Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAct now to ensure safety in our schoolsSome years ago, my son was quite popular with the other students, and was doing well scholastically and in sports.One student began assaulting my son and threatening other students who hung with him. The extreme stress this caused my son ruined his ability to get a proper education, leaving a life-long, negative impact on him.  Today’s students experiencing extreme stress and fear, which if gone unattended, could harm them emotionally, physically and mentally. Do not allow what happened to my son to happen to these students.At a recent school board meeting, teachers bravely came forth stating that they were afraid to go to school. If they are afraid, what about the students?  This is not ‘fear-mongering.’ It is discrimination, being teachers and the majority of students’ issues are apparently being ignored and swept under the rug.Students are given ear plugs in order to take exams, classroom doors are being locked to keep perpetrators out, and physical threats to teachers and students? If teachers can’t teach, how can students learn?Therefore, the community must come together, speak out and demand to know what is being done to ensure the safety of all who are in the school system.The superintendent and school board members must be held accountable if these issues and concerns are not being addressed.Also, there have to be cameras in every classroom and throughout the school, and the solution must include law enforcement officials.We must act now before any more harm is done.  Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyWhy are road signs still down on I-87?Traffic signs on the Northway (I-87) have been down most of the summer and now well into the winter. This is the case at exits 12, 13, 14 and 15. This is most concerning for people who are traveling through and are not familiar with the area.Albany spends money to encourage tourism, yet makes it difficult to those visiting this area. The signs have been on the ground, right where they fell.It is interesting that the state of New York can spend money for college tuition fees, yet cannot or will not find the money to make the necessary sign repairs.Thomas H. King Sr.Ballston SpaSleazy politicians are in both partiesWhile I agree in part to Don Demarco’s Jan. 17 letter (“Trump rescued us from sleazy politics”), I fail to see where he feels it is just the Democrats that are the only “foolish, lying, cheating, anti-American, self -serving criminals.”This president has had six associates convicted of crimes.He has been accused of sexual misconduct by 25 women and he himself has made over 15,413 false statements through mid-December.He is correct, the economy has gotten better. But it appears it is the big businesses and corporations that are the main benefactors. According to Bloomberg’s Oct. 31 article, “Trump Boasts on Economy Undercut by Weak Middle-Class Pay Gains,”: “By several measures, middle-class Americans’ incomes have risen more slowly under Trump than during Barack Obama’s final years — hardly a period renowned for gangbuster pay increases.”Mr. Demarco, instead of bashing those in the system, how about changing the system to have those “corrupt, conniving life-long politicians” of all parties serve term-limits?Deborah BenderSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Take a role in police reformsFoss: Schenectady Clergy Against Hate brings people togetherEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.last_img read more

Sweden’s confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 70,000

first_imgSweden’s death toll has been many times higher relative to the size of the population than that of its Nordic neighbors, where authorities took a stricter approach, but lower than in some countries that locked down, such as Britain, Italy and Spain. Sweden’s number of confirmed COVID-19 crossed the 70,000 mark on Thursday, while deaths rose by 41 to 5,411, health agency statistics showed on Thursday.Sweden recorded 947 new cases to put the total at 70,639. Expanded testing has seen daily new cases soar over the past month, eclipsing rates elsewhere in the European Union, but deaths and hospitalizations have tumbled from peaks in April.The country adopted a softer approach to fighting the new coronavirus, spurning a hard lock down and putting its pandemic strategy in the international spotlight. Topics :last_img read more

This biological man wants to be in a women’s prison. The Department of Corrections is right to say NO.

first_imgHunger strike unless transgender prisoner movedNZ Herald 26 August 2015The Department of Corrections is defending its position on transgender prisoners, as an advocate group threatens a hunger strike.No Pride in Prisons will begin the strike tomorrow if trans woman Jade Follett is not removed from Rimutaka Men’s Prison, despite asking to be moved for months.The group had received a letter from Follett on July 31, in which she said she had requested to be moved to a women’s prison five to six weeks earlier.“We are very worried about Jade,” No Pride in Prisons spokeswoman Jennifer Shields said.“Although she’s a very strong woman, we know that a men’s prison is not a safe place for a trans woman.”The group cites a 2007 University of California Irvine study of Californian prisons, which found that trans women were 13 times more likely than the general population to be sexually assaulted in men’s prisons.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11503020last_img read more

