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‘This is a conspiracy’, lawmaker says as House scrutinizes Jiwasraya mismanagement

first_imgTopics : The AGO has summoned several investment management and securities firms’ officials during the investigation and has detained holding company PT Maxima Integra director, Joko Hartono Tirto, after arresting five people in January.Uriep, however, refused to reveal the name of the products or the investment management firms.“If the products were tailor-made, I think we can conclude that this was a conspiracy,” Commission XI member and Golkar Party politician Mukhamad Misbakhun said.Two parties outside the government coalition, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party, have submitted a proposal for the establishment of a special committee or Pansus to launch an inquiry into the case. The lawmakers want to inquire where the money went following an allegation that Jiwasraya’s financial shortfall was a result of misappropriation in order to fund President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s campaign in the 2019 presidential election.However, four of the six progovernment parties have backtracked on their commitment to set up the committee following disapproval from the government and reportedly a request not to allow such a probe to be set in motion. Despite the fact that the mutual funds were open-ended—meaning that the products are available for all investors to buy – around 70 to 90 percent of the products’ assets under management (AUM) came from Jiwasraya, he added.Such an effort, he went on to say, was carried out to cover up the losses the ailing insurer had suffered following steep drops in the value of shares owned by Jiwasraya.Some of the stocks included in the insurer’s portfolio were those of property developer PT Hanson International (MYRX) and coal miner PT Trada Alam Minera (TRAM). These stocks were known to be low quality and were often used for pump-and-dump schemes. The trading of the stocks was halted by the bourse, as a result of the Jiwasraya case.Jiwasraya failed to pay out customers policies, worth up to Rp 16 trillion (US$1.2 billion), that fell due in December, prompting the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to launch a corruption investigation.center_img A lawmaker has accused state-owned insurance company PT Asuransi Jiwasraya, and several investment management firms, of alleged investment mismanagement that has led the insurer into financial difficulties.The allegation was raised during a hearing of House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs in Jakarta on Monday, in which a senior official with the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) made allegations that several mutual funds owned by Jiwasraya were not transparent.“It’s possible that the asset management firms tailored the products for Jiwasraya,” KSEI president director Uriep Budhi Prasetyo said.last_img read more

How to celebrate World No Pants Day in style … and seclusion

first_imgThe property has a Bali hut. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS A home among the trees Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 It has a rainforest and a creek that not many people have been to. There’s also a tennis court on site. There are no neighbours within 653 acres at 320 Tabletop Road, Canungra. Fish or swim steps from the front door FOLLOW COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK A resort style pool adds to the activities at home.“The grounds are resplendent with lush landscaping, manicured child-friendly level lawns, quiet meditation space, vegie garden and fruit trees affording incomparable tranquillity and inspiration.” World No Pants Day requires a bit of thought to keep from giving the neighbours more than they bargained for.It was made popular as college end-of-finals pranks, but closer to home, World No Pants Day might require a bit more seclusion to keep the neighbours sweet.This celebration is probably best finessed in privacy and seclusion — even if the key is to not acknowledge that the person you’re next to realises you have no trousers on and vice versa.That’s got to be tough to pull off in suburbia, so we’ve scoured the listings to find some of the most private properties for sale in Queensland right now.center_img 26A Nunkeri Ct, Forest Glen, has three houses. And it’s surrounded on three sides by the Lamington National Park.Stunning views across Illinbah and Ferny Glen Valleys and back to Mount Tamborine. Fresh spring water cascades down a creek that has only been seen by very few.”The site has three houses on it, as well as cattle yards, 100 breeding cows, three phase power, a Telstra landline and 4G.If something private but much smaller is more appropriate, the landscaped, manicured grounds of Nunkeri Place on the Sunshine Coast may tickle your fancy. No pants is not so daunting when there’s only the trees looking on.Described by agent Margaret Deighton as a private sanctuary, it has over three acres of rainforest and landscaped grounds, three residences, as well as floodlit tennis court, entertaining pavilion, a Bali hut, outdoor shower, pool, and the ability to be transformed into a commercial venture.It’s walking distance to the Grammar private school, five minutes to Buderim and a 10 minute drive to the beach, according to the listing. All up 26A Nunkeri Ct, Forest Glen, has eight bedrooms, five bathrooms and parking for 18 vehicles. No Pants day has spread across the world in various forms, including the annual ‘No Trousers On The Tube Day’ on the London Underground. The key is to not acknowledge each other’s similar state of undress. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP.There is definitely privacy in spades at Tabletop, a 653 acre estate surrounded by the Lamington National Park on three sides. You can parade around in your jocks or hit the birthday suit until the cows come home when you’re 663m above sea level. This estate described as being “one of the highest privately-owned properties in the hinterland” — is located just 50km south west of Southport and 100km south of Brisbane CBD — with views that are simply breathtaking. Pizza king sells riverfront home You may need like-minded adults around — though the property is three acres large. There are multiple houses on the property. Stunning countryside.Importantly, being at the top of the range means there are no eyes to peek down into your business.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAgent Ed Dalton has 320 Tabletop Road, Canungra, listed at $3.2m and described it as having “absolute privacy”.“Seldom do we find a property that really stands out, not just from the crowd but from other properties in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Tabletop is one of those properties. You could go trouserless until the cows come home.last_img read more

