Shame on districts that thwarted protests

first_imgThis is a watershed moment in American history, rife with civic engagement and an opportunity to affect change many Americans thought could never happen. As educators, we have a duty to engage students in civic education that promotes an understanding of our democratic republic.The events of Feb. 14, though tragic, have created an opportunity for social and political change. The brave and relentless student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have shown American students the path to success. In fact, 12th grade Civics class requires this type of learning and engagement. The NYS SS Framework (curriculum) has three standards (12. G2, 12.G3, and 12.G4) that address First Amendment protections, civic duties and responsibilities. Districts that would punish students for participating in protests are doing the exact opposite of what is called for, and critical to the survival of our system of government. Grass roots policy change is very rare, and most movements amount to little more than a few loud protests.We have engaged our youth in political participation and debate like never before. I’m glad the Schenectady City School District Board of Education, high school Principal Diane Wilkinson and Superintendent Larry Spring support our students’ rights. Shame on districts who don’t.CHRISTOPHER OGNIBENENiskayunaThe writer is chairman of the Schenectady High School Social Studies DepartmentMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation

first_imgGovernor Wolf Takes Action on Legislation November 21, 2016 Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf took action on a number of pieces of legislation.“Today, I am proud to sign HB 2370 which clarifies the realty transfer tax exemption passed earlier this year for transfers of agriculture conservation easements from farms to certain organizations, and would ensure that it applies to certain transactions that have already taken place” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This will provide much needed tax relief for hundreds of family farms in Pennsylvania.”“I also signed HB 946 which changes the drug reimbursement methodology used in the commonwealth’s prescription assistance programs for older adults and will produce a substantial savings,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “While achieving this kind of savings is laudable, we would prefer that the bill used these savings to expand drug coverage for additional senior citizens rather than using the savings to increase dispensing fees paid per prescription to pharmacies.”Governor Wolf signed the following bills:Act 167 (Gillen) – Amends the Civil Service Act, in Civil Service Commission, further providing for Commission; for powers of director; for service to state departments & cooperation with other agencies; for nature of examinations.Act 168 Gabler) – Amends Title 34 (Game), in hunting & furtaking, further providing for unlawful devices & methods; and, in hunting & furtaking licenses, further providing for elk hunting licenses.Act 169 (Baker) – Act providing for pharmacy audit procedures, for registration of pharmacy benefits managers & auditing entities, for maximum allowable cost transparency & for prescription drugs reimbursed under PACE & PACENET; & related repeals.Act 170 (Harris) – Amends Titles 15 (Corporations) & 54 (Names) modernizing law on limited liability partnerships, general partnerships, limited partnerships & limited liability companies.Act 171 (Oberlander) – Amends Title 62 (Procurement) providing for diverse and disadvantaged businesses.Act 172 (Warner) – Amends Title 35 (Health & Safety) providing for incentives for municipal volunteers of fire companies and nonprofit emergency medical services agencies.Act 173 (Corbin) – Act requiring the preparation & publication of information relating to the influenza vaccine for individuals residing in assisted living & personal care homes; & imposing duties on the Department of Health & the Department of Human Services.Act 174 (Snyder) – Amends Title 61 (Prisons and Parole), in miscellaneous provisions, providing for oleoresin capsicum spray.Act 175 (Moul) – Amends an Act further providing for the applicability of realty transfer tax exclusion provisions; and imposing a duty on the Department of Revenue to refund certain realty transfer taxes paid.Governor Wolf vetoed the following bill:HB 1538 (White) – Amends Title 44 (Law and Justice) adding provisions for law enforcement activities by providing for release of law enforcement officer information when firearm discharged or use of force.“While I am deeply concerned for the safety of the Commonwealth’s police officers, government works best when trust and openness exist between citizens and their government, and as such, I cannot sign into law a policy that will enshrine the withholding of information in the public interest,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These situations in particular – when law enforcement uses deadly force – demand utmost transparency, otherwise a harmful mistrust will grow between police officers and the communities they protect and serve. Further, I cannot allow local police department policies to be superseded and transparency to be criminalized, as local departments are best equipped to decide what information is appropriate to release to the public.”To view the Governor’s veto message, click here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

