Cuomo’s education plan goes too far

first_imgGov. Andrew Cuomo is obsessed with trying to dictate what happens in public. For some reason, I believe because teachers’ unions don’t back him in elections, Cuomo is driven to try to micromanage the public school system in New York state. His latest foolhardy plan would require school districts to file spending reports directly to his office. This is nothing more than busy work and wasted time on the part of school administrators because such a report would be redundant at best. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion First, school aid isn’t a blank check. Aid is categorized (i.e., transportation, textbooks, technology, building,  etc.) and can’t be spent outside of the designated areas. Thus, schools can’t buy bus tires with aid earmarked for computers. Secondly, state education law already dictates that school budgets be subjected to internal audits in a monthly basis and external audits annually. The external audit isn’t only mandated for report to the state each year, it’s also a matter of public record and must be available to the public on demand.The latest plan for Cuomo meddling is foolish because school budgets are already the most scrutinized of any government spending plans. School budgets are the only budgets, not only in the state of New York but in the nation, that must be approved directly by a positive vote of the entire electorate invoked on an annual basis. I wonder how city, county and state budgets would fare in that arena.John MetalloSlingerlands The writer is a retired teacher, principal and superintendent of schools.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

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Royal commission

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ORVC Weekly Report (April 24 – April 29)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report Summary.  (April 24 – April 29)Players of the Week.Baseball:  Bryant Housemeyer – Rising SunJacob Burton – MilanSoftball:  Abby Yelton – MilanBoys Golf:  Nick Braun – Switzerland CountyGirls Track:  Taylor Cole – SouthwesternMegan Cole – South RipleyBoys Track:  Trevor Levi – Rising SunORVC Report (April 24-29)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

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Milner: That was the best of City

first_imgManchester City midfielder James Milner believes Europe has now seen the best of the Blues after their thrilling fightback at Bayern Munich. “But to go on and win at Bayern is a great achievement, and doing it after being two goals behind is fantastic.” City could face a team such as Barcelona in the last 16 of the competition. The draw takes place on Monday and City, as runners-up in their section, are guaranteed to face one of the winners of the other groups and play the second leg of the tie away from home. However Milner is full of confidence after the triumph in Germany. He said: “It was massive for us for going forward in the competition. “We are obviously going to get a tough draw in the next round. But we know we can beat the reigning champions on their own patch, scoring three goals, so that is a massive confidence boost and gives us massive momentum for the next round.” Both City and Bayern had already qualified for the knock-out stage before Tuesday’s game, but first place in the group was at stake. A 4-2 victory for second-placed City was one of the outcomes that would have seen them leapfrog Pep Guardiola’s side and secure top spot, ensuring the Blues – theoretically, at least – an easier last-16 draw. But it appeared City were completely unaware that winning by just one more goal would have been sufficient, with Milner saying: “We didn’t know if 4-2 would be enough or if we would need 5-2 – we thought it needed to be 5-2 to be honest.” City boss Pellegrini said he would have been tempted to bring on substitute striker Sergio Aguero if his team had netted a fourth, adding: “It was difficult to score two (more) goals.” The club’s top scorer was being rested ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Arsenal. Defender Pablo Zabaleta also indicated the Blues had believed all along that only a victory by a three-goal margin would send them top. “The manager said before the game that in football you never know – anything can happen – and we talked about trying to win by three goals,” Zabaleta, who came on as a substitute early on for the injured Micah Richards, told City TV. “We knew it was difficult to do that, but in the end it was important also just to win, taking revenge for the last game, when we played against Bayern at home.” Although City are now facing the prospect of a tricky last-16 tie, they will surely head into the next phase in a positive frame of mind off the back of their latest result. Certainly, that is the suggestion from Zabaleta, who said: “I think we are coming back to Manchester feeling really strong because when you win against probably the best team in the world, that is really important.” Press Association And after admitting City were out of sorts for the early stages of the Champions League Group D contest, England international Milner now wants Manuel Pellegrini’s men to stay in top gear for the tough opener they are sure to face in the knock-out stages. City, who were outplayed by defending champions Bayern when the German outfit beat them 3-1 in the reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium, appeared set for an even more chastening experience at the Allianz Arena when their hosts raced ahead through strikes from Thomas Muller in the fifth minute and Mario Gotze in the 12th. City looked highly vulnerable at that point but turned the match around in remarkable fashion for a 3-2 win. Milner was involved in all three of his side’s goals, teeing up David Silva’s close-range finish in the 28th minute, winning a penalty that Aleksandar Kolarov converted in the 59th and then slotting in expertly from Jesus Navas’ cross in the 62nd. Asked afterwards what had changed for City following Bayern’s second goal, Milner said: “Probably the real us came out then. “I think it was a different team in the first 15 minutes – we were sloppy on the ball and off the ball. “It was unlike us, but after that we tightened up, looked a bit more of a threat going forward and stopped them playing a bit better. “At half-time we changed a few things around in terms of how we wanted to stop them playing and play like we know we can. “We said before the game that we wanted to get some revenge after the first match, which was a disappointing performance for us. “We didn’t turn up then, and it looked like it was going to be like that after 15 minutes this time as well. last_img read more

