On Nov. 10, 1775, the second Continental Congress passed a resolution “to raise two battalions of Marines.”For 242 years, young men and women have served in every clime and place with honor and distinction. If you know a Marine (there are no former nor ex-Marines), thank her/him and wish them another Happy Birthday, Marine, we are grateful for your service.J.P. Kirby USMC (Retired)SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Ulster were 23-0 down at half-time against Oyonnax at Stade Charles Mathon and seemingly on their way out of the running for a Champions Cup quarter-final place in Pool 1. But then up popped McCall to score his side’s third try to cut the gap to two points and allow Paddy Jackson to grab the glory with his 77th-minute penalty. “We were pretty disappointed with our first-half display. We needed to front up and we didn’t, but fair play to Oyonnax, they did,” said McCall. Kyle McCall thanked his team-mates for paving the way for his first Ulster try as the Ireland Under 20 loosehead prop picked up the plaudits for playing his part in an amazing second-half fightback. “We wanted to restart the game in the second half and really go at them. It was about getting our heads right at the scrum, working on our technique and going at them because we had to get everything right in that area. “It was my first try for Ulster, which I am very happy with, but it was a team effort really. We really had to dig deep to overhaul Oyonnax. “I was off the field when Paddy Jackson kicked the winning penalty and after that it was just a question of not giving away any penalties and staying strong.” The win cut the gap at the top of Pool 1 to six points and Ulster get the chance to gain revenge for their home defeat against table-toppers Saracens in the return leg at Allianz Park in round five. “We are still in a good position and we can take confidence from our second-half performance. We can take it into next week and hopefully show what we can do for two halves,” added McCall. The defeat for Oyonnax was their fourth in a row in their first season in the Champions Cup and their eighth in their last nine matches in all tournaments. “It was a classic game of two halves and credit to Ulster for nicking it in the end,” said Oyonnax second row George Robson. Press Association
Attention was the new currency, said Linah Maigurira, one of the speakers at the National Small Business Chamber Summit. For brands to get customers, they had to pay attention to consumers’ behaviour and be where they were.Linah Maigurira of Google South Africa says engagement on social media with consumers is important. “Invite your audience to connect.” (Image: National Small Business Chamber, Facebook)Melissa JavanGrabbing the attention of consumers online was vital for your brand, Linah Maigurira, the industry manager of Google South Africa, said at the National Small Business Chamber Summit, held on 15 and 16 February 2017 in Midrand, Johannesburg.Maigurira was one of the speakers who shared valuable knowledge and expertise with the more than 30,000 attendees.The National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) said that by 7 February, a total of 32,127 people had registered for the conference. Of them, 14,806 were existing business owners and 17,321 were about to start a business.Nadia Malan and Erick Letshwene of Easy Debit at the NSBC Summit business expo in February 2017. Their business has been running for five years and specialises in collecting payments from business’s clients via debit orders. (Image: Melissa Javan)The summit also hosted the My Business Expo, Business Start-Up Expo, Access to Finance Indaba, The Franchise Show and Trading Across Borders.Is your business mobile-ready?Maigurira spoke about rethinking marketing for the digital age. She said that customers no longer went online – they lived online. “Audiences are looking for authentic connections.”Customers were increasingly mobile, she added. For example, 55% of queries to Google came from smartphones. “Use technology and make sure your business is mobile ready.”In addition, consumers were more empowered. “They are doing preliminary research, narrowing down people or brands they might buy from.” She gave statistics, including that 73% of South Africans found information of a brand online, and 88% had discovered products or a brand online.Be visible onlineMaigurira’s advice to entrepreneurs was that they should be present where their customers hung out online. “Be there when they (the consumers) are searching and browsing for ideas. Decide on the moments you are going to claim for your business.” For consumers, those moments included “I want to know”; “I want to buy”; and “I want to find”.“Think about your customers, their needs and how you are going to capture them,” she said.The role of social mediaLeanne Rhodes, head of creative and social media at the NSBC, spoke on the topic: “Fast-track your business success with social media”.Leanne Rhodes, head of creative and social media at the NSBC, says business owners and brands should tell their stories on social media. “Nothing beats passion. Social media is word of mouth with a microphone.” (Image: Melissa Javan)Social media gave you access to a large audience on a shoestring budget, Rhodes said. The NSBC didn’t use traditional advertising for the summit; instead, it mainly used social media and its newsletter.She warned though that social media could be overwhelming. “Remember social media is only free if you don’t value your time. Clarify how much time you are willing to spend on social media per week. Set a timer if you have to.“Clarify what you want to achieve and who your audience is. Who would you like them to become?”Entrepreneurs should think about how they wanted their audience to think and feel, Rhodes said. “If you have given them what they want, you can sell to them what they need.”Other information she gave included how the Facebook algorithm worked. Not many of your followers would see your posts unless they had great engagement. “Great images and videos are seen by more people on Facebook. So make use of video and creative visuals.”It took three seconds to get someone’s attention on social media, Rhodes said. “Give people something that they won’t get anywhere else. Facebook Live, for example, is getting seen by more and more people.”More about the NSBCThe chamber was established in 2007 as a non-profit membership organisation. It fuels small business growth.Pride Maloba and Mothusi Kibe of Easy Biz Quickbooks exhibit their business at the NSBC Summit Business Expo, in February 2017. Easy Biz sells accounting software and courses related to it. (Image: Melissa Javan)The real purpose of the organisation is fostering the sustainability and growth of the SME sector, growing job creation, alleviating unemployment and nurturing the country’s entrepreneurial spirit.It has a base of more than 106,000 small- and medium-sized enterprises and 50 big brands as national partners.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
