Support Gov. Murphy’s pre-K expansion

first_imgDear Editor:This writer recalls in approximately 1965 under the Johnson Administration the opening of the first Head Start pre-schools in Jersey City. This most worthy program was responsible for giving children an introduction to school life at an early age and many of the great leaders today participated in this educational endeavor.In Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget message he included $83 million dollars for the expansion of the pre-K programs throughout New Jersey. He is seeking to add communities to this program and this certainly demonstrates the governor’s commitment for thousands of our three and four year olds to participate. In the past administration there has been mention of the expansion of the program but no action in this area. The governor noted that studies certainly indicate that a pre-K experience for a child builds a strong foundation for that child’s educational future.When this writer attended public grammar school in Jersey City in the 1950s there was no pre-K and in many cases even kindergarten did not provide enough educational exercises. Times have changed and children complete academic work in kindergarten today thereby making the pre-K experience a necessity.Let us petition our state legislators to stand behind Gov. Murphy and give all children in New Jersey a head start in their education with the pre-K activities.Robert B. Knapplast_img read more

Yannick Ngakoue goes after Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan, trades haymakers on Twitter

first_imgThe drama between the Jaguars and their players isn’t new, especially not this offseason. Jacksonville is reportedly shopping beleaguered running back Leonard Fournette while also trying to navigate through Ngakoue trade talks, presumably. Couple that with the Jalen Ramsey drama of last season and Tom Coughlin’s unceremonious exit, and you’ve got more than enough material for a six-part Netflix documentary. Is “Jaguar King” taken?(Side note: Maybe Khan and Ngakoue can solve their differences on an episode of the Khan-owned AEW “Dynamite?”)In all seriousness, the Ngakoue-Jaguars saga is getting pretty ugly, so hopefully all parties are happy once the divorce is finalized — whenever that day comes. Yannick Ngakoue vs. the Jaguars is entering the championship rounds.The pass-rusher who so desperately wants out of Jacksonville hasn’t made that a secret. In recent months, he has become increasingly vocal on his social media outlets, demanding that the Jaguars trade him away. Things escalated on Monday when Ngakoue called out Jaguars co-owner Tony Khan, saying he was “hiding.” The conversation got pretty heated fairly quickly. Please read the following comments in Jim Lampley’s voice:MORE: Jalen Ramsey adds to Jags’ drama-filled offseason with advice to Leonard FournetteBoth fighters move towards each other here in the closing rounds, trying to find the distance once again. Ngakoue is taunting Khan from a few feet [email protected] stop hiding moe.— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) April 20, 2020Khan fights back, peppers Ngakoue with a jab:I’m not in hiding sir, I’m in isolation getting ready for the draft. I’ve been pretty active on social media in isolation, but you wouldn’t know that since you unfollowed me (again).— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) April 20, 2020Ngakoue brushes it off and lands a big body blow!Since your feeling might today let’s both let the world in on the truth. We been had a discussion that the chargers game was my last game. Yet you try to back door the situation without answering any of my camps calls. Smh you spoiled bra.. holding up people for no reason 🤡— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) April 20, 2020But Khan still has some fight left in him, and he’s smiling! He’s smiling at Ngakoue now! Here comes a flurry of punches!It’s a new regime here sir. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the contributions you made here. That said, tweeting insults at me won’t get you traded any faster. Only good trade compensation will do that. Please redirect your efforts into a more productive outlet— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) April 20, 2020Ngakoue is against the ropes! He’s covering up!Just trade me . I don’t need the speech 🏁— Yannick Ngakoue (@YannickNgakoue) April 20, 2020And Khan fires back and lands with a massive right hand!Show me the compensation. I’m sure you’re really driving up the price today btw.— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) April 20, 2020Ngakoue is down! Ngakoue is down!last_img read more

