Letters to the Editor for Saturday, May 25

first_imgAlso, there’s an excellent lunch program at the Niskayuna Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bus rides by the town of Niskayuna. Most of the program activities are similar at those sites and include physical exercise, Bridge, Mah Jong, theater, day trips, museum trips and more.Seniors, please join us to change your surroundings, make new friends and socialize with women and men in similar situations.Lay off the iPad and cell phone for awhile and have fun with your peers in an enjoyable atmosphere.Ted VinickNiskayunaEditor’s note: For a full listing of senior activities see The Daily Gazette Saturday edition. Find alternatives to landfilling our junkOnce or twice a year, residents of Scotia-Glenville put their unwanted items on the curb. Much of it truly is garbage. But a lot of it is useful, such as furniture, kitchenware, clothing, shoes, blankets and books, all in decent condition, just no longer wanted by the resident. One of the underlying reasons behind these disparities is the quality of education each community receives.School districts that consist of a population that has more disposable income will generally receive more funding than those in areas with poorer populations. As a result, you end up with drastic differences in the quality of education given to young students.One of the most effective ways to provide more equal educational opportunities is to reorganize our tax system so that there is equal funding of education across the entire region.This will offer better opportunities for those growing up in the lower-income communities in this region and improve equality amongst races.Anthony AmatoDelmar Or: “I chose to terminate this pregnancy.”Having the ability to choose allows a woman to make a decision based on her needs and her beliefs. Any woman in this situation should be given all the options, all the consequences.Those passing these laws do not know a woman’s circumstances. These laws are a giant step backwards in women’s rights.Put the focus back on a woman’s right to choose.Deborah BenderSchoharie More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18 Because we did not have an appointment, for “safety reasons” we were not allowed up to Gillibrand’s office, even though we had just gone through the security checkpoint.A staff member spoke with us in the lobby. She assured us that Gillibrand was indeed as concerned with this issue “as if these were her own children.” She promised to contact us. None of us have heard back from her.When four of us refused to leave, we were arrested and charged with a violation.We were sent notices to appear on May 14 at the federal courthouse. The notices were postmarked April 15. When we arrived, court personnel informed us that there were no court proceedings for that day; the case had been dismissed on April 9.None of us was notified, including our attorney, who had been in contact twice with the court. This is the “right of the people to peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” in our government today.Linda LeTendreSaratoga Springs OTB rewards casino at expense of othersA recent article, “OTB to offer better payout at Casino,” explained how the casino gained special demonstration project status and thus could waive the 5 percent surcharge that is collected on winnings at other OTB parlors and outlets.Outlets, by the way, are non-OTB parlors such as bars that have OTB betting machines on premises. It stimulates business for these local establishments and helps them survive. The one that comes to my mind immediately is Boulevard Bowl, located on Erie Boulevard, a mere half mile down the road from the casino. I understand that its three OTB horse betting machines generate enough revenue to make it one of the area’s largest non-OTB parlors in operation.Other than being punitive in nature, I don’t understand the thinking of OTB officials. Why would they want to penalize a local business, one that has supported OTB for years, just because it’s down the road from the casino?In fact, why would they want to penalize any of the other non-parlors either?Gerald DeAngelusSchenectady Modify tax system to promote equalityIt may not come as a surprise to find out that racial inequality is a major issue in this country. However, it’s to some degree even worse in the Capital Region than in the country as a whole.For instance, 69 percent of white people living in the Capital Region own a house, while only 27 percent of African-Americans do.Considering the fact that on a national scale, 48 percent of African-Americans own a house, it seems clear that the situation is already worse here. Many of the African-Americans living here don’t have access to as nearly as many opportunities as Caucasians or Asians do. Newborns surviving abortions deserve care For some years, many of the usable items are picked up and brought to new homes. In other years, the weather does not cooperate, and our neighborhoods are littered with once-perfectly good items that are warping, rotting and molding, and now unusable by anyone.Many of us worry about climate change and do our best to recycle. But we don’t often consider the effects of ‘big garbage day,’ other than the relief of finally clearing out the basement.Yet, I think we can do better. For example, the town and village boards could coordinate a ‘swap meet’ day, like the village coordinates the