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Expect better from Spectrum deals

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Yes, we all know on TV that Spectrum claims to be good. That’s not as far as I’m concerned. Spectrum is bad. My experience: I was told I had to convert to a Spectrum account. After all was said and done, that cost me around $60 to $70. My monthly bill also went up $25. I called them and after arguing with them, it was reduced $10. But that is only good for one year.I didn’t get any extra channels ( I have just the basic Tiers 1 and 2 ). By the way Tier 1 and Tier 2 are basically the same. You have to have both of them, I was told.Did you also see in one of their pamphlets, that people on Medicaid would receive the box free for five years?Many people I know have expressed their disapproval of this company. When will the rate increases stop, and the customer service improve?Edward HedlundClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationHigh-risk COVID exposure reported in Clifton ParkEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Palace hits Ressa: She’s always exaggerating

first_img Panelo, however, refuted the veteran journalist saying that there was no threat to the Filipino journalists even if a report from the Committee to Protect Journalists showed that the country is the fifth most dangerous country for journalists. Ressa, in an interview with the CBS News 60 Minutes recently, claimed that the environment for journalists in the Philippines is “far worse than any war zone that I’ve been in.” “She’s always exaggerating. It’s only a war zone to those who are involved in drugs and who resist violently any warrant of arrest being served to them or when they’re the subject of a buy-bust operation and they violently resist as well as imperil the lives of the law enforcement officers,” Panelo said. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa’s statement were just pure exaggeration. Ressa, who was arrested earlier this year due to cyber libel, violations of the country’s anti-dummy laws, and tax evasion cases, also said that the media have been “living through three years of this kind of hell.” “The fact is every journalist, whether here or abroad, is free to cover any event in this country; They come out alive and well and very good at reporting, even if sometimes exaggerating,” Panelo said.center_img Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the environment for journalists, as perceived by Ressa, “isn’t reflective of the actual environment for journalists in the Philippines.” MANILA – Malacañang slammed Rappler CEOand founder Maria Ressa for claiming that the environment forjournalists in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte was “far worsethan any war zone.” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that Ressa’s statement were just pure exaggeration as he insists that the media scribes in the country were free to report for or against the administration. “The Philippines’ media environment is vibrant and alive. In fact, criticisms from all sectors of the media are welcomed and encouraged by the Duterte administration,” Andanar said./PNlast_img read more

NFL coaches, players mingling more in locker rooms

first_imgCarolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera leads his team from the locker room before a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Sean Payton walks through the locker room to leave motivational props for players. Ron Rivera practically lives there. Jim Harbaugh barges into the bathroom to rush players to meetings.Gone are the days when NFL locker rooms were a players-only domain. More coaches are making their presence felt in a place they weren’t always welcomed.“That locker room is our locker room,” Rivera said. “I have a vested interest in the locker room.”Some coaches pass through the locker room only occasionally — Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Tampa Bay’s Lovie Smith — while some are regular visitors, stopping to chat with players and socialize with them on their turf.Rivera used to follow the old-school philosophy because he played for Mike Ditka in Chicago. Iron Mike stayed out of the Bears’ locker room, leaving his players to rule there.But Rivera crossed that imaginary “Do Not Enter” line last year and became a fixture in the room. His approach worked. The Panthers won the NFC South and Rivera was the NFL Coach of the Year.“The biggest mistake I made my first two years was not being around,” Rivera said. “I still have guys that when they see me, they say: ‘Whoop. The man is in here.’ And, they shut up. I don’t care. It’s our locker room.”When a bullying scandal erupted with the Miami Dolphins last year, coach Joe Philbin said he didn’t know about it. In part, that was because Philbin didn’t visit the locker room. He let the players police themselves.Lesson learned.“I think I have a better rapport, chemistry, with the players,” Philbin said recently. “I’ve spent more time communicating with them in a one-on-one manner and in team meetings. I’ve been doing the bed check every single night at the hotel and just knocking on their doors and making sure that they’re OK, busting their chops a little bit if they’re awake.”The events in Miami were the focal point of a meeting between the NFL Players Association and league officials in the offseason. The NFL wants more supervision in the locker room to ensure players respect each other.“The locker room is part of the workplace,” Robert Gulliver, the league’s executive vice president for human resources, said during a panel discussion at the NFL’s career development symposium this summer. “Football is special and iconic, but we have to treat it as a place of work.”That means coaches have to make sure they’re aware of the culture in their locker rooms. If the see any problems, they have to address them immediately.“There should be no closed doors in terms of how you do it,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. “We’re just continuing to emphasize what we emphasized a year ago. We don’t have any rookie shows, never have done that stuff. We’re trying to get a bunch of guys who are good people.”Kelly encourages his assistants to visit with players in the locker room. He stresses togetherness and has no tolerance for players who don’t put the team first.“The more people get along and share the same vision and aspirations, the more you’re going to get to where you want to get to,” Kelly said.Many coaches say they build camaraderie in the locker room. After a ripping into players at practice, they find this can be a good place to soothe bruised egos.“You go in (and say), ‘It’s just football. It’s nothing personal — we’re just talking about your football stinks; you’re a pretty good guy,’” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “You want to make sure that they know that. You ask them to do a lot of things and you get a lot of feedback when you go through there and talk to them.”Chiefs coach Andy Reid learned the open-door policy from Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh. Reid also connects with his players through a leadership council that includes a representative from each position group.“They can come to our office, we can go in the locker room,” Reid said. “There are no walls, everything is free, coaches go in and mingle. Players, I think, appreciate that. I go in there and don’t feel any walls there, no sneaking around, and they feel free coming up and talking to us.”Some coaches are more comfortable in the locker room than others.“I’ll go in every day just to see the guys,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “I mean, they get intimidated because I’ll be in shorts and that’s about it because we have our sauna and whirlpool and I’ll get in there. These are my guys. I’m comfortable wherever I am in that building. They’re used to seeing me in there and in the hot tubs and the cold tubs and whatever.”Payton occasionally pops into the Saints’ locker room to leave props such as a porcelain doll at a locker of a player he wants to exhibit more toughness. Sometimes Payton leaves a laminated card with an inspirational passage from a speech or text. Sometimes he drops off baseball bats with the inscription “bring the wood” before games against physical teams.Former players like Rivera and San Francisco’s Harbaugh blend in nicely.“You have to get to know their environment, get to know what’s going on in their world with Twitter, with music, socially,” Rivera said. “There’s so many things that go on with these players that we didn’t have.”___AP sports writers Brett Martel, Janie McCauley, Dave Skretta, Steve Reed, Dennis Waszak, Tom Canavan, Bob Baum and Steven Wine contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org___Follow Rob Maaddi on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AP_RobMaaddilast_img read more