Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What good is all this cold weather?Glad you asked. These frigid temperatures, especially what is predicted for this weekend, make it the perfect time to defrost that freezer in your cellar. Pack up your frozen food in a cooler and throw it out in the snow. It will stay hard as a rock. And when the ice is gone from the cooling coils in your freezer, it will dry out quickly. The air is extremely dry.I defrosted mine a few nights ago. Now I’m ready for spring.Paul Donahue NiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect
Former police chief General Oscar Albayalde “Saadministrative wala na kasi ‘yun na rin ang decision at guidelines ng Pangulo. Du’n sa review, wala din kaming nakitang matigas naebidensya para ma-link nainvolved si Albayalde du’n sa ginawa ng 13, except yung command responsibility,” he said. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said thereis no clear evidence linking Albayalde over the controversial 2013 drug raid inPampanga. Año, however, clarified that the investigations being handled by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice will be “a different thing.” MANILA – The Department of the Interiorand Local Government (DILG) found no hard evidence that would merit anadministrative complaint against former police chief General Oscar Albayaldeover the “ninja cops” controversy. Año added the statements made by other former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong against Albayalde were “allegations without substantial evidence.” Albayalde stepped down as Philippine National Police chief on Oct. 14, less than a month before his retirement from the service on Nov. 8. He has consistently maintained his innocence over the allegations hurled against him./PN Magalong has accused Albayalde of blocking the dismissal of the 13 Pampanga policemen who supposedly kept and peddled 160 kilos of shabu seized from the 2013 raid.
Street tuner competitor Sharima Khan is not about to intimidated by the competition when the second National Race of Champions gets going this Sunday at the South Dakota Circuit.Khan, the driver of a bright pink Honda CRX believes that she has the X factor needed to excel come race day and is prepared to produce podium performances for her sponsors.“My group is going to be an interesting group because there are a lot of competitors who are gunning for the top spot in the class. It just makes it all the more competitive for us and it will be a good show,” She told Chronicle Sport.She continued, “I don’t want to single out anyone specifically as race day threats because the races are so closely contested and the differences between first and fifth aren’t very far off, but I can say that I am feeling very confident.”Work to the car from the last meet were focused around suspension and Khan believes that this too can be a determining factor come race day.“Can the suspension work do the trick? For me, I think it can because handling is important for me. Anywhere you can pick up fractions of a second here or there means a faster lap time which is always welcome in racing.”She added, “My father and my mechanics are to thank for these tweaks and I really could not have figured that stuff out on my own. The car feels better from the few sessions I’ve had so I guess it’s just left up to race day.”Her sponsors include Mohameds Enterprise, Rent-a-tent, Palm Court and Bumper to Bumper.Meanwhile event has carded 22 races for the day and commences at 08:30Ansa McAl, Prem’s Electrical, B.M. Soat, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Ready Mix, Special Auto, Japarts, Ticket Master, Palm Court, KGM, MAC Batteries, S. Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Construction, L Mahabir and Sons Cambio and Choke Gas Station are the event sponsors.
No. 23 Stanford is coming off a marquee moment and the Trojans will have to try to stop their losing skid.Last week, Stanford (15-9) head coach Mark Marquess earned his 1,600th win in a 8-4 victory over Cal. Meanwhile, the Trojans (15-12) have lost four straight games, scoring only six runs across them.Despite their records going in opposite directions, the Trojans have more wins in Pac-12 play, 4-to-3 against the Cardinal.The struggle to score is still plaguing the Trojans. The team has been unable to use free passes from errors such as being hit by pitches or walked to their advantage, often stranding runners.It is a dramatic difference from the team of the beginning of the season that won its first games against Coppin State and Wake Forest in blowouts. Back then, the Trojans’ pitching had been weaker, but the offense saved them. Now the pitching is stronger, giving up fewers runs than some of their earlier losses. However, the offense has been dormant with runners on.Freshman Chris Clarke will most likely start on the mound for the Trojans on Thursday. He took a beating in his last outing, but has otherwise proven to be a strong spot in the rotation, especially given the loss of junior Mitch Hart.The rotation against Stanford will change for USC as the team attempts to make adjustments. Previously, junior Brad Wegman (2-2) had been the No. 2 starter. However, sophomore CJ Stubbs took over his role last week and Wegman has been switched to long relief. Wegman seems to have had more success there, tossing three scoreless innings against Arizona on Saturday and a scoreless inning against Long Beach State on Tuesday.Sophomore Marrick Crouse is still the No. 3 starter. With Stubbs’ promotion, however, junior Mason Perryman has taken over the duties of being the No. 4 starter. Freshman Connor Lunn has also success coming out of the bullpen, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings against Long Beach State in relief of Perryman.Luckily for the Trojans, USC boasts a better record at home (11-5) while Stanford has struggled on the road, going 3-for-4 while visiting opponents.Of all the teams in the Pac-12, Stanford ranks last in runs scored and runs batted in, which is good news for the Trojan pitching staff. If the Trojans score even a handful of runs, they should be in decent shape to win the game.“Our pitching has been doing well, so we’re hoping they can keep doing that and trying to get those timely hits,” redshirt junior Frankie Rios said. “We haven’t been hitting so well lately.”The series will be a good chance for the Trojans to regain their confidence in bringing in runners in scoring position.One troublesome aspect of batting for USC has been the number of strikeouts the team allows on offense. They are second in the Pac-12 in strikeouts, which is not aiding their struggle to score.The Trojans will face Stanford in a three-game series starting Thursday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.