Charter change could have negative effects

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion On Nov. 7, residents of Saratoga Springs will vote on a proposed new charter, replacing the century-old mayor-commissioner system with an unelected city manager to run the city.Since 2001, a number of attempts to change the commission form of government have been rejected decisively by the voters. By now, most of the arguments pro and con have become familiar and even hackneyed.The commission form of government has its flaws, to be sure. It can be creaky and cumbersome.The members of the charter review committee are well-intentioned and thoughtful. But they are looking at the proposed new charter through rose-colored glasses. A city manager will not solve all the city’s problems, and it will bring new and unnecessary risks to city government as well.Several excellent ideas from the committee — a much-needed salary increase for the mayor, an annual external audit—could easily be implemented by the current council without requiring a city manager.Eleven members of the charter review committee have voted to propose a change in the charter. But now, the decision is in the hands of the city’s nearly 18,000 voters, as it should be.Think carefully about what we are as a city and what we want to become. Maybe instead of the promised utopia, a charter change will make us a lot more like other, less desirable, places to live.Kenneth KlotzSaratoga Springscenter_img More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Sports Minister congratulates Shillingford on clearance by ICC

first_img 33 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Minister for Sports Hon. Justina Charles at this morning’s press conferenceSports Minister Justina Charles is congratulating West Indies Off Spinner Shane Shillingford for his re-instatement on the team.Off spinner Shane Shillingford has been cleared by the International Cricket Council to return to international cricket.The ICC formally notified the WICB of the clearance following a Biomechanical Bowling Analysis which was conducted at the University of Western Australia on May 25th last by a research team headed by Prof. Bruce Elliot.Charles told a press conference at the Windsor Park Stadium’s conference room that Shane held a positive attitude after being reported for his bowling action last year.Charles noted the disappointment shared not only by Shane but the entire country as he underwent extensive training in Barbados.“When Shane was reported for his suspected illegal bowling action in November of 2010, he did not allow himself to be buried in his disappointed which we all shared. Instead he humbly and courageously accepted to undertake remedial action that would re-qualify him for international cricket. These are the qualities that should be emulated by many of our players if they are to succeed,” she said.She further encouraged sportsmen and women in Dominica to emulate this positive attitude which Shane exhibited towards their own sporting careers.“What is most important is that Shane has risen above the unfortunate situation, has embraced the opportunity for remedial work and has emerged victorious and has received clearance by the International Cricket Council to resume bowling at international level,” she said.The minister also encouraged Shane to remain committed to cricket as well as to continue making his country proud, and the general public to give him unwavering support as he continues in his cricket endeavors.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet LocalNewsSports Sports Minister congratulates Shillingford on clearance by ICC by: – June 9, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Astros’ Yuli Gurriel apologizes for racist gesture after homer off Dodgers’ Yu Darvish

first_img Dodgers call late audible, move Kiké Hernández to left, Joc Pederson to DH for Game 3 Before he was asked about anything he did on the field Friday night, Gurriel was asked several questions about what he did in the dugout.“I didn’t mean to do anything offensive,” he said through an interpreter.Asked if he felt compelled to speak to Darvish, he said yes.“Of course I want to talk to him,” Gurriel said. “I think he’s one of the best pitchers in Japan and I’ve never had success against him.“If he feels offended, I want to apologize to him.” HOUSTON — There are 360 security cameras stationed in Minute Maid Park for the World Series. That does not include the still cameras or the video cameras owned by the media credentialed to capture every moment on film.Sitting in the third-base dugout in the second inning of Game 3 on Friday, Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel was exposed on camera making a racist gesture.Gurriel had just hit a home run against Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish. The Cuban-born slugger smiled and pressed his fingers against the side of his eyes. He appeared to mouth the word Chinito – Spanish slang for a Chinese person.Related Articles Video: Is Astros’ Yuli Gurriel making racist gesture about Dodgers’ Yu Darvish? Gurriel went on to explain the gesture as an act of celebration after homering against Darvish, who had dominated their previous meetings. He was 1 for 7 with a single against Darvish before Friday. He said he didn’t realize the gesture, and the term, could be construed as offensive until someone pulled him aside and explained the connotations in the United States.He said that in Cuba, the term Chino is used to refer to all people of Asian descent.“When I was in Japan, I didn’t know that was offensive to them and they don’t like that,” Gurriel said. “I didn’t mean to do it.”Gurriel, 33, played professionally in Cuba from 2001-14. He was loaned to Japan for the 2014 season, where he played 62 games for the Yokohama Bay Stars. The Astros signed Gurriel in July of last year to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, after he had defected from Cuba the previous February, so this is his first full season of professional baseball in the United States.Astros utility player Marwin Gonzalez, whose locker is next to Gurriel’s, vouched for his teammate’s accountability.“He’s good with everybody,” Gonzalez said. “He gets along with everybody.”Astros manager A.J. Hinch added that Gurriel was “remorseful.”In spite of the mea culpa, Darvish told Japanese reporters in his native language that he felt Gurriel deserved to be punished for his actions Friday.“I feel like of course Houston has Japanese fans and Asian fans all over the place,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “Acting like that, he just disrespected people all around the world. That’s not OK.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who was born to a Japanese mother and an African-American father, hadn’t seen the clip of Gurriel by the time he addressed reporters after the game, but he called it “surprising.”Darvish said through his interpreter that “nobody’s perfect and everybody’s different. We just have to learn from it. He made a mistake. He has to learn from it. We are all human beings. That’s what I’m saying. Learn from it and we have to move forward.”MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who is in Houston for the World Series, planned to speak to Gurriel on Saturday. Photos: Dodgers vs. Astros in World Series Game 3 from Houston Dodgers can’t overcome rough start, lose Game 3 to Astros Whicker: Dodgers follow Yu Darvish into Game 3 oblivion center_img Whicker: Cody Bellinger’s mini-slump typifies Dodgers’ frustration Dodgers’ Dave Roberts a ‘pillar’ as baseball tries to rebuild African Americans’ interest WATCH: Relive the best Dodgers 2017 World Series moments Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story. Darvish was born in Japan to an Iranian father and Japanese mother. The racial subtext to the gesture, and the apparent slur, was not lost on those who viewed the clip on social media. The camera had caught Gurriel in the act. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more