village-wide garage sale. It would require more effort and commitment than hauling things out to the curb, but it is an idea worth talking about.I suggest this not because our neighborhoods become unsightly for a period of time, and not only because our friends and neighbors may need our usable discards. That wet and warped chest of drawers cannot be recycled; it will go to a landfill. But that cannot be counted on. We are looking at a landfill crisis in the not-too-distant future. The last municipal landfill on Long Island will close when it reaches capacity in 2024. There will not be a new one. Where will all the garbage go?Joan FucilloGlenville In a day when science is questioned or ignored both by our political leaders and some citizens, it’s important for all to remember the benefits we enjoy because of the work of scientists of all disciplines of the past. And it’s important we honor those young scientists in our schools today who will become the scientists, doctors and engineers who contribute to the betterment of humankind in the future.My special thanks to all at Regeneron for providing the opportunity for me to attend the Science Talent Search awards banquet this year, albeit by lucky coincidence and a thoughtful son.John FisherPattersonville The highest levels of government and greatest legal minds debate the far=reaching ramifications of our New York Reproductive Health Act.The Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House repeatedly vote down legislation that would require doctors to provide medical care to babies born alive after botched abortion.The Democratic Party at the state and national levels coordinate efforts to deny medical care to these newborns. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act repealed New York Public Health Law section 4164 that specifically required doctors to provide medical care to newborn babies who survive abortion. The former law stated: “When an abortion is to be performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician other than the physician performing the abortion shall be in attendance to take control of and to provide immediate medical care for any live birth that is the result of the abortion.”Gov. Cuomo effectively deleted this law. New York no longer requires doctors to provide basic medical care for newborns who survive abortion. It’s hard to imagine why anyone would support this measure. Why remove laws protecting abortion survivors? What is their motive?The cold truth is that Democrats want every abortion guaranteed. Whether the baby is killed in utero by successful abortion, or taken out of the mother and denied medical care, the abortionist will complete the job. We, as Americans, have sunk to a new level of depravity. We must demand Cuomo protect all newborns and change this law.Jennifer RichardsBurnt Hills Women should have the right to chooseWith all these states passing legislation to limit or ban abortions, all women should be worried what other restrictions the governments will be putting on what women do.The focus is on women having an abortion. But what the focus should be on is a woman’s right to choose. As a woman, I want the ability to say, “I’m going to have this child. I want any medical procedure that will ensure this child is born healthy.”Or : “I will have this child and since I don’t feel I can care for it and bring it up the way it deserves, I will give him or her up for adoption.”center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGillibrand office not open to protestersOn March 28, five citizens tried to address the situation of migrant children being separated from their families when they come to the United States requesting asylum. This is our experience in attempting to work with our government.We tried twice to set up a meeting with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to ask what was being done to stop this. We never received a return call. We went to the Leo O’Brien federal building to ask in person to meet with her staff. I want to thank Ellis Hospital, the CI Floor, for taking such good care of me during the Easter week.The three shifts of nurses, both women and young men, were always in my room when I rang. They said I was part of the family and it made me feel special. I’m home with my family now.Thank you all for such special care.Theresa LezziSchenectady Schoharie holds on to too much tax moneyWhy is the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors seemingly so unconcerned that County Administrator Steve Wilson has supported charging taxpayers millions more in property taxes than is needed to fund county government operations?As county treasurer, I recently issued a report that revealed that Wilson has been increasing tax rates while at the same time accumulating an unwarranted, bloated fund balance.Given our $80 million annual budget, the appropriate amount for Schoharie County to have in reserve is $10 million. That target threshold meets the state comptroller guidelines and has been sanctioned by numerous independent audits during my 24 years in office. Take advantage of programs for seniorsAs a senior, aged 97, living alone, I have found comfort and companionship in senior lunch programs. Jewish Community Center, Catholic Charities on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays, with food at the J.C.C. and bus transportation by Catholic Charities. These are both offered at reasonable