Convention may give aid to private schools

first_imgIn 1967, the last time a Constitutional Convention was held, the issue of money to parochial schools was at the forefront of the debate; the proposed constitution was voted down overwhelmingly because the majority of citizens didn’t wish to subsidize religious education. Catholic Church hierarchy were unhappy. Decades later, their attitude is unchanged. Now, we have even more religious groups anxious to dip into the public trough to finance their schools. These schools already have transportation and textbooks paid for by local school districts.Public schools welcome all students. Private and religious schools may, by law, choose who will attend. In many instances, religion permeates any and all class subjects. You will also hear a phony argument of “double taxation.” Parents educating their children privately and paying tuition choose to do so.The very first words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution are: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” It extends to the states by the 14th Amendment. Aid to religious schools would most certainly constitute religious establishment.Turn your ballot over and vote no to a Constitutional Convention on Nov. 7.Cynthia SwansonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Kudos to George Herbert [Sept. 14 letter], John Robitzek [Sept. 28 letter], and Judy Richards [Oct. 2 letter] for pointing out the dangerous pitfalls of a state Constitutional Convention. Ethics reform is a teaser; the Legislature is mostly lawyers, and any ethics “reform” will have loopholes big enough to drive a tank through. Special thanks to Ms. Richards for reminding us that voters must turn the ballot over in order to vote “no.”Another issue that has not been addressed is the threatened elimination of Article XI, Section 3 of the state constitution, which states that no public money will be used directly or indirectly for private or religious schools.last_img read more

Imperial strikes back

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Jawdropping waterfront estate goes from Frying Pan to $2m fire-sale

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoBut construction was abandoned eight years ago. Picture: Lachie MilllardOver 160 people had inspected the property, with 30 making offers on it and five contracts offered ranging from $1.4m to $2m, according to real estate agent Peter Grainger of Rock Real Estate, who marketed the property for a year before it sold for $1.94m.“It was a very tough sell because it was incomplete and also it was left for eight years, (so) it looked like ruins although it’s very strong construction,” he told The Courier-Mail.The $4m paid in 2009 was in an inflated market, he said, “at least $1.5m over what it should have been”.“It’s what we call an out-of-line sale, which is when a property sells for an extraordinary amount of money over and above the market. During that time a lot of those properties were at least 30, 40, 50 per cent over the market price.”Mr Grainger said the new buyers had paid a “good price however there are risk factors involved in buying a property like that”. The structure seems surprisingly strong considering it’s been open to the elements. Picture: Lachie Milllard The block looks back towards the Noosa Parade area across the water. Passersby in a file shot inside the shell of the incomplete mansion. Picture: Lachie Milllard The large plot has its own beach. You just have to visualise the possibilities. Picture: Lachie Milllard“Buyers don’t want to take it on with unknown risk and unknown risk will only be found when they (re) start construction. They still will need another million to finish it off – in cash as banks don’t generally like lending on half-finished houses.”He said if the property had resold six months after building activity had stopped “it would have been a different story.”“The difference is when it’s finished it could be worth anything, it’s 1.61ha in a totally unique, beautiful position.”Mr Grainger said it was a “very complicated sale”.“No wonder it took them 12 months to finalise. I thought for sure would be $3m but ultimately the market does decide what the price should be and it was well and truly tested with 160 views over that time.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX undefined Lot 2 Frying Pan Track Noosa North Shore Qld 4565A BEACHFRONT owner has gone from Noosa’s Frying Pan to a fire-sale, after selling off her prized 1.61ha estate at a bargain $2m discount.The Singapore-based seller had paid a boomtime price of $4m for the jawdropping Noosa North Shore estate in mid-2009, according to CoreLogic records, but was unable to then complete construction of the 1100sq m mansion proposed for the site. BRISBANE SUBURBS RESIDENTS DON’T WANT TO LEAVE LIVE LIKE CLIVE PALMER’S NEPHEW, CLIVE MENSINK THIS IS WHAT $12M CAN BUY last_img read more

