Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sep. 16

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionViolence by Israel is not equal measureIn his July 15 letter “Much being said about Israel is false,” Don Steiner wrote correctly that both Israelis and Palestinians have been cited by widely respected organizations for human rights violations.I hope Mr. Steiner is not implying any moral equivalency.    Palestinian violence, even at its worst, has been a fraction of Israel’s.When have Palestinians killed 2,000 people, including 500 children, as Israel did in Gaza five summers ago?  Unlike Israel, Palestinians have no army, tanks, armored vehicles, warplanes, navy or nuclear weapons. Palestinians do not arrest (kidnap), brutalize and imprison hundreds of Israeli children each year.Nor do Palestinians wage vigorous campaigns in the United States to criminalize and silence criticism of their policies and agenda.While many desire peace, Israeli leaders have chosen might-makes-right violence as their preferred method of dispossessing and managing Palestinians while confiscating and colonizing their lands.Other recent letter writers have asserted incorrectly that the non-violent, growing and global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign is anti-Jewish.Many Jews endorse BDS and many Palestinians believe the economic and cultural BDS is the best way to motivate Israel to fully comply with international law.  Tom EllisAlbanyPlace achievement over diversificationThe following is text from The Gazette editorial “Increase teacher diversity” published on Sept. 4.“Much of our children’s…educations. Comes from being taught by those like them …but they won’t get those experiences and inspiration if most, if not all, of their teachers are white.”Therefore white teachers should not educate black students and black teachers should not educate white students.Why is that the case? Is skin color the sole determinant of learning?If so, then set aside all prerequisites for teaching positions and hire whomever graduates from teacher colleges as long as their skin color matches their students’.Furthermore, within each school assign all classes strictly according to race.No racial mixing can occur lest learning be negatively affected. Strict racial segregation must be the rule.The editors laud Schenectady schools for “admirably” diversifying their faculty and demonstrating to the deficient Suburban Council schools, that diversification is achievable.These are 2019 test results for Schenectady schools on statewide math and English language tests. Sixteen percent were proficient in math and 24 percent in English.So while The Gazette salutes the diversification of these school,  it appears they value diversification over academic achievement.But then again, The Gazette never claimed that diversification would lead to improved educational outcomes, only to certain important experiences.Richard A. EvansBurnt Hillslast_img read more

Radio waves goodbye

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New life, near death, political storms: Johnson’s ‘hell of a year’

