NYSUT Sues New York State Over Reductions Of School Aid

first_imgImage by Matt Hummel / WNY News Now.ALBANY — New York State United Teachers has filed a lawsuit against New York State over reductions in state school aid for districts across the state, seeking the release of money withheld in July, August and September and an injunction against future withholding of or delayed school funding payments.The lawsuit filed in Albany County Supreme Court challenges the constitutionality of the unilateral executive budgetary powers provided for the state Division of Budget as part of this year’s state budget process. The union alleges that those unconstitutional powers have led to cuts that deprive students of their right to a sound basic education under the state Constitution.The suit argues school districts have no more local resources to tap and are dependent on state funding. In such districts, a 20 percent cut “could be catastrophic, and certainly would lead to a ‘gross and glaring inadequacy.’”NYSUT has previously highlighted the devastation stemming from state cuts, including hundreds of layoffs in districts around New York. “Time is up,” NYSUT President Andy Pallotta said. “With the loss of state funding driving cuts at the local level in districts around the state, we can’t just keep waiting for action at the federal level to fund our schools. At this point, a lawsuit unfortunately is the necessary next step to compel our leaders to do what’s right: Fund our future and stop these cuts.”NYSUT argues that the Executive Branch’s budget reduction authority violates the separation of powers in the state Constitution and is an unconstitutional delegation of the Legislature’s constitutional oversight and policy-making powers. But, in the absence of federal action, the Division of Budget began withholding 20 percent of selected local aid payments in June, according to the Fiscal Year 2021 First Quarterly State Budget Financial Plan Update.In the short term, continuing to withhold 20 percent of the funding appropriated would cause further issues with significant education-related payments the state makes this month, including a roughly $2.5 billion payment to school districts on Sept. 30.In the lawsuit, NYSUT points to the state’s ability to draw upon approximately $7 billion in reserves and settlement funds to avoid draconian cuts. The union also has advocated for other solutions to help fund public education, including taxes on the ultrawealthy and additional federal stimulus funding.School districts across the state are considering or making staffing cuts that only serve to reduce student access to academic and other essential services, the lawsuit argues.“Our students and families deserve better than staffing and program cuts just as we begin a new school year with unprecedented challenges,” Pallotta said. “A high-quality education is a vital service that’s central to helping communities thrive. It’s about time it was funded like one.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Brazil security forces make record drug seizure

first_img “With this operation, the traffickers lost the harvest and stopped refining a third of the 100 tons they produce annually,” said Sergio Lucio Fontes, an Amazon federal police official. Brazil shares 16,000 kilometers of borders with Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela and French Guiana. The army and police operation netted 25 tons of marijuana and 657 kilograms of cocaine and crack, the Defense Ministry announced, saying the seizure represents a “historic record.” The operation is part of a strategic border security plan announced by President Dilma Rousseff in June 2011. Coordinated with Peru and Colombia along the 11,000 kilometer frontier, the operation disrupted smuggling and forced traffickers to abandon production of some 30 tons of cocaine destined for southern Brazil, the United States and Europe, the ministry said in a statement. One percent of this South American powerhouse’s 194 million people use cocaine or crack, according to official statistics. The Amazon region’s military commander, Eduardo Villas Boas, said that along the border with Peru, coca planting occupied an area of 30,000 hectares and produced three harvests a year. center_img Brazilian security forces have made a record drug seizure and disrupted the production of 30 tons of cocaine in neighboring Peru during a massive 19-day border operation, authorities said on June 7. Behind the United States, Brazil is the world’s second biggest consumer of cocaine and crack, a cocaine derivative with devastating effects. Federal police say 90 percent of the drug enters the country through Bolivia and Peru, with the other 10 percent coming through Colombia. Paraguay, meanwhile, supplies 80 percent of marijuana demand. Some 33,000 soldiers took part in the operation, along with 1,100 government officials. Weapons, explosives and illegally logged timber were also seized. By Dialogo June 11, 2013last_img read more

