Notify parents over sensitive issues

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Nov. 16 article, “Parent: Planned Parenthood program not for us”: Viviane Parsons’ objections to her daughter being subjected to Planned Parenthood’s teaching on how she might express her sexual feelings are well-founded. As a parent, I can identify strongly with Parsons’ desire to protect her child from any instruction on condom use or other misguided teachings.Planned Parenthood and its ilk apparently believe that teenagers don’t have the strength and integrity to avoid premarital sex. Of course, teenagers who have been appropriately informed can practice abstinence. There is teaching and support from both parents and their peers, who indeed have successfully “navigated the obstacle course” — which is modern society’s distorted assertions about the nature of human sexuality. Peers who have been abstinent are able to affirm that not only is teen chastity possible, but also that enlightened self-control can make a life of abstinence before marriage both a full and ultimately joyous experience.Nowhere in the article do I read that Parsons is insisting that Planned Parenthood be banned from the school system. (There could be a good argument made for this.) Instead, she’s simply asking that Schenectady High School be made accountable and that the appropriate officials alert parents in advance when such classes will be made available for the children.Is this asking too much?Glenn Smith SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Japan’s spot LNG prices start to pick up

first_imgMETI’s data shows the arrival-based spot price was also at $3.80/mmBtu rising from last month’s $2.60/mmBtu but substantially down from $7.50/mmBtu recorded in June 2019. For illustration only (Image: NYK LNG) The effects of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic have weighed down on Japan’s spot LNG prices pushing them to record lows in previous months. The average contract price for spot LNG cargoes shipped to Japan in June stood at $3.80/mmBtu, according to data released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The ministry surveys only spot LNG cargoes purchased by Japanese utilities and other importers. But its still represents a decline when compared to the same month a year ago when the contracted price was $5.5/mmBtu. Japanese spot LNG cargo prices are showing signs of slight recovery following a record drop in May. This is a rise compared to a record low in May when the contracted price reached $2.20 per mmBtu. It excludes cargo deals linked to a particular price index such as the US Henry Hub.last_img read more

Area Girls Basketball Sectional Scores (1-31)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball Sectional Scores.Tuesday  (1-31)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Austin.Austin  62     Milan  31South Ripley  64     Switz. County  25Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Jac-Cen-Del.Hauser  46     South Decatur  28Class 3A-Sectional  29 @ Rushville.Greensburg  37     Madison  17Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Columbus North.Columbus East 33     Bloomington South  28Columbus North  87     Shelbyville  25last_img

Aero Race Wheels awards go to IMCA special events drivers, state champions

first_imgESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Special events competitors and state champions in five IMCA divisions earn awards again in 2014 courtesy of Aero Race Wheels. The Estherville, Iowa, manufacturer is in its 18th season as a marketing partner with IMCA and gives $40 product certificates, applicable toward the purchase of two wheels, to designated place finishers at 80 specials 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. Allstar Performance state champions in the same divisions will receive $25 product certificates.Awards given to special events drivers will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after results from those races are received. State champions get their awards during the national banquet in November or by mail in December. Aero also returns as sponsor of the popular feature win decal program for an eighth consecutive season. Those decals are to be given to drivers following sanctioned weekly or special events victories. Information about Aero-made wheels is available by calling 888 895-2376 and at the www.aeroracewheel.com web­site. “Eighteen years of support ranks Aero Race Wheels right up there with our longest tenured partners and the relationship our racers have established with them during that time has been outstanding,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “We’re proud to have their ongoing support and look forward to another great year.”last_img read more