first_imgBrexit overshadowed This time last year, Johnson was relegated to the parliamentary backbenches after quitting as Theresa May’s foreign secretary in opposition to her Brexit divorce deal.But he comfortably won a Conservative leadership campaign when her repeated inability to force the agreement through parliament forced her resignation.Almost immediately, he caused outrage by illegally suspending parliament to try to push through his own Brexit deal before an October 31 deadline.He lost that battle, but then gambled by calling for the first December election in nearly a century to try to break nearly four years of crippling political deadlock.It paid off, and he secured the biggest parliamentary majority since the 1980s heyday of Margaret Thatcher, paving the way for Britain’s departure from the EU on January 31.The split, after nearly 50 years of European integration, was supposed to be “a moment of real national renewal and change”, he said.But his promise of a “new beginning”, marked by investment in public services and infrastructure, was soon derailed by the coronavirus crisis.Critics accused him of being lax initially. As Europe locked down, Britain remained open, and only introduced stricter measures amid dire predictions of mass fatalities.More than 45,000 people have now died in the outbreak, more than in any other country in Europe, and questions remain about the government’s approach.Johnson — now divorced from his second wife Marina Wheeler, the mother of four of his children, and newly engaged to Carrie Symonds — was struck down with COVID-19 in late March.He ended up in intensive care and admitted later: “Things could have gone either way.”Just weeks after he was discharged, Symonds gave birth to their first son — thought to be his sixth child. Topics : But his toughest test could yet be to come, as the full impact of the coronavirus outbreak bites on the UK economy, which has been battered by three months of enforced shutdown.Experts, too, are warning of a potentially devastating second wave of infection in the winter months, which could amplify criticisms of his government’s handling of the first.At the same time, concern is growing about whether he can secure a post-Brexit trade deal with the European Union, with time running out and little apparent progress made so far.He also faces a resurgent main opposition Labor party, growing strength of Scottish nationalists and dissent among colleagues about increasingly centralized governance. Electoral success, Brexit, a global health crisis that nearly killed him, divorce, engagement and even a new baby. Boris Johnson has had an eventful 12 months in anyone’s book.Johnson, 56, marks his first anniversary as Britain’s prime minister on Friday, having had what one lawmaker described to the Guardian newspaper as a “hell of a year”.A YouGov poll published Thursday indicated he has the overwhelming backing of his ruling Conservative party: 89 percent of members said he should remain leader.center_img “Mr Johnson and his intimates would do well to use a period of respite to renew the government’s own approach,” The Times said in an editorial on Thursday.”That it owes not only to a restive party, but the country, too.” Challenges ahead If Brexit and COVID-19 have largely defined Johnson’s year, there has also been a focus on Johnson’s political abilities and temperament.He was famous even before coming to high office, having had a prominent role as a newspaper columnist, quiz show guest, and as London mayor for eight years to 2016.Known almost universally by his first name, and instantly recognizable with his wild mop of untamed blond hair, Johnson’s reputation is often of clownish bluster.But supporters say he has a skill for delegation and a steely resolve.”He is colorful [but] with a strategic vision,” French President Emmanuel Macron said last year. “Those who did not take him seriously were wrong.”Critics, though, say he lacks attention to detail, and his ungrounded optimism is ill-suited to the current times.New Labor leader Keir Starmer, a former chief prosecutor, has won plaudits for his forensic, probing approach that has left Johnson exposed.And there are indications of Tory dissent, in particular the power given to his most trusted aide, Dominic Cummings.That — and assured performances from his young finance minister Rishi Sunak — could make life more difficult for Johnson as he enters his second year and his popularity wanes.The YouGov poll said Sunak, 40, would win any future leadership contest by a landslide.last_img read more

A renovated Kippa-Ring home, ready for new owner

first_img76 Centaur St, Kippa-RingIn his time at the home, Mr Harvey did a full renovation, including a new bathroom and kitchen, and outside he removed a few of the larger trees that blocked the breezes.On top he added a 6kw solar panel system to help keep energy prices down, but he thinks the next owner will have lots of options with what to do with the property.He said the house could appeal to someone looking to downsize, or for first homebuyers that wanted property with lots of room for additions. “It would appeal to a lot of people really,” he said.The home is listed through Danny Mailer and Kylie Loof of LJ Hooker Redcliffe. It will be auctioned Saturday, January 13, 3pm in rooms at LJ Hooker Redcliffe. 76 Centaur St. Kippa-Ring“If I didn’t have to go to the city to work I’d stay here full time.”The home was the perfect place for Mr Harvey and his wife, Maggie, to raise their two children, with plenty of room in the three bedroom house, as well as a generously sized yard. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “Access is very important, so I loved the fact that we could get a boat or a vehicle or caravan out the back,” he said. The 759sq m lot might be a few blocks away from the beach, but Mr Harvey said it was close enough to get the benefit of the cool sea breezes. “And I think if you stand on the roof you can see the sea,” he said. Inside, the open plan dining room is designed to benefit from the breezes, and a backyard timber deck is perfect for entertaining outside. Jason and Maggie Harvey at their Kippa-Ring home. AAP Image/Claudia BaxterAs a native Kiwi, something in his property at 76 Centaur Street, Kippa-Ring, reminded Jason Harvey of his home country.He picked up the property a few years back after falling in love with the area and its laid-back lifestyle.“It’s similar to home, it’s got a lovely sea breeze,” Mr Harvey said.last_img read more

