Re April 1 editorial, “Stand up against oppression of the press”: Oppression of the press? Or sour grapes for not following the rules? Daily News reporter Ken Lovett being arrested, cuffed and escorted out by two state police officers isn’t oppression. It’s called a violation of the law. In today’s society, people brush off laws that were established for a reason. They may be inconvenient, but they are for the safety of everyone. Ironically, the writer of the editorial admits it’s wrong but everybody does it, so what’s the harm? The sergeant-at-arms proceeded to do the job he was hired for and enforce the laws that he was in charge of. What makes this worse is a Republican senator uses his or hers political position to override the law. I believe that’s a crime as well. So the trickle-down affect is more people have less respect for the laws that have been passed through legislation and voted into law. Is it no wonder our society is in the shape it’s in? There’s no accountability for breaking the law, as some attorney or social justice warrior or judge or senator seeking re-election manipulates the laws to let the law-breaker free. This goes all the way up the chain to our federal government. It’s no wonder our country is in turmoil. It’s not anarchy, but it’s close. Let’s start holding each other accountable for our action, including politicians. God help us all, for we know not what we do.Robert SponableSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTime to fix broken state testing systemWe are once again in the thick of state testing stress and anxiety, as problems still persist with the state English Language Arts exams for children in grades three through eight.But this anxiety starts much earlier. Every year, I have students come into my third-grade classroom not excited about seeing friends and their new room, but asking if this is the year they will have to take the tests. There’s something wrong with that picture.Providing our students with a quality education is every educator’s goal. But these state tests do not further that mission.Instead, I’ve had students this year sit for three-and-a-half hours taking these tests; roughly the same length as the average time for taking the SATs. Some have broken down in tears because they are so frustrated. Others have fallen asleep because these tests take so long. However, since energy isn’t used at a constant rate, electricity must be generated at peak power demand, typically 175 percent of average demand, thus requiring 1,151,675 turbines nationwide.Regarding the acres needed for 1,151,675 turbines, a typical 2 MW turbine (height 399 feet, blades 143 feet) requires 100 acres of space. Thus, you would need 115,167,500 acres, or a 179,949 square-mile wind farm the size of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That assumes no buildings or trees, just wall-to-wall turbines. And if the wind doesn’t blow at least 10 mph, or the blades ice up, there is no electricity.Wind turbines can never replace the 3.459 billion MWh of electricity generated by nuclear, natural gas, coal and oil plants, nor can wind or solar farms replace the fossil fuels needed to heat millions of residential, commercial and industrial structures, and power our transportation systems. “Going green” only works if your “bright idea” is to destroy our economy and capitalism.Robert E. DufresneRensselaer Green New Deal not a real energy solutionThe “Green New Deal” to replace fossil fuels and nuclear power with “green energy” is irrational and impossible.Natural gas, coal, oil and nuclear power plants generate 82.8 percent of the 4.178 (3.459) billion MWh used yearly. Wind accounts for only 6.3 percent of our electricity and solar 1.9 percent.How many more wind turbines and acres of land would it take to replace 3.459 billion MWh of electricity? A 2 MW turbine has a capacity of generating 17,520 MWh of electricity yearly, but typically generates only 30 percent of capacity or 5256 MWh. Dividing 3.459 billion MWh by 5256 MWh equals 658,100 more wind turbines. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: 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 Schools relying too much on technologyOur schools are utilizing technology too much, and it’s making our parenting job extremely difficult.Every child now has a Chromebook that they keep with them at all times. Most every assignment requires an internet connection to either read a reference to submit homework or even for test taking.The problem with this is that when regulating internet usage at home, we have no way of knowing if a child on a computer is actually doing work or simply goofing off. Chromebooks are wireless. With multiple children in the house, it’s impossible to monitor each one all the time to ensure they are using technology in a responsible way. With everything being done online, there’s nothing for us to review; no paper tests to see a grade, no homework assignments with marks in the margin that we can review.It makes it very difficult to see how our kids are doing before it’s too late.Excessive internet usage makes for anti-social behavior, and our children are becoming addicted to technology at a very young age. This isn’t good. For some of my students who finished more quickly than their peers, there still are issues. These young children had to sit there for two hours waiting