Make teachers take basic English test

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have just read your biased editorial regarding the lower standards at charter schools. Have you forgotten an earlier article regarding New York State Regents eliminating the English test for teachers? What a high standard that teachers do not have to pass a basic test to teach because certain groups have only a 37 percent pass rate.How qualified are these teachers, thrust into our basic school system, when they themselves cannot pass a test that has been necessary for many years? Why do I feel that the hypocrisy of the teachers’ unions, who are themselves less than literate, are creating a false scenario?Also proven is how ineffectual schools are now, with terrible graduation results and an emphasize on not education but politics.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga Springs More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Jeremy Woolfe: Brexit and the ‘cuppa’

first_imgIt is not for the Commission to set up a one-size-fits-all, he stated, as if apologetically. Then he referred to the Commission’s holdback on any rules to limit the wattage of the kettle, used to heat the water for the legendary cuppa. As the story of the ‘hot-button’ issue put out by the Brexit ‘Out’ movement goes, any limit on power and liberty will have to wait at least until after the UK chooses its fate, on 23 June. In other words, the Commission has put its foot on the brake-pedal, which would have prevented electric surges through under-sea cables from Continental Europe into the UK. This can be when the tea-drinkers dive to their kitchen kettles at, say, half-time during a TV broadcast of a football match.However good that story may be, the likely truth is that the Brussels’s environmental people had no firm plans but were only just thinking about some restraint on the kettle, some of which can be rated up to 2,900 watts. Nevertheless, the new Brussels ‘humble pie’ position certainly does ring true. One Commission source talks of better regulation principles, which “include not taking decisions at EU level that unnecessarily meddle in people’s daily lives”. The tone certainly colours official thinking on the Prospectus Regulation, published last 30 November (2015) and now passed on to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU “for discussion and adoption”. The Regulation is to replace the existing Prospectus Directive of 2003 (and with antecedents going back to 1980) to cover when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading. Describing the proposed reform, the Commission describes it as the “gateway” for issuers to gain access to the European capital markets.Still, logically, it says the rules will provide investors across the European Union with “the same level of information on companies that want to raise capital. Aligning disclosure standards aims to make it easier to invest cross border”. The Commission goes on to report that the Regulation will enable SMEs “in particular” to find it easier to raise funding when issuing shares or debt. Perhaps the new deference to Mr Average Citizen contributed to opportunist protests aired at the conference. Speakers were upset at EU plans for a threshold limit for a prospectus for capital needs below €500,000 (up from €100,000). The Commission says this relief gives “breathing space” for SMEs.However, an unsatisfied Chris Muyldermans, of bank KBC group, pooh-poohed the threshold. This “should be debated”, she told the conference, organised by QED. She’d like the sum to rise significantly. Rather than relying on the prospectus, when investing, she simply wants to know from an SME prospect what they need the money for, and other basics.On the same track, Dierdre Somers of the Federation of European Securities Exchanges suggested an SME exemption for any sum less than 10-20% of its capital. And Michael Collins, deputy chief executive and public affairs director at InvestEurope, formerly the EVCA, warned that, “If we want unicorns – i.e. emerging companies with $1bn valuation – in Europe, then we have to be able to fund them, including via equity markets.” On the other hand, Arjun Singh-Muchelle of the Investment Association stated: “If you want to play with the big boys, you’d better behave like a big boy.” By this, he meant companies applying for large-scale funding should accept appropriate rules.Modern man may look back in bewilderment at the Roman Empire’s seeking guidance from chicken entrails prior to battling with the barbarians. He could also marvel at the world’s largest economy being distracted by the humdrum cuppa when striving to put its economy to rights. Jeremy Woolfe laments the EU economy’s being distracted by a humdrum cup of teaA cup of tea – the Englishman’s beloved ‘cuppa’. Nothing to do with the EU’s cross-border investment prospects? But it has – and quite a lot.In fact, the EU hierarchy has to take into account anything – anything – that might have the slightest effect on the forthcoming Brexit vote. Sounds daft? But “anything” includes even the drink that cheers but does not inebriate. Behind this, it is clear Brussels is running scared of the UK’s in/out referendum. Hence, even the serious matter of the new Prospectus Regulation, an important component in the EU’s Capital Market Union programme, has to be tailored with the Brexit risk in mind. At a presentation of the regulation, self-deprecation by the rule-maker clearly reflected the tone. The Commission has “learned its lesson” (about accusations of over-regulation), senior official Tilman Lueder said at a conference entitled ‘EU Prospectus Regulation: Striking a Balance’.last_img read more