MADISON, WI – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 18, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)There’s no doubt that Michigan’s botched punt this past Saturday was one of the most poorly timed mistakes in sports in recent memory. But is it the worst play in sports history? According to USA Today’s Mike Foss, it was. Monday, Foss, who writes for For The Win, ranked the 20 worst plays in sports history. Michigan’s blunder was No. 1, ahead of Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.1. MICHIGAN PUNT.It seems cruel to say this was the worst play in sports history only two days after it went down, but sometimes the truth is a cruel mistress. This is unfathomable, and likely will cost Michigan a shot at the College Football Playoff this year.You’ve probably seen the play by now. If not, here you go:ICYMI: Still haven’t seen the wildest finish, perhaps ever? Here it is! http://t.co/8wVWGMIi7t— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 17, 2015Personally, I have a hard time putting this anywhere near Buckner’s error. Michigan vs. Michigan State, while important, was a regular season college football game. Buckner’s blunder took place in the World Series for a team that hadn’t won it all since 1918. But hey, we’re all allowed opinions – that’s part of what makes sports great.
TORONTO – Viewers hoping to catch the latest HBO series and fresh Hollywood movies have a new choice in their streaming options.Bell Media says it’s throwing open the gates to its vast library of content that was previously only available to cable subscribers of The Movie Network and HBO Canada.Starting next week, Canadians will have access to a bulked up version of the Crave streaming platform, dubbed Crave+, for an additional fee of about $10 per month.It’s a significant change for cable subscribers who were hanging onto their TV packages for access to TMN and its sister channels.Under the new Crave+ they will have the option to join other cord-cutters, though some cable providers may sell the Crave package at a discount with other set-top TV offerings.The move comes as Bell Media contends with competition from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.“Every day you read about a new offering that’s in the marketplace,” said Bell Media chief executive Randy Lennox in an interview, highlighting how Crave is now considered both a TV and online option.“We’re trying to be on both sides of the highway.”The new Crave+ package includes all of Showtime and older HBO series previously on CraveTV, plus a roster of more recent shows like new seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.”Customers who don’t want the extra stuff can hang onto a basic Crave package, which includes series from Vice, Showtime and Crave exclusives like “Letterkenny” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”Bell Media is in the midst of widespread changes to its TV channels which include a decision to retire its brand The Movie Network and replace it with channels under the Crave name.Companies in this story: (TSX: BCE)
KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on the U.N. climate conference (all times local):10:45 a.m.No global climate summit would be complete without a few celebrities.Monday’s gathering of ministers and national leaders for the start of the U.N. talks on tackling global warming is getting a dose of glitz.Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has long campaigned against climate change, is expected to draw crowds, while there are reports that other Hollywood celebrities will make an appearance as well.Other VIPs attending the meeting in Katowice, Poland, include adventurer Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first solar round-the-world flight, and Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, whose climate campaigning has received support from students around the globe.___8:45 a.m.Leaders from around the world are arriving for the ceremonial opening of the climate conference in southern Poland that will discuss ways of curbing climate change.The two-week conference in Katowice is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce green gas emission and keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), as agreed in 2015 in Paris.Host Poland will propose a declaration Monday for a “just transition” away from coal mining, the supplier of its main source of energy, to take into consideration the situation of people employed in the sector.Critics say the declaration should more broadly cover all aspects of transition from fossil fuels to green energy.The Associated Press
MUNCHO LAKE, B.C. – The Liard River Hotspring Provincial Park is closed after heavy snow.A snowfall warning remains in place for Fort Nelson and the Muncho Lake regions. The forecast is calling for up to 35 cm of snow before the storm moves out of the area Monday.According to a post on it’s Facebook page, the campground and the hot springs are closed due to several trees that have fallen after the heavy snowfall. The post goes onto say “There is No ACCESS to the campground or hot pools under any circumstances.As soon as the park has been made safe the BC Parks website and this page will be updated.” Snow has been reported from Pink Mountain on the Alaska Highway all the way up to Watson Lake, Y.K.With the heavy snow from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, camping or travelling in the area is not recommended.A cold arctic airmass and Pacific moisture associated with a low on the North Coast will result in continued heavy snow for higher elevations between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake. Further snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 cm are expected through Sunday and into Sunday night. The town of Fort Nelson should receive rain while areas south of Fort Nelson may see up to 10 cm.
