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Kudos to library for Jamboree help

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Schenectady County Public Library (SCPL) and Friends of SCPL are iconic institutions in the area’s educational and cultural life. I’m delighted that they are supporting The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF)’s first annual Grand Reading Jamboree, to be held in the historic Proctors Theatre complex, donated for the event, on April 21, noon to 4 p.m. RIF’s many volunteers promote early-childhood literacy by working on foundational reading and conversational skills and vocabulary with especially challenged 4-9-year-olds in pre-K, Kindergarten, and Grades 1-3 in the Schenectady City School District. The Jamboree is keyed to that mission. Friends is funding Nina Crews, a leading children’s-book author of color, to participate in the Jamboree and it’s defraying the cost of two costumed famous children’s-book characters, Cat in the Hat and Thing One and Thing Two. Another outstanding children’s-book author of color, Ty Allan Jackson, is joining Nina Crews at the Jamboree, to resonate with an anticipated large gathering, especially with those from Schenectady’s communities of color SCPL will issue library cards at the Jamboree and organize a book-nook with diverse literacy activities for young children and literacy information for adults.The Jamboree will be for about, and by Schenectady children — about getting and keeping them on the reading track, for all of their lives. In that interest, RIF has arranged for the outstanding Culinary Arts Department at the Steinmetz Career and Learning Academy, an off site part of Schenectady High School, to cater the event, which many children’s books and other items will be gifted to the youngsters.CDTA is donating buses for those needing rides and from the Jamboree.ALVIN MAGIDNiskayunaThe writer is founder and executive director of The Reading Is Fun Program (RIF). He is an emeritus professor of political science at University at Albany/SUNY.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Govt criticized for forming COVID-19 response team late in the game

first_imgThe government’s move to establish a new COVID-19 response team to handle the impact the pandemic has had on health and the economy has come too late, as the coronavirus has spread rapidly and paralyzed economic activity, experts have said.Airlangga University (Unair) public policy expert Agie Nugroho Soegiono said the government’s decision to only now establish an integrated team was a consequence of its previous lack of urgency in dealing with the virus when it first spread across the country earlier this year.“The government also lacked transparency and was indecisive in terms of health protocols,” he said on Tuesday. “With this integrated team, all the planning and execution of programs regarding the handling of COVID-19 and economic recovery could go hand in hand as both will be handled under the same institutions with good coordination,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who acts as the response team’s chairperson, said in a press briefing.Head of the economic recovery task force Budi Gunadi Sadikin and head of the COVID-19 response task force Doni Monardo joined the team to coordinate and integrate the country’s policies on handling the pandemic. They will report to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, the team’s executive chairperson.The response team comes as coronavirus infections continue to rise at a rapid rate nationwide. Indonesia recorded 1,906 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, putting the total number of infections at over 93,600 from only two in early March, according to official data. The death toll jumped to 4,576 with 117 new fatalities on Thursday.The pandemic has battered economic activity as shops, offices and factories are forced to close or limit operations to contain the virus. The Indonesian economy grew 2.97 percent in the first quarter from 5.02 percent in 2019 and is expected to shrink by over 5 percent in the second quarter due to the pandemic.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.55 billion) in state budget funds to strengthen the healthcare system and boost economic recovery.Latif said he expected the government to have better coordination now that there was a clear order of command.When the virus began spreading in the country, government officials had shown a lack of coordination in handling the pandemic. When the Jakarta administration was planning to suspend intercity and interprovincial buses services in late March to curb contagion, for instance, then-acting transportation minister Luhut Pandjaitan blocked the plan.In another case, the Industry Ministry issued its own coronavirus guidelines that allowed factories to open even though the Quarantine Law stipulated a suspension of workplace activities.A member of the House of Representatives Commission IX overseeing health care and manpower, Netty Prasetiyani, asked the government to create more robust health policy on handling the virus.The government, she said, had been favoring the economy over public health.“It’s not surprising at all. The budget for the country’s COVID-19 response is being [allocated] half-heartedly. As a result, hospitals are overwhelmed and health workers are dying,” she said on Tuesday.Read also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsInstitute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist Enny Sri Hartati said on Monday that Indonesia needed better leadership, not just a new government team, as the main problem hindering the country’s COVID-19 response was poor coordination between government ministries and regional administrations.University of Indonesia rector Ari Kuncoro, however, expressed optimism that the team would be effective in handling the outbreak and the economic recovery as it would have more power, a greater budget and better planning compared to the previous COVID-19 task force.“This team is putting both health and economy as the top priority, not one over the other, because if the economic wheels are not running, we can’t fund the health efforts to handle this pandemic,” he said.Topics : Although neighboring countries like Singapore and Thailand reported their first coronavirus cases in February, Indonesia denied suspicions that the virus had also spread into the country despite the millions of Chinese tourists who were coming in.Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) economist Latif Adam said on Tuesday that Indonesia was way behind other countries that had quickly reacted when the outbreak began.“Maybe the government is of the view that it is better late than never,” he told The Jakarta Post over the phone.The government launched on Monday a new team to tackle both the public health and economic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic under the National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team.last_img read more

