Find alternatives to arming teachers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere are problems with arming teachers and setting up metal detectors in schools in order to deter school shootings. Money is one problem. Schools already are underfunded, and using tax dollars to arm and train teachers would be an incredible waste. Five hundred dollars for a metal detector might sound cheap. But to a school that can barely afford school supplies for teachers and students, it isn’t.Another problem is that armed teachers and metal detectors don’t actually address the issue of gun violence. Things like licenses, registrations and insurance for guns could help the problem. Raise the legal age to buy a gun. If the drinking age is 21 because people can’t drink responsibly when they are younger, then they probably can’t use a gun responsibly either. Taylor WilliamGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Liverpool win Premier League title with seven games to spare

first_img“It’s easy to motivate this team because of our great history. It’s pure joy for me to coach them.”Happy daysIn the last 12 months Liverpool have won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and World Club Cup, but regaining their status as top dogs in England, something that was almost a given in the 1970s and 1980s, was the priority.”Juergen has been fantastic and epitomizes everything Liverpool Football Club stands for,” Dalglish, told BT Sport.”And it’s not just a one-off, last year they came within a point of it and this year they have only lost once.”Onwards and upwards, I think they have a lot more happy days to look forward to now.”Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a three-month suspension of the season and delaying Liverpool’s coronation, they have won the title with a record seven games to spare.They eclipsed the mark jointly held by Manchester United (2000-01) and Manchester City (2017-18), who sealed their respective titles with five games left.City manager Pep Guardiola paid tribute to Liverpool.”Big congratulations for Liverpool,” said the Spaniard, whose title-winning side finished 25 points ahead of Klopp’s team two seasons ago and piped them by a point last term.”After 30 years without the title they played every game this season like it was their last with incredible focus. We were not consistent enough,” he added.Record paceHad it not been for the unprecedented stoppage Liverpool were on course to smash the record for the earliest clinching of the league title. Instead, they are now the first team to lift the coveted trophy as late as June.Liverpool finished last season with nine straight league wins and, after claiming the Champions League by beating Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid, began the new campaign in relentless fashion to leave rivals trailing in their wake.With 28 wins and one defeat in 31 games, Liverpool have set a record-breaking pace and were 25 points clear in February — the biggest lead in Premier League history.When they beat West Ham United that month it was their 18th successive top-flight win, matching Manchester City’s record, before their hopes of an unbeaten season were dashed by a 3-0 defeat at Watford, a result that was merely a blip.Leading the charge has been Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian forward who is the first Liverpool player to score at least 20 goals in all competitions in three consecutive seasons since Michael Owen at the start of the millennium.Salah scored on Wednesday as Liverpool thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield — a result that meant City had to beat Chelsea to delay the inevitable for a while longer.City were the first team to breach the 100-point barrier in the Premier League two seasons ago but Liverpool are on course to shatter that mark, as well as records for most points at home (55) and most wins in a season (32).Topics : Thirty years of hurt came to an end for Liverpool when they were confirmed as Premier League champions on Thursday courtesy of second-placed Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea.The result at Stamford Bridge means Liverpool have an unassailable 23-point lead over City with seven games left.Liverpool were last champions of England when they won the old First Division title in 1989-90 after which a decline in fortunes saw Manchester United and Arsenal, then Chelsea and Manchester City seize power. Inspirational manager Juergen Klopp has rekindled the Anfield flame though and delivered the club’s 19th top-flight title, one behind arch-rivals United’s record of 20, after finishing runners-up to City in a thrilling race last season.As the Chelsea game moved into stoppage time at an empty stadium in London, 350km away outside Anfield Liverpool fans began lighting red flares as the celebrations began in earnest.Also watching from afar was an emotional Klopp.”I have no words, it’s unbelievable and much more than I ever thought would be possible,” he told Sky Sports after being congratulated byLiverpool great Kenny Dalglish, manager of the 1989-90 title winners.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Names New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women

