Tighten up language on bullying laws

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIn regards to Sen. James Tedisco’s Nov. 19 guest column [“Notify parents when their children are bullied”] on bullying in our schools, why not write something like, “mandatory reporting with complete enforcement” into the first law and then maybe some of that 31 percent of unreported bullying cases in our schools may go down and the second law need not be written.Words in a law like, “make a reasonable” and “good faith effort” don’t seem to cut it from a legal stand point.This opens the law up for everyone’s own interpretation on how to proceed next, including people managing schools.Why all this vagueness and contradiction in these bullying laws? Let’s do better to help children being bullied.Paul W. TrinciMaltaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

S. Korea’s Daewoong Pharma gets India nod to test anti-parasite drug for COVID-19

first_imgSouth Korea’s Daewoong Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said on Tuesday it received Indian regulatory approval to test its anti-parasitic niclosamide drug to treat COVID-19 patients in an early-stage human trial.The phase 1 trial, approved by India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), will involve around 30 healthy participants to test safety and kickstart this month, Daewoong said in a statement.The South Korean drugmaker is testing the drug in partnership with New Delhi-based Mankind Pharma Ltd, which will continue the second and third phases of trials in India on mild and severe coronavirus patients. Topics : Drugmakers worldwide are scrambling to develop treatments for the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, which has killed nearly 739,000 people globally since it first emerged late last year in China.The trial results from India will be used for export permits in Europe and the United States, said Daewoong. The company is also waiting for a separate phase 1 trial approval from South Korea, Nathan Kim, vice-president at Daewoong’s communications office, told Reuters.Daewoong had said its anti-viral drug had completely eliminated the novel coronavirus from animals’ lungs during pre-clinical testing.last_img read more

Hermit Park a drawcard for buyers

first_img73 Armstrong St, Hermit ParkMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I’ve got 61 inspections registered in my system for 73 Armstrong St,” he said. “People just love that North Queensland feel that Hermit Park has and you’ve also got Hermit Park State School which everyone wants to send their kids to.” During the recent decline in real estate prices across Townsville, suburbs such as Hermit Park have been bucking the trend.It has emerged as one of Townsville’s fastest-selling suburbs thanks to large lots and classic Queenslander-style houses perfect for renovation and upgrading. According to historians, Hermit Park originated from the name of the home of one of its most colourful residents, Leopold Ferdinand Sachs, a banker known to hold great parties at his home at the end of The Avenue, Hermit Park. 73 Armstrong St, Hermit ParkHERMIT Park’s proximity to the city, large blocks, good schools and traditional style houses continues to draw buyers.The suburb’s median house price has risen 4.7 per cent in the past three months to $342,500 while rental yields remain healthy at 4.9 per cent for houses and 7.4 per cent for units.Dean Dank from Explore Property Townsville sold 73 Armstrong St this month for $690,000.He said it was snapped up by a local family who liked the location close to the city, the home’s traditional Queenslander style and the size of the property.“They liked it because it was legal height underneath and it had heaps of rooms with two bedrooms upstairs and a study, three bedrooms downstairs, living areas on both levels, a deck and a veranda,” he said.Mr Dank said Hermit Park houses always attracted plenty of interest and had good attendance at open homes. 73 Armstrong St, Hermit ParkBy the 1880s, Hermit Park had become a place where well-to-do residents of Townsville moved to get away from the city, building large, elegant Queenslanders which are still sought after today. In 1902, St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Queens Rd was built. During the 1920s, St Joseph’s Catholic School opened in Norris St and Hermit Park State Primary School opened in 1924. In 1949, the Regent and Rising Sun Cinemas opened in Charters Towers Rd.By the 1970s, Hermit Park was classified as a low socio-economic area, but by the 2001 Census, its residents’ income equalled Townsville’s average wage and was higher than most of the western suburbs. Today Hermit Park is well placed to be one of the city’s premium suburbs and is only 5km from the CBD.last_img read more