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World Cup of Darts 2020: Big guns set to take centre stage on Saturday | Darts News

first_img“Some people find that a little bit too much pressure to handle, but also some people think it’s just another game of darts.“Representing your country can sometimes do strange things to players, it can pick their game up, find something that hasn’t been there for the past month or two.“It’s all going to be good fun. There’s going to be pressurised good fun. I’ll be sitting there with a big bowl of popcorn watching some people squirm, whilst other people thrive.”Don’t miss a dart at this weekend’s World Cup of Darts – the action continues from 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Arena and we will have the remaining four sessions as the new champions are crowned. Michael van Gerwen is bidding to lift his fourth World Cup of Darts title this weekend Belgium (5) vs Latvia “Say someone like Rob Cross – he might do all he can to leave D18, whereas Michael Smith we know is a tops, tens and fives hitter. You have to have this all in your armoury, to think to yourself: ‘Right, usually I go that way to go for that’,” said Lloyd. Michael van Gerwen appeared to relish the role of team captain as Danny Noppert went walkabout on stage in Salzburg. “You have still got to keep the confidence in yourself that you’re going to take out the shot, but if you don’t, you’ve got to try and leave it as comfortable as possible for your partner.“Your partner might look at you, drop his head and think: ‘Ah why has he left me D16? I hate D16, he could have left me tops.“Then you start getting negative as a pair. You shouldn’t do because a double is a double on the dart board, but there’s so many different things you have to think of as a pair, you’re not just being selfish and thinking of yourself, which is what you do as an individual sportsman.”Saturday’s action will see the singles matches take centre stage, with doubles deciders only required if the two singles matches are shared, which arguably favours the more decorated nations.The unique pairs format creates unfamiliarity even for the game’s leading lights, although the prospect of taking on unheralded stars in more ordinary circumstance alleviates the probability of shock results. Second seeds Wales are touted by many as the team to beat this weekend, thanks largely to the form of Gerwyn Price. Elsewhere, sixth seeds Germany are bidding to progress to the quarter-finals for a third time in four years when they take on Greece – appearing in the second round for the first time in World Cup history.It has been touted as one of the most open World Cups since the tournament’s inception in 2010 due to the fluctuating form of Van Gerwen, the absence of Wright and Anderson and the uncertainty surrounding England.Nevertheless, the pressure of representing your country is also a crucial factor, and Lloyd is intrigued to see how proceedings play out over the coming days.“There is that added pressure – you’re not just playing for yourself, you’re representing your country. I don’t think there is any higher honour in the world of sport than to pull on the shirt to represent your country,” the former world No 1 continued.Listen to the Darts Show podcast on: Spotify | Apple | Castbox AfternoonEvening New Zealand 5-2 DenmarkPoland 5-0 South Africa England (1) vs Lithuania Rob Cross and Michael Smith – normally rivals on the major stage, delivered as a unit to see off the challenge of Philippines, whilst Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts were positively euphoric after surviving a scare against the Czech Republic.Michael van Gerwen relished the role of seniority as he partnered debutant Danny Noppert, despite the fact there’s only two years between the pair, whilst Wales and Germany also demonstrated their credentials in Austria.However, pairs play is uncharted territory for many of the current protagonists in the PDC and speaking on the Darts Show podcast, two-time major winner Colin Lloyd revealed the pressure it can exert.- Advertisement – The World Cup of Darts is generally regarded as one of the highlights of the sport’s calendar. It provokes drama, tension and emotion in equal measure, evidenced by a thrilling opening day of action in Salzburg on Friday.- Advertisement – The 32-nation tournament began with a bang at the Salzburgarena, as former champions Netherlands, England and Scotland advanced to the last 16.Fourth seeds Northern Ireland and 2019 finalists Republic of Ireland were the major opening round casualties, although second seeds Wales produced arguably the most impressive display, as Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton excelled. Portugal 5-0 HungaryJapan 3-5 Scotland Lithuania 5-3 GibraltarSweden 0-5 Greece Austria (8) vs Portugal Italy 4-5 SpainHong Kong 4-5 Latvia Belgium (5) 5-4 Czech RepublicWales (2) 5-0 Russia Germany (6) vs Greece Live World Cup of Darts November 7, 2020, 12:00pmLive on center_img Friday’s World Cup of Darts – First Round matches Wales (2) vs Scotland England (1) 5-3 PhilippinesNetherlands (3) 5-1 Brazil EveningAustralia vs Poland Rob Cross and Michael Smith are bidding to secure England’s fifth World Cup of Darts crown. Two of last year’s quarter-finalists collide in the afternoon’s curtain-raiser, as Canada meet New Zealand, with Canada fresh from a clinical display that saw them cause the shock of the round to dump out Northern Ireland.However, the tie of the second round is a blockbuster showdown between two-time finalists Wales and holders Scotland, represented by John Henderson and Thornton.The new-look Scottish pairing are bidding to retain the title claimed by Peter Wright and Gary Anderson almost 18 months ago, although they face a huge challenge against an irrepressible Price and an in-form Clayton.Four-time winners Netherlands continue their bid for a fifth World Cup crown against former semi-finalists Spain as world No 1 Michael van Gerwen bids to return to winning ways, with the help of the emerging Danny Noppert.Another intriguing showdown in prospect is a clash between former finalists Australia and an unheralded Polish partnership, with both nations producing formidable displays to defeat Republic of Ireland and South Africa respectively. – Advertisement – Netherlands (3) vs Spain 2:21 Rob Cross and Michael Smith are bidding to secure England’s fifth World Cup of Darts crown. Northern Ireland (4) 2-5 CanadaRepublic of Ireland (7) 2-5 Australia Saturday’s Second Round Matches – Order of Play The dynamic of pairs play is also a fascinating spectacle and the camaraderie between the teams was refreshing to see.- Advertisement – 2:31 Michael van Gerwen appeared to relish the role of team captain as Danny Noppert went walkabout on stage in Salzburg. Michael van Gerwen is bidding to lift his fourth World Cup of Darts title this weekend
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Certain symptoms may predict fatal foodborne botulism

