I also want to thank him for a dignified race. He’s definitely a team player. It’s a breath of fresh air to see a candidate with such involvement in the community, as well as a one with such strong qualifications. Students, educators, and families in Niskayuna are fortunate to have this addition to an already exceptional board.This experience was a first for me. I may not have won this election, but I certainly didn’t lose. Coming into this race so late, I knew it would be challenging to get out and connect with people as much as I would have liked to. I now know that four weeks isn’t nearly enough time to prepare for much of anything.I’ve served my community for quite some time now, but never this close to home. I was an unknown person to the people of Niskayuna. I believe I changed that, and I plan on running again in the future. I’d certainly like more time to prepare. In the meantime, I will continue to volunteer my time, or get involved with some of the committees.Above all, I support the winning candidate, the board and the district.Noney GrierNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Regarding the Niskayuna School Board election, I want to congratulate Brian Backus on a well-deserved win. Having run in a previous race, Brian earned this seat and he knows what it’s like to be in mine.
Congrats to Backus, will continue to serve
Manchester – the new Barcelona?
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Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs Statement on Orlando Shooting
June 15, 2016 Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs Statement on Orlando Shooting SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Latino Affairs, Orlando, Statement Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs released the following statement on the shooting in Orlando:“At this time, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs would like to extend our sympathy and united support to the victims of the Orlando massacre and the Latino LGBT community. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of all faiths and sexual preferences as they are our close family members and friends. It is heartbreaking to know that these individuals were specifically targeted because they are gay Latinos, we cannot allow for that to be forgotten.“GACLA is committed to equal rights for all Latinos in the state of Pennsylvania as well as for the whole United States. During a time where discrimination is very present in our society against the Latino population, we will stand united and call on each one of us, as citizens, to spread the message of peace for all.“Again, our condolences go out to the families of those whose lives were senselessly taken away and pray for their strength as they must continue life without their loved ones.“If you would like to find out how you can help closer to home, please reach out Adriana Rivera, who also serves as a board member of the state’s largest queer Latino organization, GALAEI.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Plans unveiled for billion-dollar Jupiters resort expansion
The Star Entertainment Group’s plans for a new-look Jupiters resort on the Gold Coast have been revealed in a master plan that includes a new $500 million hotel and apartment tower.In February the hotel and casino operator announced it was planning to add another tower at the iconic site, including apartments and a 4.5-star hotel, in a development that would add to the $345 million already spent upgrading the resort’s existing rooms and building a 17-storey luxury suite hotel tower.The master plan, revealed this week, confirms Star’s intention to build a 200m hotel and apartment tower, and also signals the potential to develop the site further to create a resort with five hotel and/or apartment buildings, a huge recreational deck with water features, tropical gardens, pools and spa, and new entertainment facilities.Read the full story on Commercial NewsMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago
Norway approves two North Sea field developments
Norway’s ministry of energy has approved Aker BP’s development and operation plans for the Valhall Flank West and Skogul offshore fields. Aker BP submitted the plans on December 15, 2017.The large Valhall oil field is located in the southern part of the Norwegian section of the North Sea. It has already been the subject of several development projects.Valhall Flank Vest represents a further development of the field. The Valhall Flank West project aims to continue the development of the Tor formation in Valhall on the western flank of the field, with the startup of operation expected in the fourth quarter of 2019.Valhall Flank West will be developed using a new Normally Unmanned Installation (NUI), tied back to the Valhall field center for processing and export.The wellhead platform at Valhall Flank West will be fully electrified and will be designed to minimize the need for maintenance activities. The platform will be remotely operated from the Valhall field center.Recoverable reserves for Valhall Flank West are estimated to be around 60 million barrels of oil equivalent. AkerBP, an operator, has estimated total investments of around NOK 5.5 billion.Skogul tied to Alvheim FPSO“It is positive that there is a lot of activity on Valhall and that further investments will be made in the development of the field through the development of Valhall Flanke Vest. Valhall is a field that has been in operation for a long time and will continue to produce for decades to come. The field has contributed enormous values to Norwegian society, “said Terje Søviknes, Minister of Petroleum and EnergyAs for the Skogul field, it sits in the middle of the Norwegian part of the North Sea and is a smaller oil field with a marginal volume of associated gas. The development costs for the Skogul field are estimated at approximately NOK 1.5 billion.The Skogul field is located 30 kilometers north of Alvheim FPSO and will be developed as a subsea tieback to Alvheim via Vilje.Recoverable reserves are estimated to around 10 million barrels of oil equivalents. Production start is planned for first quarter 2020.The production well at Skogul will be subsea production well number 35 in the Alvheim area.“It’s important that companies get profitability from smaller discoveries. The Skogul field is just such a field and will contribute to value creation and government revenue. The development will largely be based on existing infrastructure. This type of development is an important part of the future on the Norwegian continental shelf, Søviknes said.