Convicted Russian Spy Released from FL Prison, Deported

first_imgA Russian citizen, convicted of acting as a foreign agent in the United States, landed in Moscow a day after she was released from a federal prison in Florida and deported.Maria Butina, 30, maintains her innocence despite pleading guilty last year to conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government for attempting to infiltrate conservative political groups, including the National Rifle Association, and promote Russian interests.She was sentenced to 18 months in prison in December and has been in custody since her arrest on July 15, 2018.Butina was released from the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution on Friday after having served more than 15 months behind bars, according to the US Federal Bureau of Prisons, and was immediately deported to Moscow.She landed in the Russian capital at around 11:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) on Saturday.“In a short comment to Russia state-funded TV network RT, which had a crew on board the Miami-Moscow flight, Butina thanked Russia for the support shown to her while in custody,” CNN reports“Well guys, almost home. Only a little bit left, only several hours. Thank you for your support. I can’t wait (for) the plane to land, when I’ll be in my homeland,” Butina said.Butina studied at American University in Washington, while in the US, and was the first Russian citizen convicted of crimes relating to the 2016 election.Related content:Overstock CEO Resigns Amid “Deep State” Comments and Affair With Russian Spylast_img read more

Several hospitalized after being injected with insulin instead of the flu shot

first_imgTen people are recovering after they were accidentally injected with insulin instead of the flu shot.The incident was reported at care facility for intellectually and developmentally disabled people in Oklahoma on Wednesday.Authorities are reporting that the Jacquelyn House contracted a pharmacist to administer the flu shot to patients and employees but somehow the pharmacist administered insulin to some of the patients instead of the flu shot.Witnesses told reporters that those who were injected with insulin all had severe reactions to the medication which ranged from extreme pain to unresponsiveness.All these people are symptomatic, lying on the ground, needing help, but can’t communicate what they need,” police Chief Tracy Roles said during a press conference.She also credited EMS officials for their ability to identify those in need of help as many of the patients are nonverbal and did not have the ability to explain their symptoms.“I give a lot of praise to the fire and EMS staff for doing an outstanding job of identifying the problem,” Roles said.As of Thursday, several of the patients remained in the hospital as medical personnel work to remove the long-acting insulin from their systems.It was also reported that authorities are still investigating how the incident may have occurred.last_img read more

Trump Rallies Israeli-American Supporters, Raises Money at South Florida Events

first_imgWhile making a speech at the Israeli American Council (IAC)’s annual summit in Broward on Saturday, President Trump told the crowd that they have never had a “better friend” in the White House, and that the U.S. Israel-American relationship is “stronger than ever before.”Joining the President were Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan, one of his biggest supporters during the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings; conservative political commentator Michael Walsh; and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.The commander-in-chief began his hour-long speech by offering condolences to the families of the three people killed in an attack Friday morning on the Navy air base in Pensacola.He also called peace in the Middle East “the toughest of all deals,” adding that if Kushner could not get the job done, “it can’t be done.”Trump reminded supporters that he fulfilled his promise to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, adding, “You’ve got a beautiful embassy, it’s in Jerusalem and you have something you’ve always wanted.”The President vowed to continue taking tough action on Iran, explaining that U.S. sanctions have crippled that nation’s economy.One of Trump’s top supporters, billionaire Sheldon Adelson, provides most of the funding for the Israeli-American Council.Following the IAC event, Trump appeared at the Florida GOP’s annual Statesman’s Dinner in Aventura. The private event attracted more than 1,000 state and party leaders. In terms of fundraising, the dinner set a single-event record of $3.5 million, according to a press release by the Republican Party of Florida.last_img read more

Deadly gator attacks hit the Treasure Coast

first_imgTwo dogs were killed in Indiantown from gator attacks, now the Martin County Sheriff’s Office are warning their residents. Officials worry a person or a child could be the next victim with the gators attacking the local canines.“It’s been warmer now, so they’re kinda being a little more active,” said John Davidson, a licensed alligator trapper. Who has been busy the last couple weeks trying to capture the pesky reptiles.Photos from the sheriff’s office show an eight-foot gator that was captured in the latest attack after it killed a dog. The only part left of the pet was its head. “If you’re close to the water, try to keep the dog as far away from the water as you can because alligators are very, very quick when they’re trying to hunt something down,” Davidson said.The two recent gator attacks on dogs happened in lakes or canals at Indianwood Golf and Country Club near Indiantown. This year at least a dozen dogs have been killed by gators in Martin County.Questions have been inquired about why the gators are feasting on local pets. “From my standpoint, it sounds like someone’s feeding alligators probably and that’s a big deal,” said Mike Kimmel, owner of Martin County Trapping and Wildlife Rescue. “An eight or 10-foot gator would have no problem grabbing a 3-year-old kid if the kid got too close,” Detective Robert Smith said.A Martin County detective says in these two cases in Indiantown, the dogs were unattended and running free when they were grabbed by a gator.The gators responsible for the two dog attacks near Indiantown have been captured and taken away from populated areas.last_img read more

