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State must do more to fund our schools

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’m increasingly dismayed by local school districts being forced to cut programs and reduce teaching positions in their current budget sessions. This is particularly evident in the smaller districts like Johnstown and Mohanason as reported in your paper. This is highly unfair to the students in those districts who will have fewer extracurricular choices and larger classes. I realize it’s the fault of rising taxes and increased costs. I don’t blame the school boards that are trying to create manageable budgets, nor the residents whose taxes are already too high. I certainly don’t blame the students for wanting a quality education, nor the teachers who are trying to provide it.The fault, as I see it, lies with the state Legislature and the governor. More money should be set aside to aid the struggling districts and to provide equal opportunities to their students. New York state has within its massive budget and wasteful spending more than enough money to head off this underselling of the students in the smaller and poorer districts. A more reasonable solution to funding the schools would be to supplement local taxes with higher subsidies from the state. Reading the list of programs being cut in the districts The Gazette has reported on is sad and disconcerting. Those students should have the same chances to learn and flourish as all students. It’s time the state took notice.Anthony FrankSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcySchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Reuters cameraman hit by rubber bullets as police disperse protesters

first_imgThe Reuters journalists were clearly identified as members of the news media. Chavez was holding a camera and wearing his press pass around his neck. Seward was wearing a bullet proof vest with a press label attached.The incident was the latest attack on a journalist covering the protests that have erupted around the United States after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.A black CNN journalist was arrested on camera while covering the protests in Minneapolis on Friday.A Louisville, Kentucky, television reporter yelled, “I’m getting shot” as she was seen live on camera on Friday being hit by what appeared to be a pepper ball. The Louisville Metro Police Department apologized for that incident.The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, according to the New York Times, had received about 10 reports involving journalists during the recent protesting, ranging from assaults to menacing.Topics : Minutes later, Chavez and Reuters security advisor Rodney Seward were struck by rubber bullets as they took cover at a nearby gas station.On footage captured as they ran for safety, several shots are heard ringing out and Seward yells, “I’ve been hit in the face by a rubber bullet.”Asked about the incident, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder requested a copy of the video and made no immediate comment.Seward is seen in later footage being treated by a medic near the scene for a deep gash under his left eye. Both men sustained injuries to their arms, and Chavez was hit in the back of the neck. Two members of a Reuters TV crew were hit by rubber bullets and injured in Minneapolis on Saturday night when police moved into an area occupied by about 500 protesters in the southwest of the city shortly after the 8 p.m. curfew.Footage taken by cameraman Julio-Cesar Chavez showed a police officer aiming directly at him as police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.”A police officer that I’m filming turns around points his rubber-bullet rifle straight at me,” said Chavez.last_img read more

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US starts crackdown on unvetted virus blood tests

first_imgMost companies faced a deadline earlier this week to file paperwork demonstrating their tests’ performance. Regulators required it after previously allowing tests to launch with minimal oversight, which critics said had created a “Wild West” of unregulated testing. (AP) The agency said in a statement that it expects the tests “will not be marketed or distributed.” It was unclear if any of the companies would face additional penalties. In this May 20, 2020 file photo, a health worker takes a blood sample for a COVID-19 antibody test in Los Angeles. AP WASHINGTON – United States regulators are moving ahead with a crackdown on scores of antibody tests for the coronavirus that have not yet been shown to work. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday published a list of more than two dozen test makers that have failed to file applications to remain on the market or already pulled their products.last_img read more

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The Good Side of Pro Football

first_imgIf Peyton Manning retires before next year, I am sure that his benevolent work will continue.  Just recently he and his agent arranged a special visit to a dying cancer victim.  So much is publicized about the spousal abuse, carousing, and high jinx of a few bad apples who dominate the sports headlines.Each year during the Super Bowl Festivities the Walter Payton Award is presented to a pro football player who is deemed to have done the most community work during the past year.  It is a shame that the media doesn’t cover this like they do the scandals of players like Johnny Manziel.  A large portion of pro football players have charities they sponsor, foundations they create, parks they help build, and playgrounds for the special needs children.Most of them visit hospitals and schools not only during the season but the off season as well.  These are the players who do not beat their wives or girlfriends.  In Cincinnati two players come to mind right away.   They are Andy Dalton and Dre Kirkpatrick from the Bengals.  Both of them have spent thousands of dollars to help make the Cincinnati community a better place to live.last_img read more