Denmark’s PFA lures Industriens CIO to co-head new investment team

first_imgPFA Pension, Denmark’s largest commercial pension fund, has put a new asset management team in place following the loss of its joint heads of the division to Danica earlier this year, poaching Henrik Nøhr Poulsen from his job as CIO at Industriens Pension.PFA Pension, which manages assets of DKK552bn (€74n), said it appointed Nøhr Poulsen as one of the three directors of its subsidiary PFA Asset Management.He will take up the post on 1 December.The other two directors of the three-man management team will be Christian Lindstrøm Lage and Rasmus Bessing, who are already in their roles as directors. In the new management team, Nøhr Poulsen will be in charge of equities and alternative investments, while Lindstrøm will be responsible for fixed income and credit, and Bessing for back and middle office.Henrik Henriksen, PFA’s chief strategist – who has been acting as the third director of PFA Asset Management alongside Lindstrøm Lage and Bessing recently – will continue is his role as part of the leadership team in PFA’s investment and risk business area, with particular responsibility for investment strategy, client mandates and communication.In May, Danica announced that it hired the joint managing directors of PFA Asset Management Poul Kobberup and Jesper Langmack.Danica said at the time the appointments were part of the new investment strategy conceived by its CFO Jacob Aarup-Andersen and approved a year ago.Following that announcement, PFA said its group director Anders Damgaard would take over the daily management of PFA Asset Management.Once the three permanent directors are in place, Damgaard will continue to have overall responsibility for PFA’s investment strategy, including PFA Asset Management’s activities.Anders Damgaard said: “It is a pleasure to be able to say we now have a strengthened and forward-looking team in place in PFA Asset Management.”He said PFA had taken the current team as the basis for identifying those areas that would be strengthened further.No one at PFA was immediately available to say which these areas were.Damgaard Jensen said the new leadership at the asset management division was built on the strong investment team it already has, and that some new faces would be joining this team.Erik Hallarth is coming to PFA as chief portfolio manager, while Henrik Nordestgaard – who has been a director at Barclays Capital in London for the last few years – will join PFA Asset Management shortly.Hallarth was previously CIO at Denmark’s AP Pension.last_img read more

Anguilla poverty assessment released

first_imgNewsRegional Anguilla poverty assessment released by: – June 4, 2012 Share Tweet Share 38 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Photo credit: caribbean-on-line.comTHE VALLEY, Anguilla — Results from the 2nd Anguilla Country Poverty Assessment have been released. The release of the results is the culmination of a project for which discussions started in 2007 with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), to conduct Anguilla’s 2nd Country Poverty Assessment. With the CDB’s assistance Anguilla was able to secure the service of a team of consultants, Kairi Consultants based in Trinidad, to lead and support the project work.Such a project required the coordination and collaboration of all government ministries and departments. To this end the national assessment team was formed with a representative each from the ministries of EDICT and social development as co-chairs and a representative from the Anguilla Statistics Department as the technical advisor.This project consisted of four research components:• A macro-economic and social analysis• A survey of living conditions among households of the country• A participatory poverty assessment• An institutional analysis The results have been compiled into three extensive volumes, accompanied by technical and statistical appendices.Anguilla – CPA – Main Report – FinalAnguilla – CPA – Volume 2 – Participatory Poverty AnalysisAnguilla – CPA – Volume 3 – Institutional AnalysisAnguilla – CPA – Technical and Statistical Appendices This project sought to bring an integrated approach to the analysis of this phenomenon and these documents represent a rich and valuable resource of data and information therein.A copy of these documents is available at the Anguilla Public Library and also on the government of Anguilla’s website http://www.gov.ai/ located under the caption ‘Recent Documents’. Requests can also be made to have these documents emailed.It is hoped that the information therein will be widely used for to ensure evidence based decisions are made and the resulting programmes and policies are to the benefit of all Anguillian and residents alike.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Greensburg Board of Works announcement