Strong Winds, Tornadoes Could Develop Tonight Across South Florida

first_imgForecasters say we need to be vigilant about the rough weather that is predicted to blanket the area from Sunday into Monday.A low-pressure system located at the surface in the Gulf of Mexico will bring a warm front across south Florida today, along with a good amount of Gulf moisture and wind shear. Another low is predicted to then move above the first one.That will provide enough motion for strong to severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and the possibility of isolated tornadoes.Palm Beach County will begin to see what forecasters call an “unstable atmosphere” between 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday. That system will move into Martin and St Lucie counties after midnight.Thunderstorms that develop in an unstable atmosphere have the potential to develop rotating updrafts capable of producing a quick tornado spin-up, strong damaging winds and frequent lightning.The tornado threat appears to be maximized in our area between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. As a cold front reaches the region, the winds in the atmosphere will begin to turn out of the west, mostly ending any wind shear needed for tornadoes, although damaging winds could still be an issue until around 5 a.m.Overall, most of our area can expect heavy rainfall from 8 p.m. Sunday until the cold front clears the area by 8 a.m. Monday, along with localized flooding in poor drainage areas. Widespread flooding is not expected.A few widely scattered showers and overcast skies are expected Monday, with highs in the mid-70s.Mostly sunny skies are expected on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with highs in the low 70s Tuesday and upper 70s Wednesday.last_img read more


first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers were in the midst of playing the Buffalo Bills in the very hot and humid upstate “city” of Orchard Park, NY just a snowball’s throw away from the beautiful winter wonderland city of Buffalo. What makes this city/ski resort unique is that on many occasions during the winter months the citizens have to use skis and snowshoes not just for pleasure but just to get to work and to carry-out other essential duties such as shopping for food and water, etc.According to legend, Buffalo, formerly known as Buffalo Creek, received its name from the creek or “crik” (as Pittsburghers’ would call it) that flows through it. However, the origin of the creek’s name is unclear leaving several myths flying around. Early French explorers reported the abundance of buffalo on the south shore of Lake Erie, but their presence on the banks of Buffalo Creek is still a matter of debate. Early Super Bowl scouts reported the existence of a team that would be considered a very elite team because of four Super Bowl appearances yet have no Lombardi Trophy’s to show for it. Even so even the team from the city by the “crik” deserves some r-e-s-p-e-c-t.Now while we are on the subject of respect, there was not a lot of this intangible “positive” quality “vibe” flowing forth from Steelers “elite” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger toward the “keepers of the playbook” patrolling the coaches press box and sidelines. Roethlisberger was less than jubilant in regards to the “carrier pigeon” type of communication that was used to send a play in to him. As a result the Black and Gold had 12 men on the field and were subsequently penalized for the miscue placing the rock on the Pittsburgh one yard line. Shortly after the penalty was called, Big Ben was “swollen” and began gesturing over at the Steelers bench. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin did not appear to be in a partying mood after the gaffe deep in the Steelers end as well but seemed to understand the frustration of his quarterback. Tomlin said afterward, “I’ve been looking at Ben going on six years now, I’m not surprised by it.” By what, Roethlisberger’s juvenile display of emotion?Boys and girls on how many occasions have we witnessed “Big” Ben call a not so cerebral time out because of a lack of understanding the situation at hand; either leaving the Steelers with not enough time for a victory rally or providing their opponent more than ample time to start and complete a victory rally of their own? If Mike Tomlin had been as visual displaying his displeasure with Roethlisberger after one of his many blunders, let’s just say he might be exiled from the sidelines of the NFL and coaching the new European football powerhouse the “Siberian Huskies” in some unknown region of the Ukraine.You cannot publicly on national television call out your teammates, coaches or management if they occasionally make a mistake because it does not set a very good precedent. When you are in a leadership position you must always remember, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”May I call your attention to a similar but much more important game? The Steelers were at the Indy Colts playing in the 2005 playoffs. The Colts faced a fourth and short. Indy Head Coach Tony Dungy had the Colts punting team poised to take the field when his star quarterback Peyton Manning broke the huddle and waved the punt team back to the sidelines. The Colts were successful on their attempt but if Manning had failed, Dungy would have shouldered all of the blame. But as fate would have it Manning succeeded and gathered all of the glory, well at least until the Colts were eventually defeated.Coaches are supposed to coach and players are supposed to play. When that ceases to be true, the patients may be poised to take over the asylum. Was it Aretha Franklin in her fine days sang; “What you want, baby I got it. What you need, you know I got. All I ask you is for a little respect.” Not a huge amount, not a lot but just a little bit of respect.Respect is not given it is earned. Mike Tomlin has earned my respect. I did not freely give it. I have watched him be vilified in regards to small decisions that he has made, while simultaneously viewing other coaches being handed the keys to new cars for accomplishing significantly less. Coach Tomlin is often accused of conducting press conferences that a few media types may consider a bit forced. I suspect he does most of his talking in the film room. As the late Don Cornelius might say; peace, love and so…….ul, later.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at [email protected] or 412-583-6741. Bruce can also be heard on the ‘Odd Couple Sports Show’ where he is the AFC North and NFL analyst. The show is hosted by Adam Ragle on WCWA Fox Sports Toledo 1230AM, on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. during the preseason and on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. during the regular season.)last_img read more