LaCrosse is king of the ring at Oshkosh

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 26) – Benji LaCrosse clinched King of the Ring honors with his Friday Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature win at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.The third leg of King of the Ring saw Marcus Yarie and LaCrosse tied for the series lead.  Both won their heat races, and started the main event in row two.It was LaCrosse who made the early move and took the lead after the opening lap with Dan Roedl, Yarie, Jeremy Christians, Tim Robbins and Brian Drexler behind.  LaCrosse hooked mid­way up the track and Roedl was running the outside line.  The rest of the field was bunched two and three-wide behind.Yarie moved up to second on lap four and was just behind the leader. A lone caution appeared on lap nine with LaCrosse and Yarie still leading the way. Roedl was holding third while Tim Lemi­rande was the quickest car in the field having moved from his 16th starting spot into fourth for the restart.With the green flag out for the balance of the 30-lapper, it was flat-out throughout the field with LaCrosse and Yarie showing the way. By lap 20, the leaders had pulled away a bit with Lemi­rande running in third.LaCrosse was running in lapped traffic while keeping Yarie at bay. That changed on lap 21 when Yarie pulled off the track and into the infield after a belt broke on his car.All that was left for LaCrosse to do was continue to work traffic and he not only won his second race of the series and third of the season, but clinched the King of the Ring tile by completing the contest well ahead of Lemirande. Mike Mullen was third.Forty-seven Modifieds vied at Oshkosh.last_img read more

Junior League baseball: Ellsworth claims District 1 title

first_imgELLSWORTH — Ellsworth edged the Acadians 5-4 on Monday, July 20, for the District 1 Junior League baseball championship at Ellsworth High School.Ellsworth won its last five games over five days. The team will represent District 1 this weekend in the state tournament at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.Matt Burnett and Will Colson pitched for Ellsworth. Ellsworth scored three runs in the second inning and two in the third. The Acadians scored three in the third and one in the fifth.For Ellsworth, Percy Zentz had two singles and two RBIs; Sam Horne and Tyler Mitchell each had a single and an RBI; and Jared Hamilton and Will Colson each singled.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the Acadians, Liam Sullivan had two singles and two RBS, Nick Corson had a single and an RBI; and Andrew Kennedy singled. Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Latest Posts Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Biolast_img read more