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Ronaldo: I had no problem with Juventus players

first_img Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?World’s Most Delicious FoodsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow “We had some wonderful games against each other and you really didn’t need all the stuff going on behind the scenes.” Ronaldo cherishes his time in Italy and believes Calcio figures didn’t get the rewards they deserved. read also:Ronaldo, Mayweather own supercars but not richest collection in sport “I’d say there are four players who didn’t win the Ballon d’Or, but should’ve done: Alessandro Del Piero, Paolo Maldini, Francesco Totti and Raul. I’d also add Roberto Carlos, who was twice in second place behind me.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Inter Milan hero insists he respects the Juve team of that time. “I can understand mistakes and referee can get it wrong too,” said Ronaldo of the denied penalty and later eruption of the Calciopoli scandal in 2006. “I’ve no problem with the players, you all had nothing to do with the story of Luciano Moggi, Roberto Bettega and the rest…Advertisement Loading… Brazil’s World Cup legend, Ronaldo, has insisted he had no problem with Juventus’ players over the 2006 Calciopoli scandal.last_img read more

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The Latest: SEC football media days to be held virtually

first_imgOrganizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic.Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner.One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.___ Everton will be allowed to host city rival Liverpool at Goodison Park instead of playing at a neutral venue when the rivals meet on June 21.Police had initially believed the Merseyside derby could not be staged in Liverpool because of fears that fans would congregate outside.Premier League games will take place without fans for the rest of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ground Safety Advisory Group in Liverpool says Anfield and Goodison Park can now be used for Liverpool and Everton matches.Liverpool could clinch the trophy by beating Everton if Manchester City loses to Arsenal on June 17. Liverpool Deputy Mayor Wendy Simon says “we are confident the measures in place will allow the matches to be held behind closed doors without any detrimental impact to all concerned and recommend to the city council that the safety certificates for both grounds be amended to allow this to happen.”___English soccer club Stoke says manager Michael O’Neill has tested positive for COVID-19.The second-division club says the 50-year-old O’Neill had tested negative in five previous rounds of testing but the positive result came from a test administered on Monday.Stoke says O’Neill will “follow the relevant guidance and undergo a period of isolation.” Assistant manager Billy McKinlay will take charge of training. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Southeastern Conference has scrapped its scheduled football media days in July and instead plans to hold its first virtual event. Stoke is scheduled to play Reading when the Championship resumes on June 20.The Premier League returns to action with two matches on June 17.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: SEC football media days to be held virtually League officials announced the decision Wednesday. SEC media days had been scheduled to be held July 13-16 in Atlanta at the College Football Hall of Fame and Omni Atlanta Hotel.Commissioner Greg Sankey says the virtual format will allow the league to manage media days in a healthy manner during the coronavirus pandemic and give programs flexibility as they prepare for the upcoming season. Sankey says the SEC looks forward to returning to its traditional media days format in 2021, which had been scheduled for Nashville.The SEC did not announce dates for the new virtual media days. Sankey is expected to deliver his annual “State of the SEC” along with media sessions with all head coaches and select players.___Petra Kvitova will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in. June 10, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: Triathlon worlds expected to be held in 2020

first_imgThe league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___ The Latest: Triathlon worlds expected to be held in 2020 The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected. The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportscenter_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when. July 17, 2020last_img read more

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Women’s Hockey: Minnesota-Wisconsin rivalry best in college sports

