January has been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to better focus attention on this horrific crime and the exploited victims whose lives are forever changed.Many of our state and local politicians have been so very instrumental in co-sponsoring and/or supporting various bills which treat survivors of human trafficking as the victims they are, rather than as criminals. I would personally like to thank: Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, City Councilman Ed Kosiur, state Sens. George A. Amedore and James Tedisco, Assemblymen Angelo Santabarbara and Phillip Steck, U.S. Sens. Kirstin Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, and Rep. Paul Tonko. Since its inception in 1985, Safe Inc. of Schenectady, located at 1344 Albany St., has been at the forefront of providing emergency shelter and outreach services to more than 8,000 adolescents, teens and young adults.Its two highly regarded programs, Safe House — a co-ed youth shelter for homeless, runaway and other at-risk youth — and Project Safe, a continuum of services including counseling, health and wellness care, job training and life skills development (for ages 18-35), offer positive alternatives to street life where sexual exploitation and victimization are so rampant.Safe Inc. of Schenectady is the designee for New York state’s Safe Harbour initiative in Schenectady County. Safe Inc. of Schenectady has developed a collaborative task force, a community awareness campaign, provides case assessment referrals in collaboration with the County Multidisciplinary Team and Child Advocacy Center, refines interview strategies for the Department of Social Services and Safe Inc., and trains all staff in trauma-focused care.Barbara DworkinSchenectadyThe writer is board president of Safe Inc. of Schenectady.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Giggs was handed the reins for the last four games of the season when David Moyes was sacked this week, but he is not thought to be under consideration beyond that. The 40-year-old Welshman, a one-club man who has won every major honour at Old Trafford, has long been touted as a future United manager but, with his playing career still ongoing, the job may have come too early on this occasion. Press Association But Bruce, who played alongside Giggs during his time as club captain, believes he could yet edge out high-profile bosses such as Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti. “There’s been a lot of players who have jumped in – (Pep) Guardiola springs to mind, (Jurgen) Klinsmann springs to mind – big players in big jobs. And the one thing it won’t do is faze Ryan, he’s been at Man Utd all his life,” said the Hull manager. “If they win the next three or four games 4-0 there’ll be a clamour for Ryan I’m sure and you wish him the best of luck. “He has nothing to lose and no pressure on him, the supporters will be right behind him. He might win the next four games and give them something to think about. “Make no mistake when you do your first team talk or pick your first team it’s hard and you understand what a big job it is. “But the one thing that will never daunt him is the Man United thing, because he’s been there all his life. “He’s got a group around him who all know the Man United way and I’m sure Old Trafford will be behind him.” Bruce was also keen to offer a word of consolation for the axed Moyes. News of the Scot’s sacking was broken in the media on Monday afternoon before Moyes was officially told on Tuesday morning, and Bruce was disappointed to see the decision leak from his former club. “Looking from the outside you’d have to say, and I’m sure Man United feel the same, that they could have handled it better,” he said. “To find out on social media…we know the way the world works now, but I’m sure nobody would like to lose their job like that. “The one thing you do, and I’m sure Dave is doing it now, is take it personally. “I’m sure he’ll have a little break, reflect on it and come back better. But it’s certainly been a difficult few days for him.” Bruce was once viewed as a potential United manager himself, given his connections with the club, but while he would clearly relish such an opportunity he admits it something of a long shot. Asked if he would had been eyeing the vacancy, Bruce laughed. “Silly question,” he said. “I’ve done 10 or 11 years in the Premier League and what’s the next step? That’s the question I keep asking myself, for that we’ll just have to wait and see. “You seem to get pigeon-holed but you never give up. You never stop wanting to get to the top. “What they’re looking for is people who’ve won trophies and no disrespect to the club I work for now or Birmingham or Sunderland, but you can’t win the Premier League with those clubs. Like Bruce, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his former team-mate Giggs ticks all the boxes to become a successful manager. Cardiff boss Solskjaer has spoken to Giggs this week, and he will also be looking for United to do the Welsh club a favour with their next two games being against Cardiff’s fellow relegation candidates Norwich and Sunderland. “I have spoken to Giggsy, of course, and I wished him all the best,” Solskjaer said. “A boy from Cardiff should do us favours now. The next two games are important for us. “Giggsy has got all the attributes to become a top, top manager one day, definitely. “When he was a player – he still is a player – he chooses his words very carefully. “He is not one of those that always speaks every single day, but when he speaks you listen. It has always been that way. He commands respect.” Solskjaer also revealed that he had spoken to Moyes, who, it appears, found out about his pending dismissal earlier this week through leaks in the media. “I don’t think it is for me to talk about,” added Solskjaer, when asked about Moyes’ exit. “You are sorry to see managers lose their jobs. I have had contact with David and thanked him for his help, because we brought Fabio and he has helped us with Wilf (Zaha). “Manchester United will always be challenging for the top places, so they will be fine. They will make the right decision (on a new manager). “Stuff leaks in the media all the time. I don’t know what happened, so I can’t comment on it.