Commentary

first_imgWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — It’s been said that No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan have separated themselves so far away from the rest of the league that their conference is now being referred to “the Big Two and the Little Nine,” and it’s not the first time this euphemism has been used.Well, Badger fans may argue, why isn’t it the Big Three and Little Eight? Or Big Four and Little Seven, to throw Iowa in there (despite two straight losses)?Are Ohio State and Michigan that much better than Wisconsin? The rankings may suggest so, but look at the stats; Wisconsin has scored more points than any other team in the Big Ten, and the defense is second-best in the conference, playing airtight for the majority of the season.Yes, the Badgers’ schedule has been softer than a pillow factory, but for the most part, UW plays the same cellar-dwellers as Ohio State and Michigan. The Buckeyes and Wolverines have registered huge wins over No. 5 Texas and No. 10 Notre Dame, respectively, while Wisconsin’s last win over Purdue should be considered its toughest of 2006 to this point. But those are each individual games; the season is two-thirds of the way finished, things even out.So, again, are Ohio State and Michigan that much better than Wisconsin? For the time being, well, yes — for one simple reason.As good as the Badgers have looked at times, there is still one more piece of the puzzle missing: eliminating costly mistakes.For sure, when a team runs the ball like UW has with P.J. Hill, maintains steady play from quarterback John Stocco, gets spot contributions in the passing game from Travis Beckum, Paul Hubbard et al, and plays defense the way it has, said team is bound to beat most of its opponents, as the Badgers have done. But if Wisconsin were to play Ohio State tomorrow or get a rematch with Michigan (which would be quite an interesting Round 2), the lack of mistake-free play would likely haunt the Badgers in the end.One mark of a great team is when the opponent commits a dumb penalty, or fumbles away a ball that shouldn’t be fumbled, or gives up any sort of slack, that team makes the opponent pay. Ohio State and Michigan have done just that, along with other programs in the top 10 around the country. And yes, the Badgers have done the same in certain situations as well.But the point is that Wisconsin just hasn’t played these types of teams. When John Stocco threw just his third interception of the season at Purdue, trying to dump the ball off but instead getting picked by Ryan Baker, the Boilermakers couldn’t do anything with it. For that matter, Wisconsin opponents have scored just 30 points off turnovers in eight games this season. The only team to hit double-digits in this category is Western Illinois, back when the Badgers were really struggling.It goes without saying that the Badger defense, stout as it has been, would have much more trouble fighting off Troy Smith or Chad Henne in good field position after a turnover.With dropped balls earlier in the year, some missed tackles here and there, and a season-long headache for UW head coach Bret Bielema on special teams, it’s clear that Wisconsin has not played perfect ball, or even close to it, and the players and coaches would be the first to tell you this.It’s become a common theme after ballgames, when Bielema speaks about his team or when Stocco talks about the offense that the constant answer is, “We still haven’t performed to our full potential,” or, “There’s still a lot we can clean up.” Certainly, it’s encouraging to know Wisconsin can still play better, even while riding the four-game winning streak. But with a young ball club comes inexperience, and with inexperience comes bad mistakes that — luckily for the Badgers — haven’t come back to haunt Bielema’s club yet.But bear in mind, in two weeks comes a home game against floundering yet dangerous Penn State, which won the Big Ten title last year. The next week brings a trip to Kinnick Stadium and a date with Iowa, which could potentially be Wisconsin’s chance to claim third place in the conference — or even second, if Michigan suffers a surprising setback to Northwestern or at Indiana.Neither Penn State nor Iowa, frankly, are nearly as likely to allow Wisconsin off the hook with bad errors as previous competitors have been.So what’s the good news for the Badgers? Bielema seems to have a fantastic hold on his players and their mental attitude right now. Nothing against former coaching great Barry Alvarez, but if that “inevitable midseason bad loss” is going to happen in 2006, it’s up to Illinois, next week at Camp Randall.And unless the Fighting Illini somehow take greater advantage of UW’s mistakes than the past four competitors have, it’s going to be a fifth-straight victory for the Badgers.But Wisconsin, sadly, won’t be placed in conversation along with OSU or UM until the mistakes are cleaned up. Then maybe, just maybe, “the Big Three” would make a little more sense.last_img read more

Trojans net road victory over UC Santa Barbara

first_imgThe No. 1-ranked Trojans dove back into Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play on Sunday and defeated No. 6 UC Santa Barbara 16-10.USC (20-1, 2-0 MPSF) pushes their current winning streak to double digits, now standing at 10 games, with the win.Lead the way · Senior two-meter Connor Virjee posted a team-high five goals in the Trojans’ 16-10 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Sunday. – Chris Roman | Daily Trojan The Trojans got off to a hot start against the Gauchos, netting three consecutive goals to begin the game before UCSB got its first goal early in the first quarter. It was a high-scoring opening frame, as the two teams added three more goals apiece before the Trojans took a 6-4 lead into the second.UCSB (15-6, 2-2 MPSF) was able to keep up with the top-ranked Trojans through two quarters, down 9-7 at halftime, but USC’s defense kicked in during the second half, when they limited the Gauchos to only three goals. The Trojans recorded seven goals in the half, with four of those coming in the final quarter of play.USC head coach Jovan Vavic attested this defensive improvement to the way the Gauchos’ pool is designed.“It’s the only pool in the conference with a shallow end and in the second half,” Vavic said, “we played defense in the deep end, so offensive players weren’t able to push off the bottom of the pool to gain an advantage.”Senior goalie James Clark anchored the stout USC defense, with eight saves on the day for the Trojans.Senior two-meter Connor Virjee did not waste any of his chances to score on offense, tallying five goals on the day, many of them coming during 6-on-5 chances.“Connor really had a good shooting day for us, especially from the outside in our man-up situations,” Vavic said.USC converted nine out of its 12 extra-man opportunities on the day, and this paved the way for even more Trojan players to score.Three USC players recorded hat tricks — Virjee, redshirt junior driver Rex Butler and junior driver Kostas Genidounias. Senior utility player Mace Rapsey also netted two goals.Senior driver Nikola Vavic, the Trojans’ all-time leading goal scorer, had a quiet day with only one goal, but coach Vavic pointed out that he contributed in other ways.“Nikola played a large role on offense for us,” Vavic said. “He was drawing a number of ejections, as well as being a facilitator for his teammates, getting assists.”The team will look to continue its 10-game winning streak up north against another conference opponent in Pacific. The teams play on Saturday, Nov. 2 with game time set for noon. Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24last_img read more