for others to finish because the state won’t let them do anything other than silently read a book.This system is beyond broken. It’s up to the state Education Department to fix it now so my students next fall can focus on loving learning, not worrying about next year’s exams.Natalie McKayBallston SpaThe writer is the president of the Schoharie Teachers Association. Pediatric homes need to boost staff levelsSome pediatric nursing homes that have severely disabled babies and young children do not have enough staff to take the babies or young children outside to get fresh air, give them bed baths or showers, or even to get them dressed and put them in their wheelchairs. These babies and young children usually do not live too long. These parents could be Republicans or Democrats. They just put them there, never to visit them again.To me, this is worse than an abortion.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayuna Gazette should add Wall Street JournalI don’t think there is any doubt that The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times are papers with a very liberal viewpoint, and The Gazette uses their news services.As Vince Alescio’s March 23 suggested, I too would welcome a more conservative newspaper such as The Wall Street Journal.Could The Gazette add The Wall Street Journal news service?Lou MosherAmsterdam I encourage school districts to stop putting everything online.Let kids read actual books and write essays with their hand. Can kids even do that anymore? Jeremy KergelGlenville
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Topics : According to preliminary data, the number of deaths has been on the decline since the end of April, including in Stockholm — the epicenter of the Swedish epidemic — where the highest number of deaths were recorded in early April.The Swedish approach to the novel coronavirus has come under criticism both at home and abroad, particularly as the number of deaths has far exceeded those in neighboring Nordic countries, which have all imposed more restrictive containment measures.On Monday, Sweden reported a total of 30,377 confirmed cased of the new coronavirus and 3,698 deaths. Sweden, whose softer approach to the new coronavirus pandemic has garnered worldwide attention, recorded its deadliest month in almost three decades in April, according to statistics released on Monday.Sweden has stopped short of introducing the restrictive lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe, instead opting for an approach based on the “principle of responsibility”.The Scandinavian country has kept schools open for children under the age of 16, along with cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses, and urged people to respect social distancing guidelines. A total of 10,458 deaths were recorded in the country of 10.3 million inhabitants in April, Statistics Sweden said.”We have to go back to December 1993 to find more dead during a single month,” Tomas Johansson, population statistician at Statistics Sweden, said in a statement.In total, 97,008 deaths were recorded in Sweden during the whole of 1993, which in turn was the deadliest year since 1918, when the Spanish flu pandemic ravaged the country.Johansson told AFP there was no official breakdown explaining the high death toll in December 1993 but said there was a flu epidemic at the time.
The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the United Nations to delay until late 2021 a crucial climate summit that had been scheduled for Britain this year, officials said on Thursday.This year’s meeting, known as the COP26 summit, had been billed as the most important climate change summit since the 2015 talks that produced the Paris Agreement. Hundreds of world leaders had been expected to respond to public pressure for stronger global climate action by delivering pledges to slash greenhouse gas emissions more rapidly.The summit will be rescheduled to Nov. 1 to 12, 2021, the UN’s climate body decided, dates proposed by the British government. Glasgow, Scotland will remain the host city, and there will first be a warm-up summit in Italy. Topics : British climate official Alok Sharma said the delay would give countries more time to rebuild economies with climate change prioritized. Negotiators from bloc of less developed countries also urged governments not to use the pandemic to delay stronger climate plans, but instead to boost renewable energy, conservation and other green measures as economies recover.European Union leaders proposed such a plan on Wednesday to tie a 750 billion euro recovery fund to climate goals.”The postponement of the COP should not affect the resolve of countries to deliver on these commitments in 2020,” said Sonam Wangdi of Bhutan, a member of the LDC bloc.This year’s COP26 summit was supposed to serve as a deadline for governments to commit to the more-aggressive emissions-cutting goals needed to deliver the Paris Agreement’s target to cap global temperature increases at 2 degrees Celsius and aim for 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times.Current pledges put the world on track for roughly 3 degrees Celsius of warming this century. Scientists say that level would have severe consequences for sea-level rise, extreme weather events and mass migration as people flee regions where the local climate becomes uninhabitable.