first_img Equality,  Government That Works,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of twenty-six dedicated business, civic and community leaders to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The commissioners were sworn in by Secretary of State Pedro Cortés prior to convening the first meeting of the Commission, which was held at The Governor’s Residence.“In Pennsylvania today, women earn just 76 cents for every dollar a man earns, they make up 75 percent of our minimum wage workforce, and they are two times less likely to work in STEM occupations than men in the Commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “These are just a few of the issues that I hope this Commission will look at improving over the course of their work.“I know that this passionate group of leaders and professionals will act as tireless advocates on behalf of Pennsylvania’s women and girls. Each of these individuals will be a tremendous asset to the Commission, and people across the Commonwealth will be well-served by their commitment to improving the lives of our women and girls.”“Having devoted my career to meeting the needs of women and families in my own community, I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to lead an extraordinary group of women in this endeavor statewide,” Commission Chair Randi Teplitz said. “I am grateful for the confidence that Governor Wolf has placed in me, and I look forward to working with him, First Lady Frances Wolf, and stakeholders in the public and private sectors on this important effort.”The Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the Governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation it feels serves the best interest of women and girls in Pennsylvania.Below is a full list of the individuals that have been appointed as members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women:Randi Teplitz, Chair, Dauphin CountySusan Jacobson, Southeast Regional Coordinator, Philadelphia CountyNancy Mills, Southwest Regional Coordinator, Allegheny CountyAnne Ard, Centre CountyDonna Barbetti, Lackawanna CountyDana Brown, Allegheny CountyJessica Brubaker, York CountyImJa Choi, Philadelphia CountyRepresentative Madeleine Dean, Montgomery CountyLucy Delabar, Lehigh CountyCarolina Digiorgio, Chester CountyDenise Johnson, Crawford CountyJazelle Jones, Philadelphia CountySusan Kefover, Potter CountyMellanie Lassiter, Philadelphia CountyEvie McNulty, Lackawanna CountyLeslie Anne Miller, Delaware CountyDeborah Minkoff, Montgomery CountyTina Nixon, Dauphin CountyLori Nocito, Luzerne CountyLesley Ridge, Erie CountyKathy Rooney, Lehigh CountyJessica Rothchild, Lackawanna CountyPatti Stirk, York CountyRosa Stroh, Dauphin CountyMichelle Zmijanac, Allegheny CountyFor more information on the Commission for Women, contact or 717.831.3224. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Names New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Womencenter_img October 07, 2015last_img read more

Pennsylvania Establishes New Apprenticeship Program

first_img November 29, 2017 Pennsylvania Establishes New Apprenticeship Program Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a new pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship program through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that will enable more Pennsylvania employers to develop the specialized training their workers need to close skills gaps in the workplace, while also providing rewarding career pathways for students and adults.“The expansion of our apprenticeship programs provides Pennsylvania companies and our workforce with a competitive edge,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The creation of this new program reinforces our commitment to providing job seekers with hands-on training and helps to create a pipeline of highly-skilled talent for employers.”DCED is accepting grant proposals from apprenticeship sponsors such as single employers, employer consortiums, workforce development boards, economic development organizations, labor organization, career tech schools, Pennsylvania community colleges, and community organizations. Eligible apprenticeships must be registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO).Grants can be used to complement hourly salaries of in-house instructors for training that supports on-the-job training, costs of books and training materials, contracted professional services directly related to academic competency, and other expenses deemed eligible by DCED.The new apprenticeship program will be funded through money that has been “clawed back” from businesses and organizations that have received state support and failed to meet the state requirements of the contract, whether it be based on job numbers, capital investment figures, or additional requirements outlined in the program guidelines.Since the ATO office was created in early 2016, 2,610 new apprentices and 81 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide have been created, bringing the total number of registered programs to 750 and the total number of registered apprentices to 15,201 statewide.To learn more about the Pre-Apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Grant Program or to apply for a grant, go to the DCED website. To register an apprenticeship program with the ATO, go to the Labor and Industry website.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Queensland retirement sector wins top gongs at national awards

