SPAC: Stop cutting New York City Ballet

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Why has the SPAC board cut the New York City Ballet for the third time since 2004? Money isn’t the answer, since no other classical programs are ever cut.SPAC was built in 1966 to be the summer home of the NYC Ballet, arguably the greatest ballet company in the world. Saratoga has the honor of being the only summer home of any ballet company in the world.SPAC and its board keep raising ticket prices for the ballet, allow no community input, and then complain when ballet fans can no longer afford to attend performances as often as they would like. SPAC is housed in Saratoga Spa State Park, which is paid for by the taxpayers, who aren’t allowed to have input about what goes on there. If SPAC board members are unwilling to raise funds to have the NYC Ballet two to four weeks a year, they should resign.Louise J. GoldsteinSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Coronavirus crisis threatens to silence Japan’s tourist boom

first_imgJust months ahead of the 2020 Olympics, the jolt to tourism may presage a broader economic impact from the coronavirus for both Japan and the global economy. Japan could be at particular risk because of its increased reliance on Chinese tourism under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” policies.Nomura Securities had forecast a 240 billion yen (US$2.3 billion) bump from event-related tourism in 2020, which it said would evaporate if the Olympics were cancelled, although organizers have said delaying or moving the games is not an option. Last year, Japan hosted 31.9 million foreign visitors, who spent 4.81 trillion yen.The flu-like virus SARS-CoV-2 has spread to about 80 countries after emerging in central China late last year and has hurt global tourism, air travel and events. About 98,000 people have been infected and 3,300 killed worldwide.Although most cases are in China, more new infections are appearing outside that country. There are no official tourism figures from February yet, but some analysts – and anecdotal evidence from people in the tourism industry – suggest that arrivals from Asia alone are likely to be down by at least half.”You’ve got that negativity that is going to percolate through the system,” said Jesper Koll, a senior adviser at WisdomTree Investments.The hit to economic growth from slowing inbound tourism could be a quarter of a percentage point or more, he said.’Explosive shopping’For Japan, which has seen more than 1,000 confirmed infections, 2020 was supposed to be a record year for foreign arrivals and a boon for an economy already on the brink of recession.About 9.5 million of Japan’s foreign visitors last year were Chinese, a number that has risen more than six-fold over the past seven years.And Chinese visitors spend more than others, accounting for 30% of tourists but 37% of tourist spending last year, according to Japan Tourism Agency data.At a shop near Watanabe’s restaurant, the shelves were lined with rice cookers, sake cups and beauty products such as lipstick usually popular with Chinese tourists, who are known for their “bakugai” or “explosive shopping” sprees.But there were few customers. Shop workers chatted with each other in the nearly empty store.On Wednesday, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the outbreak has hurt consumption through a decline in Chinese tourists.The pain could worsen after Abe on Thursday said the government would suspend existing visas for visitors from China and South Korea and quarantine them for two weeks.Hotels squeezed In the central prefecture of Shizuoka, home to Mt Fuji, Chinese account for as much as 70% of foreign tourists. Some 90,000 people, mostly Chinese, have cancelled hotel and ryokan inn bookings for the first three months of this year, according to the local tourism association.That represents about a third of the total bookings by Chinese tourists during the period.In response, the prefecture has made it easier for tourism-dependent businesses to get loans, said Mitsuhiro Sasamatsu of the local government’s tourism policy division.But some hotels that are dependent on Chinese tourists are temporarily shutting down. “For them, it is better cost-wise to shut down completely than to have the business open for few guests,” Sasamatsu said.About 80,000 new rooms are expected to open in nine major cities between 2019 and 2021, according to a June report from CBRE, a property research firm.Even before the coronavirus, the supply of rooms in all nine was forecast to outstrip demand, according to CBRE.This week, H.I.S. Co, Japan’s largest listed travel agent by revenue, said it expected a full-year loss, rather than a profit, citing the coronavirus impact.Yoshio Adachi, who guides tourists around Yokohama’s bay area in a custom tuk tuk imported from Thailand, reckons the number of Chinese tourists has fallen by as much 60% since the outbreak.He is hoping that a bid to host a casino resort in the city, Japan’s second largest, will pan out and lead to more tourists.”The Olympics will be a one off, so the economy will need to come back after that,” he said. The restaurants at the Exitmelsa shopping centre in Tokyo’s upscale Ginza district are usually packed with Chinese tourists. But on a recent weekday, many lunchtime tables were empty, a sign of the toll that the coronavirus is taking on tourism.For Japanese who have grown dependent on Chinese tourists for business, like waiter Kiyotake Watanabe, it marks a disconcerting trend.”People on group tours would gather together at noon, and 10 or 20 of them would come in all at once,” Watanabe, who works at a Chinese restaurant in the shopping center, told Reuters. Those customers evaporated after China in January banned overseas group tours.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos thinks it’ll be easier to defend against Liverpool than Burnley