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, now far and away the longest-serving Premier League manager having taken charge of the north London club in 1996, was dismayed that United had not stuck with Moyes and warned the high turnover of coaches would affect the quality of coaching in the long term. “If you want quality people in any job, you need to give them time to develop and to become good, or people with the quality will not come into our job any more,” he said. “The average (job life) expectancy of an English professional club at the moment is 11 months, and that is quite unstable. Every guy who is married, has a family, will have a big hesitancy before he goes into that game. “That means the quality of the coaching and the quality of the managing is under threat.” Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes Manchester United’s reputation has been tarnished by the departure of Moyes after just 10 months in charge. The former Stoke boss believes Moyes deserved more time to make an impact at Old Trafford and feels the club’s image has been damaged by the manner of his exit. “Personally I’m disappointed, really disappointed for David. I think he deserved longer and the way it was handled was disappointing as well,” Pulis said. “Manchester United for the past 26 years have been a beacon of how to run a football club in respect of stability and how the club was built and how it was run. “A lot of that has been washed away over the last few days in how they handled the situation. That’s my personal view.” Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood thinks British managers like Moyes “don’t get a fair crack of the whip” and that too much was expected of him. “It’s obviously a shame when anyone loses their job and it’s a shame that David hadn’t been given the time,” he said “I think anyone needs the time to imprint their own style on a team and it was a tough job to follow Sir Alex Ferguson. “Everyone knew it was going to be a tough job for anyone who went in there. “I’ve said previously, he is the hardest-working manager I’ve ever seen. Whenever I’ve ever been to a game, he is there unless there are people with David Moyes’ masks on. “The guy is everywhere, he is diligent, wants to do his job, he is hard-working and I just think he needed more time. People can’t expect miracles.” Ryan Giggs has the gravitas to make his temporary stint in charge of Manchester United a permanent arrangement according to former Red Devils captain Steve Bruce.
HOUSTON — Syracuse was 20 minutes into its NCAA Tournament run and Tyler Lydon couldn’t take it anymore.Not that the Orange had committed 11 turnovers. Not that Dayton had shot 34.5 percent from the field and still only trailed by two. Those things were weighing on him, but this was more serious.This was about socks.“I was just pissed we had to wear these socks that were given to us,” Lydon said in SU’s NRG Stadium locker room on Satuday. “I wanted to wear the socks I’d worn all season, they were more comfortable. So we get into halftime and I just say, ‘You know what? I’m changing them.’“Then what do you know, we win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd because Syracuse eventually beat the Flyers by 19, its first step toward the Final Four at NRG this weekend, Lydon’s now fully submerged in this superstition: He has to change something about his equipment every game. First it was the socks in the Round of 64. He changed shoes – the new ones SU received were bothering his feet – at halftime of the Middle Tennessee State game. Against Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 he banged his elbow and put a shooting sleeve on his right arm. When Syracuse started slow against Virginia in the Elite 8, Lydon took the sleeve off.He doesn’t remember specific brands, colors or the times that he made some of these changes — who could blame him with how dizzying the Orange’s run has been — but is starting to feel some pressure to keep this up. Trevor Cooney has suggested to Lydon, if only half-jokingly, that he’s now bound to changing some part of his get-up every game. Brad Pike, the Orange’s assistant athletics director for sports medicine, has warned Lydon against strict rituals like this one.Superstitions are abundant this time of the year, especially with just four teams left standing. North Carolina (32-6, 14-4), which Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) will face at 8:49 p.m. on Saturday, has a few Lydon-like ticks. UNC center Kennedy Meeks will change his shoes after any bad game, and is always chewing exactly three pieces of Big Red gum. Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II always puts his left shoe on before his right. As a team, North Carolina hasn’t changed its locker room set up, in terms of who sits next to who, since it’s Tournament-opening win over Florida Gulf Coast.Lydon has a lot to think about heading into the matchup with North Carolina — like guarding Meeks in the paint, controlling Brice Johnson in the high post and what he can do to alleviate the Tar Heels pressure on the other end. And on top of that, he has to somewhat wonder what equipment change he could make if things go south early on.“I don’t know, you never really know until it happens,” Lydon said. “I mean if we’re playing well I probably won’t change anything. It would be hard to change.”But wouldn’t that mess with the superstition and the four-game winning streak?“Yeah, it would. Damn, this superstition thing, man. I don’t know.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm Contact Jesse: email@example.com | @dougherty_jesse