IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter By Jon Zimney – October 20, 2020 0 347 Autopsy: Girl, 3, dropped off at hospital died due to blunt force trauma Google+ Previous articleSearch on for driver after fatal hit-and-run on Edison Road in South BendNext articleSearch on for father of 1-year-old boy who died in accidental shooting in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Twitter (“A row of tea candles” by Markus Grossalber, CC BY 2.0) The toddler who was dropped off at Memorial Hospital last week with critical injuries, then died, was the victim of a homicide, according to autopsy results.The autopsy conducted on Kardie Rose Weathersby, 3, indicates she died due to blunt force trauma.Police were called to the hospital, just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, on the report that Weatherby was at the hospital suffering from life-threatening injuries.The case remains an active and ongoing Metro Homicide investigation. So far, there is no word of any arrests.Anybody with information is asked to call St. Joseph County Metro Homicide at 574-235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.
Our Armed Forces are a force for good around the world and are at the forefront of protecting the world’s most endangered species from criminal gangs. This evil trade is worth £17 billion and poses an existential threat to the planet’s most majestic mammals – it is our duty to preserve them for future generations. Britain is leading the way in putting an end to barbaric illegal wildlife poaching, and I’m proud of the immense contribution our Armed Forces are making in stopping criminals’ profiteering from the slaughter of rhinos and elephants. The Government is also introducing one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory, showing how seriously we take this issue. A specialist team of two dozen troops, drawn from a variety of British Army units, will spend weeks working alongside park rangers passing on expertise in areas such as tracking and counter insurgency tactics built up in previous operational tours in countries including Afghanistan.Over the past year several British Army teams have worked in Gabon in the west of Africa and Malawi in east Africa to help park rangers improve their tracking of poachers. The training has allowed them to cover far larger distances as they attempt to find criminals who shoot the elephants and rhinos for their valuable ivory. Military personnel at West Midlands Safari Park. Crown Copyright.Earlier this month Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed that Britain would bring in a ban on ivory sales, as part of a plan to protect elephants for future generations. The ban will cover ivory items of all ages – not just those produced after a certain date. The maximum penalty for breaching the ban will be an unlimited ban or up to five years in jail.Major James Cowen, leading the deployment in Malawi, said: The operation is funded with help from the Department for Food, Rural Affairs. We’re enthusiastic about this mission because it represents a real opportunity to pass on our expertise and build partnerships with counterparts who are working night and day to help protect these animals. It shows that the British Army is flexible and committed to an international outlook. The Defence Secretary met several personnel at West Midlands Safari Park today as they prepare to deploy to East Africa next month. The personnel met zoological experts at the park, which works with conservation bodies to help protect threatened species such as African elephants.Mr Williamson said:
Beloved alternative Canadian rockers Arcade Fire made their way back to their home country last month, performing a headlining slot at the WayHome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. Interestingly, the band chose a distinctly American song for their setlist, covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” as part of their introduction to the original song, “Keep The Car Running.”Despite the distinctly American themes, it seems like Canadian fans of the Canadian band were getting down on the Boss cover, as evidenced in the video footage that recently surfaced. You can watch this bizarre and uplifting scene below, courtesy of Kyle Rose on YouTube.The full setlist can be seen below.Edit this setlist | More Arcade Fire setlists
