When an after-market firm stretches these limos, it’s my understanding they never upgrade the brake systems. So the NTSB may find the limo’s brakes were, by design, inadequate for a one-mile road descent with a full load of passengers. This would hamper Mallery’s case against Hussain.That may be her real concern. Perhaps the overriding culprit is the lack of standards for stretch limo brake systems.Dick ValeSchenectady This action on the governor’s part expresses his blatant non-concern for retired public employees. We deserve better.Governor, take a reality check and start treating retirees and seniors with dignity and due consideration.Nicholas C. BarberSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCulprit in limo crash may be the brakesIn reading about Schoharie County DA Susan Mallery’s objections to allowing the NTSB access to the stretch limo, I am struck by something. She claims to be concerned that the NTSB will “endanger evidence” in her criminal case against the operator, Nauman Hussain. We are quite privileged here in Schenectady. Many of the problems in the rest of the country and in other countries don’t happen here.We have our excellent police force, fire department and ambulance service to manage what are often life-and-death situations. It’s too bad that these public servants are so often underpaid. They would often be better off working at a fast-food restaurant.Besides wanting to lose weight, my resolution is to try to speak up a little more. My ideas may or may not make sense, but I can look for problems and the good things, too.Lorene HuntleySchenectady Resolve to speak up more on good, badAt my really advanced years, I’ve had time to reflect on the past year and try to think of any small ways I can make anything better.Oh how much I often wished I could just wave a magic wand over the world and make everything all right.However, I do believe we are in the end times. Many people believe this, but it isn’t something that’s discussed much in public or in the political world. It would be political suicide to bring up the topic. It should be no surprise that there are so many problems these days. God, by whatever name He is called, has promised to bring all these troubles to an end before we manage to destroy ourselves completely.On the bright side, there are also a lot of major good stories. And, as usual, the good stories don’t always make the news. Gov. Cuomo must treat retirees betterAs a retiree of Schenectady County government, I’m sorely disappointed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no concern or appreciation for local government retirees.The governor recently vetoed legislation giving us 30 days notice prior to modifying or replacing health insurance coverage.No notification. No engagement or time for discussion. Unilateral action by local governments is unconscionable.The number one concern of retirees who are at advanced ages is quality health care, at the time when it’s most needed. China has money, experience for wallIt seems everyone has a suggestion about building the wall on our southern border. Here’s mine: Ask China to build the wall. They have the money and the experience (the Great Wall). We all win. Frank O’ConnorRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
(REUTERS)-Dhananjaya de Silva hit a maiden century and combined with Dinesh Chandimal to resurrect Sri Lanka’s innings after a poor start against Australia on the opening day of the third and final Test yesterday.Sri Lanka, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, won the toss and opted to bat but were reduced to 26 for five, bringing De Silva and Chandimal together at the crease.For close to the next 74 overs in the day, Australia could not separate the pair as they added 188 for the sixth wicket with the hosts reaching 214 for five at the close, with De Silva 116 not out and Chandimal unbeaten on 64.Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, the most successful bowler in the series, was at his devastating best in the morning and picked up three wickets, taking his tally for the series to 20.Captain Steve Smith introduced off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the sixth over with the pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground already providing some assistance to the spinners and was rewarded with two wickets.Starc, bowling with pace and accuracy, sent back Sri Lanka’s faltering opening batsmen, with Kaushal Silva falling for a duck and Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) getting out to the same bowler for all five times in the series.Kusal Perera (16) hit three boundaries before edging Lyon to Smith at slip while the off-spinner also picked up Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews’ wicket, the batsman top-edging his sweep shot to deep square leg.Starc returned for another spell to dismiss in-form Kusal Mendis for one, Smith completing another smart catch behind the wickets.Lyon thought he had his third when De Silva was given out off a bat-pad catch but the batsman managed to overturn the decision on review.De Silva, playing only his third Test match, got to his hundred with a boundary off Smith’s part-time leg-spin and followed it up with an emotional celebration. He ended the day having hit 16 fours in his 240-ball knock.Australia had a few half chances but failed to convert them.Paceman Suranga Lakmal recovered from a hamstring injury to replace Vishwa Fernando in the only change for the hosts from the team that beat Australia by 229 runs in Galle.Australia, whose top ranking in the format is at stake, dropped opening batsman Joe Burns and number three Usman Khawaja from a side that have struggled against the hosts’ spinners.Left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh and all-rounder Moises Henriques, who last played a Test match in March 2013, were drafted in.SRI LANKA 1st inningsK. Silva c Smith b Starc 0D. Karunaratne b Starc 7K. Perera c Smith b Lyon 16K. Mendis c Smith b Starc 1A. Mathews c Starc b Lyon 1D. Chandimal not out 64D. de Silva not out 116Extras (b-4 lb-5) 9Total (for 5 wickets, 90 overs) 214Fall of wickets: 1-2 K. Silva,2-21 K. Perera,3-23 D. Karunaratne,4-24 A. Mathews,5-26 K. MendisTo bat: D. Perera, R. Herath, L. Sandakan, S. LakmalBowling: M. Starc 18 – 7 – 47 – 3,J. Hazlewood 11 – 3 – 27 – 0,N. Lyon 34 – 9 – 72 – 2, J. Holland 21 – 5 – 34 – 0,M. Marsh 5 – 0 – 20 – 0, S. Smith 1 – 0 – 5 – 0.
MICHAEL Phelps won his 23rd Olympic gold in what looks like being his final Games, as Britain took silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay on Saturday night.Phelps, 31, secured his fifth gold of Rio 2016 when he teamed up with Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian to set a new Games record of three minutes 27.95 seconds.Britain finished 2.71 seconds adrift, with Australia in third.USA also successfully defended their title in the women’s 4x100m medley.Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer and Simone Manuel clocked 3:53.13 to win USA’s 1,000th gold at a summer Games.“Getting off the bus and walking to the pool tonight, I pretty much felt myself starting to crack,” said Phelps.“Last warm-up, last time putting on a suit, last time walking out in front of people, representing my country… it’s insane.“This is how I wanted to finish my career. I’ve lived a dream come true. Being able to cap it off with these Games is just the perfect way to finish.”The American legend bowed out with 28 medals from five Olympics after making his debut in 2000.That is 10 more than the next best. Gymnast Larisa Latynina, who competed for the Soviet Union between 1956 and 1964, won 18, nine of them gold.
At 2 o’clock Waterford face Dublin while at 4 Galway meet Cork.Two time All Ireland winner with Clare Jamsie O’Connor says the Tribesmen should be well prepared for the game. Two big games in a very exciting championship is sure to draw a huge crowd to Nenagh on Sunday. North board Treasurer Willie Lennox has advised patrons to arrive early.It’s a huge weekend on the intercounty side of things too with two All Ireland quarter finals taking place in Thurles this Sunday.