Citizens: Stand up against overtaxation

first_imgWhen are all of hard-working taxpayers and property owners going to smarten up about yourselves being taken with overtaxation, such as in school taxes and property taxes? What happened to the days of children going to school and learning the basics — like reading, English, history and science — to earn a living or go on to college? I will tell you, this, the unions have changed everything. The teachers’ union is a pawn for Democratic Party. The majority of union dues goes to Dems. Plus, the politicians give in to all their demands. Pensions at 50 and 55; that’s outrageous. We have double-dipping, people collecting pensions and salaries. How long do you think people are going to just keep paying for that? Kids are not learning in class because parents don’t correct them. Be parents instead of friends with your kids. Teachers don’t have control of classrooms like years before because the angels’ parents are afraid of their own shadows, raising their kids same way.  The point is rise up and demand a cut to benefits. Soon, your taxes will go down. Keep voting for politicians who have backbone and do the will of people and taxpayers. Take a hard look at what you’re getting for your taxes. The question should be: Do I/they really need this or do I want this? Get along. Going along is out. Think and act for yourselves.Al Marvell ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

COVID-19: Surabaya turns into ‘black zone’ as cases mount

first_imgAs of Tuesday, Surabaya has recorded 2,748 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 253 deaths linked to the disease, making it the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in East Java.All other 37 regencies and municipalities in East Java appear red on the provincial administration’s official COVID-19 map.Other regions in the province that appear darker than others on the map include Sidoarjo regency with 683 cases and 59 deaths, and Gresik regency with 183 cases and 20 deaths.In total, East Java has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country with 5,132 cases and 418 fatalities, behind only Jakarta.East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini previously locked horns over two mobile polymerase chain reaction (PCR) labs.The two mobile labs had been loaned by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency for use in Surabaya but were taken over by the province’s COVID-19 task force and sent to Lamongan and Tulungagung regencies instead. (rfa)Topics : Surabaya in East Java has turned into a “black zone” as the region recorded nearly 3,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.East Java COVID-19 task force head Joni Wahyuhadi said regions with confirmed coronavirus cases across the province appeared red on the administration’s official coronavirus map and would appear darker as they continued to record more cases.“As a region records more cases, it will appear increasingly darker and eventually black on the map,” Joni said on Tuesday as quoted by read more

PREMIUMLight sentences for Novel’s attackers threaten graft busters’ security

first_imgForgot Password ? #KPK #KPKAcidAttack #NovelBaswedan #court-ruling #AntiGraft KPK KPK-attacks Novel-acid-attack novel-baswedan Court court-ruling justice Topics : Log in with your social account Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Top Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan has expressed concern that the lenient sentence handed down to his attackers would reflect the low commitment of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration’s to protecting graft busters.“The judges’ decision to give my attackers light sentences only shows that the administration does not stand behind those who have fought against corruption in the country,” he said in a statement on Thursday night.The North Jakarta District Court sentenced Novel’s attackers, police officers Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette and Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis, to two years and 18 months in prison, respectively, on late Thursday.The panel of judges declared both men guilty of violating Article 353 of the Criminal Code on persecution causing serious injury or death, which carries a maximum se… Googlelast_img read more

Bourbon sells anchor handler to Horizon Maritime

first_imgFrench offshore vessel provider Bourbon has sold one of its anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessels to Canada’s Horizon Maritime.Bourbon Arctic; Source: Wikimedia – public domainA Bourbon spokesperson told Offshore Energy Today that the vessel, owned by Bourbon subsidiary Bourbon Offshore Norway, was sold to Horizon, with the vessel sale price being confidential. VesselsValue estimates the sale price is $41.5 million.Also, Bourbon Offshore Norway signed a ship management contract with Horizon and will carry out ship management services of the vessel in 2019.As for the vessel, the Bourbon Arctic was built by the Vard Brattvåg shipyard in Norway and delivered in March 2016.At the time of the delivery, it was dubbed as the vessel with the highest board pull in the world with 307 tonnes in boost mode and 193 tonnes in diesel-electric mode.The dual-fueled vessel was fitted with a strengthened hull and Ice class winterization equipment for work in temperatures down to -20° C.The Bourbon Arctic can welcome up to 60 persons including crew and can be used as a floatel when not engaged in anchor-handling operations.Offshore Energy Today has also contacted Horizon for more information regarding the deal, and we will update the article if and when we receive a response.AIS data provided by Marine Traffic shows the vessel is currently in the Norwegian Sea, servicing the Leiv Eiriksson semi-submersible drilling rig.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

