Wasting too much ink on straw news

first_imgExcuse me, but could someone please calculate the millions of pounds of paper and ink used thus far for printing the so-called “news” about plastic straws, and hasten the time when something more important will replace the space used for reporting on that topic? The solution is simple:Let people who are concerned stop using them and keep big government out of it.Richard FelakNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_img February 14, 2020 City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. ___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce.The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires next season. “As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.”Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.center_img “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. City, which has yet to win the European Cup, plays Real Madrid in the round of 16 this month.City said it would appeal against the sanctions, criticizing a “flawed” process.“This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in October 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP. Associated Press UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasonslast_img read more

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Ohio State’s Justin Fields on starting QB job: It won’t be handed to me

first_imgJustin Fields is the favorite to be Ohio State’s lead signal caller in Week 1, but he won’t automatically get the job.The sophomore quarterback transferred from Georgia over the offseason and expects to compete for a spot leading up to its season opener on Aug. 31. First-year head coach Ryan Day made him aware of that from the start. “Coach Day told me before I came here that it just wouldn’t be handed to me,” Fields said following Sunday morning practice. “I definitely think we’re all trying to get that starting spot, of course. We’re taking it day by day and trying to improve as a team.”Day’s promotion came on the heels of Urban Meyer’s retirement in December. He inherited an elite talent in Fields, who threw for 266 yards and four touchdowns as a Bulldog in his freshman year before teammate Jake Fromm claimed first spot on the depth chart. Related News Although Fields lost to Fromm, he’d rather work on improving than try to stay ahead of Ohio State’s other quarterbacks.“I don’t try to think about it as a battle,” Fields said. “I don’t feel like I have to be better than this guy or this guy. I’m focused on us as a whole offense just trying to get better each and every day.”His primary competition is expected to be sophomore transfer Gunnar Hoak, as Ohio State’s 2018 backup, Tate Martell, has transferred to Miami. USC’s Austin Jackson calls bone marrow transplant to little sister ‘a godsend’ Rather than focusing on who he has to beat, Fields is working on building rapport with a Buckeyes team that finished 13-1 and won the Rose Bowl last year.“Everyone on the team knows the quarterback has to be the leader,” Fields said. “When you come into a new place, you can’t come in and act like you’re the leader. You have to get used to the guys and build relationships with them so they trust you. Then you can step out and be a leader. That’s what I did. I feel like I am becoming more of a leader each and every day.”last_img read more

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Bill would give county attorneys professional gun permits

first_imgDES MOINES — A bill under consideration in the legislature would let county attorneys apply for professional weapons permits, so they could carry guns in most places where guns are banned.Assistant Polk County Attorney Bret Lucas helped draft the bill. He’s gotten death threats because of his work on criminal cases.“Sure, some of those are idle threats. It’s venting, things like that, but every now and then you come across an individual that truly causes you concern,” he says.The bill, which has cleared a Senate subcommittee, would require county attorneys to undergo the same training and testing as others who have these permits.“For a professional permit, you do have to train every year and you have to qualify every year,” says Susan Cameron Daemon, a lobbyist for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association. “And We believe others that get that professional permit should be at the same standard.”There are several other gun-related proposals under consideration at the statehouse, including a bill that would allow paramedics working with SWAT teams to apply for professional weapon permits. Another would prevent businesses from telling employees with a concealed weapons permit they can’t have a gun in their car or truck in the parking lot at their work site.last_img read more

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UNFPA Donates Vehicle to Youth & Sports

first_imgIn support of youth development and women activities in particular, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated a new vehicle to the Ministry of Youth and Sports in support of empowering young people in the country.During the handing over yesterday at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Monrovia, Dr. Remi Sogunro, Officer-in-charge of UNFPA, explained that the youth of today are the leaders of today and also the leaders of tomorrow and it is important to help to empower them.Dr. Sogunro indicated that majority of the people that organizations both local and international continue to work with in Liberia are youth and this is due to the potential embedded in them.“We know many of them continue to be committed to doing their work and believe that all of us can work together to ensure that Liberia has the kind of leaders that we want. As long as these young people understand the issues around sexual and reproductive health, they will be more responsible, gain access to education and they will have good employment,” he added.  According to him, if the young people have all the best education and training, they will serve as pilots of Liberia’s economy and ensure that things are moving in the right direction.“Yesterday was the World Population Report Day, but due to the Ebola situation in Liberia, we were unable to celebrate it in Liberia. We hope that you will use the Report not only today but also tomorrow.  We pledge to give you more support.”The focus of the World Population Report is on youth and adolescents. “It is remarkable that we are here today at the Ministry of Youth and Sports to provide this support to you in helping empower young people.”In his remarks, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Len Eugene Nagbe, expressed appreciation to UNFPA for the vehicle and for its many contributions to the Ministry during the past seven years.The Minister further stressed that UNFPA has been a very strong partner to the Ministry in promoting and implementing programs that help to develop young people, including funding provided for the national youth policy and the adolescent girls initiatives.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Eden Hazard is scared of my tactics, jokes returning legend Frank Lampard