first_imgTerry Byway receiving his Village Manager of the Year award.A QUEENSLAND retirement village manager has taken out the top gong at the National Retirement Living Awards on the Gold Coast.Former soldier and police officer Terry Byway, manager of Buderim Gardens Retirement Village (operated by Lendlease), received the Village Manager of the Year award in front of more than 500 industry leaders on Monday night.Mr Byway has worked as a retirement village manager since 2010, after 20 years in the Army and 12 years as a police officer in Tasmania and Queensland.Since taking over the management of Buderim Gardens in early 2016, Mr Byway has overseen significant upgrades to resident units and other village buildings, ensured disruption to residents remained minimal and made savings to the village budget at the same time.Property Council of Australia Retirement Living executive director Ben Myers said Mr Byway’s work in his community had been remarkable in a short space of time.“A village manager is the central point of contact for every one of their residents,” Mr Myers said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago“Terry has demonstrated his ability to listen, receive feedback and deliver a better village experience, without adding to his residents’ costs.”Paul Bonner, chair of the Buderim Gardens residents committee, said Mr Byway helped to rebuild trust among residents at the village after facilities had been allowed to deteriorate before Lendlease bought the village in 2014.“Terry is very approachable and does what he promises. He is caring and will always make himself available to residents to discuss their concerns,” he said.Meanwhile, The Village Retirement Group won the top award for marketing excellence. It comes after the specialist retirement village developer, operator and marketer, entered into an agreement with Anglicare Southern Queensland in 2015 to develop, market and operate 297 independent living units in the Brisbane northside suburb of Taigum.Queensland’s St Luke’s Green in Brisbane won the Design Excellence award. St Luke’s Green incorporates the St Luke’s Catholic Church in Woolloongabba, with the use of land reinvigorating the parish and transforming a largely forgotten site into a thriving new community.“The St Luke’s Green have been able to combine tradition with fantastic new facilities to create a terrific new community accessible to all, just a couple of kilometres from the centre of Brisbane,” Mr Myers said.last_img read more

Family pays millions to live in an exclusive school catchment

first_imgRay White Queensland chief auctioneer Mitch Peereboom reported two properties selling under the hammer yesterday – both for $660,000.He said Ray White Brisbane agent Dean Yesberg’s listing at 177 Park Rd, Woollongabba sold to a renovator. SOLD: 7 Moynihan St, Ascot sold under the hammer for $1,660,000.A BRISBANE family has paid $1,660,000 for a property so they could stay within a school catchment zone.Hot Property Buyers Agency senior buyers agent Zoran Solano said despite the $1,660,000 price tag, 7 Moynihan St, Ascot was secured below the original reserve.“It was quite competitively purchased, and the seller currently resides overseas and no longer lives in the property itself,” Mr Solano said.According to CoreLogic, the property last sold 22 years ago for $375,000.Mr Solano said the vendor moved overseas and no longer needed the home.In Indooroopilly, 31 bidders registered to buy 24 Garema St, which sold under the hammer for $1,805,000.A north Queensland family are one step closer to owning their dream home after being the highest bidder at the auction yesterday.The four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 1 Juxgold St, Murrarie went to auction at 9am, with two registered bidders competing to buy it.The Cairns family opened the bidding opened at $800,000, with the second bidder quickly raising the bid to $810,000. The family didn’t hesitate to raise the bidding to $830,000 at which point the second bidder was out. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< The home at 17 Emma St, Holland Park West, which sold for $660,000 changed hands for the first time in 63 years.The other, 17 Emma St, Holland Park West, changed hands for the first time in 63 years.Ray White Holland Park agent Rocky Glanville said the Holland Park West home sold to first time buyers moving from Mackay. The outdoor living zones at 7 Moynihan St, Ascot.MORE:Building new? Curves are on trendNational first to reduce food waste The Murarrie home immediately went under contract after the property was passed in at $880,000. Place auctioneer Paul Curtain put in a vendor bid of $850,000, which the young family countered with $860,000. Another vendor bid of $870,000 was placed and then Place Bulimba agent Glen Bool then went into negotiations with the vendor.After about 10 minutes of negotiations, the family raised their big to $880,000 at which point the property was passed in.Mr Bool confirmed just 10 minutes after the auction ended a conditional offer for an undisclosed amount was accepted.“It’s got a 72-hour finance clause on there, it did get to reserve, but it’s definitely under contract,” he said.Mr Bool said the family had moved to Brisbane and were renting locally.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“They just loved that home from the minute they walked through it,” he said.“They’ve been through four or five times throughout the campaign.“They were so emotional and happy afterwards.“The boys have picked out their bedrooms, and apparently I have an open invitation to come and use the pool whenever I want – that’s always a bonus.”“The boys have picked out their bedrooms and apparently I have an open invitation to come and use the pool whenever I want — that’s always a bonus.”last_img read more