Christian nursing home forced to allow assisted suicide

first_imgCathNews 27 October 2016Family First Comment: Disturbing development.The nursing home, which is run by the Salvation Army, the UK-based Christian charity, lost a legal challenge to new assisted suicide rules.The regulations, introduced about a year ago, compel charities caring for the sick and elderly to offer assisted suicide when a patient or resident requests it.The nursing home objected on the grounds that the law violated the core religious beliefs of the Salvation Army and that it represented an affront to freedom of conscience.But the Federal Court rejected the complaint of the home, which is situated in the canton of Neuchatel, and ruled that individuals have the right to decide how and when they would like to end their lives.According to a report on Swiss Radio In English, the judges said the only way the home could avoid its legal obligations to permit assisted suicide was to surrender its charitable status.This would put the home outside of State control but it would also involve the loss of State subsidies.http://cathnews.com/cathnews/27387-christian-nursing-home-forced-to-allow-assisted-suicide-or-lose-charity-statusKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Wolla completes Canyon Winter Challenge sweep

first_imgBy Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (Jan 29) – North Dakota driver Jason Wolla, known by fans as “The Big Show,” put on an impressive show as he swept the weekend Winter Challenge IMCA Modified features at Canyon Speedway Park.Wolla’s second win of the weekend on Sunday came with 33 IMCA Modifieds checked in. He drew the outside front row and once the green flag dropped he never looked back for the $1,000 victory.The battle for second and third heated up for most of the race between local drivers Brian Schultz, Jason Noll and Garrett Funk. As Wolla approached lapped traffic, a late caution closed the almost straightaway lead he had built and Schultz took advantage.Wolla slipped up in turns one and two on the final lap where Schultz peeked to the inside, but in the end the move proved futile as Wolla sped away into the last turn, eventually taking the checkered flag and sweeping the weekend. Schultz was second with Funk, Noll and Garth Dushanek rounding out the top five.J.C. Parmeley made an impressive late pass on Jason George to take home the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Tony Hill redeemed himself from a tough Saturday by taking the Sunday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and Steve Soboski swept the weekend in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in unconventional fashion.It looked as though another sweep was ready to take place in Northern SportMod action. Saturday winner Jason George led the majority of the race in. A late restart with less than five to go gave Parmeley a chance, but the pass could not be completed.Parmeley was given another chance just a couple laps later and this time he took advantage, going around the outside of George in turn one. The second try stuck and Parmeley was able to get away from George to take the win with Austin Kiefer, Chris Toth and David Jones filling in the top five.Hill came back with a vengeance on Sunday afternoon after a rough outing on day number one at Peoria. Bo Partain led during the early portion of the race after starting on the pole position but fifth starting Hill charged his way through and took the lead around the halfway point.Partain later spun in an incident in turn four, leaving the door open for Troy Jerovetz to challenge the race leader. Jerovetz could not quite keep up as the top two sped away from the field, leaving the Cortez, Colo., driver to take the $500 payday ahead of Jerovetz, Race Fisher, Aaron Spangler and local driver George Fronsman.The most interesting finish to the day came in the Hobby Stocks as Soboski was awarded the win, although he did not cross the finish line first. Soboski was sent to the back with Joe Vlasity after contact sent Vlasity around early in the race.The remainder of the race had all eyes on Soboski and Vlasity as they charged through the field. Bret Bierman led the majority of the race but on the final lap Vlasity found himself within a car length of Bierman and took his shot. Vlasity drove in too deep in turn three, making contact with Bierman and sending the leader around while collecting Don Berner in the incident.Vlasity crossed the line first but was put to the back for rough driving, giving the win to Soboski. Confusion came as officials initially wanted to award Bierman the win, but Bierman never crossed the line so the win went to Soboski.Merle Zachrison, Dean Zachrison, Bret Bierman and Don Berner were the remainder of the top five.Hobby Stocks are on the card again during the Steve Stroud Memorial program on Feb. 11.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Wolla; 2. Brian Schultz; 3. Garrett Funk; 4. Jason Noll; 5. Garth Dushanek; 6. Ronnie Wallace; 7. Leland Hibdon; 8. Mike Strobl; 9. Ethan Dotson; 10. Cody Laney; 11. Spencer Wilson; 12. Ryan Roath; 13. Tim Ward; 14. Guy Norton; 15. Colin Winebarger; 16. Mark Stewart; 17. Steve Stultz; 18. Bubba Stafford; 19. Troy Gemmill; 20. Scott Sluka; 21. Trevor Miller; 22. Grey Ferrando; 23. Kelsie Foley; 24. Lance Mari; 25. John Parmeley.Heat winners were Funk, Foley, Dushanek, Noll and Mari. Wilson won the “B” feature.Stock Cars – 1. Tony Hill; 2. Troy Jerovetz; 3. Race Fisher; 4. Aaron Spangler; 5. George Fronsman; 6. Cody Center; 7. Eric Lloyd; 8. Larry Brigner; 9. Chaz Baca Jr.; 10. Vance Honea; 11. Steven Kihle; 12. Tate Johnson; 13. Jason Jensen; 14. Bo Partain; 15. Lonnie Foss.Heat winners were Jensen, Spangler and Hill.Hobby Stocks – 1. Steve Soboski; 2. Merle Zachrison; 3. Dean Zachrison; 4. Bret Bierman; 5. Don Berner; 6. Cory Parent; 7. Susie Mikkelson; 8. Kurt Kesselring; 9. Michael Soboski 10. Aaron Collier; 11. Bret Larned; 12. Joe Vlasity; 13. Paul O’Connor; 14. Bradley Stafford.Heat winners were Parent and Vlasity.Northern SportMods – 1. J.C. Parmeley; 2. Jason George; 3. Austin Kiefer; 4. Chris Toth; 5. David Jones; 6. Chris Caldwell; 7. Kenny Wyman Jr.; 8. Bill Miller; 9. Tommy Wyman; 10. Dylan Ickes; 11. Dennis Gates; 12. Lupe Gomez; 13. Chuck Black; 14. Steve Duffy; 15. Nick Langer; 16. David Ruth; 17. Bill Ferguson; 18. David Harrington.Heat winners were George and Gomez.last_img read more