Groups team together to study permanent home opportunities for Kids Discovery Factory

first_imgBatesville, In. — Kids Discovery Factory will participate in the investigative phase of an exciting development opportunity in downtown Batesville.In collaboration with the Batesville Redevelopment Commission and Batesville Main Street, we will partner with a highly engaged and experienced development team, Rebar Development, Hageman Group and TWG Construction, to explore the viability of a development project that could become the home for Kids Discovery Factory.We are excited about this incredible opportunity and look forward to providing additional information as it becomes available. Thank you to our enthusiastic supporters throughout the region who continue to help us make important progress to bring an innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) discovery center to southeastern Indiana.last_img read more

City, MMH partner to provide wigs for cancer patients

first_imgBatesville, IN—City of Batesville employees will participate in No-Shave November, a month-long initiative to grow facial fair to benefit local cancer patients. The program was launched by the Batesville Police Department who challenged Batesville Fire & Rescue as both Police Chief Stan Holt and Fire Chief Todd Schutte waived their respective department’s policies toward shaving for the month in order to support the fundraising opportunity.Employees in additional city departments expressed interest in the program which has now been extended city-wide to include Buildings Department, Parks & Recreation, Street Department, Water and Gas, Wastewater and the Mayor’s Office.All proceeds from No-Shave November will benefit the Margaret Mary Health (MMH) wig program for cancer patients. Participating employees will donate the money they typically spend on shaving to the MMH program for the month of November. The public is encouraged to support their participating family and friends by donating to the initiative. “Cancer has likely impacted every family in our community in one form or another and this is one small way for our employees to further make a difference in the lives of people we are honored to serve,” said Mayor Mike Bettice.Those interested in making a donation to support the City initiative may make a check payable to Margaret Mary Health and deliver it to the Memorial Building, 132 S. Main Street in Batesville.last_img read more

Olympics: Minister inaugurates committee on preparations for Tokyo 2020

first_imgRelatedPosts Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria NSF 2020: Sports minister raises fresh hope The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Friday inaugurated a 12-member committee to ensure adequate preparation and participation of Team Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.The minister, while inaugurating the committee in his office in Abuja, urged members to ensure a hitchfree participation at the games.“This committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring adequate preparations for Team Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games,” he said.Dare also tasked the committee to work closely with relevant stakeholders to ensure Team Nigeria not only prepare well, but win medals at the games.In his response, the Chairman of the Committee, Olusade Adesola, who is also the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, said the committee would work round-the-clock to ensure success.He called on the media and other stakeholders to support the committee in the task ahead.Tags: Olusade AdesolaolympicsSunday DareTokyo 2020last_img read more

