Learn more about climate law options Many say the Green New Deal is unattainable and “anyone who signs on without nailing down specifics will be slammed” (Jennifer Rubin Washington Post). The Green New Deal is a climate emergency response plan that provides a plan to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels by 2030.However, the Green New Deal will change every aspect of the way we currently live in a joyful way if we let it.Unfortunately, the Green New Deal cannot be legislated because it mandates such a broad spectrum of goals that will need to be applied across the country in different ways by 2030.The time associated with legislating an economically sensitive, geographically diverse and market responsive climate emergency plan would be putting us on a path to oblivion.Currently, there are several versions of the Green New Deal at the state level and one at the federal level.Climate change threatens life as we know it on this planet and we need to be certain we get the strongest climate change legislation possible. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOpen minds are cure for white supremacyWhite supremacy seems to be a large epidemic in this country, one no doctor can cure.Only people can cure it, by having an open mind and heart for all people.Rachael WilkinsonSaratoga Springs Nisky needs action on its fund balance Writer wrong about background checksMartha Harausz’s March 17 letter shows that she is well educated and good at creative writing. However, it would be better if she used her talents to preserve the U.S. Constitution instead of creating fiction to try and tear it down. Her assertion that you can buy a firearm without a background check at a gun show, off the internet is patently false.Perhaps she should attempt to buy a firearm this way herself to test it. Eugene SpicerSchenectady Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the various options and leverage your support. As 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says, she is not looking for hope from adults; she looking for action like the house is on fire. Gary J. Lessard Schenectady In watching the recent Niskayuna Town Board meeting, Supervisor Yasmine Syed’s presentation on establishing a fund balance policy surprised me.While I was glad to see the supervisor take an interest in improving her understanding of the position’s responsibilities, I was frustrated that the presentation didn’t seem to propose a recommendation for moving forward on something that has been discussed for several months. It simply reviewed basic fiscal policy points available from the comptroller. From the coverage I’ve seen, despite her experience as a budget analyst, the Town Board members were the first to suggest this prudent fiscal move after the supervisor attempted to spend reserve funds in her proposed budget.While we may be in good times today, we won’t always be, and we should prepare ourselves for that likelihood.The Town Board’s leadership on this issue is just one more example of the value of professional government experience that has guided Niskayuna in recent years and led me to move to this town. I hope with this policy and in future years, the Town Board will continue their track record of keeping taxes low while continuing to provide quality resident services and adequate recognition for the town’s workforce.Ben SpearNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
Smash.gg, the site that facilitates esports tournament creation, has raised $11 million (£8.31m) in Series A capital, it was announced yesterday.Smash.gg provides a platform which enables organised esports tournaments to be created by fans and players. The founders started in February 2015 after they grew frustrated with waiting for game publishers or tournament organisers to host events. They forged that frustration into an opportunity, and in making Smash.gg they enabled local organizers to create events.Shantanu Talapatra, CEO of Smash.gg, said in an interview with GamesBeat that they were keen to “create a ramp” for people who wanted to get involved with esports. “It is like YouTube providing a ramp for people who want to create video.”It all started with the creation of events for the Nintendo Game Cube’s Super Smash Bros. Melee, a game which is infamous in the fighting game community for a perceived lack of esports support from manufacturers Nintendo – despite the longevity of the scene.They have since gone on to have the platform utilised for competitions from a plethora of game titles, both on console and PC, and held both online and at live events. They now see over 2,000 tournaments a month hosted through the site. They previously raised $3 million (£2.27m) investment in a seed round in April 2016.Among the tasks the platform can handle are payment processing and fundraising, and promotion for the most important events can be aided by the community and company itself.“We are trying to facilitate transactions and communications in the industry,” Shantanu said.The latest run of funding was led by Nabeel Hyatt, partner at Spark Capital. Accel Partners and Horizon Ventures also invested, and were joined by a number of seed investors including Caffeinated Capital and Lowercase Capital.Amit Kumar, an esports-focused investor at Accel, described the attraction of Smash.gg’s “unique ability” to reach and empower gaming communities. “The platform that Shan and his team have created is poised to become critical infrastructure for an industry that’s fast reaching an inflection point, and we’re very excited to partner with them on the opportunities ahead.”Esports Insider says: Having used the site myself, I can attest to the brilliant way Smash.gg facilitates grassroots esports and provides a platform for those considering finding a career in the industry. Having now received considerable funding, where will the focus lie for development?