States must take lead on climate change

first_imgSecond, the revenue can be used to reduce other taxes.(The legislation in Washington was not revenue-neutral, which may explain why it failed to draw Republican support.)Right now, Congress is paralyzed and the White House is testing the limits of dysfunction.Climate policy cannot wait, so the task falls to the states.Governors and legislatures that recognize the problem shouldn’t have to bear this burden, but they do. They need, so far as possible, to depoliticize the issue, and lead.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on Bloomberg View:As the North Pole warms to above-freezing temperatures in mid-winter, ice sheets melt and sea levels surge, the Washington state legislature has abandoned, for now, its plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions. California has recently extended its cap-and-trade program — which puts a price on carbon emissions, if indirectly — and the Oregon legislature is considering doing the same.Perhaps the accumulating concrete signs of climate change are helping people recognize the need to act.But stronger leadership is also needed to get state carbon taxes across the finish line.What’s needed most is to get this issue out of partisan politics, where it never belonged.There’s nothing left or right about seeing that lower emissions are essential to insure against the possibility of extreme warming, sea-level rise and severe weather patterns.Carbon taxes, moreover, should appeal to Republicans as much as Democrats, for two reasons.First, they make it possible to reduce emissions with a minimum of government intervention. Put a price on carbon pollution that accounts for the damage it inflicts, and the market can be left to work out the most efficient ways to dial it back.center_img The news is especially discouraging because Washington is the only state that’s come close to passing such a tax — the strongest weapon against climate change.Gov. Jay Inslee, D, had been determined to get the measure through, and had a lot of support in the state senate.But such is the political toxicity of an energy tax, he couldn’t get enough votes.Not yet, anyway.Washington state is not giving up: There’s talk of putting the issue to voters again.And there are signs of movement elsewhere too.Seven other states plus the District of Columbia are debating carbon-tax legislation.last_img read more

BREAKING: President Jokowi’s mother passes away

first_imgPresidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman confirmed the death. “I have received the news from State Secretary Pratikno,” Fadjroel said.President Jokowi departed from Jakarta and arrived in Surakarta at 5:52 p.m. on Wednesday, the Presidential Palace press bureau said in a statement.At the time of the writing, Jokowi had yet to issue a statement on the matter, including on the cause of death. (afr) Editor’s note: This article has been updated with Sujiatmi’s age and a statement from the Presidential Palace.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s mother, Sujiatmi Notomiharjo, has passed away in Surakarta, Central Java. She was 77.Deputy Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Budi Arie Setiadi confirmed the news through a text received by The Jakarta Post.”The President’s mother passed away in Surakarta at 4:45 p.m. [on Wednesday],” Budi said on Wednesday.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia seeks to tame powerful cyber armies