Phish’s Baker’s Dozen run is quickly approaching. As is tradition for summer tour, there will be an enormous amount of talent surrounding the entertainment with pre- and post-shows galore. Phish’s thirteen nights at Madison Square Garden will be no different, as Live For Live Music plans to take over New York City with over a dozen shows of our own.L4LM’s Official Guide To Phish Baker’s Dozen Late NightsAs the shenanigans approach, we’ll be discussing Phish with a number of artists who will be in town performing some of these late-night shows. So far, we interviewed Matisyahu, Craig Brodhead from Turkuaz, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, Brock Butler and Matt McDonald of Perpetual Groove, Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle, and Jake Goldberg and Chris Houser from The Werks. In the sixth installment of our “Phishin’ With” series, drummer Adam Chase (musical director of James Brown Dance Party, Jazz Is Phish, and The Chase Brothers) describes his relation with the band Phish ahead of the James Brown Dance Party shows at Highline Ballroom in NYC on Friday, 7/28. Tickets available here (for early show) and here (for late show).The July 28th presentations of the James Brown Dance Party will feature Fred Wesley (James Brown, The JB’s), Fred Thomas (James Brown), Antwaun Stanley (Vulfpeck), Binky Griptite (The Dap Kings), Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Rob (Talib Kweli) and Adam Dotson (Rubblebucket), alongside The Chase Brothers. Special guests from the Knicks City Dancers will also be in attendance. When a group of all-stars like this gets together, there’s no saying what’s going to happen but this show is sure to be the funkiest all-star tribute in show business!Live For Live Music: Tell us about your first Phish concert experience.Adam Chase: The first time I saw Phish was Virginia Beach 97′. I just started high school and my parents decided to take me to see my favorite band. Little did they know, they would be introducing me to a crazy counterculture that surrounded the music. The show was very special as they debuted “Ghost,” “Piper,” “Dirt,” “Dogs Stole Things,” and Leroi Moore from Dave Matthews Band sat in on saxophone. The highlights for me were the funkiest “Bathtub Gin” I had ever heard and a mind blowing “David Bowie” with teases of Weather Report‘s “Birdland” in the intro. What really made the night unforgettable was our car breaking down on the way to the show. We ended up hitchhiking and making our way to the show in the back of a pick up truck. Great way to get introduced to Phish.L4LM: How would you describe the music of Phish?AC: Phish is a rock and roll band that borrows elements from classical music in their compositions with elements of jazz theory in their improvisation. I feel the music of Frank Zappa is highly noticeable in both their compositional work and their use of humor in their music.L4LM: How many Phish shows have you seen?AC: Either too many or not enough depending on who you ask. lol.L4LM: Do you have a favorite show, or most memorable experience?AC: My favorite Phish experience was seeing Phish in Vegas in 2000. I was a freshman in college and hitch hiked from Colorado to the shows. As was a music student and when it came to Phish, I was really into the more complex compositions. That weekend the band played “Fluffhead,” “Col. Forbin’s Ascent,” “Famous Mockingbird,” “Dinner And A Movie,” “Esther,” “Curtain With…” Besides being some of their most impressive compositions, they were also the first times I saw those songs, which is always nice for a Phish fan.L4LM: What are two of your favorite Phish songs?AC: Guelah Papyrus (Asse Festival) and All Things Reconsidered are my favorite tunes as they are the fugues and I love fugues.L4LM: What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever seen at a Phish show?AC: I guess seeing a naked guy chase Trey on stage in Charlottesville could qualify, though I wish I could unsee it.If you’re heading to New York for Phish’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen run at Madison Square Garden, don’t miss all the incredible late night shows going on in the City during the run! Check out Our Official Guide To Baker’s Dozen Late-Nights for all the info.Live For Live Music Phish Baker’s Dozen Run Late-Night ShowsJuly 21 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 21 – The Motet @ BB King Blues Club (tix)July 20, 21, & 22 – Twiddle @ Irving Plaza (tix) *July 22 – The Werks @ American Beauty (tix)July 22 – Circles Around The Sun @ Gramercy Theatre (SOLD OUT)July 23 – Circles Around The Sun (early brunch show) @ Brooklyn Bowl (tix)July 25 – Turkuaz at Irving Plaza (tix) *July 28 – Dopapod @ Gramercy Theater (tix) *July 28 – James Brown Dance Party – 2 Shows @ Highline Ballroom (early tix/late tix) *July 29 – Dopapod @ Highline Ballroom (tix) *July 29 – Perpetual Groove @ BB King Blues Club (tix)Aug 2 – Matisyahu @ The Cutting Room (tix) *Aug 3 – Greensky Bluegrass w/ Marco Benevento @ Ford Amphitheatre At Coney Island Boardwalk (tix) **Aug 4 – “Kraz & Taz” – Eric Krasno Band w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer Band @ The Cutting Room (tix)Aug 5 – Spafford @ BB King Blues Club (tix)* (L4LM & CEG Presents)**(L4LM & Live Nation Presents)
