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Kudos to library for Jamboree help

first_imgCategories: 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 motoristslast_img read more

Koeman relishing return to bench

first_img The Southampton manager was forbidden from travelling as he recovered from surgery after rupturing his Achilles so could only watch his team’s opening Barclays Premier League fixture from his home in Holland. He remains reliant on crutches and expects to soon progress from a cast to a boot but said that his greatest relief will be to return to the bench when Saints play Everton at St Mary’s on Saturday. “It was strange, because normally I’m part of the game, and watching television is not the best you can do,” Koeman said. “Even worse, if the team is not playing good, it makes it more difficult. “In the first half [I shouted at the television], because we didn’t play well, we did a lot of mistakes in our ball positions. “If you stay at home you don’t have control. I had contact with Scott [Waters, the performance analyst]. It was two times in the first half. “I didn’t really like to have to contact the bench because we know what we want and how we like to play, but it’s more difficult, I like to be part of that, you can shout, you can do something, you can do substitutes if you’re not happy but staying at home is different. “We didn’t have a long time to prepare for the Newcastle game after the Thursday game [a 2-0 win in the Europa League away to] Vitesse [Arnhem], to recover and prepare the team. For them it was strange, because it was the first time without the manager, and also strange for the technical staff. “You think it’s more easier [to be at the game] because you think you’re more part of the team than you are watching television.” Koeman still wishes to recruit an additional central defender before the end of the transfer window and is reported to retain an interest in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly. The manager refused to confirm if he was looking at the Frenchman, but confirmed that he expects striker Emmanuel Mayuka to leave the club and that midfielder Gaston Ramirez could follow him. Ronald Koeman has revealed that the frustration he felt at having to watch Southampton’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle from afar led to him shouting at the television. “I know the defender [Koulibaly],” he said. “But if we look to bring in a defender we have the whole list, and you’re talking about a list, but nothing else. What I don’t like is talking about rumours, names. We will see what happens. “There was contact with the Russian team [Krylya Sovetov for Mayuka], yes, but I’m not sure if there is any deal about that. But the same story: there’s no future [here] for the player. “[Ramirez is] close to be fit, and that’s the latest news. I don’t know [if he’ll see out the transfer window], the situation for Gaston is difficult, he knows that. It was already difficult last year, and it’s still difficult because [the] first options in his positions are other players.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Santa Clara, Pepperdine meet in WCC quarters

first_imgSanta Clara, Pepperdine meet in WCC quarters Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 7 seed Santa Clara (20-12, 7-10) vs. No. 6 seed Pepperdine (15-15, 8-8)West Coast Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Orleans Arena, Las Vegas; Friday, 11 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Santa Clara and Pepperdine are prepared to face off in the quarterfinals of the WCC tourney. In the regular season, Pepperdine won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last went at it on Feb. 6, when the Waves shot 50 percent from the field while limiting Santa Clara to just 45 percent en route to a 14-point victory. Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img LEADING THE WAY: The electric Colbey Ross is averaging 19.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists to lead the charge for the Waves. Kameron Edwards is also a key contributor, accounting for 15.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. The Broncos have been led by DJ Mitchell, who is averaging 10.6 points and 5.2 rebounds.CREATING OFFENSE: Ross has made or assisted on 56 percent of all Pepperdine field goals over the last three games. Ross has accounted for 19 field goals and 19 assists in those games.ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Waves have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Broncos. Pepperdine has 41 assists on 68 field goals (60.3 percent) across its past three games while Santa Clara has assists on 41 of 74 field goals (55.4 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Pepperdine has attempted the second-most free throws among all WCC teams. The Waves have averaged 19.8 foul shots per game this season.___ March 6, 2020last_img read more

Mayweather schools Pacquiao in 2015 ‘Fight of the Century’

first_imgUnbeaten WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over WBO welterweight champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOs) in the richest fight in boxing history on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Floyd won round one easy and was in command for the first three rounds. Pacquiao rocked Mayweather in round four and unleashed a barrage with Floyd pinned on the ropes. Floyd outboxed Pacquiao in round five. Pac had a good spurt in round six. Mayweather outworked Pacquiao in rounds seven to nine. Pacquiao came on in round ten. Mayweather closed the show to win clearly. Scores were 118-110, 116-112, 116-112.last_img