We know that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to make a run for the White House. Regarding our state and his record: First, our state has the highest taxes in the country. We also have some hidden fees, along with surcharges, which are $90 per motor vehicle infraction. If you go to court, you may get a reduced charge. But the fine is steep and so is the surcharge per infraction. If you exceed the point limit, the Department of Motor Vehicles charges a fee of $600 or more. Forget the 14th Amendment, which is equal protection under the law.Then we have OTB, from which some percentage goes to education. But student don’t have books. We can pay for six principals, two for each grade. I only had two for the whole school.Now we have casinos under the same plan for education — raises for teachers — not our kids. Lotto, Mega Millions, Powerball and scratch-offs. How many millions are taken in? If you are lucky to hit the lottery, almost 50 percent is taken in taxes. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion You have property tax, tax on electricity, (some places) water tax, school tax. When you buy a new vehicle, boat, motor homes or anything else, look at the sales tax.The Safe Act gun control law has done nothing but ruin sport competition shooting, hunting and personal defense of property and family. It’s also led to price gouging on firearms and ammo.Gov. Andrew Cuomo went to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, but didn’t care about Texas or Florida. Why? Because New York City is full of Puerto Ricans. What has he done for upstate New York? Nothing. He let National Grid raise its prices, but gave no relief for gas prices, just more tax.Folks, New York state is picking your pockets to support illegal immigrants and welfare — not the working citizen. Is this what you want for a president? No discussion of tax relief. I’ll stick with President Trump.Claude Rizzicone Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces perhaps his biggest test as United manager (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have won seven of their last nine home league games against the Reds but they will be well aware what a chasing they got at Anfield in the reverse fixture – the last game of Jose Mourinho’s tenure.United have been a revelation under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and easily brushed aside a disappointing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge earlier in the week. Even a draw would see United’s boss set a new Premier League record for the number of points gained in the first 10 games of a managerial tenure – he is currently tied with Guus Hiddink on 25.AdvertisementLiverpool would have liked to have taken a lead to Bavaria for their second leg Champions League clash with Bayern Munich next month, although it is possible that their Anfield clean sheet will be the deciding factor when qualification is decided.The Reds have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League away games and I feel Sunday’s Old Trafford clash of the titans will end in an entertaining draw – a result that will take Liverpool back to the top of the division with 11 games to go.Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 1-1 LiverpoolCarabao Cup final: Chelsea vs Manchester CityAhead of the Europa League second leg tie with Malmo Chelsea have lost half of their last 10 games in all competitions. They had previously lost 5 of their last 41 games and this is a massive game for all at the club, but especially Maurizio Sarri whose rigid inflexible tactics look almost old-fashioned compared to many of the top sides and their leading coaches.Chelsea have beaten City already this season 2-0 at Stamford Bridge but they were outclassed in the Community Shield in the season curtain-raiser at Wembley and suffered a humiliating 6-0 loss at the Etihad earlier in the month.I expect to see Chelsea raise their game back at Wembley and make it a final to remember, but I still back City to run out winners.Michael’s prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Manchester City Comment Leicester are looking for a first victory in five games (Picture: Getty)Congratulations to Roy Hodgson who will take charge of Palace at the King Power Stadium and become the oldest person to manage a Premier League outfit aged 71 years and 198 days young.Leicester are without a win in their last five league games and have lost their last three at home while Palace made calm, almost serene, progress in the FA Cup at Doncaster last weekend. I think the points will be shared from a low-scoring draw.Michael’s prediction: Leicester City 1-1 Crystal PalaceArsenal vs SouthamptonSouthampton have never won at Arsenal in 19 previous attempts in the Premier League (D5 L14) and I feel the Gunners will make it seven home league wins on the run against a Saints side who begin the weekend in the drop zone.The south coast outfit are unbeaten in their last four away league games, but they have lost 17 points from winning positions so far this term and that might come back to haunt them at the end of the campaign. The Gunners to shade it.Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 2-1 SouthamptonManchester United vs Liverpool More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Harry Kane has returned to training and could feature against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Burnley are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games, but they have a modest home record against the big six taking just two points from the last 42 available.Spurs have kept a clean sheet in their last three visits to Turf Moor, but this is a much-improved Clarets side who will test the title credentials of Mauricio Pochettino’s team. I feel Spurs will edge what promises to be a terrific game between two in-form sides and gain a club record 12th Premier League away win of the campaign.Michael’s prediction: Burnley 1-2 Tottenham HotspurBournemouth vs Wolverhampton WanderersBournemouth have won their last two Premier League home games without conceding but I feel they will have to settle for a point in what I expect to be a close affair.I felt Wolves were very professional at Ashton Gate in the FA Cup on Sunday – scoring an early goal and then readily keeping the Robins at arm’s length.Michael’s prediction: Bournemouth 0-0 Wolverhampton WanderersNewcastle United vs Huddersfield TownHuddersfield have scored the fewest goals (14) and lost more games (19) than any side among the top five European Leagues this season and I expect United to add to the Terriers’ dismal record.The Magpies have won their last two home league games and there will be many who think they were unfortunate not to take all three points from their trip to Molineux last time. I would be disappointed if the Toon Army were not celebrating another home win at the weekend.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: Newcastle United 2-0 Huddersfield TownLeicester City vs Crystal Palace Five of the top six play on an action-packed Sunday of football (Picture: Getty/Metro)The first silverware of the season will be decided on Sunday when Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the Carabao Cup final. Earlier in the day Liverpool make the short journey to Old Trafford for one of the most eagerly-awaited games of the Premier League season and one that could have a huge impact on the destiny of the title.It looks set to be a pivotal weekend in the English domestic season and once again Brand Ambassador Michael Owen shared his thoughts on all the action exclusively with BetVictor…Cardiff City vs Watford Michael OwenFriday 22 Feb 2019 2:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Ben Foster has arguably been the Premier League’s best keeper this season (Getty)If Cardiff beat Watford on Friday it will be the first time the Bluebirds have won three top-flight games on the spin since 1961, but I think the Hornets will take the points at the Cardiff City Stadium.AdvertisementAdvertisementWatford have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four Premier League games and they also won 1-0 at Loftus Road in the fifth Round of the FA Cup last Friday.ADVERTISEMENTJavi Gracia’s side won the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road 4-2 back in December and I feel they will do the double over Cardiff for the first time since 2006 when both sides were in the Championship.Michael’s prediction: Cardiff City 1-2 WatfordWest Ham United vs FulhamFulham have not got the best of records in London derbies taking just one point from the last 36 available and have lost their last eight in a row.West Ham are not in great form themselves – one win in their last seven Premier League games – but they were excellent in their last home game at the London Stadium when they held title favourites Liverpool to a draw.Michael’s prediction: West Ham United 3-1 FulhamBurnley vs Tottenham Hotspur Michael Owen’s weekend treble Watford, Newcastle and West Ham at 8/1Michael Owen is a BetVictor Brand Ambassador. 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“I know one Swiss Pensionskasse that has a 5% exposure, but this is an exception,” he added.Ramseier said he also saw a new, strong trend towards investments in private insurance debt among Pensionskassen – not least because of Solvency II.“There are around 5,000 insurers in Europe, and only around 70 of those are big enough to issue bonds to gather money on the capital market – but many of them will need more capital under Solvency II,” he said, adding that banks were pulling out of this segment.According to him, some insurers will want to replace “expensive equity” with “cheaper debt” capital under the new regulations, which will in turn “create opportunities” for institutional investors.“Many Pensionskassen are now going back into more illiquid investments to collect on the illiquidity premium – while a year ago they were mostly still very cautious,” Ramseier said.Twelve Capital began life as an independent boutique in 2010 when it bought Solvency I bonds by insurers at half the price, betting on their having to be repaid as they did not fit into the new legal framework under Solvency II.Today, the boutique manages $3bn almost exclusively for Pensionskassen and will soon expand from Switzerland to London.From next year, the company will also offer private equity products investing in the insurance sector, as Ramseier expects Solvency II to lead to a “major restructuring” in the European insurance sector.He said Solvency II “creates a European market for ILS”, as all insurers now have the same legal framework regarding capital requirements, while before there had been many small markets within Europe. Catastrophe bonds’ attractiveness is waning, as pension funds from the Netherlands, Nordic region and UK have piled into the market over the last 6-12 months, compressing yields, according to Urs Ramseier, chairman at Swiss boutique Twelve Capital.“With a market size of $20bn (€14.7bn) in cat bonds globally,” he told IPE, “it does not take many large pension funds to affect prices.”Ramseier said the spread compression on insurance-linked securities (ILS) had been “very pronounced” in recent months, as catastrophe bonds witnessed a “massive decline” in yields.Over the past 10-15 years, catastrophe bonds have become more or less part of the “standard asset allocation” for Swiss Pensionskassen, with an average exposure of between 1% and 3%, Ramseier said.