Dead & Company followed up “Deep Elem Blues” with a rendition of “Even So”, a song from Weir’s former project, Ratdog. The band had only performed the song once before in 2016, when the group debuted it as a tribute to Weir’s former Ratdog bandmate, Rob Wasserman, in Boulder, Colorado. To close out the set, Dead & Co offered up takes on “Ramble On Rose”, “Cassidy”, and “Touch Of Grey”.As noted previously, Dead & Company has been taking more risks, including in how they choose to set-up their setlists. As a follow-up to the band’s show in Hartford on June 13th, the group continued to split up “Viola Lee Blues” in the second set. While the Hartford, Connecticut show saw the group perform the first two verses of “Viola Lee Blues” after the set-opening “Feel Like A Stranger” and the third verse after “Drums/Space”, Dead & Company expanded on this concept. Last night, Viola Lee Blues was split into its three distinct verses, with the first verse starting the second set, the second verse leading into “Drums/Space”, and the third verse coming ahead of the set-closing “Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad”. UPDATE 4/18/20: Tonight, Dead & Company will air a live re-broadcast of this 6/22/18 performance at Alpine Valley Music Theatre as part of their ongoing One More Saturday Night archival webcast series. You can watch the live stream and read along with our initial review of the show below:Dead & Company – 6/22/18 – Live Re-BroadcastOn Friday night, Dead & Company headed to Wisconsin, performing at the legendary Alpine Valley Music Theatre as a follow-up to the group’s 100th show on Wednesday at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio’s Blossom Music Center. The show was a spectacular taste of what’s to come as the group gears up for night two at Alpine Valley and showed the Grateful Dead-inspired band in truly proper form.Increasingly, Dead & Company have been flexing their musical muscles, getting more and more experimental with setlists and clearly having a lot of fun doing it. While the first few years of the project’s existence saw the band offering relatively straightforward jams, both within and across songs, Dead & Company has been stepping outside the box—as evidenced by last night’s show in Alpine Valley.Notably, the first set opened with a jam that eventually landed in the first song of the night, “Hell in a Bucket”. While not necessarily a new or innovative concept as a whole, Dead & Company has increasingly used this technique to start shows this tour, also making for a triumphant moment when the group finds itself in the first song of set one. From there, the group offered up takes on “Brown-Eyed Women”, with both John Mayer and Jeff Chimenti highlighed, before moving into a rendition of “Greatest Story Ever Told” led by Bob Weir. Up next was “Deep Elem Blues”, which saw Mayer, Weir, and bassist Oteil Burbridge swapping verses—a major crowd pleaser for fans who consistently remain in the mindset, “Let Oteil Sing.” Other highlights of the second set included Oteil’s rendition of “China Doll”, plus two relatively rare covers that made it in toward the end of the set. Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs’ “Stay” found its way into the vocal jam of “The Wheel”, which led out of the group’s sprawling “Drums” and “Space”. “Stay” was followed up by another choice cover, Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, before the group found its way back into the second set’s primary theme of “Viola Lee Blues”. Closing out the show, Bob Weir and John Mayer went acoustic for a touching rendition of “Ripple”.Setlist: Dead & Company | Alpine Valley Music Theatre | East Troy, WI | 6/22/2018 Set 1: Jam > Hell in a Bucket, Brown-Eyed Women, Greatest Story Ever Told, Deep Elem Blues, Even So, Ramble On Rose, Cassidy, Touch of GreySet 2: Viola Lee Blues (Verse 1), Estimated Prophet, Uncle John’s Band, China Doll, Viola Lee Blues (Verse 2), Drums > Space, The Wheel, Stay, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Viola Lee Blues (Verse 3), Going Down the Road Feelin’ BadEncore: Ripple
Refugees fleeing war and conflict find shelter but little solace in camps erected to house them, according to Richard Mollica, who heads the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma (HPRT). Mollica, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, has worked with refugees for decades. The camps themselves can be dangerous places, rife with sexual violence, he noted. And, though shelter and safety are the main priorities for new arrivals, Mollica knows from experience that a holistic approach that includes mental health care is critical for their long-term prospects. The problem is getting worse. As the United Nations marks World Refugee Day on Monday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is reporting unprecedented numbers of refugees, with 42,500 added daily. Data from UNHCR show 59.5 million displacements around the world, with 19.5 million people fitting the definition of refugee by traveling abroad in search of safety and better lives. Though European countries have become a prominent destination for those fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, UNHCR figures show that the nations hosting the largest refugee populations are outside of Europe: Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, Iran, Ethiopia, and Jordan. Mollica, who is consulting with governments in Greece and Italy on the crisis in