Bus driver shortage is being caused by fear

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRecently I read an article about the shortage of school bus drivers. Why is that, you ask? They pay between $17 and $24 an hour. If you’re full-time, you get health insurance. You are also eligible to participate in the very lucrative retirement system.The answer to the question is fear.The schools are afraid of the poorly behaved students and parents, so they will not back the drivers.How would you like to be responsible for the safety of 40 students and deal with a few bad students? Would you like your child on that bus? Don’t believe me? Ask a school bus driver. How do I know this? I have been driving school buses and motor coaches for close to 40 years, .Peter J. GrippoRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Waitrose is the latest to tuck in at Canary Wharf

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A Call to Public Service: The William Penn Fellowship

first_imgA Call to Public Service: The William Penn Fellowship August 01, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Sharon Minnich, Secretary of Administration SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  The Blog,  Videos We are excited to announce that starting today, applications are now open for the William Penn Fellowship!The William Penn Fellowship is a first-of-its-kind program for Pennsylvania state government. Through the fellowship, aspiring professionals with master’s or other advanced degrees have the opportunity to work with the state’s top executive leaders on projects that support Governor Wolf’s priorities of Schools that Teach, Jobs that Pay and Government that Works.As student at Dartmouth College, Governor Wolf himself made a decision that changed the course of his life and the lives of many others by answering the call to service. He interrupted his studies to join the Peace Corps and served two years in a small village in India before returning to finish his undergraduate degree.Just as the Peace Corps was a transformative time in the life of Governor Wolf, we want the William Penn Fellowship to be a rewarding and challenging experience for participants.Governor Wolf is challenging the best and the brightest minds to answer the call to public service with the William Penn Fellowship.Whether working to create policies to attract new industries, ensure that every child in Pennsylvania has access to a high-quality education, or improve the effectiveness of programs our citizens depend on, the William Penn Fellows will be working to address real-life issues facing our commonwealth. Fellows will also be challenged to look at the future state of the commonwealth and how we build, innovate and adapt in a rapidly changing world.If you or someone you know has an advanced degree and a passion for public service, tell them to go to www.pennfellowship.pa.gov to learn more about the William Penn Fellowship. Applications for the program must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 21, 2016.   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

Lesbian ‘throuple’ proves Scalia right on slippery slopes

first_imgWashington Times 25 April 2014A lesbian trio, have declared themselves the world’s first “throuple”. The Massachusetts women claim to be “married” and await their first child. Massachusetts doesn’t recognize “throuple marriage” yet, but the year is young.When the U.S. Supreme Court eviscerated authentic marriage last year, this was foretold. There’s already an organized movement, led by college professors, for what might be called “grouple” marriage.Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned of such mischief when his colleagues tossed out the Defense of Marriage Act. “By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency,” he wrote in his dissent in United States v. Windsor, “the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.”http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/25/editorial-throuple-in-paradise/#ixzz3053LvrmAlast_img read more

Senior citizen found dead

first_imgMorito Engeres of Barangay Isio, Cauayanwas believed to have died due to an illness, a police report showed. Engeres’ lifeless body was discovered ona shoreline of the village around 6:30 a.m. on April 13, it added. BACOLOD City – A 74-year-old man wasfound dead in Barangay Man-uling, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.center_img Responding officers of the Cauayanmunicipal police station did not find any wounds on Engeres’ body suggestive ofmurder. They have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PNlast_img

PSG suffer more injury woes after French League Cup final

first_img Thiago Silva was substituted for extra time, reportedly as a precaution, but he too had strapping visible on his left thigh as he sat on the bench. It should be noted that Mbappé was at the Stade de France and able to walk without crutches, so perhaps it’s not entirely impossible to see him face Atalanta on August 12 in Lisbon, albeit still difficult. Meanwhile, the defeat on penalties means that Olympique Lyonnais – who play Juventus in the Champions League Round of 16 next week – do not qualify for Europe next season. PSG completed their domestic Treble, but needed penalties to beat Lyon, and had more injury concerns to Mauro Icardi and Layvin Kurzawa ahead of the Atalanta showdown. The game ended 0-0 at the Stade de France after 90 minutes and extra time, with Lyon seeing Rafael sent off in the final minutes. It went to a penalty shoot-out in which all the spot-kicks were converted until Keylor Navas made a save in sudden death from Traore. Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWorld’s Most Stunning Ceiling Designs EverUnusual And Unique Beauty Of Indian Women Pablo Sarabia converted the decisive kick, as Paris Saint-Germain won the Coupe de la Ligue 6-5 on penalties. The more important news came from the treatment table, as while Kylian Mbappé is almost certainly out of the Atalanta clash with a sprained ankle, there are other issues for PSG to deal with. Former Inter striker Icardi limped off and sat on the bench with an ice pack strapped to his thigh, although he had also made precious little impact in the game, getting just nine touches of the ball. Kurzawa also went off with a muscular problem in his right thigh, having played at right-back.center_img Loading… Read Also: FA Cup Final: How Chelsea will lineup vs Arsenal after latest injuries In terms of form, this was only PSG’s second competitive match since March, while it was Lyon’s first, and both teams looked very sluggish. Serie A resumed in June and concludes this weekend, so Juve and Atalanta should have stronger match fitness going into these games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Police Blotter 03-24-2020

