HMS St Albans Visits Kiel, Germany The Portsmouth-based ship visited Kiel for a week from June 17, joining in the huge maritime event attended by 50 countries, 2000 yachts and pleasure craft and more than 5,000 yachtsmen and women.Before joining in the celebrations, members of the ship’s company including Commanding Officer Commander Tom Sharpe, two platoons and the ship’s guard headed to a remembrance service and wreath laying at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Nordfriedhof.Here they paid their respects to the 983 British servicemen – mainly from the RAF – who were killed during bombing raids on the port in the Second World War.In addition to the fallen airmen, there are numerous Senior Servicemen laid to rest here, including 127 men lost when destroyer HMS Esk sank after hitting a mine off the Dutch coast on September 1 1940.The service was conducted in the presence of the Polish Vice Consul General (Hamburg) Marek Sorgowicki, German Flottillenadmiral Thomas Jugel, UK Defence Attaché Brigadier Matt O’Hanlon, Royal British Legion Mr Tom Smith and HMS St Albans Commanding Officer, Commander Tom Sharpe.The ship’s companies of HMS Ranger, HMS Example, HMS Trumpeter and HMS Explorer also attended and the service was supported by the Band and Bugles of the Rifles.Brigadier O’Hanlon said:“We are here to remember the servicemen and women of Britain, Poland and the Commonwealth who have lost their lives in the service of their Countries. “This cemetery is a sobering reminder of the true cost of war and a memorial to the bravery of those who have died.” HMS St Albans later hosted an official reception and capability demonstration for 200 guests which included a large number of dignitaries and VIPs representing German military authorities and the international community visiting Kiel.During the capability demonstration guests were shown stances ranging from the Merlin Helicopter to fire fighting, man overboard and rescue procedures. The official reception ended on a high with a ‘Beat the Retreat’, performed by the Band and Bugles of the Rifles and ceremonial sunset from the ship’s guard.Cdr Sharpe said:“I am delighted to be able to bring HMS St Albans to Kieler Woche and engage with the international maritime community. “Our visit to the city of Kiel is very important and has proven to be a great opportunity to strengthen our relationships with Germany and the German Naval community.” [mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 25, 2012; Image: Royal Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS St Albans Visits Kiel, Germany View post tag: Naval View post tag: Albans View post tag: Navy View post tag: visits Training & Education View post tag: Germany View post tag: HMS View post tag: St. View post tag: Kiel June 25, 2012 View post tag: News by topic
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Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that recently announced Democratic Vanderburgh County Commission candidate Jeff Hatfield can beat Republican Mike Duckworth?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we are told that a group of current and past elected offices holders are talking about a sponsoring a political fundraiser for the newly announced Democratic candidate for the Vanderburgh County Commission seat in the near future? …we are hearing that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders may be spearheading this event?IS IT TRUE we are told that any political candidate running countywide shouldn’t announce that they have the backing of the Area Chamber of Commerce? …we are told that the county folks still haven’t forgotten the role that the Area Chamber of Commerce played in the unification effort between the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE that the Democratic party of Vanderburgh County has a new Sheriff in town? … Chairman Scott Danks recently said: “that he will aggressively go after every seat in the city and the county”? …Mr. Danks also said; “that the head of political snakes is local not in D.C”.? …could that be the reason why a group of alleged Democrats quickly and quietly left the meeting right after Mr. Danks remarks?IS IT TRUE that Evansville, Indiana has always been accepting of a practice known as “political patronage” when it comes to jobs that are financed fully or partially by public dollars?…it has been so entrenched that a former Evansville Mayor whom we shall not name has been quoted as saying “I get all of the credit and they take all of the blame” to justify appointing his political supporters to jobs under his control?IS IT TRUE that “political patronage” came about at about the same time that the Tammany Hall shakedown tactics in New York City were being used to drain the public coffers to enrich the politically connected?