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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

Indiana senior senator elected to national post

first_imgWashington D.C.— Republican Indiana senator Todd Young has been elected chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Young is charged with leading to maintain and expand Republican control of the U.S. Senate in 2020.Young is now the senior senator from Indiana.From Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, Dan Coats leading national intelligence, Alex Azar heading up the Department of Health and Human Services and countless others making a big impact, Hoosiers are doing big things in Washington, and we can’t wait to see the great victories that Senator Young will help Republicans achieve through his new, expanded role!last_img

Wrestling preview 2013: Wellington has depth, senior leadership, and a returning state placer

first_img145 – Zach Botkin, a junior, is a move in from Winfield and will wrestle here until Pelkey returns. McComb said Pelkey could be wrestling as soon as the Wellington Tournament to be held next week. The schedule: Jan 105:00 pmRossville, WellingtonRossville 170 – Chance Hain, a senior, last wrestled as a freshman and was partially through his sophomore year before sustaining the injury. 126 – Brad Wiens, a sophomore, will start this weekend. He was 10-15 in 2012-13. Eventually Graysen DeJarnett, a sophomore, is expected to wrestle at that weight. He is currently wrestling at 132. Last season he went 11-12 as a starter. 132 – Andrew Horn, who went 23-12, will be a Wellington wrestler to watch in 2013-14. He went 23-12 last season and has a ton of varsity experience. He will wrestle 138 pounds on Saturday. Dec 79:30 amEl Dorado TournamentEl Dorado 195 – Lamkin, who caught fire in the state tournament and ended up placing, was 24-19 as far as his overall record. He is behind an Andale wrestlers named Anthony Capul, a freshman, who is considered all-world of everything in the wrestling world. Dec 195:00 pmMulvane, WellingtonAugusta 120 – Wellington is open this weekend but Chevy Nuss a freshman, is expected to take over that spot. He is currently wrestling in JV. Dec 126:00 pmPratt, WellingtonPratt Dec 149:00 amWellington TournamentWellington Feb 810:00 amRose Hill TournamentRose Hill 182 – Aaron Fair, a junior, will start. He was 5-9 a year ago. Jan 165:00 pmMulvane, WellingtonWellington League race: Andale is the league favorite, as it is in about every sport. Capul, mentioned above, was ranked in the top 50 nationally in KIDS wrestling. McComb said he could move to any weight position.“Andale was missing a couple of key wrestlers the night they wrestled us,” McComb said. “They will bring a very tough group.”Augusta, which won the AV-CTL DIV lost eight seniors, but have some state qualifiers returning. Clearwater is a bit of a mystery. 152 – Ben DeJarnett, a senior, is another wrestler to watch out for. He was 15-22 as a varsity starter as a junior. Jan 119:30 amRossville TournamentRossville 220 – Holt, a senior, has not wrestled in high school but was a standout athlete in football. 113 – Sage Ferguson is currently starting as a sophomore who went 2-9 last season. He could dip to 106 before January.center_img Dec 195:00 pmWellington, Rose HillAugusta 106 – Open. Jan 235:00 pmClearwater, Wellington*Andale Jan 189:00 amClearwater TournamentClearwater Feb 711:00 amRose Hill TournamentRose Hill Dec 195:00 pmAugusta, WellingtonAugusta Jan 165:00 pmWellington, BuhlerWellington Feb 136:00 pmCircle, Wellington*Circle Jan 306:00 pmWellington, Augusta*Wellington Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Jan 235:00 pmWellington, Andale*Andale by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Mitch McComb embarks on his second year as head wrestling coach of the Wellington Crusaders with numbers and depth. He also has a returning state placer.Not to mention new WHS uniforms. No those are not the new uniforms in the picture.McComb has 27 wrestlers out this season. That’s a good number especially for a sport that has been seeing dwindling numbers throughout the nation for years.Taylon LamkinHe also has a returning state wrestling placer. Taylon Lamkin, a senior, finished sixth last season at 195 pounds and is ranked second in Class 4A’s 190-pound division (see rankings here) http://www.kansaswrestling.org/images/docs/Rankings/4a.pdf“I can’t remember the last time we had a returning state placer in Wellington,” McComb said. “It might have been 15 years ago. I honestly can’t remember.”Lamkin is Wellington’s 195 pounder. He is currently ranked second in the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association poll in that weight class. Wellington has a strong group in the upper weight class, including four seniors. The thing is, of those seniors, only Lamkin and Tyson Hodson at heavyweight have had a lot of recent varsity experience.Chance Hain at 170 pounds has been injured since his sophomore year when he blew out his knee.Dalton Holt at 220 pounds hasn’t wrestled in four years.Injuries have plagued the WHS program. Last year the wrestling program lost five wrestlers due to football injuries. This year isn’t as bad, but there is still some bumps and bruises and breaks and tears already. Andrew Pelkey, a junior, who wrestles at 145 and accumulated a 20-10 record in 2012-13, may be out for a little while with a broken wrist.Overall, Wellington has significant experience. McComb said there are 12 out of 14 returning starters.The program has six seniors and three juniors. Last year it was just the opposite with two seniors and five juniors.Wellington also is coming back from a year when it nearly won an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV title, losing only to Augusta. In 2012-13, Wellington took down Andale, Clearwater and Circle. Collegiate doesn’t have a wrestling program. The league championship came down to a monster dual in Augusta in February. Augusta’s depth on that day was just too much.This season with the depth, returning experience, and senior leadership, Wellington appears to be in the hunt again for a league title. McComb isn’t so sure.“So many things can happen,” he said. “For example I had 41 kids out at the beginning of the season. I am down to 33. And of those 33, nine or 10 of them have missed practice for one thing or the other this week.”Wellington opens its season on Saturday in a dual wrestling tournament in El Dorado. Here is how things look at the moment starting wise for the Crusaders. Hwt – Tyson Hodson, a senior, was 20-16 a year ago. ateTimeOpponentLocation 138 – After Horn moves down, this weight class could be a battle between Ian King , a junior who went 1-2 in varsity starts; and Skyler Struble, did not wrestle and was injured sophomore, 145 JV. 160 – Joey Haydon, a junior, will be the starter. He was 4-7 as a varsity starter and 16-9 overall including junior varsity matches.   Dec 203:00 pmMarion County Dual TournamentMarion/Hillsborolast_img read more