Vevay educators recognized by American Legion

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Two Vevay residents, Adam Joseph Dennis and Kathleen Daugherty have been named “2017 Educators of the Year” by the American Legion Department of Indiana in the 9th District.“American Legion officers selected Dennis and Kathleen because of continued work to educate the future of our state,” said 9th District Cmdr. Roger Hilligoss.Dennis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 from Manchester College.  Shortly after, he was fortunate enough to get a job teaching in his hometown.  He took a position as a Math teacher at Switzerland County Middle School.In 2008, Dennis made the switch to Switzerland High School where he is still teaching math.Dennis said, “my service in the classroom is extremely important to me.  Building relationships with my students and sparking their interest in the subject is a goal I strive for everyday”.Dennis also dedicates time to some extracurricular actives at his school.  He has coached varsity boys’ basketball; varsity girl’s track and varsity boys and girls cross country.Dennis credits a lot of his success to the team he works with at Switzerland High School.  He said, “I work with a wonderful group of people that challenge me on a daily basis to give my best and motivate my students to give their best as well”.Kathleen Daugherty has been teaching elementary school children in Switzerland County for 33 years.  After earning her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University Southeast in 1986, she started her teaching career at Switzerland County Elementary as a Second Grade Teacher.In 1988, she started at Jefferson Craig Elementary School as a fourth-grade teacher and that is where she has taught ever since.Daugherty also became a leader in extracurricular activities for the school.  She has coached both girls’ basketball and girls’ volleyball at Jefferson Craig Elementary.She has also volunteered for multiple school leadership activities and organization such as:  Science Fair Coordinator, Nursing Home School Program Coordinator, Hurricane Andrew Fundraiser Coordinator and she has been a member of the Switzerland County Classroom Teachers Association since 1986.No matter what subject she is teaching, Daugherty tries to make learning fun and meaningful.  She says’ “When learning is fun, it is remembered and those memories last a lifetime”.The American Legion, Department of Indiana honors local heroes in the fields of military service, law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services, and educators every year in communities across Indiana. Learn more at www.indianalegion.org.last_img read more

Ephraim set for Canada switch

first_img Nelsen left Loftus Road in January to take over as coach of Toronto and the club’s president, Kevin Payne, has listed Ephraim as one of several players he is looking to sign ahead of the 2013 MLS season. “We’re in hopefully the final stages of signing him to a loan agreement with Queens Park Rangers,” Payne told the league’s official website. “We hope that will be concluded in the next day or two.” Tottenham midfielder John Bostock and Cardiff forward Robert Earnshaw are also rumoured to be close to moving to the Canadian franchise with Payne confirming the deals are all likely to be temporary. “All of these players would initially be on loan because we want to be able to have an opportunity to see them in our league before we make long-term commitments,” he added. QPR forward Hogan Ephraim appears to be in line for a reunion with former team-mate Ryan Nelsen with a loan move to Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC on the cards.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Pan Pacific swimming won’t be held until 2026