Rotchford OT Goal Sends RFH to First Dowd Cup Final

first_imgBy Brian DeakyneRED BANK — In the midst of the madness around them, Rumson-Fair Haven forwards Hunter Rotchford and Brian Robinson didn’t take note at who scored the game-winning overtime goal.“I was hacking and hacking at it and eventually it went in,” Rotchford said. “Robinson said he hit it in, I said I hit it in, I really don’t know who got the better piece of it.”The goal, which was credited to Rotchford, came with 3:45 remaining in overtime to lift the second-seeded Bulldogs to their first Dowd Cup final in school history, topping Red Bank Regional, 3-2 Wednesday afternoon in the semi-finals of the Dowd Cup.RFH scored a short-handed goal in the early stages of the second period, and a goal late in the period to take a 2-1 lead over sixth-seeded Red Bank Regional, but the Bucs’ came back in the third period, sending the teams to overtime.Rotchford’s goal was the only shot registered on RBR goalie Charlie Fox, who finished with 36 saves on the game.“Charlie’s a great goalie. He never lets the first one in,” Rotchford said.Rotchford took a pass from Robinson, short-handed, and after being stopped by Fox, he slipped in his own rebound inside the right post, drawing even with the Bucs with 8:44 remaining in the second period.“Brian made a nice pass to me and I was able to finish,” Rotchford said.Gary Cali fed Robinson later in the period, who was left alone in the slot, and he lifted the puck top-shelf, giving the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.“They [Red Bank Regional] were coming off a good win against St. Rose and we knew it was going to be a tight battle,” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris McCafferty said. “They kept coming. They fought, they stuck with their gameplan it was a good game and well-matched.”The Bucs took the early lead when Sam Marascio blasted a power play goal past Bulldogs’ goalie Dominic Padula with 4:21 left in the first period. Joe Franco looked to squeak a puck into the net from the side, and the rebound kicked out to Marascio, who put it away.Padula stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced, but Fox faced much more pressure on the other end of the ice throughout the game.“I told Charlie that, for the past four years, it’s been nice to know that we’ve had the better goalie every single night,” Red Bank Regional head coach Tim Hall said.Josh Saboyu tied the game at two with 8:22 left in the game, grabbing possession of the loose puck in front of the net, and beating Padula to his right.“I told the boys in the locker room that tonight is who we are,” Hall said. “It’s been a challenge for us to play up to our potential. RBR has traditionally not had a hockey culture, but we are building on next year.”After a back-and-forth minute of play in overtime, Rotchford put home a net-mouth scramble after Fox appeared close to covering it.“I was told that he didn’t have a solid glove on it, and the puck was constantly loose, so it couldn’t be whistled dead, and that’s fine with me,” Hall said.Red Bank Regional converted on their opening power play, but couldn’t capitalize on their following three.The Bulldogs didn’t have a single power play for the second game in a row.Charlie Fox of RBR making one of his 36 saves against RFH in the Dowd Cup Semifinal WednesdayRotchford nearly added a second short-handed goal, on the same penalty kill, in the second period, but Fox turned away his breakaway attempt.Saboyu had a breakaway attempt of his own, six minutes into the game, but he was stopped by Padula.“Dominic has had the nickname “The Dominator” since he was 8 years old, and that’s because he makes the big saves when he has to,” McCafferty said.The Bulldogs will take on fifth-seeded Marlboro in the Dowd Cup final on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Red Bank Armory. RFH will be looking for their first ever Dowd Cup championship and Marlboro will be hoping to repeat from last year’s championship.last_img read more

