtime resident of Niskayuna, I want to express my sincere gratitude to town Councilwomen Lisa Weber and Denise Murphy McGraw for their efforts to bring about a plan to improve one of our community’s jewels, River Road Park.According to news reports, Lisa Weber and Denise Murphy McGraw worked with Assemblyman Phil Steck, Niskayuna Softball, town department heads and residents to come up with a plan and funds to address much-needed improvements to drainage, parking, paths, and recreational activities in that park. More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Dunmore, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf toured Gertrude Hawk Chocolates and participated in a roundtable discussion with employees focused on expanding manufacturing jobs in the commonwealth.“Gertrude Hawk Chocolates is a great Pennsylvania business success story,” said Governor Wolf. “Talking to businesses like Gertrude Hawk about how we can help them thrive is extremely important to helping the commonwealth set the table for robust private sector growth to create and retain good jobs while strengthening the middle class.”Gertrude Hawk Chocolates has had three manufacturing locations since 1936, all within a 10-mile radius of each other in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where the company’s signature Smidgens® have always been crafted.Governor Wolf’s budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Governor Wolf plans to invest in job creation by:Partnering with the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Founded in 1936, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates operates over 60 retail store locations located across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey and a growing e-commerce website. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Governor Wolf Visits Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Discusses Manufacturingcenter_img June 02, 2017last_img read more

first_imgCrystal Hateley-Watson in her apartment in Fortitude Valley, which is one of Brisbane’s densest suburbs. Picture: Annette Dew.BRISBANE’S most crammed suburbs are getting even more crowded thanks to a high rise boom, increased migration and an emerging preference for inner city living.The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the 10 most densely populated suburbs in Greater Brisbane were all within 5km of the CBD, but city planning experts said that was not a bad thing. LIST: SCROLL DOWN FOR MOST CROWDED SUBURBS LIST It comes amid signs the inner city’s beaten down unit market is making a comeback, with the latest home value data released by property researcher CoreLogic revealing apartment values outperformed houses in Brisbane last month, as cashed-up Baby Boomers swap the suburbs for city life.Just 2km from Brisbane’s CBD, covering more than a square kilometre of prime real estate and with a median house price of just over $1 million, you’ll find the city’s most packed suburb — Kangaroo Point. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Kangaroo Point is the most densely populated suburb in Brisbane, according to ABS.The riverside suburb is home to 9110 people, which worked out to be 6804 residents per square kilometre — that’s an extra 1154 people per square kilometre since 2007.On the other side of the Story Bridge, New Farm is the second most congested suburb in Greater Brisbane, adding 442 new residents per square kilometre over the past five years to increase from 6011 to 6453. GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M BRISBANE DIGS Balmoral has a population density of 3330, according to ABS figures.But Brisbane pales in comparison to some of the country’s most dense suburbs, with 19,500 people per square kilometre living in inner-city Melbourne and 16,300 residents per square kilometre in Potts Point in Sydney.The more populated a suburb, the better according to Steven Burgess, a consultant with engineering and transportation adviser MRCagney.Mr Burgess said high density areas were cheaper to run as a community, sharing infrastructure, services and assets. “Density is pretty good for cities,” he said.“The more stuff is closer together means people don’t have to drive far, it makes a city more efficient, more community focused, more socially sustainable.“What you’ve got to be careful of is that all your density doesn’t end up in one or two places in the city.” New Farm, the second most crowded suburb in Brisbane, is well-known for its cafe scene. Picture: Jamie Hanson.Neighbouring Fortitude Valley was the city’s third most packed suburb with 6288 people per square kilometre.It experienced the biggest jump in population density between the 2012 and 2016 Census, with more than 1800 people per square metre squeezing into the suburb in that time.In the past decade, it has become home to more than 2000 people per square kilometre. BRISBANE’S MOST EXPENSIVE HOME SALES Steven Burgess from MRCagney.Ethos Urban planning director Greg Vann, who was the project director for the Southeast Queensland regional plan, said two of the biggest generations were showing a distinct preference for inner city living.“Baby Boomers are downsizing and wanting to head back to where the buzz is, and Millennials are upsizing and wanting to stay close to the action,” Mr Vann said. “People are choosing to trade space for place.“Instead of having a bigger home further out, a lot of people are choosing to have a smaller home, but close to everything.”Mr Vann said that while the “high rise boom” in recent years in Brisbane’s inner city had contributed to population density, there remained a “missing middle”.“74 per cent of housing in southeast Queensland is still made up of detached houses,” he said.“It’s the stuff in the middle we need more of.” By that, he means townhouses and other forms of lower density, ground-oriented attached housing. “Those choices will be more attractive to people as housing needs change,” Mr Vann said.Mr Burgess said there was a significant difference between the population density in inner Brisbane and the middle to outer suburbs.“Once you get out of the inner city, you have to drive to do anything,” he said.“What I would love to see is the real revitalisation of the urban village (in Brisbane), so everyone didn’t have to come into the city to get to employment, night life, restaurants.”center_img Crowds of people in Queen Street Mall, Brisbane City.Real estate agents were also seeing a strong appetite from downsizers and millennial buyers for inner city housing.While some concerns remain about an oversupply of inner-city apartments, the high-end of the unit market is still in strong demand.Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point said more buyers were looking for the convenience of having “everything at their doorstep”.“Another key factor is low maintenance,” he said.“They’re looking for something they can lock and leave.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMr Bacon believed projects such as Queens Wharf would lure more people to inner city locations. “Once that goes up, people will be like ‘I want to be near that or have views of that’,” he said. There has been plenty of construction happening in Fortitude Valley. Picture: Richard Walker.West End has experienced the biggest increase in population density over the past decade, with 2083 additional people per square kilometre packing into the eclectic suburb since 2007.Even suburbs with under half the population density of frontrunners Kangaroo Point and New Farm are humming — Wooloowin-Lutwyche sits at 3424 people per square kilometre and Balmoral has 3330. BARGAIN PROPERTY IDEAL FOR INVESTOR Crystal Hateley-Watson in her apartment in Fortitude Valley, which is one of Brisbane’s densest suburbs. Picture: Annette Dew.Crystal Hateley-Watson rents a one-bedroom apartment in Fortitude Valley and loves the convenience of being able to walk to so many amenities and benefit from all the infrastructure in the suburb.Originally from Adelaide, Ms Hateley-Watson said she did find the inner-city suburb a lot busier and more populated, but doesn’t mind it.“Traffic’s crazy, but that’s Brisbane,” she said.“I think it’s a happy medium where I am.“I definitely see myself staying in the Valley, if I stay in Brisbane.”TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2017)1 Kangaroo Point — 68042 New Farm — 64533 Fortitude Valley — 62884 Highgate Hill — 56225 West End — 55196 Spring Hill — 53637 Brisbane City — 47898 Auchenflower — 47179 Taringa — 434910. Annerley — 4244(Source: ABS)TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2012)1 New Farm — 60112. Kangaroo Point — 58263 Highgate Hill — 52954. Spring Hill — 48565. West End — 45956. Auchenflower — 45487 Fortitude Valley — 44048. Brisbane City — 43569 Taringa — 403610. Annerley — 3934(Source: ABS)TOP 10 DENSEST SUBURBS IN GREATER BRISBANE(people per square kilometre at 2007)1 New Farm — 56812. Kangaroo Point — 5650 3 Brisbane City — 48934. Highgate Hill — 47125. Spring Hill — 46256. Fortitude Valley — 42507. Newstead — 42378. Taringa — 38089. Annerley — 355010. West End — 3436(Source: ABS)last_img read more

first_img Number eight Heaslip has relinquished the permanent leadership role he fulfilled during Ireland’s Six Nations under Declan Kidney last season. No sooner had he ceded the honour to second row O’Connell though, he found himself back in command. Munster’s 34-year-old totem O’Connell is still recovering from calf trouble, and is not deemed fit to start against the South Sea islanders on Saturday. O’Connell takes a seat on the bench, leaving Leinster loose forward Heaslip back in immediate charge. Admitting the captaincy was a ‘tough decision’, Schmidt also confirmed Jonathan Sexton has been left out of Saturday’s squad as a precaution against his ongoing hip complaint. Racing Metro fly-half Sexton is expected to be fit for Ireland’s Australia clash on November 16. Heaslip pledged to lead or follow with equal ambition. The 29-year-old explained: “Obviously you would like to be captain all the time, but Joe made the decision he did. New head coach Joe Schmidt has named talisman lock Paul O’Connell as his skipper for the impending autumn series. Heaslip has been installed as vice-captain – but will actually take the armband in Saturday’s Samoa clash at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. “I’m really proud at being vice-captain, really proud of when I was captain during the Six Nations, and I’m proud of the chance I’m getting this week to lead the team out. “There were probably as many as eight candidates for the captaincy, and in my experience of successful teams, it’s not any one player that’s the leader, it’s the group, the core, that’s really important in terms of showing how we do our business. “Joe said ‘this is what we’re doing, would you like to be vice captain’. “I jumped at it with both hands, then went straight over to Paul, shook his hand and said ‘congrats skip’. “I’m delighted for Paul, he doesn’t change in what he says or what he does, whether he’s captain or not. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge of leading the team out this week, then hopefully I’ll get the chance to step out behind Paul – both are a great honour. “Just as long as the team go well I’m a very happy man.” Decorated British Lions centre Brian O’Driscoll would have been firmly in that eight-strong captaincy shake-up. But Heaslip confirmed the 34-year-old ruled himself out of the running. O’Driscoll has pledged to retire at the end of the season – but Heaslip joked it is not worth ruling out a change of heart. He continued: “You never know with Brian, there could be chance for one more year after this season. “Is he going to go as long as Simon Shaw or Brad Thorne even? He’s maybe counting on that! “I suppose the decisions he’s made haven’t been easy, but he thinks quite a lot outside of himself. “A lot has changed for him since even this time last year; he has a kid to think about as well, there’s a big life outside of rugby when you finish up too.” Elsewhere in Schmidt’s first seletion, Paddy Jackson got the nod to start at fly-half in Sexton’s absence. O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy win selection in the centres – meaning the midfield duo will rack up a combined 200 caps when they step out at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Fast-developing Leinster front-rower Jack McGrath will win his first cap at loosehead prop against the Samoans. The 24-year-old was called up to the Emerging Ireland squad to play in May’s Tbilisi Cup, the inaugural round-robin tournament also including Georgia, a South Africa President’s XV and Uruguay. Schmidt has also named versatile Leinster back-three Dave Kearney on the bench, who will win his first cap if he takes the field. Kearney could even line up alongside brother and starting full-back Rob, if he comes on at wing. Press Association Jamie Heaslip is unfazed at being overlooked for Ireland’s full-time captaincy.last_img read more

first_imgA 21-year-old man was caught on video abusing his friend’s dog in a Brickell elevator.Surveillance video footage showed Karim Ellaisy getting into the elevator with the 6-month-old Siberian Husky, shortly after the dog appeared to have had an accident and that’s when Ellaisy grabbed the dog by its leash and slammed him into a wall before throwing punches repeatedly.Ellaisy was arrested during the last week of January, and is being charged with animal cruelty.According to reports Ellaisy bonded out, and is expected back in court on Feb. 28.last_img read more

first_imgThere could be signs of hope in terms of Florida’s unemployment claims.The number of jobless individuals filing in the state fell by more than 11,000 claims for the week ended June 27, to 84,608.Meanwhile, the national jobless rate dropped to 11.1 percent last month, before a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.June’s unemployment rate for Florida will not be reported until later this month. The rate for May was 14.5 percent.Nationwide, total employment rose nationally by more than 4.8 million people in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.The number of unemployed people fell by 3.2 million to 17.8 million.See today’s press release for the latest numbers on #ReemploymentAssistance & information regarding benefits available through the CARES Act: https://t.co/6Al4BOalat pic.twitter.com/4jcrGHYEBO— Florida DEO (@FLDEO) July 2, 2020 However, it is unknown at this point how much the recent spikes in coronavirus spikes in Florida and other states could affect the numbers.Some small businesses around the state remain undecided or are unable to institute strong hiring programs, since federal loans that were designed to protect payrolls began to run out after their eight-week terms, according to the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business.Earlier this week, Congress appeared to be close to approving an extension of the Payroll Protection Program through Aug. 8, in an effort to distribute an estimated $120 billion in funding that remains unused.Since mid-March, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has paid more than $8.3 billion in state and federal benefits to more than 1.6 million people, according to state figures.More than $6 billion of it is from federal funds that provide $600 in weekly payments. Those payments are scheduled to end July 31, unless Congress decides to renew the program.last_img read more

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers manager Chris Woodard has completed a one-game suspension for his actions during Monday’s game against the Padres.Texas reliever Ian Gibaut threw behind San Diego infielder Manny Machado following a grand slam, leading to his ejection and subsequent three-game suspension. Woodard became incensed with the plate umpire for ejecting Gibaut, who has appealed his suspension.Elsewhere around the majors:— Braves outfielder Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) has been placed on the 10-day injured list after potentially being exposed to COVID-19. Markakis initially opted out of the shortened season because of concerns about the coronavirus. He rejoined the Braves a couple of weeks ago and provided a boost to an injury plagued lineup, batting .353 with six RBIs in 11 games.— Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant received an injection Tuesday for his ailing left wrist, sidelining the slugger for at least two days. Manager David Ross said Bryant also saw a specialist for the injury. The earliest the 2016 NL MVP could return to the lineup is Friday against the crosstown White Sox. August 18, 2020 Also on Tuesday’s major league schedule:— Brandon Lowe slammed a three-run homer and Austin Meadows hit a solo shot as the Rays beat the Yankees, 6-3 to end New York’s six-game winning streak. Tampa Bay received four innings of shutout relief after Blake Snell allowed three runs over five frames.— Wil Myers belted a grand slam and Jurickson Profar (JUR’-ihk-suhn PRO’-fahr) added a two-run blast to account for the Padres’ scoring in a 6-4 win over the Rangers. Joey Gallo slammed a three-run homer for Texas. — Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) and Pablo Sandoval homered as the Giants ripped the Angels, 8-2 to end a five-game losing streak. Yastrzemski also made a diving catch to rob David Fletcher of an RBI single and end the second inning. — The Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Mariners on Corey Seager’s RBI single in the eighth inning. Starter Tony Gonsolin pitched two-hit ball over six shutout innings to help Los Angeles pick up its seventh consecutive victory and improve to 18-7. — Utah guard Mike Conley has returned to Walt Disney World after the birth of his son and will go through a quarantine period before joining the Jazz for their playoff series against Denver. Conley is subject to a quarantine of at least four days in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 policies. He could be back for Game 3.NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEFlyers blank Habs againsTORONTO (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are one win away from advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs following their second consecutive shutout of the Montreal Canadiens.Carter Hart stopped 29 shots and Michael Raffl (RAH’-ful) scored the game-winner in the Flyers’ 2-0 win over the Habs. Hart made 23 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Montreal to become the youngest Flyer to post a playoff shutout. Raffl put the Flyers ahead 6:32 into the game after being inserted on Philadelphia’s top line with Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) and Jakub Voracek (JAY’-kuhb VOHR’-ah-chehk). Phil Myers gave the Flyers breathing room by beating Carey Price late in the second period.Price stopped 20 shots for the Canadiens, who will try to stave off elimination in Game 5 on Wednesday.In other Stanley Cup first-round action:— The Stars have a three-games-to-two lead after John Klingberg scored the tiebreaking goal in a 2-1 triumph over the Flames. Klingberg beat Cam Talbot 72 seconds into the third period, one game after setting up three goals to help Dallas beat Calgary. Jamie Benn’s short-handed goal put the Stars on the board, but the Flames tied it on Mikael Backlund’s goal later in the first period. Anton Khudobin (koo-DOH’-bihn) stopped 29 shots for the Stars.NHL NEWS-OBIT-HAWERCHUK Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSMagic stun BucksLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have opened their NBA Playoffs schedule by failing to resemble the team that finished first overall during the pandemic-altered regular season. Update on the latest sports — Indians manager Terry Francona is missing his team’s three-game series with the Pirates, which began Tuesday. General manager Mike Chernoff said Francona will have a “scheduled procedure” to address a gastrointestinal issue. Francona also sat out seven games earlier this month because of the ailment.— Rays two-way rookie Brendan McKay will have season-ending surgery on his left throwing shoulder Wednesday. McKay was 2-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 13 games last season and went 2 for 10 with a home run as a designated hitter. — The Mets are placing starter David Peterson on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder fatigue and recalling Corey Oswalt (OHZ’-wahlt) to take his place. Peterson is 3-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 17 strikeouts and eight walks in 21 2/3 innings over four starts. He was due to start Tuesday’s game at Miami.NFL NEWSCowboys cut McCoy after injury Hawerchuk dies at 57UNDATED (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer and Winnipeg Jets standout Dale Hawerchuk has died at 57 following a battle with cancer.Hawerchuk scored 45 goals and collected 103 points as a rookie after being selected first overall in the 1981 draft, helping the Jets make the playoffs after winning just 11 games the previous season. He held most club scoring records after nine seasons with the Jets, contributing with 379 goals and 929 points in 713 games.Hawerchuk later spent five seasons with the Sabres before stops in St. Louis and Philadelphia. He ended his career with 518 goals and 1,409 points in 1,188 games over 16 seasons.In other NHL news: center_img UNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a day after the newcomer sustained a season-ending leg injury.McCoy tore his right quadriceps muscle Monday while engaging defensive tackle Antwaun Woods during an individual drill.The injury waiver means the Cowboys pay only the $3 million signing bonus on the $18 million, three-year contract McCoy signed as a free agent during the offseason.In other NFL news:— Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford will likely miss a second straight season because of an injury suffered during the preseason. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has confirmed that Alford will miss four to six months. — The last game of the day has the Lakers taking on the Trail Blazers.NBA-NEWSCeltics lose Hayward for about 4 weeksUNDATED (AP) — The Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward will be sidelined for around four weeks after suffering a severe ankle sprain in Boston’s playoff-opening victory over Philadelphia. With him out, it could mean a shift to a three-guard lineup and more minutes for Marcus Smart.Also in the NBA: Associated Press Nikola Vucevic (NEE’-koh-lah VOOCH’-uh-vihc) scored a playoff career-high 35 points and had 14 rebounds as the eighth-seed Orlando Magic downed the Bucks, 122-110. Terrence Ross scored 18 points, Gary Clark added 15 and D.J. Augustin had 11 points and 11 assists for the Magic. The quartet helped Orlando hold reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) without a field goal over the final 11 minutes.Antetokounmpo finished with 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists for Milwaukee.In other Game 1 action on Tuesday:— Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) had 24 to lead the Heat to a 113-101 victory over the Pacers. Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists for the Heat, who used an 11-2 surge that made it 107-95 with just over 2 minutes remaining. T,J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon scored 22 points apiece for the Pacers, who played the last three quarters without Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) because of an eye injury.— James Harden’s 37 points and 11 rebounds led the Rockets to a 123-108 win over the Thunder. Jeff Green scored 22 points and Eric Gordon added 21 for Houston, which played without All-Star Russell Westbrook because of a quad injury. Gordon scored 16 points and Harden had 15 in the first half to help the Rockets take a 68-52 lead. Danilo Gallinari matched a playoff career high with 29 points for the fifth-seeded Thunder. — The Diamondbacks have a six-game winning streak after Nick Ahmed crushed a three-run homer and had five RBIs in a 10-1 laugher over the Athletics. and had five RBIs, Luke Weaver allowed a run on three hits over five innings, retiring the final 10 batters he faced.— Homers by Brandon Nimmo, J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario powered the Mets past the Marlins, 8-3. Rosario had three RBIs and New York’s bullpen blanked Miami over 4 2/3 innings.— The Royals’ game against visiting Cincinnati was postponed to give the Reds another day to conduct additional COVID-19 testing. The clubs are now scheduled to play a doubleheader Wednesday.MLB-NEWS-RANGERS SUSPENSIONS2 Rangers suspended for throwing behind hitter after slam — Vladimir Tarasenko is out for the rest of the Blues’ first-round series against the Canucks after aggravating his surgically repaired left shoulder. The team says the 28-year-old winger returned to St. Louis to have the shoulder looked at by team doctors.MLB-SCHEDULEAstros win 6th straight UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros picked up their season-high sixth straight win by outlasting the Colorado Rockies in a pitchers’ duel at Minute Maid Park.Myles Straw’s RBI single with one out in the 11th inning lifted the Astros past the Rockies, 2-1. Houston starter Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) and Rockies hurler Antonio Senzatela each tossed three hit ball with no walks over eight scoreless innings. Raimel Tapia hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th to put Colorado up 1-0, but a sacrifice fly by Kyle Tucker extended the game. — Browns Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb has been placed in concussion protocol after he got hurt during the team’s first fully padded practice. Chubb finished second in the NFL last season with 1,494 yards. — Jets wide receiver Vyncint Smith had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and could be sidelined up to two months. Coach Adam Gase confirmed the procedure and prognosis and said Smith will likely miss five to eight weeks. —The Vikings have signed former Cincinnati linebacker Hardy Nickerson for depth. Nickerson played three seasons for the Bengals, appearing in 37 games with nine starts. — The Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.last_img read more

first_imgThe Tipperary club have won the League with a game to spare. The full time score was Clonmel 34 Cobh Pirates 7.Stephen Gleeson was at the match for Tipp FM Sport. Clonmel coach Denis Leamy spoke to Stephen Gleeson after the game.last_img

first_img Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon The future of Manchester’s Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium is to be decided today, which could see the track demolished and the site redeveloped to build 247 houses.The proposals made by Countryside Properties were recommended for approval by the local officer at Manchester’s Planning and Highways Committee earlier this week after a consultation report highlighted the track’s decline in revenues and footfall in recent years.Mark Bird, Managing Director of the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB), explained that the closure of the UK’s first purpose-built greyhound racing track would be a ‘massive loss for the sport’.He said: “It’s the only track in the North West of the country, the nearest tracks to that in the North West would possible Sheffield or even Shawfield in Scotland. The loss of a track in a big area such as that would be a massive loss for the sport, and also for the wider communities of people in and around Manchester and Liverpool too.”While the track’s future hangs in the balance, an online petition by the Save Belle Vue Stadium Action Group has continued to gain traction, having received circa 13,000 signatures in favour of saving the track.The report submitted to the Planning Committee ahead of today’s meeting revealed: “A detailed assessment has been made in respect of the harmful aspects of the material considerations in this case, mainly the loss of the existing local non-statutory heritage site, the loss of employment opportunities at the existing site and the potential highway impacts from additional congestion created by the proposed residential development.“However, on balance, this level of harm is considered to be outweighed by the benefits the proposed development would bring, in relation to the provision of good quality affordable residential accommodation, an improvement to the overall appearance of the site, the betterment to the ecological value of the site, and the reduction in the noise currently generated by the existing uses to the benefit of existing residents living around the site.“Therefore, although it is acknowledged that the proposed development would result in some harm, this harm does not outweigh the overall benefits of the proposals and the determination of the planning application in accordance with the up-to-date Development Plan.”Bird pointed out that in order to continue engaging with the local communities, and to reverse the decline in footfall, greyhound racing as a sport must reconsider the way that media rights deals are structured and shift the focus towards the entertainment side of racing.He continued: “Because of the way that media rights around greyhound racing have fashioned themselves over the last couple of years, there is less footfall across all of the tracks in the UK. So there are 21 tracks in England and Scotland, and it is something that we as the regulator of the sport are looking at in terms of how we can get more footfall into stadiums.“While most of the stadiums have things like restaurants, but it’s trying to draw that younger generation to the tracks and to get them enthused about the sport which is one of the biggest challenges. That is what we hope to achieve in the next couple of years.”Bird emphasised the social nature of the sport: “Most dog racing in the evening is between 6:30 and 10:30, and it is as much about the social aspects of going to the racing as it is about the actual races. If you are going to go dog racing, you’re more than likely going to take your friends and family with you, and the races form a part of that social event.“For us, it is then about making racing more attractive to a younger subset of people – part of that is making dog racing a form of entertainment, it’s what the dogs want to do, and importantly that the dogs are being looked after due to our high welfare standards. It’s also making racing about the experience that you have while at the track as well. Of all the tracks, Belle Vue draws a huge audience on a Saturday night and always has done.“When most people go dog racing, they will at least back one dog, but really it’s about making the dogs the star of the show. If you can make the dogs into the ‘superstars’, people will get behind that.” Submit SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels June 25, 2020last_img read more

first_imgAfter several attempts in the last few months, former Black Stars defender, John Paintstil, and his business partner, Richard Kings Atipko, have officially completed the takeover of Ghana Premier League side, Wa All Stars.The decision was communicated to the Ghana Football Association via a letter signed by  the team’s Operations Manager, Nana Obiri Yeboah on Thursday.In the letter, which was seen by Citi Sports, Nana Obiri Yeboah informed the Ghana FA that Painstil and Atikpo, had completed the needed paperwork at the Registrar-General’s Department to become the new owners of the team and that the change of ownership was effective since July 1.It is expected that plans for the future of the team will be made public in coming days.Why the need for new owners?After the airing of the Anas “Number 12” documentary, former GFA boss and then owner of Wa All Stars, Kwesi Nyantakyi, was banned by FIFA for life from all football-related activities and that meant that he had to let go of the team which was participating in the Ghana Premier League.last_img read more