… the one thing that “political patronage“ staffing never seems to require is any expertise at all with respect to the job that one is being appointed to? …”political patronage” staffing is a dangerous artifact of the past and has no reason to exist in the present?…the need for competence as opposed to loyalty will someday drive ‘political patronage” staffing from local government, but until then shenanigans like putting campaign managers into well-paid positions that are out of their league will continue in River City?IS IT TRUE that the “Indivisible Evansville” played a major role in the upset defeat of the longtime Pigeon Township Trustee Mary Hart?IS IT TRUE we expect to see a request by the Mayor to develop Roberts Park in the 2019 city budget?…the Mayor also needs to forget about asking City Council to give him $1 million dollars to help EVSC to renovate Bosse Field in the 2019 City budget?IS IT TRUE we wonder when construction will begin to renovate the old vacant downtown YMCA building into apartments targeted for the disadvantaged? …we hope that yesteryear’s announcement by potential investors wasn’t a “pie in the sky” decision to convince the taxpayers of this community that downtown EVANSVILLE is on the move?IS IT TRUE last year ECHO Housing announced plans to turn a vacant warehouse at 101 N. Garvin St. into 27 one-bedroom units of housing for the chronically homeless. …the project is expected to cost $6.1 million? …the former ECHO Executive Director Stephanie TenBarge said: “that her organization will also commission a “Mural” on the side of the building? …we remember when Ms. TenBarge commissioned another “Mural” to be printed on the side of a building located just behind the McDonalds restaurant located on North Main and the Lloyd Expressway? …we recall when the former ECHO Executive Director Stephanie TenBarge declared that this “Mural” will enhance the opportunity of bringing economic development to the North Main Jacobsville area? …this “Mural” cost many thousands of dollars? …we urge you to drive to the North Main McDonalds and look at the building directly behind it so you can see for yourself if this “Mural” would motivate you to locate a business on North main street?IS IT TRUE we wonder if Executive Director of DMD and ERC Board of Directors spend their personal money the same way they spend our tax dollars? …we bet you know the answer to this question?IS IT TRUE that County Commissioner Ben Shoulders denied that one of his favorite things he enjoys is eating fish tacos and drinking slushies at TACO TIERRA? …all you have to do is go to TACO TIERRA on Friday at noon and you will find out if this statement is true or not? 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Bronya Smolen looks at the quarter-final highlights in TV’s favourite bakery contest. There is more than one way to prove a loaf, but one of them is apparently not in a microwave! “It’s a dangerous thing to do,” said The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) judge Paul Hollywood, but Nancy did it anyway. You have to admire her integrity.This week’s GBBO quarter-finals saw the contestants tackle ‘advanced dough’ techniques. Chetna’s choice of recipe in the enriched dough challenge gave her an upper hand in the technical challenge – a povitica. The filled loaf requires the dough to be rolled extremely thin, spread with filling, coiled, then baked for a good hour. Patience seems to be key when working with dough, and every recipe requires a different nurturing. When I went to visit Lee Smith, last year’s Britain’s Best Loaf winner, his winning recipe took a total of 27 hours to get to the end result. I admire you bakers and your patience! Nancy proved that, while microwaves may save you time, cutting corners can ruin the final result.The show-stopper challenge opened my eyes to a whole new way with doughnuts. The ones which stood out to me being Richard’s rhubarb and custard hearts, and Luis’ cocktail doughnuts. Alcohol doughnuts are not something I have come across before, but I can see it taking off. The National Cupcake Championships allow bakers to enter a cupcake made with alcohol – always a popular category – so I’m sure the same goes for other products, especially if your core customer base is comprised of Mary Berry clones.This time we saw Martha Collison, The Great British Bake Off’s youngest-ever contestant, take the crumble at elimination! But something tells me it’s not all over yet for the 17-year-old. So many of the top bakers I have met started when they were young – either on their own accord or as part of a long family business, learning from their elders. She is young, confident, and has clearly shown some skill. While there is much more to learn for the teen, my advice would be ‘watch this space!’ But first let’s leave her to pass her A-levels…Next week – patisserie! The remaining bakers will be making baklava, schichttorte and two entremets. Will Richard make it a fifth week at the top?