first_img Unai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over BurnleyTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:01FullscreenUnai Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnleyhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reacts-arsenals-2-1-win-burnley-1987794/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Liverpool are being tipped to launch another title tilt this season, but Sokratis believes his partnership with Luiz will be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League.‘I have known him for a lot of years,’ Sokratis said of Luiz.‘He also speaks some Greek and is a very good guy. Advertisement Liverpool have a dangerous front three (Picture: Getty)‘If they are on good day and you are having a bad day, it is hard. In the end, we know that it is difficult and we respect Liverpool a lot.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But I think the best [way] is to go and play our style of game. We will see what happens.’Arsenal will have David Luiz at their disposal at Anfield, a player very familiar with Liverpool after two previous spells with Chelsea. Arsenal earned a 2-1 win over Burnley in their last game (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos has risked the wrath of Liverpool fans after suggesting the Reds will be easier to defend against than Burnley.Arsenal have two wins from two Premier League games this season, including a 2-1 victory over Burnley in their most recent match.Unai Emery takes his side to Anfield on Saturday and after a tough game against Burnley, Sokratis believes defending against Liverpool will not be as difficult.‘It is a different game. Maybe it is more easy, because you don’t have to fight a lot – but they also play football,’ he said.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarryMonday 19 Aug 2019 6:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link524Shares David Luiz has joined Arsenal’s defensive ranks (Picture: Rex Features)‘I am happy also that we took a player like him, with experience.‘When I was in Dortmund I played with Hummels, who has the same style as David. It was also a very good partnership and it is very good (now with Luiz).‘It was his first game, it is important that we won and we can go from here.’MORE: Arsenal preparing incentive-based contract offer to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the EmiratesMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos thinks it’ll be easier to defend against Liverpool than Burnleylast_img read more

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Australia: Gladstone LNG exports up in June

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BechtelLNG exports from the three liquefaction plants located on Curtis Island offshore Gladstone reached 1.7 million mt during June, according to the data from the Gladstone Ports Corporation.This represents a 1.4 percent rise compared to the previous month when Gladstone LNG exports reached 1.68 million mt.In comparison to the corresponding month in 2016, when the three projects exported 1.43 million mt, this is a 14.3 percent rise in volumes.China was the top destination for Gladstone LNG exports with 1,03 million mt imported in June, the data shows.The rest of the LNG cargoes went to South Korea, Japan, Malaysia and India.LNG exports from the three terminals totaled 9.86 million mt in the January-June period.The three LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal.last_img read more

