No repeat of Korean War’s casualties

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A perusal of statistics on the internet reminds us that 54,260 Americans lost their lives in the Korean War. In addition, 415,000 South Koreans were killed and 429,000 were wounded.According to this source, 1.5 million North Korean and Chinese people lost their lives. Why would anyone with an ounce of sense and any sympathy at all for their fellow human beings want to behave in a way that would bring about another catastrophe of this magnitude?FRANCIS R. TAORMINASchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Bayern fans return Super Cup tickets amid ‘super spreader’ fears

first_imgTopics : Initially, Bayern fans requested 2100 tickets, but 800 were returned by Monday, according to AFP subsidiary SID and German daily Bild, the same day Soeder warned about Budapest becoming football’s “Ischgl”.The Austrian ski resort became notorious as a so-called “super spreader” after thousands of holidaymakers became infected at the start of the epidemic in Europe.”Will the Super Cup become the Super Spreader Cup?” questioned German daily Bild.Bayern and Sevilla are offering testing to fans travelling to and from Budapest.”We have no interest in people returning from Budapest infected with the virus, which is then unrecognized here,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Bild pointed out the absurdity of the situation after Bayern had to play behind closed doors in last Friday’s 8-0 win over Schalke, yet 20,000 — a third of the stadium’s capacity — would be allowed to watch in Budapest.Last week, Munich’s mayor scuppered the club’s plans to let 7,500 fans into the Allianz Arena to see Friday’s season opener because of rising numbers of Covid-19 in the Bavarian capital.On Tuesday, UEFA told SID the Super Cup match will go ahead as planned. Around 800 Bayern Munich supporters have returned tickets for Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup in Hungary amid fears the showcase match could become a “super spreader” event.Budapest will host the match between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Sevilla, however the fixture is facing growing criticism.Germany has declared Budapest a risk zone, after new infections in the Hungarian capital climbed above the threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 people.center_img “Everyone should think twice before going there,” said Markus Soeder, state premier for Bavaria, on Tuesday after tightening the region’s regulations.Any Bayern fans returning from Budapest must “either be tested or be quarantined”, Soeder added.As a pilot project towards the return of fans in stadiums, Bayern and Sevilla were both given 3,000 tickets for the game in Budapest.However, UEFA expect only 500 Sevilla supporters and 1300 Bayern fans at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.last_img read more

Tabcorp ‘resets’ Sun Bets after slow start

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Tabcorp calls for leadership makeover as Attenborough ends CEO tenure July 23, 2020 Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Bernadette McLoughlinRedundancies are on the cards at Sun Bets, the online bookmaker run by Australian operator Tabcorp Holdings and with UK national newspaper The Sun, as the business gets ‘reset’ after a disappointing start.Tabcorp has confirmed that the company is in discussion with a number of its employees as it looks to close its customer contact centre and bring all operations into the Shard headquarters.The company said that at its launch in August 2016, several services and activities were front-loaded to deliver for a new and growing customer base, adding: “Tabcorp now intends to reset the business, including its leadership.”As part of the reorganisation, Bernadette McLoughlin has been appointed to the position of Executive Director Sun Bets. Joining McLoughlin on the leadership team, in the role of Chief Commercial Officer is Lachlan Fitt.McLoughlin has been in the UK since February as Chief Operating Officer and acting Country Head. She has more than 30 years of experience in the wagering sector. Lachlan Fitt, was formerly Tabcorp’s GM Investor Relations & Corporate Strategy and was pivotal in the establishment of Sun Bets.Tabcorp added: “In addition we’re proposing changes that mean a number of Tabcorp roles at Sun Bets are at risk of redundancy. Most are at the South Quay site with the remainder at The Shard. In line with UK requirements, a consultation process has begun with individuals in those roles or with their elected employee representatives.“On the assumption the proposed changes go ahead following employee consultation, we anticipate the South Quay contact centre will relocate to The Shard.“We believe these changes will leave Sun Bets well placed to compete and drive growth as we lead into a sporting calendar that includes Royal Ascot, the summer cricket test series and the Premier League season.”The fact that the Sun Bets customer service was ‘front loaded’ suggests that the company was expecting way more traffic than it has received – even with the backing of the country’s biggest selling newspaper. There’s no getting away from the fact that it has been a troubled start for the project. The fact that Tabcorp suggested back in February that Sun Bets would create an EBITDA loss of AU$36m (£20m) for Tabcorp during the financial year and the much-heralded arrival of Jamie Hart to run the operation, only for him to leave within six months, provide an indication as to why Tabcorp feels the need to reach for the reset button.last_img read more