Mrs. Martha J. (Seegers) Deveary Robbins

first_imgMrs. Martha J. (Seegers) Deveary Robbins, age 60, of Brownstown, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 29, 1956, in Seymour, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Eldo Alfred and Fern Elizabeth (Jackson) Seegers. She was raised in Milton, Kentucky on her parents farm, and spent some time entertaining vendors and customers at the family business, the Dairy Queen in Milton, Kentucky. She was a 1974 graduate of the Trimble County High School. Martha was united in marriage on May 14, 1977, to the late, Gary W. Deveary and to this union arrived a daughter, Amanda Elizabeth to bless their home. She was later united in marriage to George A. Robbins on March 31, 1995 in Vevay, Indiana, where they shared nearly two years of marriage together until he passed away on December 14, 1996. Martha was later united in marriage on November 29, 2003 in Owenton, Kentucky, to Robert “Bob” Lusby. Martha and Bob shared nearly 14 years of marriage together until her death. Martha was employed as an Office Manager for the Mayfield Nursing Home (River Valley Living Center) in Madison, Indiana. In 1990, Martha received her Administrators License from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After receiving her Nursing Home Administrators License, she was employed in 1992 for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana. Martha was later employed for Hanover Nursing Center in Hanover, Indiana, Silver Oaks Health Campus in Columbus, Indiana, and lastly for, Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, Indiana. Martha served as a Nursing Home Administrator for 28 years. Martha was a member and past secretary and treasurer for the Kiwanis Club of Vevay. In 1994, Martha moved to the Vevay community and later resided in the Brownstown community from 2008 until her passing. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, listening to music, watching movies, fine dining, oil painting and going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina to relax on the beach. Martha passed away at 6:45 am, Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Aspen Trace in Greenwood, Indiana.Martha will be deeply missed by her husband, Robert “Bob” Lusby of Brownstown, IN; her daughter, Amanda Elizabeth (Deveary) White and her husband: Doug of Bargersville, IN; her granddaughter, London Elizabeth White of Bargersville, IN; her sister, Phyllis Jane Daugherty of La Porte, TX and her abundance of friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, Eldo Alfred Seegers, died October 30, 1997 and Fern Elizabeth (Jackson) Seegers, died September 2, 2009; her 1st husband, Gary W. Deveary, died October 24, 2016; her 2nd husband, George A. Robbins, died December 14, 1996; her sister, Sally Ann Layman and her brother-in-law: Don Daugherty.Funeral services will be conducted at 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

Lady Chargers Golf Tri-Meet Results

first_imgNorth Decatur High School Girls Varsity Golf finishes 3rd place at Edinburgh/Southwestern. Thursday Night, The Girls Varsity Golf team played at North Branch for their last regular match of the season and the last regular match for senior Sidney Parmer.Edinburgh won the match with a 193 over Southwestern’s 215. North Decatur was unable to post a team score due to only 3 players. Sidney Parmer: 40 – Individual Medalist; Katy Kinker: 49; Laronda Schwartz: 54 – Tied Personal Best.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.last_img read more

