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

WATCH LIVE: President Trump and UK Prime Minister Theresa May Hold Joint Presser

first_imgOutgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump are holding a joint news conference in London.Trump cited this week’s 75th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Normandy, France.The massive military operation led to the end of World War Two.Trump said the allied invasion rescued civilization in the world.May noted that the invasion solidified the deep-rooted ties between the U.S. and Great Britain. Trump thanked Britain for assistance in the fight against ISIS and the effort to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons.last_img

Adron Homes Unveil Rufai, Ali, Onyali as its Sports Ambassadors

first_imgPeter Rufai One of the Real Estate company in the country, Adron Homes on Tuesday unveiled the former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Rufai and three others as a Sports ambassador of the company.The unveiling was done at the sports complex of the University of Ibadan.Others sports ambassador unveiled includes Bash Ali,  Mary Onyali and a famous Nigerian dancer, Kaffy are expected to promoting the image of the company through sports. Speaking, the Group Managing Director of the company,  Mr Emmanuel Olanipekun said the fourth edition which is named ‘Festival of Fitness’ and is schedule to hold between October 11-13.He said they are an agent to change the abilities of others saying the games is an extension of the celebration of their existence as the foremost Real Estate in Nigeria. “Adron Games is an annual fitness and bonding initiative of Management of Adron Homes aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle,  physical fitness, encourage friendships and networking that benefits every of our stakeholders.“Sport is a rallying activities in most cultures and is also considered as a big business all over the world; we have created this Games to cement friendship and unity within us as a corporate organisation and our nation. To achieve unity, the first three editions of the Games were held in Lagos but now the Games is going through different states in the country and hence the venue Ibadan, Oyo State this year.“As a corporate socially responsible organisation, we ar Adron Homes are convinced that sports and physical activity are essential to the enhancement of well-being and build a more virile and healthier working environment in our nation.Ali thank the managing director of the company for the opportunity of wellness and fitness he created.In her view, one of the ambassadors, Mary Onyali, a product of Lagelu 1983, said that was how she started before she headed for the United States through scholarship.Adding that sports is life, which has given her education and made her looks younger at 52 years with two kids.Peter Rufai, the former Super Eagle goalkeeper, added that he will be part of Adron Homes history. “Sports is back to live and stay”, he said.Present at the programme include ex-internationals, Mutiu Adepoju, Ike Shorunmu, Ajibade Babalade, Aisha Falode among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Zakarić: I am Happy to be a Part of the Dragons Team

first_imgThe footballer of the Široki Brijeg team spoke to the press today before his training and told them that he is thrilled to be a part of our best football team and that it represents great honour for him.“Everything is great. The atmosphere is fabulous. We all want to achieve good results in Tuzla against Lichtenstein and in Zenica against Cyprus. We know for sure that it’s going to be full and that the public will be our 12th player in both matches. I hope we will open the qualifications in the best possible way.” – said Zakarić.When it comes to his actual shape, and his hopes for the debut, he says:“I’ve opened well our championship. I’ve scored three goals and two assistances. I am happy for this call and I will do my best at all trainings as well as hope that the selector will decide to give me a chance. I am new here and it’s an honour to be among the best Dragons.” – said Zakarić.(Source: Sport Centar / photo: Benaris Mahmić)last_img read more