Woman Crashes Stolen Ambulance into Police Car in Fort Pierce

first_imgA 29-year-old woman is behind bars for allegedly stealing an ambulance and crashing into a police car, according to Fort Pierce Police.Amber Lynn Sills faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, aggravating fleeing/eluding police with injury or damage, and grand theft of a motor vehicle.Police responded to the Park Terrace Apartments at 601 Avenue B on Wednesday morning, following reports that someone had stolen an ambulance while paramedics were transporting a patient from the building’s top floor. An officer then spotted the ambulance heading south on Georgia Avenue and South U.S. 1, and proceeded to follow it with emergency lights on.Sills refused to stop, turned left onto Virginia Avenue, and began driving erratically in and out of traffic while heading west, police say.Officers continued to follow as Sills ran through several red lights.She then crashed into an officer’s marked patrol vehicle at about 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Royal Palm Drive and South 19th Street.As officers were approaching the ambulance, Sills continued accelerating and pushing into the officer’s vehicle.They pulled her out of the ambulance and placed her on the ground with no further incident. There were no injuries.last_img read more

Scottish Golf tees off in style

first_img1 Oct 2015 Scottish Golf tees off in style Scottish Golf, the new unified governing body for the sport in Scotland, has teed off its first day by securing a major sponsorship deal with Aberdeen Asset Management as the organisation unveiled its new look.   At an historic day in St Andrews, the Home of Golf, the new body – an amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) – was launched in the company of a number of Scotland’s leading tour professionals and amateurs, joined by local youngsters from the ClubGolf programme.   Aberdeen Asset Management global golf ambassadors, former Open champion Paul Lawrie, Scotland’s highest-ranked player Marc Warren and Ladies European Tour duo Pamela Pretswell and Carly Booth, teamed up with Walker Cup star Ewen Ferguson and last year’s Scottish Ladies Amateur champion, Gabrielle Macdonald, to celebrate the occasionn  (image © Kevin Kirk)   At a sun-drenched West Sands beach, where the new brand identity was unveiled and 607 balloons released to represent the number of affiliated clubs in Scotland, new Chair, Eleanor Cannon, and Aberdeen Asset Management Chief Executive, Martin Gilbert, were also in attendance to announce the team sponsorship deal Scottish Golf begins a new chapter for the game – the SLGA was founded in 1904 and the SGU in 1920 – and will represent golfers and golf clubs to champion the game in Scotland, reflected by Scottish Golf’s current Twitter campaign #WholeInOne   The new body offers the opportunity for Scottish Golf to grow and prosper, through strengthening and supporting affiliated clubs, creating winning golfers, staging outstanding events for golfers of all ages and abilities and inspiring more people – both young and old – to enjoy the game for life.   “This is an historic and special day for Scottish Golf,” said Cannon, who officially took up her new role today. “I believe that the coming together of the two governing bodies will be a tremendous, positive step for the game of golf in Scotland.   “It will open up further opportunities in terms of driving membership and growing the game from a family perspective, where people are perceived to be players and members, and not identified by their gender all the time.   “I also believe more funding opportunities will be available to us in the public and private sector, given the values of the game, the family sport it is and the skills and values it instils in young and old alike. We all have the opportunity to work as a new organisation to take golf in Scotland forward into an exciting new era.”   Aberdeen Asset Management’s latest commitment highlights the improved commercial opportunities for Scottish Golf, with the global investment group continuing to back Scotland’s leading amateur golfers through a new two-year agreement, with funding to support the national teams at men’s, ladies, boys and girls level.   The partnership between Scottish Golf and Aberdeen Asset Management will see the players wearing the sponsors’ logo on their national apparel and bags through to the end of 2017.    Aberdeen Asset Management – who will remain a key partner for next year’s Scottish Golf Awards in sponsoring the prestigious Player of the Year Award – became the SGU’s first national team sponsors in 2007.   In addition to Paul Lawrie, Marc Warren, Carly Booth and Pamela Pretswell, Aberdeen Asset Management is also title sponsor of the Scottish Open and Scottish Ladies Open, as well as a number of other tour professionals, including US-based players Russell Knox and Martin Laird.last_img read more