United criticised over Moyes

first_img Pellegrini said: “It is a pity for David Moyes because I think he is a very good manager, that is why Manchester United chose him to continue the work that Sir Alex Ferguson did for so many years. “But I don’t know the reasons they have. It is always not good for the club to sack a manager who has a contract who is just starting his work – and very difficult work after Alex Ferguson – and a contract for six years.” Wenger, now far and away the longest-servi ng Premier League manager having taken charge of the north London club in 1996, was dismayed that United had not stuck with Moyes and warned such decisions could have wider consequences. “If you want quality people in any job, you need to give them time to develop and to become good, or people with the quality will not come into our job any more,” he said. “The average (job life) expectancy of an English professional club at the moment is 11 months, and that is quite unstable. Every guy who is married, has a family, will have a big hesitancy before he goes into that game. “That means the quality of the coaching and the quality of the managing is under threat.” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he had spoken to former Everton boss Moyes in the wake of his dismissal, but declined to reveal what was said. Like Wenger, Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood insisted Moyes’ dismissal had come too early and complained that British managers “don’t get a fair crack of the whip”. Sherwood added: “It’s obviously a shame when anyone loses their job and it’s a shame that David hadn’t been given the time. “I think anyone needs the time to imprint their own style on a team and it was a tough job to follow Sir Alex Ferguson.” Hughes expressed disquiet over the circumstances of Moyes’ departure but went on to praise the appointment of Giggs, insisting: ” It’s probably the right appointment, the only appointment given the week that Manchester United have had. “It makes total sense. The knowledge and understanding of the place that he has is invaluable for them at this moment in time.” Bruce, who played alongside Giggs during his time as club captain, believes he could yet edge out high-profile bosses such as Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti. “There’s been a lot of players who have jumped in – (Pep) Guardiola springs to mind, (Jurgen) Klinsmann springs to mind – big players in big jobs. And the one thing it won’t do is faze Ryan, he’s been at Man Utd all his life,” said the Hull manager. “If they win the next three or four games 4-0 there’ll be a clamour for Ryan I’m sure and you wish him the best of luck.” Solskjaer said he had spoken to Giggs this week and hoped United could do the Welsh club a favour, with their next two games coming against two of Cardiff’s relegation rivals. Solskjaer added: “Giggsy has got all the attributes to become a top, top manager one day, definitely. “When he was a player – he still is a player – he chooses his words very carefully. “He is not one of those that always speaks every single day, but when he speaks you listen. It has always been that way. He commands respect.” Rival Premier League managers have criticised Manchester United’s decision to sack David Moyes just 10 months after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford. Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini expressed surprise over the timing of Moyes’ dismissal while Arsene Wenger warned the high turnover of top-flight coaches could affect the quality of coaching in the English game. Meanwhile, a number of former United stars including Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed Ryan Giggs to succeed as he prepares to head into his first game as interim player-manager this season. last_img read more

FA fines Hammers

first_img “We would also like to remind all fans attending the match at White Hart Lane that they will be acting as ambassadors for West Ham United and their behaviour should reflect the values and standards of our club. “Working with the Metropolitan Police, the Club will continue to adopt a zero tolerance policy towards any form of discriminatory behaviour and any fan found to be acting inappropriately – including racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic behaviour – will be punished to the full extent of the law and banned from attending matches. “We are rightly proud of our world-famous support home and away and we look forward to the famous “claret and blue army” once again getting behind the team with all their heart and showing the world that following the Hammers means supporting with pride, passion and respect.” Press Association The incident in question occurred after referee Craig Pawson sent off Hammers goalkeeper Adrian just after the hour mark for handling the ball outside of his penalty area. Although the Spaniard’s red card was later overturned on appeal, the FA has announced the club have been punished for the players’ reaction. West Ham have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players in the recent draw at Southampton. “Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, West Ham United have been fined £30,000 after the club admitted an FA charge of failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion,” a statement on the FA’s official website read. “The charge was in relation to an incident which occurred in or around the 61st minute of the game against Southampton on 11 February 2015.” Adrian’s dismissal saw West Ham play with 10 men for the remaining half an hour at St Mary’s – with Sam Allardyce’s side able to hold on for a 0-0 stalemate. Allardyce confirmed immediately after the game that they would appeal the red card and, whilst that proved to be successful, the club have now been hit with a fine for the separate charge. It is the second time this season the Hammers have been punished for failure to control their players following an incident in a 2-1 defeat at Everton which saw both clubs handed the same charge. With a derby against local rivals Tottenham on Sunday, West Ham co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have issued a letter to fans asking for their behaviour to remain exemplary at White Hart Lane. Previous matches between the two sides have been tarnished by anti-Semitic chants from a minority of West Ham supporters, with Gold and Sullivan calling for travelling fans to be at their best this weekend. “Sam and the team have been working hard on the training pitch this week to put last week’s wrongs right and Sunday’s game offers an exciting opportunity for us to bounce back (from defeat at West Brom),” they said in a statement on West Ham’s website. last_img read more