22 Ben St, Chermside West. Picture: realestate.com.auThis large family home at 22 Ben St, Chermside West has hit the market for the first time in almost 50 years.It has ocean views towards Moreton and Stradbroke Islands and is on a substantial 1012sq m block.The home is surrounded by a 40m long rock retaining wall.Inside are five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a formal living room with high raked cathedral ceilings.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThere is also a formal dining room. The main bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and a balcony with city views. There is a study with a built-in ceramic sink and tap. Features of the kitchen include a Blanco oven, with other inclusions of the house being a billiards room, rumpus room and a built-in bar underneath the stairs to the upper levels. The property also has a swimming pool. DETAILS For sale: By negotiation Agent: Tristan Rowland and Chris Winkler, Place Aspley
How to save on demolition costs and pick up a profit “My kids have all moved out now, so it’s just too big for one person.”If the huge house and view isn’t enough, the large 9m by 12.8m carport with 4m clearance on one side, plus secured carport for two vehicles and separate lockup tool store is sure to win buyers over. “I’ll really miss the pool in summer as well.”With his children now all aged in their 20s and out of the family home, Mr Bell has decided to downsize, putting the house on the market for the first time since it was built. “The house would be great for a big family who has kids over the age of about eight,” he said. Extravagant pools up for grabs This five-bedroom house at 15 Tableand Tearrace is on the market in Mount Louisa for $680,000.ENCAPSULATED by rock on the side of Mount Louisa, this house boasts unique scenery and expansive views of Townsville. Duncan Bell bought the private block in 2003 with the intention of building a spacious house for himself and his three children. After two years of careful design and building the family moved in, with the kids enjoying their own level. READ MORE Where to invest in Townsville before the boom Mr Bell said the open plan living area was very practical and allowed for breezes to flow through the home. “I think I’ll miss the openness, the breezes and the view most,” Mr Bell said.“There’s no back neighbour so when I sit on the back deck in the morning, I’m practically in the bush — it’s the best of both worlds. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 “I built it with dual-living in mind,” Mr Bell said. “The kids have their own space downstairs with four bedrooms, a bathroom, living space and deck.“Upstairs there is a private level for the parents which has a huge master bedroom, living area and balcony.” READ MORE
The view from the penthouse at 56/410 Stanley St, South Brisbane.ARGUABLY the biggest penthouse in Brisbane is about to hit the market — a Park Avenue princess with an extravagant interior “fit for a king and queen”.Spanning 1153 sqm, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom penthouse at 56/410 Stanley Streetoccupies the top two floors of the 56-apartment building and offers spectacular views of the CBD and Brisbane River.Described as a palace in the sky, the property is in the sought-after Park Avenue building in South Brisbane, occupied by a mining and property richlister, a discount chain store founder and a number of other well-heeled residents. This penthouse at 56/410 Stanley St, South Brisbane, is for sale. Image supplied.Elisa Wellington of Property Services 4101 is marketing the property, which has been renovated since it last went to market in 2017.Ms Wellington said she was”100 per cent sure it’s the biggest penthouse in Brisbane”, apart from some that may have been expanded from their original floorplan.“I’ve done 21 years selling apartments in Brisbane and there wouldn’t be another one (that big) in the Brisbane CBD and surrounds,” Ms Wellington said. “A developer couldn’t build that today because of the cost.” Inside the opulent penthouse at 56/410 Stanley St, South Brisbane. Image supplied.The vendors have owned the property for the past decade and are now downsizing to a smaller house.The property last went to auction in 2017, but was passed in at $5.5 million.Ms Wellington said she had already received expressions of interest from local ‘empty nesters’ and expats.“It’s location, location, location,” she said.“You won’t get a luxury, iconic building like Park Avenue on the river.