first_imgOnline armies of self-styled Saudi patriots riding a wave of state-led nationalism attack critics and what they call “traitors” of the kingdom — but their growing clout has left the government uneasy.Their rise has coincided with the ascent of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has overseen Saudi Arabia’s shift from austere religion towards hyper-nationalism as he pursues an ambitious transformation of the petro-state.Trolls distorting political discourse are common in many countries, but Saudi Arabia’s so-called cyber “flies” — feisty defenders of state policy who often choose pictures of Saudi rulers as their avatar image — are an increasingly powerful force. Their posts frequently tag Saudi security agencies, and their collective roar often leads to detentions, sackings and harassment.These “phantom accounts” were long thought to be linked to the government, arising as part of a policy driven by former royal court advisor Saud al-Qahtani.Qahtani, sacked over the October 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, earned nicknames such as “Mr Hashtag” and “lord of the flies” for managing an electronic army to defend the kingdom.But a rare debate on state television in June sought to distance them from the government. “How dangerous are these accounts that use pictures of state symbols and deploy threats as if they are supported by the government?” asked a host on Ekhbariya television.”They give the impression that they are a parallel government or even stronger than the government,” replied Saudi academic Salih al-Asimi.These accounts “gave themselves the right” to dig up dirt on those displaying insufficient patriotism, including excavating their old tweets as ammunition to attack them, Asimi said. ‘Trojan Horse’ Many Saudi liberals have shut down their Twitter accounts, including those engaged in constructive criticism of Prince Mohammed’s reforms.Those who have not, tread with caution.Before government job interviews, many say they scrub past references that could make them appear unpatriotic. In another extreme, it has encouraged fake displays of nationalism.”Every day on Twitter I hurl an insult or two at Qatar,” one government worker told AFP.”I don’t care about Qatar, but this way no one can accuse me of being unpatriotic if I speak out against other state policies.”Saudi Arabia, which accounts for the highest number of Twitter users in the Arab world, has faced accusations of trying to manipulate content on the platform.Two former Twitter employees were charged last year with spying for the Saudi government.Twitter has suspended hundreds of local accounts, some “linked to Saudi Arabia’s state-run media apparatus” and engaged in coordinated efforts to “amplify messaging beneficial to the government”.The kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund recently acquired a stake in Facebook, which last year said it dismantled a series of Saudi-linked propaganda accounts.But while disabling computer bot activity may be easy, it will be harder to tame genuine accounts that experts say rose organically.”Saudi views the online mobs as difficult to control,” said Shaker.”They attack foreign critics one day, senior government figures the next.”Their loyalty to the state could be further tested as Saudi Arabia enters a period of acute austerity, with the government chipping away at once-generous subsidies and handouts amid low crude prices.”Nationalist sentiment advanced by the state may have created a Trojan Horse,” said Eman Alhussein, a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.”These accounts… could become a challenge for the state.”center_img ‘Ultimate authority’ The debate, echoed by other pro-government media, was widely seen as a warning to nationalists to fall in line.”These phantom accounts have proved to be valuable to Saudi Arabia’s leadership,” Annas Shaker, a Washington-based Saudi expert, told AFP.”But as they become ever more powerful, the government wants to assert control and show that they are the ultimate authority.” However, the fact that Asimi himself got attacked online after the debate underscores the challenge of reining them in.”What do they want us to do — stop defending the nation?” one nationalist fumed on Twitter.Many others, including a royal prince, sprang to their defense, using the hashtag “nationalist accounts are the nation’s shield”.The accounts, which gained prominence in parallel with official crackdowns to smother dissent, evoke widespread fear.Shaker recounted how they went after Huda al-Humood, a Saudi woman hired to lead an education ministry program in 2017, in a rare appointment.They combed her Twitter account to dig up old posts they said were in favor of Qatar — a rival of the kingdom — and the banned Muslim Brotherhood. The witch hunt extended to her husband’s account.The campaign seemed to work, Shaker said. Within days of her appointment, Humood was sacked. Topics :last_img read more

Rates to remain on hold despite ‘relentless’ appetite for property

first_imgRBA is expected to keep the official cash rate target on hold at 1.5 per cent when it meets Tuesday despite concerns over property investment levels. Picture: Jason SammonINTEREST rates were expected to remain on hold when the RBA board meets Tuesday, but experts are warning more needs to be done to stem the “relentless appetite for housing”.The ASX RBA Rate Indicator expected the Reserve Bank board to keep the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent when it meets, but more experts now believe the next move will have to be up.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: March 201700:47TD Securities said the March house price inflation had hit 13 per cent for the year and “returned to levels last seen during the 2009/10 RBA tightening cycle”.Its latest Australian Commentary report maintained its view of a November rate hike “despite APRA’s new macroprudential tool, announced Friday, and ASIC’s stepped up ’surveillance’ on interest-only loans”.“With more talk than limits on riskier lending practices, APRA is leaving it up to the banks to manage their own risks. In other words, given the absence of more substantial macroprudential tools, we leave our RBA hike of +25bp in November in place.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoSome experts believe stronger limits need to be imposed on investor levels. AAP Image/Dean LewinsThe latest Finder.com.au RBA cash rate survey found 86 per cent of experts believed the next move would be up in 2018. Those looking at a future rise by RBA had grown from 68 per cent of respondents in March and 58 per cent in February.Finder.com.au insights manager Graham Cooke said it was becoming clear that the next move would be up as RBA tightens monetary policy.Richard Robinson of BIS Oxford Economics, who expects the April decision to be to hold the cash rate target at 1.5 per cent, said “the overheating residential property market precludes a cut to rates” even though a cut would help drive down the dollar.Michael Blythe of CBA also expected a hold given current issues of “low inflation and housing concerns”.Economist Saul Eslake said “recent renewed strength in property investment lending is a strong argument against further easing – even if it doesn’t constitute a case, on its own, for an immediate tightening”.Lynne Jordan of Liberty said it was a major policy challenge for RBA.“Household debt levels, low wage growth, active property investors and a weak inflationary environment still present a major policy challenge for the RBA. I don’t think we’ll know exactly when the RBA’s next move will be until CPI data comes out at the end of April. If Inflation has gone up, we lean closer towards the rate increase many economists have predicted.“But if it is the same or lower, the RBA will likely hold the cash rate and remain in the same predicament it has been for the past few months – that investors will continue to make the most of low interest rates and drive up prices, which could result in household debt levels increasing even further.”last_img read more