Lambert confident in Lerner backing

first_imgUnder-fire Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is planning for the long term, but admits he does not feel immune from the sack. Villa at least ended a run of four straight defeats with a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea, but there were more boos from the Villa Park faithful as the visitors dominated. Of the seven teams below Villa in the Premier League table, five have already parted company with a manager this season. There is no sense Lambert’s job is under any real threat, with chairman Randy Lerner offering his support, but the Scot will not get too comfortable. He said: “I’ve got a good relationship with Randy, but that doesn’t mean I’m immune to it. I always have that fear. I always had that fear as a footballer and I always do when I’m the manager. I think you’ve got to have that. “I don’t think it will get any tougher than what happened last year and he was great with me then. I spoke to him last night and he’s been good now as well.” In the same week last season Villa lost all three games, conceding 15 goals and scoring none, and when Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle netted the winner in injury time on Thursday it appeared festive cheer would again be entirely absent from Villa Park. Things began well on Saturday with Gabriel Agbonlahor netting after only seven minutes – the first time Villa have scored in the first half of any home league game this season. Agbonlahor rushed to Lambert and the squad celebrated exuberantly in a huddle in front of the Villa bench. “I didn’t know that was going to happen,” said the boss. “They’re a group that are really close together, which you need.” But Swansea quickly took control of the game and there was no doubt they deserved their equaliser, which was headed in by Roland Lamah in the 37th minute. The visitors dominated the second half completely, but could not turn possession into chances, with Brad Guzan having only one real save to make from Jonathan De Guzman’s free-kick. Lambert cited the absence of injured trio Christian Benteke, Ron Vlaar and Jores Okore, saying: “It’s a game that you’d love to win, but a point stops that sequence of losing, which was vital for us. “We’re without big players, and it’s a lot for us to carry. We’re a young squad and when you lose people like Benteke, Vlaar and Okore, it’s a big chunk of our spine. “We (his management team) have only been here 17 months and I knew the first few years was going to be really tough, but we’re halfway there when you look at the table. It’s a big point. “Swansea are a good side, they pass the ball really well, but Guzan hasn’t really had many saves. “Some games you play really well and end up losing, some games you have to fight tooth and nail to get something, and we certainly did that.” Swansea are also in a sticky run having not won any of their last six games, and it was confirmed on Saturday that top scorer Michu has had an ankle operation that will keep him out for six weeks. Boss Michael Laudrup had no doubt they deserved more from Villa Park. He said: “Normally when you get a point from away games in the Premier League, especially if you are a mid-table or bottom team, you should be pleased, but I think after our first half we should have won the game. “Even conceding an early goal, we came back, dominated completely, created chances, scored the equaliser and could have scored one or two more. “Second half we still dominated in possession but without creating a lot of chances. Villa did not have any chances at all. “Even taking off my Swansea glasses, I still think as a neutral you would say that we should have won this game. I think they’re quite happy with a point.” Press Associationlast_img read more

West Brom ‘close to McManaman’

first_img The Baggies made a third bid for the 23-year-old over the weekend and talks between the two clubs are continuing, Press Association Sport understands. Albion have had two bids rejected by the Latics as head coach Tony Pulis looks to overhaul his squad in the January transfer window. Press Association He has already cancelled Silvestre Varela’s loan from Porto and Sebastian Blanco is moving to San Lorenzo. It is understood Shola Ameobi has agreed a deal with the club, although the ex-Newcastle striker is yet to sign, and Wolves’ Bakary Sako is a target. Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett insisted on Saturday Albion have not been in touch but Pulis is keen on the Mali international. McManaman is a top target, though, and he has scored five goals in 23 games for the Latics this season. He played in Wigan’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday which left them second bottom. center_img West Brom are edging closer to sealing a deal for Wigan winger Callum McManaman.last_img read more

Heaslip needed surgery on back injury

first_imgPhoto © Pat Flynn Jamie Heaslip says he needed surgery to avoid a career threatening injury.The Leinster man hasn’t played since the Six Nations due to a back problem and says it required surgery to correct potentially serious damage.The Ireland number 8 also declared that he wouldn’t be available for a call up to the Lions tour.last_img