first_imgSeparated by 273 miles of hate, Minnesota and Wisconsin have always been bitter rivals in athletics. For most, the biggest game between the two sides is on the football field, where the schools clash for the infamous “Paul Bunyan’s Axe.” While football may draw higher ratings, no Minnesota-Wisconsin sports rivalry is as competitive and as heated as women’s hockey.Since both teams are in the Western College Hockey Association, Wisconsin and Minnesota face each other four times at the minimum, a two-game home and road series every year. The teams develop familiarity and hatred with each other, adding so much more excitement to the action.Another great dynamic about the rivalry is the proximity of where the players come from. There are 24 players combined on the Minnesota and Wisconsin rosters that are either from the state of Minnesota or Wisconsin. Playing close to home and in front of family personalizes the matchup and adds even more meaning to the game. With these two being historic programs, the players fantasize about playing in this game. Following an October win last season, sophomore Britta Curl shared her excitement to UWBadgers.com about playing against the Gophers.“It was unreal,” Curl said. “I grew up wanting to play against the Gophers so just to have it come true and to get the win the second night was really fun.”Women’s Hockey: Badgers continue to set gold standard after championship seasonLast March, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was on top of the world. After defeating the Minnesota Golden Read…Unlike football and basketball, the rivalry is not overwhelmingly lopsided toward the Badgers’ side. In each of the series, both teams entered ranked in the top three, splitting their four regular-season matchups.The teams then met twice in postseason play. First squaring off in the WCHA Final in Minneapolis, the teams entered the game ranked as the top two teams in the country.Wisconsin drew first blood with goals from Caitlin Schneider and Britta Curl, jumping out to a 2–0 lead. Following a Minnesota power-play, the Badgers sealed the deal when senior Annie Pankowski scored an empty-net goal with just over a minute left to play. The teams would then meet again for an astonishing sixth time in an epic, winner-take-all National Championship game.Ultimately, the Badgers took home the title, beating their rival 2–0. With the teams ranked the top two in 2019, they seem to be on another collision course to take home the nation’s top crown.Women’s Hockey: Badgers continue to roll through early season competition with third straight sweepThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (6-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) left Madison for their first WCHA series of the season Read…The Badgers have seemingly picked up right where they left off the 2018 season. Outscoring opponents 60–9, Wisconsin has cruised through their competition and holds the nation’s top ranking. The dominance goes further than the goals, and the Badgers have overwhelmingly out-shot opponents 457-146 with 94 more assists. The team has also excelled on the power-play with a .487 conversion rate.Wisconsin has received contributions from both new and returning players. Boston College transfer Daryl Watts has made an immediate impact, scoring nine goals in her first ten games to go along with 19 assists. Senior Abby Roque has also made a significant impact offensively. Coming off her 43-point season, Roque has started strong, accumulating 23 points on ten goals and 13 assists.The Badgers also have a security blanket between the pipes. 2019 NCAA Championship’s Most Outstanding Player Kristen Campbell has had another strong year. Campbell has only allowed seven goals in nine games with a .944 save percentage. In the National Championship Game against Minnesota, Campbell shut out the Gophers with 27 saves.Women’s Hockey: Badgers complete two shutouts, sweep Penn State to open home scheduleThis weekend, the Wisconsin Badgers (4-0-0) took on the Penn State Nittany Lions (0-2-2) at LaBahn Arena. They thumped them. Read…Minnesota has started strong as well. The Gophers are on a similar dominant tear to their counterparts, starting the season with a 9-1 record, with their only loss coming to The Ohio State University this past weekend. Minnesota sits behind Wisconsin in the polls, ranked second in the nation. Following last year’s championship loss, the Gophers are out for blood in 2019.Sophomore Taylor Heise has found her form in her second year with the team. After finishing last season third with 35 points, the Red Wing, Minnesota product has taken control of the offense. Heise has done it all, leading the team in points and assists.With the two teams set to square off Nov. 2 in Minneapolis, this game brings even more hype than usual. Playing for the first time since the National Championship game, Minnesota will try to seek revenge in the rivalry game. The Gophers will also be able to rely on the raucous Ridder Arena in Minneapolis for added support. This matchup could potentially serve as a preview for the 2020 National Championship.Minnesota and Wisconsin have taken the women’s hockey field by storm over the past two years. With so much on the line every time the teams meet, there is no better rivalry than when the Gophers and Badgers meet on the ice.last_img read more

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Neymar in record 222m euro tranfer discussions

first_imgBarcelona striker Neymar will fly to Qatar tomorrow to discuss a potential world-record 222 million Euro transfer to Paris St Germain – according to reports.The 25-year-old Brazilian would become the most expensive footballer of all time if the transfer goes through.Press reports today claim Neymar will visit Doha to meet PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi ahead of what would be an historic move. Photo: Pixabaylast_img

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Extra time heartbreak for Sars

first_imgThey trailed 1-8 to 0-8 points at half time with a long range Pauric Mahony goal the difference at the interval.A Conor Stakelum goal put Sars in front midway through the second half but it eventually finished all square at the end of normal time.It was edge of the seat stuff for the 2,864 spectators at Walsh Park during 20 minutes of extra time.Ballygunner proved strongest and despite the best efforts of Thurles Sarsfields ended the game 1-21 to 1-19 winners.Afterwards Sars Coach Paddy McCormack said the team were naturally disappointed with the result. Thurles Sarsfields hopes of Munster club championship glory have ended in defeat at the quarter-final stage.Extra time was needed to separate Sars and Waterford Champions Ballygunner in their clash at Walsh Park.The Tipp champions never controlled the game and only led for brief periods. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img read more

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