Batesville Middle School Hoops Scores

first_imgThe Batesville 7th Grade basketball team held off a feisty Brookville team 50-33.After being only up 2 after 3 quarters, the Bulldogs ralled with a monstrous 17-2 run in the 4th quarter to beat the Greyhounds.Trey Heidlage led all scorers with 15 points, but Lane Oesterling and Luke Belter both added 8.  Cooper Williams also added 7 points.  Heidlage had an all around game with 6 assists, 4 steals, 5 rebounds and 5 deflections.  Lane Oesterling also led the defensive chart with 4 steals.  Luke Belter led the team with 6 rebounds.  Sam Haskamp also had a great defensive effort with 5 rebounds and 3 deflections.The 7th graders will be in action again next Monday night when they travel to Connersville at 6pm.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.The Batesville 8th Graders fell to Brookville last night 45 – 37.1Q. – 16-6 Brookville.  2Q. – 24-16 Brookville.  3Q. – 33-29 Brookville.Leading scorers for BMS were Isaac Barker – 18 points, Luke Schroeder – 8 points, Tristian Lamppert with 5 point.The taller, more physical Greyhounds controlled the rebounding. They also had (4) three pointers.Brookville was led by Brennan Meyers with 18, Dylan Little with 10, and Brandon Grubb with 8.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.last_img read more