“Safety sells tourism” – Security and safety take centre stage on day 2 of…

first_imgTourism alone contributes greatly to the Gross Domestic Product of many of the Region’s economies, including Guyana, and as the second day of the Air Transport Meeting got underway in Georgetown, safety and security in the sector were on the agenda.The Air Transport Meeting panel Day 2 – Air Transport and SecurityDuring his presentation, Programme Manager, Regulatory and International Aviation, Transport Canada, Andrew Larsen, spoke of the need for greater security measures to be implemented on both domestic and international flights.Larsen said Canada stands ready to lend support in this area to the Region.“One of the ways Transport Canada will improve aviation safety is through a collaborative approach; through safety promotion, education, training, and through a programme called the Canadian Collaboration Aviation Safety Forum,” Larsen is quoted by the Department of Public Information a saying on Thursday.Focus was also placed on creating a ‘smart product’ for the Region. This smart product seeks to manage a traveller’s time in an effective way. The intention is to evaluate how the use of technology before, during and after a visit influences the tourist experience.Smart tourism is seen as a logical progression from traditional tourism and is more e-tourism and technology-based. For now, the initiative is still in the discussion stages, as massive amounts of data sharing would be required for it to actually be implemented.Also presenting on day two was Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones.Her presentation focused on the decline in intra-regional travels, which she says, is a challenge for the Region that must be addressed immediately.“Hindering the growth of tourism in the Region, are difficulties with domestic travel connectivity. There are limited policy measures in place to deal with this issue and the CTO and regional heads must take a special look at it”.Reifer-Jones says once this issue is addressed and rectified, intra-regional travels will increase, thus further developing regional tourism.The objective of the three-day Air Transport Meeting is to offer practical solutions to remove existing regulatory impediments to air transport liberalisation and to finance the development of quality aviation infrastructure.last_img read more

Austrian cakes and opera in Australia

first_img“Vienna has experienced continuous growth from the Australian market,” Austrian National Tourist Office director Astrid Mulholland-Licht said. The Sydney Opera House welcomed trade partners and special guests on 13 November for the commemorative concert which was co-hosted by the Orchestra’s principal partner, Emirates. Check out ETB News’ Facebook Photo Gallery for more images. Vienna has become an increasingly popular tourist destination for outbound travellers, luring approximately 44 percent of all Australian visitors to Austria in 2012. “Vienna is often referred to as the ‘World Capital of Music’ and our partnership with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra provides many wonderful occasions to shine the light on Vienna.” A range of new and innovative accommodations, world heritage-listed coffee houses, state opera live streams, Spanish riding school shows and Vienna music festivals are just some of the options available for visitors to Vienna. For the first nine months of 2013, visitor numbers from Australia have increased 2 percent and total bed nights have risen 2.5 percent, compared to the same period in 2012.center_img Source = ETB News: P.T. 149,000 Australians visited Vienna last year (+11.2 percent year-on-year), accounting for 12.3 million bed nights (+7.5 percent year-on-year). The original Sacher-Torte chocolate cake was flown in especially for the occasion, direct from the Hotel Sacher Vienna, recognised as the world’s most famous cake since 1832. Viennese classical composition was the inspiration behind a celebratory farewell performance by outgoing Sydney Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy earlier this week. The Austrian National Tourist Office in conjunction with the Vienna Tourist Board and Salzburg City Tourist Office treated guests to an afternoon of coffee and cakes at the Sydney Opera House.last_img read more