Bacteria ‘linked’ to Parkinson’s disease

first_img Share Tweet Could this bacterium cause Parkinson’s disease?The bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers in the US. Mice infected with Helicobacter pylori went onto develop Parkinson’s like symptoms.The study, presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, argues that infection could play “a significant role”.The charity Parkinson’s UK said the results should be treated with caution.Parkinson’s disease affects the brain and results in slow movements and a tremor.Middle-aged mice, the equivalent of being between 55 and 65 in humans, were infected. Six months later they showed symptoms related to Parkinson’s, such as reduced movement and decreased levels of a chemical, dopamine, in the brain.These changes were not noticed in younger mice.ToxicDr Traci Testerman, from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, said: “Our findings suggest that H. pylori infection could play a significant role in the development of Parkinson’s disease in humans.“The results were far more dramatic in aged mice than in young mice, demonstrating that normal ageing increases susceptibility to Parkinsonian changes in mice, as is seen in humans.”The researchers believe the bacteria are producing chemicals which are toxic to the brain.They said H. pylori was able to “steal” cholesterol from the body and process it by adding a sugar group.Dr Testerman said this new chemical was almost identical to one found in seeds from the cycad plant, which had been shown to trigger a Parkinson’s-like disease among people in Guam.She told the BBC: “H. pylori eradication in late stage Parkinson’s disease is unlikely to result in significant improvement.“Certain neurons are killed before symptoms begin, and more are killed as the disease progresses. Those neurons will not grow back.”Dr Kieran Breen, director of research at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We believe Parkinson’s is most likely caused by a combination of environmental factors together with an individual’s genetic susceptibility to developing the condition.He said there was some evidence that bacteria can prevent the main drug to treat Parkinson’s, levodopa, being absorbed, but there was no strong evidence that people who have H. pylori in their gut are actually more likely to develop Parkinson’s.He added: “The current study is interesting and suggests that the bacteria may release a toxin that could kill nerve cells.“However, the results should be treated with caution. The research was carried out in mice that were infected with relatively high doses of the bacterium or its extract.“While they developed movement problems, we don’t know whether this was actually due to the death of nerve cells. Further research needs to be carried out”.BBC News HealthLifestyle Bacteria ‘linked’ to Parkinson’s disease by: – May 23, 2011 20 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Dealing with prejudice

first_img Sharing is caring! FaithLocalNews Dealing with prejudice by: – August 13, 2011 Share 53 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Photo credit: letustalk.wordpress.comThe text of today’s Gospel is not easy to deal with. We find here a picture of Jesus that leaves us conflicted. In the passage he is encountered by a Syro-Phoenician woman, that is, a non-Jew, who engages him in public and asks him to heal her daughter.  It’s an encounter that recalls the situation at the well in Samaria when the disciples came upon Jesus conversing with a Samaritan woman. They couldn’t get over a couple of things: first, she was from Samaria, which for Jews was not ethnically respectable; secondly, she was a woman; and thirdly, they were conversing in public.You have an analogous scenario here. But it gets worse. The conversation takes a dismissive turn.  The woman asks for help. She must obviously have heard about Jesus’ reputation as a healer. She is properly respectful; she calls him ‘Lord,’ or ‘Sir.’ And he responds by telling her that it’s not right for him to take “the children’s food” and give it to dogs.Put as non-prejudicially as possible, Jesus is saying it’s not right to take what God meant for Jews and give it to Gentiles; I was sent not to Gentiles but to Jews.That’s essentially what Jesus says in reply, but it’s not all that he says. He compares the woman to a dog. And that is what we find hard to acquiesce in. What did she do to warrant being described in that way?Here is one of those places fairly common to translation, especially translation from an ancient language, where we assume that a word once used and still in use today means one and the same thing; or that we can hear the special meanings a word once had, just because we use the same word.There were three meanings of the word “dog” at the time Jesus spoke. The first referred to pot hounds  roaming around Jerusalem, eating whatever food they could scrounge; the second referring to pets in a home (who would wait around the table while the household ate, hoping that someone would throw them some scraps); and the third referring to the ordinary Jewish vernacular for ‘Gentile.’But, one may say, the reference is still offensive, and it is.  The thought, however, crossed my mind as I pored over the passage, that today you hear young people (and others) refer to friends they hang around with as “my dawg,” or “my horse.” Could you imagine someone writing two centuries from now, and commenting on the vernacular usage among young people in the 21st century, and saying, e.g., that they sometimes seemed to have had ‘a strange predilection for referring to one another as horses and dogs.’  What are some of the associations they would not and perhaps could not hear?Still, as I say, the offense in the Jewish vernacular lingers. How do we deal with this? It’s important not to sanitize Jesus of a derogatory practice, common to his people, which he assumes here without question. Jesus was a Jew and despite the independence and freedom he often showed, he was still subject to the limitation of his culture and his time. He also understood his mission as one initially reserved for the errant Jewish people, and for no one else. On the first occasion that he sent his disciples out, he made that clear. Go, he said, to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Only after the resurrection do we find him having a world-wide perspective.But the encounter itself still has something distinctive to teach us. The woman who hears herself described in that derogatory way, does not respond to Jesus on the same level. She takes the matter to a higher level. “Ah yes, Sir,” she replies, “but even house dogs can eat scraps that fall from the children’s table.” The single-mindedness of her reply – she is resolutely focused on her daughter – and the disregard of the traditional slur amazes Jesus. She admires her courage, her breath of mind, and her focus, and says to her, in effect: “What faith and courage! Whatever you want, you must have.”In other words, Jesus allows his prejudice to be corrected, indeed, to be chastened. Outside of the only limits where God is believed to act, he finds courage, resilience and faith – and has no hesitation in acknowledging it. It is the deeper lesson, I think, in this uncomfortable narrative. I wish we could show as much graciousness in acknowledgement when our prejudices are exposed and shown up in our own eyes for what they are.By: Father Henry Charles, Ph. d Sharelast_img read more