“It’s the location and lifestyle — plus it’s a building that’s attracted well-heeled owner-occupiers.” The bar inside the penthouse for sale in South Brisbane’s Park Avenue building. Image supplied.But Ms Wellington admits the property’s opulent interior may not be to everyone’s tastes.“Fit for the Queen and King of England it would be,” she said.“It’s a bit of a spectacle, but someone might love it as it is. “If they’ve got the money to buy that apartment, they’d have the money to change the apartment.” The penthouse features opulent wallpapers, rich carpets and decadent furniture. Image supplied.Beyond the penthouse’s lobby, which is serviced by two lifts, a grand foyer with marble floors and a spiral staircase leads into the living spaces, which feature decorative cornices and bespoke curtains.An open-plan formal living and dining room with an antique crystal chandelier and voided ceiling space adjoins an informal dining room, while nearby is the kitchen with marble benchtops and Miele appliances, along with an office.Accessed from various spaces are three covered terraces, one with a built-in barbecue area.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago The living and dining area in the penthouse in South Brisbane. Image supplied.Back inside, the main bedroom has a recessed ceiling, walk-in wardrobe and an Italian marble ensuite with a double shower, bathtub and double vanity. The main bedroom also offers private access to two terraces. Another bedroom has balcony access, an ensuite and a built-in wardrobe. The view from one of the terraces at 53/410 Stanley St, South Brisbane.Upstairs, a billiards room looks to the open-plan space below, with the void encircled by a decorative balustrade. This space also includes a bar and sliding glass doors to a wraparound terrace with lush gardens.Two more bedrooms complete the apartment and share a modern bathroom, which is next to a gym with a sauna and an additional bathroom. The Park Avenue complex at South Brisbane is highly sought-after by owner-occupiers.Other features of the residence include ducted airconditioning, a three-car garage, two side-by side parking spaces and two storage rooms. The penthouse also has access to the complex’s common area and pool.
Batesville, In. — This year is the 20th Anniversary of the annual Gary Wintz Travel Presentation at the Batesville Memorial Public Library on Thursday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.Gary Wintz was born and raised in Batesville but has traveled to over 220 countries, colonies, and territories. The 20th Anniversary presentation promises to be a “one-of-a-kind special reflection” on Gary’s Top Ten Most Favorite Places in all the world.Please join us for these educational, entertaining and downright fun– but true– stories of thrills and spills from all over Planet Earth. Gary’s brother, author/editor Father Jack Wintz, OFM, will join the show as well.
Press Association Ferguson finally walked away this summer after 26 amazing years in which he won a staggering 13 Premier League titles. Moyes must now carry on that success, but he realises matching what Ferguson did during his time at Old Trafford will simply not happen. “It is impossible,” he said. “To manage at this level for 26 years and have his success; I don’t think there will be any other manager who will do that amount of time at a club like Manchester United.” David Moyes accepts it will be impossible to emulate the extraordinary feats of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager. Yet that does not mean Moyes is intimidated by Ferguson’s presence. “I hope he is sitting in the directors’ box,” said Moyes. “He has been so good and I’ve already called him two or three times for advice on matters. He’s not there to pressure me. He is the person who told the board I should be the next Manchester United manager.” Yet, as with most individuals, there are some occasions when even Moyes defers to the 71-year-old and, crucially, one of them was being told he had got a job the Scot was not even aware existed when he got summoned to Ferguson’s plush Cheshire home. “I knew nothing at all about it until Sir Alex gave me a call and asked me to come to his house,” said Moyes. “I was expecting him to say ‘I’m gonna take one of your players,’ but the first thing he said to me was, ‘I’m retiring’. And I said, ‘yeah, when?’ because he was never retiring, was he? “And he says, ‘next week,’ and his next words were ‘and you’re the next Manchester United manager’. So I didn’t get a chance to say yes or no, I was told I was the next Manchester United manager by Sir Alex, so for me that was enough.