first_imgAug 20, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A distinctive group of symptoms—shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea—may be predictive of severe outcomes, including death, from foodborne botulism, a group of researchers reported recently. Varma JK, Katsitadze G, Moiscrafishvili M, et al. Signs and symptoms predictive of death in patients with foodborne botulism—Republic of Georgia, 1980-2002. Clin Infect Dis 2004 Aug 1;39(3):357-62 [Full text] Patients were considered to have botulism if this was listed as the final diagnosis. A trained epidemiologist completed a form about each patient that included patient demographic characteristics; medical history; history of present illness; physical examination findings at admission; clinical course, including complications, adverse reactions, and death; suspected source of disease; and results of laboratory tests. Classification and regression tree (CART) analysis was used to find clinical syndromes at presentation that were predictive of survival or death. In an analysis limited to patient age, signs, and symptoms, it was found that a history of shortness of breath or vomiting and normal facial muscle strength on physical examination at admission was 100% predictive of survival (odds ratio for death, 0%, P<.01). The clinical syndrome most predictive of death included shortness of breath, impaired gag reflex, and absence of diarrhea; patients who died were 22.6 times more likely to have this syndrome than were those who survived (95% confidence interval, 22-48). Because botulism is among the diseases considered most likely for use as a bioterrorist weapon, any clues to outcome, such as those in this study, could be useful in triage in a mass-casualty setting. For example, in such an emergency situation, rapid transport to a facility providing higher-level care might be justifiably reserved for patients with the triad of symptoms identified as predictive of death.center_img The most common symptoms at admission were found to be fatigue (90%), muscle weakness (89%), and difficulty swallowing (81%). Ophthalmoplegia, ptosis, and slurred speech were the most common physical examination findings, present in 79%, 76%, and 58% of patients, respectively. Among the 705 patients for whom final outcome was known, 54 (8%) died. The group of symptoms classically considered to be predictive of botulism—nausea and vomiting; dysphasia; diplopia; dry mouth; and fixed, dilated pupils, was present in only 2% of patients. The authors point out a number of limitations to their study and stress that validation outside of Georgia is needed. The authors, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center of Disease Control, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, collected data from the medical records of 706 patients hospitalized in the Republic of Georgia with botulism from 1980 through 2002. The country has the highest reported incidence of foodborne botulism in the world (0.9 cases per 100,000 population), according to the report.last_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf modifica el decreto sobre las ejecuciones hipotecarias y las suspensiones de los desalojos