Win proves satisfying for Warburton

first_img “Particularly in the second half, they just kept coming and went so many phases and defensive sets; the second half was probably one of the most exhausted I’ve been ever in an international match. “And the players were still talking to get up on your feet, the attitude and defensive effort was second to none. “Shaun (Edwards) has gone into detail in the week to cover their trick plays and what they do in attack. The boys took on all that information and detail and it definitely paid off. “Certain matches you can tell the players are extremely focused. You could tell it was one of those days where everyone was so desperate to get the result, going down to breakfast today, s o it was so satisfying to get that in the end.” Gatland admitted experienced prop Jenkins will “probably” miss the trip to Rome next weekend, with young props Rob Evans and Aaron Jarvis now likely to be pressed into service from the off. Wales’ Kiwi boss continues to hold out hope that Scarlets tighthead Lee’s Achilles injury is not a long-term problem. Should the 22-year-old end up with a lengthy spell on the sidelines, thoughts could inevitably turn to a recall for Cardiff Blues’ British and Irish Lion Adam Jones, who retired from Test rugby in January. “Samson’s got an Achilles injury, we’re going to get him seen later on or tomorrow,” said Gatland. “We had to get Gethin through a tight calf before the game and then after about 10 minutes he pulled his hamstring. “So we’d lost Samson and we knew we couldn’t get 80 minutes out of Gethin then either, so for him to dig deep and get through to half-time showed a lot about him and the character of this team. “The initial thoughts on Samson are not great, I’m not a medic but it doesn’t look good. “We’re only speculating at the moment so hopefully it’s not a full rupture, which would potentially be long-term and World Cup stuff. “So we’ve got to wait until he’s been scanned and checked out and then we can start trying to get him right again.” Dejected head coach Joe Schmidt insisted “it’s not back to the drawing board” for Ireland, who suffered their first defeat in 11 matches. The former New Zealand schoolteacher admitted Wales beat Ireland at their own game, dominating the tactical kicking battle that has been such a strength for Schmidt’s side. “Yeah; it’s funny there wasn’t really that much tempo earlier in the game,” said Schmidt when asked if Wales adopted Ireland-style tactics in victory. “The tempo came into the game in the second quarter. “They won the first four balls in the air, so they did really well. “And I don’t think you can take anything away from Leigh Halfpenny and Jamie Roberts in the way that they did that. “The strategy was the same as it has been for the last few weeks: and it’s not back to the drawing board for us. “I think if you start to throw the baby out with the bathwater, it’s pretty hard to start all over again.” Former Leinster boss Schmidt did, however, admit “concern” with Ireland’s failure to convert 64 per cent possession and 66 per cent territory into any tries. “I think there is concern: we went out with a plan in the second half expecting to accumulate points if we played and won a number of penalties,” said Schmidt. “But the penalties didn’t come in the second half, so we didn’t achieve anything with that strategy, apart from some really good play.” Samson Lee could miss the rest of the tournament with an Achilles tendon injury, but Wales boss Warren Gatland is holding out hope the prop has not suffered a full tear. Wales could yet claim the RBS 6 Nations title with a hefty victory over Italy in Rome next weekend but must do so without Gethin Jenkins, who suffered a hamstring problem. Captain Sam Warburton hailed spoiling Ireland’s Grand Slam hopes as among his best moments in Test rugby after Wales’ stubborn 23-16 victory in Cardiff. Lock Luke Charteris made a startling 37 tackles as Wales thumped themselves and Ireland into a standstill: Warburton made 30 tackles himself in his record 34th Test as Wales skipper. “That was as satisfying as the win we had against South Africa in the autumn, England in 2013 and probably the quarter-final against Ireland in 2011,” said Warburton. “And that’s because Ireland are that good: they had won 10 in a row and they are third in the world. “So we knew it had to be one of our very best performances that we’ve had to get a win today. “They were chasing a Grand Slam and they had all the motivation in the world as well. “I was on the floor at the end of the game, I looked up and I saw (referee) Wayne Barnes’ arm rise for our side, and I just punched the air on the floor. “It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had in a Wales shirt so I’m extremely happy with that. “The reason we made that many tackles was because Ireland kept the ball extremely well. Press Associationlast_img read more

Okpekpe Race: Ndiema Replaces Injured Habtegebrel

first_imgTop Kenya long distance and road runner Esther Chemtai Ndiema has replaced Shitane Habtegebrel in the list of elite athletes for next month’s fourth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race in Okpekpe, Edo state.Spokesman for the IAAF bronze label race, Dare Esan, said at the weekend that the Bahrainian, Habtegebrel pulled out because of injury.Habtegebrel, a silver level running athlete is injured after she has been confirmed for the race and our Elite Athletes Manager, Walter Abmayr, has promptly replaced her with the Kenyan Ndiema,” observed Esan who further revealed that Ndiema is a gold level running athlete.“This has brought the number of gold level running athletes for the race from four to five women following the confirmation of Pascalia Kipkoech, Maryane Wanjiru and Polline Wanjiku from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Gudeta for the race. These are all gold level running athletes,” said a delighted Esan.“It’s obvious we are organising a bronze label event with the requirements for a gold label race. This is a demonstration of our determination to improve to a silver label rating next year. This is the dream of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the only IAAF label race in Nigeria nay West Africa and one of only two in Africa this year,” he further said.Esan also revealed that  IAAF is taking keen interest in the race which is the second of four labelled 10km races in the world this year after the IAAF Gold Label World’s Best 10K race in San Juan, Puerto Rico in February and the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10K race in Ottawa, Canada on May 28and IAAF Bronze Label B.A.A. 10K race in Boston, USA in June.“Since it is a label race which means it is one of the leading road races in the world, the IAAF automatically takes interest in how it is organised and we are delighted to announce that we are ready to organise a benchmark edition this year.“The world governing body for the sport has sent a list of requirements that must be followed.“The race will be organised in accordance with the IAAF Competition Rules and that of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria who are providing the technical partnership for the race with our international elite athletes manager, Abmayr.“Our race Director, Zak Amodu, will ensure that all officials and competitors are fully informed regarding IAAF Competition Rules,” Esan concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wawrinka Deserves a Place amongst Tennis’ Big Five’, Says Djokovic

