Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThankfully, fools like Trump are rarePresident Trump abruptly canceled a secret meeting to open peace talks with the Taliban, upending months of negotiations in a tweet. He owes an accounting to all the service members who have borne the brunt of 18 years of folly.He thinks it a clever negotiating tactic to bring all the parties to the table, bang his fist, shout “F you,” then storm out. That’s how to get a better deal.We don’t want a deal. We want an ending. We owe that to all our men and women in uniform, to our allies and to the Afghan people whose weddings and funerals are turned into killing fields as the war drags on.We shouldn’t be surprised.This is a guy who dodged the draft on a fake disability and spent the Vietnam years chasing skirts and shaking his behind in Studio 54. He doesn’t respect servicemen who “got captured.”He mocks the immigrant parents of a Muslim soldier killed in this war. He is cutting tens of millions in funding that benefits military dependents to pursue his phony war at the Mexican border. He gives self-aggrandizing press interviews among the headstones of the fallen in Normandy. He’s using our military to bail out his failing golf resorts. He has zero empathy for the men and women who serve.Maybe there’s a sucker born every minute, as he believes, and we are all suckers. But it’s a damned good thing a colossally feckless fool like this comes along but rarely.Terry O’NeillAlbanyNo need for Cuomo plate money grabThere’s no doubt that some New York license plates are worn to the point where they are unreadable.But the majority of the plates that I have seen are perfectly good. Why punish those of us who have plates over 10 years old, that are still good, by making us buy new plates? Hasn’t anyone thought of having the condition of the plates part of the annual motor vehicle inspection? If they don’t pass inspection, you have 10 days to get new ones.Oh, I get it, New York wouldn’t reap the high profit gained by having everybody with 10-year-old plates getting new ones at the inflated price that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to charge. This is Gov. Cuomo at his money-grabbing best.Jim SeverinoScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18
The British government was criticized by lawmakers in its own party on Sunday after a mounting row over English exam grades awarded during the pandemic intensified, in the latest hit to its reputation.With a nationwide lockdown forcing exams to be cancelled, the government used an algorithm to assess grade predictions that had been made by teachers, and lowered those grades for almost 40 percent of students taking their main school-leaving exam.The process led to thousands of students losing places at top universities. To compound the issue for the government, results shows that grades were less likely to be lowered for those students who attended fee-paying private schools. Read also: State university entrance exams held with strict yet ‘misguided’ health protocols in placeJohnson’s government has been criticized for its handling of the pandemic, with the country recording the highest death toll in Europe, the most severe economic contraction of any major economy so far and multiple occasions where it has been slow to respond to events.The opposition Labour Party said the incompetence was unacceptable.While France published the methodology for how it would award grades months in advance of results day, Britain announced changes to the process the day before they were released. The issue is likely to surface again this week when grades for 16-year-old students are released on Thursday.The government has said pupils would not have to pay to appeal grades and said most students will have received the correct results. Ofqual said some of the predicted grades given by teachers were “implausibly high”. Topics : On Saturday night the exams regulator published guidance on the appeals process, only to pull it hours later because it needed further review.Robert Halfon, chairman of the cross-party education select committee in parliament and a lawmaker in Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, described the situation as farcical.”It sows confusion among pupils, head teachers and school teachers and it’s the last thing we need at this time,” he told the BBC.Conservative lawmaker Robert Syms said the government needed to address the issue with a fair appeals process “or risk (Conservative) Tory MPs going on warpath”.