Nigeria Defeats Ghana to Win AfriGlobal Unity Skate Soccer Cup

first_imgSpeaking after the game, IFSS President, Sunil Lalvani said he was satisfied with the quality displayed by both teams.He insisted that the federation would used the Nigerian event as the yardstick for the African tournament to be hosted by Ghana next March.“It was a very competitive game between Nigeria and Ghana. It was a very fantastic game. When Nigeria lost 3-2 to Ghana in the first game I expected Nigeria to fight back and they did just that. Nigeria played with confidence and dominated the encounter,” Lalvani noted.In his own reaction, The Group General Manager, AfriGlobal, Maneesh Garg, heaped praises on both teams for the quality of para-soccer displayed.“I have never seen this kind of energy exhibited by these players in my life. They played well and gave everything to the game. AfriGlobal is very proud to be associated with this sport and will continue to do our best to make it great,” Garg said.The Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Aliu Mohammed hinted that the tournament was going to be an annual event with more countries participating in it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria at the weekend defeated Ghana 8-1 in the AfriGlobal Unity Skate Soccer Fiesta at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.The competition, which was organised by International Federation for Skate Soccer (IFSS) and co-sponsored by AfriGlobal Group and Binatone, was well attended by the fans.Nigeria came back from one goal down to beat their arch rivals in the returned leg on Saturday. Ghana won the first leg 3-2 in Ghana.last_img read more

Paco Jémez will participate in the gatherings organized by the RFFM

first_imgThe coaching school of the Royal Football Federation of Madrid (RFFM) He has taken advantage of this time of confinement due to the coronavirus to launch a formative action, over twelve days, in which he will alternate gatherings and master classes with the protagonists from their respective houses. The colloquium next Thursday, April 9 will have a marked rayista presence, since the participation of coach Paco Jémez has been announced.For this appointment called ‘Coaches of the Second Division of Madrid’, Paco will be accompanied by an ex from the Strip, the new coach of Fuenlabrada, José Ramón Sandoval; in addition to Fran Fernández Y Luis Miguel Ramis. This gathering will be moderated by Petón and will start at 7:00 p.m.. All those who want to follow it from their homes can do so through the Federation’s YouTube channel (RFFM TV), since will be broadcast live by streaming. During these days Different perspectives will be addressed such as soccer psychology, learning and tactical-technical evolution, physical preparation … Everything, of course, from the coaches’ prism. Hence the presence of Madrid soccer veterans such as Paco Salguero or players who, after hanging up their boots, went to the bench. This Sunday 5, also at 5:00 pm, Alfredo Santaelena and Quique Estebaranz will share their experiences, along with two ex-Rayos, Juan Sabas and Vivar Dorado.last_img read more

A Review of Gbagba

first_imgRobtel Neajai Pailey’s children’s book Gbagba is populated with characters bound to the changing meanings of ethics in post-war Liberia. The story touches on the role of traditional values to transform social thinking.When the young twins Sundaygar and Sundaymah leave the countryside to visit their aunt in the capital Monrovia, the collusion of adults in everyday corrupt practices—robbery, bribery, fraud, vigilantism—collides with the children’s strong moral sense of right and wrong.Immediately after the children arrive in the city, a thief “in dirty clothes” snatches their suitcases in broad daylight. The description of the robber tells us that that the man is poor and desperate. But the idea that it is greed rather than dehumanizing poverty triggering the man’s thievery incites the threat of mob justice. Equally disturbing to the children, an “angry crowd made a circle around the rogue like they wanted to harm him.”The twins later observe their aunt’s driver bribing a police officer. Their aunt’s indifference during this encounter stands in stark contrast to the twins’ sharp perception of the unfair advantage that takes place after the transaction.“Corruption” is a new word the twins hear on the radio and look up in a dictionary. The twins interpret it to mean gbagba, the word they know in Bassa – their first language. For all of the grim statistics about rampant corruption, gbagba translated simply means bad behavior. With the simple, uncomplicated logic of children, the twins know that “lying, cheating, and stealing” are wrong. The book offers an educational message about social taboos in rural and urban spaces of public and private life.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more