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic has said that tennis now has a ‘big five’ following Stan Wawrinka’s US Open triumph at the weekend.Wawrinka beat Djokovic in four sets on Sunday to win his third Grand Slam.“He plays best in the big matches and definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players,” said Djokovic.But world number three Wawrinka, who said he was crying with nerves before the final, insisted he was “really far” from the ‘big four’ of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.That illustrious quartet have won 42 of the past 47 Grand Slams, though Wawrinka now has the same number of major titles as Olympic champion Murray. In head-to-head matches against them, Wawrinka trails Djokovic 19-5, against Murray he is 9-7 down, Federer leads 18-3 while Nadal is 15-3.Wawrinka also only has one Masters 1000 title compared with Murray’s 12.“Just look at the tournaments they have won, how many years they’ve been there,” said Wawrinka, who has now won his past 11 finals.“If you look, yes, I have three Grand Slams. How many Masters 1000 has Murray? They have been there 10 years.“They have not only been winning, but being in semi-finals, final every time. That’s why I’m not there.”At 31, Wawrinka is the oldest male US Open champion since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and only the fifth man in the Open era to win more than one major tournament after turning 30, following Rosewall, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors.He now needs the Wimbledon title to complete a clean sweep of the Grand Slams.In reaching the US Open final, Wawrinka spent almost nine hours longer on court than Djokovic, a beneficiary of three retirements during the event in New York.“He’s a very complete player. If he feels right he doesn’t miss much and he makes a lot of winners so it’s hard to play him,” said Djokovic, who also lost to Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open final.Wawrinka’s confident performance was at odds with his pre-match nerves, when he broke down in tears while speaking to his coach Magnus Norman.“Before the final I was really nervous like never before. I was shaking in the locker-room,” said the Swiss, who was match point down against Britain’s Dan Evans in the third round.“When we start talking five minutes before the match, last few things with Magnus, I start to cry,” he said. “I was completely shaking.“But the only thing I was convinced with myself was that my game was there.“Physically I was there. My game was there. Just put the fight on the court and you will have a chance to win.“And that’s what happened, after a few games when I start to believe in myself, I start to be in the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