Arsenal’s players are observing a 14-day period of self-isolation (Getty Images)Brighton have confirmed that their Premier League match against Arsenal this Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead after the Gunners’ fixture against Manchester City on Wednesday evening due to the coronavirus.The decision to postpone the match ‘as a precautionary measure’ following the news that Olympiacos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis had contracted the virus.Arsenal played the Greek team in the Europa League on February 27 and Marinakis had come into contact with both players and staff at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal have said that risk of the players contracting the virus is ‘extremely low’ but members of the squad have been told to observe a 14-day period of self-isolation starting from the time they came into contact with Marinakis.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal have also confirmed that the players who engaged with Marinakis are due to return to training on Friday and should be available for the Saturday’s fixture against Brighton. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live Olympiacos’ owner Evangelos Marinakis revealed he has contracted coronavirus (Reuters)In their statement, Brighton said: ‘The risk is considered extremely low and Saturday’s match remains scheduled to go ahead with the self-isolation period for those players ending tomorrow, as we continue to follow government and medical advice with regard to the coronavirus.’Meanwhile, Arsenal’s statement read: ‘The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘However, we are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact. ‘The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires. Four Arsenal staff – who were sitting close to Mr Marinakis during the match – will also remain at home until the 14 days are complete.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Advertisement Brighton vs Arsenal scheduled to go ahead after Man City game is postponed Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 11 Mar 2020 8:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link741Shares
May 09, 2019 Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – The State Board of Education is supporting Governor Tom Wolf’s proposal to require students to start school by age 6 and remain until age 18. Both changes are key components of the governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP). The bold plan in the 2019-20 budget proposal would create the strongest and most qualified workforce in the nation.“I applaud the State Board of Education for supporting this plan that will help thousands of students to get a better education,” said Governor Wolf. “We must make sure our children have the training and skills for emerging high-demand jobs. That means modernizing outdated requirements, so kids get a good start to their education and continue through graduation.”The first resolution approved by the board this week supports lowering the required age to start school from 8 to 6. Approximately 3,300 children would enroll. Pennsylvania is one of only two states that allow children to wait until age 8 to begin school. The requirement was established in 1895 and does not reflect the educational needs of students in the 21st century.“Education is the foundation on which students build successful lives,” said State Board of Education Chair Karen Farmer White. “Students fare better when they start school at an earlier age and position themselves for success when they stay in school, graduate and earn a high school diploma.”The board’s other resolution backs the governor’s proposal to raise the dropout age from 17, which was set in 1949, to 18. After 70 years, most jobs today require training and education beyond a high school diploma.Each year, more than 13,800 Pennsylvania students leave school without graduating. In 2016-17 alone, students dropping out before finishing high school will cost Pennsylvania taxpayers and economy an estimated $13.2 billion in lost lifetime earnings and increased public costs. Raising the dropout age will better prepare students for good, middle class jobs and help to close the skills gap so businesses can hire enough educated and talented people to thrive and expand in Pennsylvania.Another component in governor’s SWEAP plan include recruiting and retaining qualified teachers by raising the minimum salary from the current $18,500 to $45,000. Across the state, 180 out of 500 school districts would receive money to raise the minimum salaries to $45,000. About 3,100 educators across the commonwealth would benefit from the governor’s proposal to raise teacher salaries and three out of four are women. State Board of Education Supports Governor’s Plan for Kids to Start School By 6 and Stay Until 18 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
40 Panorama Drive, Reedy Creek.IF you’re after panoramic views of the Gold Coast than this Reedy Creek property could be the one.With knockout views the house itself is also picture perfect.According to homeowner Brent Shorter, the design was his partner Lisa’s dream that was 25 years in the making.The Bali hut creates a tropical vibeWith roof tiles imported from Portugal the home oozes a Tuscan facade. Step inside to a functional family house with a modern style to match.Armed with a specific set of plans and with the help of Burleigh Heads designer Stuart Osman the couple said they feel as if they come home to a resort.Love dream homes? Here are a few we found earlier:Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid Beach“Lisa knew exactly what she wanted and she had the idea brewing for years,” Mr Shorter said. “The views are amazing, especially from the main bedroom and kitchen.Tuscan tiles feature at the Reedy Creek house More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago“The best way to describe it is that it feels like you’re sleeping in the treetops.“You can even hear kookaburras.” Mr Shorter said the house was designed around easy entertaining. We started building it in 2015 and since it was completed we have had so many fond memories.“We have celebrated both my daughters 16th and my son’s 21st. The backyard was built for parties.”Homeowner Brent Shorter described it as treetop livingEntertaining is a breeze with a spacious kitchen and stackable doors that flow to the outdoor area.“We wanted to go big on space so we put in 3.6m high ceilings,” he said.“The stackable doors work well because the outside becomes the inside.”40 Panorama Drive was designed for entertaining.The kitchen splash back is a window which looks out upon a vegetable garden.“We have built eight houses, I don’t know why we didn’t think of the window splash back earlier,” Mr Shorter said.While Mr Shorter said one of his favourite things to do at home was to escape to the Bali hut with a gin and tonic and watch the sunset, it was the quality of the house above all that he loved the most.Soak in luxury“We’ve built a number of houses and you can tell when it has awesome craftsmanship,” he said.“This property is one of our favourites and easily Lisa’s favourite. It has a point of difference and it feels really unique. It’s Tuscan with a tropical paradise in the backyard.”
