More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation On Oct. 6, Briggs McAndrews wrote to support the disrespectful act of kneeling during the national anthem and did so by first stating that our president made the act of kneeling a evil gesture. Not true.President Trump rightfully called out those who disrespect our nation by kneeling during the national anthem. It’s his duty.Mr. Briggs knows full well that Colin Kaepernick stated : “I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag that oppresses black people.” Briggs twists his support of kneeling during the national anthem into a liberal gobbly-gook statement: “It’s the true role of a school district to impel young people into value forming experiences that ultimately ask them to be compassionate towards their fellow citizens.” What? Like in patty-cake football? As in compassion for those tens of thousands who gave their lives for our nation?If school administrators, coaches, teachers and parents fail to instill a pride and respect for our nation. What then? They, now by default, instill a disrespect for everyone — teachers, parents, grandparents, police, clergy etc. For example, the disrespectful dolt who placed a crucifix in a bottle of urine and called it art. Not OK. McAndrews stated: “The real value of that experience lies in the example to others of human motive and conduct.” You want a real value experience? Then you and Colin go to Arlington National Cemetery and “take a knee.” Pray for those who gave their lives so that misguided folks are allowed to spew their anti-American hogwash.Your “holier-than-thou” letter is just that — hogwash. And your attempt to excuse bad behavior is shameful at best and is extremely hurtful to old veterans like myself. That also applies to those who will write in your support.Recent credible evidence has surfaced claiming that Kaepernick was paid to do this by the center for community change, a progressive community organization funded in part by George Soros. Does anyone have to look any further than the NFL to see the damage that this nonsense does?God bless America.John OsterlitzGlenville Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
French engineering company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT) has acquired 100% of the share capital of Marorka, an Iceland-based company specializing in smart shipping.Marorka designs maritime energy monitoring and optimization systems for vessels, allowing them to reduce their environmental footprint.Representing a new milestone in the GTT’s digital strategy, the Icelandic company is said to be “a good technical, commercial and geographical complement” to Ascenz, GTT’s subsidiary based in Singapore.“We are glad to become part of the GTT group; joining forces with Ascenz and GTT experts will boost our presence,” Darri Gunnarsson, CEO of Marorka, commented.“We share the same vision on smart shipping and its increasing contribution to the improvement of shipping’s operational and environmental performance,” Gunnarsson added.“This acquisition is an important new step in GTT’s digital roadmap. Smart shipping is an essential component to allow the shipping industry to reduce its environmental footprint,” Philippe Berterottière, Chairman and CEO of GTT, said.Funded in cash, the transaction will have no significant impact on the group’s financial structure. The previous owners will continue to manage the company and will notably contribute their know-how and experience to the GTT’s digital strategy, the French company said.The shipping industry has started its environmental transition in January 2020, when a new IMO regulation entered into force, imposing significant reductions in sulphur oxide emissions. The IMO has furthermore announced a long-term low-carbon strategy, including ambitious decarbonization targets. In addition to using LNG as a marine fuel, achieving those objectives will necessarily require smart software technologies and operational data analysis.
The Football Association’s global betting ban affecting players, officials and other club employees has come into effect.The new regulations ban football club employees with teams in the top eight levels of English football from placing bets on any matches and leagues worldwide.Previous rules only banned players from betting on competitions their teams are participating in, with Premier League players Dan Gosling and Andros Townsend among those to face disciplinary action for breaches.On top of that, the game has been hit by a number of match-fixing scandals with former Premier League player Sam Sodje among those arrested during investigations into corruption within the sport.The FA has released a film to clubs to explain the new rules, and general scretary Alex Horne says they will take away any grey areas.Horne told Sky Sports News: “What’s interesting is that these rules are easier to police so quite simply, if you play above Step Four (Isthmian League, Southern League, Northern League) you don’t bet on football. “It’s a much easier message to convey, to communicate and to understand if you are a player, a coach, a manager or a referee.”The previous rules were possibly a little bit open to interpretation because it was around the competitions that your club played in.”It’s a simple rule. It isn’t because we believe we have a cultural problem or an issue but it’s a perceptive issue betting on football by people playing in football.”It’s just part of our war on match-fixing. Integrity of the game in England is crucial for us and it’s what makes the English game so exceptional. It is completely trustworthy and we want to do everything we can to keep match-fixing out of our game.”
(Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/ee/washington-capitals-banner-raising-100318-getty-ftrjpeg_1ddkt6wunons81bmwmp0nce3gv.jpg?t=1014233814&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/97/e6/brayden-point-092319-getty-ftr_17shbqluuwumd1fa6amgillv53.jpg?t=1595477669&w=500&quality=80 The 2019-20 NHL season begins Oct. 2. But let’s be realistic, all anyone wants to know is who will hoist the Stanley Cup in eight months time.It’s a tough 82-game stretch on just advancing to the postseason and then a grueling, heavy campaign to reach the pinnacle. Who will advance is anyone’s guess — hello, St. Blues. Sean FarrellSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay Lightning Western Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerNikita KucherovWhy Tampa Bay will win: The younger members of the Lightning were schooled about competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs after one of the best regular-season performances in NHL history. Lesson learned; there are enough key elements remaining from Tampa Bay’s run to the 2015 Final that this supremely talented team will be ready to answer the bell come April.Steve KournianosSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champToronto Maple LeafsWestern Conference champWinnipeg JetsStanley Cup champWinnipeg JetsConn Smythe winnerMark ScheifeleWhy Winnipeg will win: The Jets will get a bounceback season from Connor Hellebuyck in net, fix whatever minor internal issues they seem to have and use their heavy game and firepower to overwhelm the field.Dave McCarthySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerSteven StamkosWhy Tampa Bay will win: They’ve learned. Their team is basically the same. They’re not going to let what happened in the first round last season happen again.Mike MurphySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerAndrei VasilevskiyWhy Tampa Bay will win: Despite losing Anton Stralman to the Panthers in free agency, the Bolts’ blue line has more depth than it did last year with Kevin Shattenkirk and Luke Schenn now in the fold. Furthermore, Tampa Bay’s top-nine forwards are arguably the best group in the NHL. The Lightning have it all: offense, defense, goaltending and an enviable amount of center depth. The Blues may have won the Cup last year, but Tampa will be the team that all other teams are measured against.Murray PamSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champVegas Golden KnightsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerBrayden PointWhy Tampa Bay will win: Lightning players will take nothing for granted after being humbly swept in the first round of last season’s playoffs. The 2019 Presidents’ Trophy winner, by a long shot, returns with a roster largely intact. Late off-season free-agent signings of 2019 Stanley Cup champ Patrick Maroon and d-man Kevin Shattenkirk only add to Tampa’s deep core from top to bottom. Lyle RichardsonSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champNashville PredatorsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerVictor HedmanWhy Tampa Bay will win: After dominating last season, the Lightning will be keen to atone for getting swept out of the opening round of the 2019 playoffs. Few teams can match their depth. They won’t be caught flat-footed again.Jace MallorySeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerNikita KucherovWhy Tampa Bay will win: The Lightning learned a tough lesson last year — dominating the regular season doesn’t automatically grant you wins in the postseason, not even in the first round. They will bounce back from an embarrassing playoff with another solid regular season en route to capturing their second Stanley Cup title.Tommy McArdleSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champCalgary FlamesStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winner Ryan PikeSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champColorado AvalancheStanley Cup champColorado AvalancheConn Smythe winnerNathan MacKinnonWhy Colorado will win: After a rough start to the 2018-19 season, the Avalanche turned a corner midway through the calendar year and found another level to their game. They wildly outplayed a strong Calgary Flames club in the first round of the playoffs, then spent the off-season improving their team. What was already a talented, deep team added Nazem Kadri and Andre Burakovsky. As long as Philipp Grubauer doesn’t take a step backward, the Avalanche are going to be a tough out for the other 30 NHL clubs. NHL 2019-20 PREDICTIONS:SN staff projects final standings, awards, Stanley Cup winnerStanley Cup predictions for 2019-20Despite the pitfalls and hurdles, Sporting News’ hockey experts decided to take a leap and give you their picks for who will take home hockey’s most coveted prize.Jackie SpiegelSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champToronto Maple LeafsWestern Conference champDallas StarsStanley Cup champToronto Maple LeafsConn Smythe winnerJohn TavaresWhy Toronto will win: In last season’s predictions, the Maple Leafs were my pick for 2020 and I am not making any changes. This team is stacked with Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen up front, possibly the strongest defensive core in years led by Morgan Rielly and Tyson Barrie and Frederik Andersen in net. As long as they don’t face the Bruins in the first round . . . Toronto should make a run all the way to the franchise’s first Cup in 53 years.Brandon SchlagerSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champTampa Bay LightningWestern Conference champSan Jose SharksStanley Cup champTampa Bay LightningConn Smythe winnerSteven StamkosWhy Tampa will win: Lightning coach Jon Cooper and Co. will face an intense amount of scrutiny all season after a first-round dud against the Blue Jackets ended their historic 2018-19 season. This team could go 82-0-0 and it wouldn’t matter if not accompanied by a deep playoff run and that elusive Stanley Cup. Following an offseason of tweaks, we don’t need to rehash why the Lightning are still the most potent and well-rounded roster in the NHL — but that won’t last much longer. It’s high time Tampa gets over the hump.Sammi SilberSeriesWinnerEastern Conference champWashington CapitalsWestern Conference champSan Jose SharksStanley Cup champWashington CapitalsConn Smythe winnerBraden HoltbyWhy Washington will win: I promise D.C. bias has nothing to do with this pick; the Capitals’ lineup is stacked. The top-6 has Alexander Ovechkin still going strong, Evgeny Kuznetsov ready to bounce back and T.J. Oshie returning from a collarbone injury. On the bottom-6, there’s Carl Hagelin, Lars Eller, Richard Panik, Garnet Hathaway and Brendan Leipsic providing reliable secondary scoring. Defenseman Michal Kempny will help bolster the blue line as he makes his return from injury with Jonas Siegenthaler playing excellent hockey and Radko Gudas providing much-needed physicality. And of course, Braden Holtby is Braden Holtby in the playoffs. The series will go to seven games for sure, but San Jose will witness a Boston Bruins-like ending in June. Why Tampa Bay will win: It’s hard to imagine the Lightning will have another disastrous playoff collapse like they did last year. Assuming they will easily capture the No. 1 seed in the East again, Tampa will benefit from playing the No. 8 seed rather than being sent into the Atlantic Division meat-grinder in the first round. It’s hard to bet on anyone else.