Westwood leads as McIlroy lurks

first_img Press Association Lee Westwood headed the 11 European players in the top 19 after the opening day of the 96th US PGA Championship, but Rory McIlroy was ominously poised on a crowded leaderboard at Valhalla. “The second shot on 10 was actually a bit of a shock, it’s the worst shot I have hit the last few weeks,” McIlroy said after his 66, his 11th consecutive sub-par round. “It came out of the blue and knocked me off track but to come back the way I did was great.” The hype surrounding McIlroy has been intense since he followed his victory at Royal Liverpool with another in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday, with even Jack Nicklaus quoted as saying the 25-year-old could surpass his record of 18 majors. “People are going to get asked about me. They are going to give their opinion. If that’s Jack’s opinion, he has a high opinion of me,” McIlroy added. “I’ve always said I’m on three (majors), I want to get to four. Hopefully I can get to four this week and then keep going from there.” Westwood is still seeking his first major title at the 66th attempt, but also recovered from a double bogey on his 10th hole of the day with five birdies in his last six holes. The 41-year-old had missed the cut in four successive events before a 63 in the final round in Akron last week and said: “Last week was a big week for me. “I felt like I had turned the corner and I was starting to swing it a lot better but that’s no good unless you start converting it into low rounds. “The first three rounds were frustrating because I played a lot better than three over. Then obviously I got it going the final day and shot 63. Westwood equalled his lowest round in any major with an opening 65 to share the lead with American pair Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer on six under par. But Open champion Rory McIlroy, seeking his third win in succession and a fourth major title, recovered from hooking his second shot to the 10th out of bounds and three-putting the 11th to birdie the next four holes in succession and record another on the 18th. “I tried to keep it low-key in the practice rounds here, just playing nine holes each day, and carry that momentum through to the first round, which I’ve managed to do.” Italy’s Edoardo Molinari, Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and England’s Chris Wood were alongside McIlroy on five under, with Finland’s Mikko Ilonen four under. Ryder Cup hopefuls Joost Luiten, Ian Poulter and Shane Lowry were all three under along with Danny Willett and Bernd Wiesberger. Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Luke Donald finished one under, although Donald had been just one off the lead before dropping four shots in his last five holes. last_img read more