Europe, took a break from his travels to speak with the Gazette about the challenges facing today’s refugees.GAZETTE: Europe, and the Syrian civil war that is driving refugees there, has been in the headlines, but is that the largest refugee crisis in the world today?MOLLICA: I think the largest crisis has to do with the Syrian refugees. You have millions of Syrians who are living displaced. [They’re] in Jordan; they make up a significant percentage now of Lebanon’s population. They’re in Turkey and they’re fleeing by the hundreds of thousands into Greece and Italy, trying to get into Europe. This is where most of the crisis is: the war in Syria. Then you have also Iraqi refugees fleeing the crisis in Iraq and they’re coming into these countries and trying to flee into Europe. You also have many Afghan refugees as well. And then you have the enormous number of people coming in from Eritrea, Somalia, and other parts of Africa, trying to get into Europe as well by taking boats to Greece and Italy.‘You have whole generations of children now growing up who really are people without a country.’GAZETTE: What are the common challenges that refugees face?MOLLICA: It depends on whether you’re talking about chronic refugee camp situations like the Palestinians or the camps in Kenya, where people have been living in these camps for over 20 years. They face different problems than people who are in the acute refugee phase, like the Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war, or the Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS and the conflict in the Middle East.In the chronic state, you have a problem with people who feel hopeless. They’re living displaced. They have no secure environment. They have no constitutional rights to being part of a country. They’re being protected by the international community. You have whole generations of children now growing up who really are people without a country. The problem of the chronic refugees is really one about dependency, hopelessness, despair. The younger people are affected by no jobs, no school, poor education.And then you have the people coming into the camps from the Syrian civil war who have faced tremendous brutality and suffering. They’re seeking some kind of protection from a terrible, brutal civil war that’s been impacting them, protection from future violence. Many of them lost everything. Their homes, family members murdered, children were murdered, rape. They’re coming in a very acute and terrible state, having suffered.GAZETTE: Are the physical problems a higher priority to address or are the mental problems perhaps more significant because they’re even longer-lasting?MOLLICA: The general concept is to provide refugees who are going through the acute crises with safety and protection, food, water, and shelter, and some acute emergency care. And I think the United Nations and the international sponsors have done a very good job relocating and protecting millions of people in Lebanon and in Jordan. But the problem is that these refugees are so traumatized that one would guess that about 60 percent have major depression and about a third also have post-traumatic stress disorder.Because you carry this psychological burden, that doesn’t mean that you can’t function, you can’t go to school, you can’t work. It’s just that you’re in a state of serious emotional distress and suffering. The model — safety, protection, food, meeting humanitarian needs — provides a basic structure of safety and support, but these environments are not healing environments, they’re not recovery environments. That’s the problem you have today. You have millions of people who have a tremendous physical injury, tremendous losses of family, sexual violence, and gender-based violence, etc., and they come into refugee camp settings, where there’s no healing agenda, no recovery agenda.That’s HPRT’s biggest critique of the current situation. One camp, called the Zaatari camp [in Jordan], which is massive and huge and just a sand desert — in no way at all can one call that a healing recovery environment for people. People are being warehoused, [though] the governments, the United Nations High Commissioner, and the international community are doing the best they can.GAZETTE: Would it better for refugees to be in a position where they could work, support themselves, maybe go back to school?MOLLICA: Absolutely. I’ll be talking about this at the World Bank next week. Health is siloed from mental health, and mental health is siloed from community development, economic and social-cultural development. We’re talking about people who live in very siloed worlds, where the humanitarian aid gets the top priority, disease gets next priority, mental health is a sideshow, and the basic recovery of the people — including rebuilding their spiritual environment, their cultural environment — is not even on the table. You don’t have an integrated, holistic approach to the refugee crisis and refugee community, and that’s the problem.I’ll give you an