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s legendary Barton Hall show, a performance that took place on 5/8/77 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and that is widely considered one of the “best” Grateful Dead show—this is for a number of reasons including the pristine soundboard recording by Betty Cantor-Jackson, which was then widely disseminated to fans across the United States. However, it’s important not to lose the Barton Hall show in history; their extensive ’77 run was chock full of wonderful shows, particularly because the tour came on the heels of Terrapin Station, which the entire band was stoked on as their most polished album up to that point (eliciting Weir to tell Rolling Stone “People won’t believe it’s us. . . . It’s the Dead without all those wrong notes.”). In honor of the anniversaries of both the 5/8/77 Barton Hall show and their May ’77 tour as a whole, two new records have been released: the long-awaited official release of the iconic 5/8/77 Barton Hall show as well as an 11-disc box set, Get Shown The Light, which features a collection of performances captured by Cantor-Jackson during May, forty years ago.Listen To The Grateful Dead’s Most Famous Performance, Cornell ’77, On Its 40th AnniversarySomewhat ironically, both of these releases have made their way onto Billboard’s top 15 albums chart—marking the two highest-charting Grateful Dead albums in over thirty years. The Cornell ’77 release came in at #10 on the chart. The massive Get Shown The Light compilation (which includes Dead spring ’77 performances at Cornell, as well as New Haven, CT; Boston, MA; and Buffalo, NY) rings in at #15. As the 40th anniversary of these shows come and go, with the Grateful Dead’s albums receiving more commercial “success” than ever in the past three decades, I think it’s pretty clear that no, our love will not fade away. You can buy these albums for download or physical copy at Dead.net.EXCLUSIVE: Betty Cantor-Jackson Rekindles Her Love Of Taping Through The Chris Robinson Brotherhood[H/T Jambands]
In April 2018, the widely-used tutoring service and textbook provider Chegg experienced a data breach, after an unauthorized source accessed one of the company’s databases. The breach was discovered in Sept. 2018.On Sept. 26, chief information officer Todd Norris announced in a campus-wide email that the Saint Mary’s College Information Technology department had learned the Chegg usernames and passwords originally stolen in the breach had been decrypted and posted online. Though Chegg reset the passwords of the 40 million affected accounts on their own system, Norris said individuals who are using the same password on other sites are now at risk.In the email, Norris advised students to change their Saint Mary’s passwords immediately.Junior Sophie Koeppl, a Chegg user since her freshman year of college, said she was alerted to the breach by the College and was not contacted directly by the textbook provider.“I never got an email from Chegg confirming the security breach that happened last year,” Koeppl said.Kathy Hausmann, associate director for technical support services at Saint Mary’s, said the information obtained in the 2018 breach potentially included a Chegg user’s name, email address, shipping address, Chegg username and hashed Chegg password.“Saint Mary’s College received a notification from REN-ISAC (Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center) ‘that some credentials from your institution have appeared in a credential dump related to the Chegg data breach,’” Hausmann said in an email. “The information obtained from the Chegg data breach had been shared online for others to do further damage beyond the initial data breach of Chegg.”Because individuals had registered for Chegg using their Saint Mary’s email addresses, REN-ISAC notified the College about saintmarys.edu addresses appearing in the recent credential dump, Hausmann said.“Instead of only contacting the 1,253 individuals in the list REN-ISAC provided, it was decided that all Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff would be notified,” she said. “Those who signed up with Chegg using personal e-mail accounts would then also be aware that their account information could have been made public.”While password hashing is a type of protective one-way encryption, Hausmann said hashed passwords can still be decrypted.“After hashed passwords are decrypted, the passwords can be used to sign into affected accounts if the passwords were not already changed,” Hausmann said. “There is also the concern that the released e-mail addresses and passwords could be used to try and gain access into accounts unrelated to Chegg, including e-mail, social media and finance-related websites.”Chegg users should respond to the breach by changing the passwords to any accounts that are potentially the same password associated with their Chegg account in April 2018, Hausmann said.“If you don’t remember your April 2018 password for Chegg, changing your Saint Mary’s password or any other passwords not changed since last spring will help keep your personal information secure,” Hausmann said. “The best ways to protect your personal information in the case of a data breach beyond your control is to have a different password for every account that you access and to use complex passwords for all your accounts.”Tags: Chegg breach, credential dump, data breach, REN-ISAC