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Mark Cuban believes the NBA could return in May

first_imgIt has been almost a month without the NBA, and it is still not known when the season will return.Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, said he believes the 2019-2020 NBA season could be back by May! “Hopefully by the middle of May, we’re starting to get back to normal and the NBA is playing games,” Cuban said, via WFAA’s Mike Leslie. “Maybe not with fans, but we’re playing it because sports plays such an important role. You know, people want something to cheer for, people want something to rally around, people want something to be excited about. “… I mean you know no one has perfect information right now, and so all decisions are tough. But, you know, if I had to guess based off the people I’ve talked to at the CDC and other places — I would say that the over-under would be June 1, and I’m taking the under.”Cuban says once scientist find a way to for the population to cope with the coronavirus, the league will “have a path out” of its hiatus.last_img read more

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The Latest: Stay!-ing power: Lab takes 5th obedience title

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local):12:25 p.m.What makes a championship obedience dog? The Westminster Kennel Club knows it by Heart. A Labrador retriever named Heart won Westminster’s obedience contest Sunday, extending her sweep of the five-year-old competition.With that, handler Linda Brennan says they don’t plan to enter the contest next year. “I think it’s only fair” to step aside, said Brennan, an obedience trainer from Columbia, New Jersey. The competition requires dogs to sit, stay, retrieve a toy on command and stick by their handlers’ sides while walking around other people, among other skills. Finalists used to do complex six-minute routines of their own devising, but Westminster changed things up this year to align more closely with other obedience trials. Heart, age 7, executed the maneuvers with her tail wagging. The Latest: Stay!-ing power: Lab takes 5th obedience title February 10, 2020center_img Associated Press “She loves this environment — she really does. She finds it very exciting and very stimulating,” Brennan said. Don’t lose heart, owners of everyday dogs: Even Heart misbehaves from time to time outside the ring.“She has her little naughty habits,” Brennan said with a smile.,Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

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‘Nationals’ officially opened

first_imgTia Azore, Morvin Hamilton take 10K Road Race titleDISTRICT 5’s (West Coast Berbice) Morvin Hamilton and District 10’s Tia Azore were the first athletes to cross the line in the Male and Female 10K Road Race yesterday, as the 59th National School’s Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championship officially started at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.Following a posh opening ceremony where Minister with responsibility for Sports, Dr George Norton, boasted of the events vast improvement over the last four years, the two athletes entered the stadium to thunderous applause from the audience.Azore clocked 45 minutes, 57.27 seconds (45:57.27) to win the female category, doing so ahead of District 9’s Judy Lannis (46:14.50) and Odiessa George of District 6 (50:20.68).In the male category, Hamilton cruised to a time of 34 minutes, 51.63 seconds, to finish ahead of Calvin Williams of District 15 (36:03.24) and District 9’s Evander Seceendino (36:33.43)Deshana Skeete of District 10, one of the outstanding athletes at the National School Championship, lighting the Game’s torch.Meanwhile, Norton, during his address to declare the games open, told the audience of athletes, officials and dignitaries, that his government has ensured that the games represent the birth of the participants dreams of qualifying for the Olympics.Norton said much emphasis has been placed on leveling the playing field for athletes from the Hinterland regions with their counterparts on the mainlands, and he also said that is the collaborative efforts between the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education.And GTU president Mark Lyte lauded the work done by the stakeholders of the games, more so those from the corporate community.Lyte spoke profoundly of the role the games play in helping athletes to realise their dreams in the various disciplines, especially those who would go on to represent Guyana at the Carifta Games.The Championship will conclude on November 22. Upper Demera/Kwakwani (District 10) is the most decorated district in the history of the games, and is currently the title holder.last_img read more

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SU overpowers Crimson in 1st round of WNIT