Not A Gardener

first_imgBy Kathy MieleI came walking up my driveway dragging a shovel, rake and an old spackle bucket. I dropped them by the garage door then opened a bottle of water and began guzzling it.Steven came around the side of the house, the weed whacker in his hands. “Did you have fun at the garden?” he asked.This year I’d decided to join the towns’ community garden. I’d taken a small bed that I’d planned on filling with beefsteak tomatoes and red and green peppers. It wasn’t going to be anything fancy, just a small little garden where I’d tend my vegetables. I pictured myself wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat, holding a pretty little basket in the crook of my arm that I’d fill weekly with my delicious vegetables.That dream was now gone as I now looked down at my mud caked pants and sneakers. I was thinking about throwing them out because they were so filthy. I didn’t even want them in my washing machine. “I think I just found out I’m not much of a gardener.” I admitted. I had an itch on my nose that I was afraid to scratch because my hands were so dirty. “That garden is solid clay!” I complained. “It’s been rototilled twice and I can barely get a shovel through the dirt!”I pointed to the clay caked shovel to prove my point. “Most of the other gardeners have had their plants in for over a week!” I whined. I gave up on worrying about getting dirt on my face and scratched my itchy nose.“Do you want me to go over with you and help you get the plants in?” Steven asked.“Oh I got the plants in.” I said finishing off the bottle of water. I was still thirsty and realized I was seriously thinking about turning on the garden hose that was laying by the garage for another drink.“Well that’s good news!” Steven said as he took the shovel and began tapping it against the driveway trying to knock off some of the clay before putting it away.“I guess so.” I said. “I planted the tomatoes first. But by the time I finished planting the pepper plants I looked back at the tomato plants and they were already wilting!” I complained.“That happens sometimes.” Steven said. “Some plants get shocked when you first put them in. They should be fine.” I could tell he was trying to make me feel better.“Well I’m setting my alarm early tomorrow to go check on them.” I said.“Wow, that’s dedicated.” He sounded impressed.“Dedicated?” I looked at him a bit confused. “I’m just trying to get there before all the other gardeners show up. This way if my plants are dead I can rip them out before any of them see and plant some new ones!”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – (THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017)