NBC Bankrolls 2017 Lagos Yacht Club Boat Racing Championship

first_imgBoat race lovers in Lagos were treated to a wonderful experience of splashing fun and excitement at the sixth edition of the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) sponsored Lagos Yacht Club Annual Boat Racing Competition which held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Lagos Yacht Club, Onikan, Lagos.Speaking at the end of the competition, the National Sales Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. Dan Fratila explained that Nigerian Bottling Company’s sponsorship of the Lagos Yacht Club Regatta Cup is in line with the focus of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.“We at NBC recognize the fact that every successful company must succeed alongside the community wherein it operates hence we partner with them across different aspect to help achieve their dreams. Our consumers have continually shown great love and acceptance for our products over the years and this is one of the little ways we give back to the community,” Fratila said. “For several years, NBC has been supporting sports through football and many other sporting activities. In this case, we are trying to encourage people to embrace boat racing as a sport and lifestyle. This NBC Coca-Cola Regatta Cup is part of our CRS to our loyal consumers,” he added.Also speaking after the competition, the National Marketing Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited, Mr. Sergio Vieira, further explained that the company’s drive to support sport development within the nation is expansive as it is known that the NBC COPA Coca-Cola football tournament is another massive sport development initiative.Sergio Vieira explained that through COPA Coca-Cola, the company is engaging 5000 schools across Nigeria. He assured that the company would continue to support the Lagos Yacht Club, and other sporting platforms, which according to him, would enhance sports development in the country.Also speaking during the competition, the Sailing Secretary, Lagos Yacht Club, Mr. David McNaught, applauded the effort of all the participants for their zeal and determination, adding that the NBC Coca-Cola Regatta Cup would continue to grow and improve the overall love for boat racing in Nigeria.A total number of 22 boats (11 lightning, 8 Hobie, and 3 Mixed Monohull) participated in this year’s edition of the competition which lasted several rounds after which prizes were awarded to the winners.Some of the participant who won prizes at this year’s edition of the competition include; Karel Minnaar and Joe Jaskoiski, 1st prize winners for the Lightning Class Category; David Kruyt and Carole Bossier, 1st prize winners for the Hobie Class Category; and Julean Hardy, Mortes Foght and Arun Tolani, 1st prize winners Mixed Monohull Class Category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sunday blog: Is new class rank policy rewarding mediocrity in the Wellington school district?