Music, Food and Fun Return May 31-June 2 at RiverFest

first_imgBy Torri SingerRED BANK – The Wells Fargo RiverFest is back and ready to present a full family-friendly weekend from Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2.The festival kicks off summer 2013 in the right spirit with New Jersey’s largest free outdoor food and music festival, sponsored by Wells Fargo. RiverFest will be held at Marine Park – rain or shine – 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 31; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 1; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2.Danny Murphy, owner of Danny’s Grill and Wine Bar, is the 2013 RiverFest organizer. He was also one of the original founders of the Red Bank RiverFest back in 1980.The festival that locals know and love today is far different than what they would have found 30 years ago, he said.“We had 14 restaurants, ran for one day under one tent, 5,000 people showed up and most of us ran out of food by 2 or 3 o’clock,” Murphy said.Over the years RiverFest has evolved, but one thing attendees can be sure to count on this year is the great variety of food and music.Featuring local and regional businesses and musicians is somewhat of a RiverFest tradition. This year event-goers can sample food from 21 local restaurants and caterers while listening to live talent such as JoBonanno & The Godsons of Soul, Motor City Revue, Brian Kirk & The Jirks and The Jazz Lobsters.“It’s just amazing, we were voted as one of the top 100 events in the U.S. by Life Magazine,” Murphy said.As popularity for the event has grown, the number of people who make RiverFest a summer destination has multiplied, to say the least. “The event exploded into over 100,000 people over the last few years visiting between Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.”A new addition to RiverFest is its effort to go green. An official sponsor of the festival, M&S Waste Services, will help to organize a “zero waste” event, encouraging vendors and community members to recycle waste throughout the weekend.As for the future of RiverFest, Murphy expects it to keep growing in size and with the times. For next year, event-goers anticipating RiverFest 2014 can look out for some new additions. “Different vendors, more homegrown artwork and more artists and painters to slowly evolve with the cultural aspect of the festival,” Murphy said.Additional information about RiverFest 2013 is available on its website at www.redbankriverfest.org.For more visitor information, contact the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, 732-741-0055.Interested vendors and sponsors, may contact This Is It! Productions, 201-653-2699, ext. 201. Visit the RiverFest 2013 website at www.redbankriverfest.org.last_img read more

New Piping Rock Memorial Park Plan Gets Thumbs Up From Residents,…

first_imgBy Jay Cook | RUMSON – Concerned East River Road residents and borough officials have reached common ground for the immediate redevelopment of Piping Rock Memorial Park after two months of back and forth.Rumson elected officials were looking to beef up the 4.3-acre park to include athletic space for new natural grass fields, but neighbors were afraid the park would lose its aura after plans to remove tennis courts and pedestrian flow were floated.That tug-of-war ended peacefully with the courts staying, new fields incorporated and Piping Rock Memorial Park keeping its community feel.“They worked overtime,” said East River Road resident Rob Thaler, who led a residents group to protect the park. “They found a way to fit everything they needed, in terms of the fields, and they soothed our concerns on the East River Road side.”“It’s a great feeling,” added Rumson Mayor Joseph K. Hemphill. “Truly, it took a lot of work, a lot of back and forth and really listening to the people. They objected so much to losing the front (along East River Road) so coming up with this plan was like a godsend to us.”The most visible change coming to Piping Rock Memorial Park is the installation of a 180-foot-by-360-foot multipurpose natural grass field for lacrosse, field hockey and soccer.A 40-foot-by-60-foot softball and baseball field will also be carved out with a newly designed bump out into the parking lot along Carton Street. Borough administrator Thomas Rogers estimated the field would have a center field depth of about 280 feet.To quell concerns from nearby homeowners and tennis players, the two tennis courts will remain.Rogers said “more of a grand entrance” will be designed along East River Road so visitors to Piping Rock Memorial Park will walk by the existing 9/11 memorial in place there. The playground associated with the Keith D. McHeffey memorial will be moved just west of the tennis courts with brand new jungle gym equipment. However, the Keith D. McHeffey 9/11 Memorial will be relocated behind the baseball/softball field backstop at the bump out into the Carton Street parking lot.A fully ADA-compliant walking path will stretch through the park with access to each amenity. Access will be to and from East River Road, Carton Street and Forrest Avenue.“It’s the same exact plan, we just shifted it around in order to preserve the tennis courts,” said Rogers.Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods mobilized after June 13 letters were sent out from the borough noticing homeowners about the impending project. Thaler and his neighbor, Christine Sibilia, helped organize a social media page called Save Piping Rock and communicated concerns to borough officials.“I do think that if we didn’t organize and voice our opposition to the plan, I think it would have been previously approved and continued without a hitch,” added Thaler Sibilia, a New York City native and East River Road resident, said her perseverance to finding a friendly solution came from childhood memories.“Piping Rock Memorial Park is my Central Park,” she said. “It’s certainly a conspicuous landmark to this town.”Rogers said the project’s funding will be consistent with prior approvals. The borough unanimously approved a $900,000 payment from the capital improvement fund to pay for the park renovations; construction costs are estimated to be around $750,000. Rumson has also acquired $387,000 in grants from Monmouth County to redesign the park. The county has since approved the most recent plans.Residents who frequent the park – which is surrounded by Ridge Road, Forrest Avenue, Carton Street and East River Road – may notice some significant soil stockpiles. Rogers said it was removed from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School as they undergo construction around the football field. The borough purchased that soil “for pennies on the dollar” and saved $50,000 from the project cost, Rogers said. It will be used to even out the new multipurpose field.A contract could be awarded at the Aug. 21 Borough Council meeting, set for a special time at 4:30 p.m. The idea is to have construction start before Labor Day.The park’s new setup is expected to accommodate the approximately 3,800 children in Rumson’s recreation program. Athletic tournaments and mass busing into and out of Piping Rock Memorial Park is not anticipated in the future.“Ideally, all the residents would have liked to keep Piping Rock Memorial Park the way it is, but something had to be done due to the recreation needs,” said Thaler. “With that said, this looks to be the best solution we could have hoped for.”This article first appeared in the August 16 – 23, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Vlanich scores four to help Leafs snap two-game slide