example. With unaccompanied minors, between 11 and 17, about 10 percent are girls. They have to leave their families, they’ve been through civil war, they have to go on a long journey by themselves. They come into Greece by the tens of thousands. They’re given safety and protection. But most of the kids have been trafficked; they’re in the hands of traffickers. There’s no adequate healthcare for these kids. There’s absolutely no mental health care for these kids, almost none, and no sense of developing a program. They are — especially the girls — sitting ducks for traffickers. [The camps] have no integrated, holistic approach to how you deal with the well-being of an 11-year-old girl who ran away or was sent away by her family to Greece and has been through such horror. It isn’t enough to put her in protective shelter.Of course, one of the biggest, saddest stories is that gender-based violence in all refugee camps is epidemic. You don’t have the same priority put on reducing gender-based violence as you have on reducing infectious diseases. There’s no parity between infectious diseases, in the health sector, and gender-based violence, which is a health issue, a mental health issue, and a human rights violation. There’s no real attempt to stifle and suppress the epidemic of sexual violence that’s happening to young boys and girls and to women in these camps. This is a conceptual problem, because health is in a silo — health is about infectious disease — but the biggest health issue is violence: pre-coming into the camp, coming to the camp, and ongoing in the camp. The violence is not seen as a health issue of the same priority of the infectious disease; there’s a conceptual problem.GAZETTE: It sounds like the rationale is: OK, let’s get everybody a place where we can feed them and give them shelter and we’ll keep them there until the conflict is over and then they can go home and pick up their lives like they were before.MOLLICA: It’s what I call the rubber-band model. The refugees are the stretched rubber band. You put the rubber band in the camp, it’s less stretched. You send them home and it’s not stretched anymore and they go back to normal. Of course all the epidemiological research shows this is not true. And the rubber-band phenomenon is not based on credible scientific evidence. … Yet that’s the philosophy.
Several Vermont firms were recently recognized for their strong commitment to effective workplace safety at the Annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference. The Governor’s Award for Workplace Safety, presented by Governor Jim Douglas, went to IBM in the Large Business Category and to Long Trail Brewery in the Small Business Category.In presenting the awards, Governor Douglas also noted IBM’s earlier recipient of Vermont OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program and the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation for Long Trail Brewing by the Vermont Department of Labor.Vermont Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden explained that the awards are the most prestigious awards given to a company in recognition of their workplace safety and health achievements.“These awards began with Governor Douglas’s leadership. We are delighted he was present for this presentation. Nominations continue to grow which is a clear indication of the continued commitment to workplace safety and health by Vermont employers over the past seven years,” she said.Governor Douglas also presented three additional awards to firms exhibiting significant workplace safety and health achievement in their unique business category. They included the Chaput Family Farm in North Troy, Okemo Resort in Ludlow, and Vermont Electric Power Company in Rutland.“These awards recognize Vermont companies who maintain workplace safety and health as a core value and believe that the profitability and viability of their business is inextricably linked to this value,” he said.Established six years ago and sponsored by Governor Douglas, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Governor’s Award is the highest honor given by the State of Vermont to recognize an employer’s commitment to excellence in workplace safety and health. Companies making this commitment realize reduced workplace injuries and illnesses which translate into lower workers’ compensation rates, increased productivity, and increased employee morale.Applicants were required to provide documentation stating how safety has improved their business and how they made it happen, how their company assesses its safety program for effectiveness, and how they track improvement. Threshold criteria included a MOD rate of .90 or less, no workplace fatalities or catastrophic injuries for the past three years, an active safety committee involving both management and employees, plus a written safety policy.Finalists for the prestigious awards included:Pizzagalli Construction Co., South Burlington, VT;City of Burlington, Burlington, VT;Mack Molding, Arlington, VT;Nadeau Farm, Derby, VT;Addison County Transit Resources, Middlebury, VT;Northwestern Counseling & Support Services, St. Albans, VT;St. Albans Coop, St. Albans, VT; andColumbia Forest Products, Newport, VT. Source: Vermont Department of Labor. 5.20.2010