7 persons found dead after ‘Panama exorcism’

first_imgThe grave was discovered after threevillagers escaped and made their way to a local hospital last weekend,prosecutor Rafael Baloyes said.   Exorcism is a religious or spiritualritual carried out to supposedly cure people of demonic possession. It remainscontroversial, in part due to its depiction in popular culture and horrorfilms.(BBC) Ten people were arrested on suspicionof murder. The suspects and all victims were thought to belong to theNgäbe-Buglé indigenous community. PANAMA – The bodies of seven peoplehave been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama where membersof a religious sect were believed to be performing exorcisms, officials said. Rescuers assist one of the 15 people who were rescued after members of a religious sect were believed to perform exorcisms in Panama. AFP/HO On Wednesday, police raided thecommunity, located in a jungle region. The victims included a 32-year-oldpregnant woman and five of her children, aged one to 11. The sixth was aneighbor aged 17. Fifteen others were freed.last_img read more

Juventus dismiss Aouar or Van de Beek talks this summer

first_img Loading… Juventus news website Juventibus hosted an interview with Bianconeri transfer correspondent Romeo Agresti who offered an update on Juve’s expected summer market. Juventus are not in talks for Donny van de Beek or Houssem Aouar, while Manuel Locatelli and Nicolo Zaniolo are unlikely to move to Turin this summer.Advertisement According to Agresti, the hottest name for Juventus remains Arkadiusz Milik, who has just a year left on his Napoli contract and already agreed personal terms with the Bianconeri a month ago.Daniele Rugani looks likely to leave Turin this summer as Agresti suggests his departure may be imminent, however Juve are yet to recieve an official offer.New signing Dejan Kulusevski will arrive at Juventus in the weeks ahead and while he has flourished on the wing for Parma Agresti reports that Juve view him more as a ’10’ and have spoken to him about this already.In terms of transfer, Manuel Locatelli is unlikely to leave Sassuolo this summer while Nicolo Zaniolo is deemed ‘unsellable’ for Roma at present. Sticking with the midfield, there have been no talks for Donny van de Beek or Houssem Aouar and Juventus, despite both being linked with a move in previous months.center_img Read Also: Lampard aims to cap Chelsea comeback with FA Cup gloryFinally, the Bianconeri will look to sell Douglas Costa in the summer, while Leonardo Bonucci will remain, despite offers from Manchester City.On the management front, Pavel Nedved and Fabio Paratici will remain in their roles, while Maurizio Sarri’s future isn’t dependent on the Champions League and the U23 will be bolstered by the arrival of Andrea Pirlo and Marco Storari.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become Iconic8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