Wenger Wants Offside Law Changed to Allay VAR Criticism

first_imgThe use of video review has been a source of constant criticism since its recent introduction, including concern about the time to take decisions and the precision with which offsides are judged.The system sparked another controversy last week in the Premier League when Wolverhampton Wanderers had a goal ruled out against Leicester City after Pedro Neto’s heel was adjudged to be fractionally offside in the build-up.Wenger will recommend the change during the world soccer’s lawmaking body IFAB’s annual general meeting in Belfast on February 29.“You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front,” Wenger told the British media.“That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.”Each of the four Home Nations – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – has one of the eight votes, with Fifa holding the other four. Any law change needs six votes in favour to go through.If Wenger gets his three-quarter majority, the new law could come into effect on June 1 – 12 days before the start of the European Championship.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA’s Head of Global Developments, Arsene Wenger, will attempt to make a major change to the offside law which could end a run of contentious decisions in the game since the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).Wenger, who was manager of Premier League club Arsenal for 22 years, wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of their body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender.It will flip the current rule which states the player is in an offside position if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender. Arsene Wenger fears Brexit may rob the Premier League it top place amongst European leagueslast_img read more

BCCI Election: Rajiv Shukla disqualified, five associations barred

first_img FOLLOW US As Republic TV had earlier reported, Shukla was in “troubled waters” as serious allegations of corruption, ‘conflict of interest’, holding multiple posts, exceeding 9-year tenure and non-resident of the state clauses were raised against him that may throw him out from the race for the BCCI’s top post. In a letter to BCCI’s Electoral Officer N Gopalsawmy, Pradeep Singh, a copy of which is Republic TV had earlier published, points out that Shukla has been an office bearer of UPCA for over 9 years a violation of Lodha recommendation and has been staying out of UP for last 20 years as his Passport, Adhar Card and Pan Card all showed his Delhi address. The precondition to represent a particular state in BCCI (in this case Uttar Pradesh) according to the new BCCI Consitution is that the person should be an actual resident of that state. Last Updated: 10th October, 2019 23:00 IST BCCI Election: Rajiv Shukla Disqualified, Five Associations Barred IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has been disqualified and UPCA, the association he was representing, barred from attending the BCCI AGM Similarly, it’s alleged in the letter that Rajiv Shukla was holding multiple post in BCCI including the post of IPL Chairman and when he was not “officially an officer bearer” of UPCA then how can he represent UP?  Republic TV has accessed the Final Electoral Roll for the BCCI election, which has dropped Shukla and UPCA’s name from the list of draft electoral roll a copy of which Republic TV published earlier, along with Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, Haryana Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association and Manipur Cricket Association. First Published: 10th October, 2019 19:28 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVEcenter_img Suman Ray IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has been disqualified and UPCA, the association he was representing, barred from attending the BCCI AGM & lost voting rights for the Board’s election on October 23.Shukla was “disqualified” on grounds of serious violations of tenure, not following due procedure, non-residential clauses. The charges against him were levelled by Aligarh District Cricket Association, (affiliated with Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association) member Pradeep Singh and also by a life member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. Shukla is also alleged to be holding multiple positions including nominee member, Director in Hockey India and also same post in DDCA and a life member, Director of UPCA.Allegations of corruption in the name of expensive gifts and remuneration to UPCA members have also come against him at the time of UPCA election.It also alleged that proper procedure, rules and regulations were not followed during the UPCA election and subsequent nomination of Rajiv Shukla as representative of UPCA.In fact, 8 different objections have been raised against him. When Republic TV had tried to contact Rajiv Shukla his office dismissed all charges as baseless and misleading.The official release detailing the summary of findings lists the UPCA nominee, i.e. Rajiv Shukla, as having been disqualified on account of not having completed the cool-off period. SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more

Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett help Nets beat Doc Rivers’ Clippers