Fresh surrogacy concerns after Australian parents abandon baby
Stuff co.nz 14 April 2015Australian officials could do almost nothing to stop Australian parents from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after the couple decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.In documents that raise fresh concerns over overseas surrogacy arrangements, government cables and emails show that Department of Foreign Affairs staff told an Australian couple that they could leave their son “stateless” if they did not apply for Australian citizenship for him.The documents, released under Freedom of Information and first reported by the ABC, show Australian officials struggling to deal with the case of a couple from NSW who had twins – a boy and a girl – born to an Indian surrogate in 2012.The husband approached the Department of Immigration in December 2012, saying that he and his wife only wanted to take the baby girl back home, explaining to officials “they could not afford to support both children”.“He also stated that they already had a boy and wanted to take the girl to complete their family.”“Our ability to ensure the welfare of a non-Australian child in a foreign jurisdiction is limited,” an official cable sent in late 2012 says, while other messages call for “urgent” advice from government colleagues.http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/67729154/Fresh-surrogacy-concerns-after-Australian-parents-abandon-baby
Bob McCoskrie: Undermining Parental Authority Affects Classroom Behaviour
Guest opinion: Anti-smacking law a failure – Bob McCoskrie – National Director, Family First NZNZ Herald – Published in Bay of Plenty Times 14 June 2019 Dawn Picken “Lack of a beating not the reason for badly behaved children” and her choice of the word ‘beating’ misrepresents the real issue surrounding good parenting and how the state has undermined the role of parents, and now teachers.In our 2016 analysis “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, government statistics showed that there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the anti-smacking law in 2007. Instead, there had been a 136% increase in physical abuse, 43% increase in sexual abuse, 45% increase in neglect or maltreatment of children, and the child abuse death rate continued unabated.The smacking law has been so bereft of success that supporters have resorted to unsupported and arbitrary claims that good parents haven’t been affected and that no-one has been prosecuted by it. These claims have been proven patently false.But now, due to unrealistic and nonsensical classroom behaviour management guidelines and policies, some school classrooms are becoming unsafe environments which will be emotionally harmful to children in the class who just want to enjoy school in an atmosphere of safety.Ministry Guidelines argue that “physical restraint is a serious intervention” and that the “emotional and physical impact on the student being restrained” can be significant. They say that school staff should not use physical restraint in a number of situations including:to respond to behaviour that is disrupting the classroom but not putting anyone in danger of being hurtfor refusal to comply with an adult’s requestto stop a student who is trying to leave the classroom or school without permissionto stop a student who is damaging or removing property, unless there is a risk to safety.They also say that “if escalation occurs, move further away”.For any acts of physical restraint on a student, five forms must be completed – an incident report, information for the Ministry, staff reflection form, debriefing form with the Principal, and a debriefing with the parents.Official documents from the Ministry of Education in March showed that more than 1,000 reports of physical restraint have had to be lodged by schools since new rules were introduced for schools in August 2017. 75% of the incidences occurred in primary schools with children as young as five. 85% of the incidences involved boys. This also means that more than 5,000 forms or reports will have had to be completed by school staff.The Ministry suggests that the number of reported incidents is “a small percentage” but the real issue is whether teachers are ignoring or unable to deal with unruly and unacceptable behaviour in very young children because teachers are now no longer confident or unsure of their right to restrain students. This then places all students at risk. Teachers also say that they are scared to even break up schoolyard fights or are standing back while a student trashes the classroomIt seems ironic that as we are saying no to violence within families and our community, schools are expected to tolerate an unacceptable level of violence and unruly behaviour, and school staff are wasting hours of valuable time having to complete documentation on the physical restraint of disruptive and unruly students in primary schools.Teachers are right to be concerned about the potential harms and hassles of handling unruly and violent students and the possible effect on their professional status.Common sense has been expelled from schools, and no amount of ‘guidelines’ and ‘professional development courses’ can make up for teachers being able to respond quickly and instinctively in the most effective way in often very stressful and exceptional circumstances. Parents also want assurance that their children will be kept safe from violent or unruly students.Combined with the ‘chilling’ effect of the anti-smacking law, this is all having the adverse effect of parents and teachers becoming too afraid to administer any physical control or restraint of children. Children have received the message that adults can not touch them or even tell them what to do.This seriously undermines the authority of parents, teachers, and even the police themselves – hence the increasing violence and disrespect towards parents, teachers and police.Student behaviour and bullying will continue to deteriorate for as long as we tell them that their rights are more important than their responsibilities, proper parental authority is undermined by politicians and subject to the rights of their children, and that there will be no consequences of any significance when they ‘cross the line’.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=12240015Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Lambert keen to get Dunne fit
