Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI wish to thank the personnel at the Ballston Spa Office of the Department of Motor Vehicles for their sterling performance and good-natured demeanor.Recently, my mother needed to have new documentation and the personnel who served her made the process straightforward and painless. Bless you.Philip MaddausScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
SHARE TWEET By: Sarah Galbally, Secretary of Policy and Planning January 24, 2017 Healthcare, Medicaid Expansion, National Issues, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog In the first year of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion, almost 63,000 newly eligible Medicaid enrollees accessed drug and alcohol treatment. This coverage is essential in battling the opioid and heroin public health crisis that took over 3,500 lives in Pennsylvania in 2015.If the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is repealed, all of these people could lose access to treatment. Let’s explain how that would happen.A person who is receiving treatment for a substance use disorder could be seeing a number of doctors to treat their illness. For example, they could be seeing a drug and alcohol provider who would provide evidence-based treatment which would include recovery supports, cognitive behavioral therapy, drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation services, and detoxification.The patient may also be seeing a mental health provider who would provide counseling or talking therapies to address underlying issues such as anxiety, severe depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.The patient may also be taking medications such as methadone and buprenorphine to help with their treatment.The costs of seeing doctors and paying for medication for substance use disorder could be thousands of dollars a month without insurance. A single person who received substance use disorder treatment through Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion would make no more than $16,394 a year or no more than $33,534 for a family of four.If the ACA is repealed and not immediately replaced, tens of thousands of people who are currently receiving treatment for a substance use disorder would lose insurance coverage and no longer be able to afford their treatment.That’s why Governor Wolf is urging Congress to take a hard look at the real and immediate effects that the people of Pennsylvania will feel if the ACA is repealed. The Governor will continue to fight to ensure that there are insurance options that are affordable, easy to understand, responsive to needs, and available immediately – with no lapse in coverage. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf How 63,000 PA’ians Will Lose Access to Drug and Alcohol Treatment if ACA is Repealed SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
After a 2018-2019 season marred by inconsistent conference play and a failure to advance past the first round of the Big Ten tournament, the Badgers are off to another rocky start as conference play looms. 2019’s fall individual competition saw modest success in ITA regional tournaments from the likes of sophomore Lenard Soha, freshman Scott Sculley and sophomore Jared Pratt. Each of these three managed to snag victories in the first round of regional singles competition before ultimately being eliminated in the second round. Men’s Tennis: Badgers struggle in ITA National Championships at homeDespite battling hard, the University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-6) went 0-3 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Championship, Read…Both Soha and Pratt fell to top 6 seeded opponents, with No. 5 Zeke Clark of Illinois and No. 6 Mattias Siimar capturing victories over the two, respectively. Soha and Pratt would also go on to advance to the third round of regionals as doubles partners, securing a bye and an impressive victory before falling to the No. 5 seeded pair of Lutschaunig and Seelig of The Ohio State University. With a slew of young talents returning for the Badgers, they seemed primed to improve upon their 10-12 team record and hopefully make inroads into Big Ten competition. While the Badgers currently hold a winning record of 7-6 over non-conference opponents, the toughest part of their schedule remains to be encountered. Of the Badgers seven wins on the season, five of those have been either shutout wins or wins in which the opposing team netted only one total match. Furthermore, none of these teams are within, or frankly near the nation’s top 25 teams. Like many other teams within top conferences, the Badgers began their season relatively unimpeded. In fact, the Badgers began spring team competition on a five game win streak and ultimately captured seven of their first eight games. Yet, once they reached the meat of their schedule, the Badgers began to falter. Out of their last five team competitions, the Badgers netted only four total matches. This trend becomes even starker when examining their performance in the ITA national championship in the middle of February. Men’s Tennis: Badgers fall to Marquette in rivalry match, look ahead to battle with USCMadison fell to Marquette Thursday Feb. 6, battling to the end at Nielsen Tennis Stadium before falling 4–2. Wisconsin trailed Read…Granted, the competition in the tournament was quite stiff, with their first opponent being the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes. This initial matchup with a conference opponent did not go favorably for the Badgers. The Buckeyes predictably swept the Badgers 0–4 as they entered the indoor national championships as the overall No. 1 seed. Even as they entered the consolation round, the Badgers found themselves up No. 21 ranked Baylor. This match too went poorly for the Badgers and ended in a second straight 0–4 result. While both of these teams are undoubtedly talented and capable of strong competition on the national stage, the fact that the Badgers did not capture a singles or doubles match in the first round of the primary or consolation bracket does not bode well. Finally, on the third day of the ITA indoor team national championships, the Badgers captured their first point. Yet, even with two match victories from the Chase Colton and Pratt as well as the Martim Vilela and Robert Krill doubles groupings, the Badgers still fell 1–4 to No. 23 South Carolina. With a 0-3 record in the ITA national championship, the Badgers have now lost their last five team competitions, yielding their current 7-6 record. With Big Ten play beginning in earnest on March 8 against Minnesota, things aren’t going to get any easier any time soon for the Badgers. Of their first eight conference opponents, six currently rank inside of the top 50 teams in the nation. Wisconsin is not amongst those 50 teams. These initial eight teams do not include their late-season team rematch against No. 3 Ohio State. Men’s Tennis: Badgers fall to Princeton before dominating Green Bay, IUPUI in tournamentThe University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season to Princeton (4-1) before bouncing Read…The Badgers could manage to scrape out a respectable conference record if they repeat last season’s feats of defeating all those teams that were also outside of the nation’s top 50 teams last year. Namely, their victories against Purdue, Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern ultimately propped up their conference record. Yet, once they reached the Big Ten tournament and faced off against Minnesota, the Badgers quickly ran into competition that dominated them. Unless something changes dramatically during the regular season, the Badgers are heading for a repeat fate. This is a scrappy team that’s full of talent and heart. This has been extremely clear with how they have drawn close with some of the nation’s top teams. Ultimately though, the Badgers will have to start to see a drastic increase in contributions from their young core if they are to advance deep into the Big Ten tournament and outperform their recent ITA national championship showing.