Eight states will join with the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) to use the world’s best instructional systems and examinations to dramatically increase the number of students who leave high school ready to succeed in college. Students who show they are ready to do college level work will be able to get their diploma and enroll in college as early as the end of their sophomore year in high school.In today’s announcement from Washington, NCEE President Marc Tucker announced that Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont will work with NCEE through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve the performance of high school students in these eight states by adopting powerful instructional systems that actually set the international standards.“By introducing these Board Examination Systems in pilot high schools in these states as early as the 2011-2012 school year, we will begin a process that will ultimately prepare dramatically more students for college success and greatly reduce the high number of students who now take remedial courses in college,” said Tucker.NCEE has a long track record of analyzing and benchmarking the highest performing education systems around the world. Over the years, it has found that in countries where the majority of students perform at high levels, two factors stand out. One is that teachers are recruited from the top-third of college students, and the other is that Board Examination Systems are used to drive learning to high levels.Board Examination Systems currently are in place in Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, parts of Canada and Germany, and other countries and they typically consist of a core program of courses, a well-designed syllabus, instructional materials matched to the syllabus, high-quality exams also matched to the syllabus and professional development for teachers.NCEE first introduced the Board Examination idea in its groundbreaking report, Tough Choices or Tough Times, in late 2006. The report received wide acclaim, and was the cover feature of TIME magazine and praised broadly by educators and the media.In addition to the eight states being announced today, in 2009, the nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, and two leading business groups, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers got behind the recommendations made in the Tough Choices report.“The NCEE Board Examination Proposal can be the very foundation of transforming our high schools into successful places for all of our students,” said John Wilson, executive director of the National Education Association. “The National Education Association will support any of our state affiliates who wish to collaborate and partner with their state education agencies in assuring these pilots programs provide all students a pathway to college and a career.”“Because these programs, the best the world has to offer, are currently available, these states will be able to leap to the front of the pack without having to spend the millions of dollars and years of effort it takes to develop world-class systems from scratch,” noted Tucker. “Once these systems are in place, these states will be able to go a long way toward closing the gap between their performance and the performance of the countries with the most successful education systems.”Ten to twenty schools in each of the eight states will begin to pilot the system in the 2011-2012 school year. This new effort, laid out today, will be guided by a Governing Board and a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and be involved in making decisions including approving the five Board Examination programs identified by NCEE for use in their states’ high schools, ensuring that each of the Board Examination programs meet or exceed the Common Core Standards as they become available, establishing cut-scores for the lower division (grades 9 and 10) exams so that states will know that students meeting those scores are ready to enroll in any open-admissions college in their state without remediation, and approving the method the project will use to create a common reporting scale across the three lower division Board Examination programs. By offering high schools a variety of programs that each cover the core subjects and are set to the level of cognitive demand needed for success in college, high schools will be able to choose those instructional approaches that best suit their students’ needs and faculty’s interests.