Partnering for better SA schools

first_img21 September 2010 Industry and community leaders have been called on to become partners in the School at the Centre of Community project ([email protected]), which tackles educational challenges in South Africa. The project is an initiative of Symphonia for South Africa, a company focused on developing leadership skills and the capacity of leaders in the country. [email protected] project manager James Eckley said: “Business and community leaders are not asked to just give money to schools to solve educational challenges, but are asked to be actively involved in seeking solutions.” The project came about when Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, looked at the challenges facing disadvantaged schools in South Africa and realised that education has to be a national priority, not just for government. The cost of participating in the year-long leadership and educational programme is R30 000 (US$4 000) and covers the cost of training sessions, coaching and support for the school. This could be paid for by the participant’s employer or a sponsoring organisation. Participation is not limited to business leaders – ordinary people who feel passionate about a school can also take part if they have the funds. The cost covers leadership courses for the participating individual and the chosen school’s principal, and community engagement programmes and seminars that address ways the school and the community can work together to get the best results out of their pupils. Brian O’Connell, rector and vice-chancellor at the University of the Western Cape, said: “It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future, then our schools must lead the way.” O’Connell is one of the [email protected] project endorsers.Partners for possibility Community and business leaders are urged to use their experiences and connections when they partner with principals of their desired school. It is hoped that this will help identify community projects that benefit both the school and surrounding community. Leaders will take up the role of Partner for Possibility (PfP). This is not a mentorship role, but rather becoming a “thinking partner” of the school’s principal, helping him or her find suitable solutions for the school and community’s challenges. Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder and CEO of Symphonia, said: “Being Ridwan’s partner was without any doubt the most powerful leadership development experience that I have ever participated in. It was, for me, more powerful than doing an MBA or a Doctorate.” Van Rhyn was the PfP at Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. The school principal is Ridwan Samodien. Van Rhyn added that being the PfP taught her valuable lessons about a community she was detached from. “If all industry leaders were to experience this, it would be the beginning of the strengthening of South Africa’s societal fabric,” she said. Activities for each school and community will be unique to the needs of both parties. “[email protected] appeals to all South Africans to become citizens and to become actively involved in the education of our children. Education is the key to securing a bright future for all our children,” said Samodien.Schools already part of the initiative There are already a number of schools and communities that have already benefited from this project. There are nine schools in Cape Town, four in Durban and 10 in Johannesburg. These include John Ramsay in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town; Rippon Road Primary in Sydenham, Durban; and Bovet Primary in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Sanlam, Nedbank Business Banking, Metropolitan Foundation, Aurecon, Hollard, Murray & Roberts and Gijima People Development are some of the companies involved in the project.Benefits of the [email protected] Everyone from the organisation sponsoring the PfP, to the PfP, the school, pupils, and principal gain something from the project The school will particularly benefit from the exposure to the company sponsoring the PfP. Eckley said: “The PfPs spend a year working with the school and most cannot detach themselves from the school after that. Most of them stay on as the company usually ends up investing in infrastructure development at the school or sponsoring school events.” Due to increased involvement from parents, the community and teachers, pupils usually become more proactive in their studies. A principal’s job of running a school is also made easier as he or she is able to identify what it is the pupils and community need to make the institution more effective. Through greater participation in the school’s activities, the surrounding community gains a sense of belonging and relationships between individuals improve. PfPs and the organisations they represent will learn a lot about themselves and their problem-solving capabilities outside their usual environment. reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more