first_imgGreensburg, IN—In his first official day at the office, Mayor Joshua Marsh has announced appointments to the City of Greensburg Board of Works.  They are Jamie Cain, City Councilor, Rodney King, Glenn Tebbe, and Karen (Dea) Rust.  “Greensburg is in an excellent position with our returning and new board members,” said Mayor Joshua Marsh. “This board includes veterans with experience in our city policies and procedures and new people with fresh perspectives on the questions facing our community. I look forward to working with the members of this board over the next four years.”last_img

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger upbeat about Jack Wilshere’s Euro 2016 chances

first_imgArsene Wenger has revealed he has reassured England boss Roy Hodgson that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will be fit and ready to go at this summer’s European Championship. The 24-year-old has not played for the Gunners this season having suffered a broken leg on the eve of the new campaign. Wilshere has endured a torrid time with injuries over the previous three years, with a number of ankle issues keeping him largely on the sidelines. But Wenger, speaking ahead of the Arsenal’s Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton on Tuesday night, played down suggestions Wilshere has suffered a setback in his recovery and has spoken to Hodgson about a player both managers admire greatly. “No. That is the wrong information,” Wenger replied when asked about a potential delay in Wilshere’s return. “He is looking good. I had a short chat with Roy Hodgson about him and reassured him that he is progressing well. I’m cautious but I will say (he will be back in) four weeks.” Even if Wilshere returns at the end of February, he faces an uphill challenge to be both fit and in-form in time for England’s opening Euro 2016 clash against Russia on June 11, with friendlies against Germany and Holland coming in March. His Arsenal and England colleague Danny Welbeck is in a similar position, as is Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge – but the trio are likely to be afforded as much time as possible to prove their fitness. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News With Sourav Ganguly At Helm, Will India Resume Cricketing Ties With Pakistan? His Response

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Newly elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that resumption of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan was beyond his decision and would need approval from the prime ministers of both countries. During a press conference in Kolkata, Ganguly was asked whether cricketing ties between India and Pakistan will resume during his tenure. “You have to ask that question to Modi ji and the Pakistani prime minister,” he replied.The BCCI president-elect said that the board would need a green signal from the Indian government for any bilateral series between India and Pakistan since international tours are all through governments. “Of course, we have (to take permission), because international exposure (tours) is all through governments. So, we don’t have an answer to that question,” the former India captain added.The ties between India and Pakistan have been complex and largely hostile over the last few years. The last time both countries played a bilateral series was some 7 years ago in 2012, when India hosted Pakistan for a limited-overs series. The BCCI had taken a strong exception to the February 14 terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama and asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates”. The Indian cricket board had also considered asking the ICC to boycott Pakistan from the World Cup.Also Read | Cricket World Cup Every 3 Years? This Is What Ganguly Has To Say On ICC PlanEarlier on Wednesday, Ganguly had also spoken about the other aspect of the game — day and night Tests — and said that Indian team under Virat Kohli is capable of doing well in the format. “Day-night Test is the way forward. Every country has to play day-night Test, that’s a long-term future for Test cricket. They (India) are a good side, they will win day-night Test matches also. There is no difference in day-night Test matches and day Tests. It’s just a different ball. They are such class players, they can win,” Ganguly said. last_img read more