“To oversee the technical work and ensure it meets the highest standards of quality, we have pulled together a multidisciplinary Technical Advisory Committee made up of some of the best minds in the country and beyond with a broad range of expertise and experiences,” said Tucker. The TAC will be co-chaired by Howard Everson, professor and senior research fellow at City University of New York, and James Pellegrino, distinguished professor of education and co-director, Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.“The Board Examination Consortium announced today by the National Center on Education and the Economy represents a bold, imaginative effort to design and implement a large-scale assessment system that will promote student achievement by building upon world-class standards of teaching, learning, and educational measurement. This initiative offers a unique opportunity to think differently about the design of standardized tests and link curriculum, instruction and assessment in new and innovative ways,” said Dr. Everson.Board examination systems typically include formative assessments teachers can use to track student progress during the year, and some make it possible to include student work on major assignments in the final course grade, as well as their scores on their final exams. Participating states will approve up to five Board Examination programs for use in their states and invite high schools to pilot one or more of those programs at the 9th and 10th grade and one or more at the 11th and 12th grade levels.The five Board Examination programs already identified by NCEE include ACT’s QualityCore, the Cambridge International Examination’s International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and their AICE program, the College Board’s Advanced Placement program, the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, and Pearson/Edexcel’s IGCSE and A-level programs.Students from these eight states who volunteer to participate will take the exams at the end of 10th grade, and should they pass, be given a high school diploma and opportunity to enroll the next fall as a full-time student at any two-or-four year open admissions post-secondary institution in the state without having to take remedial courses, if they choose to do so.Today, nearly half of the students in community colleges take one or more remedial courses and many are never able to complete developmental courses and move on to credit-level courses to complete their college degree.Students who pass these examinations at the end of their sophomore year may also choose to remain in high school and take a program of study designed to prepare them for entrance into a selective college. Any student who does not pass the lower division high school exams on their first try will be offered a customized program designed to help them succeed on their next attempt. The goal of the Board Examination Project is to prepare the vast majority of American high school students for college without first having to take remedial courses.“NCEE’s program offers the states a way to leap to the best instructional practices in the world; to provide a powerful system of support to struggling students, to our most able students and everyone in between; to motivate our high school students to take tough courses and study hard in school. It can work in urban centers and in rural states like ours. In an age of constrained resources, it offers the states an opportunity to take advantage of enormous investments in time and money made by others, to stand on the shoulders of the countries that have developed the most successful instructional systems in the world,” said Susan Gendron, Maine’s commissioner of education and chair of the Board Examination Project’s Governing Board.Work is underway to submit a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education for its Race to the Top Assessment Program to support the project’s work to bring the world’s best assessment systems to U.S. schools.For more information and quotes from state leaders, national organizations and TAC members, visit http://www.skillscommission.org/(link is external).Source: NCEE. 2.17.2010
January is over and for many of us, that means New Year’s resolutions are almost out the window.But we still have most of 2016 ahead of us. Here are a few ways you can set yourself up for financial success this year and beyond.1. Adjust your tax withholdingsWhen it comes to income tax, the goal should be to come out even. On April 15, you don’t want to get a huge refund or a huge tax bill.Getting a refund is exciting, and it’s not a bad way to accumulate savings. But remember, that means the government has held your money for the entire year without paying you interest. In essence, you gave the government a free loan. To avoid this situation, decrease the amount of income tax you have withheld by your employer. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