first_img May 22, 2020 El Gobernador Wolf modifica el decreto sobre las ejecuciones hipotecarias y las suspensiones de los desalojos SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf modificó su decreto que protege a los residentes de Pennsylvania de las ejecuciones hipotecarias y de los desalojos para especificar que el decreto solo se aplica a los desalojos y a las ejecuciones hipotecarias por falta de pago o porque el inquilino se ha quedado más tiempo que el establecido en el contrato de arrendamiento.“Estoy protegiendo las viviendas para los residentes de Pennsylvania que pueden estar sufriendo retos económicos debido a la pandemia de la COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Mi decreto no afectará los procedimientos a causa de otros problemas, como daños a la propiedad o actividades ilegales. Aliento a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania a seguir cumpliendo con los términos de su contrato de arrendamiento o hipoteca”.El decreto, firmado por el Gobernador Wolf el 7 de mayo de 2020, suspende los desalojos y ejecuciones hipotecarias hasta el 10 de julio de 2020. La Corte Suprema de Pennsylvania previamente había suspendido los procedimientos de desalojo de la corte hasta el 11 de mayo de 2020, debido a la pandemia COVID-19. Durante las suspensiones, los residentes deben seguir efectuando los pagos de los alquileres o hipotecas ya que pueden verse obligados a pagar los saldos y las tasas adeudadas.View this information in English.last_img read more

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DNB warns pension funds against becoming obsolete

first_img“I strongly believe in a collective approach and in the need of participants to accrue a pension in such a way,” Landman said. ”But tying people by default is something of the past. Nowadays, they base their choices on expectations and profiles.”Landman said he expected that lowering the salary cap subject to tax-facilitated pensions accrual would trigger a discussion about what pension funds and insurers are and aren’t allowed to do.The Dutch pensions sector is expecting a new government in the country to come up with proposals to lower this cap, which currently only applies up to a salary of €103,000.He also predicted there would be a debate about the additional pensions of self-employed workers, who are currently exempt from mandatory pensions accrual.Landman said these pressures meant pension funds needed to better communicate their collective character, including through “branding”.In his opinion, pension funds as well as the social partners who run them, “must detach themselves from established interests and be willing to re-invent themselves”. Pension funds must consider what they could offer their participants in the future and how they can keep their support in order to remain relevant, according to supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank.Otherwise they may meet the same fate as phone manufacturer Nokia, which was too slow to respond to a changing environment, said John Landman, head of supervision of pension funds’ policy, during a conference organised by consultancy firm EY in Wassenaar, near The Hague.“Pension funds can’t take it for granted that people will keep on participating by default,” he said. However, he stressed that he was not advocating abolishing the current mandatory pension fund participation for employees.last_img read more

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NZ ‘not doing enough’ to stop poverty, violence

first_imgOneNews 12 February 2014The Government isn’t doing enough to combat the issues of child poverty and domestic violence the Salvation Army says, following its state of the nation report.The report showed children continue to be violently and sexually assaulted at alarming rates, with a 68% increase in reported cases in the last five years.Child poverty and abuse are two of the key problem areas identified in the report, which is designed to provide a broad snapshot of New Zealand’s social progress over the past five years.“These two areas are just sticking, they’re not changing and they really do need to change,” the Salvation Army’s Major Campbell Roberts says.Meanwhile, Family First says the report is proof the controversial anti-smacking law has failed.National director Bob McCoskrie says the law has “wasted valuable time and resource of agencies distracted from dealing with actual child abuse and dysfunctional parents”.Child abuse rates are a “national disgrace” and can no longer be tip-toed around, he says.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-not-doing-enough-stop-poverty-violence-5829778last_img read more

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Covid-19: R /Madrid open up Bernabeu as Lagos converts Onikan stadium

first_imgReal Madrid have offered the use of the Bernabeu to help the fight against coronavirus. The club, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport, have launched a project in the city to help supply and distribute medical supplies. Their vast Bernabeu ground will offer a space equipped to store donations of medical supplies which will be passed on to the Spanish health authorities. Real Madrid will also provide a facility for organisations and businesses, particularly those belonging to the sports sector, to leave money or material donations that they wish to make to the Ministry of Health. Spain is suffering terribly in the grip of the pandemic. The death toll in the country has now surpassed China and is the second highest in the world behind Italy. The pandemic which is holding the world to the jugular has seen corporate world and individuals donating money and materials all aimed at arresting the scourge.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCOVID-19 Pandemic Has Significantly Improved Air QualityThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?center_img Suspension of leagues across the globe and the effect of the ravaging coronavirus has forced the conversion of certain sporting arena to medical and semi-medical centres. The Onikan stadium to serve as isolation centre Nigeria, one of the African countries that has been hit by the pandemic especially the city of Lagos which is not only one of the gateways of the country but also the commercial nerve Centre has been forced to convert the Onikan stadium now called Mobolaji Johnson Sports Arena into isolation Centre. About six of such Centres are being established in the Centre of Excellency which some have now dubbed ‘Centre of anxiety’ following the rising number of cases. Read AlsoOmeruo’s Leganes gift €200k to local hospital in coronavirus battle Only two cases were initially reported in the state but has since risen to 65 with indicators that the number may further increase this week when the initial 14 days gestation period would have elapsed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Sunderland hope to seal Defoe deal