first_img Derby County boss celebrates knocking Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card RANKED And in his pre-match press conference Lampard was in a playful mood, insisting the Belgian superstar may not wish to play on Wednesday night due to his tactics which he believes will nullify him. Latest Football Stories huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REVEALED ADVICE REPLY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED 1 Derby County manager Frank Lampard has joked Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard may be too scared to play against his side in the Carabao Cup – a game you can listen to live on talkSPORT 2, at 7:45pm.In his first year as a boss, the legendary midfielder has already beaten Manchester United in the competition and now takes his Rams to Stamford Bridge, where he spent 13 seasons of his career. MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? “He is an absolutely outstanding player in world football,” Lampard declared.“Let’s hope he wants a rest.“I think he’s scared of coming up against my team!”You can watch back the video below…Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham for £11m and played a vital part in the Blues’ Premier League success that brought three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, the Europa League and Champions League.In May 2013 he surpassed Bobby Tambling’s long-standing goal record of 202 and left the club in 2014 with a total of 211.last_img read more

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Family’s bravery hailed after daughter dies of anuerysm

first_imgA young woman who died after having an aneurysm seconds before being involved in a car crash was praised after her family donated her organs after her death.Christina Ward died after being involved in a road traffic accident on the N13 at Newtowncunningham on March 23rd last year. Ms Ward, who was from Kinlough in Co Leitrim but had been living at the Mountain Top in Letterkenny for three years before her death, was on her way to work in Derry when the road collision occurred.Caroline McGrory told Letterkenny Coroner’s Court she was driving towards Derry at 8.20 am when she saw a small blue car in front of her veer off centre and to the other side of the road.She said she knew there was something wrong as she saw the car turn sharply back to the right side of the road.The car began spinning around in circles and then collided with a grey car which was coming the other direction.She dialed 999 and went over to the driver of the blue car. The driver was not conscious but was breathing.Paul Brogan had been travelling from his home in Buncrana to Ballybofey in his Toyota Yaris van when he saw the blue Toyota Yaris zig-zagging towards him.As it got closer he began to slow down and then just a few feet from him, it turned sharply to the right. “I slammed on the brakes and braced for a collision and said out loud, ‘Oh my God Paul you are gone’.”He suffered a broken collar bone, swollen ankle and a damaged breast bone but was released from hospital later that day.The accident “happened very quickly,” he said.The inquest heard that Ms Ward was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital where she was placed on life support but she passed away the following day.Garda PSV examiner Garda Damian Kearns said weather conditions were dry at the time.He said both vehicles were in a serviceable pre-accident condition. The Toyota Yaris had suffered massive frontal damage while the Yaris van, driven by Mr Brogan, suffered a massive impact to the passenger side.Garda Gerry McCauley, a forensic collision examiner, said the Yaris had inexplicably crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with the van. He said there were no “external factors” that caused the Yaris to cross to the other side of the road.A post mortem found that Ms Ward had suffered an aneurysm which had caused a loss of consciousness which had resulted in the road traffic collision. No alcohol was detected in Ms Ward’s system.Dr Katrina Dillon said the injuries from the accident were not life threatening. She said Ms Ward would have died very suddenly and would not have suffered.Solicitor Florence Hutchinson said the Ward family had got comfort from the fact that Christina had not suffered.Coroner Dennis McCauley said Ms Ward’s family should be praised for consenting to the donation of her organs.The coroner returned a verdict of death by natural causes.Family’s bravery hailed after daughter dies of anuerysm was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentaneurysmChristine Warddonegalinquestlast_img read more

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