Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m a lifelong resident of Niskayuna and also a social studies teacher at Schenectady High school who teaches civics. A basic lesson in all classes is that during a campaign, you attack policy positions, not people. The recent Democratic committee flyer I received for Niskayuna Town Board is disgraceful. Supervisor Joe Landry owes us an explanation.I’m a registered Democrat, but in my job, I work with an ideologically diverse group of colleagues. Politics is an area that is often debated, respectfully. My Republican colleagues and I get passionate; it’s part of our job. We never devolve into name calling and hateful rhetoric. We challenge policy; we don’t attack each other personally. Then we go get a cup of coffee or lunch together, and we always remain friends.For the Niskayuna Democratic Committee to mail an attack ad that likens the Republican candidates to hate mongers like Bannon and Limbaugh is shameful and dishonest. Candidates should run on, and win, elections based on their record or positions. This is especially true for incumbents like Joe Landry. To date, Supervisor Landry has been silent on this issue. It’s deafening.National politics has devolved into name calling, demagoguery and Twitter attacks, Niskayuna can do better.Chris OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: 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 perfect
For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Argentine Football Association (AFA) have decided to sack coach Jorge Sampaoli after a disastrous World Cup campaign even after coach’s desire to stay in charge of the national team.According to the latest media reports, a meeting was held between Sampaoli and AFA chiefs Daniel Angelici and Claudio Tapia on Monday at which the 58-year-old coach was cleared that he would dismissed from the role.Following their elimination at the hands of France, Sampaoli admitted that Argentina had lacked a ‘clear idea’ during the course of the tournament.“I think that we adapted to necessity, maybe, rather than having a clear idea,” he said.“We had a clear need, we had to win. That was our main goal, and that was maybe stronger than our football concept.“We had the best player in the world [Lionel Messi], and we had to try and create collective situations that allowed us to really use that player.“We tried many different tactics: surrounding him, creating situations for him. We tried to use everything we had to allow him to do what he can do.“We can analyse the structure and the performance, but I think there has been a development in this team. They fought until the very last minute and almost equalised at the end, and that’s what I really value.”In other speculations and fresh media reports, Jose Pekerman is set to resign as the coach of the Colombian national team and will take the position of technical director with his native country Argentina.
A report commissioned by England Golf and the Professional Golfers’ Association has found that the social benefits of golf extend far beyond the green, with volunteers having as much to gain as players.The new research into the social value generated by golf identified that volunteering accounts for a fifth (20%) of the overall benefits for society. With an average of 88 hours given up per unpaid helper every year, volunteering is responsible for £359.18 million out of the £1,800.06 million rewards created by the popular sport.What’s more, the study, carried out by the Sport Industry Research Centre (SIRC) at Sheffield Hallam University. has shown that the positive side-effects of volunteering are two-fold. Not only can individuals boost their own personal wellbeing but their in-kind input also adds social capital to the organisation they donate their time to. With a further £178.8 million coming from the social capital associated with volunteering, unpaid golf participation accounts for nearly a third (29.9%) of the total (£537.98 million) benefits to society from the sport.Volunteering has long been acknowledged within golf but the new report ensures the position of the 50,000 estimated golf volunteers across England is fully recognised.Nick Pink, Chief Executive of England Golf, said: “We have had a strategy in place for a few years directly addressing the needs and requirements of volunteers and this report highlights not only that our policies are working but if anything, the work they do needs to be further recognised. Whilst people are increasingly aware of the benefits of regular sports participation, this study demonstrates that volunteering can be just as important in terms of social value.“From spending more time outside in beautiful countryside to being part of a team, this latest research showcases how the feel-good factor of investing your spare time in something you love can also bring wellbeing to your larger community. It really is a win-win situation.”Golf volunteering can take many forms in both the recreational and professional game. Recreationally, volunteers undertake a wide range of roles at club, county, regional and national levels. These can range from being club captain to event organiser, squad manager, referee, junior organiser, fund raisers and administrators, to name just a few. For the professional game, it is the volunteers that make the international tours and championships the success they are both in terms of the experiences of players and fans but also the fundraising and charitable donations as a result.Robert Maxfield, Chief Executive of the PGA, said: “Volunteers are vital in safeguarding a healthy future for the sport. The PGA has long recognised the many roles volunteers carry out and the hours of time they give and it is encouraging they too receive personal reward from their involvement. PGA Professionals provide important support and enjoy a close working relationship with volunteers at many levels. This mutually beneficial relationship will only grow stronger as we all work together to promote the game and its development.With autumn an ideal time to explore new hobbies, England Golf hopes these findings will encourage potential volunteers to explore how they could boost their happiness levels and spread the benefits across their community by donating their time to local golf organisations.England Golf actively promotes golf through a range of campaigns directly targeting the consumer, including Get into Golf, Women’s Month in June and the Family Golf in July through partnerships with county unions, associations and county golf partnerships, golf clubs and volunteers.Caption: Triplets Patsy, Christine and Susan Mannion volunteer for scoreboard duty at the Men’s Home Intrnationals, run by England Golf at Moortown Golf Club,Yorkshire. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: PGA, Volunteer 28 Sep 2017 Anyone for golf volunteering?