first_img Published on March 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img With the clock winding down below 14 minutes in the second half and Syracuse already well on its way to a win, Kayla Alexander added an early exclamation point to a dominant performance.Harvard guard Victoria Lippert got the ball in the paint and tried a turnaround jumper over the Orange freshman. Alexander rejected the fadeaway but the ball bounced back to the Crimson.It eventually found its way back into Lippert’s hands on the left wing, where she tried to drive down the middle. Alexander popped out from underneath the basket and took a vicious swing at the shot, again sending it away.That block, however, ricocheted to SU guard Tyler Ash, who started a fast break. She found a slashing Carmen Tyson-Thomas for an easy layup and the Orange continued to roll.Syracuse (23-10, 7-9 Big East) easily dealt with an overmatched Harvard (20-9, 11-3 Ivy League) squad Thursday, beating the Crimson 87-68 in front of 173 people at Manley Field House. SU’s freshmen duo of Alexander and Tyson-Thomas and the Orange’s overall size proved too much for Harvard to handle in the first-round NIT matchup. The win gave Syracuse 23 this year, marking the highest single-season total in program history.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU moves on to play Richmond at 7 p.m. Monday in Manley Field House in the second round of the NIT.‘I thought, overall, we really played well in the paint,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘We really wanted to push tempo and really get up and down the floor and be aggressive. And that’s what we did.’While the Orange made it a physical game with drives and low post play when it had the ball, Harvard when with a different approach. The Crimson heaved up 19 3-pointers in the first half, only to see five of them swish through.And on the other end, SU soon discovered that no one could matchup with the freshman Alexander, who finished the day with 22 points. Harvard tried to play from behind the 6-foot-4 forward, allowing her to catch entry passes easily and turn for quick shots.  When the Crimson finally did send another defender to double Alexander late in the first half, she took one dribble to split the defense and put up a soft shot that rattled in.‘They were playing behind (me) so it was easier to seal and easier to pass inside,’ she said. ‘I like it when people play behind. I get more touches.’And when it wasn’t Alexander terrorizing the undersized Crimson down low, it was her fellow freshman, Tyson-Thomas, dropping in points from all over the court. She scored a career-high 17 points and pulled in 13 rebounds.On Syracuse’s last two possessions of the first half, Tyson-Thomas hit a baseline jumper and a buzzer-beating 3 to send the Orange into halftime. After the long-range trey, the freshman smiled and ran over to the SU bench, where she was greeted with chest bumps and high fives from her teammates.She said that her rebounding early (seven boards in the first half) helped get her into the flow of the game, which, in turn, helped her scoring.‘I was pretty much taking good shots, efficient shots,’ she said. ‘I wasn’t taking too many 3’s. That wasn’t our game plan. I was trying to get in the paint.’The freshman pair combined for 27 points in the first half, powering the Orange to a 55-30 lead at the break.And with the big lead, Syracuse coasted through the second half. Harvard never got closer than 19 points and SU led by as much as 33 before the game was over.‘I’m just really happy with our effort,’ Hillsman said. ‘We just really wanted to pound the paint, rebound the basketball, take quality shots. …We only took four 3’s and that was our goal, not to shoot a lot of 3s and attack the basket. I was very happy with our performance. I was very happy with our freshman. Our freshman played big. Overall, I’m just really happy we can play another game.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

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D’Angelo Russell trade grades: Timberwolves get their man; Warriors disappoint with return

first_imgTimberwolves 2021 pick protected to No. 3, and becomes unprotected in 2022, per sources. Minnesota kept pushing for Russell, who it has wanted since summer free agency and finally got the point guard Gerssson Rosas imagined pairing with KAT. https://t.co/kfDNvsdBHX— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2020MORE: Andre Iguodala trade analysisThe Timberwolves had reportedly been interested in Russell since last summer, wanting the guard to form a potent combination with Karl-Anthony Towns.Here are our initial grades for the trade:Timberwolves: AMinnesota desperately wanted Russell. It got Russell. That’s a big deal for a franchise so often criticized for getting almost everything wrong as it tries to capitalize on the immense talent of Towns.Russell is 23 years old and ready to be a star scorer for many seasons to come. He’s averaging 23.6 points per game this year, and he has experience helping turn around a franchise’s fortunes in Brooklyn. The pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop with Towns will be a beautiful sight. The duo is already tight-knit after developing a close friendship through the AAU circuit. Suns star Devin Booker is the third amigo in the friendship; if Minnesota ever manages to acquire him, fans will pass out from happiness.Andrew Wiggins is under a huge contract through 2022-23, and despite some growth this year, he was never a favorite of Minnesota given his inability to fully develop since entering the league. The first-round draft pick Minnesota gave up could hurt, but if the Timberwolves become a playoff team, it won’t matter.Warriors: C-Golden State had reportedly been intent on holding onto Russell until the summer unless it was blown away by a trade offer. Was this really a bid that blew the front office away? If so, that seems to reflect poorly on its judgement.Russell, acquired from the Nets last summer, was never given a real chance to play alongside Curry or Thompson. The Warriors will never know how explosive that trio could have been. Sure, Wiggins being a forward makes him a more natural fit in next year’s lineup. Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Green and perhaps 2020 NBA Draft prospect James Wiseman would be a tasty starting five. But Wiggins’ hefty contract limits the Warriors’ future flexibility, and there is no guarantee he will ever be better than Russell. Wiggins is in some respects just a better version of Harrison Barnes — an important roster piece, but often more frustrating than game-changing.The pick will be awesome if the Timberwolves are bad and if it coincides with a stacked draft class. Neither of those things are guaranteed. Should the pick be, say, No. 15, then this deal will be especially difficult to swallow for Golden State.Maybe the Warriors will surge all the way back to dominance with Curry and Thompson healthy next year, and Wiggins invigorated by a winning basketball team. But for now, it feels like an underwhelming return for their biggest trade chip. The Timberwolves and Warriors worked out a blockbuster trade just before the NBA deadline on Thursday afternoon, with D’Angelo Russell heading to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and two future draft picks. Bench players Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans were also shipped to Minnesota in the deal.With Minnesota’s 2021 first-round draft pick (protected to No. 3) and a second-round selection, Golden State gains the means to smoothly rebuild its squad with young talent as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green age. Wiggins, meanwhile, likely provides a better short-term match alongside Curry and Thompson than Russell.last_img read more

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