State Champ

first_imgCongratulations to Oldenburg Academy’s Curt Eckstein who won the IHSAA State Cross Country Championship last Saturday at Terre Haute.  Curt’s margin of victory over the second place runner was one of the largest in the history of the state championship.  Although his time was not as good as the previous week, it is still a tremendous accomplishment.Curt also won the mental attitude award.  The OA senior will be competing for the Twisters during the spring outdoor track season.  Congratulations, Curt, and best of luck this spring.last_img read more

QuickCar Racing Products gives awards to national champions in all IMCA divisions

first_imgLEBANON, Tenn. – QuickCar Racing Products returns as an IMCA sponsor this season, with new awards for national champions in all sanctioned divisions. Recipients of QuickCar-manufactured 3-gauge panels include top drivers in national standings for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods. The Late Model national champion earns a 4-gauge panel set. Both the IMCA Eagle Motorsports Sprint Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact national champions receive 2-gauge panel sets. “We’re happy to be on board with IMCA again,” said QuickCar General Manager Danny Knowles. “We’ve been growing by leaps and bounds. We’ve got new dealers, we’re expanding into new markets and have a more diverse product line.” The Lebanon, Tenn., manufacturer had given awards to IMCA special series champions following the 2011 and 2012 seasons. QuickCar also manufactures volt meters, water pressure kits, tachometers and switch panels, among other high performance products.“We’re passionate about IMCA and the Modifieds in particular,” added Knowles, himself a veteran of that division. “The racing is awesome, IMCA has a good set of rules, good tracks and good people. We have a lot of products that we’ll be able to target to IMCA members this year.” “Since 2012, I think the idea that we’d renew our partnership with QuickCar was something Danny and I have discussed at each of the past couple Performance Racing Industry trade shows, and the timing is right to put it together for 2015,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “They are very reputable in the industry and have an outstanding product line that is perfect for IMCA racers. We’re proud to have them back on board.” National champions will receive their awards during the IMCA banquet in November.Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and the champion at the Sprint Car Super Nationals all earn QuickCar tachometers. Information about the complete QuickCar line is available by calling 800 997-7333, on Facebook and at the website.last_img read more

Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup The organisers of the elite table tennis league in Germany, Table Tennis Bundesliga, have said the arrival of Aruna Quadri has increased interest in the league by Germans.The Nigerian will be making his debut on September 6 for his club, TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, away to TSV Bad Königshofen, and there have been excitement in Germany over Quadri’s arrival According to the spokesperson of TTBL, Patrick Wichmann, Quadri’s transfer has attracted the attention of table tennis fans in Germany.Wichmann said: “We are very happy to have Quadri in the TTBL.“As a league, we have felt the national interest that the transfer has attracted, but of course also the international media response.“Quadri is a worldwide table tennis brand.“Therefore we are very happy to have him in the TTBL and are looking forward to his debut on Sunday September. “In TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, he had to replace Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, who played two seasons with the team.“Now it will be exciting to see how fast Quadri gets used to the level in the strongest league in Europe.”Also in the preview of the league kick-off this weekend, TTBL described Quadri as an exciting player that Germans are looking forward to watching him play against the best in the league.It said: “The fact that the TTBL is considered the strongest league in Europe is due to the numerous top stars who appear at the tables year after year.“The fans can look forward to one or the other new face in the new season. “One of the most exciting transfers was made by the TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, which ranks 20th in the world with Quadri Aruna.“The Nigerian will appear for the first time in the TTBL and should compensate for the departure of Tomislav Pucar.”Tags: aruna quadriGermanyInterestTABLE TENNISTable Tennis BundesligaTTBLTTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzelllast_img read more

Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championships| Sparta Boss, Tiger Bay book quarter-finalspots, Gold is Money falters

first_imgTHE return of the Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship to the Berlin Tarmac saw fans turn out in their numbers to witness high quality street-ball as crowd favourites, Sparta Boss and Tiger Bay, booked their quarter-final spots with victories on Saturday night while defending champions, Gold is Money, fell via penalties to a determined Broad Street.On night two of the Group Stage round, Tiger Bay dominated Albouystown-B in their Group C encounter and booked their quarter-final berth with a resounding 4-0 win as Jason Fredericks (4th minute), Keoma Gravesande (9th minute) and Solomon Austin with a Guinness Goal (any goal scored in the final 3 minutes of the match counts as 2) in the 19th minute sealed the deal.Sparta Boss ran out 4-1 winners in their Group B fixture against Charlotte Street. Windell Allison handed Charlotte the early advantage with a fourth minute strike which would be the only goal of the first half, but Sparta came into their stride late in the second half as Ryan Hackett (14th minute) and Sheldon Sheperd (16th minute) struck before Curtez Kellman netted a Guinness Goal in the 18th minute to hand Sparta the victory.In the feature match-up of the night, defending champions, Gold is Money, took on Broad Street in Group A action and it proved to be another tense affair as for the second night in succession, Broad Street were unable to score in regulation time which meant the affair had to be decided from the penalty spot yet again.However, this time around, Broad Street held firm while Gold is Money faltered to hand their rivals a 4-3 victory on sudden death penalties.Earlier in the night, LA Ballers recorded their second successive victory in Group A with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over John Street.Andres Hinds put John Street 1-0 ahead with his sixth-minute strike and things looked to be going their way as LA Ballers were repeatedly frustrated as their attempts on goal proved futile. However, Jaleel ‘Shines’ Hamilton would be the savior with his 19th-minute Guinness Goal handing LA the 2-1 win.In another classic rivalry, North East La Penitence came out on top with a 3-2 victory over Sophia; Shaquille Brown found the back of the goal in the seventh minute to give North East the 1-0 lead which they kept until the 18th minute when Sophia’s Joshua Kamal netted a Guinness Goal. It meant that Sophia were leading 2-1 at that point but Kelvin Moore broke Sophia’s heart with a 19th-minute Guinness Goal of his own to ensure that North East ran out 3-2 winners.Albouystown-B needled Alexander Village with Lennox ‘Tyga’ Cort on target in the eighth-minute. Leopold Street also beat Future Stars via the same scoreline with Okeene Fraser netting the only goal in the 13th minute.Back Circle had Adrian Aaron (14th minute) and Jermain Beckles (17th minute) to thank for their 2-1 win over Rising Stars after Jorrell Tyrell had handed his side a 1-0 advantage in the fifth minute.After two nights of Group Stage action, Sparta Boss and Albouystown-B have booked their quarter-final spots with two successive victories in Group B while Tiger Bay and Leopold Street are also undefeated in Group C and have qualified for the quarter-finals as well.The group stage will end on Friday (July 26). The top two finishers from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals and subsequent semi-finals on Saturday (July 27) with the grand finale set for August 3 at a venue to be announced.The eight teams who failed to advance from the group round will contest the Guinness Plate Championship.The winning team will collect $500,000 and the championship trophy, with the second, third, and fourth-placed finishers copping $300,000, $200,000 and $100,000 respectively with the corresponding trophies.They will also earn automatic berth in the National Championship in August.To date, Beacons (Bartica champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions), have all secured automatic berths to the national championship.last_img read more

