Spend more money to secure our schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs we all know, a mass shooting at a school occurred again. What we hear is the same old drumbeat of banning some types of guns by the left vs. our Second Amendment rights by the right. If this debate continues, you can be sure nothing will be accomplished.What will work is to harden our schools like we do airports, ballparks, courthouses and other venues where large numbers of people gather. What is common to all of them is a limited point of entry, with metal detectors and guards. Our government buildings and the Smithsonian museums in our nation’s capital are secured in this manner with great success.We have 100,000 schools in our country, so it would be expensive to secure them all. But to do nothing at this point would be unacceptable. The good thing about this approach is that once the funding issues are resolved, the plan would sail through our legislative bodies.Ron BelliSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionslast_img read more

BHS Receives Grant To Enhance STEM Education

first_imgThe grant will be used to to support the engineering curriculum at Batesville High School.Batesville High School recently announced that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program. The grant was made possible by a generous donation from Bemis Company. Funds from the grant will support the enhancement of the PLTW engineering curriculum, including the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.“The grant provides necessary funds to expand our Engineering curriculum beyond normal PLTW practices to further develop work readiness skills,” said Batesville High School Principal Andy Allen. “Mr. Hughes creates a student-centered learning environment that enables all students to develop necessary skills to enter the engineering field.”Batesville High School has offered PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program since 2008, a program in which students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and build strong teamwork, communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Throughout the PTE courses, students use the same industry-leading technology and software as the world’s top companies. In many cases, students have the opportunity to earn college credit, further setting them up for postsecondary and career success.The PLTW grant application process is highly competitive for schools. To receive a grant, schools go through a rigorous application process, which includes demonstrating that the school meets specific requirements and eligibility criteria to be awarded grant funds. The requirements include district and community support, teacher professional development, technology acquisitions, a program sustainability plan, and many other factors.“Project Lead The Way is committed to providing the highest quality STEM education to prepare today’s students for the global economy,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We were pleased to receive so many quality grant applications, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Batesville High School to prepare our nation’s next generation of innovators. Finally, we’d like to thank our generous industry partners who made this grant possible.”PLTW inspires and engages students in STEM learning through four programs which span from kindergarten through twelfth grade: PLTW Launch, designed for students in grades K-5; Gateway To Technology for middle school students; and Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences for high school students. Each program emphasizes the integration of core math and science topics with skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork – the top in-demand skills identified by business and industry leaders for success in the global economy.last_img read more

Eto’o: Barca should change name if Messi departs

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi scores twice in Barca friendly Samuel Eto’o insists Lionel Messi is so important to Barcelona the club will need to change their name if the Argentine departs this summer.Messi and Eto’o played alongside each other at Camp Nou between 2004 and 2009, winning six major honours including the historic treble of the 2008/09 campaign. But Barcelona’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse over the last 12 months, with two managers sacked and the club failing to win any silverware during a season capped by a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.The downturn in form has led to speculation Messi could depart this summer, and Eto’o believes such an exit would leave Barcelona devoid of identity.“I love Messi like he was my own son, I want the best for him. Barcelona is Messi, and I think if Messi decides to leave, we’ll have to change the name of the club,” Eto’o told Argentine broadcaster TyCSports.“We are lucky in that at Barcelona, we have the best player in the world and of all-time, we have to do everything possible to ensure he finishes his career at Barcelona.”Tags: BarcelonaCamp NouLionel MessiSamuel Eto’olast_img read more

Berbice cyclists to participate on Sunday in FACC `Track Attack’

first_imgCYCLISTS from the Ancient County of Berbice will engage in a `Track Attack’ day of cycling events organised by the Flying Ace Cycling Club of New Amsterdam, Berbice, set for Sunday at the Rose Hall Community Centre ground, beginning at 10:00hrs.Apart from the many cycling events planned for the day, there will also be several flat races (track) including 100- and 200-metre races.The activity is open to cyclists and track athletes from across Berbice including East and West Berbice.A number of businesses from Regions Five and Six have committed to sponsoring the various events on the day’s programme.The orghaniser of the event is cycling coach Randolph Roberts.last_img

The Latest: Fencing tournaments around the world called off

first_img10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday.___ ___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October.International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.” The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same. The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus.The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive. 11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason.___ The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___10 a.m. ___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.”The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___Noon 11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___11:05 a.m. Associated Press McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday.___ German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games.___center_img The Latest: Fencing tournaments around the world called off “We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne. The International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off.“Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.” A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead. March 12, 2020 It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___11:30 a.m. ___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins. The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus. Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs.Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.last_img read more