Kolkata: Swami Smarananandaji, president Ramakrishna Math and Mission inaugurated the annual exhibition 2019 titled Bharat Parikrama of Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture at Golpark on Monday.He also inaugurated two art galleries at the institute. The sketches were made of line drawing on Swamiji’s travels in India as a wandering monk after the death of Sri Ramakrishna in 1886 till he left for The United States to attend the World’s Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago in 1893 have been made by Rathin Mitra. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMitra has donated 138 line drawings to the institute. Inspired by the philosophy of Swamiji since school days, the nonagenarian artist travelled extensively in the country and visited the places where Swamiji had visited before he left for the US. Swamiji stayed in the houses of the kings, senior government officials among others and interacted with people all walks of life. The exhibition tells the story of Swamiji as a wandering monk. In modern India Swamiji was the first person who travelled extensively in the country to know the rich heritage and culture of the ancient country and its people. It will be held till May 4 from 11am to 6pm except Sundays and holidays. It may be mentioned that a museum was recently inaugurated by Swami Suviranandaji, general secretary Ramakrishna math and Mission at Khetri in Rajasthan. The Raja of Khetri Ajit Singh was Swamiji’s disciple and the latter stayed in his palace. Mitra was born in Howrah in 1926. His works have been appreciated both in the country and abroad and exhibitions have been held in different parts in the country, including the Victoria memorial Hall. From the 1980s he started working on the heritage buildings of Kolkata and made their sketches. It was around this time when many of the landmark buildings in the city had been demolished to make room for high-rises.
Chennai: Elections to 38 Lok Sabha seats and bypolls for 18 Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu on Thursday was by and large peaceful and the tentative turnout for Parliamentary polls stood at 69.55 per cent, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said.The turnout figure is likely to go up as data was still being collated, he said. When the figure goes up, it is expected to be more or less correspond to the final tally of 73.68 per cent recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The turnout in the 18 assembly segments recorded 71.62 per cent (both LS and Assembly polls turnout were based on available data at 7 pm) and with Lok Sabha elections in Madurai segment ending at 8 pm, the data collation was still on, Sahoo told reporters here. There was no major law and order issues and a CAPF jawan fired one round in the air to disperse crowds (near Arakkonam), he added. DGP (Elections) Ashutosh Shukla said when the crowds tried to enter a polling station at Kilvisharam under Arakkonam Lok Sabha segment, a Central Armed Police Force jawan opened one round of fire in the air. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Superintendent of Police, Vellore rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control,” he added. Minor incidents of violence were reported from five towns, including Gudiyatham and Ariyalur, and the situation was brought under control immediately, he added. Police said four BJP men were allegedly injured in a clash with workers of the DMK and Congress in Kanyakumari. On complaints of technical glitches, Sahoo said 375 ballot units, 228 control units and 766 VVPAT were replaced. “Based on the low replacement rates, we can say the EVM performance has been very good.” The EVMs and VVPATs will be moved to counting centres by poll authorities and police in the presence of political parties, the CEO noted. On allegation of deletion of about a lakh of voters’ names in Kanyakumari by the Congress, he said they could give a complaint and it will be acted upon. Tamil Nadu brought out the many colours of elections when several centenarians like 102-year-old Jegadambal of Nagapattinam and lakhs of first time voters braved the scorching sun to cast their vote. From Chief Minister K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK chief M K Stalin, Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan were among those who exercised their franchise standing in queues. Party leaders and top film stars including Rajinikanth, Ajit and Vijay were among the prominent personalities who turned up to vote. Indisposed 96-year-old DMK veteran, K Anbazhagan, a colleague of late M Karunanidhi was wheeled in at a booth here to cast his vote. Just after tying the knot, several couples arrived in their traditional bridal attire at the polling stations in areas including Nallampalli (Dharmapuri) and Srivilliputhur (Virudhunagar) to cast their votes. Rain and shine played spoilsport to an extent in some parts of the State in keeping voters away from the polling stations for sometime. While Chennai and other northern parts of Tamil Nadu was blazing hot, some southern parts of the State including Kanyakumari received showers. People