Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI would like to take exception to Matthew G. Moross’ Dec. 8 theatre review of “See How They Run” by Philip King. He used up 60 square inches of valuable newspaper space to simply tell us how difficult it was going to be for him to go back stage after the play and tell the actors they did a good job, when in his mind the play was a dud. Oh, woe is me. It was all about him. There was not one word about the play, about the plot or the setting or about the actors themselves.By changing the name of the play and the playwright, he can simply use this review for the next play he doesn’t like. Mr. Moross needs to put on a new pair of glasses and “see” the play through the eyes of the viewing audience, mostly senior citizens, who are there to be entertained. From the audience reaction on Friday night, they surely were. He also needs to consider that totally unnecessary scathing reviews like this can ruin the reputation of a well-respected theater.Shame on him for writing the review and shame on The Gazette editors for publishing it.Roland JacobsonMary Ann JacobsonBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Guilderland girls’ soccer team hands BH-BL first league lossEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
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Japan has avoided an explosive outbreak of the novel coronavirus, with some 15,800 domestic cases and 630 deaths. The number of new infections has been on a declining trend over the past week.”We have been able to proceed steadily towards an end,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session, referring to the epidemic.Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said the government could lift the emergency this week in regions that have seen a notable improvement, even among the 13 hardest-hit prefectures, while warning that any reversal of the trend could change that.”If signs of an overshoot emerge after the lifting, we would need to consider a re-implementation,” he said in parliament.Abe has warned of a long battle against the virus and asked the public to continue practicing social distancing. People would need to adopt a “new lifestyle” for the coronavirus era, he said, even after the state of emergency is lifted. Topics : Japan could lift a state-of-emergency in many regions this week if new coronavirus cases are under control, the economy minister said on Monday, as it inches towards a gradual return of economic activity.The state of emergency, in place since last month, gives governors of the 47 prefectures stronger legal authority to urge people to stay at home and businesses to close, but there are no fines or arrests for non-compliance.The government last week extended the emergency to the end of May, saying it would reassess the situation on May 14. Some non-essential businesses, even in the 13 hardest-hit prefectures designated “special alert districts”, including Tokyo and Osaka, have already reopened despite the extension.
Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, is currently exploring the possibility of allowing at least part of pension rights to remain with the pension fund at retirement, allowing participants to keep benefiting from investment returns.According to Van Meerten – who is also a professor of international pensions law at Utrecht University – if this were to become an option, it should also be applicable to the PPI vehicle.“If the mandatory participation of companies in industry-wide pension funds were to be abolished, the option of placing pension rights with a PPI would become even more attractive,” he added.Van Meerten claimed that support for mandatory industry-wide pension funds was dwindling and that solidarity was losing its significance, as risk was shifted increasingly towards individual participants.He said the impact on PPIs would depend largely on the details of Klijnsma’s proposals, due later this year.Nearly a dozen PPIs have been launched since January 2011. PPIs are managed by insurers, banks, asset managers and pension providers, which work together in varying capacities within the vehicle. The PPI implements collective DC plans in the second pillar and accrues pension assets for its participants, but they do not carry any risk. Initially, the vehicle was established to enable the implementation of cross-border arrangements. The expected end of mandatory annuity purchases for defined contribution (DC) pension schemes at retirement in the Netherlands could be a “watershed moment” for the new PPI vehicle, according to pensions lawyer Hans van Meerten.Explaining the marked increase of assets under management at PPIs, Van Meerten noted that an increasing number of Dutch companies were closing their pension funds in favour of the low-cost vehicle. According to figures from regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), the combined AUM in PPIs increased by 226% to more than €1.2bn last year, following a 189% increase over the course of 2013.In the Netherlands, participants in a DC scheme must buy an annuity from an insurer at retirement date, but this requirement has come under increasing fire, in light of the continuing low-interest-rate environment.
He added that one of his men, a Private First Class, was slightly hit by the explosion on his upper right eyebrow but immediately returned to work after receiving medical treatment. ILOILO City – Personnel of the Philippine Army (PA) clashed with members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Barangay Igbucagay, Hamtic, Antique yesterday. Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of the PA’s 61st Infantry Battalion (IB) under the 3rd Infantry Division, said his troops were riding a truck bound for San Joaquin, Iloilo to augment the number of men securing the border points in the town when an improvised explosive device exploded on their way around 12:30 a.m. A gunfight between the soldiers and rebels then followed for two minutes before the insurgents retreated. “Takot sila na baka ma-corner sila that’s why they immediately withdrew,” said Batara. BATARA. PNA “Gusto nila magpahiwatig na malakas sila pero alam naman natin na kaunti nalang sila. We are now heading towards our goal. Kaunti nalang at makkaamit na natin ang tagumpay against the rebels,” said Pancito./PN Major Cenon Pancito III, 3ID spokesperson, said the reason why the rebels launched the attack to soldiers was to prove that the NPA is still strong. The 61IB already deployed more soldiers to Hamtic to run after the rebels.