cost for a round-trip ride, door to door. Members who live with family or an aide are welcome to bring them. Honor contributions of scientists as wellThe juxtaposition of the articles on Madison VanDenburg and Bob King on page E1 of the May 19 Sunday Gazette brings to mind a powerful message I heard from the speakers at the Science Talent Search finals banquet sponsored by Regeneron in Washington, D.C. earlier this year.The gist of the message was that as much as we applaud and enjoy the performances of young students like Ms. VanDenburg, the real superstars of the next generation will be the students of science who will go on to solve great problems the world faces today. Many like Bob King did not enjoy the celebrity of the great performers of their generation, but their contributions to society will continue well into the future. Writer got Mother Jones review correctKudos to Bill Buell on his writeup of “Mother Jones In Heaven.”His piece in the May 16 Ticket accurately described the quality musical that was performed at the Cohoes Music Hall by Vivian Nesbitt that evening. It accurately portrayed the story of Mother Jones, whom one judge tabbed, “the most dangerous woman in America.”Carol and Steve ZahurakSchenectady Grateful for care from Ellis Hospital CI floor Use fair trade deal to support FEMA effortsAll relationships are built on the foundation of compromise. Happily married couples will confirm this fact.However, we are now engaged in another dubious bully pulpit. The current presidential administration needs to negotiate a compromise trade deal with China that will ultimately benefit both nations.Our legislative body should collectively put its shoulders to the wheel and place that pot of trade savings into the inundated FEMA budget. FEMA is dealing with historical flooding, wildfires, tornadoes and hurricanes nationwide.Help those devastated communities and individuals most in need.Patrick StephanMiddle Grove Madigan has the best experience for FinanceWant to know who to support for Saratoga Springs city finance commissioner in the June 25 Democratic primary? Simply decide on who you can trust to keep Saratoga Springs financially healthy and a great place to live.Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan has seven-plus years of experience proving she can: develop and manage a $48 million general operating budget, a daunting task for a financial neophyte; manage several other city budgets; increase rainy-day reserves by another $1.2 million just this year; save over $300,000 yearly by negotiating health care costs (without reducing benefits to our city employees); increase already-high bond ratings by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s; work with all of our elected officials to smartly allocate funds to deliver needed city services; and keep our taxes level for her eight budgets after years of increases under previous commissioners of finance.Let’s not risk the city’s financial well-being by giving this pivotal responsibility over to an inexperienced financial newcomer.Let’s be smart and let’s be safe. On June 25, vote in the Democratic primary to keep Commissioner Madigan at the financial helm of our city.Tammy HaarmanSaratoga Springs Scotia needs to crack down on businessThe weather is finally warming. My wife and I would now like to open our sunroom windows or sit on our front porch in relative peace. Unfortunately this isn’t possible most days.It seems our neighbor is allowed by the village to operate a yard-care and equipment-repair business from his garage. So virtually every day including Sundays, we are subjected to equipment motors running, the rattling of a commercial-size trailers coming and going several times a day, as well as other businesses’ equipment being dropped off and picked up. No days off on Riverside Avenue.I have written letters of complaint to several village officers, including the mayor, regarding this issue. To date, no action has been taken.It was suggested that we petition other neighbors to possibly have some action taken. I found this to be an unreasonable requirement. As a resident of a neighborhood zoned for residential use only, I have reported this. It seems that the village should now enforce its own zoning restrictions.So with the village of Scotia unable or unwilling to enforce its zoning and with an arrogance of knowing nothing will be done, the business continues and our windows remain closed.John EatonScotia But Wilson has surreptitiously squirreled away millions more than is necessary.By steadily raising tax rates, Wilson has now amassed a $20 million hoard of taxpayer money, with no plan in place as to how it should be used.In a brazen attempt to defend himself against my charges of poor fiscal management, Wilson hijacked the contents of my financial analysis as his own.With a straight face and a few misleading PowerPoint slides, he recently tried to convince the Board of Supervisors that the county actually needs even more money socked away. Incredibly, he implied that a fund balance of $40 million might be perfectly reasonable.No supervisor cared enough to publicly question Wilson’s logic or to investigate further.As county treasurer, I have always been a strong advocate for adequate, but not excessive, reserves. The latter is an unnecessary and irresponsible burden on taxpayers.William CherryCobleskillThe writer is the Schoharie County Treasurer.last_img read more