Paul Lambert insists having Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne back available at full fitness is his priority rather than the future of the Republic of Ireland international. When asked if there was chance of Dunne earning a new contract, Lambert said: “I think first and foremost we need to get the guy back fit. “That’s the big thing for me, to get Richard back fit as quickly as we can. “Richard Dunne will not need to prove himself. I know what he can do. “He doesn’t need to impress. He’s not 19 or 20 years old. The main thing for me is that he’s going to be fit again.” Press Association Dunne, who will become a free agent this summer, has undergone three groin operations since the end of last season and suffered another setback after returning to training two weeks ago. He has hardly played for 12 months after a shoulder injury caused him to miss the final third of last season before returning for the final two games. Lambert is unsure when the player will be available, saying: “I don’t know, he’s been having setbacks. We will have to see what the surgeon says. We are still no further forward but he doesn’t need another operation. He’s got to keep battling through it.”
Ramsey wins it for Gunners
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey netted a dramatic stoppage-time winner to finally break the resistance of managerless Crystal Palace. Press Association Ramsey, whose goal won the FA Cup at Wembley in May, smashed the ball home from close range as the Gunners came from behind to win their Barclays Premier League opener 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium. Defeat was harsh on the Eagles, who had produced a determined display at the end of a difficult few days following the shock departure of manager Tony Pulis on the eve of the new season. Indeed, a first-half header from Brede Hangeland, one of the few summer signings sanctioned by chairman Steve Parish, had put the hard-working Eagles ahead. Laurent Koscielny flicked home a free-kick from £30million Chile forward Alexis Sanchez to level before the break. Arsenal lacked a cutting edge in the final third, creating only a few half-chances before Ramsey was on hand to slot home after Mathieu Debuchy’s shot was saved – after Jason Puncheon had been sent off for a second yellow card. It had earlier been a positive start by the Gunners, who were without World Cup winning trio Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, all unlikely to be involved until after the midweek Champions League play-off away to Beskitas. Sanchez, signed from Barcelona, tried his luck when the ball broke to him some 25 yards out, but the Chilean’s long-range chip over Julian Speroni drifted well wide. The Palace goalkeeper had to be alert on 29 minutes to get down quickly and push a low, curling 18-yard shot from Jack Wilshere behind. There was a rare moment of panic in the Arsenal rearguard when Wojciech Szczesny’s scuffed clearance was driven back towards goal from the halfway line by Marouane Chamakh. Koscielny was able to get across and block, before Fraizer Campbell’s follow-up was put behind. From the corner, Palace took the lead on 35 minutes. Puncheon floated the corner in from the right, where Hangeland flicked it on at the near post into the far corner. After being hit against the run of play, Arsenal needed to regroup quickly, and did so as Koscielny levelled just before half-time. Sanchez was fouled some 35 yards out, and floated a deep free-kick over the Palace defence. Koscielny ghosted behind the wall of yellow shirts and flicked the ball off the back of his neck into the corner. Arsenal were forced into a change just after the start of the second half when full-back Kieran Gibbs pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem and was replaced by Nacho Monreal. Palace continued to prove difficult to break down, which had been a trademark of Pulis’ reign, but also looked dangerous on the counter. On the hour mark, Sanogo was replaced by Olivier Giroud, the France international having come off the bench at Wembley last weekend to crack home a superb third goal in the Community Shield win over Manchester City. Arsenal appealed for a penalty when the ball bounced onto Chamakh’s arm and chest, but the referee was unmoved. Chamakh, who had committed a string of fouls all afternoon, was then finally shown a yellow card for clattering into Wilshere on the halfway line. The midfielder was soon replaced, perhaps as a precaution, by England team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with 20 minutes left. Arsenal had another penalty claim turned away by Moss when Giroud looked to have been pulled down by Hangeland as the ball was swung in from Sanchez. Giroud flashed an angled drive across the face of goal before, with two minutes left, Puncheon was sent off for a second caution after a late challenge on Monreal. Arsenal continued to press and were rewarded in the closing moments. Giroud’s knockdown was fired goalwards by Debuchy, signed from Newcastle, and although Speroni produced a fine reaction stop at point-blank range, Ramsey was alert to smash in the rebound and send the Emirates Stadium faithful into wild celebration.