Cricket faces a ’70s-style moment of reckoning

first_imgBy Ian Chappell(The ongoing pay dispute between CA and the players shows how the greed of boards and the lure of T20 leagues could spell tricky times ahead)SUDDENLY it’s shades of 1977 in Australian cricket. The players’ association has rejected the financial deal proposed by the board and there is uncertainty surrounding the next television-rights deal.A similar formula in 1977 resulted in the advent of World Series Cricket. The players were agitating for better pay and conditions and Kerry Packer – the owner of the Nine network – was apoplectic when the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) refused his offer of substantially more money for the television rights, then held by the ABC network.Kerry Packer didn’t take rebuttal lightly and with his curse, “the devil take the hindmost”, ringing in their ears, he commenced a torrid legal battle with the cricket administrators. He found plenty of willing allies among the players, and worldwide more than 50 signed to play for the television magnate.The animosity towards the administrators had been building among the Australian players since the tours of India and South Africa in 1969-70. In 1974-75, Dennis Lillee – the premier fast bowler – had just returned after a serious back injury and described his displeasure at the pay scale (A$200 per Test), in a series of newspaper articles.The chairman of the ACB then, Tim Caldwell, pleaded with me as captain: “Tell your fast bowler to back off in his newspaper articles.” My response was simple: “Why don’t you tell him yourself, Tim, because I happen to agree with him.”From there it gradually went downhill, to the point in 1977-78 where WSC played its first season in direct competition with the ACB’s series between Australia and India.“I’m not suggesting it has reached that same stage in Australia again; the players are too well paid these days to seriously contemplate a strike against their major employer. However, the greed that has been palpable in cricket for the last decade looks like it might be coming home to roost.Worldwide, boards have been guilty of siphoning every last dollar out of their media deals. The result in some regions has been detrimental to the game, which is now only available on subscription TV in the UK. Indian viewers are entitled to complain that the cricket coverage gets in the way of them watching the ads.The television companies pay so heavily for the rights that, understandably, they then try to capitalise on any commercial opportunity in an attempt to recoup some of their investment.The players – in Australia at least – are so used to being well remunerated that they’re unhappy at any hint their livelihood may be curtailed. The difference now, compared to 1977? The players have lucrative T20 leagues as alternative employment if they’re unhappy with the board’s offer.This is a situation of the administrators’ making. They demand exorbitant prices for the media rights, so surely they must expect the players to be just as financially vigilant. And it was the administrators who devised the IPL and other burgeoning T20 leagues, which has increased the financial options for cricketers.The greed of the administrators – they claim it is money needed to run the game – has resulted in the players expecting regular pay increases every time a new media-rights deal is struck.In the meantime, there is a surfeit of one-sided Test and ODI matches, where the number of really competitive teams – especially away from home – is insufficient to keep up with the increased attractiveness of T20 games. The ability of T20 leagues to lure star overseas players and the relative shortness of the contest means they have serious advantages over the longer forms of cricket.T20 matches capitalise on the attraction of close finishes and possible upsets. In the shorter game, there is more likelihood that scores will remain close, and a favoured team can always lose to a less fancied side.For all but the marquee series and tournaments, this has meant that T20 leagues are growing in television value, while the longer versions of the game are in danger of receding. The current Australian wrangle could well be an insight into where cricket’s future is headed.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