(Featured photo: Dwight Gooden during Mets spring training in 1986. Credit: Jeff Marquis) Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “At Death’s Door Step,” screamed the cover of Tuesday’s New York Daily News.“Doc, we love you, but you have to stop using coke,” blared a previous day’s cover of the tabloid.Today’s front page…AT DEATH’S DOOR STEPGaunt Gooden a ghost of himself https://t.co/DgserRCzGY pic.twitter.com/Fkqxyry8wt— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) August 23, 2016Inside Tuesday’s paper, former Mets great Dwight “Doc” Gooden denied he was suffering from drug addiction and instead lashed out at ex-teammate Darryl Strawberry for instigating a very public intervention through the media.“I have to try something before he’s dead,” Strawberry told the News‘ respected baseball columnist John Harper. “He’s a complete junkie-addict. I have been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won’t listen.”Public intervention ‘not helpful’Gooden’s apparent drug problem, if that’s what is indeed ailing him, is now playing out in full view, for the entire world to see. And Strawberry has not held back. Neither has Gooden’s friend, Janice Roots, who told the News that the dynamic ex-pitcher had “morphed into a cocaine monster.”For the last few days, Gooden’s personal issues have been subject to daily scrutiny.It all started when Gooden failed to appear at a WFAN radio station event with Strawberry last week. When pressed by a radio caller about Gooden’s absence, Strawberry said he feared the worst for Gooden.But how effective are media-fueled interventions when someone is potentially deep in the throes of addiction?Jeffrey Reynolds, who served five years as the executive director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) and is now the CEO and president of Family and Children’s Association, is not a believer in nudging addicts to intervention through shame and guilt.“It’s not helpful,” Reynolds tells the Press. “I think generally it perpetuates the shame and stigma that goes along with addiction.“It drives people underground. It makes it harder for them to get help rather than easier,” he continues. “If Darryl or anyone else really cared about Doc Gooden, they’d pick up the phone and have a private conversation rather than speculating and calling him out in public.”In the interview with the Daily News that sparked this public feud between the two former teammates from the Mets’ hard-partying 1986 World Series championship team, Strawberry stressed that he reached out to Gooden prior to going public. Apparently that was ineffective.Reynolds insists public shaming, even as a last ditch effort, is not the right move.“I don’t think public pressure plays a role in someone’s willingness to get treatment,” he says. “I think it is quiet, kind, consistent—consistent being a key word—support.”“This is happening between two former ballplayers, [but] these are conversations that are happening across Long Island every day in more homes than you can ever imagine,” Reynolds adds. “The reality is you can apply that gentle pressure, you can begin to institute consequences and those kinds of things, but we found consistent care and support over a period of time brings that person closer to treatment in a way that nothing else does.”Still, Reynolds understands the motives.“I think it’s well-intentioned,” Reynolds says of Strawberry’s attempt to help his friend through the media. “People understand that the consequences for untreated addiction include a whole number of things, not the least of which is death. And I think very often people will try one or two means to help that person get into treatment.“If that fails, you begin pulling out all the stops, and my sense is that’s probably what’s happened here,” he continues. “But again nobody really knows if Doc Gooden is struggling with addiction or something else. It’s really hard to figure out what’s going on—and quite frankly, that’s why these should be private, not public conversations.”Reynolds knows what addiction looks like. He’s seen it—in the eyes of struggling addicts and in doting family members working hard to get their loved ones the help they need. And it’s often shame, he says, that keeps people away from treatment centers.“This is a disease that still carries an incredible amount of shame and stigma—and that shame and stigma is what frequently keeps people out of treatment,” Reynolds says. “Headlines like that perpetuate the shame and stigma. I don’t know if we do that for a lot of other diseases, but when it comes to diseases above the neck, everybody is more than happy to pile on.”‘I don’t do cocaine’Anthony Rizzuto, executive director of Families in Support of Treatment, an LI-based nonprofit that helps families of loved ones deal with addiction, echoes Reynolds’ sentiment—up to a point.“Human beings are individuals and everybody reacts to things differently. When you deal with addiction, it is not an exact science,” Rizzuto tells the Press. “What might work for this patient completely has an adverse effect for the next patient.“I think that guilt and shame is not a good way to go, but there are times when that’s been effective in helping people to be able to realize what dire straights they’re in, and, you know, suffer some of the consequences,” he adds.Rizzuto says he’s trained in a model of intervention that’s opposed to utilizing blame and guilt to persuade an addict to accept help. Not until all methods are considered does Rizzuto believe this last ditch effort is warranted.