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  • Use proper language on immigration

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThank you for sharing Jon Lemelin’s March 3 letter, “Congress: Do more to protect Dreamers.” I share Jon’s conviction and was inspired last year after meeting with a group of New York Dreamers myself. They’re students, teachers, nurses, doctors and fill the ranks of countless other valued professions. Hundreds have enrolled to serve in our armed forces. They were brought to this country as kids and they grew up here, went to school here, made friends and forged their identities here. As with any other group facing policy challenges, how we talk about them matters.Dreamers are Americans in every way but their paperwork. If we want safer communities with stronger economies. We shouldn’t be spending our precious government resources ripping productive families apart. They aren’t “illegals,” as some have said. Actions are judged legal or illegal, not humans.This isn’t the only euphemism thrown around in the immigration debate. Local municipalities are dubbed “sanctuary cities” if they dare to refuse a zealous federal government demanding to deputize every municipal police officer and department to become de-facto deportation officers. Our police officers are on the job to protect and serve our communities, not to act as storm troopers rounding up peaceful, hard-working individuals. In fact, we have seen such a role strain police relations and make community policing less effective.Most recently I have heard the term “chain migration” used as a euphemism for family migration policies, sometimes referred to as “family reunification.” As Jon expresses in his letter, families are not chains. They are blessings and one of the best tools we have to ensure productive stable immigration system.If we want to solve the challenges in our immigration system, we need first to be clear, fair and honest in our language. As we search for bipartisan action, we should focus on real demonstrated threats, not ones that are trumped up and used to distract us. And in all such endeavors, we must set prejudice aside.Rep. Paul TonkoAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesThree seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

  • Townsville’s finest waterfront property on market for first time

    first_img7 Norfolk Place, DouglasA spacious master bedroom has breathtaking views up and down the river and also features large walk-in robe and luxurious ensuite with floor to ceiling porcelain tiles. Stepping out, the property features a sparkling in-ground pool with automatic irrigation to maintain water levels.There’s a huge triple bay garage with built-in storage and a large driveway with off-street parking for six vehicles. 7 Norfolk Place, DouglasMore 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 2020Located on the bank of Ross River, the home is filled with modern comforts and quality designs.Approximately 500 sq m of high-end executive living with uninterrupted water views, the large home with solid concrete floors has unrivalled street appeal from every angle. Its spacious kitchen with a 7.5m solid granite island bench top is the heart of the home. There is plenty of storage with built-in Liebherr wine fridge which has room for 100 plus bottles.The property’s three spacious separate living zones and five double-sized bedrooms offer plenty of space for the entire family. 7 Norfolk Place, Douglas“I think it’s a real entertainment home as there’s a lot of room that would suit families or couples,” Mr Patchell said.“It’s an impressive home and ideal for people who love to entertain or for those looking for a home in a prime location as you have the university and hospital just down the road.“I would definitely call it a dream home. I even had people knock on the front door asking if they could have a look around because they were so impressed by the design.” 7 Norfolk Place, Douglas To top it all off, the home is solar powered by a huge 6KW unit which has the ability to add to an existing solar inverter, keeping power down prices all year round.“The home has been designed so that, wherever you are in the home, you can sit back and enjoy the views of the river and the trees,” Mr Patchell said.“In the morning you can hear the birds chirping from the bedroom and there’s a natural breeze coming from the river all day round.” BOTH breathtaking and prestigious, Townsville’s finest waterfront property offers extraordinary river views in both directions. The Douglas home was designed by owners Peter and Marissa Patchell, who have lived in the stunning architectural residence for 11 years.Mr Patchell, an architectural draftsman by trade, bought the land in 2003 to design and construct what he calls his “dream home” which later won him the Delfin Lend Lease grand Master Awards for Northern Australia.last_img read more

  • 9 Florida students hospitalised after eating THC-laced candy

    first_imgCBS News 9 September 2019Family First Comment: Ages 10-12!!“A student “inadvertently” brought in THC-laced candy in a package similar to a popular sour candy and shared it with their friends.”Authorities say nine students from a Florida charter school ate marijuana-infused candy and were hospitalized with stomach pains.CBS Miami reports that seven boys and two girls between the ages of 10 and 12 from Renaissance Charter School at Cooper City were expected to be released Friday.A statement from school spokesperson Colleen Reynolds says a student “inadvertently” brought in THC-laced candy in a package similar to a popular sour candy and shared it with their friends. Reynolds says EMS and law enforcement were immediately contacted.Broward County Sheriff’s spokesman and Battalion Chief Michael Kane says the students had abdominal pain after consuming the candies. He said their injuries weren’t life-threatening.Kane added that the THC-laced candy was packaged just like a commercially packaged candy.Sheriff’s Sgt. Donald Prichard said no criminal charges were filed Friday, but the investigation is ongoing.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cooper-city-florida-9-students-hospitalized-thc-laced-candy-renaissance-charter-school/last_img read more