Nigeria’s U15 boys, known as Future Eagles, will take on the U16 National Team of Mexico on Wednesday in the opening match of the International Dream Cup tournament taking place in the city of Miyagi, Japan.The Nigerian contingent arrived in Sendai (where the team is staying at the Sendai Hills Hotel) on Monday evening, and the team had its first training session on Tuesday evening.Matches will hold at the Yurtec Stadium in the nearby city of Miyagi. The Future Eagles will clash with host nation Japan on Friday 14th June before rounding off their experience with a match against Romania on 16th June at the same venue. Team Administrator, Adewale Adeyinka told thenff.com that the players are excited and looking forward to their first international match. “They are also aware that they are flying the flag of Nigeria and it is not just a friendly match. They will take the game to their opponents and give their all in each of the three matches.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
After a slow NHL trade deadline for the Toronto Maple Leafs, general manager Kyle Dubas spoke to the media about the state of his team. Never one to hold back, the second-year GM was open and honest about where his team stands as they prepare to head into the home stretch of the regular season.Here are some of Dubas’ best quotes from his press conference today after the deadline had passed: On staying quiet at the deadlineThe way you operate at the deadline is a byproduct of a number of things: cap space being one function, the performance of the team being another, and then how different player injuries and their return to their lineup will impact the cap space in the remainder of the year.The confluence of all three of those things led to just some depth moves. I think, more than that, we kind of took our shot a little bit earlier in the month with the [Jack] Campbell and [Kyle] Clifford transaction. That, unfortunately for everybody, isn’t as exciting as maybe you’d like.Sorry about that.On why the Leafs aren’t more consistent It is a good question. The truthful answer is we don’t know because if we knew, we would go about it. It might draw some criticism to say I don’t know, but I am not going to come up and bulls— and tell you I have some magical solution. I think we have to go through this and we have to find a way to be our best on a daily basis.It’s not really what people want to hear, but it is the truth.We have to keep at this every day. We can’t waver when things don’t go well. We have to keep marching toward the way we want to go. We know. What everybody sees on the ice are the problems that we face. We have to be more consistent with our focus, with our mindset, with our effort every single night to get to where we want to go.TRADE DEADLINE: Tracker | Best, worst dealsOn managing his emotions through the highs and lowsYes, I mean every description you could think of probably describes it, but that’s also one of the great things about the business that we’ve chosen. … It’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be overnight. We’ve put ourselves in a position that I don’t think we want to be in, which is battling for our lives, but I’ve said this before and I’ll continue to say it.Our group that we have here has to go through this. We have to develop the ability to weather the storm when it comes and thrive going through it. That’s the only way we’re going to be at our best… It’s necessary. As much as I know people aren’t going to want to hear that, it’s the truth.On how hard it is to stay patient through the processI have my moments where impatience goes to the top of the list … I think Saturday night was an embarrassing night, not because our team lost a game and the goaltender for the other team was the Zamboni driver from the Mattamy Event Centre, who happens to be a wonderful guy — it was embarrassing because of the way we played that put us in the position of being down 4-1 when we actually started generating shots on him.At those moments impatience and frustration certainly boil, there’s no BS about that, but in the end, we’ve set ourselves up on a journey that’s going to be difficult. It’s going to be hard and we’ll have moments like that when we question each other and question ourselves… We’re committed to working our way through the adversity and coming out the other side, and as long as we stick with it and keep marching on we’ll get there.MORE: Injury timeline for Morgan RiellyOn whether Saturday night’s loss to the Hurricanes was a big blow to the team’s confidenceIt was an embarrassing night.Not because of David Ayres, everyone here loves David Ayres. He’s great, it’s a wonderful story. He’s a wonderful person and shows up here every day. As Sheldon said he faces hundreds of shots a day from our guys.If we won the game it would be embarrassing as well, because you’re down 4-1 and then there would be a whole other controversy that comes up. ‘Oh jeez, it’s the Maple Leafs own employee,’ and that kind of stuff. I think everyone in here can imagine what that would have been like as well.” On failing to meet this year’s high preseason expectationsI think the group is in a challenging spot, but with that comes the opportunity to do something special and something great.Let’s speak bluntly about it, there are a lot of people that are writing the obituary for the team and putting the team into the ground right now. That’s fine, that’s fair. When you play that way, that’s what you get, especially in a market as passionate as this with the type of following that we have…You can go meekly into the night and just accept it and build the excuses that you want for why it didn’t work out the way that you wanted, or you can fight your way back. It’s not to ‘prove people wrong,’ because I think the criticisms that are levied are largely fair, but it’s a chance to show what your best self can be.