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EPL: Klopp doesn’t care about records as Liverpool close in on title

first_img Promoted ContentHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool are not motivated by making history after the runaway leaders took another step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday. Klopp’s side have turned the title race into a procession and they moved 19 points clear at the top with their 23rd victory from 24 league games this season. Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rounded off their win at West Ham Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a first half penalty at the London Stadium and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up Liverpool’s 15th successive league win after the interval. Second placed Manchester City are now so far behind Liverpool that the question is not if but when the Reds clinch their first English league title since 1990. The Reds have won 31 of their past 32 league fixtures, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October. With 14 games left, Liverpool’s incredible run has given historic overtones to their impending title coronation. But Klopp is only concerned about getting Liverpool over the finish line, with any landmarks set on the way merely the icing on the cake. “In a season you have to dig in, you don’t breathe pretty much, then after 38 games you come out of the water and see how you did,” Klopp said. “I’m not too much concerned about records. We had a record at Dortmund and Bayern beat it the next season. “I don’t want to be boring. We just don’t feel like that.” The European and World champions are now 41 games unbeaten in the league – just eight away from the 49-match English top-flight record set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ across 2003 and 2004. Matching that Arsenal team’s achievement in going an entire league season without defeat is within Liverpool’s reach, as is Manchester City’s Premier League record of 100 points. – ‘Proper history’ – Liverpool’s latest success on a chilly night in east London will be just a footnote when the full story of their likely title triumph is written, but they still managed to record another small piece of history. Read Also: Liverpool to face Chelsea if they see off Shrewsbury in FA Cup “They are as good as there has been at this moment in time. It’s very difficult when you have been the manager of Everton and Manchester United to say that!” Moyes said. “They are an excellent side. They have so many strings to their bow. But when you think of some of the great Manchester United and Arsenal teams of the past, it’s difficult to judge them (as the best ever). “Two years ago everyone was saying it was impossible to beat Manchester City.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… They have now beaten all 19 of the other teams in the league at least once this season – the first time the club have achieved that feat in the top-flight. Told of the milestone, Klopp maintained his only motivation was to get the best from his team in each match, but he did stop to briefly salute the achievement. “This game, it was not a brilliant performance. The difficulty tonight was to get rhythm, keep rhythm and stay concentrated. Their biggest chances came because we gave them away,” he said. “I trust these boys 100 percent with my kids, but they still made these ridiculous mistakes. It’s completely normal that you don’t always perform at the highest level. “It is not a motivational problem for us. We are Liverpool, we have a proper history and everyone knows what we have to do to reach that. “If it was easy to get this number of points other teams would have done it. It’s just really incredibly difficult. “If we reach any records we will take that when it happens.” West Ham manager David Moyes admitted Liverpool deserve their place among the Premier League’s all-time great teams. But, as a former boss of Liverpool’s two greatest rivals, he unsurprisingly stopped short of anointing them the best English football has ever seen.last_img read more

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Rights group claims military attacked Sibalom civilians

first_imgILOILO City – The human rights group PanayAlliance Karapatan condemned what it alleged to be a recent attack on innocentcivilians of Barangay Igpanulong, Sibalom, Antique. Panay Alliance Karapatan, however, cited“independent reports” that the military had killed one civilian and arrestedand detained 12 others and that these people were unarmed civilians, and somewere students. Meanwhile, the NPA Mt. Napulak Command inSouthern Panay released a statement denying the Army report of an encounter inMiag-ao. In statement released by the Philippine Army’s61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion, the military claimed to have seized a NewPeople’s Army (NPA) training ground where they encountered 40 members of theNPA at around 10 a.m. on April 18 in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miag-ao,Iloilo. The group said it was able to get in touchwith the mother of one of these civilians, Ellen Centino from BarangayIgpanulong, Sibalom, Antique who aired her concern for her 18-year old sonCarlo. As a result, the Army claimed, one NPA memberwas killed and 11 were captured. According to the group, the mother recalledthat on April 14 Carlo asked permission to go with his friends to the forest togather honey from beehives which they then intended to sell. center_img The group urged the Commission on Human Rightsto conduct an investigation. The young men have not returned yet, accordingto the group. Their ages ranged from 14 to 21 years old. The attack resulted in the killing of a youthand arrest of 12 more civilians, many of whom were minor students, according tothe group. “Our hope is that this will not fall into thepattern where defenseless people become victims of staged encounters and end upin jails on trumped up charges filed by the army and police,” according toPanay Alliance Karapatan./PN “If indeed it was Carlo Centino and hiscompanions who were chanced upon and fired at by the Philippine Army soldiers,we call on them to promptly release these civilians unharmed to their families,as well as the remains of the person reportedly killed,” according to PanayAlliance Karapatan in a statement.last_img read more