Perez maintains Magpies momentum
Cisse might have caused problems for Mignolet in injury time after Skrtel had been booked for a cynical trip on Sissoko two yards outside the penalty area, but the Senegal international lifted his effort high over. Pardew made a change at the break when Perez replaced Cisse, who has been struggling with a knee problem, but it was the visitors who went close five minutes after the restart when Balotelli forced a solid save from Krul with a dipping, swerving free-kick. The Holland international had to pluck another effort from the Italian out of the air five minutes later, and he produced a stunning one-handed save to repel Philippe Coutinho’s 58th-minute header, although the offside flag was up. Reds’ skipper Steven Gerrard was playing significantly higher up the pitch and was far more effective as a result, although full-back Paul Dummett gave the visitors something to think about when he strode forward on the hour and blasted a left-foot drive just over. The home side picked up the pace and drove Liverpool back towards their own goal as the half wore on, but with Gerrard pulling the strings, Liverpool were a different proposition and substitute Fabio Borini fired wide from distance after running on to Sterling’s 70th-minute lay-off. But the breakthrough finally arrived with 17 minutes remaining when Sissoko and Dummett played a one-two for the Frenchman to cross towards Cabella. Full-back Alberto Moreno managed to cut the ball out, but hesitated – allowing Perez to step in and score from close range. It should have been 2-0 four minutes later when Cabella and Perez broke with the Spaniard sending the Frenchman in against Mignolet, who stuck out his right boot. The former Tenerife frontman, who scored the decisive goal at Tottenham last Sunday, stabbed home from close range with 13 minutes remaining to seal a 1-0 victory, the Magpies’ third on the trot in the league, a feat they had not achieved since November last year. It was no more than they deserved after another committed display in front of a largely delighted crowd of 52,166, and they might have won more comfortably had goalkeeper Simon Mignolet not pulled off a fine one-on-one save from substitute Remy Cabella four minutes later. Ayoze Perez was Newcastle’s match-winner for the second time in a week as the Magpies edged past Liverpool to claim a fourth successive victory. While manager Alan Pardew was able to celebrate once again, Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers was left to reflect upon another toothless display with a daunting Champions League trip to Real Madrid to come next Tuesday evening. Liverpool, who won 6-0 at St James’ Park in April 2013, started brightly, retaining possession with ease and pinning the home side back – but without threatening to break the black and white line. That proved to be a theme during the opening 45 minutes as lone striker Mario Balotelli and wide-man Raheem Sterling were too often isolated to leave Magpies keeper Tim Krul untroubled. But as Newcastle responded with holding midfielder Mehdi Abeid to the fore, it was opposite number Mignolet whose goal came under the greater threat, although without the Belgium international finding himself tested unduly. Papiss Cisse saw a fourth-minute shot deflected wide by defender Martin Skrtel and Moussa Sissoko had appeals for a penalty waved away five minutes later after he had gone to ground under Joe Allen’s challenge. Even the loss of in-form winger Gabriel Obertan with what looked like a torn thigh muscle failed to halt Newcastle’s momentum, with teenager Rolando Aarons taking up his mantle. Nevertheless,. clear-cut chances were few and far between until the final few minutes of the half when Mignolet needed the help of defender Glen Johnson to head Cisse’s 37th-minute shot off the line. However, Krul was just as relieved three minutes later when Skrtel powered a free header wide from Steven Gerrard’s corner. Press Association