No. 12 Nittany Lions threat for quarterfinal opponent

first_imgUW AthleticsPenn State may be the 12-seed heading into the Big Ten Tournament’s open round, but that doesn’t mean the team is a long shot to beat the 5-seed, Michigan.After all, the Nittany Lions have already shocked the Wolverines once this season.Losing their first meeting in Ann Arbor, Mich., back on Feb. 17, Penn State shocked the Big Ten just 10 days later with perhaps the biggest upset of the conference season, beating No. 4 Michigan at home 84-78 and sending reverberating shock waves through the college hoops world.“They work as hard as any team in the conference,” freshman forward Sam Dekker said. “They cause some problems, especially on the defensive end. Obviously, they’ve only won two conference games, but they beat a good Michigan team and they almost beat us. They’re not an easy team to take down.”That’s why Wisconsin (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten) wouldn’t be shocked if Penn State (10-20, 2-16 Big Ten) shocked Michigan again, this time on a neutral court when the two face off Thursday afternoon on the hardwood of Chicago’s United Center.“Michigan is a jump-shooting team. They rely on jump shooting from Hardaway and Burke,” senior guard Dan Fahey said. “A big part of our game was getting [Jared] Berggren going early, while Michigan has NBA guys who hit mid-range shots, but if they’re not hitting it’s tough for them.“In this conference you expect the unexpected.”That’s the main reason the Badgers were able to survive their meeting with the Lions this past Sunday, relying on the double-double of redshirt senior center Berggren to pace them during their 63-60 win over the Lions.And they didn’t make things any easier when they played the Badgers during the first meeting between the two at the Kohl Center. This year both meetings between the two teams were decided by an average of six points.Both games were wins for Wisconsin, even though the Badgers probably didn’t deserve to win the last. If not for a Traevon Jackson buzzer-beating heave from deep, UW could have potentially lost its third straight game last Sunday.“It felt good, mainly it was great to get the win,” sophomore guard Jackson said. “We grinded it out and got the finish we wanted. Any one of our guys on our team could have hit that shot because we all have that confidence, we all know that.”Even though the Lions record in Big Ten play is the worst in the conference, and the scores may hide it, head coach Patrick Chambers has done a commendable job making his squad competitive.Chambers suffered a similar situation Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan experienced at the beginning of the year when veteran guard Josh Gasser went down with a torn ACL. Just four games into the season Chambers saw his best player, 2012 First Team All-Big Ten guard Tim Frazier, go down when he ruptured his left ACL.Losing Frazier, who averaged 21.7 points and five assists in the three complete games he played, took away a dominant, athletic scorer and a skilled distributor off the dribble. But, Chambers was able to turn it around, developing redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Newbill and junior guard Jermaine Marshall into solid offensive options.The duo combined to wreak havoc on the offensive end against the Badgers last Sunday, combining for 45 of Lions’ 60 points. Both players shot 9-of-20 from the field, with no other player on the roster shooting more than five times.“They’re good at those floaters, those mid-range shots,” Fahey said. “That’s what they’re looking for. Those are shots that they like to take and those are shots we usually force teams to.”Still, if UW faces Newbill and Marshall again Friday afternoon at the United Center it will have to limit penetration in the paint. This holds especially true for Newbill, who has solid court vision and dished out five assists against Wisconsin this past Sunday.If Penn State does beat Michigan and advance to the quarterfinals to play Wisconsin, the Badgers will most likely stay with their same plan of attack that they used the last time around: Try to get the ball down low to Berggren, as the center poses a severe mismatch because of Penn State’s lack of size, and hope their outside shot is on, stretching any sagging defensive help on Berggren to the perimeter.The Badgers will hope that Dekker, an All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection, continues his role as a Lion tamer if the team does meet them in the first round of the tournament. Last Sunday the talented youngster gave UW 14 points off the bench despite struggling from the field.“It’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be an experience I’m going to cherish,” Dekker said. “I’m going to play my heart out. I don’t want our second season to be cut short because I feel we have a lot of basketball left to play.”last_img read more

Men’s Tennis: Badgers post impressive 29-7 at Bobby Bayliss Invitational

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s tennis team could not have dreamed of better results from their weekend at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, winning a total of 29 matches and only dropping seven the entire time. Junior and Spain native, Chema Carranza, led the way for the Badgers, going undefeated and winning all four of his matches. Two of those four were played with his partner, Chase Colton, in doubles. The duo moved to 8-0 on the season and has cemented itself as one of the most dominant on the squad. Carranza was named to the All-Tournament Team after his stellar performance for his efforts all three days.Men’s tennis: Senior John Zordani looks to lead younger teammates in 2016 through experienceJohn Zordani is a Big Ten anomaly. He is the sole representative of the senior class on a talented University Read…Despite the quick start by Carranza, the rest of the Badgers only picked up steam as the weekend progressed. The squad battled early, winning three of their first four singles in the third sets, and pushing toward a successful finish to the Invitational. Day two saw the unranked Badgers assert themselves against big ten opponents Penn State and Indiana, as well as the likes of Marquette and Notre Dame. In a day of singles matches, Wisconsin came away with ten wins total and seemed to separate themselves from the pack. In his first of two triumphs in the second day of action, Alan Sweet won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, and set the standard early. Not to be outdone, Wisconsin’s player of the weekend, Carranza, made quick work of Notre Dame’s Jonathon Small and disposed of him in two sets while only surrendering two games.The final day was the strongest showing of the tournament, however, as the Badgers went 7-1 in singles and a pristine 4-0 in doubles. The charge was led by Carranza again as he stuck out a three set win over Michigan’s Davis Crocker. The junior then teamed up with Colton to scorch the Louisville duo of George Hedley and Sean Donohue eight games to two. The Badgers wrapped up the weekend at an outstanding 29-7 and set a solid precedent going forward. Head coach Danny Westerman and the squad should be in a good position as they approach the midway point in their early season tournaments. Wisconsin takes the next week off before traveling to Columbus, Ohio for the ITA All-American Tournament on October 20th.last_img read more