FOHF assets plummet amid cost pressure, direct investment growth

first_imgIn addition, an increasing focus on fees paid to fund managers has meant investors have moved away from the traditionally expensive fund-of-funds model.In a bid to deal this challenging environment, Preqin said FOHF managers were increasingly looking to consolidate. The period 2009-17, following the global financial crisis, produced a total of 56 mergers or acquisitions, compared to just 13 in the period 2000-08.However, activity over the past two years has slowed, the data company added.Amy Bensted, head of hedge fund products at Preqin, said: “The fund-of-hedge-funds industry faced a series of challenges in the wake of the global financial crisis – a difficult performance environment, changing regulations and a shrinking investor base.“With assets under management in decline, and more funds liquidating than launching, the industry has turned to mergers and acquisitions in order to diversify value proposition as well as building economies of scale.”The report said as industry assets have dwindled, the number of new FOHFs entering the market has also fallen year-on-year, from a peak of 207 in 2007 to just 10 in the first half of 2017.Since 2012, 475 FOHFs launched globally, but 861 liquidated in the same period.However, despite a move to direct hedge fund investing, Preqin noted that almost four out of five of sovereign wealth funds and public pension funds still invested in FOHFs.“The advantages of multi-manager vehicles – to be able to gain exposure to flagship hedge funds and to insulate investors from market shocks – have not diminished,” Bensted said. Assets held by funds-of-hedge-funds (FOHFs) have fallen by a third in less than a decade as investors have pushed more into direct allocations, according to research.Preqin, a data company, found that declining assets over the past decade have led to increased consolidation among FOHF managers as they seek to diversify product offerings to attract more investors, according to a new report.Assets held by FOHFs have fallen from $1.2trn (€1trn) in June 2008 to $798bn in June 2017, Preqin reported, as investors have grown more sophisticated and have withdrawn assets in favour of direct investments.For example, within the UK’s local government pension schemes, some of the newly created asset pools are seeking a direct approach to alternatives and unlisted assets.last_img read more

Reno nightmare: ‘There was a wheelie bin in one of the rooms’

first_imgAFTER: The kitchen in the home at 19 Camden St, Albion, after the renovation.Mrs Harbort, a former property manager, and her husband, Tim — a stockbroker — then set about cleaning the place up and embarking on their fourth renovation project.“This is not his scene, but he’s seen it work the three previous times so he trusted me,” she said.Before they moved in with their one-year-old daughter at the time, they washed down the walls (which were actually yellow when they thought they were green) and repainted the interior. MORE: Fish or swim steps from the front door BEFORE: The front entrance to the house at 19 Camden St, Albion, before the renovation. “We walked up the hallway, back out the front, spoke to the agent, made an offer and it was accepted.“It was a true Queenslander with the VJ walls and the breezeways, and the area — I just didn’t think I’d be able to find something so close to the city.” AFTER: The living room in the home at 19 Camden St, Albion, after the renovation.“My mum had a unit in Clayfield a couple of streets away and she said; ‘How would you feel about adding a granny flat for me?’” Mrs Harbort said.“I was heavily pregnant and I thought; ‘Great, a built-in babysitter!’, so that’s when we did the extension.”They wanted to match the floorboards for the extension to the original house’s floorboards, so they sourced them from the Timber Mill and were told they were from the RNA showbag pavilion.The rest of the house was restored to its former glory, keeping its original features and using a timeless, neutral colour palette.In the kitchen, the Harborts added a decorative, pressed metal splashback to keep with the character of the home.The most recent stage of the renovation involved installing a pool. Nicole and Tim Harbort at the home they have renovated in Albion. Photo: AAP/ Megan Slade.THE walls were covered in dirt, the bedrooms inaccessible and there was a wheelie bin in one of the rooms.It’s hard to believe it, but it was love at first sight when Nicole Harbort inspected the house at 19 Camden Street in Albion.“I just fell in love with it,” Mrs Harbort said. RELATED: From ‘post-war mess’ to picture perfect BEFORE: The back of the house at 19 Camden St, Albion, before the renovation. BEFORE: The front of the house at 19 Camden St, Albion, before the renovation. BEFORE: Inside the house at 19 Camden St, Albion, before the renovation.center_img BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 19 Camden St, Albion, before the renovation. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThey ripped up the carpets and sanded and polished the floors.The major stage of the renovation involved adding an extension to the property that became a self-contained unit for Mrs Harbort’s mother to live in.It has a separate entry via a new timber deck, a kitchenette, lounge, bedroom, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. AFTER: The back deck of the home at 19 Camden St, Albion, after the renovation. AFTER: The front of the home at 19 Camden St, Albion, after the renovation.The property had been in the same hands for 40 years and the one tenant had rented it for the past 17 years.“You couldn’t even get in to the bedrooms,” Mrs Harbort said.“There was a mattress in front of the TV in the lounge room that he must have slept in. “It had been on the market for a little bit because people couldn’t see past the condition of the property.”To make things worse, the purple, 1967 bathroom had no toilet — it was in the outhouse.“We did the bathroom up before we moved in,” Mrs Harbort said.“We brought the toilet in from out the back into the bathroom.” AFTER: The pool at the home at 19 Camden St, Albion, after the renovation.Now, the Harborts are ready to do it all again, having bought another house just across the road.“We were not even thinking about selling,” Mrs Harbort said.“We loved it and loved the area; being able to walk the girls to school and to local cafes, being walking distance to the train station.“But there’s a house that’s unrenovated in our street and I said to my husband if it ever came up for sale I’d love to buy it and restore it.“One afternoon, I came home from work and saw the ‘for sale’ sign was up, and we bought it!” AFTER: The front entrance to the home at 19 Camden St, Albion, after the renovation.The property at 19 Camden St, Albion, is being offered for sale through Alex Rutherford of Place – New Farm.RENO FACT CHECKTime taken: Four years (staged)Total spend: $300,000last_img read more

