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Holocaust memorial should be welcomed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I can’t believe the negative way people have responded to the Holocaust memorial. This is such a learning opportunity and a piece of history that should be shared. I am an African-American Catholic, so I know all about people trying to stifle touchy issues. Then when someone suggested putting it in some remote location, I was flooded with some of the same emotions I felt when, as a teenager, I couldn’t attend parties because kids’ parents didn’t want me in their house or when people criticize my faith.  This museum should be welcomed. I would be proud to live near it, even if it meant an increase in traffic. I don’t believe people will drive through your yard or living room to get there.Claudia FennicksSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img read more

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny agrees personal terms with Rennes over controversial summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny agrees personal terms with Rennes over controversial summer transfer Metro Sport ReporterSunday 21 Jul 2019 5:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Laurent Koscielny is attempting to force through a move away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny has agreed personal terms with Rennes as he continues to push for a move away from Arsenal this summer.Frenchman Koscielny has made over 350 appearances for Arsenal since joining the club from Lorient in 2010 and was made club captain following the retirement of Per Mertesacker last year.Despite holding that position, the defender refused to travel with Arsenal on their pre-season tour of the United States, opting instead to remain in London to force through a summer transfer.Koscielny has his heart set on a return to France, with Bordeaux, Rennes and Lyon among the clubs said to be interested in securing his services over the coming weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to French outlet RMC, Rennes are in the driving seat to sign Koscielny after agreeing personal terms with the 33-year-old over a summer switch.Rennes finished tenth in Ligue 1 last season and are coached by the highly-rated Julien Stéphan.The situation has left Arsenal shocked and furious as club captain Koscielny still has a year left on his current contract.Former boss Arsene Wenger, who signed Koscielny almost a decade ago, admits he is ‘very surprised’ by the situation unfolding in north London. Unai Emery with Arsenal defender Koscielny (Picture: Getty)‘I am very surprised by the current situation,’ Wenger told L’Equipe.‘I do not know the whole story, but Laurent’s behaviour with me has always been beyond reproach. I think highly of Laurent as a man.’Current manager Unai Emery, meanwhile, says three players are in with a chance of being named as the next Arsenal captain.Even if Koscielny fails to force through a summer move, he will likely be stripped of the captaincy before the start of next season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesEmery said: ‘We spoke a little about that. Last year we had Laurent, Petr Cech and Aaron Ramsey.‘At the moment Koscielny has a contract with us but we’ll speak with the club and him about if he will continue or not.‘We have players with the capacity [to be captain], one is Granit, he was a captain in the dressing room. We have others like Mesut, Nacho.‘There are other players who can take this position also. I want between three and five captains in the team.’MORE: Paris Saint-Germain considering swapping Neymar for Gareth Bale in stunning deal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

MEMO: Governor Wolf Makes Significant Compromises to Reach Agreement on 2016-2017 Budget