McIlroy ready for Royal County Down

first_imgAfter his last competitive appearance at Royal County Down, an annoyed Rory McIlroy turned professional and headed to the first stage of the European Tour’s qualifying school. Eight years later, McIlroy is back as a four-time major winner, world number one and a tournament host who can persuade world-class players to compete in the Irish Open and rich men to pay £100,000 for 18 holes in his company. That money from his pro-am partners will go to McIlroy’s own charitable foundation, as will any prize money the 26-year-old wins this week, with a third victory in five events worth £416,000. It is al l a far cry from the narrow defeat in the 2007 Walker Cup which marked the end of McIlroy’s amateur career, but the start of a friendship with United States team member Rickie Fowler which has seen the Players Championship winner return to the Northern Ireland links this week. ” I didn’t even stay for the after-tournament dinner/party,” McIlroy said on Wednesday. “I was heading off to the Oxfordshire Golf Club to compete in the first stage of Q-School. From that point to eight years on, and driving back in here again, it’s a little different. “At that time, not being a part of a winning team, I was probably driving out of here thinking, ‘Why did I stay amateur for two days of golf?’ “But looking back at it, it was one of the best experiences I had. And not just in terms of the golf but the people that you meet and the friendships you make and the friendships you keep. It’s something that you don’t appreciate then. But whenever you move on a few years, that stuff is just as important.” McIlroy and Fowler – who joked that he is probably one of the few people who does remember that post-Walker Cup party because he did not have anything to drink – have been friends ever since, with the American needing no persuading to accept McIlroy’s invitation. The same could not be said of McIlroy’s pro-am partners, who needed some cajoling before parting with their hard-earned money. “The auction was going way too slowly for my liking, so I put my hand up and said I’ll pay 100 grand to play by myself,” McIlroy said. “There were a few billionaires in that room, so that got their hands in their pockets. “I don’t think there is any target number for what we can raise this week – a million, million and a half, two? Just as much as we possibly can and hopefully I can contribute £416,000 after I win on Sunday. Press Association ” The Irish Open for me for the last few years was becoming a bit of a…. I don’t want to say a pain, but it didn’t quite fit in the schedule or I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I could. And then the European Tour approached us about getting involved and we thought it was a perfect way to really kickstart the foundation and really start to help other people because of who I am and what I do. “So I’m not really playing for myself this week. I’m playing for a lot of other people and it gives me an incentive to go out there and enjoy it and try to play well.” McIlroy has missed the cut in the Irish Open for the last two years but believes he will benefit from a third early exit in four years at Wentworth, where he collapsed to a second round of 78 in the defence of his title. “I do feel refreshed,” the he added. “I didn’t get out of bed until one o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday. I came here on Sunday and played a quiet 18 holes. I came back on Monday morning and played. I feel very prepared. That (Wednesday’s pro-am) was my third practice round. I haven’t played three practice rounds for a tournament since the Masters. “Even if you play four or five weeks in a row, physically you feel fine. It’s more just the mental challenge of trying to keep it at that high level the whole time. Sometimes you just need to let yourself come down for a few days. That’s what sort of happened. I just couldn’t really keep it going.” Fowler has not competed since his remarkable win at Sawgrass, where he played the last six holes in six under par – taking a tournament-record 11 shots to finish birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie – before beating Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner in a play-off. “I still don’t think it’s completely sunk in,” said Fowler, whose second PGA Tour title was the perfect response to being labelled overrated by his fellow players in an anonymous poll at the start of the week. “I had to wait a long time to get another win but it couldn’t really have been at a better time, in one of the best tournaments we play and against the best field. “I look at a close friend like Jimmy Walker, who had kind of been in a similar situation; great player, being in contention, didn’t really get the job done and then once he got one win, he started rattling them off. I wouldn’t mind being in that position and getting back in contention this week and see where we can go with it.” last_img read more

Bottas wins in Russia for his first F1 victory

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinSOCHI, Russia- (Reuters)-Finland’s Valtteri Bottas celebrated the first Formula One victory of his career at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday after jumping both Ferraris at the start and then holding his nerve over the tense closing laps.Championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who had started on pole position alongside Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, extended his advantage to 13 points with second place after putting Bottas under huge pressure at the finish.The German crossed the line just 0.6 seconds behind a man who joined Mercedes from Williams in January as replacement for retired 2016 champion Nico Rosberg and was finally a winner after 81 starts.“Took quite a while, huh?,” said the Finn over the radio as he took the chequered flag, an expletive bleeped out for the listening world as he whooped in a rare outburst of emotion. “Worth the wait.”“This strange opportunity came over the winter to join this team and I have to thank the team for making this possible,” he added after meeting Russian president Vladimir Putin before spraying champagne on the podium.“First win and hopefully first of many… it’s a good feeling.”It was the first time in four years, since Raikkonen won with Lotus in Australia in 2013, that a Finnish driver had stood on the top step.Raikkonen made it two Finns in the top three with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, Vettel’s closest rival, struggling to match the leaders’ pace and finishing fourth for Mercedes.Vettel now has 86 points after the opening four races with triple champion Hamilton, a winner in China, second on 73 and Bottas third with 63.Mercedes continued their record of winning every Russian Grand Prix since the first in 2014, this time against the odds after Ferrari had swept the front row for the first time in nine years.But their proud boast of also leading every lap around the Olympic Park circuit disappeared when Vettel briefly led following Bottas’s first pitstop.After an aborted start, with Fernando Alonso’s McLaren breaking down on the formation lap, Bottas seized the lead from third on the grid.The safety car was then deployed after a collision between Renault’s Jolyon Palmer and Haas’s Romain Grosjean put both out, and the race settled down into a procession before the nail-biting finale.“I tried everything to catch Valtteri. I thought there would be an opportunity on the back straight,” said Vettel, winner of two of the first three races for his resurgent Italian team.“I thought there was an opportunity but I was not sure what Felipe Massa would do and ended up losing out,” he added, with the Williams driver delaying him at a key point in the chase.“It doesn’t matter, though. Big congratulations to Valtteri. It is his day.”Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen finished fifth with Sergio Perez chalking up his 14th successive points finish for Force India and French team mate Esteban Ocon seventh.Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Renault, with Massa ninth for Williams and Spaniard Carlos Sainz taking the final point for Toro Rosso.Canadian rookie Lance Stroll finally reached the finish line after three retirements in a row and took 11th place for Williams.last_img read more