first_img 4. Wheat harvest. If you have never been involved with wheat harvest, here are a few things to remember:•You can always tell who the owner of the farm is. He’s the one who just recently turned into Attila the Hun. He returns to sanity when the last bit of wheat has been cut.•If you are driving a combine – it will be the first to break down. •Don’t drink and drive a grain cart. There’s a bit of coordination required to running it.•A rainstorm in the middle of harvest is a welcome relief for the hired worker – not so much for the owner – i.e. Attila the Hun.•And anyone who has ever had to drive a Gleaner “L” series combine made in the 1970s, should automatically be granted governmental assistance. They have suffered enough. 2. Your “Catchy” vote is needed …Four Sumner County athletes are currently up for a “Catchy” award on the Catchitkansas.com web site. The Catchy is given to deserving student athletes in a specific sport based on the vote of the people.Megan Campbell2013 Wellington High School graduation Megan Campbell is currently up for a “Catchy” in the outstanding female track and field athlete category. Campbell, who won the Class 4A 100 and 200 meters state championship, is up against Katherine Dillard of Bishop Carroll, Heather Ruder of Thomas More Prep and Mackenzie Klaver of Norwich.2013 Conway Springs graduate Tanner Wood is also up for the football “Catchy” award.  He is up against Riley Allen of Buhler, Chandler Shantz of Derby and Zeke Palmer of Bishop Carroll.Chelsea Ebenkap and Stacy Sones of Conway Springs, who recently won the Class 3A state championship, are also up for a girl tennis player/duo Catchy award.The link is here for all the sports: http://www.catchitkansas.com/sports/cik-2013-catchy-award-voting-begins-20130607,0,1868353.story. The direct link to the girls track and field poll is here: http://www.catchitkansas.com/cik-the-catchys-poll-16-20130611,0,1344865.storyLet’s get these Sumner County athlete elected. Vote early and vote often! Commentary by Tracy McCue — Five Cueball thoughts for June 23, 2013… 1. New GPA requirements: The Wellington school board’s recent move changing how valedictorian and salutatorians are selected and the class rank is a perplexing one (see story here).Last week, the board voted to do away with the inclusion of weighted classes — i.e. honors and college preparatory courses — when determining a student’s GPA. There’s plenty of confusion to this story. I’ve had a few phone calls and e-mails from concerned parents who were worried that the school was doing away with these courses altogether. That is not the case. It is about how honors courses are rewarded for the students who are taking them.For example in the past decade, if Wellington High School students took an Honors English course, and received an “A,” they would get 5.0 credits for that class. The students taking a non-honors English class could only receive a 4.0 for an A.Thus, those students who graduated with an A in Honors English would have a GPA higher than 4.0. Those, who didn’t take an honors course, could not surpass the 4.0 threshold.But that has changed in 2013-14. All honors classes will be worth the same as any other core curriculum class. The maximum  GPA one can receive at WHS is a 4.0.My oldest son, who just graduated, made an interesting point. Why jeopardize your class ranking and a possible scholarship by taking an honors class, when you can take a home economics class and guarantee a higher GPA.I had no answer for him.What Wellington’s board seems to have removed is the incentive to take challenging courses.The board obviously forgot why the weighted schedule was implemented at USD 353 in the first place. It was to prevent elevating students, who were taking the easy classes over those who were taking the more difficult subjects.Is it fair for a student who had a schedule chock full of P.E., art and band classes giving a valedictorian speech to students who took the tough courses like Honors English and Chemistry?My apologies to my readers for not delving into this subject in more detail as it was being discussed. I hope to have a follow up story soon on some form of explanation why the school board decided to adopt this policy.For the new policy appears on the surface to be a step in the direction of mediocrity instead of rewarding excellence. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (24) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +12 Vote up Vote down Honor Student · 372 weeks ago Seems to me the new policy on honors classes is an extreme over-reaction to a situation that happened within this year’s graduating class. Ask any senior in the top 10% of the class and they know what the controversy was. I agree that this new policy takes away any incentive to rise above the rest of the class. Sure, there will be students who will still want honors classes, but they will be fewer and farther between. At some point, the powers that be need to stop reacting to every “situation” that arises in this district with a reaction that is 180 degrees in the opposite direction. There’s something called a happy medium and it seems that those in charge often fail to find it in USD 353. This makes me sad for the future of this town and, more importantly, the students who go to school here 🙁 Report Reply 1 reply · active 372 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Yikes · 372 weeks ago Chock full Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down No one special · 372 weeks ago My concern is not about the honors courses but about the kids that attended private school until 8th grade and then entered the general education realm. They are leaps and bounds ahead of public schools. It has been my experience that your child will challenge themselves or not according to their wants for the future. My child who has been reared in the public schools has no chance of catching up to those kids. Is she top twenty, yes. Top 5 probably. Will she be valedictorian probably not. What can we do to even that out? Doesn’t seem fair that a person trust in the public system or cannot afford the private rates not be able to compete. The weighted classes would have helped this issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 372 weeks ago Looks like the school board just killed honors classes. I would like to see a comparsion over the next couple of years of kids enrolled in those “honors” courses up against the last few years. I’d be willing to bet we see a dramatic decline. Where is the incentive for the student to challenge himself/herself when there reward is the same as those that don’t. I disagree with this change. Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 372 weeks ago Working hard towards a personal goal doesn’t always have to be rewarded with anything other than a feeling of self accomplishment. Some times it’s good to teach kids that there isn’t a reward for hard work. Report Reply 1 reply · active 372 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down South Haven Hick · 372 weeks ago Liked your article about wheat harvest, driving the Gleaner L combines. I have sat down in them and checked them out, never understood what sick and twisted person would design a machine to put the tachometer behind the seat where you can’t read it. I would think that would be vital to maintaining pace to avoid slugging the machine. Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Lisa Huck · 372 weeks ago I have two boys who have taken honors english and regular english, didn’t notice much difference in the two classes but it is fine to give them the extra point. Don’t put down students for taking art and band classes. These classses can be difficult for some students who do not have artistic and musical abilities. They are intelligent students with talent. I also agree with the previous comment that sometimes it is good to teach kids to push themselves for intrinsic purposes not just to be recognized by others. Report Reply 3 replies · active 372 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down AnHonorsStudent · 372 weeks ago Personally the new Honor’s classes deal is almost better so then you don’t have the people who just want the extra gpa points with out extra effort in the class. The gifted students who want to excell should be in a seperate class from those who don’t care and don’t try. They were just holding the truely Honor’s behind. Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Satan · 372 weeks ago Sounds to me like the school board has taken a page out of the occupier of the white houses book on how to run a country into the ground. Make it easier and we will deal with the consequences later. Cue you have a nack on publishing stories to fire up a community. 😉 P.S. I love it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 372 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 372 weeks ago The fact of the matter is, this whole “controversy” did not begin centered around honors classes being weighted, it was over the college classes being weighted and the fact that they cost money, a considerable amount of money to some. This was not an even playing field to begin with and what a particular honor student was trying to do was make sure that what happened to him/her, did not happen to anyone in the future. Unfortunately, the board took it a step too far in including the honors courses in this matter. Plain and simple, it was a matter of money and it shouldn’t have been. An extremely hard working student, who took all the honors classes and excelled at them by the way, was robbed of something they spent their academic life hoping to achieve because the cost of college courses was out of reach. I am very proud of this student for standing up and fighting for what they believe is right, and I am very saddened to see that the board has turned this in too. Report Reply 2 replies · active 372 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 3. Purging… maybe.  I saw a movie the other day with an interesting premise. The movie, “The Purge” was about the U.S. government implementing a policy to control poverty, crime and overpopulation by allowing people to murder one another without consequences for 12 hours on “Purge Day.” Then once the time period is over, everything returns to normal the rest of the year.The principle being that if we shoot one another, we’ll cut out a lot of the undesirables – including dopers, poor people on welfare and a-hole bosses and neighbors.I can just imagine how bloody a Purge would be here in Wellington. Judging from last week’s rancor in the comment sections of the various website stories, there seems to be a lot of hostility amongst some locals. Bonus: Quinn’s thoughtsQuinn, my 11-year-old son, is at it again. Here he goes…1. My favorite fruit are apples.2. My favorite color is orange.3. My favorite sports are swimming, soccer, and chess. ( and yes, chess is considered a sport.)4. My favorite book is Spy School.5. Now thats done my last thought is about the play Peter Pan I’m in. Today at 2:30 was our last performance so if you haven’t watched it, you missed it. The doors opened at 2 o’clock and it was at the Wellington High school. If you saw me I hope you enjoyed it. I was a lost boy named curly. it was fun. 5. Shout out of the week. This week’s shout out goes to the cast of Peter Pan in perhaps the greatest Wellington Community Theater production yet. The play is proof there is more than a lot young talent in this community.last_img read more

