Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared on washingtonpost.com:Many years ago, Robert Benchley, a celebrated humorist, essayist, film actor and regular at New York’s Algonquin Round Table, took time in an article to reflect on misconceptions about his city, widely viewed in those days as a cesspool of sin, gin and cynical sophistication. In truth, he wrote, the typical New Yorker goes through life sharing many of the hopes, fears and attitudes of the typical citizen of Peoria, Minneapolis or Fresno.He is, wrote Benchley, someone “at whom one does not look a second time, because there are so many of him and, furthermore, because he would not justify a second look … a composite of the small-town qualities of every State in the Union.”Billy Graham, who has died at age 99, must have had much the same insight when he launched his “crusades” into the teeming cities of mid-20th-century America: a realization that the country was a good deal less jaded and materialistic than many believed it to be and that people everywhere were seeking continuity with their past, reassurance about the beliefs of parents and family, and guidance for the future.Above all, perhaps, they wanted someone who understood this, who spoke to their needs in ways they could understand and who could, quite simply, be trusted. America has been heavily influenced, even shaped, by its preachers, from Jonathan Edwards to Henry Ward Beecher to Billy Sunday and the televangelists of today.Some fostered great and needed social change (northern Protestant churchmen and women created the abolition movement); others sought to impose their will on a dubious nation (as in Prohibition).Many of the most famous of the evangelists had their day in the public eye and quickly faded. He drew nearly a quarter of a million people over three days.When he was young, Graham had a close friendship with Charles Templeton, a fellow evangelist.The two eventually parted ways, with Templeton going on to what he saw as a more intellectual and skeptical view of religion, and to a career in writing, commentary and politics.Many years later, Templeton (who died in 2001) recalled of his old friend, “I disagree with him profoundly on his view of Christianity and think that much of what he says in the pulpit is puerile nonsense.But there is no feigning in him: he believes what he believes with an invincible innocence.He is the only mass evangelist I would trust. And I miss him.”More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation A few were frauds or hypocrites and were eventually discredited.But through a half-century and more, the Rev. Billy Graham maintained his standing.From the 1950s, when he filled big-city arenas across the country with his upbeat, joyful revival meetings, through his emergence as a world figure who preached to thousands upon thousands and was consulted by heads of state all over the globe, including a series of American presidents (not all of whom could be described as questing spiritual beings), Graham kept his message relatively simple, which may be one reason it endured.He was never a great hero of the political left or right, though he took a stand fairly early in this country’s civil rights movement against segregation, and spoke often, if somewhat vaguely, on the need for social justice.It was in one of his presidential sessions that Graham had what may have been his worst moment, when the White House tapes caught him going along with some of Richard Nixon’s maundering about Jewish influence in the media.The episode was mortifying for a minister with a long history of support for Jewish-Christian understanding, but it was not an experience exclusive to Graham during the Nixon years.In 2005, Graham held his last full-fledged crusade in New York, which had become a city with a large and vibrant variety of evangelical Christian believers, their numbers greatly augmented in recent years by immigrants.
Jim came to the Gazette in 1985, just a month out of college. For two years, he worked as a clerk in the sports department, staffing the desk at night to do local bowling roundups, horse-racing agate and other tasks. Within two years, Jim took over as the high school guy and, as he’s proud of saying, he never left that position.The sports beat was a natural fit for Jim. At Guilderland High School, he played receiver and safety on the football team. On the lacrosse squad, he played midfield and also was named a team captain.For college, Jim went to SUNY Morrisville, where he studied journalism technology, and then SUNY Oswego, where he was a communications major.As a full-fledged member of the Gazette’s sports staff, Jim became known for his evenhanded approach to story selection, both in terms of the sports that he elected to cover and which games he chose to cover in those disciplines.“Jim would look at a Friday night high school schedule and closely examine it before finally deciding where he should go,” one former colleague recalled. “He wanted to make sure he covered the game that meant the most to the most people.”“And he gave each sport its due,” the colleague added. “Jim was a high school football player at Guilderland, but he didn’t try to minimize other minor sports. He even became an avid field hockey fan.”Beyond his egalitarian approach to coverage, Jim has made a name for himself as one of the good guys. His amiable demeanor and easygoing style are traits that have served him well in his dealings with players, parents, coaches. They’ve also made him a well-liked member of the entire Gazette staff. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIf you’ve been to any local high school sporting events over the past 32 years, the chances are pretty good that you may have seen Gazette sportswriter Jim Schiltz roaming the sideline or watching the action from press row.Jim has covered high schools for the newspaper almost exclusively since 1987. Over that span of time, he’s covered thousands of games/events (his tally is somewhere around 6,000 at last estimate) and he’s interviewed a similar number of athletes, coaches, athletic directors.In his trademark Mets ball cap, Jim is a familiar figure at Section II events, everywhere from Schoharie to Saratoga and Mechanicville to Fort Plain.Over the years, he’s covered all the great athletes, all the best teams. But he’s also written his fair share of offbeat stories about athletes who’ve overcome great physical challenges and mediocre teams that defied the odds to win championships.Jim, after all, is in it for the stories. He appreciates greatness, no doubt. But he mostly just loves a good story.One of Jim’s most memorable assignments involved a real nail-biter of a football game between crosstown rivals Schalmont and Mohonasen. The action was back and forth, back and forth. Scoring, however, was at a premium on this day. Schalmont eventually broke the stalemate, but not with a touchdown or field goal. It was a safety. The game’s final score: 2-0. Then there was the time when a sectional basketball game between Guilderland and Columbia went to five overtimes. Jim was there for the epic battle, pen and pad in hand. He still made deadline. It was a night he’ll never forget.Stories like these are part of the history of Capital Region sports, as they are part of the history of Jim’s career. After all these years on the beat, Jim is part of the the local sports landscape, not merely an observer.Last week, Jim’s contributions to the local sports scene, especially his reportage on high school football, were recognized with the announcement that he’ll be inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame this summer.It’s a wonderful honor for him, but it came as no surprise to Jim’s peers in local sports media.“With his encyclopedic knowledge, first-hand experience and unbridled passion, Jim in many ways embodies the sport in the Capital Region,” one former local sports scribe wrote to me in an email.Similar sentiments were expressed by colleagues around the region, including competitors at other outlets.“Having covered high school sports with him for years, I know a number of coaches and former players who think very highly of him,” wrote another longtime local sports writer. “He is passionate about what he does, and they all appreciate that.” More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes For years, he was a key player on the newspaper’s softball team, where he played shortstop and was a key hitter in the batting lineup. He was a nifty fielder and the team’s spark plug.“He was always up” for the games, remembers Jim’s longtime colleague Jeff Wilkin.“Jim was great for morale, great for the game,” said Wilkin, the softball team’s captain. “We used to kid around that he ‘made the hard plays look easy …. and the easy plays look hard!’”Jim’s passion on the softball field was right in line with his commitment to his job.“Covering high school sports isn’t just a job for Jim Schiltz,” one longtime colleague said of him. “It’s a calling.”Miles Reed is the editor of The Daily Gazette. He can be reached by calling 518-395-3106 or emailing email@example.com.
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However, the program committee found that the bundles offered no mechanism to ensure that buyers actually completed the courses in the package before they received cash incentives.The preemployment card program is a mix of cash aid and training subsidies provided by the government. Each participant is eligible for Rp 600,000 a month for four months after completing at least one class. Card holders also receive Rp 1 million to pay for training courses.“There are no reports on participants’ assessments of instructors, the training platforms or the classes in the bundle itself,” the committee wrote in a circular on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post.Read also: Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: Experts The preemployment card committee has suspended the sale of course bundles offered by partnered learning platforms as of Tuesday after discovering lapses in accountability.The program’s partners, Skill Academy by Ruangguru, MauBelajarApa, Pintaria, Sekolahmu and Pijar Mahir, offer courses packaged as bundles for preemployment card holders.For example, Skill Academy by Ruangguru offered a bundle for ojol (app-based motorcycle taxi) drivers consisting of six courses, including stress management and English conversation, for Rp 1 million (US$70.49), compared to Rp 3.97 million if each course was purchased individually. The committee added that the issue had prevented the program management from evaluating the classes.Preemployment card program spokesperson Panji Winanteya Ruky confirmed the suspension of the course bundles. However, he asserted that the suspended packages made up only a small part of the training programs offered.“The termination has no impact on the overall program, as it continues to run in line with the Job Creation Committee,” Panji told the Post on Thursday.He added that participants who were currently taking the bundled courses would still receive the cash incentives and partnered companies offering the bundles would be paid as usual.“The termination of the bundled packages is a step in implementing good program governance so that participants can truly benefit from the program, without limiting the freedom to choose from thousands of other types of training,” said Panji.The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recently discovered some questionable realities about the program, including the existence of similar programs offered for free on other platforms. The antigraft body recommended that the government overhaul the program to address such irregularities.Committee chairman Rudy Salahuddin said he would revamp the program to address its problems.Topics :