84-year-old Roy J. Trossman of Yorkville passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.Survivors include siblings Lucille Trossman, Agnes Trossman, Rose (Babe) Martini, and Floyd (Mary) Trossman all of Yorkville; Violet Trossman of Bright; JoAnn Buschur of Hamilton, OH; and Rita Duggins of Cincinnati, OH.He was preceded in death by parents Joseph and Loretta (Kuebel) Trossman; brother Kenneth Trossman, and sisters Mary Trossman and Leah Davis.Visitation will be Saturday, February 13th at the St. Martin’s Church in Yorkville beginning with the rosary at 9-Noon. Mass will be at noon at the church.Memorials may be made to Anna Jo Kirchgassner Memorial Fund and St. Martin’s Church restoration and Masses.Andres-Wuestefeld Home-Dover is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
ECVB was in action again last night with another EIAC opponent. We defeated Batesville 25-22, 25-13 and 25-8. JV won in 3 and freshman lost their season opener in 3 tough sets!After a slow start in set one, we finally started playing our game. Our passing was better, our serving was more precise and we started pushing them out of system which resulted in points on our end. The last two sets were a step in the right direction for us. Batesville has a lot of talent and I think as they continue to play together, they will become a team to watch out for. I expect to see a different team when we travel to Batesville next month.EC vs BHS 8-24-18Varsity is now 7-0 on the season (4-0 in EIAC).Next up: Bloomington South tourney this Saturday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.East Central High School’s JV team defeated Batesville at EC on Thursday, Aug. 23 in 3 sets with scores of 24-25, 25-9, and 15-12. The first set was up and down for our girls; we had the lead early on, but we couldn’t finish. They were fired up going in to set 2 and showed that by commanding the game with the final score of 25-9. They also controlled the tempo of set 3 to win 15-12. The team improves their record to 6-1 overall. Stat leaders: serving: Faith Fox 8/8 with 2 aces, Allison Huismann 10/11 with 6 Aces, and Hope Fox 16/17 with 5 Aces. Assists: Allison Huismann went 28/28 with 12 Assists and Ella Fledderman went 25/27 with 5 Aces. Blocking: Jesse Stenger had 4 solo blocks. Kills: Jesse Stenger 5 kills (13/15), Hope Fox 3 kills (6/8), Ella Fledderman 2 kills (6/7), Faith Fox 3 kills (11/12); Digs: Hope Fox 10/10, Casey House 12/13, and FAith Fox 9/10; serve receive Hope Fox 12/12, Faith Fox 11/11, and CAsey House 6/7.Courtesy of Trojans Debbie Gregg.Freshmen Keep EC from Sweeping BatesvilleFrom Coach Trenkamp. Freshman Lady Dogs pulled off the win over the Lady Trojans in 3 games. Serving us points tonight was Regina Gerstbauer with 8pts 3 aces and Sophie Lee with 7pts 2 aces. Katie Shane was hitting well and Bella Shields was able to dig up 3 great plays in set 3. Scores were 25-23, 22-25, and 15-13!From Coach Prickel. The Batesville JV volleyball team put up a fight vs. conference rival East Central in games 1 and 3 ultimately falling by the scores 25-24, 9-25, and 11-15, The bulldogs had the serve and momentum when a replay was declared after an exciting play on our side. A missed serve later and the match slipped away. The team should be commended for improved hustle, teamwork, and focus in several points of the match. Grace Laudick was instrumental from the service line in game 1 notching 8 points to lead the team. Shalee Harrington had 4 kills in the front row. Katie Bedel had 3 kills and 1 stuff block. Kerigan Haskamp finished with 2 kills and 2 stuff blocks. Nikki Fix was error free at the net earning 3 kills. Laudick led the team in digs with 9 for the match.Varsity drops three quickies to undefeated east central. Playing a big rival isn’t easy… Going into a hostile environment to play an undefeated team hot off a big tourney win, is a bit daunting. All this took place tonight and our nerves and lack of experience showed. So that is Kudos to EC, cause we have been telling our team the lacked discipline and the speed of transition to play with good teams. EC is a good team!EC held us to a negative hitting percentage and kept our offense off balance all evening. We will be working more on discipline in the small things the girls overlook. but to work on speed you have to seen and understand quickness of transition, hopefully game tape will be able to show them this … Main performers on the night were #5 Macy Prickel passing the ball 23 times with one error. #7 Kylie Laker with 2 aces, and #11 Jenna Ertel with 9 digs.We will travel to see the Spartans this Saturday for a 10am JV start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