  • Memorial mass held for landslide victims in San Sauveur

    first_img Share LocalNews Memorial mass held for landslide victims in San Sauveur by: – June 17, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet 11 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Village of San Sauver. Photo credit: fuseworld.comThe community of San Sauveur culminated a weekend of activities marking Fete Isidore on Pentecost Monday with a mass held in memory of the three people who lost their lives in a massive landslide in 2010.Seventy six (76) year old Flora Stoute, fifty one (51) year old Harrison Stoute and five (5) year old Jael Stoute died after a landslide covered their home in San Sauveur last year.A number of fringe events formed part of the activities for Fete Isidore, which took place from June 10th to 13th.Events included a Miss Isidore pageant, a fish and talent night, a sports day and a cultural gala.Two community elders were also recognized for their contribution to the feast of St Isidore in San Sauveur.Proceeds from the weekends’ activities will go towards the refurbishment of two historical San Sauveur structures; the 100 year-old presbytery and the church building.The activities have been hailed as a success by the organizers.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

  • IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through Sept. 22

    first_imgFinal events of the 2016 point season are Sunday, Sept. 25 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,200; 2. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,192; 3. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,185; 4. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo., 1,184; 5. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,175; 6. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,162; 7. Matt Cole, Vestal, N.Y., 1,159; 8. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,156; 9. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D., 1,154; 10. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,153; 11. Myron DeYoung, Stanton, Mich., 1,150; 12. Jacob Murray, Hartford, Iowa, 1,148; 13. Will Ward, Cobleskill, N.Y., and Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan., both 1,147; 15. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., 1,144; 16. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,141; 17. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., and Dustin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, both 1,137; 19. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,133; 20. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,129.IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 776; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 763; 3. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 762; 4. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 758; 5. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 756; 6. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 744; 7. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 743; 8. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 735; 9. Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan., 734; 10. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 729; 11. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, and Raven Culp, Mesquite, Texas, both 728; 13. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 727; 14. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 723; 15. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 717; 16. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 716; 17. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 715; 18. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 714; 19. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 710; 20. Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas, 707.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,200; 2. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,193; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,189; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,180; 5. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn., 1,169; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,167; 7. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,164; 8. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,162; 9. Chad Bruns, Wakefield, Neb., 1,153; 10. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,147; 11. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,146; 12. Chris Mills, Sioux City, Iowa, and John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, both 1,143; 14. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., and Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, both 1,141; 16. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., and Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, both 1,139; 18. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,138; 19. Jim Powell Jr., Lecompton, Kan., 1,129; 20. Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb., 1,124.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,197; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,195; 3. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,192; 4. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,191; 5. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,169; 6. Damon Richards, David City, Neb., 1,162; 7. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., and TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., both 1,159; 9. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,156; 10. Andrew Bertsch, Minot, N.D., 1,155; 11. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,152; 12. Austin Jahnz, Lewisville, Minn., 1,140; 13. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., and Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., both 1,137; 15. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,130; 16. Dave Riley, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,129; 17. Jeremy Hoskinson, Norfolk, Neb., 1,126; 18. August Bach, Newton, Iowa, 1,124; 19. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,120; 20. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,119.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,192; 2. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 1,155; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,130; 4. Kamera Kaitlin McDonald, Keller, Texas, 1,062; 5. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,012; 6. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 979; 7. Dustin Leatherman, Muskogee, Okla., 966; 8. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 964; 9. Thomas Walp, Olney, Texas, 956; 10. Cullen Hill, Healdton, Okla., 893; 11. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 862; 12. Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla., 841; 13. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 833; 14. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 819; 15. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 816; 16. Kyle Wisdom, Abilene, Texas, 799; 17. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, and Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., both 792; 19. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 776; 20. Austin Gooding, Fort Worth, Texas, 766.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 1,200; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,199; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,196; 4. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,191; 5. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,184; 6. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,175; 7. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,172; 8. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D., 1,160; 9. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa, and Jesse Skalicky, Fargo, N.D., both 1,158; 11. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, and Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, both 1,152; 13. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,151; 14. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,148; 15. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,141; 16. Todd Boulware, Jefferson, S.D., and Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., both 1,138; 18. Karl Brewer, Vermillion, S.D., 1,136; 19. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb., 1,133; 20. Erik Laudenschlager, Minot, N.D., 1,131.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,195; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,185; 3. Brendon Yamry, Rice, Minn., 1,173; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,152; 5. Scott Spellmeier, Beatrice, Neb., 1,147; 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,142; 7. Cody Van Dusen, Atalissa, Iowa, 1,141; 8. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 1,137; 9. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,133; 10. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,129; 11. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,128; 12. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,118; 13. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,111; 14. Luke Jackson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,108; 15. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,104; 16. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., and Jed Trebelhorn, Winthrop, Minn., both 1,100; 18. Levi Heath, Wilton, Iowa, 1,098; 19. Randy Nelson, Albion, Neb., 1,075; 20. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,068.last_img read more