GABP to host veterans’ job fair

first_imgCincinnati, OH—Cincinnati’s hometown hero organizations, DAV and RecruitMilitary, will host the Cincinnati Veterans Job Fair tomorrow, Thursday, September 12th from 11 am to 3 pm at Great American Ballpark. This free event for veterans, military spouses, transitioning military, National Guard members and Reservists features nearly 50 employers ready to hire. In addition to providing career opportunities for transitioning military and veterans, RecruitMilitary is also focusing efforts on the more than 600,000 military spouses in the United States who are unemployed and/or underemployed in their professional careers. The company is actively working to help address the exorbitantly high unemployment rate of military spouses – nearly 25% – a rate more than six times the national average. This is the highest unemployment rate of any singular group in the U.S.  Through its partnership with Google, a new job search tool is now available to assist military spouse and military-trained talent to explore 8,000 remote work options in the RecruitMilitary database of more than 250,000 jobs. With more than 140 veteran and military spouse job fairs this year, RecruitMilitary offers veterans and military spouses the most opportunities of any organization to help facilitate their future career goals.To further support the transition process of our military service members, Cincinnati’s RecruitMilitary recently launched a program created by veterans and military spouses for veterans and military spouses: Team Transition.  The Team Transition program is the first program designed to fully support the family members of service members through career networking opportunities and resources.  As service members complete their missions and prepare to transition to civilian employment, it is important to remember that the military family unit is the foundation of the service member’s success.  Team Transition provides resources to help military spouses and dependents secure employment, explore career opportunities and enhance educational and licensing initiatives to secure stability as the foundation of the military family.RecruitMilitary’s Event Director Adam O’Toole, who is also a Cincinnati native and U.S. Army veteran, is available to discuss tomorrow’s hiring event and how we’re helping Cincinnati’s veterans, transitioning military and military spouses find meaningful career opportunities.last_img read more

Milk giveaway in Osgood

first_imgOsgood, IN—Saturday, The Upper Room Café in Osgood will be giving the cow away. OK, maybe not, but they are giving anyone that stops by 2 gallons of milk for free per family as they have a huge truck supply coming.  This will be between 9 am to 11 am this Saturday, May 30.last_img