In front of the largest women\’s hockey crowd in school history, the Wisconsin Badgers simply could not keep up with the bigger, faster Team USA in a 9-0 loss.[/media-credit]With a record crowd in attendance on Jan. 5, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team welcomed the U.S. Olympic National Team to the Kohl Center for an exhibition matchup.The Olympic squad, comprised of six current or former Badgers and led by sabbatical Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson, left no doubt about who was the best team in the land by delivering a 9-0 victory over UW.It was a special night in the Kohl Center as four graduated Badgers were welcomed back, as well as current UW athletes Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan, who elected to take a year off to participate in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.“Honestly, it was the highlight of my career,” Wisconsin interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I’m such a sucker for the Olympic games, and I cry every time it’s on, and for some reason I found myself kind of teary-eyed during the national anthem.”After a ceremonial puck-dropping to mark the occasion, Johnson’s crew wasted no time taking the speed of the game to a level the Badgers were not accustomed to.“It was really fast. They dumped the puck in and they were on you right away,” junior Geena Prough said. “You had to really think on your toes.”Senior Alannah McCready occupied the net for the Badgers in the first period while former Badger and winner of the Patty Kazmaier Award Jessie Vetter was in goal for Team USA.Forward Kelli Stack of the National Team scored first after five minutes of play.Johnson’s U.S. squad employed a fast-paced and highly organized offensive attack that kept the puck in Badger territory for much of the period.Two minutes after defenseman Lisa Chesson knocked in Team USA’s second goal, Knight flipped the puck high off the top bar and into the net to give the U.S. National Team a 3-0 edge heading into the first break.The Badger defense began to adjust to the up-tempo play of the Olympic squad in the second period.After former Badger Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej netted a goal four minutes in, freshman goaltender Nikki Kaasa and the rest of the defense stiffened, withstanding the relentless U.S. onslaught for 15 minutes before allowing two goals in the period’s final minute.“Gradually, as the game went on, we became less intimidated,” Kaasa said. “Once our defense was able to start picking up people in front of the net it was easy for me to see. Once our defense got there we were doing well.”Kaasa was named player of the game for Wisconsin, finishing with a team-leading 12 saves, as all three goalies on the roster played one period each.Play continued to open up beyond the Badgers’ half of the ice in the third period, despite the U.S. National Team scoring another three goals. The last goal for Team USA was a true Wisconsin affair netted by recent graduate Erika Lawler, off assists from fellow Wisconsin alumni Zaugg-Siergiej and Molly Engstrom.Offensively, scoring opportunities were sparse as Wisconsin recorded 15 total attempted shots with eight of them on goal.“There were moments where we had a chance to get a shot on net or control the puck down there or manage the puck a little better,” DeKeyser said. “I think, obviously, we were a bit tentative at the start and just had to adjust to the speed of play and the skill level.”However,Team USA’s roster forced Wisconsin to concentrate on the defense first, according to Prough.“We really just had to clean up our ‘D’ zone and take care of that first, that was our main goal, and then just try to move the puck into their zone,” Prough said.The Badgers understood the challenge they faced in Team USA prior to gametime and expected a valuable learning experience, which they unanimously agreed they had received.Wisconsin entered the game after a three-and-a-half week break from the ice. While many other schools have not played since mid-December, Wisconsin feels as if they have a jump on the competition for next week’s series at North Dakota and the rest of the season.“I think it was a big learning experience for us,” Prough said. “I think moving on to our next series this weekend is really going to help our game. Playing the Olympic team, obviously you have to play your best … so I think it’s really going to prepare us for this coming weekend.”