first_img Budget News,  Memo To: Interested PartiesFrom: Jeff Sheridan, Press SecretarySubject: MEMO: Governor Wolf Makes Significant Compromises to Reach Agreement on 2016-2017 BudgetDate: June 22, 2016Four months after his budget address, and after talking with Republicans and Democrats about how to achieve a responsible budget, Governor Wolf has compromised on issues ranging from taxes to liquor reform while making it clear that we need to invest in education, fight the opioid crisis, and truly balance the budget with sustainable revenue. These are bipartisan goals – shared by Republicans and Democrats – and we need to finalize a compromise budget that includes these priorities.No Broad-Based TaxesGovernor Wolf initially proposed increased sales and income taxes to balance the budget and fund key priorities like education funding and fighting the opioid epidemic, but yesterday he took these proposals off the table. This is a significant compromise. Governor Wolf still believes we need sustainable revenue to balance the budget. We cannot afford more one-time funds and delayed payments. But he is willing to work with the legislature and agree on proposals like a responsible tax on cigarettes in order to get long-term, sustainable revenue that will fund key initiatives and stave off cuts to programs.Reduced SpendingGovernor Wolf proposed a budget that totals $33.3 billion. Through negotiations with Republicans and Democrats, he has reduced his request by well over one billion dollars. This included flat funding many programs. The governor has made significant compromises, and now it is important to have a thorough and honest discussion about the funding levels we need to make sure the people of Pennsylvania have the services they need.Fighting the Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf has traveled the commonwealth for months talking about how to address the opioid crisis. Republicans and Democrats have provided solutions and important feedback that will help Pennsylvania overcome a crisis that has struck every town and every city. But right now, we need to make an investment in treatment for those suffering from addiction. This cannot wait. We need to fund treatment to stop preventable deaths in Pennsylvania. Every month we wait, hundreds of Pennsylvanians die from opioid overdoses. The governor proposed $34 million in his budget for treatment centers. This is an important step, but we need to make sure that we take this step while working diligently on other solutions and ideas.Funding Our SchoolsGovernor Wolf has made improving Pennsylvania’s schools his top priority. Last month, Governor Wolf and the legislature joined together to pass legislation to fairly fund Pennsylvania’s schools for the first time. Now, we have to provide the money to make the fair funding formula work. Governor Wolf is asking for $250 million more for Basic Education Funding, along with $30 million for early childhood education, and $30 million for special education. These are compromises from his initial spending proposals, but they are still important investments that will help Pennsylvania’s students succeed. Pennsylvania has a constitutional obligation to provide a thorough and efficient education to its students, and Governor Wolf is committed to getting our schools back on track. We cannot backtrack and Pennsylvania’s students cannot afford continued divestment in our schools.Liquor ReformLast month, Governor Wolf signed historic liquor reforms that were the top priority of House Republicans. These reforms will improve customer convenience by making wine and beer available in more locations while expanding hours for stores.Pension ReformGovernor Wolf supports pension reform. There are two versions of pension reform before the legislature, and Governor Wolf has said he will sign either version. Pension reform is a top priority of the Senate Republicans and Governor Wolf is committed to working with the legislature to reform our pension system.—Governor Wolf’s compromises have brought us close to a final budget. He has signed liquor reform, taken broad-based taxes off the table, and said repeatedly that he will sign pension reform. He continues to have three simple priorities that he expects this budget to meet.Funding our schoolsFighting the heroin crisisBalancing the budgetThat’s it. The legislature is working hard to finalize a budget, and Governor Wolf is committed to working with them to ensure that we fund our schools, fight the opioid crisis, and balance the budget. After months of compromise and bipartisanship, nothing less will do.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: MEMO: Governor Wolf Makes Significant Compromises to Reach Agreement on 2016-2017 Budget June 22, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

House features $50,000 worth of marble imported from Italy

first_img THE BASICS Most pet-friendly suburbs revealed ST LUCIA MANOR Benchmark set for rooftop living St Lucia Manor has a swimming pool and sauna.Priced at $4 million-plus, the home at 118 Hawken Drive has three separate living rooms, two wine cellars and $50,000 worth of marble imported from Milan in Italy. The home is a “contemporary masterpiece”.Mr Juresic said there was a living room upstairs that connected to a wet bar and wine cellar.“The main wine cellar is temperature controlled and has storage for 500 bottles, while the second cellar has a 250-bottle capacity,” he said.Ideal for a multi-generational family, Mr Juresic said the home would suit young children as next to the master bedroom there is a nursery, and for older children there are rooms upstairs and downstairs. St Lucia Manor has plenty of living areas to entertain friends and family.With three balconies incorporated in the home’s design, there is plenty of space to entertain friends and family.Set on a 579sq m block, Mr Juresic said the home itself spanned 658sq m.Originally there had been an old double-storey home on the site which was demolished for the build. Home inspired by celeb flair MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS Developer: NGU Corp Address: 118 Hawken Drive, St Lucia Price: For sale, priced from $4 million + Inside the ‘smart home’ at St Lucia.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Juresic said there was an alfresco entertaining area which featured surround sound, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in barbecue, a wine fridge and teppanyaki grill, and island bench overlooking the large tiled lap pool.Other outdoor features include a sauna, outdoor shower and poolside deck.With no need for a key to the home, Mr Juresic said technology could be controlled by a mobile phone.“The television, cameras, airconditioning, intercom, lights – everything can be done via a phone,” he said.“It’s a smart home”.The property is also a car lover’s dream with the standout feature of a four-car garage which Mr Juresic described as “a living room for your cars”. “It looks so good. You can mop it or hose it,” he said.Mr Juresic has taken his marketing campaign to the next level featuring a private jet, models and luxury cars in the promotional material. One of the spacious bathrooms at St Lucia Manor. St Lucia Manor has been styled by Coco Republic. St Lucia Manor is at 118 Hawken Drive, St Lucia.A stunning triple-storey new build at St Lucia has a multimillion-dollar price tag to reflect its standard of design and state-of-the-art features.Known as St Lucia Manor, developer Emil Juresic, of NGU Corp, said it was the best home he had developed.“I am emotionally attached to this one,” Mr Juresic said.“This isn’t just a luxury home, it’s a home I can see myself living in. The floor plan, the layout and the finishes are of a high standard. I love this home.” last_img read more