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‘Sinas hard to replace, to stay as NCRPO director’

first_imgMANILA – Despite his supposed involvement in community quarantine violation, Major General Debold Sinas will remain as chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Archie Gamboa said on Monday that Sinas will be “hard to replace” as Metro Manila top cop especially with country in the middle of coronavirus disease pandemic.“Yes, I hope the public would understand kasi nandito tayo sa emergency situation; pag palitan mo siya, we will never know. Napakahirap palitan dahil ang dami niyang programa in relation to COVID,” Gamboa said in an interview with DZMM Teleradyo.He added that Sinas was responsible in putting to stop illegal gambling when he occupied the NCRPO top post.“I hope ma-validate ito ng publiko na indeed walang nangyaring suhulan pagdating sa illegal gambling dito sa NCR,” Gamboa said.Aside from Sinas, 18 other police officers are facing charges of violation of City Ordinance No. 12, series of 2020, which imposes mandatory wearing of face masks and physical distancing, and Republic Act 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act, filed by the PNP-Internal Affairs Service before the Taguig City Prosecutors’ Office on Friday.Once found guilty, Gamboa assured that the police officers would be suspended and face forfeiture of pay.Sinas received criticisms after photos of his birthday celebration on May 8 at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City – which he had labeled as a simple “mañanita” or early morning serenade – went viral online last week.The pictures were initially uploaded on the Facebook page of NCRPO’s public information office where police officers were seen giving Sinas roses and cakes while other photos were seen Sinas mingling with guests seated at various tables.Sinas has apologized for the incident, but claimed he found “nothing wrong” with the gathering, saying proper social distancing and health measures were followed by the guests./PNlast_img read more

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Nicky Lee Wingate

first_imgNicky “Nick” L. Wingate, 59, of Moores Hill passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Mercy Health in Cincinnati.  Nick was born Thursday, July 7, 1960 in Dearborn County, the son of Leroy and Marcella (Ascherman) Wingate.  Nick was a machine operator for Rotek Inc. in Florence, Kentucky.  He enjoyed watching sports, being outdoors at campfires, spending time with family, going to concerts and was a member of United Steelworker Union.Nick is survived by his mother Marcella Wingate of Aurora; son Brandon (Jamie) Wingate of Moores Hill; sister Melody Deckard of Aurora; four grandchildren; nieces; Kristin Deckard and Heather McClanahan; close friends: Steve and Debbie Bruns of Moores Hill and Cindy and Larry Tyson of Moores Hill.  He was preceded in death by his father Leroy Wingate.A service celebrating his life will be held 11 AM Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor Steve Bruns officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 9-11 AM Saturday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Nick to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032, (812)744-3280.  You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Sevilla reach Europa League semi-finals as Wolves pay for penalty kick miss