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Injured McNamara still ‘stable’

first_img An update revealed the leading amateur rider has not suffered a brain injury, but his vertebral damage is serious. The 37-year-old was injured in a first-fence fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup and airlifted to hospital after being treated by the on-course medics. Press Association JT McNamara remains in a stable condition following the serious neck injury he sustained at Cheltenham a week ago.center_img Conscious following the fall according to officials at the track, he was put in an induced coma before his transfer to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. McNamara underwent surgery on his fractured C3 and C4 vertebrae last Friday. A statement issued jointly by Irish Turf Club senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick and Lisa Hancock, chief executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the McNamara family, read: “JT McNamara remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. “He is in a stable condition and his level of sedation is being reduced. “Whilst his vertebral damage remains serious, he has not suffered a brain injury. “His wife Caroline and family very much appreciate all the messages, cards and letters that have been received. “There will be no further update this week.” last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports As part of the union’s proposal Thursday, players would wear advertisement patches on their uniforms during all games for the first time in major league history. People with knowledge of the proposal said it included $1.73 billion in salaries, plus a $50 million postseason pool.On Wednesday, Major League Baseball said a framework for the season had emerged from discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and players’ association head Tony Clark. People familiar with the proposed framework said it called for a 60-game regular-season schedule that would have $1.48 billion in salaries plus a $25 million players’ postseason pool.Both MLB and the union proposed starting the season on July 19, and players said it should end Sept. 30, three days later than management.In other news related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The University of Texas says 13 football players have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation. Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody. Elsewhere, Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. Jordan was released on $2,000 bail May 30 after being arrested during a traffic stop that morning in Lakeland near his hometown. He was charged with carrying a concealed firearm, possessing narcotic paraphernalia and having 20 grams or less of cannabis.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESRubio introduces NIL bill to push NCAA changesUNDATED (AP) — Sen. Marco Rubio is introducing a bill that would protect the NCAA from being challenged in court if the association changes its rules to allow athletes to earn money for endorsement deals and personal appearances.The Florida Republican’s bill comes six days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into a law a bill that allows college athletes to be compensated for their names, images and likenesses. That law goes into effect July 2021. The NCAA is seeking help from Congress as more states push forward their own bills. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPlayers counter MLB plan by proposing 70-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Baseball players have proposed a 70-game regular-season schedule, leaving them and the teams 10 games and about $275 million apart on plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season. June 18, 2020 — Michigan State’s athletic department says it conducted COVID-19 testing on 124 athletes, and one tested positive and will be isolated for 10 to 14 days. Michigan also disclosed results from its testing. A physician with the athletic department says the school has had two positive tests on athletes, out of 221 tests. Both schools said no athletic department staff members tested positive. One Michigan State athlete did not report to campus after testing positive at home last week.— The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online. That makes it the last of the 10 Football Bowl Subdivision leagues to announce it is going virtual because of concerns about COVID-19. The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. — The Italian soccer league is set to resume more than 100 days after it was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Italy was one of the hardest hit countries by the virus. Nearly 35,000 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. It was also the first country in Europe to shut down its soccer league on March 9. The first two matches will be played Saturday, with two more to follow on Sunday.— Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa. A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel. Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12. PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”PGA-RBC HERITAGE Associated Press Univ. of Florida ends ‘gator bait’ cheer, cites racismST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is ending its “gator bait” cheer at football games and other sports events because of its racial connotations.President Kent Fuchs said in a letter to the university’s faculty, students and staff Thursday that the cheer has a “horrific historic racist imagery” involving African American people, especially children, being used as bait for alligators.The university’s sports teams in the Southeastern Conference are nicknamed the Gators. In the past, the school’s band would strike up a “gator bait” tune and fans would respond with their arms doing a chomping motion while shouting the slogan.The letter outlined a number of other steps the university in Gainesville, Florida, is taking on racial issues following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Floyd’s death has sparked nationwide protests focused on police brutality against African Americans. Poulter sets pace and Spieth turns it around at Hilton HeadHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard shared the lead at 7-under 64 among the early starters Thursday in the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island.The surprise might have been Jordan Spieth. He had a triple bogey on his third hole and was hopeful of breaking par. Instead, he ran off a career-best six straight birdies and was only two back with a 66.Rory McIlroy also got off to a bad start and didn’t have quite the same recovery. McIlroy shot 72. That ends his streak of seven straight events — dating to Japan last October — of breaking par in the opening round.GATOR BAIT CHANT-FLORIDA Earlier this week, the NCAA was hit with an antitrust lawsuit seeking damages for current and former athletes that could cost the association millions.MLB-TWINS-SANÓSanó, accused of kidnapping, says he’s been blackmailedUNDATED (AP) — Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sanó has told a Dominican Republic newspaper he’s being blackmailed, having been accused of kidnapping and assault.The Twins said Thursday they’re aware of the report in El Nuevo Diario and still trying to gathering more information about the situation surrounding Sanó, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract in January. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEE-JORDANTennessee coach says RB Tim Jordan no longer with VolsKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says running back Tim Jordan is no longer on the team after he was arrested May 30 in Florida on gun and marijuana charges.Jordan would have been a senior for the Volunteers, and the native of Bartow, Florida, played in 12 games last season. He finished third with 428 yards rushing on 104 carries with one touchdown, and he also caught six passes for 46 yards.Asked about Jordan’s status on the Volunteers during a video conference call Thursday, Pruitt said only: “He is no longer on our team.”last_img read more