US Open still on, may be played without spectators but ‘highly unlikely’

first_imgAs sporting events continue to be postponed, paused or even canceled, the 2020 US Open is, as of now, set to begin Aug. 31. On a call with reporters Thursday, USTA chief executive officer Mike Dowse said that a formal decision will not be made until June regarding North America’s Grand Slam. “In one sense we’re very fortunate that we’re the fourth Grand Slam to go, so time is on our side at this point,” Dowse said. “Obviously our ambition is to run the tournament. It’s the engine that drives our organization, our governing body.”Having said that, that won’t be the driving factor. The driving factor will be the health and wellbeing of the players, the fans and our staff. To that, we just don’t have enough information that we can run the tournament safely.”MORE: Bianca Andreescu was “kind of ready to play … when all this started”The USTA, which oversees both tennis in the United States and the tournament, has a medical advisory group consisting of five to six doctors it consults regarding the viability and safety of playing. Dowse noted that, while all options are on the table, he would prefer to see the Flushing, Queens, event held, safely, with fans.”To be honest and open, I think that’s highly unlikely,” he said regarding the idea of no spectators in attendance. “That’s not really in the spirit of the celebration of tennis.”If the medical experts come back and say here is a foolproof way of running a very safe tournament, unfortunately it has to be without fans, we may reconsider and look at it at this point.”Dowse added, “Right now I’d say that’s a highly unlikely scenario.”Currently, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which serves as the home of the US Open, is being utilized to help New York City battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12 indoor courts were transformed into a 350-bed facility while Louis Armstrong Stadium, the second-largest court after Arthur Ashe Stadium, is serving as a meal distribution site.MORE: Nadal would relish behind-closed-doors ATP Tour return New York City has been a hotspot for COVID-19, which could impact the tournament happening on time, if at all. The WTA has already canceled the women’s Rogers Cup, normally the final hard-court tournament before the Open, that was scheduled to be held in Montreal in early August; the men’s tournament is still scheduled for Toronto.Organizers have already canceled Wimbledon, while Roland Garros announced in March that the French Open would be shifted to Sept. 20-Oct. 4.Last season, the US Open was the stage for Bianca Andreescu’s impressive run to the women’s title — the first title by a Canadian man or woman singles player at any Grand Slam — and Rafael Nadal’s fourth Open title.last_img read more