The manager of the fund told IPE: “We are a smaller fund with 14 external asset managers. We have good diversification, but we are unhappy with the manager selection we’ve had all these years.”He said the pension fund preferred to look for another scheme to manage its assets because too many managers were more interested in earning fees for shareholders than producing outperformance for clients.“Co-operation among pension funds is more valuable for us in terms of performance and cost because pension funds are more sensitive – they have the same needs,” the manager said.He predicted that asset owners such as pension funds would increasingly manage their own money, with consolidation in the industry taking place as smaller pension funds sought steady returns through more stable performance from large, well-managed and diversified pension funds or pooled solutions.He predicted these smaller funds would eventually team up with the most attractive schemes available.He added that the pension fund and Kottmann believed a platform such as IPE Quest was the most suitable option for its search.“We wanted to go this unique new way to search the first time, not an asset manager but another pension fund for our needs,” he said.The deadline for the search is 18 December. An unnamed €150m European defined contribution (DC) pension fund is using IPE Quest to find another pension fund into which it can transfer its assets.The pension fund said it had a target return of 5% net per annum, and that there were no investment restrictions in place.While IPE Quest normally enables institutional asset owners to search for asset managers, this is the first time the service is being used to facilitate an asset transfer from one fund to another. The pension fund, being advised in the search project by consultant Felix Kottmann of Zurich and Dubai-based Kottmann Advisory, is looking for a Europe-based pension fund or pooled pension fund structure into which it will transfer all financial assets, for asset management purposes only, according to IPE Quest.
Cape Verde’s Maritime and Port Office (AMP) and German-based wave energy developer SINN Power have signed a contract for the installation of a wave energy converter in Cape Verde.The goal of the project is to supply a sustainable shrimp farm on São Vicente island with 100% renewable electricity.In cooperation with the local association Fazenda de Camarão and the University of Cabo Verde, SINN Power intends to create a joint venture, and the project is scheduled to begin immediately with a detailed feasibility study.SINN Power plans to cover the shrimp farm’s energy needs by installing a wave energy converter array backed up by a solar power plant within the next three years, the company informed.Philipp Sinn, CEO and founder of SINN Power, said: “We are very excited about the growth opportunities that emerge from our installation on Cape Verde and are looking forward to future projects in Africa.”Under the island’s wave conditions, SINN Power’s technology is predicted to reduce the ecological footprint of the shrimp farm by 127 tonnes CO2 per year by saving diesel fuel, according to SINN Power.Once installed, the array of 21 wave energy converter modules will save about 50.000 liters of fuel or approximately €75.000 per year, SINN Power added.Furthermore, SINN Power said that the venture is expected to create around 60 jobs on São Vicente and decrease the massive amount of imports to Cape Verde.
Stuff co.nz 19 June 2014New Zealand has become something of a marital wasteland.Gone are the days when marriage was an initiation into sex, a formative cornerstone of ‘‘growing up’’ or an act of financial necessity. In fact, general marriage rates have never been lower.The facts about marriageGeneral marriage rates peaked in 1971 at 45.5 per 1000, but have gradually declined.The number of children born outside wedlock is almost equal to the number born to married parents: 27,793 versus 30,924 in 2013.More than 200 same-sex marriages, which were legal from August last year, were not enough to stop the number of marriages dropping below 20,000 for the first time since 2001.Of the 19,237 marriages of New Zealand residents, 13,312 were first marriages, 5825 involved one or both parties being previously married.Last year, 8279 couples split – a rate of 9.4 divorces for every 1000 estimated existing marriages. The divorce rate has been declining slowly every year from a peak of 12.8 dissolutions per 1000 marriages in 2003 and 2004, to 9.8 in 2011.Just over a third of couples who married in 1988 had divorced before their 25th wedding anniversary.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/10173666/The-aisle-less-travelled
Jac-Cen-Del Athletic schedule changes.HS Boys Basketball Red/White Scrimmage on November 16th cancelled.Freshman Boys games at Batesville on November 28th and at South Ripley on November 30th cancelled.Freshman Boys Ripley Co. Tourney on December 12th at JCD cancelled.JV/Varsity Boys Basketball Game has been added to schedule on Tues. February 23 at Madison High School.Courtesy of Eagles AD Mark Meyer.