West Indies crumble to Bangladesh

first_imgWEST INDIES innings Hope c Mosaddek Hossain b Mehedi Hasan 74 Ambris not out 69 Bravo not out 3Extras: (lb-2, w-3, nb-1) 6Total: (1 wkt, 24 overs) 152Fall of wicket: 1-144.Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-28-0, Mohammad Saifuddin 5-0-29-0, Mustafizur Rahman 5-0-50-0, Mosaddek Hossain 2-0-9-0, Mehedi Hasan 4-0-22-1, Rahman 2-0-12-0.BANGLADESH innings (target: 210 off 24 overs)Tamim Iqbal c Holder b Gabriel 18Soumya Sarkar c sub. Cottrell b Reifer 66Sabbir Rahman lbw b Gabriel 0Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Reifer 36Mohammad Mithun lbw b Allen 17Mahmudullah not out 19Mosaddek Hossain not out 52Extras: (w05) 5Total: (5 wkts, 22.5 overs) 213Fall of wickets: 1-59, 2-60, 3-109, 4-134, 5-143.Bowling: Nurse 3-0-35-0, Holder 4-0-31-0, Roach 5-0-57-0, Gabriel 3-0-30-2, Reifer 3.5-0-23-2, Allen 4-0-37-1.Result: Bangladesh won by five wickets (DLS)Series: Bangladesh won Tri-Nations SeriesMan-of-the-Match: Mosaddek HossainMan-of-the-Series: Shai Hope (CMC) – LEFT-arm spinner Fabian Allen sent down a costly 25-run over as West Indies failed to hold their nerve when it mattered most, and slumped to a five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the Tri-Nations Series final here yesterday.In their final competitive One-Day International, ahead of the World Cup beginning month end, West Indies struggled to contain a buoyant Bangladesh as the Asian outfit easily chased down a difficult revised target of 210 with seven balls to spare, in the contest reduced to 24 overs per side.Left-handed opener Soumya Sarkar struck a sparkling 66 off 41 balls but it was Mosaddek Hossain, batting at number seven, who turned the screws on West Indies with a breathtaking 24-ball unbeaten 52 at the end.With Soumya in full flight, Bangladesh were cruising to victory at 109 for two in the 12th over but lost three wickets for 34 runs in the space of 25 balls, to leave the result open.However, Mosaddek slammed a 20-ball fifty – the fastest by a Bangladeshi in ODIs – in a 70-run, unbroken sixth-wicket stand with Mahmudullah (19 not out) to snuff out any chance of a West Indies win.The game, though, was still in the balance at the start of the 21st over from Allen, with 27 runs required from 18 balls.But Mosaddek switch-hit the left-arm spinner over the point boundary for six off the first ball and then then cleared the ropes at long on with the second delivery. He dabbed the third ball to the third man boundary before lashing the fourth over extra cover for the maximum, to leave the Windies shell-shocked.All told, the right-hander smacked two fours and five sixes while Mahmudullah faced 21 balls and struck a single four.The defeat to Bangladesh was the third straight in the tournament for West Indies and seventh in nine meetings over the last 12 months.Man-of-the-Series Shai Hope had earlier top-scored with 74 while Sunil Ambris stroked an unbeaten 69 as West Indies finished on 152 for one after rain resulted in a five-hour break during their innings.Sent in, they had reached 131 without loss in the 21st over when the inclement weather drove players from the field.Once play restarted, following a series of inspections, West Indies found themselves with just 23 balls left in the innings and managed only another 21 runs.Neither batsman looked troubled by Bangladesh’s attack with Hope hammering six fours and three sixes off 64 balls and Ambris notching seven fours in a 78-ball knock.Hope was the first to his half-century off exactly 50 balls when he struck seamer Mustafizur Rahman for a straight six in the 18th over which leaked 13 runs.Ambris, who had earlier smashed three boundaries in the 12th over from Mustafizur, reached his second half-century in ODIs with a couple to wide long off leg-spinner Sabbir Rahman in the 19th over.When the rains arrived, Hope was perched on 68 and Ambris on 59 and on resumption, Hope added a further six runs before holing out to long on off off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz in the penultimate over.Needing to score at nearly nine runs an over, Bangladesh took command of the run chase early through Soumya, who played audaciously to belt nine fours and three sixes.He put on 59 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal (18) who was dropped on four off a sitter by Ashley Nurse running back from slip, with the score on 18 in the third over from seamer Kemar Roach.Left-hander Tamim eventually fell attempting a third straight four off speedster Shannon Gabriel (2-30) in the sixth over, caught at mid-off by captain Jason Holder, and when Sabbir Rahman was hit in front without scoring in the same over to the second ball he faced, West Indies were back in the game.However, Soumya put on 49 for the third wicket with wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim whose 36 came from 22 balls and included two fours and sixes.And even though left-armer Raymon Reifer (2-23) got rid of both to claim his first wickets in ODIs and spark a Bangladesh slide, Mosaddek kept his composure to finish the game strongly. SCOREBOARD last_img read more