“This wouldn’t be the way I would lead,” he says. “This would be after failed attempts using different methods. And I have to believe that that’s happened already.”Gooden, who demonstrated Hall of Fame potential upon making it to the Big Leagues with the Mets in ’84, first sought help for cocaine addiction in ’87—his fifth season in the majors. Gooden put together a remarkable run with the Mets during his first six years with the team, making four All-Star games and posting a sub-3.00 ERA four times. His best year came in 1985, when he won 24 games and struck out 268 batters and gave up an average of 1.53 runs per game.That Hall of Fame-worthy stretch, however, also included run-ins with the law and a stint at a drug treatment center.In a statement late Monday, Gooden said, “I don’t do cocaine and have not for years.” He went on to criticize Strawberry, another former Met who battled drug addiction, for going public.“I had always been supportive of Darryl, during his best and worst days,” Gooden said. “I recall the time he was in prison, and I was there for him. I recall the times he struggled with his own addiction, and I was there for him then, too. I had never failed to be there for Darryl Strawberry.“Last Thursday night, I was unable to attend an event at WFAN with Darryl,” he continued. “There were plenty of times when Darryl was unable to attend events as well. No one, most of all me, made any big deal out of [Strawberry’s] absence, nor should they have had.”
The Croatian National Tourist Board in Sweden presents the Croatian tourist offer as part of its appearance at the fair Senior mässan, which takes place this year in its 25th edition from 2 to 4 October in Stockholm. It is the largest specialized fair for seniors, which is organized four times a year, during the spring in Gothenburg and Malmö, while in Stockholm it is held in the spring and autumn. According to the CNTB, Croatia is a sought-after destination among Swedish seniors. “Seniors are an extremely interesting market group of guests because they travel almost exclusively in the pre- and post-season periods. Also, they are very active in booking accommodation independently and choosing destinations, so this appearance at the fair is even more important.”, Said Vedran Sušić, new director of the CNTB Representation in Sweden.The Seniormässan fair has positioned itself in the Swedish market as a fair for active seniors where they can get a number of discounts and special fair offers, and last year the fair was visited by more than 14.000 visitors, who viewed the offer of 260 exhibitors. In addition to the CNTB Representation, the Zagreb Tourist Board will present its offer at this year’s fair. In the previous part of the year, 300.000 arrivals and 1,7 million overnight stays were made from the Swedish market in Croatia, which is a slight increase in tourist traffic compared to the same period last year.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWealthy celebrities should put U.S. firstCan anyone tell me why the celebrities in this country all donate their money and time to other countries when there is so much need in the United States?I was reading in the Parade section of our paper how Matt Damon is the co-founder of Water.org.There are so many Native Americans without water and they have to have it trucked to them and they have to make do with a few gallons a day if that much. They cannot afford to dig wells, as it is cost-prohibitive for people who have basically nothing. Why do none of these individuals help the people whose land we stole from them?Just once I would like to read where someone is trying to help the Native Americans and the poor people of this country. We have a lot of children going to bed hungry and thirsty, and I am tired of reading about how these millionaires and even billionaires are helping people in other countries.How about it folks, anyone think like I do that they should use that old adage “Charity begins at home?”Wanda HunterSchenectadyDems should get heads out of sandIn her Dec. 24 letter (“Republicans: Stop defending Trump”), Mary Baker accuses Republicans of hiding their heads in the sand. It makes me wonder if she watched the Democratic debates.I can’t believe anyone would want any of those bumbling idiots running our country.President Trump has exposed the Washington swamp for what is. And yes, some people refuse to recognize that. Our state government is as corrupt as Washington and still Cuomo gets voted back into office. Why, it escapes me.Why the Trump critics overlook the Biden scandal, I don’t understand. Pot-smoking boneheads like Hunter Biden don’t get appointed to a million-dollar-a-year job they know nothing about.If these Trump critics have such expertise on corruption, how have the Clinton’s gone unnoticed?James RennerStillwaterMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists