Letters to the Editor for Tuesday, April 16

first_imgCategories: 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.center_img 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 KergelGlenvillelast_img read more

ICC World Cup Chris Morris included in South Africa squad for World Cup, Anrich Nortje out

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. South Africa will open the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against England.Anrich Nortje played four ODIs against Sri Lanka which South Africa won 5-0.Chris Morris is currently playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019. highlights Nortje played four ODIs for South Africa in the series against Sri Lanka, taking eight wickets and averaging 18.75. The 25-year-old impressed with his pace but injuries took a toll. South Africa won the five-match series 5-0.The inclusion of Morris will boost South Africa’s bowling and lower-order batting. However, the 32-year-old has not played an ODI for close to a year and currently, he is playing for the Delhi Capitals in 2019 Indian Premier League where he has taken 13 wickets. The injury to Nortje comes at a time when South Africa’s pace bowlers are grappling with a host of injury issues.Kagiso Rabada, the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2019, was rushed back home after complaining of a sore back while Dale Steyn, who was playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, played just two games before suffering a shoulder injury. JP Duminy and Tabraiz Shamsi are also recovering from injuries after they missed the majority of the South Africa domestic summer. South Africa will play the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against England at The Oval.South Africa ICC Cricket World Cup updated squadFaf du Plessis (capt), JP Duminy, David Miller, Dale Steyn, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Quinton de Kock (wk), Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Hashim Amla, Tabraiz Shamsi New Delhi: Chris Morris, who was left out of the South Africa squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, has been included in the side after paceman Anrich Nortje was ruled out of the tournament due to a fractured finger that he sustained during the nets. Nortje, who has been plagued by back and shoulder injuries which forced him to miss the 2019 Indian Premier League for Kolkata Knight Riders, suffered a fractured his thumb during a South Africa nets session. According to an ESPNCricinfo report, Nortje consulted a hand surgeon and underwent surgery but has been sidelined for eight weeks, ruling him out of the tournament.“Anrich sustained a fracture to his right thumb during a net session in Port Elizabeth. He immediately consulted a hand surgeon and underwent surgery to stabilise the joint and will, unfortunately, be sidelined for up to eight weeks. This makes him unavailable for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. It is an unfortunate and freakish injury, especially because he had made a successful recovery from the shoulder injury he sustained during the series against Sri Lanka. He has had a few injury setbacks in the last year but knowing Anrich’s character, he will be motivated to come back stronger. We wish him a speedy recovery,” South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said.last_img read more

Resurgent Everton up to Seventh

first_imgPickford saved superbly from Benteke’s close-range header to protect the Toffees’ lead, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin sealed victory when he prodded in after Richarlison’s header had hit the crossbar.The win leaves Everton just one point behind fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand. Crystal Palace remain six points above the relegation zone in 14th place, but all of those below Roy Hodgson’s side now have a game in hand.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eerton stretched their unbeaten run to five games as a 3-1 victory over out-of-form Crystal Palace moved them up to seventh in the Premier League. The hosts dominated the first half and deservedly took the lead when Bernard volleyed in Theo Walcott’s superb cross.But Palace, without a win so far in 2020, fought back after the break and equalised when keeper Jordan Pickford allowed Christian Benteke’s low strike to go under his body.Everton then had to withstand a spell of pressure from the rejuvenated visitors but restored their lead when Richarlison ran through the Palace defence and slotted into the bottom corner.last_img read more

Ronaldo Puts Portugal into Last 16

first_imgEURO2016Cristiano Ronaldo scored two trademark brilliant goals Wednesday to go into European Championship history and rescue Portugal in a 3-3 draw that took them into the last 16.The Real Madrid ace became the first player to score at four European championship finals and his 17th match in a Euro tournament was also a record. The 31-year-old opened his account in style with a deft backheel flick on 50 minutes, then a bullet header 12 minutes later to twice equalise at the Stade de Lyon.The result left Hungary on top of Group F. Portugal squeezed through as one of the best third-place finishers, but now face a tough tie against Croatia.“It was an insane match,” said man-of-the-match Ronaldo.“We had to chase down the match, it was very hot, but the main goal was to qualify.“I can’t say I’m not happy, these are good records, but the priority was to make it through to the 16,” Ronaldo added.Following their draws with Iceland and Austria, Portugal’s captain had been feeling the pressure.He threw a TV reporter’s microphone in a lake on the morning of the game in Lyon.But he delivered when it mattered as Portugal equalised three times in a topsy-turvy match.Hungary captain Balazs Dzsudzsak matched Ronaldo by netting two second-half goals as the mighty Magyars continued to surprise by winning the group.Three draws were enough to see Portugal advance in third behind Iceland.Hungary took the lead in sweltering conditions at the Stade de Lyon when veteran midfielder Zoltan Gera unleashed a thunderbolt.There appeared nothing on when Portugal fail to clear a corner, but the 37-year-old Gera belted a low left-footed drive into the bottom-right corner which gave Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance on 19 minutes.At the other end, Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who has made grey sweatpants the must-have fashion item back home, saved a swirling Ronaldo free-kick on 29 minutes.Nani had the ball in the Hungary net five minutes from the break, but his effort was ruled offside.The Fenerbahce forward was not to be denied, though, when his crisp finish, after a lovely pass in from Ronaldo, put Portugal level on 42 minutes.The game burst into life with four goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second-half.Hungary regained the lead just two minutes after the break when Dzsudzsak’s well-struck free-kick took a slight deflection off the Portugal wall on 47 minutes.Yet, with his country in need, Ronaldo came up trumps.The Real superstar made sure he would leave Lyon with two records when he flicked his shot past Kiraly on 50 minutes to make it 2-2.But Portugal’s second equaliser only served to galvanise Hungary’s resolve.Dzsudzsak drilled a free-kick off the wall, but pounced on the rebound and his left-footed shot deflected off Nani, past Rui Patricio, into the far corner on 55 minutes for a 3-2 lead.There was, however, no denying Ronaldo.Just moments after coming on, Ricardo Quaresma fired in a corner and Ronaldo drove his header past Kiraly on 62 minutes.By now it was end-to-end stuff as Hungary’s attacking midfielder Akos Elek hit the woodwork on 64 minutes, but it stayed 3-3 at the final whistle.As Hungary’s German coach Bernd Storck put it: “We didn’t give them many chances, but whenever Ronaldo has the ball, he can score.“We all know he’s a world class player and you can’t control him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more