first_imgNEW YORK — Andray Blatche and Joe Johnson each scored 21 points in the Brooklyn Nets’ 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, making Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett winners in their first matchup with Doc Rivers. Brook Lopez had 16 points and Deron Williams 15 for the Nets, who won their season-high third straight. Pierce scored 10 points off the bench in his second game back from a broken hand.Chris Paul scored 20 points but had just two assists as the Clippers lost for the first time in nine games this season when he reaches 20. Pierce and Garnett went 2-0 in a reunion tour of ex-Celtics this week. They helped the Nets beat Boston here Tuesday, then Rivers made an emotional return to Boston on Wednesday. Rivers said before this game he knew it would be fun because of how competitive his two former stars are. It finally rubbed off on their new team, as the Nets were much more fired up than in some of their poor performances during an 8-14 start. Garnett had just two points but played rugged defense on Blake Griffin, shaking off coach Jason Kidd’s attempt to sub him out in the second quarter after picking up a third foul. He was whistled for his fourth in the third quarter that was so hard officials originally called it a flagrant before overturning it when replay showed he’d actually hit Griffin in the upper arms, not the face. Rivers coached Pierce and Garnett to the 2008 NBA title, but wasn’t interested in remaining in Boston after last season once it became clear the Celtics were heading toward a rebuilding era. The Celtics let him go to Los Angeles in exchange for a first-round pick. The Clippers wanted Garnett, too — and maybe even Pierce — but the teams couldn’t find a way to make a deal that would’ve been legal under NBA rules.Pierce and Garnett were eventually dealt to the Nets, and Rivers remains close with the duo. Garnett took a detour during his intense pre-jump ball ritual to stop at the Clippers bench for a hug with Rivers and his assistants from Boston. Pierce and Rivers had a couple of chats and chuckles during the game. Both sat out Nets’ loss in Los Angeles on Nov. 16, along with Williams and Lopez. The Nets are healthier now and finally playing good basketball. Griffin had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who were a step behind on the sixth stop of their seven-game road trip that wraps up Saturday at Washington. The Clippers jumped to an 11-2 lead and were ahead 25-20 after one quarter, but the Nets controlled the latter stages of the half. Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 19-7 over the final 4:41, turning a 37-all tie into a 56-44 lead, the final basket drawing oohs from the crowd when Williams shook free of Paul with a crossover dribble and into the lane for a layup. Third quarters have been a struggle for the Nets, but the players and fans throughout the arena were on their feet when Blatche made three straight jumpers late in the period. The Nets gave him the ball for one final chance, but he was off a last attempt and they took an 83-62 lead to the fourth.NOTES: Williams improved to 15-5 against Paul, his friend and U.S. Olympic teammate who was chosen one pick after him in the 2005 draft. … Stephen Jackson was credited with his first basket since signing with the Clippers on a goaltending violation in the third quarter. The Clippers signed the veteran forward Tuesday and he was scoreless in 12 minutes Wednesday.———Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lakers’ 107-92 victory over Charlotte ends winning drought

first_imgFor a team with steep championship history, the latest development hardly warrants much celebration. It merits more of a relief. The Lakers’ 107-92 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday at Staples Center marked the team’s first win of the 2014-15 season. It also prevented the Lakers from falling to their worst start in franchise history. That undistinguished honor still belongs to the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers, who opened their season with seven consecutive losses.This year’s Lakers (1-5) took six games before some appealing developments emerged. Purple and gold streamers fell from the rafters. Randy Newman’s “I Love L.A.” blared over the loudspeakers. The Lakers awarded their fans with free tacos for holding an opponent under 100 points for the first time all season. And, yes, TNT analyst Charles Barkley can end his self-proclaimed hunger strike after vowing he would not eat until the Lakers win a game. “Nobody was overjoyed in there,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “From the standpoint of being (ticked) off and wanting to get a win because of what our record is, it was nice. But other than that, it’s no more than any other win.” More tough tests await with against Memphis (Tuesday) and New Orleans (Wednesday) followed by home games against San Antonio (Friday) and Golden State (Sunday). But the Lakers at least temporarily resolved an issue that plagued them earlier. Against Charlotte (3-4), someone other than Kobe Bryant scored consistently. Bryant’s 21 points came on 7-of-19 shooting in 34 minutes, featuring a mix of turnaround jumpers, a reverse layup and missed attempts through double teams. He also set off a mild scare when he collided knees in the third quarter with Charlotte’s Marvin Williams. That didn’t matter. The Lakers went on a 34-13 third-quarter scoring binge, led by Jeremy Lin (21 points on 8-of-12 shooting) and Carlos Boozer (16 points on 7-of-11 shooting). Meanwhile, Jordan Hill (12 points, career-high seven assists), Ed Davis (10 points) and Wayne Ellington (nine points) balanced out an offense previously just centered on Bryant. “It’s just a mindset,” said Bryant, who also credited the Lakers’ spacing. “It’s a lot different being in this city and organization than it is with some of the other ones. The win-at-all-costs mentality is something that’s not familiar around the league. Successful in other places is winning a division or the Western Conference. But that just doesn’t fly out here.”Plenty of work still remains. Wesley Johnson scored only five points on 2-of-5 shooting after vowing this week he would play more aggressively, though Scott said he needs to feature him better. And the Lakers had little answer for Charlotte’s Al Jefferson (23 points) or Kemba Walker (17 points). Scott said the Lakers played 70 percent of what they should provide on defense. But in a season that has hardly yielded many feel-good moments, the Lakers finally provided one. Said Bryant: “It’s nice to have a press conference where I don’t drop an F bomb.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more