English Premier League records two more positive coronavirus tests

first_imgTwo people from two English Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the Premier League said on Saturday.Since the players returned to limited group training on Tuesday, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top flight clubs. “The Premier League can today (Saturday) confirm that on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs,” the league said in a statement.“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.“Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.”The Premier League said it would not be providing details of the identities of the two new positive tests.A total of 748 tests of players and club staff made up the initial round of testing on Sunday and Monday. Watford’s Adrian Mariappa and two members of the club’s non-playing staff and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan were among six positive tests.They are all still in their seven-day isolation period.Two other Watford players are also self-isolating after coming into close contact with people who tested positive, according to manager Nigel Pearson.No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the government has given the green light for elite sports to resume from June 1, including top flight football.The Premier League’s “Project Restart” hopes to resume action in June, although no date has been fixed. Another round of tests are scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday.All 20 clubs will hold a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether they can move to phase two of the restart and allow full contact training.Chief executive Richard Masters said on Friday the Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about a resumption of the top flight.He added that the remaining 92 games would be completed.RelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years “We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players,” Masters said.Britain’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is the highest in Europe with an official figure of 36,675 as of Saturday.Germany’s Bundesliga returned to action last week with matches in empty stadiums and strict safety protocols.Spain’s government on Saturday gave the go-ahead for La Liga to resume from June 8.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Adrian MariappaEnglish Premier LeagueNigel PearsonRichard MastersWatfordlast_img read more

Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Despite finishing as runner’s up at the 2020 African Cup in Tunisia earlier this year, Aruna Quadri has been listed among the top 20 players in the world that will compete at the ITTF Men’s World Cup scheduled for November in China.In a statement released by ITTF at the weekend, the Men’s and Women’s World Cups will kick-start the restart on international table tennis competitions after several months of suspended activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Quadri and African Cup champion, Egypt’s Ahmed Saleh, will compete in the men’s event, while African Cup women’s champion Dina Meshref of Egypt is the sole representative of Africa in the women’s World Cup.According to ITTF, the World Cups will feature 20 female and 20 male athletes, including the World Champion, qualified players from all completed continental events (Africa, Europe and Pan America) and players selected by world ranking from the other continents (Asia and Oceania) as well as the whole world according to the provisional World Cup playing system.The players from Asia are the same who would have played at the 2020 Asian Cup, had it not been cancelled due to COVID-19.Quadri was selected based on the world ranking, which makes him the highest ranked African in the world rated 20th in the globe and he will be participating in his third consecutive World Cups being the first African to qualify to the quarterfinal stage of the competition following his exploits at the 2014 edition in Dusseldorf, Germany.The men’s star-studded field includes China’s Ma Long, who is considered by many as the greatest table tennis player of all time, and he will be looking to add the 2020 Men’s World Cup to his burgeoning trophy cabinet. Ma Long is joined by world no.1, Fan Zhendong (China), who lifted the 2019 Men’s World Cup in Chengdu, as well as a number of other top Asian players to have qualified via their world ranking, such as teenage talents, Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan), world no.4 and just 16 years of age, and Lin Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei), world no.7 and 18 years old.Europe is providing plenty of strength, especially in the form of German pair, Timo Boll, who qualifies off the back of his 2019 Europe Cup victory, and Dimitrij Ovtcharov, the former world no.1 entering as a wild card.Tags: aruna quadriCOVID-19ITTFWorld Cuplast_img read more