switched to protest mode as well in a couple of regions like the villagers of Top Station in Kurangani hill ranges of Theni District to protest lack of basic amenities. “Of the 185 voters of this village, none came forward to cast their vote,” Theni District Collector M Pallavi Baldev said. Two elderly men died after casting their votes in Sivagiri (Erode) and Vedappatti (Salem) respectively. A 65-year-old man, who collapsed after emerging from a polling station, was rushed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead in Coimbatore while an 85-year woman died while she was standing in a queue at a booth there. Deletion of names from voters list, non-issuance of voters’ slips, malfunctioning of EVMs and technical glitches delaying polling process were among the key complaints of the people. After casting his vote, Stalin alleged that there has been distribution of cash and accused the Election Commission of being an “ally” of central and state governments. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran and Kanimozhi, and Karti Chidambaram of Congress are among key contenders. Radhakrishnan told reporters in Kanyakumari: “This is a massive democratic festival which will decide the fate of India. I have exercised my franchise… A silent revolution is happening.” AIADMK leader and state minister D Jayakumar said 13 per cent voting in the morning “is a joyous thing.” “This shows there is a wave for Amma and MGR,” he said, exuding confidence that the AIADMK-BJP combine will emerge victorious. Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader T T V Dhinakaran alleged “malfunctioning of EVMs is an achievement of the Modi government.” About 1.40 lakh police personnel and 160 companies of CAPF were deployed in 17,720 polling stations to manage law and order.
OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis leads the Buckeyes into Ohio Stadium as coach Urban Meyer greets each player before the Buckeyes’ 30-27 victory over Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast season, the Ohio State football team relied heavily on its secondary — namely, safety Malik Hooker and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore, and Gareon Conley — to be the playmakers and backbone on the Buckeyes’ defense.With the departure of this athletic trio for the NFL draft, however, the “Silver Bullets” will now lean on an experienced defensive line to lead the way for defensive coordinator Greg Schiano in his first full season at the helm of the defense.As spring practice began this week, Schiano said the team has some lofty challenges ahead of it after losing a handful of key components on the roster. However, Schiano said he is looking forward to working with the abilities and skill he has upfront on defense.“That’s a heck of a group and I think we got really elite defensive lineman, and I think we have the best defensive line coach (Larry Johnson) in America,” Schiano said. “So, when you put those two things together, it’s fun to work with those guys and I’m excited to see how it all comes together.”Among those upfront, redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis returned for his final year of eligibility after the devastating, shutout loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. Following OSU’s exit out of the College Football Playoff, Lewis said he substantially thought about his plans for the future, but collectively, said he is satisfied with his decision to come back.“After the game, I had a talk with my family, coach (Larry) Johnson, and I had to evaluate some things,” Lewis said. “There was a lot going into it, I had a lot to consider — the pros and cons and everything. I had to make the right decision, so I chose to come back and I feel that, that was what was best for me.”Schiano said that as challenging as it will be, he will need to find a way to get Lewis and a talented group of linemen on the field at the same time. With that, Schiano added that improvements can be made to the rotation of redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, senior Jalyn Holmes and sophomore Nick Bosa on the edges, and redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones and redshirt senior Michael Hill at defensive tackle already implemented into the Buckeyes’ scheme.“Our plan is a very solid and great plan. It keeps everybody fresh. Nobody is playing, like, 70 plays and that’s a good thing,” Lewis said. “Nobody should have to put their bodies through that all the time, and the type of caliber players we have here, you win games like that — with great players.”Despite being the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Lewis said that he still has improvements to make as a pass rusher in his technique with his hands and hips. Lewis also said that when it comes to being recognized for his performance on the field, his main focus is on being the top player at his position.“I mean, I just want to be the best. I just want to go out and play hard for my teammates, that’s the main thing,” he said. “Whatever else comes with all the accolades, I mean, I don’t really get into things like that. I just accept them.”