Syracuse prepares to get back to training after 2-week hiatus

first_img Published on December 3, 2014 at 12:02 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ After a cross-country season that consumed Margo Malone’s life from June to November, she and her Syracuse teammates, both men and women, are taking a team-mandated two-week hiatus from running.Though the SU junior isn’t physically focusing on running, she continues to think about it. A fall in the NCAA national cross-country championship led to a finish with which Malone isn’t satisfied. The itch to run is still there.“It’s hard not to run, but I understand it’s important,” Malone said.center_img This first respite from running for SU in a half-year serves to let the body rest and heal, allowing the body to relax and have crucial time to de-stress. For now, they’re regular students. After next week, though, the SU runners will be back at it preparing for the winter track season, facing challenges from the weather, running alongside traffic and adjusting from outdoor to indoor season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s a little strange to Martin Hehir, the top runner for the SU men’s team, to just be a regular student for this fortnight — the team jokes about it — but it comes at a good time. Studying for finals is easier without scheduling a three-hour block for practice every day.“This two-week break is crucial,” Hehir said. “It gives your body a break to rebuild because if you run, you’ll just break yourself down. It’s not just about your body, though. It’s as much a mental break as it is physical.”SU head coach Chris Fox said that the team will stay low-key in the winter and then “go really big” in the spring outdoors.Training begins for all the Syracuse runners as soon as they head home for winter break, because every athlete in the SU running system participates in track.The training while away from campus serves to, as Malone said, “build a base” and set goals for the upcoming season. When they return for the spring semester they get back into track workouts, which they do once or twice per week in Manley Field House.When the SU runners return from winter break, they’ll be outside running every day either to warm up for the workout or to keep their miles up. The low temperatures force the runners to adjust in clothing. Gone are the short-shorts of summertime, which are replaced with long-sleeved layers.Malone wears running tights, socks, a base layer long-sleeve T-shirt, a Nike jacket shell, gloves and a headband. Malone’s teammate, junior Maura Linde, even uses a facemask. But the best and most indispensable piece of clothing is long socks, which cover the ankles. If the ankles remain exposed, road salt dries them out, leaving an ugly patch of skin.Most of the SU runner’s training is done on the road’s shoulder, running against traffic. Drumlins Country Club and the surrounding rock quarry, a common SU training spot in the fall, are usually covered by snow at this time of the year. That compels the runners to find alternative routes to run. Sometimes they train on campus, but they spend a lot of time in the neighborhoods of DeWitt and Fayetteville.Running next to cars whizzing past doesn’t worry Malone. She’s only seen a runner slip and fall from icy roads once in the three years she’s been here.The runners have run tens of thousands of miles on the road, Hehir said, and running alongside traffic is no problem.Fox said that it’s never been an issue before and he doesn’t expect it to be one.“They plow the roads, they plow the sidewalks,” he said. “You guys can walk to school without getting hit by a car.“This is just winter training.” Commentslast_img read more