Rate hikes call for more state oversight

first_imgTo say I’m disappointed in the decision made by New York’s Public Service Commission to approve National Grid’s rate hike proposal is an understatement. Families and businesses here in upstate will end up paying $102 more for the delivery of electricity and $91 more for natural gas each year. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have strongly opposed National Grid’s rate hike proposal from the start. The company has reported millions of dollars in profits and is now set to receive about $76 million in savings under the new federal tax law. Increasing rates is simply unacceptable.While the Public Service Commission is charged with making decisions on proposals like this, it is not accountable to the residents who ultimately pay for these essential services.This decision shows the need for new legislation I have introduced in the state Assembly that would establish more oversight of the Public Service Commission and provide more protection for the ratepayers here in upstate New York.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer is an assemblyman representing Albany, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

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GFA President Kurt Okraku sends solidarity message to clubs in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic

first_imgPresident of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku has sent a special message to all clubs and football administrators in the country as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to rise in Ghana.In his message, he emphasized the effect of COVID-19 in the football industry, advised the clubs on the need to follow health protocols to help battle the pandemic and urged the industry and all its stakeholders to be united in these times.Read Kurt’s message below:Dear Club Owners & CEOs,One can not overstate the fact that the coronavirus pandemic has brought an unprecedented challenge for members of the football industry.As President of the Association and a club man, I know the extend of the challenges that clubs have gone through due to the current situation and the financial burden we continue to face as club owners, officials, players and as participants in the game.I share in this pain. However, we must also be concerned about our health and the need to take precautions at this extremely difficult time. There is the need to remind ourselves that, it is just a phase that will soon change when we all abide by the protocols given to us by state. I urge everyone to continue to fully abide by all the protocols and the directives.During this period, I am engaging with all the major stakeholders to ensure that the football family is included in the government’s stimulus package to alleviate some of the hardship in our industry.I will continue to positively engage the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service and Government for the advancement of our beloved sport.It is unfortunate that we have to wait a little longer for our Extraordinary Congress, where some key decisions would take to impact positively on the game.I would, therefore, call on all of us to rally around and fight this deadly pandemic for the good of the industry.Finally, I want to thank all Club owners, Administrators, Footballers, Coaches Referees, the media and everyone involved in our sport for your professionalism and dedication to service. You showed class and selflessness until the season was suspended because of COVID-19.Together we will win this battle. Long live Ghana Football#Bringbackthelove #CreatingwealthignitingpassionBest RegardsSIGNED Kurt E.S Okraku (President, Ghana Football Association).last_img read more

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The First Ski-Roller Competition in BiH held on Pale

first_imgThe first ski roller competition was organized in BiH on the occasion of the Day of the Municipality of Pale.In the technical organization of SK Romanija and with the great support of the Municipality of Pale and Mayor Bosko Jugovic, more than 50 contestants participated in a new sporting event that took place in the center of Pale at 6:00 PM. The competition was exceptional, and our skiing and biathlon team, as well as the candidates for the Pyeong Chang Olympics 2018, performed together.According to organizers, guests and numerous attendees, this was a very successful competition, and the organizers are hoping to add it to the calendar of the International Ski Federation next year. They are also hoping to be able to maintain important competitions for the Ski Alliance of BiH and for BH participants throughout the year.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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