Mexican students and faculty hold mixer

first_imgPartners in progress · Carlos García de Alba, general consul of Mexico in Los Angeles, spoke about the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship.Panelists discussed issues relevant to USC’s Mexican and Mexican American community at the second annual Mexicanos@USC mixer, which took place at Ronald Tutor Hall Tuesday evening. Hosted by the USC AEM Jóvenes chapter, which is also known as the Mexican Entrepreneur Association, and the LA Mexico-Innova’s Comité de Estudiantes y Jóvenes Emprendedores, the event aimed to promote a more cohesive community for students of Mexican heritage on campus.The speaker list included Carlos García de Alba, the General Consul of Mexico in Los Angeles; John O’Brien, the executive vice dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering; and Javier Martinez, a renowned Mexican businessman and the chairman of the board for AEM.García, the keynote speaker, was recently appointed to the position of Consul General after serving as Mexico’s Ambassador to Ireland. He began his speech by stressing the importance of the Mexico-U.S. relationship, especially during this election season. “Mexico and the Mexican community here in the USA are not the problem. We are a key part of the solution,” García said. In his speech, García highlighted the economic interdependence between Mexico and the United States. He noted that Mexico is the second largest export market for the United States, and that Hispanic Americans contribute a significant portion to the U.S. GDP. If undocumented immigrants were to leave the country, the GDP would drop 1.4 percent each year, according to García. “We are here to add, not subtract,” García said. García also expressed his plans to bring The Mexican Lecture series to USC, which will bring Mexican political leaders, artists, writers and sports figures to the University. He said that the speakers’ forum proposal already has support from USC President C.L. Max Nikias.García ended his speech by asserting the significance of young people in the world and active student leaders.“A bet on young people is always a good bet,”  García said. O’Brien expressed his belief that, in order for USC to achieve its global mission, it needs to attract the best faculty staff and students from around the world. For his own part, O’Brien has made a concerted effort to change what engineers do, what they look like and where they come from. “As we become a more diverse school, we become a better school,” O’Brien said.Martinez urged Mexico to send more students to U.S. universities and colleges and noted that the numbers are far behind that of Asian countries, even though Mexico is a much closer neighbor. He said that a major problem for the Mexican community in the United States was that they have the numbers, but are not organized well enough to have a loud political voice. Like Consul General García, he said that he believed in the importance of young people. “The future belongs to you, not to us,” Martinez said to the students.last_img read more

England bowl first in final

first_imgEngland have replaced Steven Finn with Time Bresnan and India will be fielding an unchanged XI.ENGLAND: AN Cook (capt), IR Bell, IJL Trott, JE Root, EJG Morgan, RS Bopara, JC Buttler (wk), TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, JC Tredwell, JM AndersonINIDA: S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli, KD Karthik, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, UT Yadavlast_img

Krivajaj and Ljubuški defeated Goražde and Mira in the handball cup of BiH

first_imgWomen handball players of Krivaja defeated Goražde with 24:21, while Ljubuški HUM defeated Mira with 30:25. Rematches will be played on 3 April.After clubs of Ilidža and Grude gave up the competition, at the final tournament, best four teams have qualified to play in the Cup of BiH, clubs of Borac from Banja Luka and Zrinjski from Mostar have directly qualified to Cup of BiH.last_img

Ten state records were broken at the Winter Swimming Tournament

first_imgThis weekend, a swimming tournament ‘BiH Winter Swimming Tournament’ was held at the Olympic swimming pool in Otoka, Sarajevo and 18 clubs with 217 competitors participated.The best clubs are : ’22 April’ from Banjaluka, ‘GKVS Sarajevo’ from Sarajevo ‘Bosna Sarajevo’ from Sarajevo, ‘Olimp’ from Banja Luka.At the competition ten state records were broken– 50 metres freestyle men – Kosta Vrkeš (22. April) 25.41 (cadet);– 100 metres freestyle men – Anđelo Šimić (Bosna) 56.19 (cadets);– 800 metres freestyle men– Mihajlo Čeprkalo (22. April) 8:49.92 (cadets);– 1.500 metres freestyle– Mihajlo Čeprkalo (22. April) 16:36.48 (cadets);– 50 metres backstroke – Anđelo Šimić (Bosna) 29.31 (cadets);– 50 metres butterfly – Anđelo Šimić (Bosna) 27.81 (cadets);– 200 meters freestyle women – Andrea Todorović (22. April) 2:32.64 (cadets);– 400 meters freestyle women – Andrea Todorović (22. April) 5:25.82 (cadets).The organiser of the Tournament was the Swimming Federation of BiH, and the technical organiser was swimming club ‘Bosna’.last_img read more

Sabres suddenly fire Jason Botterill three weeks after Kim Pegula’s ‘he’s our GM’ comments

first_imgJason Botterill, who was hired as the Sabres’ general manager in 2017 after spending 10 years in the Penguins’ organization, has been relieved of his duties in Buffalo.The team announced the move Tuesday. The Sabres also announced they had named Kevyn Adams, previously the team’s senior vice president of business administration, as the new GM. It’s unclear what changed between then and Tuesday related to the “philosophical differences” that led to the decision.Sabres are currently paying three general managers, or the equivalent of 10 percent of the league’s GMs. https://t.co/y2UezHuAy4— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 16, 2020Buffalo, which has not made the postseason since the 2010-11 season, saw its 2019-20 season come to an end when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced an expanded playoff format for the resumption of the season, which was suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 30-31-8 Sabres did not qualify for this year’s playoffs.In Botterill’s three seasons on the job, Buffalo finished eighth, sixth and sixth, respectively, in the Atlantic division. Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula released the following statement on their GM change:“This morning, we informed Jason Botterill he will no longer be the General Manager of the Sabres. This decision was made after many candid discussions with Jason during a full review of our hockey operation. We recognized we have philosophical differences regarding how best to put ourselves in a position to compete for a Stanley Cup. So, we decided to make this change.”We wish Jason and his family all the best moving forward, and we thank him for his time and energy devoted to our organization and to the City of Buffalo.”New General Manager Kevyn Adams and Head Coach Ralph Krueger already have a close working relationship and we are excited to see what they can do together as we reconfigure our hockey operations. We have the benefit of this long 2020 pause to take time to reorganize and re-energize our hockey department. We recognize the importance of this offseason with so many player decisions to be made.”We have had the pleasure of watching Kevyn build his post-playing career over the past nine years under multiple roles throughout our organizations. We are confident Kevyn and Ralph will work together to build a consistent contender. As always, we are here to provide the necessary resources.”Our fans deserve better, and we are all tasked with the burden to improve and provide them a consistent, contending team for years to come.”The move comes just a few weeks after Kim Pegula told the Associated Press that Botterill would return for what would have been his fourth season with the team in 2020-21.“I realize, maybe it’s not popular with the fans, but we have to do the things that we feel are right,” she said at the time. “We have a little bit more information than maybe a fan does, some inner workings that we see some positives in.”last_img read more