Wooden wonder on large block sells quickly in Everton Hills

first_imgMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Room to move at 8 Hendry Court, Everton Hills.“The typical home in the area would be on about 600sq m, so it is about double the average size,” Mr Smith said. 2 Rosella Court, Ferny Hills sold very quickly.Mr Smith predicted suburbs near the hills, including Everton Hills, Ferny Hills and Arana Hills, would be the ones to experience growth in 2018: “They are probably the areas that haven’t gone up dramatically in price compared to other areas so they are starting to present pretty good value.” 8 Hendry Court, Everton Hills.Inside, the home featured a unique design, including high timber ceilings.Another large property at 2 Rosella Court in Ferny Hills sold to a young family recently for $761,000 after just one week on the market. Unique and charming.The new owners wanted something with a fair bit of extra space, but they did not want to look at acreage properties further out. 8 Hendry Court, Everton HillsA LARGE home in Everton Hills was one of the big recent sales for Raine and Horne agent Zak Smith. The home at 8 Hendry Court was recently sold after just two days on the market.It sold for $711,000, well above the median house price for the area of $570,000, with Mr Smith pointing to the block’s size of 1400sq m as a key selling point. last_img read more

Deadly blast kills dozens in Yola, Nigeria

first_imgISIL’s self-styled affiliate in Nigeria, Boko Haram, is feared to have struck again.More than 30 people have been killed in a suspected suicide bombing in the country’s north-east in a crowded market. No one’s claimed responsibility but officials suspect Boko Haram is to blame.This market is known as a meeting place for casual labourers, the sort of place that is considered a soft, easy target, such as Boko Haram would favour.The attack comes days after Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari visited Yola and assured people Boko Haram was almost defeated.last_img

Magoha faults individuals who failed to implement laptop project

first_imgAt the same time, he challenged universities to invest in virtual learning to ensure learning continues.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Magoha also took issue with what he termed as the flawed funding formula for Universities calling on the stakeholders to deliberate on sustainable financing of the institution as opposed to over-reliance on government financing.He also called for greater autonomy at universities even as he hailed the move by 70 per cent of universities to adopt key COVID 19 measures as advised by the ministry.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauThis comes after two days after the CS announced that 3000 private schools are set to benefit from a Ksh7 billion concessional loan from the government to support infrastructural development in readiness for schools reopening in January.The loan is to be availed at an interest rate of between 2.5 and 3.5% will support areas like installation of ICT systems to ensure learning continues during the phased reopening of schools.The loan will also be availed at an interest rate of between 2.5 and 3.5% and will be dependent on the absorption rate of an institution.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalitiesTo ensure social distancing during learning, schools will be expected to construct extra classrooms with availed funds.Schools that will get the money will also be expected procure sanitary and hand-washing stations to ensure the highest levels of hygiene.With schools expected to reopen in January, the government funds are also expected to cater to ICT infrastructure in readiness for a phased reopening. Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha has faulted individuals who failed to implement the Government’s laptop project that would have salvaged the current situation.Magoha who was attending the start of a two-day stakeholders meeting on university reforms challenged institutions of higher learning to invest in online classes and address challenges of funding.It is at this meeting that the Education CS took a swipe at individuals who he says failed to ensure the implementation of laptops for all school-going children which would have come in handy in ensuring learning continues as the nation battles the pandemic.Also Read  Teachers to report back to school on Mondaylast_img read more