first_imgThe Latest: Pan Pacific swimming won’t be held until 2026 Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.Swimming Canada says “organizing a third major championships in that window presented several challenges.”The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii. May 29, 2020 The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.center_img Associated Press ___Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.” The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Syracuse blows out Marist, 20-8 to advance to NCAA tournament quarterfinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Marist midfielder Drew Nesmith slotted the first shot of the game past goalie Bobby Wardwell less than two minutes in, Syracuse players could have had flashbacks.In last season’s opening-round loss to Bryant in the NCAA tournament, the Bulldog’s Colin Dunster put the visitors up 1-0 in the opening minutes of the contest to set the tone for what would become one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.The sparse, but rambunctious contingent of Red Foxes fans roared as the Marist players viciously bumped helmets and shoulders on the sideline. All seven Marist cheerleaders shook their red and white pompoms high in the air.It would be the last time that sequence of events played out for almost another 23 minutes.The second-seeded Orange (13-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) collected itself and got out to a 10-1 lead by the middle of the second quarter. SU took down Marist (14-4, 6-0 Metro Atlantic) 20-8 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in Annapolis, Maryland, where Syracuse will square off against Johns Hopkins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe offense was jumpstarted by sophomore midfielder Jordan Evans’ first career multi-goal game and Ben Williams’ 8-for-8 first-quarter performance in faceoffs — his 10th perfect quarter this season from the X.As Evans and the rest of the offense continued its relentless push on the Red Foxes’ defense, a Marist fan continuously shouted “Push them away! Push them out!” to no avail.On the other side of the ball, the Red Foxes tried helplessly to penetrate SU’s defensive perimeter in the scarce offensive opportunities they had. The shot clock was even activated on Marist — a mechanism to ensure teams with large leads can’t hold the ball for too long.A once-rowdy visitors sideline had turned motionless, with longpole defenders silently leaning up against their sticks while the cheerleaders put their pompoms down and sat.There were brief signs of life for the dormant Red Foxes when they rattled off four consecutive goals leading into the start of the third quarter to set their deficit at five goals.The red-laden fans stood in unison chanting “defense,” trying to will the counterattack back to life against an offense. But the Orange’s veteran attack would take no part in the crowd’s antics.Senior attack Kevin Rice collected five points in the third quarter and set a career-high with nine in the game. In a brief lapse for the usually stoic Rice, he got into a brief altercation with a member of the Red Foxes.The senior captain received a 30-second technical and head coach John Desko shouted something at Rice as he jogged off the field and took a knee. He promptly re-entered the game and scored minutes later, subduing his celebration to light taps on his teammates’ helmets.One final “Let’s go Marist!” cheer rang through a thinned-out Carrier Dome crowd with the score 20-7, and midfielder Patrick Eaker subsequently threw a pass away and Syracuse celebrated its first-round victory minutes later. Comments Published on May 10, 2015 at 9:43 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

National championship hunt begins Thursday

first_imgNo. 5 USC men’s swimming and diving team (4-3, 2-3) prepares to compete in the 2012 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhauser Aquatics Center in Federal Way, Wash., Thursday thorugh Saturday.USC hopes its abundance of talent, including sophomore All-Americans Vladimir Morozov and Dimitri Colupaev, junior Alex Lendrum and senior All-American Jeff Daniels, can help them improve from their fourth-place finish during this year’s Pac-12 championships and a seventh-place finish at last year’s NCAA championship.Last year’s efforts marked the third-straight season of improvement for the Trojans, with eight different swimmers earning All-American honors.USC has nine NCAA team titles, the last one coming in 1977, along with 112 individual NCAA event titles (94 individual, 18 relay), both ranking fourth nationally.USC has at least one NCAA title each year for six of the past 11 seasons, but the last one came in 2007, with Larsen Jensen winning the 1650-yard  freestyle.Prelims start at 12 p.m. each day, with finals beginning at 7 p.m.last_img read more

UEFA Champions League Draws: Real Madrid Begins Title Defense In Difficult Group

first_imgMore to follow shortly…RelatedUEFA Champions League Awards: Ronaldo Crowned Best Player As Totti Bags Presidential AwardAugust 24, 2017In “Spain”2019/2020 Champions League Draw: Liverpool Drawn with Napoli, Barcelona To Face Inter Milan And Borussia DortmundAugust 29, 2019In “Europe”UCL Wrap: Holders Real Finally Beat Dortmund At Home; City, Spurs Win While Liverpool Record Another DrawSeptember 27, 2017In “UEFA” Defending champion, Real Madrid will begin their UEFA Champions League title defense in a difficult group as English teams get fair draw.The complete 2017/18 UEFA Champions League Group Stage draw!Most exciting group?#UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/Jf9ebJrJ9t— #UCLdraw (@ChampionsLeague) August 24, 2017UEFA Champions League Draws – At A Glance Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA MoscowGroup B: Bayern Munich, PSG, Anderlecht, CelticGroup C: Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Roma, QarabagGroup D: Sporting Lisbon, Juventus, Barcelona, OlympiakosGroup E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, MariborGroup F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, FeyenoordGroup G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, RB LeipzigGroup H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Apoellast_img read more