Don’t march out; Challenge speakers

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I encouraged them to research the speaker, listen to his/her words, and then use their research and intelligence to rebut the speaker during the question-and-answer session.What then to make of the Albany Law School students who walked out of a panel on travel bans to protest one speaker?They’re students at a prestigious institution of legal education. I have friends who graduated from that school and serve in truly distinguished capacities today. These students will be challenged when they argue cases against opposing attorneys and try to convince juries. Why not undertake a challenge now?It’s my hope that the next time said students are again faced with this type of challenge, they’ll stay and question the individual(s) with the intelligence they obviously have in order to attend this school.Michael FondacaroAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scam I preface this letter by noting that I mentor Asian-American students at the University at Albany. I made clear to them at the beginning of this semester that should the university extend a speaking invitation an individual whose views they and I would consider reprehensible and repugnant that they shouldn’t interrupt or attempt to shut down the speaker.last_img read more

Murrumba Downs home with mountain views and quirky design sells for $835k

first_imgThere are views from almost every room.According to CoreLogic data, the suburb median house sale price for Murrumba Downs is $520,000.Thirty groups inspected the property, and Mr Owens said the offer came in after a VIP open night. Chilling out here would be a dream come true.The agent said the market had slowed in the lead-up to end of financial year but he expected it to heat up again come July.“July should be a busy month as stock starts to ramp up again. Those expensive properties still don’t last too long.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), 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.Close Modal DialogThis 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 Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02 The home has polished oak floors.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“The offer came in on the Friday and it was under contract on the Saturday,” Mr Owens said.“It was with another agent for three months.” The open-plan living room opens out to a deck through bi-fold doors.Mr Owens said the home was bought by a couple who were taken by the views.“They loved the view, which is 180 degrees of mountain ranges,” he said.“It’s not your standard four bed and two bath. It’s got a quirky design with some curved walls, as well as the outlook to the range.” The home at 18 Hampstead Outlook, Murrumba Downs, sold for $835,000.MOUNTAIN views are what sold this Murrumba Downs home.Coronis North Lakes sales specialist Hayden Owens said the 18 Hampstead Outlook home sold for $835,000 after two open homes.last_img read more