CET holds workshop on research

first_imgThe Center for Excellence in Teaching hosted an event Thursday to inform students about obtaining research opportunities.The event, Now You Know: How To Get Research, featured a presentation with details on finding and acquiring research assistant positions as an undergraduate, along with a panel of students who have participated in research.The CET is an institution that works closely with the Office of the Provost to organize events and discussions about how to improve classroom experiences for students, teachers and teaching assistants.Carson Lam, a freshman majoring in business administration and psychology and an undergraduate fellow for CET, was one of the event’s hosts and helped organize the event so students could discover research opportunities at USC.“I really wanted to do this event because I’ve always wondered about research, and at the end of last semester, I got the opportunity to be a research assistant,” Lam said.“I felt like it would be really cool to just workshop with other students who want to learn about research. It’s a mystery for a lot of students that we want to demystify.”Lam emphasized that research is not just for students interested in the sciences and that it is not necessary to be an expert in the field you want to research in.Brenda Yang, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies and a CET undergraduate fellow, recommended several methods of finding research opportunities, including talking to professors, following up on help-wanted postings and emailing researchers.“There is no formula to getting research,” Yang said. “If you work hard, if you are interested, if you are persistent, it is totally feasible to do.”Speakers at the event also mentioned that there are many opportunities to do research in the summer, on and off campus.Gene Bickers, vice provost for Undergraduate Programs, said involvement in research provides students with a valuable experience outside the classroom.“[Research] is the chance to become active in a new problem,” Bickers said. “It’s an open-ended problem where there’s no known answer, and that can be exciting. It’s also the chance to work with a professor one-on-one or in a small group setting, and it’s a chance to get a lot of good experience with what you may be doing after graduation.”Bickers also stressed the importance of taking initiative to learn about research opportunities as early as possible.Student panelists at the event shared stories of their personal experiences in research. The session concluded with an individual question-and-answer period with the panelists.Kathryn Kinas, a freshman majoring in business administration, said the event opened her eyes to many chances to do research at USC.“After coming to this seminar, I fully intend to approach one of my professors in the future and get involved with the many research opportunities that USC provides,” Kinas said.CET, founded in 1996, aims to provide leadership and support to the development of the university’s learner-centered education and is responsible for programs such as the teaching assistant program.last_img read more

USC plays Cardinal & Gold Scrimmage

first_imgEight days after beginning official practices, the USC men’s basketball team competed in the annual Cardinal & Gold scrimmage on Saturday.Flying high · Junior forward Nikola Vucevic scored 13 points and had a game-high eight rebounds in the Cardinal & Gold Scrimmage. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Following a two-hour practice, the Trojans split into two teams, with the Cardinal team coached by assistant coach Dieter Horton and the Gold team led by assistant coach Tony Miller. The teams played four four-minute quarters, with the Cardinal team winning 39-29.“Any win is a good win, even if it is just between us,” junior forward Nikola Vucevic said. “I think we played pretty well. We executed our plays, but we need to do a better job on defense.”Vucevic led the Cardinal team with 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Senior guard Donte Smith had a game-high 20 points for the Gold team.“Last year, this game was a debacle. I remember leaving here thinking, ‘I am going straight to a bar because this is not going to be any fun this year,’” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “These guys did a much better job executing. We have guys that know the system from last year, which makes it easier. We also have guys with great natural instincts.”The Trojans are counting on their four freshmen to contribute immediately. Freshman guard Maurice Jones scored the first basket of the scrimmage, and fellow freshman guard Bryce Jones had a breakaway dunk on the next possession to give the Cardinal team a quick 4-0 lead. Maurice Jones finished with six points and three assists, and Bryce Jones had five points and one assist. Freshman forward Curtis Washington had two points for the Gold team in only two minutes. Freshman forward Garrett Jackson was sidelined with a broken nose.The scrimmage also gave fans an opportunity to see two new transfers. Junior forward Aaron Fuller, who cannot play until the 2011-2012 season after transferring from Iowa, had six points. Junior guard Jio Fontan, who will be eligible to play Dec. 18 against Kansas after transferring from Fordham, did not play in the scrimmage because of bruised ribs, although he participated in the practice beforehand.The scrimmage helped show O’Neill what his team needs to work on before it opens the regular season against UC Irvine on Nov. 13.“We need to really tighten it up defensively. We know what we are doing, but we are about a step off everything,” O’Neill said. “We also need to become a much, much better executing team off set plays.”The Trojans will play next in an exhibition game against Point Loma Nazarene at the Galen Center on    Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.last_img read more