Nemanja Matic: Chelsea team ‘together’ and working hard to make situation better

first_img The champions slipped to 16th on Saturday as they succumbed to a third straight league defeat and seventh of the season, going down 1-0 at Stoke. Three days on from the 2-1 Champions League victory over Dynamo Kiev, it turned the heat up once again on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was unable to attend Saturday’s contest due to a one-match stadium ban. “I think the table is not realistic now because I think Chelsea deserve more. We will try to recover points which we lost up to now.” Mourinho was left in the team hotel when his side headed to the Britannia Stadium, and Matic felt the Portuguese had done a good job of preparing the players in the time he had to do so. “He prepared before the game in the last couple of training sessions which we had after the Dynamo game,” Matic said. “He prepared everything, at Cobham especially, and we knew what we had to do. “I think we did our job well – there was only the one situation where Stoke scored the goal, and they were lucky to score it.” Mourinho’s assistants Steve Holland and Rui Faria were overseeing things from the touchline as Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic settled Saturday’s game with a 53rd-minute volley. Press Association But while it was another bad result in the London outfit’s grim campaign that left their manager’s future looking more uncertain than ever, Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has expressed his belief the performance showed the players are working hard for Mourinho in a bid to turn things around. And that sentiment has been echoed by Matic, who said: “I think in the last two games we played good football, but have been unlucky. “I don’t want to say that we have played well in all games this season – of course, there were some where we deserved to lose. “But (on Saturday) I think this was not the case and we deserved more. “What is going well is that the team is together, everyone understands the situation we are in and we will try to be more together and work hard to make this situation better. “In this moment, we haven’t had the luck to change something to make it better for us, but I hope in the future we will.” The 27-year-old Serbia international added: “We are not used to being in this position, but we don’t look a lot at the table. “Last season, when we were champions, for the first 10 or 15 games we also did not look at the table – we just tried to take things game by game and collect as many points as possible. Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues are “together” and not focusing on the Barclays Premier League table that sees them lying just three points above the relegation zone after 12 games. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgLouisville recruit killed in shootingORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police in Florida say a high school football star who had signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Louisville was fatally shot late Saturday night.Orlando police say Dexter Rentz Jr. was the only one killed when four people were shot in a crime called in to authorities shortly after 11 p.m.The senior wide receiver planned to play for Louisville next season. As a sophomore in 2017, he set a state record when he intercepted five passes in a single game.In a radio interview last year, he said his goal was to grow as a leader and help other “young guys see that there’s more to it than football.” The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because negotiations were ongoing.Winston passed for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns last season but also threw 30 interceptions. Tampa Bay has replaced Winston with ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady.Meanwhile, the Saints says reserve QB Taysom Hill has a new two-year contract.In other NFL news:— Seattle Seahawks veteran offensive lineman D.J. Fluker said he has been released by the team after two seasons as their starting right guard. Fluker posted on Twitter that he had been informed by coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider of the decision. The move came two days after Seattle drafted Fluker’s heir apparent in LSU guard Damien Lewis in the third round of the NFL draft. Seattle has also added several interior offensive linemen this offseason, including B.J. Finney, Kahlil McKenzie and Chance Warmack. The move with Fluker will save Seattle about $3.6 million against the salary cap. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDNembhard declares for draft againGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guards Andrew Nembhard and Tre Mann have declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school.The Gators made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.Nembhard hired an NCAA-certified agent so he can retain his college eligibility and potentially return to school. He returned last year after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.The sophomore averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 2019-20. Mann, a freshman, averaged 5.3 points off the bench. NFL DRAFT-TV RATINGSNFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 daysUNDATED (AP) — Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt.The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen.The previous high was 6.2 million last year SANTA ANITA-FATALITYARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 2-year-old colt has died after what’s being called an accident at Santa Anita, making it the 12th fatality at the Southern California track since late December.Last Renegade had yet to make his racing debut for trainer Peter Eurton. According to the California Horse Racing Board website, the colt died Friday. No further details were provided. A required necropsy is pending.The track in Arcadia has been closed for racing since March 27 by order of the Los Angeles County Public Health Department as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. However, horses are allowed to train.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred told teams last week he was suspending non-player personnel contracts on May 1. Many teams agreed to pay employees through May.Baseball has been shut down since March 12 and the start of the season remains unclear.NASCAR-NEWMAN RETURNRyan Newman says he’ll be ready to raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman says he will be ready to race when NASCAR resumes competition. Newman suffered a head injury in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. The Indiana native spent less than 48 hours in the hospital before walking out holding hands with his two daughters.Ross Chastain drove the No. 6 Ford in place of Newman for three races before the NASCAR season was suspended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Newman said Sunday on Fox Sports he will be ready to race when NASCAR calls drivers back to the track. NASCAR says Newman still must be medically cleared. NASCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGJeff Gordon ‘crashes’ in first iRace MLB-CLEVELAND-FURLOUGHSIndians to furlough some employeesCLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will pay regular salaries to full-time employees through June 30, but the club has had to furlough others due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The team said senior executives took “voluntary salary reductions” to ensure the team could continue to pay staffers. The Indians confirmed they have furloughed many of their part-time employees and interns. Those will take effect on May 1.The Indians are one of the few teams to guarantee full-time workers their salaries through June. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SAINTS-WINSTONAP source: Saints, Winston in ‘advanced’ negotiationsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New Orleans Saints and quarterback Jameis Winston are working on a contract proposal to make the former Buccaneers starter a backup to Drew Brees. The person says the Saints and Winston are in “advanced” talks. Nembhard’s decision comes after two other Florida starters — guard Scottie Lewis and forward Keyontae Johnson — decided to stay in school.The Gators seem to be equipped to handle both potential departures. They have Ques Glover and former Cleveland State standout Tyree Appleby to play the point next season.In other college basketball news:— San Diego State forward Matt Mitchell has declared for the NBA draft while keeping open the option of returning to school. The Aztecs made the announcement on the final day underclassmen had to decide on their futures.  The school says Mitchell did not hire an agent, allowing him to maintain his collegiate eligibility.  Mitchell has until June 3 to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to SDSU for his final season.  Mitchell started the season as the sixth man but started the final 19 games. He was named to the All-Mountain West first team.VIRUS OUTBREAK-CUOMO-BASEBALL Associated Press April 26, 2020 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman scored his first iRacing victory of NASCAR’s invitational series by holding off Corey LaJoie and Ryan Preece in a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish at virtual Talladega.The victory is the third consecutive for Hendrick Motorsports, which got back-to-back wins from William Byron headed into Sunday’s esports event.Garrett Smithley finished fourth and Landon Cassill fifth as less-heralded drivers continue to use the iRacing platform to gain attention. Byron and Brennan Poole were sixth and seventh as Chevrolet drivers claimed six of the top seven spots.Jeff Gordon made his iRacing debut but crashed.HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER KILLED Governor envisions baseball without fans this seasonNEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can envision baseball games being played without fans this summer at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field.The Democrat said “Be creative. Try to figure it out,” during his briefing Sunday. Adding that if players could get paid more than staying home and owners would get some revenue versus total shutdown, why not? He’d love to watch.Cuomo says he has spoken with owners of professional sports teams, but he did not identify which ones. They would have to make the economics work without gate revenue but with broadcast revenue.Cuomo said that everybody has to think outside the box, because there is no box. VIRUS OUTBREAK-BULL RIDINGBull Riding resumes, but no fansGUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break this weekend in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event originally scheduled for Las Vegas. The two-day competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Fabiano Vieira won the competition with the only 3-for-3 performance. The 37-year-old Brazilian earned $11,000 and 104 points to jump from 14th to ninth in the season standings.The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17.VIRUS OUTBREAK-ITALY Italian sports to resume training soonUNDATED (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18.The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4. Update on the latest in sports:last_img read more