The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) is offering two institutes this summer to help teachers understand the science, as well as the costs and benefits, of producing electricity using renewable energy. The goal is to give teachers the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to explore topics related to solar power and wind power with their students and have a greater understanding of current energy issues. The two 4-day institutes cost $300 each. A limited number of scholarships are available through VEEP. PVs Clean and Green is offered August 2 – 5 at the Learning Collaborative in Dummerston, VT. The focus will be on understanding how photovoltaic panels convert solar energy into electricity and how to use the VEEP PVs Activity Kit to facilitate guided explorations by students. Teachers will also gain experience using the online Renewable Energy Atlas (www.vtenergyatlas.com(link is external)) and tour the new LEED Platinum-certified photovoltaic-powered Field House at The Putney School. Speakers David Bilttersdorf of All Earth Renewables and Richard Dostis of Green Mountain Power will discuss current energy issues and developments in technology and legislation relating to renewable energy installations in Vermont. This institute is funded in part by a grant from the Blittersdorf Foundation. Wind Works is offered August 15 – 18 at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, VT. The focus will be on understanding how wind turbines convert wind energy into electricity and how to use the VEEP Wind Works Activity Kit to facilitate guided explorations by students. Teachers will also gain experience using the online Renewable Energy Atlas (www.vtenergyatlas.com(link is external)) and tour NRG Systems in Hinesburg, a LEED Gold-certified facility that uses wood pellets and photovoltaics for 95% of its energy needs. Speakers David Bilttersdorf of All Earth Renewables and Dorothy Schnure of Green Mountain Power will discuss current energy issues and developments in technology and legislation relating to renewable energy installations in Vermont. This institute is funded in part by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Why is VEEP offering these institutes? According to Wendy McArdle, Managing Director of VEEP, “We see teacher training as the most efficient way of helping Vermont’s students become energy literate. VEEP will continue to do our popular 90-minute in-class energy presentations, but we can also train teachers who can then weave this topic into their curriculum throughout the year and, ideally, share their knowledge with colleagues. Topics relating to energy are in the news everyday: Vermont Yankee, the Lowell Wind Project, Smart Grid technology, Vermont’s new energy policy, and, of course, the price of gas! Teachers need to understand more about these topics and about how renewables energy options can play a role in our energy future. Our Summer Institutes are a great opportunity for teachers to explore one topic in depth while getting a general overview of many of the issues facing our state, our nation, and our world.” Both institutes, designed for teachers of students in grades 4 – 12, may be taken for professional development credit ($300) or college credit ($600). Limited scholarships are available. Registration and more information are available online at www.veep.org/2011-summer-institutes.html(link is external) About Vermont Energy Education Program:For more than 20 years, VEEP has been promoting energy literacy in schools and communities throughout Vermont. VEEP offers in-class presentations, teacher training programs, energy curricula, and assistance with school energy efficiency projects. Most of VEEP’s services are available at no charge. In 2010, VEEP reached 3,500+ students in 62 schools in all 14 counties in Vermont. VEEP is an independent program of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. For more information, visit www.veep.org(link is external)
“As governor, I’ve probably spent more of my time trying to change the education system than anything else,” Cuomo told reporters after a briefing on the funding plan. “Why? It is very hard to change the education system. When you think about it, it’s probably the single, largest public monopoly in the United States of America.”Airing their gripes across social media sites and online message boards ranging from Facebook and Twitter to blogs and website postings, at least four major organizations, collectively representing more than 600,000 members have now publicly criticized the governor for his statements, even creating a hashtag to further circulate their vitriol: #CuoMonopoly.Issuing statements to media outlets Wednesday, the presidents of both the New York Working Families Party (WFP) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) union joined the New York State Badass Teachers Association (BAT) and New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) in condemning the snipe, the latter two groups claiming on social media networks that the governor’s statements can be interpreted as a “declaration of war against teachers.”