High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Management has signed a Framework Agreement with Ørsted to provide SAP Services across the company’s range of UK offshore wind farms.EDS HV Management said that the two-year long contract includes the provision of electrical personnel to Ørsted to support high voltage operations across the company’s UK wind farms, including Gunfleet Sands, Walney 1 & 2 and Burbo Bank.Ryan Calvert, Operations Director at EDS HV Group, said: “It is fantastic to be able to formalise the relationship that Ørsted and EDS have been building. Over the past 18 months we have been very proud of the excellent performance of our engineers across Ørsted’s wind farms, demonstrating our high levels of competence and professionalism. We are proud to have secured this framework agreement and very much look forward to accompanying Ørsted on their journey as they continue to transform their business.”
Senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of oilfield services company Dril-Quip retired from the company effective March 1, 2019.Dril-Quip said on Monday that James A. Gariepy the company’s senior VP and COO retired following 15 years of service. He served as the COO of Dril-Quip since 2011.As a result of Gariepy’s retirement, Jeffrey J. Bird was named as senior vice president of production operations and CFO, effective immediately.Dril-Quip’s president and CEO Blake DeBerry said: “We are thankful for Jim’s services and leadership over the past 15 years. He has been a key contributor to the company’s success and on behalf of the board and our entire company, we wish him well in the future.”As for Bird, he served as Dril-Quip’s VP and CFO since he joined the company in March 2017.DeBerry added: “Jeff’s financial acumen and organizational leadership have benefited the company and its shareholders over the last two years. In addition to his current responsibilities of finance, operational excellence, and information technology, Jeff will now assume responsibility for manufacturing, supply chain, and projects. I have every confidence that Jeff will succeed in this new role.”
Area Boys Basketball Sectional Scores.Tuesday (2-28)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South RipleySouth Ripley 52 Austin 48Milan 47 Switz. County 43Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ South Decatur.Waldron 74 SW Shelby 69Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Madison 69 South Dearborn 56Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington North.Shelbyville 64 Columbus East 47Bloomington South 46 Columbus North 42
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Press Association Fears over Everton striker Arouna Kone’s knee injury have been allayed after scans revealed it was not serious. The Ivorian was substituted late in Sunday’s 2-1 win at QPR and with the 31-year-old having a history of knee problems, missing 14 months after one such injury last season, there was concern over his latest issue. However, the club have confirmed tests on the player determined no long-term damage. “A scan has confirmed that Arouna Kone’s knee injury is not serious,” said a statement on evertonfc.com. “But it is not yet known whether he will be fit for Everton’s next game, against Southampton on 4 April.”
“I think he might be one of the last to sit on the chair that long,” Hiddink said. “Him being in charge regarding those nine years without a title means there is a lot of confidence from the board. And from both sides to see they can go into a future where they are stable, although not winning every year a title. “But there are many clubs fighting in England, it’s very competitive.” Wenger’s Arsenal ended the trophy drought by winning the last two FA Cups, but Chelsea have won all the major honours in recent years despite repeatedly changing manager as owner Roman Abramovich still searches for his ideal boss. The Dutchman spoke in general terms, but his comments could be applied to the Blues, who employed him in a caretaker role for a second time after Mourinho’s departure last month. Asked why Wenger’s longevity might be a thing of the past, Hiddink added: “I don’t know why. Maybe the instant result is required. “It depends on the club, on the philosophy and the calmness of a club. It’s always good to have men who are a long period in a club, to have them in very good management positions. “That doesn’t mean they have to be on the pitch always, but they can also be very good later in their careers as help for the buying and selling stuff of the club. “Then you maintain a philosophy, strategy in the club, which I think is important. “If you change – and the manager has a lot of influence, let’s say, on yearly or half-year basis to sign, not to sign, or to sell – then that might cause a bit of irregularity in clubs.” It was put to Hiddink that, after renewed conflict across London under Mourinho, peace had broken out. “Well, when the game starts there must be a lot of rivalry,” Hiddink added. “It’s normal in sport, but outside that when people are decent you have to respect them and you have to respect their work.” As the Gunners battle for the title, Chelsea sit 19 points behind Sunday’s derby opponents and closer to the relegation places than Champions League qualification. Manchester United and Liverpool have missed out on the top four in recent seasons, while Wenger’s Arsenal have qualified for a place among Europe’s elite for 18 consecutive campaigns. “That’s a big achievement – and meanwhile getting a cup as well,” Hiddink added. Arsenal, though, have not won a Premier League clash between the sides in eight attempts, since October 2011, and Chelsea’s chances are poised to be boosted by the availability of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa after their respective groin and shin problems. Hiddink, who is undefeated in his second spell but has only two wins in six games, said: “Chelsea have recovered a bit from the recent period. We are not on top yet, we want to do more.” Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is also finding form. Hiddink conceded the midfielder struggled with the pace of the game earlier this season – “That’s true, I agree,” he said – but believes Fabregas has shown his commitment of late after previously being the subject of fans’ frustration. “I think he gave the right reaction to perform,” Hiddink said. Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink believes Arsene Wenger may be the last of a dying breed. Press Association Wenger is closing in on 20 years at the Arsenal helm, a landmark which comes in October, while, in contrast, the Chelsea manager’s office could almost have a revolving door. Unlike predecessor Mourinho, Hiddink avoided antagonising Wenger when asked about the Frenchman’s position as boss of the Gunners and the nine years they had to wait for a trophy at the Emirates Stadium, where Chelsea play Arsenal on Sunday.