first_imgSevilla midfielder Lucas Ocampos headed a late goal to snatch a 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers as they reached the Europa League semi-finals on Tuesday.That was after the English side paid the price for an early penalty kick miss. Raul Jimenez saw his hesitant penalty kick easily saved by goalkeeper Bono in the 13th minute of the single leg tie.Wolves failed to muster a shot on target after that as former Real Madrid and Spain coach Julen Lopetegui’s side took control.Five-times winners Sevilla, who will face Manchester United in the last four in Cologne on Sunday, enjoyed 73 per cent of possession.They won 14 corner kicks to none for Wolves in a one-sided game.Wolves, playing in their first European quarter-final for 48 years, appeared to feel the effects of a marathon season which saw them play 59 matches. These include 17 in the Europa League, starting at home to Crusaders on July 25 last year.Yet the Midlands team made a promising start with Adama Traore at the centre of things.Having set up an early chance which Raul Jimenez headed straight at Bono, the Spaniard powered into the area and was tripped from behind by Diego Carlos.Jimenez, who usually waits for the goalkeeper to move, appeared caught in two minds and his effort was comfortably stopped by Bono with a dive to his left.It was the Mexican’s first penalty kick miss for Wolves after converting his previous eight efforts. Sevilla dominated the match after that, passing the ball around in the centre of the pitch, but it was fairly unproductive possession and they created few openings.The second half was a similar story with Wolves apparently happy to allow Sevilla to knock the ball around in midfield.But the Spaniards grew more dangerous towards the end and broke through with two minutes left.Their 13th corner-kick was rolled to Ever Banega and he curled a cross into the area which Ocampos flicked past goalkeeper Rui Patricio.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Reuters/NAN.Tags: Europa LeagueLicas OcamposSEVILLAWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

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Keane error costly for Unrequited

first_imgUnrequited was disqualified following his victory in the Children’s Day At Bettyville Handicap at Wexford after Colin Keane failed to weigh in. Ring Chief was promoted to second and The Fox Tully awarded third, while Keane was suspended for 10 days by the stewards and ordered to forfeit his riding fee. Lyons’ assistant and brother Shane said: “If that’s the worst thing that ever happens to him (Keane) he won’t be too bad. He is very upset about it, but we are behind him 100 per cent.” Heffernan went on to land a double and he needed no help from the stewards after springing clear three furlongs out on the Robbie Hennessy-trained Magnetic Force (16-1) in the Boolavogue Handicap. The grey was chased hard by Little Stampy, but had enough in the locker to hold off the challenge by a length and three-quarters. David Wachman also landed a double, highlighted by the easy victory of 4-11 favourite Mr Rock in the Follow Wexford Racecourse On Facebook Maiden. Second at Leopardstown on his previous start, the three-year-old was bounced out in front by Wayne Lordan and always looked in command, having the opposition in trouble fully two furlongs out before clearing away to score by seven and a half lengths. The jockey said: “I suppose he had two good runs under his belt. He is a horse that likes quick ground and he stays well. I’d say it wasn’t much of a contest considering what he has been taking on. He will step forward again. He is a big horse, a big baby. He works well. He is probably better than that and he is just a bit immature.” There were few alarms for Wachman’s other winner either, Fran Berry pressing the button a quarter of a mile out on Que Sera Sera in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden and soon asserting, the 11-4 favourite running on strongly to score by two and a quarter lengths. The jockey rode a peach of a race to win the one-mile-three-furlong handicap on Ger Lyons’ charge, committing for home nearly three furlongs out and getting a terrific response from his mount, who ran on strongly down the straight to hold Coolfighter by two lengths. However, Keane did not weigh in afterwards, prompting the stewards to disqualify Unrequited (13-2) and award the race to the Noel Dooly-trained Coolfighter (13-2), who was bringing up a hat-trick in the hands of Seamie Heffernan. Katie Walsh stalked her two rivals for most of the way on Peter Fahey’s Alton Bay in the Shelmalier (QR) Race before sweeping past at the furlong pole to win going away by four and three-quarter lengths as the 3-1 shot completed a four-timer. The trainer said: “It’s incredible, he has won four for us and he has collected prize money every single time he ran, and we couldn’t ask for any more. He will run once or twice more if the ground stays quick. If the ground goes any way soft at all he will go out until the spring and come back to go novice hurdling. If he improves as much next year you wouldn’t know what we have.” Willie Mullins’ Morning Run (1-3 favourite) easily extended her unbeaten run to three in the Enniscorthy Mares INH Flat Race in the hands of Patrick Mullins. Press Associationlast_img read more

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