GROUP F: France, Portugal and Germany

first_imgHowever, should England win their group they will have to play the Group F runners-up, setting up a possible clash with Germany, France or Portugal in the last 16.Even if they win that, the draw is such that they could end up facing Spain in the quarter-finals.When asked about the advantage of playing at Wembley, Southgate said: “Obviously eight or 10 teams have the advantage of home group matches, and we have only ever been to one semi-final so that doesn’t become an advantage unless we get through two very complicated knockout matches as well. That is a long way down the line.”Southgate famously missed a penalty when England lost to Germany in a shootout at Wembley in the Euro 96 semi-finals, the last time they played a match at home in the tournament.– Wales head to Baku –Italy will face Turkey in Rome in the tournament’s opening game on June 12, with Switzerland and Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales also in that section, Group A.Wales will play two matches in far-flung Baku, starting with Switzerland on June 13. They played there this month, and won, against Azerbaijan in a qualifier.“Obviously come the championships it will be six or seven months down the line but we know what to expect, the facilities were fantastic there, and I think it’s also great for the fans that they have got two games there,” said Wales boss Ryan Giggs.Spain will play Sweden and Poland as well as a play-off winner in Group E, with Luis Enrique’s team playing in Bilbao.Finland will face two hosts, Denmark and Russia, as well as much-fancied Belgium in Group B at what will be their first Euro.The Netherlands, on the rise after missing Euro 2016 and the last World Cup, face Ukraine and Austria along with another play-off winner in Group C.Saint Petersburg, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Bucharest and Dublin will also host matches after UEFA decided to spread the Euro across the continent to mark the 60th anniversary of the first tournament in 1960.Share on: WhatsApp Coaches from Group F teams pose behind the trophy during the UEFA Euro 2020 football competition final draw in Bucharest on November 30, 2019 (L-R): head coach of Portugal Fernando Santos, head coach of Germany Joachim Loew and head coach of France Didier Deschamps.  PHOTO AFPEuro 2020 Group F:France Portugal Germany Bucharest, Romania | AFP | France face a major hurdle if they are to add the European Championship to their World Cup crown after coming out in the same Euro 2020 group as Germany and reigning European champions Portugal in Saturday’s draw in Bucharest.Neither France nor Portugal were in Pot One for the 24-team competition being held in 12 cities across Europe, making them the dangerous teams to avoid for the top seeds.In the event, they were all put together in a high-calibre Group F alongside Germany, who will play all their group games in Munich. That is where Joachim Loew’s team will face France in their first match on June 16 and then Portugal on June 20.“It is the hardest group, but we must accept it. It means we will have to be ready right away,” said France coach Didier Deschamps.Group F will be completed by one of the winners of the play-offs to be played next March, leaving open several possibilities including Hungary, who will play two games in Budapest should they make it.France beat Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on home soil, before slumping in the final against Portugal.With the four best third-placed sides all going through, it is very possible all three will progress to the last 16, but Loew is in no doubt France — who followed their 1998 World Cup triumph by winning Euro 2000 — are the strongest team.“They are the world champions and have been getting stronger for the last three or four years. They are the group favourites,” he said.– Home advantage? –Meanwhile, England were drawn with Croatia and the Czech Republic in Group D, with Gareth Southgate’s team to play group games at Wembley, which will also host the semi-finals and the July 12 final.That group will be completed by the team to emerge victorious from Path C in the play-offs — either Serbia, Norway, Israel and Scotland. The latter have the added incentive of knowing they will play two games in Glasgow in the group stage should they qualify.England faced the Czechs in qualifying, winning 5-0 at Wembley but suffering their only defeat of the campaign in Prague, losing 2-1 in October.England will kick off at home to Croatia on June 14 in a repeat of the 2018 World Cup semi-final, which was won by the Croatians.last_img read more

FL to Require Mental Health Classes for Grade 6 and Up

first_imgPublic schools in the Sunshine State will offer a new kind of class soon, based on a growing social issue.Under a mandate that the state’s Board of Education passed on Wednesday, schools will be required to deliver a minimum of five hours of mental health instruction beginning in 6th grade.Education officials proposed the change to the curriculum last month, after discussing it with First Lady Casey DeSantis. She has prioritized the problem on her agenda.The courses will be geared toward helping students to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, as well as toward finding resources for battling depression or other issues. They will also learn how to help their peers who may be dealing with a mental health disorder.According to Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, “We are going to reinvent school-based mental-health awareness in Florida, and we will be the number one state in the nation in terms of mental health outreach and school safety, all because of the governor’s and First Lady’s remarkable vision.” He adds that additional changes related to mental health awareness are planned, but did not elaborate.School districts around the state will have the ability to choose the kinds of classes their students will be required to take. Topics to be addressed will include cyberbullying, suicide prevention, and the impact of substance abuse.Mrs. DeSantis says, “We know that 50 percent of all mental illness cases begin by age 14, so we are being proactive in our commitment to provide our kids with the necessary tools to see them through their successes and challenges. Providing mental health instruction is another important step forward in supporting our families.”The implementation date for the new courses, as well as any potential schedule changes needed to fit them in with existing classes, are still being worked out, a Board of Education spokesperson said.last_img read more