‘I’ve never been better’, says Archer ahead of Ashes debut

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – England fast bowler Jofra Archer says he has fully recovered from a side strain and is raring to go as he looks poised to make his test debut in the second Ashes test against Australia at Lord’s on Wednesday.Archer, who missed the first test after picking up his injury during England’s World Cup triumph last month, proved his fitness when he took six wickets and scored a century for county side Sussex’s second XI last week.The 24-year-old was included in England’s 12 in the absence of record wicket taker James Anderson, who bowled only four overs in the first test at Edgbaston before injuring his calf again.“I’m probably more ready than I have ever been. I bowled 50 overs in one game for Sussex which I think was past the overs they told me to bowl, it was good practice,” Archer told reporters. “(My fitness) has never been better. (The side strain) just needed to settle and we couldn’t get that gap in the World Cup. After that, it settled in a matter of days.“Don’t expect any miracles, I can only come in and do what I can and give my best. I can’t work miracles but I will try to.”Australia coach Justin Langer had said the key to dealing with Archer, England’s leading wicket-taker at the World Cup with 20 victims, was to “keep wearing him down” and make him bowl more spells.“I think Justin Langer has another think coming,” Barbados-born Archer added. “I’ve played a lot more red-ball cricket than I have white-ball cricket. “I do think it’s my preferred format anyway. I personally believe in test cricket you get a lot more opportunities to redeem yourself.“If it’s 50 overs, when you don’t have a good 10-overs, that’s it. You have ample chances do it in red-ball games. Test cricket is pretty much the same as first-class — know what your strengths are and stick to them.”Australia led the Ashes 1-0 after their 251-run win at Edgbaston.last_img read more

Super Eagles to Train Behind Closed-door for Algeria Match

first_imgFemi Solaja in CairoDetermined to avoid distractions especially from VIPs coming from Nigeria for the match between Super Eagles and Desert Foxes of Algeria, there are strong indications that the handlers of Super Eagles have tactically shut the doors as the team prepares for the match against Algeria tomorrow.The match comes up at the 75,000 capacity Cairo International Stadium and Super Eagles are assured of maximum support from the locals who would never wish the Desert Fennec of Algeria lift the trophy next week Friday at the same venue. Just like the team did before the match against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Coach Gernot Rohr has barred the players from any form of outdoor activities aside training and dining.The team was allotted Shams Sports Club as training site and it was there they prepared for the match against South Africa but they have opted for a more remote site Aerosports ground located around the Cairo International Airport.The site is far away from the town and for yesterday training which was supposed to be open, the crew opted for first 15 minutes to the media for photographs and there after ordered to leave the arena.The same will apply today meaning the high-powered delegation will only see them briefly likely tonight (Saturday) and no access on match day, tomorrow.The previous training ground was where the team prosecuted the match against South Africa and the lush arena is just about 24 kilometres away from Cairo International Stadium which all but located within the centre of the city.The new location will give the team some level of concentration following the volume of crowd mainly Nigerians resident in Cairo that throng the arena to see the team train.The security team had a hectic time with media who came to cover the first 15 minutes of the final training programme of the team on Tuesday night before the quarter-final match.“This is a repeat of what happened before the Cameroon match because the coach will not entertain any form of distraction. We know millions of Nigerians are with us but we have to remain focused and what is important is if we all achieve the result that will please everybody,” a top official said last night. Super Eagles Head Coach Gernot Rohr (in the middle) passing instructions to his wards ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Camerooncenter_img Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Third alleged victim steps forward, accuses Fine of molestation