Trendsetter Enters Subsea Well Servicing Arena with Its 15,000 psi System

first_imgTrendsetter Engineering has completed live well operations with its new 15,000 psi subsea hydraulic intervention system (referred to as STIM). The STIM system, which had previously been utilized for subsea hydrate remediation work, has now completed seven subsea projects in the GOM since November 2016, in water depths ranging from 2,500 feet to 7,200 feet.The recent live well operation campaign, which was conducted from February through March of this year, consisted of acid stimulation on three wells with water depths as deep as 7,200 feet, pressures up to 12,500psi and sustained pump rates of 10bbls per minute.The campaign was the first to be conducted with a hydraulic well intervention system certified by a BSEE approved independent third party as fully compliant with the new well control regulations, Trendsetter noted.“The deployment of our STIM system is another major step for Trendsetter as we continue our evolution from a subsea hardware provider to a comprehensive offshore oil and gas services company,” said Mike Cargol, vice president of rentals & services for Trendsetter Engineering. “The successful operations of our 15,000psi hydraulic intervention system (STIM) on a live well signals the official entry of Trendsetter into the subsea well servicing market. Working with our Offshore Services Alliance partners C-Innovation and Halliburton, we are excited about what the future holds for both our company and this innovative team.”last_img read more

Nelson-Tasman polls reveal contrasting views on whether to allow Easter trading

first_imgStuff 22 November 2016Family First Comment: Interesting conflict between method of polling…“Of 1421 online surveys completed, 62% WERE AGAINST allowing Easter Sunday trading. That was in contrast to the telephone survey, which found 55% WERE IN FAVOUR of letting the shops open.”Nelson-Tasman residents appear divided on whether Easter Sunday trading should be allowed in the region.Tasman District Council strategic policy manager Sharon Flood said most of the 595 respondents of a telephone survey were in favour of allowing the shops to open while the majority of participants in an online self-selecting survey said no.Flood said she would recommend TDC develop a policy on the issue to go out for public consultation.“So we can hear from the rest of the population,” she said.Of 1421 online surveys completed, 62 per cent were against allowing Easter Sunday trading.That was in contrast to the telephone survey, which found 55 per cent – or 328 of the 595 Nelson-Tasman people interviewed – were in favour of letting the shops open. A higher percentage of Tasman respondents backed a change with 57 per cent saying they were in favour of allowing the shops to open compared with 54 per cent of Nelson respondents.Of those questioned, 77 per cent said TDC and Nelson City Council should have a joint policy.Flood said she did not believe the public view on whether to allow Easter trading was clear from the different survey results.She told councillors earlier this month that the telephone poll was added over concerns there “may be some bias in the [online] survey because it is self-selecting”.READ MORE: read more

Pollards Poker Run Aids Two Organizations

first_imgThe first annual Pollards Bowl Poker Run will benefit two community organizations.Pollards has been in business for forty-two years in Versailles and wanted to give back to the community.“We thought the two best benefits was Shop with a Cop because it benefits the unfortunate children and the Humane Society because it benefits animals,” said Gina Pollard-Strasser of Pollards Bowl.Pollard’s Bowl was tabbed as the 2013 family business of the year in Ripley County.The motorcycle run is on Saturday Sept. 21. Kick stands go up at noon and interested participants can sign-up at 11:00 a.m. at Pollards which is at 1119 S. Main Street in Versailles. The cost is $10 for singles and $15 for doubles.Vehicles are also welcome to join on the poker run which will feature stops at several Ripley County restaurants. The run will return to Pollards later in the evening for a food and live music by The Over the Edge Band. Riders will get in free.Janet Orr, weekday manager at the Ripley County Humane Society, praised Pollards Bowl for holding an event that benefits the shelter. “We are forever in-debt,” Orr stated, “Anytime somebody wants to raise money for us we appreciate it very much!”As a no-kill shelter, the Humane Society survives solely on donations.Shop With A Cop is a program that benefits children of families in financial hardship.last_img read more

Fear Factory Ranked 5th Scariest In Indiana

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – Fear Factory in Batesville is ranked among the top 10 scariest haunted attractions in Indiana.The old furniture  factory was voted fifth overall through Visit Indiana, the state’s official travel planning source.The last chance to visit the attraction this year is Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.It is located at the RomWeber Marketplace, 7 S. Eastern Avenue.Admission is $5 for those 18 years of age and younger, $10 for those over 18 years old.Proceeds benefit Cierra’s Club and are used to provide safe, drug free entertainment for the area youth.last_img read more

Peace wants transfer window moved

first_img Press Association “If we could do it I would certainly be in favour because it would remove a whole load of uncertainty during the season. “You try to get things done as early as possible but you can’t. People talk about not doing anything until after the World Cup.” Albion brought in 11 new players, including record £10m striker Brown Ideye, as head coach Alan Irvine rebuilt the squad after they narrowly escaped the drop under Pepe Mel last season. And Peace insists he is happy with the Baggies’ business since during the summer. He added: “In a way we have had a major sea-change in the last three months because we wanted to draw a line under what had gone on last season and almost reboot it, start all over again. “We have tried to get the right type of player in terms of not only the way they play but also the type of characters involved to take us forward.” The Baggies chief believes it would be beneficial to clubs if the window closed before the start of the season. But Peace knows a change is unlikely to happen with the Premier League reluctant to make the switch. “If you spoke to the other clubs in the Premier League they would all say it’s not ideal,” he told the Wolverhampton Express & Star “We are all the same in our little league. “My ideal would be that you get your squad done and start playing and the window shuts, then you all know where you stand. “No player thinks that they might be moving and thinking they’d better not get injured. “And players would not be coming to you saying they’re not in the right frame of mind. “We have raised it with the Premier League and said ‘close the transfer window at the start of the season’. “But they mention the League Cup, the FA Cup, no winter break, the fact that World Cups and European Championships eat into the window. “All of these things mean we can’t do it so we’re stuck with it as it is and everybody has got the same set of problems. West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has called for the transfer window to be moved.last_img read more

Pellegrini will rotate keepers

first_img Press Association Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has warned goalkeeper Joe Hart that he can expect to sit out games this season. The 27-year-old has started the new Barclays Premier League campaign as first choice but was partially at fault for Mame Biram Diouf’s breakaway winner in Stoke’s shock victory at Eastlands a fortnight ago. That raised the possibility of Caballero, who played under Pellegrini at Malaga, taking over but the City manager says he will make full use of both keepers this term. Pellegrini said: “Of course Willy Caballero can be in any team, he’s a very good goalkeeper. In this moment I’m playing Joe Hart but he will have his opportunity soon. “Willy has a good career behind him. It’s important to have competition in every position in the team, not just with Joe Hart and Willy Caballero. “Replacing Joe Hart with Willy Caballero doesn’t make a difference – just as (replacing) Zabaleta with Sagna or Mangala with Demichelis or Dzeko with Aguero, it’s exactly the same. “We need a squad if we want to win something.” Pellegrini assured Hart he will not be dropped on the basis of any isolated errors. The Chilean said: “I am not waiting for Joe Hart to make a mistake to change him for Willy Caballero. But Pellegrini insists it is not a case of dropping the England number one – who faces greater competition for his place following the signing of Willy Caballero – but of rotation. Hart did lose his place last autumn after a series of errors and was replaced by Costel Pantilimon, but he returned and had a strong second half of the season. “Willy Caballero and Joe Hart know that I’m not waiting for Joe to make a first mistake and take out Joe Hart. “Maybe last year Joe didn’t start very well but he finished very well.” Pellegrini also refused to point the finger at Hart for Diouf’s goal. A number of players failed to make challenges as the Senegal forward raced from just outside his own area and then shot through Hart’s legs. Pellegrini said: “I analyse the goals and individual mistakes with the players. “I analyse the goals with the whole team and I think a lot of players were involved in (conceding) that goal.” City face a tough week with a trip to Arsenal on Saturday followed by a midweek Champions League game at Bayern Munich and then a visit from Chelsea. The intense schedule is likely to mean some changes but Pellegrini would not be drawn on whether it would mark the start of any goalkeeper rotation. He said: “I really don’t know, we’ll see game by game. We’ll play against Arsenal and one hour and 15 minutes before kick-off you will know which goalkeeper starts.” last_img read more