first_imgPeter Eurton2873225%43%$363,409 J. Keith Desormeaux2672527%54%$429,640 Tyler Baze11521231018%47%$1,035,522 Mark Glatt4086520%48%$296,405 FINISH LINES: Phil D’Amato plans to breeze Santa Anita Handicap contender Midnight Storm “Sunday or Monday” for the Grade I race for older horses at a mile and a quarter on March 11 . . . Trainer Peter Eurton is considering the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11 for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Champagne Room, who was a well-beaten third behind superstar Unique Bella in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes. “Champagne Room has got so much pedigree on the grass,” Eurton said. “But our major goal is the (Grade I) Ashland (at Keeneland on April 8).” Eurton has downhill specialist Betty’s Bambino ticketed for the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 25 . . . Ron Ellis said California-bred Masochistic “worked great” Sunday going six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 for the Grade I Triple Bend on March 11. “We got lucky and missed the last storm,” the trainer said . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Sunday worth $106,209.80 bought through TVG . . .Owner and horse player Ron Paolucci, and Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing Club, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Apprentice riders Evin Roman and George Wood make their Santa Anita debuts today, 18-year-old Puerto Rican native Roman in the sixth race aboard Raindance Rules for trainer Ed Moger Jr., and Wood in the eighth on Lucky Chopra for trainer Leonard Powell. “I love it,” Roman said on his first visit to Santa Anita, through his interpreter, agent Tony Matos. Wood, in from England with Powell for a few weeks on “a working vacation,” has 39 wins. Kent Desormeaux791611920%46%$1,106,638 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Joseph Talamo72751310%35%$273,115 Jerry Hollendorfer661291418%53%$1,106,920 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Doug O’Neill798191210%49%$762,708 Mike Smith2883629%61%$856,165 Peter Miller531413626%62%$857,977 Stewart Elliott76971412%39%$388,588 ‘MIDNIGHT HOUR’ NEAR IN THE SANTA MARIAPRAT CALLS THE SHOTS IN ARCADIA STAKESTHURSDAY WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA HIT 278MIDNIGHT STORM DUE TO BREEZE FOR BIG ‘CAP Bob Baffert3274522%50%$683,716 Flavien Prat11229131926%54%$1,848,613 Luis Contreras67881812%51%$388,639 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won HORSEMEN HEAVY ON SANTA ANITA WORKSWith rain forecast Friday, horsemen took advantage of sunny weather and “fast” track conditions Thursday when there 278 recorded workouts, including seven on the training track.Eighteen of the workers were trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, including Longacres Mile Handicap winner Point Piper, who went five furlongs in a bullet 59.40.Other drills of note included 2016 San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy, four furlongs for Bob Baffert in 47.40; Big Bane Theory, five furlongs in 1:01.60 for Carla Gaines; Big John B, 1:01 for Phil D’Amato; and Delta Princess winner Shane’s Girlfriend, five furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 59.60. Santiago Gonzalez6379611%35%$339,236 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 5) STREAKING MIDNIGHT TOAST IN STAKES DEBUTMidnight Toast makes her stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares, and trainer Jim Cassidy is hopeful the four-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is up to the task against favored Vale Dori and four others going 1 1/16 miles.“She’s turned it around and become a pretty nice filly,” Cassidy said of the Canadian-bred owned by Deron Pearson, Cassidy’s chief client for some two decades.“We’ve got her going pretty good, although there’s other speed in the race, but we can sit off of it. We don’t have to be on the lead. We’ve got the one hole, and that’s going to force us to go a little, but she’s doing well.”Midnight Toast lost all chance in her debut race down the hillside turf course when she hopped over the dirt portion, but won her two subsequent starts, her last by 4 ¼ lengths going a mile and an eighth on a “good” track Jan. 14.            The Santa Maria, race four: Midnight Toast, Jamie Theriot, 12-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Autumn Flower, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Show Stealer, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Vale Dori, Mike Smith, 1-5. Richard Baltas6812131018%51%$655,620 FAVORABLE ARCADIA POST FOR CONQUEST ENFORCERConquest Enforcer seeks his second straight added money success at a mile on turf Saturday in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes for four-year-olds and up.The recent acquisition to Phil D’Amato’s potent barn won the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile Dec. 26 on a “good” course after running six of his first seven starts at Woodbine, where he won three times.Conquest Enforcer drew the outside five post position, while committed front-runner What a View drew inside of him at No. Three.“I really like our post position, but I’ll leave the strategy up to Flavien (Prat),” D’Amato said. “Our horse has tactical speed. He can take the lead if he wants, he can stalk. We’ll make sure we’ll be on or near the lead and hopefully win the race.”The Arcadia, race five of nine: Bolo, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ring Weekend, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; What a View, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Ohio, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; and Conquest Enforcer, Flavien Prat, 8-5. Martin Pedroza607101012%45%$296,293 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano9015151717%52%$887,858 John Sadler3267819%66%$406,574 Philip D’Amato40104725%53%$644,920 Tiago Pereira5275513%33%$198,570 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110last_img read more