Canada Launches New Programmes to Welcome Caribbean Immigrants

first_imgMONCTON, Canada, CMC – Canada’s immigration agency says it has launched over 800 projects across the country to boost settlement and integration of Caribbean and other new immigrants. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said it has selected 824 projects that will “deliver high-quality services to newcomers across the country for up to five years.” IRCC said one such project is with the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton, New Brunswick. It said this new service provider organization will work with youth ages 13 to 18 in the Moncton area, “bringing newcomers and locally-born youth together to form trusting relationships through a variety of activities, mentorship, career development, community, political and civic engagement, advocacy, volunteerism, shared entrepreneurial goals and leadership development.”IRCC said the project will promote intercultural understanding, foster enduring links, and help youth – “regardless of where they were born – to develop new skills that set them up for success.”It said other partners involved in this project include all levels of government, Atlantic Superstore, and local business leaders and corporate partners who will provide mentorship opportunities, such as the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Midland, Irving and Medavie Blue Cross.Through IRCC’s Settlement Program, eligible newcomers receive information about life in Canada and the community in which they will settle, language training, help finding a job, and connections with established immigrants and Canadians. “These supports and services help newcomers integrate and build a successful life in Canada, while also helping employers, schools and other organizations build welcoming communities,” IRCC said.“The Resettlement Assistance Programme provides supports and services to address the immediate and essential needs of government-assisted refugees and other eligible clients being resettled to Canada from overseas,” it added.IRCC said projects selected through the National Call for Proposals include language training and workplace-based language instruction that will help newcomers settle and gain relevant skills; employment services that will foster the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engage private sector employers; and projects that enhance local integration and social inclusion in small-center, rural and northern areas.The newly-chosen projects complement those selected through the Service Delivery Improvement Programme, Pre-Arrival Services Programme and Visible Minority Newcomer Women Program, IRCC said. “Canada is a recognized international leader in settlement and integration. We firmly believe that when we invest in helping newcomers learn the language, find employment, and build a successful life, all of Canada benefits,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “The Boys and Girls Club of Moncton project is an example of innovative programming that helps newcomers make the most of their talents to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities,” he added. On February 18, IRCC said it began accepting proposals from eligible individuals and organizations to provide direct services to newcomers. On March 27, IRCC said it began accepting proposals for indirect settlement services, such as research and capacity building.“After a thorough review of the proposals received, 824 projects have been selected to deliver services that are client-centered, outcomes-driven and responsive to needs and that use resources effectively,” IRCC said.last_img read more

Week 14 Fantasy PPR Rankings: TE

first_imgWEEK 14 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverWeek 14 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings: TEsThese rankings are for PPR leagues1George Kittle, 49ers vs. Broncos2Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Ravens3Zach Ertz, Eagles @ Cowboys4David Njoku, Browns vs. Panthers5Eric Ebron, Colts @ Texans6Jared Cook, Raiders vs. Steelers7Rob Gronkowski, Patriots @ Dolphins8Jimmy Graham, Packers vs. Falcons9Jordan Reed, Redskins vs. Giants10Vance McDonald, Steelers @ Raiders Week 14 Standard Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerElsewhere in the middle of the list, Evan Engram is still attempting to return from a hamstring injury that kept him out last week. If he can’t suit up against the Redskins, Rhett Ellison will get the start. Ellison has limited appeal and upside, but it’s not like Engram has done much this year either. Meanwhile, Trey Burton — a player who saw one target last week — is a TD dependent option against the Rams. He could definitely score, but his upside in PPR formats is low due to a dearth of targets going his way.Reminder: Check back for updates during the week. And for more analysis on each player, check out our standard TE rankings for Week 14.  Greg Olsen is gone, and our Week 14 fantasy TE PPR rankings will lose depth as a result. In recent weeks, several tight ends have gone on the IR and seen their season end. There is still some solid depth at the top, but the mid-tier of our rankings is now dominated by sleepers and streamers. And for any fantasy owner facing a start ’em, sit ’em decision in the fantasy playoffs, that is a scary proposition.Olsen’s loss also doesn’t do a lot to create a logical replacement for him. Fourth-round rookie Ian Thomas will take over as the top target at TE in Carolina, but the fact of the matter is that he is unproven. He looked good against the Buccaneers in limited action, but it’s hard to recommend him as a plug-and-play option in the first week of the fantasy playoffs. It’s just too risky.center_img MORE FANTASY: Rankings | DFS11Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Bengals12Cameron Brate, Buccaneers vs. Saints13Kyle Rudolph, Vikings @ Seahawks14Mark Andrews, Ravens @ Chiefs15C.J. Uzomah, Bengals @ Chargers16Dan Arnold, Saints @ Buccaneers17Jonnu Smith, Titans vs. Jaguars18Austin Hooper, Falcons @ Packers19Trey Burton, Bears vs. Rams20Evan Engram, Giants @ Redskins21Ian Thomas, Panthers @ Browns22Ricky Seals-Jones, Cardinals vs. Lions23Matt LaCosse, Broncos @ 49ers24Chris Herndon, Jets @ Bills25Jordan Thomas, Texans vs. Colts26Nick Vannett, Seahawks vs. Vikings27Gerald Everett, Rams @ Bears28James O’Shaughnessy, Jaguars @ Titans29Vernon Davis, Redskins vs. Giants30Tyler Higbee, Rams @ Bears31Charles Clay, Bills vs. Jets32Michael Roberts, Lions @ Cardinals33Geoff Swaim, Cowboys vs. Eagles34Ed Dickson, Seahawks vs. Vikings35Dallas Goedert, Eagles @ Cowboys36Hayden Hurst, Ravens @ Chiefs37Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Patriots38Jesse James, Steelers @ Raiderslast_img read more