NFF’s $9.5m alleged fraud case: Court fixes Feb 20 on Pinnick, Sanusi

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Justice Peter Affen had earlier fixed October 22, 2019 for ruling in the application before the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation said it wanted to harmonise all cases involving the alleged fraud. However, at the resumed hearing on Monday, Abubakar Musa, Senior State Counsel from the Federation Ministry of Justice told the court that the AGF was withdrawing the application for harmonisation to enable Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to go on with the matter. EFCC had arraigned three officials of NFF before the court in an alleged $9.5 million FIFA grant misappropriation before applying on April 30 to join both Pinnick and Sanusi in the matter as co-defendants.Advertisement An Abuja High Court has fixed February 20 for ruling on an application to join Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, and Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi in the alleged misappropriation of $9.5m FIFA grant. Those being tried earlier were Christopher Andekin, NFF Director of Administration and Finance; Reagan Zaka, Cashier, and Fadanari Mamza, Head, Finance and Account Department. The EFCC charged the defendants with five counts bordering on criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and misappropriation. Read Also:Pinnick reveals date NFF will hand Rohr new Eagles contract The EFCC alleged that they conspired between January 8 and 26, 2015 to commit the offence, contrary to Section 97 of Penal Code. Andekin was alleged to have been entrusted with money meant for the development of football in Nigeria, a grant from world football body, the Federation of International Football Association. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

New part numbers announced for GM 602, 604 crate engines

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – General Motor has introduced an improved sealing system for GM 602 and 604 crate engines. A cap seal system has replaced the breakaway bolts effective immediately.This has resulted in an additional part number for both GM 602 and GM 604 engines.Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod drivers can compete with 602 num­bered 88869602 crates while Modified drivers can compete with 604 numbered 88869604 crates, as well as the previously approved part numbers.“GM has added a new part number for what is essentially the third generation of 602 and 604 en­gines,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “Those additions demand a part number change but as­sembly and performance remain the same. Earlier part numbered engines are not less competi­tive and remain 100 percent IMCA legal.”“While rulebooks have already been sent to print, the timing is actually very good for us,” Root said. “IMCA seals must be put on the new part numbered GM engines right out of the gate when they are purchased from a GM Performance dealer.”“This does not put any racer who already has an IMCA legal GM 602 crate engine in the situation where they cannot use it after Jan. 1, 2019,” he emphasized.The new part numbers will be published in the tech inspectors’ manual. Rules posted on the IMCA website have already been updated.The previously announced deadline of Jan. 1, 2019 for hav­ing IMCA seals on all GM 602 engines will be removed and not enforced.last_img read more