Isla pens QPR deal

first_img “He showed his quality in the World Cup for Chile and it’s a great loan signing for us. “He’s a versatile player, he’s full of energy. I’m confident he’ll be a really big asset for us this season” Isla, who has made 51 appearances for his country, added: “I am very happy to be here – this is the start of an exciting new adventure for me. “Everybody knows that the Premier League is the greatest league in the world and the QPR proposal is very interesting and one I am very excited about. “I hope this coming season is going to be great for both the club and myself. I will give 100 per cent in every game to help QPR in the Premier League.” Earlier on Tuesday, the 47-cap Chile defender completed his medical at Loftus Road and tweeted news of his move – before later removing the post. Redknapp’s fourth summer signing follows just a day after QPR paid a fee believed to reach £6million to prise Jordon Mutch away from Cardiff. The 26-year-old Chilean has received a work permit/governing body endorsement from the Football Association and is currently back in Italy to obtain his working visa. Rangers boss Harry Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk: “He’s a top player and we’re delighted to have him here. Press Associationcenter_img Juventus defender Mauricio Isla has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal.last_img read more

Emerson boys, EEMS girls claim 1st at Parker Pruett Middle School Invitational

first_imgSULLIVAN — Youth cross-country runners from across Hancock County traveled to Sumner Memorial High School on Monday for the 20th running of the Parker Pruett Middle School Invitational.In the boys’ team competition, Conners Emerson School of Bar Harbor claimed first place with 62 points to edge second-place Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and third-place Mount Desert Elementary School. Ellsworth won the girls’ team competition with 39 points, and Emerson and Mount Desert tied for second with 67.Individually, Blue Hill’s Jack Brooks won the boys’ race with a time of 12 minutes, 28 seconds. Callan Eason of Mount Desert claimed first place over Ellsworth’s Casey Carter in the girls’ race with a time of 13:28.The meet is held annually in honor of Parker Pruett, a former cross-country runner at Sumner. Pruett came to Maine from his home in San Francisco to attend the event and present the championship trophy.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

AFC Executive Committee recognises ISL as top league in India

first_imgNew Delhi: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Committee meeting for the first time in Vietnam on Saturday endorsed the roadmap for Indian football as a plan to grow the sport in the world’s second-most populous country.The endorsement comes shortly after the AFC held a summit in Kuala Lumpur on October 14 and involved representatives of both the Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League as well as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and IMG-Reliance.The roadmap for the reform process is for the club game in the country — with the ISL being recognized as the top league in India starting from the 2019-2020 season.The ISL League winners would also be entitled to a play-off place in the AFC Champions League and the I-League champions would take a place in the AFC Cup in ‘a package that takes into consideration the recommendations of the FIFA/AFC report of 2017’.The AFC Executive Committee, at their meeting in Da Nang, noted the impressive start for the ISL in Kochi on Friday where the TV audience doubled after the game was shown in seven languages on 20 channels across the nation.Following the AFC Executive Committee decision, the roadmap includes:- In season 2019-20, the ISL will attain the status of premier league competition in Indian football.- The AFC will allow the winning ISL club to represent India in the AFC Champions League play-offs, and the I-League winner will get to play in the AFC Cup play-off.- Another key recommendation by the AFC is to open a pathway for two I-League clubs’ entry into the ISL by the end of the 2020-21 season, subject to the criteria being fulfilled.- In addition, starting with the 2022-23 and 2023-2024 season, the winner of the I-League will stand a chance to be promoted to the ISL with no participation fee, basis fulfilling sporting merit and the national club licensing criteria to be set out by the AIFF. There will be no relegation in the ISL at this time.- In its recommendation for 2024-25, it is agreed to fully implement promotion and relegation into the top league, and the abolition of two parallel leagues.The document will now be distributed to all stakeholders for their information and future reference. IANSAlso Read: ISL 6th Edition to Witness ‘Cooling Breaks’ in Accordance With FIFA RulesAlso Watch: Incessant Rain leads to severe Landslide in Lumdinglast_img read more