Toronto Lions fires stern warning to competitorsTHE Toronto Lions fired warning shots to all opponents on Friday evening with their comfortable win over local top side Old Fort as the Diamond Mineral Water Indoor Hockey Festival continued at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.The Lions put together strings of passes in a disciplined approach to picking apart their opposition and were devastating when the eventual scoring opportunities appeared.Tony Cole was his usual outstanding self in goal for the Fort and kept the game scoreless at the half, but the Lions would make their breakthrough in the opening minute of the second half through a Jonathan Roberts deflection goal.After being foiled by Cole on several occasions, the Lions seemed to opt for hard passes across the goal for deflections to achieve success. This tactic worked as Shane Rajaraman scored two goals similar to Roberts and a third field goal to give Lions a 4-0 lead by the 36th minute. Satnam Dosanjh put the exclamation mark on the performance with a final minute goal to take his team’s tally to 5.Queen’s Park men opened the day’s matches with an 11-2 drubbing of the Bal-Wash-ers as Trinidadian nationals Akim Toussant and Jordan Vieira proved too much for the Washers,hammering home four and three goals respectively. Darren Cowie scored a double with Dominic Young and Jerazeno Bell completing the Queen’s Park scorers. Rishi Bhagava and Jesse Larson each managed singles for the Bal-Wash-ers.The Toronto Lions only needed three minutes to get on the scoresheet against Carib HC as match top-scorer Jonathan Roberts pierced the air with a penalty corner strike that was too fast for the Carib goalkeeper.Roberts would score four more for the match en route to a convincing 10-1 victory for the Lions. Shane Rajaran had two goals while brothers Micah and Devohn Texeira along with Satnam Dosanjh scored one each to complete the Lions scoring. Jael St. Louis was the lone marksman for Carib.The Bal-Wash-ers returned later in the evening to chalk up their first win of the division against the Avengers with a 4-1 final score. The goals for the winners were shared among Dean Schiller, Rishi Bhargava, Yannick van Bavel and Jugwinder Mahal while Meshach Sargeant scored for the Avengers.In the ladies fixtures, the Toronto Toros managed their second win of the competition setting up an interesting Saturday clash with local champs Pizza Hut GCC. After a bit of a slow start, the Toros seized control of the match and were up 3-0 by the 32nd minute as Kaelen Watson scored a double and Danica Jayme added a single.The match then took a strange turn as the Hikers clawed themselves back into contention with a pair of goals from Nicole Eastman and Krizia Layne.The boisterous Hikers supporters seemed to provide just the catalyst needed for the Hikers to craft their comeback but Jayme carved a chunk out of their enthusiasm with a 37th minute field goal to take the score to 4-2. Alana Lewis managed a final goal for Hikers in the last minute of the match but with all the spectators on edge, the final horn would see the score remaining at 4-3 in favour of the Canadians.Striker Sonia Jardine of Pizza Hut GCC took 15 minutes to get on the scoresheet but then rattled off three more goals for the 4-0 win over Old Fort. Jardine would be the lone scorer of the match and showed her class as she produced a goal each time she was on the court for the second half of the game.In Pool A of the veterans competition, Old Old Fort made a strong bid for a place in the final with a 5-3 victory over Malvern HC of Trinidad. After a 1-1 halftime score, Old Old Fort fell behind in the 29th minute by 2-3 before storming back with three unanswered goals for the win.Veterans pool B saw Antonio’s Hickers edge Carib HC by 3-2 while the Queens Park vets managed a 6-2 victory over Bal-wash-ers and a 7-3 win against Carib HC.