Why Sydneysiders should support the Roosters

first_imgThe finals series started with such promise for the harbour city with five teams finishing inside the Telstra Premiership top eight, but two weeks later that number has dwindled down to one with the Bondi boys Sydney’s last hope. Week One of the finals saw the pride of the Northern beaches and the Shire bow out while Sydney’s golden West was left reeling when the Eels and Panthers were eliminated by their Queensland foes. You’d think Sydney would rally around the Roosters this weekend – especially when you consider the three remaining teams are from interstate – but that doesn’t appear to be the case. There has long been a stigma surrounding those from the Eastern suburbs that their affluence and elitism makes them better than the rest, but surely Sydneysiders can let bygones be bygones for the greater good of their state. This is a match that deserves a full house at Allianz Stadium, and just to show you how nice the area is, fans should make a day of it and experience all the east has to offer before heading to Moore Park. Come to Double Bay and enjoy a magical brunch at Indigo before you sneak off to Redleaf pool to enjoy one of Sydney’s hidden gems.Head on over to Watsons Bay for their world-famous fish and chips and mesmerising views while you sip on champagne at their waterside venues. Or if you have a bit more time, hop on the 333 bus – or pay plenty for parking – and enjoy Bondi in all its glory. Dine at Icebergs and watch your Instagram likes soar, chill at the Bucket List with your mates for a beer or two or simply enjoy a stroll on the beach to work on your summer tan. As tempting as that all sounds, Roosters players know it’s a hard sell for rival fans to jump on the bandwagon considering their recent success. “I just hope they get on board with us. As much as they might not like us during the regular season, they’ve just got to back us as the last NSW side,” Roosters winger Daniel Tupou – who lives in Auburn in Sydney’s west – told NRL.com. “There is a bit of pressure as the last Sydney side, but as a team we love that pressure and we won’t let it affect us. We’ll embrace the challenge and do our best for New South Wales. “There’s a bit of a State of Origin feel given the calibre of players and what’s at stake so hopefully that’s enough for the rest of Sydney to get behind us.”Roosters co-captain Jake Friend would love Sydney to get behind his team and told NRL.com a packed house would turn a classic encounter into a night fans will never forget. “We’re the last Sydney team so you’d hope that other fans from other teams would come and support us,” he said. “The main thing is that we get a big crowd here at Allianz. I’m sure all the Roosters supporters and members will be out here in force, and given it’s finals footy, you’d like to think that there’d be a big crowd to support the game. “As a player you want as many people as you can get here, and given what’s at stake, hopefully we’ll see a big crowd that can generate an amazing atmosphere because that’s what we all love to play off. “There’s so much external sort of stuff that people talk about that can get you side-tracked, but for us, I think we’ve just been focussing on what we need to worry about. We know that all that external stuff is there, but if you watch our training then you’ll know that it doesn’t bother us.”last_img read more