Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) and Friends of SCPL are iconic institutions in the area’s educational and cultural life. I’m delighted that they are supporting The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF)’s first annual Grand Reading Jamboree, to be held in the historic Proctors Theatre complex, donated for the event, on April 21, noon to 4 p.m. RIF’s many volunteers promote early-childhood literacy by working on foundational reading and conversational skills and vocabulary with especially challenged 4-9-year-olds in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 in the Schenectady City School District. The Jamboree is keyed to that mission. Friends is funding Nina Crews, a leading children’s-book author of color, to participate in the Jamboree and it’s defraying the cost of two costumed famous children’s-book characters, Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. Another outstanding children’s-book author of color, Ty Allan Jackson, is joining Nina Crews at the Jamboree, to resonate with an anticipated large gathering, especially with those from Schenectady’s communities of color SCPL will issue library cards at the Jamboree and organize a book-nook with diverse literacy activities for young children and literacy information for adults.The Jamboree will be for about, and by Schenectady children — about getting and keeping them on the reading track, for all of their lives. In that interest, RIF has arranged for the outstanding Culinary Arts Department at the Steinmetz Career and Learning Academy, an off site part of Schenectady High School, to cater the event, which many children’s books and other items will be gifted to the youngsters.CDTA is donating buses for those needing rides and from the Jamboree.ALVIN MAGIDNiskayunaThe writer is founder and executive director of The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF). He is an emeritus professor of political science at University at Albany/SUNY.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, whose side begin their World Cup campaign against England on June 14 in Manaus, used the friendly in London to try out some of his fringe players before naming his final 23-man squad for Brazil. Ireland looked the more dangerous of the two sides and were unlucky not to go in front in the 78th minute when substitute Stephen Kelly saw his effort beat Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu but hit the crossbar. Ireland held World Cup-bound Italy to a goalless draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday night. Sirigu had earlier made some fantastic saves to deny Ireland the lead. Italy are now winless in their last six games and to complicate matters for Prandelli, AC Milan midfielder Riccardo Montolivo was carried off on a stretcher early on with a leg injury which could make him a doubt for the World Cup. Prandelli fielded Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi, who was looking to prove his fitness having recently recovered from a right knee injury, alongside Serie A’s top scorer Ciro Immobile up front. Ireland coach Martin O’Neill made five changes to the side that lost 2-1 in a friendly against Turkey in Dublin last weekend. Italy dominated possession early on and had the first chance of the match in the fifth minute. Ireland goalkeeper David Forde had to dive at full stretch to clear Claudio Marchisio’s powerful 30-yard effort towards the far post. Prandelli was forced to make his first substitution in the 15th minute with Alberto Aquilani replacing the injured Montolivo. Montolivo, acting as captain, hurt his left leg in a challenge with Alex Pearce and had to be carried from the pitch. Press Association Ireland created their first chance in the 21st minute with Anthony Pilkington’s free-kick towards the far post kept out by Sirigu. Matteo Darmian, making his senior debut with Italy, came close to breaking the deadlock a minute later but his diagonal effort went just wide. Ireland continued to press forward and David Meyler’s stinging drive from outside the area forced Sirigu to palm the ball over the bar. In the 33rd minute, Sirigu made a superb save to keep out Shane Long’s close-range header from Aiden McGeady’s cross from the left. Prandelli made his second substitution before half-time with Marco Parolo replacing an injured Aquilani. Ireland picked up where they left off after the re-start and twice had opportunities to score early in the second half. Wes Hoolahan fed Long in the box but his right-footed strike was saved by Sirigu, and then s econds later Pilkington’s curled attempt flew inches wide. Italy thought they had taken the lead in the 56th minute when Immobile got on the end of Parolo’s pass and struck the ball past Forde only to see his goal disallowed for offside. Prandelli brought on Antonio Cassano before the hour mark in the hope the Parma forward could make the difference. In the 65th minute, Cassano spotted an unmarked Marchisio in the area and the Juventus midfielder wasted a great chance as he struck the ball straight at Forde. With 12 minutes remaining, Ireland put a great move together and came close to scoring. James McClean’s cross found Quinn in the box and his right-footed shot hit the bar as Italy escaped with a draw. The Azzurri take on Luxembourg next week in their final friendly before travelling to Brazil.
THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in collaboration with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), will host a Club Licensing Workshop today.The workshop, which is scheduled to begin at 09:30hrs, is expected to have a total of 40 persons from Regional Member Associations (RMA), national associations, elite league clubs and clubs which will be in contention for promotion to the elite league, that is, two top clubs in each RMA.According to Ian Alves, the GFF’s Competitions Director, the objective of the session is to ensure all senior clubs in Guyana have their club licence.Alves pointed out that “the efforts that club owners and administrators make in order to ensure our footballers, both male and female, have an opportunity to play football are recognised. It is with this in mind that club licensing procedure is geared to enable clubs to have proper infrastructure and the accompanying requisite regulations.”The session will be conducted by CONCACAF Development Coordinator, Cristhian Tonelli, and will adopt a Trainer-of-Trainers approach. This is necessary to continuously enable the transfer of knowledge to RMAs and build capacity among same for club licence.A club licence is necessary to enable participation in all CONCACAF tournaments.