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  • Madness on the left has reached peak

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The left’s madness has just about reached its peak, with all the talk of impeaching the president (which started on President Trump’s first day in office). But now they have really gone on a rampage. The Democrats/socialists have hated this president so much to go so far as to try to screw up talks with North Korea and have maybe a shot at some peace. No, they want Trump to fail. By doing so, they want the United States to fail, true socialists that they are. Instead of opening their eyes and seeing the truth, hate blinds them. Every day, in newspaper items and on TV, talking heads try to say how much Democrats are going to win in November. Are they mind readers or wishful thinkers, trying to make you think Dems are going win. The real sad thing going on in Washington’s deep state is the fact that it’s Democrats who did all the colluding. The fact that Obama was paid $4.5 million by the pharmaceutical companies represents pure greed and is harmful to nation. There are a lot of people who should be behind bars in this nation, starting with those on the left in Washington D.C., and those in New York state. But you people will not vote them out. Why? Do all of you like high taxes? Do you all love protecting MS-13 gangs? Must be.Al Marvell ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

  • Matson Delivers Stronger Earnings, Raises 2018 Outlook

    first_imgUS-based container carrier Matson delivered stronger results for the quarter ended September 30, and raised its 2018 outlook.The company’s net income for the third quarter increased to USD 41.6 million, compared to USD 34.1 million reported in the same period a year earlier. Consolidated revenue was USD 589.4 million, up from USD 543.9 million seen in the third quarter of 2017.For the nine months ended September 30, 2018, Matson reported a net income of USD 88.4 million, compared with USD 65.1 million in 2017, while revenue increased to USD 1.65 billion from USD 1.53 billion reported a year before.“Our performance in the quarter was in line with our expectations with Ocean Transportation results approaching the level achieved last year and continued strong execution across all service lines in Logistics,” Matt Cox, Matson’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,For the quarter within Ocean Transportation, the company saw a favorable rate environment in China and continued strong performance from SSAT, but also faced unfavorable timing in fuel surcharge collections relative to fuel cost increases and lower volume in Alaska primarily due to a weaker-than-expected seafood season.The company’s container volume in the Hawaii service in the third quarter 2018 was 1.1 percent lower year-over-year primarily due to one less sailing. In China, the company’s container volume in the third quarter 2018 was 3.3 percent lower year-over-year largely due to a dry-dock return sailing in the year ago period.Guam container volume was flat on a year-over-year and sequential basis, while in Alaska, the company’s container volume was 2 percent lower year-over-year, primarily due to lower southbound volume as a result of a weaker-than-expected seafood season.“We expect our businesses to continue to perform well in the fourth quarter,” Cox said, adding that the company is therefore raising its outlook for Ocean Transportation. For the full year 2018, Matson expects Ocean Transportation operating income to be modestly higher than the level achieved in 2017.last_img read more

  • S’finalists Emerge in GTBank/Lagos Principal’s Cup

    first_imgIn the female category, Sanya Senior Grammar School, defeated Ijaiye Community Estate Senior Grammar School, Ojokoro 3-2 while Ikorodu Senior High School, Ikorodu pummelled Lekki Community Senior High School, Lekki 6- 0.On Wednesday, Odogunyan Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu, defeated Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, 2-0, while Ikotun Senior High School defeated Badore Community Senior High School, Badore, 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw.Earlier in the day, Government Senior College, Agege wallopedCMS Girls Senior Secondary, School, Bariga, 8-0, while Isale Eko Grammar School, Lagos Island defeated Euba Secondary School, Mushin 3-2.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Semifinalists for Season 8 of the GTBank Principal’s Cup emerged after some enthralling encounters in the quarter finals played at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday and Wednesday.Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School defeated Gbaja Boys Senior High School 5-2 via penalty shootouts after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time.It was penalty shootouts that also decided the encounter between Estate Senior Grammar School, Mushin and Muslim Senior College, Oworonsoki with the latter running away with a 4-2 victory after 2-2 at full time.last_img read more

  • PCP: Would the Raiders make it in the Big Ten?

    first_imgBraun:Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable beats his wives, girlfriends and even members of his coaching staff.With that in mind, it’s really no surprise Cable and the 2-6 Raiders are once again in the cellar of the NFL. The recent exposure of Cable’s past and his actions this season further show how little leadership he possesses and how unqualified he is to coach in the NFL.But what about the Big Ten?If Cable took his Raiders and brought them to college football’s best conference in the Midwest, would Oakland succeed? Well, the answer is simple: No.Why, you ask? With talent like Darren McFadden, Nnamdi Asomugha and Richard Seymour, the Raiders would be able to literally run all over any Big Ten opponent en route to a Rose Bowl or National Championship berth.But with great talent comes a really big coach who likes to hit people.If the Raiders were in the Big Ten, they wouldn’t crack the top three, simply because Cable would beat up every player on the roster before they would have a chance to play conference opponents.Sure, they might be able to challenge Purdue, Illinois and maybe even Northwestern, but that’s not really an accomplishment anyway.Maybe if Cable cleans up his act, the Raiders can improve as a team. Until then, Oakland fans should hope his job is terminated.Bleach:Would the Oakland Raiders crack the top three in the Big Ten?That’s a good one. What is our PCP really on?Wait, that is actually the question?Well let me answer this question with some queries of my own.Do the Raiders have the fattest quarterback-kicker combination in the league?Do they have a senile old man who has possibly turned into a zombie as an owner?Are they the first NFL team to lose at least 11 games in six straight seasons?If these questions haven’t made my answer apparent yet, then let me clear up any confusion.No. No. Nein.There, I said it in three languages. They would not crack the top 3 in the Big Ten.The Raiders have been such a laughable organization since their Super Bowl run in 2002, never doubt the ways in which they can screw up.Sure, they might give Indiana a run for their money and a game against Illinois could end up in negative total points, but the Raiders could never compete with Big Ten heavyweights.Ohio State has more future NFL hopefuls currently on the Buckeyes roster than the Raiders do.Penn State wins in an old man competition pitting JoPa against Al Davis.And Iowa would win ugly, because that is what the Hawkeyes do.Should the Raiders come to town, however, we can send them down the road. I heard UW-Whitewater needs a team for a scrimmage.last_img read more

  • Hughes: While transfers are nice, Badgers must get back to developing their own

    first_imgThe following sentence may catch a few Wisconsin football fans off guard, but it’s more or less true.Since Scott Tolzien left the program at the end of the 2010 season, the quarterback position at UW has been unstable.That is in no way a comment on the performance of Russell Wilson last season, and I hardly need to remind anyone of the (unprecedented) year he had.But let’s recap what the Wisconsin quarterback position has gone through over the past 12 months or so:Last year, the Badgers entered spring camp looking at either Jon Budmayr or Curt Phillips to replace the departed Tolzien. But then Phillips was ruled out for the season when a procedure revealed more damage to his ACL injury. Meanwhile, Budmayr – along with young bucks Joel Stave and Joe Brennan – looked clumsy in a spring game in which no offensive touchdowns were scored.After that, the Badgers started looking past everyone on the roster for the starting job and out came a real-life deus ex machina in the form of Wilson.Wilson did incredible things for the one year he was at Wisconsin. He wowed fans, danced around linebackers, peppered defenses with indefensible passes and drafted his own version of Wisconsin’s passing records.Oh, what a fabulous time it was for Wisconsin. But it only could’ve lasted one season, and now the Badgers have written themselves into another hole.Last week, head coach Bret Bielema announced an injury Budmayr sustained last summer will keep him sidelined for all of spring camp. Phillips, who has undergone three ACL surgeries and hasn’t played football since the 2009 season, will see limited action in the spring. Bart Houston, a much-hyped incoming freshman, won’t be in Madison for spring, and a minor surgery will limit his practice time in the summer.So, in a post-Wilson world, the natural reflex for many will be to go all out for Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien, who intends to use the same graduate transfer rule Wilson did and has named UW as a possible destination.But can there be a downside to the image of Wisconsin quarterbacks if Bielema keeps pulling them out of top hats?Plenty of people used Wilson as an example to advance the argument that Wisconsin is a place where elite quarterbacks can now feel welcome to play and thrive. But the truth is Wisconsin has yet to prove that to college recruits. What recruits need to see out of Wisconsin is a quarterback emerge from its own system and become a playmaker – not a game manager.As good of a quarterback as Tolzien was at Madison (and his career passer efficiency rating of 153.2 is stellar), he was still seen as a game manager rather than a playmaker. Whether he actually was one or not, he was still seen that way.Wilson was seen as a playmaker. And although he took his play to another level at UW, Wilson didn’t develop his talent at Wisconsin. That took place at North Carolina State instead.If the Badgers really want to prove to recruits that quarterbacks can thrive in Madison, they need to develop a playmaker within its own system. Without doubt, Badger fans would look down the road at Houston for that. Nobody can say for sure if Houston has the capability to step in and play right away, although Josh Helmholdt, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, told me in February he thinks Houston could probably step into a starting role if need be.But, as stated before, Houston’s expected to miss time during summer camp – which directly precedes the regular season, an obviously crucial period for a potential starting freshman.With Bielema answering his first question on whether Budmayr’s injury is career-threatening (by not being able to answer it), with Phillips still healing from an unfortunate string of tough injuries and with two other young quarterbacks that haven’t shown much of anything yet, you begin to think a transfer quarterback is all that can save the Badgers from a train wreck.Of course, nobody on Wisconsin’s coaching staff is dumb enough to start relying on transfer signal-callers year in and year out. But if the Badgers complete a move with O’Brien, it could paint an image of instability at UW. One-and-done transfer quarterbacks aren’t going to convince recruits looking for a four- or five-year home to come to Madison. And the recent coaching carousel wouldn’t help reverse a sentiment of instability, either.With Budmayr, the most logical choice for quarterback, injured indefinitely and with Houston – the future of the program – facing an inadequate preseason, a transfer may be what’s needed. But the Badgers need to get back to developing their own stars under center.Conjuring quarterbacks out of midair won’t help this program reach a new level of riches.Elliot is a senior majoring in journalism. What do you think about Wisconsin’s quarterback situation? Tell him about it at ehughes@badgerherald.com or tweet @BHeraldSports.last_img read more

  • Sports Betting Company, NairaBet, Renews Craze Clown Deal

    first_imgShooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan shirt sponsors, NairaBet, tuesday renewed its partnership with Nigerian comedian, Emmanuel Ogonna Iwueke, popularly known as Craze Clown on Instagram and SnapChat.NairaBet that also has Super Falcons and Arsenal Ladies’ forward, Asisat Oshoala, as brand ambassador, penned the new deal with the Ukraine-based act who is a final year medical student at Kharkiv National Medical School.Speaking at the event, MD/CEO of NairaBet, Akin Alabi, said that he was happy to continue the partnership with Craze Clown.“We as a sports betting company are proud of the impact Craze Clown has on our brand. We know he has well over 1.4 million followers on the social media which puts him amongst the top artistes in the country enjoying such privilege,” observed Mr Alabi.While reacting to the new deal, Craze Clown who has former Liverpool star, Mario Balotelli and almost half of Nigeria’s Super Eagles players as followers of his blog on the web, described the NairaBet chief executive as a father figure.“I met him when I lost my father. He has been everything to me. I get all that in need as one of the brand ambassadors of NairaBet.The comedian who is barely four months away from graduating from medical school pledged to continue to impact on the NairaBet brand.Although detail of the new deal was not revealed, it was learnt that it is one that is making the comedian to be smiling to his bank.“It is a mouth-watery deal in the region of couple of millions of Naira. He is going to feature in a couple of commercials for us and be part of our events when necessary,” revealed a top official of the sports betting company shortly after the contract signing ceremony at its Lekki headquarters.The official hinted that very soon, the company “ is going to be involved in other sports related events very soon. With our involvement with Oshoala and Shooting Stars of Ibadan, we have the Nigerian sports scene in our radar just as another rival betting company is sponsoring newly promoted NPFL club, Remo Stars FC of Sagamu.Apart from Oshoala, another brand ambassador of NairaBet is popular Nigerian musical act, Phyno and Skuki.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Chicago Cubs get OF Maybin, 2 lefty relievers in 3 trades

    first_imgLast Updated: 1st September, 2020 06:34 IST Chicago Cubs Get OF Maybin, 2 Lefty Relievers In 3 Trades The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades on Monday, adding some help for their pursuit of their first division title since 2017 WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News center_img First Published: 1st September, 2020 06:34 IST Written By LIVE TV The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades on Monday, adding some help for their pursuit of their first division title since 2017.The NL Central leaders sent minor league infielder Zack Short to Detroit for Maybin, who is batting .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 14 games this year. The Cubs got Chafin and a cash consideration from Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Osich was acquired in a deal with Boston for a player to be named or cash.“Left-handed relief and right-handed hitters that can hit left-handed pitching, those were two of the main goals we had for the deadline,” general manager Jed Hoyer said.The addition of Maybin gives the Cubs a glut of outfielders on the roster. They also acquired infielder/outfielder José Martínez in a trade with Tampa Bay on Sunday, but he likely will get most of his playing time at designated hitter.Kris Bryant and Steven Souza Jr. also are close to returning from injuries. They took batting practice Monday.Hoyer said the team plans to send Albert Almora Jr. to their alternate training site in South Bend, Indiana, clearing out at least one of those outfielders.“Albert hasn’t gotten consistent at-bats and I think as a result, I think it’s just been a challenge for him to play sporadically and be able to produce,” Hoyer said. “I think sometimes a veteran player like a Cam Maybin at this point in his career is used to coming off the bench.”The Cubs also have lefties Kyle Ryan and José Quintana in their bullpen, but Quintana could return to the rotation after Tyler Chatwood left Sunday’s 10-1 victory at Cincinnati with right elbow discomfort.Hoyer said Chatwood had an MRI and is heading to the injured list, but the team is hopeful he will be able to return this season.Chafin has been sidelined by a left finger sprain. He recorded an 8.10 ERA over his first 11 appearances this year.“He’s cleared to throw right now,” Hoyer said. “The hope would be a couple weeks. We’ll find out more when we get a chance to see him ourselves.”Osich, who turns 32 on Thursday, is 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 13 games this season. He played for the crosstown White Sox in 2019, going 4-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 57 appearances.Chafin and Osich each do well against lefty batters. Chafin has limited lefties to a .230 batting average for his career. Osich’s number is .231.Infielder Hernán Pérez and outfielder Ian Miller were designated for assignment to make room on Chicago’s 40-man roster.Image credits: AP last_img read more

  • Uzoho Tops Super Eagles 24-man list for Algeria and Argentina

    first_imgDeportivo la Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho has been handed his first national team call-up by Gernot Rohr as the Super Eagles prepare to face Algeria in their final world cup qualifier in Constantine and the Albieceleste of Argentina in Krasnodar.Victor Moses is a conspicuous omission due to injury and it is unclear why Elderson Uwa Echejile is not in the list.Other unfamiliar names are Awaziem, Chidiebere Nwakali and Henry Onyekuru.Here is the full list:GoalkeepersDaniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Nigeria), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo, Spain)DefendersWilliam Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi Shehu, Tyrone Ebuehi, Leon Balogun, Uche Agbo, Chidozie Awaziem, Ola AinaMidfieldersMikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Chidiebere NwakaliForwardsAhmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Henry Onyekuru, Anthony NwakaemeStandbyKenneth Omeruo, Alhassan Ibrahim, Brian IdowuRelatedChelsea Player Kenneth Omeruo Makes Super Eagles World Cup List, Other Players ArriveNovember 7, 2017In “Nigeria”Rohr Unveils 30-man Provisional Squad For Russia 2018 World CupMay 14, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Unveils 24-Man Squad For AFCON Qualifier Against SeychellesAugust 24, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