first_img The 32-year-old only left England for Toronto FC 11 months ago, but he is understood to have had a medical on Wednesday with the Black Cats. If Defoe completes the move in time he could even face his former employers Tottenham at the weekend, with Gus Poyet’s Sunderland side travelling to White Hart Lane on Saturday. Jermain Defoe says he “can’t wait” to start scoring for Sunderland as he inches closer to a Barclays Premier League return. Poyet has made no secret of his desire to add firepower to his squad – which has managed just 18 goals in 21 Barclays Premier League games so far this season – during the January transfer window, and Defoe certainly brings that. He has been prolific through his club career and has scored 19 times in 55 senior appearances for England. By contrast, Altidore has found the going tough on his return to England’s top flight, where he spent a season on loan at Hull earlier in his career. His 52 appearances to date have yielded just three goals, and only one of those has come in the league, in a 4-3 home defeat to Chelsea in December 2013. Altidore has found the back of the net only twice this season to date, for his club against MK Dons in the Capital One Cup in September last year, and for his country in a 2-2 draw with Colombia almost two months later. Should the double transfer go through, Sunderland would have to complete all the paperwork by lunchtime on Friday in order for Defoe to make his debut against Spurs. “I felt so sharp (during his run through on Wednesday). All that hard work has paid off. I can’t wait to start scoring goals for Sunderland,” Defoe told the Mirror. “Everybody knows how much I love English football and I still feel that I have a lot to offer. “People might look at my age, but I have always looked after myself and I hope I can show that with my performances.” Speculation has increased over Defoe’s future in the last week after he revealed on Twitter that he was back in Britain on January 6. The former Portsmouth forward tweeted: “Just touched down in the UK from south of France,was training with my fitness guy feeling stronger than ever! #Ready.” In the last 48 hours the noises linking Defoe with Sunderland have grown increasingly encouraging, but the deal could still be dependent on Jozy Altidore. The 25-year-old United States international had been touted to replace Defoe at Toronto in a straight swap deal, although that move would have to be approved by the MLS, which operates an allocation policy. However, it is a deal which could suit all parties with Defoe returning to the Premier League and Altidore having struggled to live up to the £6.5million fee and reputation with which he arrived from Dutch club AZ Alkmaar during the summer of 2013. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Siasia, Niger Delta to Partner on Amnesty Programme

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaFormer national coach, Samson Siasia, has signed a pact with the Niger Delta Affairs on Amnesty programme for youths in the area.The agreement sealed by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs, Brigadier General Paul Boroh (rtd.) and Sia-One Sports Academy, run by the former U23 coach, entails using sports as a vehicle to eradicate unrest, violence and other social vices in the Niger Delta. Siasia remarked yesterday that the youths of the restive region can use sports to better their lives, earn more money and realise that there is no gain in wanton destruction of pipelines and economic sabotage which of recent are the activities that define the Niger Delta.“The talents discovered in the programme will be monitored properly and they will also participate in some overseas tournaments. Also other vocational trainings are in the programme so that the ones that cannot engage in sports will be trained in business areas that will make them useful to themselves and their families,” Siasia revealed.He also praised the government of Kano State for encouraging the youths of the nation in exhibiting their God-given football talent through the last Ramat Cup organised by the Youths Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON).“I want to thank the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, for single handedly sponsoring the Ramat Cup recently. I want to urge him to continue to do more for others to emulate.“I also want to commend the YSFON President, Nasir Garwuna and the YSFON Vice President International Development, Farouk Yabo for their wonderful contributions towards the empowerment of the Nigerian youths through football,” Siasia concluded.Meanwhile, Siasia and former Cameroon coach, Winfried Shaffer are among eight gaffers listed for the vacant Rwanda senior national team job.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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