Liverpool’s homecoming king, Kaleb Ohlemacher, leads Warriors to 22-8 win

first_img Published on September 28, 2018 at 11:18 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 The @alexruston10 to Ohlemacher connection works again, down to the five. @AnthonyDabbundo @LCSDAthletics @lpoolfootball pic.twitter.com/jyyyxTBdvf— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) September 28, 2018AdvertisementThis is placeholder text LIVERPOOL — Liverpool’s Kaleb Ohlemacher lined up on the track with his girlfriend, Bianca Morales. He wore his Warriors jersey and pads, but also donned a sash and a golden crown. It was halftime, and Ohlemacher was homecoming king.Moments earlier, Ohlemacher made a 16-yard catch down the right sideline to put Liverpool at the 5 yard line. That set up a Warriors touchdown right before halftime to take the lead into the locker room. Before exiting, though, Ohlemacher and three of his teammates were announced as part of the homecoming court.“They’re high school kids,” Liverpool head coach David Mancuso said. “It’s girls, it’s Friday night lights, it’s all the fun stuff. So I just let them go. It’s funny because somebody questioned me on that and I go, trust me, the only way it’s gonna affect them is if I don’t let them go and I bring them up to the locker room with me.” Ohlemacher hauled in four passes for 70 yards and returned a punt for 38. Part of a Liverpool (3-2) team that relies on a “pick your poison” running duo, it was the 6-foot-2 Ohlemacher who made the biggest impact on the game via the air. His timely contributions helped lead the Warriors to a 22-8 win over Corcoran (1-4) on Friday night at Liverpool High School, moving Liverpool’s win streak to three-straight games.“The distractions, it’s all fun and games with homecoming,” Ohlemacher said, “but when it comes down to it, we had to get the W.”Corcoran scored on its first drive. And after exchanging the ball back and forth once, Liverpool looked like it had stalled again. The Warriors faced a fourth-and-10 from the 28-yard line, too deep for a field goal attempt but too close to punt. They went for it.Alex Ruston rolled to his left and threw the ball up, toward the sideline. Ohlemacher leaped with his chest pointed back toward the line of scrimmage and legs splayed outward, a variation on a back-shoulder pass. And he hauled it in right to his numbers, an 18-yard gain to pick up the first down before Liverpool scored plays later to tie the game.“I know that I can just throw it up to him and bet that he’s going to go get it and make a safe play on the ball,” Ruston said.By the time Ruston was throwing to Ohlemacher inside a minute to go in the first half, he trusted his receiver to bring the ball down. And that third catch of the half set up Liverpool’s go-ahead score with 16 seconds remaining in the second quarter. And he wasn’t done.On Liverpool’s first drive of the second half, Ruston relied on the athleticism of Ohlemacher once more. The wideout ran a go route down the left sideline and Ruston just threw a line-drive toward Ohlemacher, who was even with the Cougars’ defensive back. The Warriors’ receiver planted his feet, rose up and snatched the ball with his back almost parallel to the ground. As he fell with the defender wrapped around him, Ohlemacher tapped his right foot in bounds for a clean catch.“He blew my mind tonight because I didn’t know he could catch the ball that well,” Mancuso said. “To do it consistently was just phenomenal.” Homecoming king Kaleb Ohlemacher with the 22 yard catch from @alexruston10. @LCSDAthletics @lpoolfootball pic.twitter.com/KSe1HN1IEE— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) September 29, 2018 That drive ended in a Liverpool punt. Late in the third quarter, Ohlemacher had one more stamp to put on the game, this time on special teams.Corcoran’s punter booted the ball high and inside the Warriors’ 20. Ohlemacher received the ball near the left hashmark on his own 15-yard line. He saw three blockers ahead of him to his left, he said, and followed them. Ohlemacher cut tight around the left hip of his widest teammate and up the sideline, sprinting past midfield. By the time he was brought down, he’d picked up 38 yards on the return. Liverpool finished that drive with a score, too, to effectively ice the game.“I knew it was gonna be a big play,” Ohlemacher said of the return, “and it set the tone really for the rest of the game.”After the game, the field’s lights reflected off Ohlemacher’s head, just as they had at halftime when he donned the gold crown. This time, there was no crown. Just his silver mouthpiece. The halftime festivities had occurred more than an hour before, and the spectators had cleared out and lit a bonfire near the field’s parking lot.Ohlemacher wasn’t in a rush to leave, though. His teammates patted him on the back as they walked by or leaned in past his shoulder, as if they wanted to listen in.“It’s all love here at Liverpool,” Ohlemacher said. “Everybody’s supporting each other, everybody’s just having fun here at homecoming.”Ohlemacher didn’t need the crown anymore. His play stood out by itself. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more