“Governor Cuomo is wrong on this one,” slammed WFP State Director Bill Lipton. “His proposed policies on public education will weaken, not strengthen, our public education system, and they would represent a step away from the principle of high-quality public education for all students. High-stakes testing and competition are not the answer. Investment in the future is the answer, and that means progressive taxation and adequate resources for our schools.”“Public education is for the public good,” blasts NYUT President Karen Magee. “It is not a monopoly. It is the centerpiece of our democracy and what makes our nation great.”The NY BATs, a group consisting of more than 2,000 educators, issued a press release in response to Cuomo’s comments, stating:“We have already endured a roll-out of evaluations Cuomo himself has called ‘a disaster.’ Its byzantine algorithms fraught with inaccuracy and called ‘arbitrary and capricious’ are in a legal challenge announced this week. Even more absurdly, the current evaluations actually attribute student test scores in Math and English Language Arts to teachers of other subjects, such as music, art, gym, foreign language, and others.“Schools that struggle with high poverty rates have been hit hardest under Cuomo’s education agenda. This needs to be investigated fully as a civil rights violation mandated by Cuomo towards our children that attend these struggling schools.”The BATs question Cuomo’s understanding of the term “monopoly” as it relates to public versus private enterprise.“To call public education a monopoly is to presume that education is a marketplace,” blasted NYC public school teacher and BAT member Matt Steiniger. “The implication here is that there is profit to be gained. Education is a public good. The only people who should be allowed to exploit education for personal gain are the students.”Lisa Rudley, a Westchester public school parent and education director of the national nonprofit Autism Action Network, agrees.“In his rant, Governor Cuomo calls public educators ‘the only remaining public monopoly,’” she says. “Would the governor consider firefighters and police officers a monopoly? Will he call for competition and sanctions based upon unreliable metrics for health-care workers and other public service professionals? If so, it appears that his real goal is to dismantle our public schools to garner more support from his financial backers.”NYSAPE, an organization made up of more than 50 parent and educator advocacy groups across New York State, found Cuomo’s statements both “infuriating” and “condescending,” according to a press release issued by the group.Eric Mihelbergel, Erie County Public School parent and founding member of NYSAPE, believes Cuomo’s statements confirm that “the governor has no respect for our public schools, parents or teachers. He is a bully, plain and simple.”A request for comment from Team Cuomo was not returned as of press time.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Vincent Michael Albanese, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the environmentally conscious developer and real estate firm, The Albanese Organization, died May 26. He was 92.Mr. Albanese began his career as a lawyer in 1949 and became an active member of the New York metropolitan real estate community. He was a graduate of Wesleyan University, St. John’s University School of Law, and undertook graduate studies at Columbia University to pursue politics. Together, with his brother, Anthony, he formed The Albanese Organization based in Garden City in 1949.The company currently stands as one of the leading green developers on Long Island. Mr. Albanese made it his mission to build with environmentally conscious building materials in his projects. His real estate development, planning and design company prides itself on running 5 million square feet of space while also using energy saving methods. The company has been praised by The Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council for accomplishments in implementing green-friendly values in its work.Most notably, Albanese recently broke ground on a third apartment building in the transformative Wyandanch Village, a $500 million, 40-acre mixed-use neighborhood in one of the most deserving communities on Long Island. The project has served as a model for other developments in the region. Mr. Albanese is survived by his wife, Niki. He is father to Marisa, James, Christopher, Anthony, and his late daughter, Kathryn. He was also a beloved grandfather, father in law, and brother. He was interred at the Nassau Knolls Cemetery on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation or the Northwell Health Hospice Care Network.