  • Area Girls Basketball Scores (1-17)

    first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresThursday  (1-17)Milan  58     North Decatur  51Rushville  55     Batesville  39East Central  35     FRanklin County  23Jac-Cen-Del  66     Rising Sun  26South Ripley  52     SW-Hanover  38Oldenburg  60     Switz. County  45Trinity Lutheran  50     South Decatur  38Morristown  48     Hauser  25Waldron  51     Indy Lutheran  35last_img

  • Keogh to enjoy home comforts

    first_imgRichard Keogh is looking to the comforts of home as the Republic of Ireland attempt to re-ignite their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. “He just said to me to go out and relax and play how I have been playing at Derby. Every time he has picked me, hopefully I have not let him down – and hopefully, there’s more to come.” If Keogh was pleased with his personal contribution, if not the result, he and his defensive colleagues were left kicking themselves after losing concentration in the run-up to the goal. Maloney and Ikechi Anya were allowed to work a short corner and when Scotland captain Scott Brown laid the ball off for Maloney, he curled a fine shot past goalkeeper David Forde’s outstretched arm and inside the far post. Full-back Stephen Ward said: “We defended really well for a lot of the game – both teams did, to be fair – and they had one bit of quality that beat us. “But from our point of view, it was a really disappointing goal to give away from a set-piece because we pride ourselves on defending them well and we probably switched off a little bit. “But we can’t be too disheartened. We have had three tough away games and we were very close to taking something here. “Eight [points] from four [games] would have been an unbelievable return, so we are right in the group. “They [Scotland] have got to come to Dublin. We have got plenty of home games left and that’s the main thing to look at.” He said: “It’s a really tight group, so there’s a lot to play for. We have got three tough away games out of the way now, so for us it’s about our home form now and how we play at the Aviva. “This group [of players] will bounce back. We have got great characters in there and a great coaching staff, so we will look forward to the next game and hopefully get a win.” Victory over the Poles – who head the group by three points above Ireland, Scotland and Germany – and revenge against Gordon Strachan’s men would provide the Republic with a huge boost, although that may be a big ask in arguably the most competitive of the nine groups. Keogh said: “What great games again. We are at home now and if we can get some points on the board again… “We have just got to concentrate on ourselves. We are in a good position and that’s what we are focussing on now, what we can do, what we can achieve and the next two home games will be important going forward.” Keogh was handed a competitive debut for his country alongside skipper-for-the-night John O’Shea in the absence of the injured Marc Wilson, and grew into a physical encounter after being asked by O’Neill to do for Ireland exactly what he has been doing for his club. The 28-year-old revealed he had only been told shortly before kick-off that he would be starting, but was not fazed by the challenge. He said: “The manager has been absolutely great with me. Just before the game, he named the team, but I was ready no matter what anyway. We all prepare to play. Four of the Republic’s next five Group D fixtures will take place at the Aviva Stadium with surprise leaders Poland, Friday night’s conquerors Scotland, Georgia and world champions Germany all due to visit Dublin in a sequence which will go a long way towards determining the destiny of Martin O’Neill’s side. Keogh and his team-mates will have to wait until March before they can attempt to make the Poles pay for their disappointment in Glasgow, where Shaun Maloney’s lone strike proved decisive, but the Derby defender is confident they can make home advantage count. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Brightline Expects to Double Ridership with Three New South Florida Stations