first_img“We had possession of the puck the whole game . . . we kept getting shots and just took over the entire game.”“We didn’t give (Golden) a sniff or anything,” Wilkinson added.Nelson out shot the Rockets 15-3 in the opening frame. The Eddie Mountain team played the Leafs even on the shot counter for the rest of the contest, but Tyler Moffat was there to hold the fort.Vlanich finished the game with five points while teammate Wellman added four assists.Defencemen Darnell St. Pierre and Cramer each had two helpers.Friday, Nelson fell behind 3-1 after one period, but rallied to pull to within a goal after 40 minutes as Wilkinson and Linden Horswill scored late in the frame.However, two power play goals in the third by Dallas Calvin and Braden Fuller in just over a minute secured the win for the Hawks.“I don’t know what happened,” Wilkinson expressed.“It was a pretty close game going into the third and we just kind of lost it (mentally). We took a lot of penalties and they capitalized on the power play going four for six . . . those are huge special teams numbers.”Nelson returns to the ice Thursday in Castlegar against the third-place Rebels, 16-12-1-3 in the first of a two-game home-and-home series.Friday the series shifts back to the Heritage City as Nelson plays its final game before the Christmas break.ICE CHIPS: Saturday’s breakout game for Jamie Vlanich snapped a two-game scoreless streak for the speedy center. Vlanich (19-37-56) jumps into third spot in KIJHL scoring, one points behind linemate Travis Wellman (34-25-59). . . . Nelson played the game against Golden with only five defenceman. Friday, to fill the blueline loss of Austin Seaman to a leg injury, Nelson called up Trevor Van Steinburg from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League. The Ice lost 5-1 to Greater Vancouver Chiefs Saturday in Trail. . . . Friday, Beaver Valley received scoring from seven different players, with Ryan Edwards leading the points parade with three. Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 44-27 in the game, including margins of 15-8 in the first period and 16-4 in the third. . . . Troy Petrich, with his second of the season, scored the other goal Friday for Nelson. Mid-season slumps have become all-too familiar to some players on the Nelson Leafs.So after the Beaver Valley Nitehawks pounded the Leafs 7-3 Friday in Fruitvale, Nelson was in need of a stopper to halt the slide.Veteran Jamie Vlanich proved to be that stopper as the Trail native scored four consecutive times to spark the Leafs to a 5-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The win snapped a two-game losing streak, allowing Nelson to maintain the lead in the Murdoch Division.Nelson, 23-4-1-3, leads second-place Beaver Valley by five points following weekend play.“That was the big-bounce-back-game we needed,” said Leaf winger Alex Wilkinson, standing in for Vlanich during the post-game press conference.“Everything came together for us. We played well in all parts of the game and played for a full 60 minutes.”Nelson led 2-0 after one period on goals by Cole Arcuri and Vlanich, scoring his first of the game on the power play.Vlanich then increased Nelson’s lead to 3-0 converting a pretty shorthanded marker before Matt McMath beat Tyler Moffat on the same power play.Vlanich completed the hat-trick before the period ended, then added his fourth of the game on a pretty three-way passing play with Robson Cramer and the artist, Travis Wellman.“Right from the get-go, we just came out flying,” Wilkinson explained when asked about the difference between Friday in Fruitvale and Saturday at home.last_img read more