Schenley routs Punxsutawney, Westinghouse falls to Bedford

first_imgON THE SIDELINES —Legendary Westinghouse head coach George Webb (1978-2001) shows support for his beloved Bulldogs. VICTORY CELEBRATION—The City Area All Stars celebrate their 28-0 win over the WPIAL North All Stars. Schenley (10-1) has been on an absolute tear since their week three loss against Brashear. Since then they have won seven in a row, including an impressive 34-32 double-overtime win against an Oliver team who had won eight of their previous nine. Not fazed by the task, Schenley traveled north of Pittsburgh to DuBois, Pa. last Friday to take on Punxsutawney High School in the play-in round of the PIAA state playoffs. Schenley took care of business by shutting out the Chucks, 54-0. They advanced and will play Cathedral Prep High School at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Erie, Pa., Nov. 27. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.“We have a different group of kids here,” said Schenley head coach Jason Bell. “They understand what it is that they’re doing and (most importantly) why they are here. Our guys are confident and prepared for many different situations and also recognize how make the best of them.”Schenley’s Jaron Brown began the assault on special teams with a 22-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Then, DeAndre Black went the length of the football field with a season-long 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. To cap off the first half, senior running back Jerome Mathews scored on 7-yard run to send the Spartans into the locker room with a 20-0 halftime lead. “We’ve got our fair share of athletes on this team,” said Bell. “We can run with just about anyone and our goal is to continue to prove that in our play from week to week.”Schenley showed the same amount of intensity as what they went in with as they continued to pound away at their opponent.Mathews scored on a 31-yard run and added on the two-point conversion. Then, one of the heroes of the City championship game, Darren Jackson, scored on a four-yard run to add to the embarrassment of the favored Punxsutawney team.Shawn Davis showed up from Schenley’s defense to take a fumble recovery 45 yards into the end zone for the Spartans’ second score on that side of the ball.But once again, Mathews would prove why he is such important part of this Schenley team. He scored for the third time on a 69-yard run in the forth quarter to solidify the largest margin of victory for the Spartans all season. He finished the game with 16 carries for 166 yards.“They’re really shocking people,” said Bell. “We have a lot of seniors on our team that are making an impact and really carrying the load and teaching our younger guys how to win.”Brown would add the exclamation point for Schenley in the final minutes on a four-yard touchdown run. In scouting Cathedral Prep the Spartans plan to do nothing out of the ordinary.“It will be nothing different for our team this week,” said Bell. “We will work hard and get ready to play a tough team. Cathedral Prep has a great program that is (cohesive) due to the fact they start playing together since middle school. Their methods are something in which I wish the City would take after just to give our students the same familiarities of one another as well as our system as a whole.”Bedford 29, Westinghouse 6Despite having two players with more than 100 yards, Westinghouse was only able to muster one score in this game. Ron Tyler provided the Bulldogs’ lone points on a 56-yard run in the second quarter to make the score a manageable 14-6 deficit going into halftime.Westinghouse, however, had problems with Bedford’s running back Paul Detwiler who got two of his three scores in the second half on touchdown runs of seven and 17 yards.Darrel Cosby ended his high school career as the Bulldogs’ signal-caller in which he completed four of 12 passes for 114 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.(Follow our continuing coverage and add your comments of City League football to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.)(D.W. Howze can be reached at dwhowze@newpittsburghcourier.com.)last_img read more