Transcend’s 7-a-side Independence Cricket Festival postponed

first_imgTHE third annual Transcend Entertainment Seven-a-Side Independence Cricket Festival, which was to bowl off over the weekend (May 5-6) at the National Cultural Centre tarmac has been postponed because of unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the organisers and sponsors.Organiser Dwight Dodson, when contacted by Chronicle Sport, revealed that a new date will be announced later in the coming week. He also revealed that as mentioned before at least 20 teams have confirmed their participation.He also noted that three more sponsors have come on board. They are Regal Stationery & Computer Centre, Movement Auto Rental & Bus Service, and Sankar’s Auto Works.Among the teams scheduled to compete are the Village Rams, Tallawahs United, Tarmac, Eccles All Stars, Outlaws and Hangover.The tournament, which has gained the backing of the National Sports Commission (NSC), is also sponsored by Superbet, Banks DIH, Ramps Logistics Ltd, Imperial Trading, Red Carpet Wash Bay, Regal Stationery and Computer Centre, Star Party Rentals, Xavier’s Investment, Movement Auto Sales, Precision Auto Works, W&J Enterprise, Fung-a-Fat Hatchery, Ole’s Jewellery, Seeta’s Bar, Regent Household Electronics, Royal Real Estate, Church’s Chicken, Fireside Grill, Magic City, S&D Enterprises, Movement Auto Rental & Bus Service, and Sankar’s Auto Works.last_img read more

Q&A with USC golfer Martin Trainer

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team is one of the youngest teams nationally  – six of its nine players are underclassmen. The Daily Trojan sat down with sophomore Martin Trainer this week to talk about the program, his play and the future.Starring role · Sophomore Martin Trainer was instrumental for USC in its recent third place finish at the Callaway Match Play Championship. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information Daily Trojan: What attracted you to the USC men’s golf program? What went into your decision to attend USC?Martin Trainer: During the recruiting process, I had the option of attending Stanford, Cal, UCLA, or USC. While each one of those schools had their strengths and weaknesses, USC was exceptional due to its elite golf program, coaches and especially the connections that come with being part of the Trojan Family. DT: What are the teams’ biggest strengths?Trainer: The team’s strengths lie in the overwhelming amount of depth and talent we have from our top six players. Any one of these guys can play at a high level and compete with the best players in the nation. DT: How about you personally?Trainer: My personal strengths include my work ethic, which I take pride of, and my potential to be a top player. I have improved every year I’ve played golf since I’ve started and I have continued to do so throughout college. I’m highly optimistic that I can be an elite college player and some day a successful touring professional. DT: The team has always been pretty ambitious about what it hopes to accomplish. What were the team’s goals this year?Trainer: The team’s goal for this season has not changed. We compete every year to win the National Championship. The entire year is preparation for this championship and winning it would be a dream come true. DT: What are your plans for the future?Trainer: After college, I plan to play professionally and I intend on spending my remaining time here at USC working hard to prepare for it. DT: What is it like to play on a team with so many young guys?Trainer: Playing on a Division I sports team is an experience I cherish and certainly will never forget. The guys are my brothers — I’ll stay in contact with them forever.last_img read more