Boys soccer Lakers blank Oneonta, reach state final four

first_imgOne big difference was that, in those previous games, the Lakers went in front during the first half and then protected that slim margin for a long while. With Oneonta, the decisive tally would have to wait.With a helping wind, Skaneateles controlled the game’s first 20 minutes, constantly pressuring and earning a series of corner kicks without converting them.Gradually, the Yellowjackets, unaccustomed to playing games on Field Turf, got more comfortable with the surface and increased its possession time as the half wore on. Aside from a flurry in front of the net in the final minutes, Oneonta had to feel good about where things stood as it went to the break 0-0. And once it gained the wind advantage, the Yellowjackets applied heavy pressure early in the second half. Like they had done so many times, though, back-line players Alex Arefyev, Will Pinckney, Andrew Moss and Gavin Cheney kept their cool and turned chances away.Ultimately, the game turned on a single sequence near the midway point. A series of passes left Oneonta’s Dylan Davi point-blank in front of goalkeeper Andrew Neumann, but Neumann made a terrific diving stop.Barely a minute later, the Lakers worked the ball to the left corner and then crossed it. when Yellowjackets goalie Brad Morell could not hold on to it, the ball rebounded to Owen Cheney, who slid it inside the right post.For the last 20 minutes, Skaneateles worked well on both ends of the field, showing how to keep a slim lead, once it was attained, and securing its place at Middletown High School for the state final four.Four years have passed since the Lakers were last in the state semifinals before a defeat to Plattsburgh. Now Skaneateles, who rose from a no. 6 seed to earn the sectional title, have made it back.Once at Middletown, while trying to match its 2010 run to the state title, the Lakers will meet undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Bath Haverling (Section V) in the state semifinals Saturday at 1:45. The winner goes to the final Sunday at 3 p.m. against Schuylerville (Section II) or Center Moriches (Section XI).Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: boys soccerskaneatelescenter_img Whether it was fully expected or a bit ahead of schedule, the same truth remains for the Skaneateles boys soccer team – that through lots of hard work and a bit of good fortune, it has made its way to the final weekend of the 2019 season.the Lakers’ tough 1-0 victory over Section IV champion Oneonta in Saturday’s regional final at Liverpool High School Stadium featured so many of the features that have carried it through the post-season – a strong, complete effort on defense and an opportunism that produced all the offense it needed.Three different times in these playoffs, Skaneateles has won 1-0 decisions, doing so over Marcellus and Clinton in consecutive sectional rounds before it did the same with the 16-2, state no. 5-ranked Yellowjackets.last_img read more