first_img Published on November 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Debbie: dbtruong@syr.edu | @debbietruong Comments A third person has stepped forward and accused Bernie Fine, associate head coach of men’s basketball, of sexual molestation. The accusations prompted the hours-long search of Fine’s home Friday.  Zach Tomaselli, 23, of Lewiston, Maine, told Syracuse police he was molested by Fine in a hotel the night before SU played an away game against Pittsburgh in 2002, according to an article published in The Post-Standard on Sunday. Tomaselli, who was 13 years old at the time and lived 78 miles north of Syracuse, said nobody witnessed the alleged abuse and he has no physical evidence of the abuse happening. Tomaselli — who faces sexual assault charges against a 14-year-old boy in Maine – told The Post-Standard he was interviewed by Syracuse police detectives Raul Santana and Clark Farry for more than four hours Wednesday afternoon in Albany. Tomaselli described Fine’s home, in detail, in his affidavit to police, alleging that Fine invited him to his residence in DeWitt, following a second SU game in 2003. Rose Ryan, Tomaselli’s friend, said she accompanied Tomaselli to the Marriott hotel room in Albany, where the pair met with police, according to the article. Ryan signed a statement over to Syracuse police, stating Tomaselli told her of the alleged sexual abuse in 2002. There was no answer when The Daily Orange called a phone number listed for Ryan.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Tomaselli’s statement was used as proof of possible crimes when federal prosecutors applied for a search warrant to Fine’s home, according to the article. In the article, Tomaselli said he spoke with Bobby Davis, Fine’s first accuser, several times in brief phone interviews after ESPN broke the story, citing that Mike Lang, a second alleged sexual abuse victim, as corroborating Davis’ claims. In April, Zach Tomaselli was arrested by Lewiston police on charges of gross sexual assault, tampering with a victim, two counts of unlawful sexual contact, five counts of visual sexual aggression against a child and unlawful sexual touching, according to the article. Tomaselli was accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old male camp attendee, where he acted as a counselor. Tomaselli pleaded not guilty. Fred Tomaselli said in a phone interview Sunday that he never met Fine or allowed his son to attend the Pittsburgh game in 2002. Fred Tomaselli said his son was a victim of abuse by a neighbor when he was growing up in Texas, but the Tomasellis didn’t find out about the abuse until after they moved to Maine. Instead of seeking help, Fred Tomaselli said his son became a predator, and ‘master liar and manipulator.’ ‘He has nothing to lose,’ Fred Tomaselli said of his son. ‘He’s still bitter.’ Aside from a 30-minute conversation last year, Fred Tomaselli said he and Zach have not spoken in years, as Zach tends to get ‘abusive’ during conversations. In The Post-Standard article, Zach Tomaselli said he first crossed paths with Fine toward the end of 2001, when he attended an autograph session on campus. Fine invited Tomaselli to the Pittsburgh game on Jan. 22, 2002, where, following a team dinner, Fine took Tomaselli to the hotel room, where Fine watched a pornographic movie and ‘fondled Tomaselli’s penis in bed,’ Zach Tomaselli said in the article. On Feb. 1, 2003, Fine arranged for Zach Tomaselli and his father to attend a Syracuse-Pittsburgh game in the Carrier Dome. Following the game, the father and son bumped into Fine, who then invited the two to a party at Fine’s home, Zach Tomaselli said. Zach Tomaselli said his father was not able to attend, but allowed Zach Tomaselli, who was 14 years old at the time, to stay over. Zach Tomaselli said he never spoke to Fine after the associate head coach dropped him off the next morning at Hancock Air Base, where Fred Tomaselli worked. dbtruong@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Grant scheduled to start for Syracuse after missing Georgia Tech game

first_img Published on March 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass TALLAHASSEE Fla. — Jerami Grant is scheduled to start for No. 7 Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast) when it takes on Florida State (18-11, 9-8) at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Sunday at 2 p.m., SU Athletics spokesman Pete Moore told The Daily Orange.Grant, who missed Syracuse’s 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech with a sore back on Tuesday, looked fluid and spry in warmups before the Florida State game. He participated fully in dunking and shooting drills prior to the game. Grant missed the second half of SU’s games against Maryland and Virginia as well.On Friday, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Grant would definitely be back for the ACC tournament, but that his status for Sunday’s game against FSU was still up in question. Now it’s clear Grant will start in the Orange’s final regular-season game before the ACC tournament.Grant averages 11.8 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per game for Syracuse. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Metro offers cheap transportation from USC