As part of a four-year-long initiative designed to upgrade all on-campus classrooms, more than 30 classrooms will be upgraded this summer to ensure the inclusion of up-to-date technology and furniture.Current · Classrooms like this one in Allen Hancock Foundation Building allow students to use technological interactive learning tools. – Dieuwertje Kast | Summer Trojan The university plans to upgrade 31 classrooms and two auditoriums this summer.Before beginning this summer’s round of renovations, USC conducted surveys for approximately two weeks during November 2010 and most recently in April.“We spent a lot of time and energy understanding what students need to learn and what faculty need to teach,” said Joseph Cevetello, director of learning environments for Information Technology Services.Input was taken from approximately 12,000 students and 750 faculty members, in the two rounds of surveys taken.“We have felt that students and staff are overwhelmingly supportive of change,” Cevetello said. “We want to ensure we make the right changes and make sure we’re meeting their needs.”The project comes on the heels of a push by administrators to make USC’s classrooms more efficient learning spaces.“The project is part of a multiyear initiative from the office of the provost to renovate all learning space on campus,” Cevetello said.The project was launched last year with upgrades already completed in a total of 53 classrooms, two auditoriums and three computer rooms.The total number of renovated classrooms over the course of the project is expected to be about 177.“We are making these upgrades to make sure all USC classrooms can support the needs of students, staff and 21st-century mobility,” Cevetello said.Upgrades are being completed in different areas within the classrooms, including upgrades in technology and infrastructure.Cevetello said the upgraded classrooms would include a new arrangement of furniture to take better advantage of available space.There will also be new walls and carpeting, which can help to improve the acoustics within classrooms.Standard technology will also be enhanced in the upgraded classrooms, which will include LCD projectors and display panels, as there are still a few classrooms that lack these features. Other classrooms will have all of their old technology removed and will be equipped with new audio-visual features.“ITS is committed to supporting the needs of an academic community that values a variety of learning experiences, ranging from multimedia-rich lectures to student-driven presentations,” Susan Metros, associate vice provost for ITS, told USC News in January.According to Cevetello, classrooms were selected for upgrades based on two primary factors: the technology most in need of upgrades, and classrooms in buildings already being upgraded.Last year, 10 classrooms in Taper Hall of Humanities were completely renovated.This year the university will pick up where it left off and complete all upgrades in Taper by the end of the summer.By mid-August, renovations in the Seeley G. Mudd Auditorium, the Social Science Building’s basement, the Von KleinSmid Center’s east wing and Waite Phillips Hall will also be completed.
Topping scholar and senior David Delgado spoke against the provost’s decision to eliminate Christina Yokoyama’s position as the Topping Fund director at a rally Thursday at Tommy Trojan. Kyle Kawaguchi | Daily TrojanNorman Topping Student Aid Fund scholars and faculty allies rallied Thursday at Tommy Trojan, sporting black shirts that read “We Are Not Your Tokens #SaveTopping,” in protest against the University’s decision to remove the Topping director position currently held by Christina Yokoyama.This comes after two weeks of organized efforts — including an online petition, a social media campaign and dozens of letters to administration — taken by the Topping Fund in an attempt to persuade the provost’s office to reverse the decision.“I want to say to Vice Provost [of Undergraduate Programs Andrea] Hodge: ‘If you feel that Christina is only a salary that can be expended, then you cannot be any further away from the truth,’” said Ryan Lopez, a Topping scholar and senior majoring in chemistry. “Just how Christina was there for us when we needed her, now we’re here for Christina when she needs us.”The rally was organized by Topping scholars, as well as several alumni and faculty. “We felt it was very important to have this #SaveTopping rally … to make enough noise [so the administration says], ‘We have to create a conversation with them,’” said David Delgado, a Topping scholar and senior majoring in gender studies and theatre. “At least today by the looks of it … it seems to be exactly the right move we needed to make.”The rally was held a day after the same scholars sent out a memorandum, calling for a vote of no confidence and Hodge’s resignation. In the memo, the Topping scholars expressed concerns about Hodge’s “ability to perform the duties of her position in a manner that benefits the USC student body.” The scholars stated that Hodge had violated the Topping Fund’s regulations, namely by ignoring motions passed by the Governing Board last Thursday, which would have invalidated the provost’s decision to remove the Topping program director position. “Dr. Hodge has demonstrated her inability to be an effective leader for the undergraduate student population by misleading them, lying to them and interfering with their ability to serve in the responsibilities that have been assigned to them,” the release stated. At the rally, students held posters and handed out flyers with information about the Topping Fund to passersby, while speaking about the importance of the Topping Fund and their dissatisfaction with the administration’s decision.Delgado said the memo was drafted in response to Hodge and Quick’s unwillingness to reverse the decision to eliminate Yokoyama’s position despite resistance against it. “If we are to understand that [Hodge] doesn’t see anything negative about her actions toward the students … then obviously she is not meant to be representing a collection of students such as the Topping scholars,” Delgado said.Hodge did not address the specific claims mentioned in the memo sent out by Topping scholars, but said in a statement to the Daily Trojan that she will continue to seek expanding the Topping program.“I’ve been meeting with any and all students who want to meet with me, and I will continue to do so,” Hodge said in the statement. “I welcome their ideas, their input and their candor about the benefits of the program.”Quick also released a statement to the Daily Trojan on Thursday, in which he expressed his support for Hodge. He described her as a “strong advocate for students in all areas.”“Professor Hodge has a full vote of confidence from me for all of the work she has done since she assumed the leadership of the Office of Undergraduate Programs,” Quick said in the statement. “I also fully embrace her vision and support for an expanded and improved Topping program.”