    first_imgBrightline executive say they expect to more than double the system’s annual ridership in coming years with the addition of stations at Boca Raton, Aventura and PortMiami.According to the company’s recent financial filing, “We believe the three new stations … will contribute over 2 million incremental annual passengers once ridership at these stations ramps up and stabilizes.”The high-speed rail line, which is still being re-branded as Virgin Trains USA, considers the three new stations to be top priorities as it also builds a 170-mile rail extension to Orlando International Airport.Company spokesman Ben Porritt says Brightline determined the passenger figures from “independent and internal ridership studies in addition to traffic software and traffic patterns,” and also based on when the stations become operational and have established track records.Brightline currently has stations in downtown West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.It is now pursuing marketing partnerships with cruise lines, as the financial filing states, “A large number of cruise passengers originate from points north of Miami and are potential customers for our new train-to-port product.”PortMiami’s cruise passenger traffic is projected to increase from 5.6 million in 2018 to more than 9 million within the next five years.The rail system carried 701,061 riders through last month, according to the filing. That number is more than double the 340,456 passengers from the same period last year.The company has reached preliminary agreements with Miami-Dade County for its new Aventura and PortMiami stations. In addition, the Boca Raton City Council voted unanimously last month to pursue an agreement with Brightline to build a station in the city’s business and shopping district. As part of that deal, the city would pay for a parking garage.Neither the company nor the city mentioned cost figures for the planned Boca Raton station.Brightline says Miami-Dade County will spend about $77 million to buy land and build the Aventura station.As for the PortMiami station, Brightline says it would build the facility on an acre of land for which the company would pay the county millions in rent, according to a memorandum from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to commissioners.last_img read more

  • Tropical Storm Cristobal Could Hit U.S. By Weekend

    first_imgThe National Hurricane Center say Tropical Storm Cristobal has strengthened as it moves from the Gulf closer to the Mexican coast.Forecasters said on Tuesday night that the storm would continue to gain strength as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, producing heavy rain, coastal flooding, and gusty winds. Cristobal could still move inland and then head back out into the Gulf, or it could stay on its current projection and reach parts of the U.S. from the Upper Texas Coast to the Florida Panhandle.SUMMARY OF 400 AM CDT…0900 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…18.9N 92.0WABOUT 25 MI…40 KM NNW OF CIUDAD DEL CARMEN MEXICOMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…SE OR 140 DEGREES AT 3 MPH…6 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…994 MB…29.36 INCHES Cristobal is the earliest named storm on record in the Atlantic basin, beating Tropical Storm Colin, which formed on June 5th, 2016.last_img read more

  • Editors give students inside look of The Onion

    first_imgThe Onion was unpeeled yesterday during a presentation and Q&A with the satirical publication’s Editor-in-Chief Cole Bolton and Managing Editor Ben Berkley.“It is an absolute pleasure to be here in your finest chemistry room,” Bolton said, immediately bringing the crowd to laughter. “We are America’s finest news source. The history of The Onion is the history of America itself.”After fabricating a laughable story about The Onion’s fictional 1765 origin, Bolton and Berkley launched into a both satirical and informative discussion about tips for success in the professional arena.The two had many suggestions for students looking to get ahead. They suggested finding internships that give back, such as deforestation. Additionally, they stressed the importance of finding a passion, providing humorous “sample passions,” such as scooping, carnival litigation, telling others about your volunteer work and lions. Finally, the crowd of students burst into laughter when these two tips for success flashed up on the screen: be born white and male, and be born with assets exceeding $2.3 million.All jokes aside, the editors explained what goes on behind the scenes. The company is based in Chicago and has 12 full-time writers and editors. Fifteen hundred headlines are pitched every week, and approximately 30 are chosen. The Onion’s writers are used to having their ideas shut down.“Every last thing starts with the headline,” Berkley said. “There are no articles that are written in full and sent to us and submitted.”There is a meeting held once per week during which the writers present a list of headline ideas. Many of them are rejected until they find the perfect fit, one that is eye-catching and surprising. They don’t go for the easy jokes, the ones that have been used repeatedly by other news sources. Bolton and Berkley said the greatest headlines have nuanced angles that aim to entertain and enlighten people, not trick them. The editors want people to understand the joke so they are interested and will read the story.“There’s always people who are just going to read the headline,” Bolton said. “It’s just quicker that way.”Though there is a lot of thought that goes into each headline, the writers are looking for funny stories that are rooted in truth.“We just trust the writers’ room,” Berkley said. “We’ll follow stupidity wherever it goes.”In addition to headlines, visuals are very important for the story, the editors said. The graphics department adds a level of depth to each story. Berkley also praised the writing staff.“Our writers go through hot and cold streaks,” Berkley said. “These are obviously very good writers. Might even say great. They are getting ripped to shreds every day. They have a lot of self-doubt moments, but they ultimately push through it, which makes them admirable and much better writers.”last_img read more