first_imgUSC station · The Expo Park/USC Metro station, part of the Expo Line, is located directly across the street from Trousdale Parkway, making it easy for students to utilize L.A.’s public transportation. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanHollywood, sunny beaches and the Dodgers are just a few of the things Los Angeles is known for. What isn’t it known for? Stellar public transportation. For years, the city’s public transportation system has had a bad reputation, causing most Angelenos to rely on their cars without a second thought.However, at just $1.75 per ride, the Los Angeles Metro offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to driving. The Metro light rail system is comprised of six lines primarily spreading across the metropolitan section of Los Angeles.Additionally, the Metro is currently working to combat its limited access through several large extension projects. These include expanding the Gold Line to the Inland Empire, the Expo Line to Santa Monica, the Purple Line to Westwood and the Green Line to LAX.So before you open your Uber app, check and see if where you’re going is Metro accessible. Here is a guide to where each line can take you.Expo Line:As the only line with stations directly next to USC, the Expo Line is crucial in Trojans’ public transportation use. Two stops, Expo Park/USC and Jefferson/USC, are easily accessible from campus. Take the Expo Line up to the 7th St./Metro Center station to peruse the FIGat7th shopping center, or to transfer to the Red or Purple lines to go further downtown. In the other direction, the Expo Line heads toward Culver City. And, starting in 2016, the line will give students a quick trip to the beach by extending all the way to downtown Santa Monica.Red Line:In order to access the Red Line from campus, students must take the Expo Line to the 7th St./Metro Center station and transfer. The Red Line provides access to Pershing Square, where students can grab food at Grand Central Market. It also goes north toward Hollywood, bringing riders to popular tourist and entertainment destinations including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal City. On Saturdays and Sundays, passengers can take a shuttle directly from the Red Line’s Vermont/Sunset station to the Griffith Observatory.Purple Line:The Purple Line runs parallel to the Red Line until the Wilshire/Vermont station. While the Red Line continues north along Vermont Avenue, the Purple Line heads west along Wilshire Boulevard, eventually stopping at Wilshire Boulevard and Western Avenue. Both the Purple and Red Lines connect to Union Station, Los Angeles’ major transit hub, which is within walking distance to Olvera Street and Chinatown. They also stop at Civic Center, home to many cultural and political destinations, such as City Hall, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.Gold Line:The Gold Line, starting at Union Station, contains a diverse array of offerings. The line’s southern leg stops in Little Tokyo, Chinatown and the Arts District. The Little Tokyo/Arts District stop brings visitors to the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, beautiful murals in the historic Arts District and the Geffen Contemporary Museum, which is connected to MOCA. Heading north, the line goes through Pasadena, where Metro users can find more art in the Norton Simon Museum or window-shop along Colorado Boulevard.Blue Line:The Blue Line shares two stops with the Expo Line: 7th St./Metro Center and Pico. The Pico station’s primary draw is L.A. Live, which includes the Staples Center, the Grammy Museum and many dining options. The Los Angeles Convention Center is also nearby. The Blue Line runs south through Compton, where riders can exit at 103rd Street and admire the historic Watts Towers before continuing into Long Beach, which boasts the Aquarium of the Pacific.Green Line:The Green Line seems most removed from the heart of Los Angeles — it doesn’t directly connect to Downtown or Hollywood, instead running east to west in South Los Angeles. In order to reach the Green Line from USC, riders must take the Expo Line up to the Pico Station then take the Blue Line right back down until it meets the Green Line at Imperial/Wilmington. However, the money saved on an expensive airport shuttle may be worth the triple-train trip.last_img read more

Alabama QB Tagovailoa tweets NFL decision coming Jan. 6

first_img WATCH US LIVE Written By COMMENT Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said on Twitter that he will announce Jan. 6 whether he will enter the NFL draft or return to college for another season.Tagovailoa is recovering from season-ending hip surgery and has not played since being injured at Mississippi State on Nov. 16. He had surgery two days later.Tagovailoa is a junior and considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the country. He seemed a likely top-five NFL draft pick before the injury. The severity of the injury makes his value more uncertain, though doctors who have treated him have said a full recovery is expected.Tagovailoa was on the sideline for Alabama’s 35-16 victory on Wednesday at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, using one crutch to help him get around. A few hours after the game he posted on his verified Twitter account: “I’ll be making my decision on the 6th.. God bless and Roll Tide.”In 32 career games, Tagovailoa had thrown 87 touchdown passes and 11 interceptions. First Published: 2nd January, 2020 09:14 IST LIVE TVcenter_img Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 09:14 IST Alabama QB Tagovailoa Tweets NFL Decision Coming Jan. 6 Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said on Twitter that he will announce Jan. 6 whether he will enter the NFL draft or return to college for another season. Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more