  • UK Finance joins efforts to support responsible gambling

    first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share UK Finance, a trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector, has vowed to join the efforts in combating problem gambling, after the UK Gambling Commission had announced the launch of its consultation on using credit cards to gamble. The gambling regulator has supported the idea that consumers should not have the ability to gamble with money that they do not have, and that gambling with borrowed money is considered to be a key risk factor in harmful gambling.The Commission is now seeking input from industry stakeholders via a consultation to determine the necessary restrictions to put in place which will effectively limit the risks to customers. The consultation, set under the provisions of Section-24 of the Gambling Act 2005, will be centred around the industry’s contribution to vital research on prevention and treatments, combined with ‘associated arrangements’ needed to deliver the strategy.UK Finance, which currently represents over 250 firms across the UK’s banking and financial industries, stated that it would be one of the industry stakeholders submitting evidence to the Gambling Commission before its 16 May deadline. A spokesperson from UK finance stated: “The banking industry wants to help customers avoid the risk of gambling-related harm” “The industry continues to liaise closely with government, the Gambling Commission and consumer groups to build on existing initiatives by a number of credit card issuers, including schemes that allow customers to block the use of their card for online gambling.“We look forward to further engagement on this issue and will be responding to the Gambling Commission’s call for evidence in due course.”The future of payments in the gambling industry is due to be discussed at SBC’s Betting on Football event from 19 – 22 March 2019. Find out more here. StumbleUponlast_img read more

  • No surprise: LA Dodgers tap Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke to open NLDS

    first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s a complicated decision, is the most straightforward way to say that,” Zaidi said. “Part of what complicates it is you usually aren’t going off a great sample of guys having done it in the past. It’s becoming a less and less frequent thing.”Kershaw started Game 4 of the 2013 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves on three days’ rest. He allowed two unearned runs in six innings and the Dodgers won. He’s only started one game on three days’ rest since then, and lost Game 4 of the NL Championship Series in St. Louis.Alex Wood finished the season as the Dodgers’ fourth starter and is the other likely candidate to start the if-necessary game Tuesday at Citi Field.Simulated gameAnderson pitched in a simulated game Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, facing a group of hitters that included Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Alex Guerrero, Justin Ruggiano and Chris Heisey. Honeycutt said that Anderson threw close 60 pitches, “probably like 56 total.”Relievers Joel Peralta, Carlos Frias and Juan Nicasio also pitched briefly. Austin Barnes, who is expected to travel with the Dodgers throughout the NLDS as a non-roster player, was the catcher.One notable absence: outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke, who missed the final five games of the season because of an injury to his right hand. Mattingly said that Van Slyke was able to hit in the Dodgers’ indoor batting cage, though “not as good as I’d have liked. He was better.”The Dodgers will have a more structured workout Wednesday morning. It will be closed to the public.AlsoJustin Turner (knee) and Adrian Gonzalez (back) are 100 percent healthy, Mattingly said. Both players had missed a handful of games during the final week of the regular season. … Hyun-Jin Ryu, who did not pitch this season because of a torn shoulder labrum, began his throwing program. He threw from up to 60 feet on flat ground, Honeycutt said, and “he looked great.” … Zaidi said the Dodgers will probably announce their 25-man NLDS roster Wednesday or Thursday. The Mets haven’t announced their roster, which isn’t due to the league until 10 a.m. Friday. Is he worried about any advantage that might give his opponent? “I don’t think we care that much,” Zaidi said. “Our choice is between two guys,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said earlier Tuesday. “Both throw the ball extremely well. These guys are as solid as they come. Starting one over the other is difficult to say. It’s like the Cy Young (Award). Both have excellent history and great stuff.”Kershaw went 16-7 with a 2.13 ERA in 33 starts this season. He led the major leagues in innings pitched (232 2/3) and strikeouts (301). Greinke went 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA — the first person other than Kershaw to lead the majors in ERA since 2010. Along with Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, they are considered the favorites to win the National League Cy Young Award.Games 1 and 2 are at Dodger Stadium on Friday and Saturday. Game 3 is Monday at Citi Field.The Dodgers did not announce a Game 4 starter. General manager Farhan Zaidi and manager Don Mattingly both left open the possibility that Kershaw would start that game on short rest.center_img Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson will start the first three games of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers in that order.For Kershaw, Friday represents his third NLDS Game 1 start in as many years. Greinke has also started Game 2 each of the last two years, while Anderson has started one playoff game in his career, three years ago for the Oakland A’s. He has never faced the New York Mets in his career.The Mets have seen plenty of Kershaw and Greinke over the years and can’t be encouraged by the results. Kershaw is 6-0 with a 1.34 ERA in nine career starts against the Mets. Greinke is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six head-to-head games.The Dodgers made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. The Mets announced Sunday that Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey will start Games 1, 2 and 3 in that order.last_img read more