Trojans continue their sliding ways in Pullman

first_imgBy the time Washington State right fielder Derek Jones flied out to end the eighth inning Sunday afternoon at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman, Wash., the damage had been done —w both by Jones and the Cougars (31-18, 14-10).Washington State beat USC 8-2 to complete its first ever three-game sweep of the Trojans (25-31, 5-19).Down and out · USC senior righthander Kevin Couture has been unable to earn a win over his last three starts despite pitching superbly. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan Jones contributed a career weekend, blasting three home runs, knocking 11 RBI and scoring five runs.For the Cougars, it was all about the big inning.Four times they scored five runs or more: six runs in their first at bat of the series, 10 more in the fifth inning of the 20-7 rout Friday night, 11 tallies in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 18-4 beat-down and five runs before Jones’ flyout Sunday.Saturday’s fourth inning was also a career inning for Jones. He began the 11-run onslaught with a two-run homer off the right field foul pole. And when the Cougars batted around, Jones ended the inning’s scoring. Jones launched Logan Odom’s 2-2 offering to centerfield for a grand slam.In a series that featured Washington State’s largest margin of victory over USC (14), the most runs the Cougars have scored against USC (20) and the most runs scored all-time in a three-game series against USC (46), one of the few bright spots was the pitching of senior starter Kevin Couture on Sunday.After struggling through much of the season, Couture seems to have put it all together for the final stretch, compiling a 2.00 ERA in his last four appearances — too bad he can’t seem to get any run support.Over his last three starts, Couture has pitched 17 innings, allowing only four runs on 14 hits while striking out 15 batters. Yet, he sports a 0-2 record with a no decision because of USC’s inability to put runs on the board.Against Washington State, the right-hander gave his team a chance to win, pitching six innings and striking out six and allowing only two runs. But for the third straight time in his starts, the USC offense provided Couture only one run.Jones hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. They added a run in the seventh inning before putting the game out of reach with the five-run eighth inning against the depleted Trojans’ bullpen.Senior outfielder Mike O’Neill capped a strong week of hitting with his fifth consecutive multi-hit game. He recorded a pair of hits and scored Matt Hart with a RBI-single in the eighth inning. Infielder Hart, a junior transfer who spent his freshman season at Washington State, also notched a pair of hits in only his second start in the last month.With a 5-19 conference record, the Trojans are assured of finishing last in the Pac-10 for the second time in Chad Kreuter’s four-year tenure and only the third time in the last 75 years.USC started off the week with a promising bounce back after the heartbreaking loss in the UCLA series finale. Facing a hard-hitting New Mexico State (36-21-1) squad that averages over 10.5 runs per game, the Trojans held the Aggies to 11 runs in a two-game sweep. In both games, USC won in dramatic fashion in its final at-bat.Tuesday night, a five-run seventh inning by New Mexico State tied the game 8-8 until the bottom of the 11th inning when sophomore infielder Ricky Oropesa deposited a pitch beyond the right-field fence for a walk-off home run. Senior Shuhei Fujiya picked up the win after throwing four and one-third scoreless innings.Determined not to let Oropesa beat them a second straight day, the Aggies intentionally walked the left-handed slugger in the bottom of the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead and the tying run on second base. But senior outfielder Keith Castillo made them pay with a RBI-single through the right side.Sophomore outfielder Matt Foat drove home the winning run with a single to center field, and sophomore catcher Kevin Roundtree pushed across an insurance run with a groundout. Sophomore reliever Brad Douthit collected the win after pitching three scoreless innings.The Trojans will complete their season with four home games this week.last_img read more

Ex-Olympic veterinarian in Tahoe area guilty of tax evasion

first_img COMMENT Written By Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 08:24 IST Ex-Olympic Veterinarian In Tahoe Area Guilty Of Tax Evasion A Lake Tahoe-area veterinarian and former professor at the University of California, Davis who oversaw treatment of horses at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US A Lake Tahoe-area veterinarian and former professor at the University of California, Davis who oversaw treatment of horses at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing has pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion.The U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento says 63-year-old Jack Ray Snyder of Truckee, California admitted he under-reported nearly $350,000 in income from 2011-14. More than $212,000 of that was due for the 2011 tax year.Prosecutors say Snyder took deductions that weren’t allowed and endorsed outside client payment checks to directly pay credit card bills.A federal grand jury indicted him in 2018 on eight counts of tax evasion and filing false tax returns. He intended to enter a guilty plea in July but U.S. District Judge William Shubb refused to accept the plea agreement.As part of a new plea deal, prosecutors say he pleaded guilty last week to a single count of tax evasion. He faces up to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine at his Nov. 16 sentencing before Judge Shubb in federal court in Sacramento.Prosecutors say the judge will determine the appropriate penalty based on a number of sentencing guidelines.Image credits: AP center_img Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 1st September, 2020 08:24 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more