A Mission Of Love – For One Red Bank Business

first_imgHow the Broadway Diner goes beyond the PinkBy Tom PaolellaEditor’s Note: The Two River Times™ is a 2012 sponsor of “Paint The Town Pink,” an initiative presented by Riverview Medical Center to encourage annual mammography. Each week through May 12, the TRT™ will feature stories and blogs provided by Riverview Medical Center to encourage women 40 and older to have their annual mammograms.Owners and employees of Red Bank’s Broadway Diner, 45 Monmouth St., are committed to the Paint the Town Pink campaign.For more than 15 years, Rocco Coviello and Robert Russo, co-owners of the Broadway Diner in Red Bank have been committed to providing area residents with stellar food and great service to match. What many prospective patrons may not realize is that the Broadway Diner is also committed to encouraging the importance of annual mammography.When Ellen Gamble, general manager of the Broadway Diner, was approached five years ago to get involved with Paint the Town Pink, a light bulb went off. “I have always felt that women are always so busy taking care of other people in their lives they sometimes put their own health on the back burner,” says Ellen.Simply getting involved was not enough for Ellen and the Broadway Diner. Now in its sixth year, the support of the diner is inspiring to many other businesses throughout the surrounding communities. Over the course of the last five years, the Broadway Diner has received yearly recognition for “Most Pledges Collected” and “The Pinkest Window” contest, winning four out of the last five years.In addition, over the last five years the Broadway Diner has collected more than 1,000 pledges from women, vowing to get their annual mammogram and has collected more than $7,500 to support the Pink Fund, which provides uninsured or underinsured women in the community with free mammography.“I hate to even admit it but when we were first approached by Riverview and Paint the Town Pink to be involved in this amazing initiative, I felt like a complete hypocrite,” says Ellen. “Here we are telling women just how important annual mammography was and I hadn’t been for my own mammogram in more than 10 years…Seeing the thousands of community members rallying behind this initiative truly inspired me, and I have been going for my yearly mammogram at the Women’s Center at Riverview ever since.”The Broadway Diner not only leads the charge in pledge collections, but also goes above and beyond when it comes to Pink in-store activities. “Starting well before May, each February we reach out to local businesses to get gift donations to be used for numerous in-store contests and games during Pink week,” says Ellen. For 2012, the Broadway Diner will be raffling off 25 luxury gift baskets, holding a tricky tray outside the diner on May 5, featuring an ultimate raffle in which the diner staff actually buys bicycles, iPods and other prizes out of their own pockets, and will be holding a Pink Tag Sale in the driveway of the diner to raise monies for the Pink Fund.“All of our patrons get so excited each year when they see the pink flags going up,” says Ellen. “As a local business, it’s our way of showing women in the community just how much we care for them, and we plan on continuing this tradition as Paint the Town Pink gets even bigger and pinker in the years to come!”Paint the Town Pink 2012 runs from May 4-12. For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit the website at www.PainttheTownPink.com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.last_img read more

Oil and Water Do Not Mix?

first_imgA federal government plan to allow exploration and possible future oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, south of New Jersey, has Garden State environmental groups and some of its federal lawmakers rallying in opposition.The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has established a five-year plan to investigate ocean drilling from off the coast of Virginia to Florida on the eastern seaboard. Part of that plan includes allowing energy companies to conduct seismic testing for exploration, starting south of Cape May Point, possibly as soon as this summer. According to Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, an environmental protection and advocacy organization, headquartered on Sandy Hook, “This would have extreme consequences for the entire Atlantic region.”The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) plan doesn’t specifically permit any drilling off of New Jersey. State lawmakers had previously adopted a resolution in opposition to it. Calls to the office of Chris Christie on Wednesday were not immediately returned before press time. Christie, however, said in 2010 “I oppose the idea of drilling off of the coast of New Jersey…New Jersey’s coastline is one of our economic engines.”Zipf on Wednesday echoed the Governor’s sentiments believing “You can’t have an oil-based economy and a clean ocean economy in the same ocean. They don’t mix.”Even allowing seismic testing, Zipf maintained, could impact marine life. And drilling anywhere could have repercussions all along the coast, she added.“While that may sound like it’s far away,” what is being proposed, she said, “in the ocean nothing is far away. If you have a spill it will flow up the shore.”Raising the clarion call for Zipf and other groups along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez (both NJ-D) and U.S. Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) was that, given New Jersey isn’t technically in consideration the BOEM did not plan any public hearings on the proposal; the bureau plans a public meeting, where individuals can question bureau representatives who will provide information and literature, but without public comments and opinions being offered in the official record.“It’s a lack of due process and terrible in terms of good government,” Zipf charged.Whether New Jersey gets a public hearing, the public can offer written comments either by mail or online until March 30, Zipf said.A phone call to the BOEM’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on Wednesday was not immediately returned.A letter signed by the senators and congressmen seeking a public hearing on the matter has been sent to the BOEM’s offices, representatives for Booker and Menendez’s office said on Wednesday.At a press conferences conducted in Atlantic City on Wednesday, with the lawmakers and environmentalists, Pallone said “We’ve seen that oil spills don’t respect state borders,” and an environmental incident could jeopardize not only the environment but also the shore area’s economy, according to a released statement.— By John Burtonlast_img read more