Residents in Greater Jakarta will not be able to commemorate Indonesia’s 75th Independence Day with big and festive celebrations as in previous years, because authorities have opted for limited gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Local administrations in Greater Jakarta said celebrations that require face-to-face meetings would be restricted or prohibited as transitional large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) are still in place.The Jakarta administration would still allow celebrations in public, as long as they would not cause crowds, said Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) head Arifin. Topics : The Tangerang administration in Banten will have a virtual commemoration, Tangerang Communications and Information Agency head Mualim said.“Given that the PSBB are still in place, we will still hold some August 17 competitions, but at our respective homes,” he said on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.The online competitions will include typical Independence Day contests, such as balloon dancing, rubber relay, bicycle decoration, eating crackers and putting nails into bottles. Participants will upload videos to social media showing them joining the games at their homes.Meanwhile, the Depok administration in West Java will completely prohibit public celebrations that require direct physical contact on Independence Day. Depok Mayor Mohamad Idris has issued a circular stipulating the ban.Even so, Idris said that, to enliven the August 17 commemoration, residents were allowed to install decoration in buildings, offices, business premises and dwellings as well as put up banners in their neighborhood.The State Secretariat previously issued a circular stipulating guidelines for this year’s Independence Day ceremony, in which the government invites all Indonesian people to stand from 10:17 to 10:20 a.m. on Aug. 17 and sing the national anthem, “Indonesia Raya”.“An exception is granted to residents who may endanger themselves or others if they stop their activities,” Idris said.Previously, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said he would telecast a 60-minute video displaying public creativity from various parts of the country as the commemoration would go digital.Only a handful of state dignitaries would physically attend the national flag-hoisting ceremony. (syk/nal) “We discourage residents from carrying out any event to celebrate Independence Day that could attract crowds, where people can’t maintain a physical distance,” he said on Wednesday as reported by tribunnews.com.”We will certainly disperse [crows and large events] because they violate health protocols.”The decision was made to protect the public from COVID-19 transmission risks as Jakarta’s infection rate has shown no signs of slowing down.Arifin urged the public to conduct online competitions instead to prevent crowds.”Residents should be creative and come up with attractions that suit the current situation,” he added.Arifin asked residents not to play panjat pinang, a traditional game of climbing a slippery pole that various prizes are hung up on to be taken off by climbers. Events featuring this game tend to draw big crowds.He said the city administration was preparing a circular to set out what activities should and should not be permitted to celebrate Independence Day this year.
The views from Lot 29, 9 Savaii Cl, Palm Cove.A FAR North couple went to great lengths to make sure the views from their new home on the northern beaches would never be built out.The new owners of Lot 28 9 Savaii Cl in Palm Cove bought the stunning four-bedroom, four-bathroom property showcasing cutting-edge architecture for $1.275m after a lengthy campaign by First National Real Estate agent Mark Carmady. 28/9 Savaii Cl, Palm CoveTo make sure no one built out the expansive views to Double Island the Coral Sea, the owners also picked up the vacant block at Lot 29 adjacent to the home for $425,000.“I haven’t seen buyers do this often but I certainly have seen it,” Mr Carmady. The stylish kitchen.“Like everything it comes down to the individual property. I said to the buyers because you don’t have any control over what the neighbours might build and they may build up and block your aspect, they decided to get the vacant land.“It does come back to budget though. Hillside luxury.“We had a lot of interest in the house but a lot of people wanted more usable land versus just the view. This is a house that was more about lifestyle in that aspect. It took a little while to find a buyer.”The home sits in an exclusive gated community and the kitchen features a polished concrete island bench with suspended bench top. An infinity design pool and a timber deck area with suspended day bed offer a great spot to relax and unwind. 28/9 Savaii Close, Palm Cove.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe are no rear neighbours, fully irrigated self-maintained gardens and no yard maintenance.Mr Carmady said the million dollar-plus property market was becoming “more robust” but the most strength was coming from mid-range properties between $500,000-700,000.“Usually big buyers aren’t fazed by banking or finance,” he said. “They seem to have enough collateral to buy property whenever they want. One of the bathrooms.“Palm Cove is certainly a sought-after suburb especially for people from interstate. I’ve had a lot of inquiry about Palm Cove — it is like the mini Noosa.“It has that holiday atmosphere with the restaurants and cafes and all the bits and pieces.”
James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has welcomed the multi-purpose support vessel Ievoli Ivory to the Port of Lowestoft.Ievoli Ivory is in Lowestoft due to a new partnership between JFMS and Next Geosolutions, a joint venture between Marnavi Offshore and Tecno In.Built by Selah shipyard in Turkey and owned by the Italian shipping company Marnavi, the 90-meter Ievoli Ivory is used for the energy industry’s subsea projects and to service offshore wind farms in particular.The vessel will be mobilised with specialist ROV technology and dive spreads which will extend its subsea capability, including the Triton XLX work-class ROV, and other integrated subsea, survey and positioning solutions.Ian Hughes, managing director of JFMS subsea division, said: “We’re delighted to form this partnership with Next UKCS and very excited to be working with Next Geosolutions. We’ve already had a huge amount of interest from clients and the Ievoli Ivory will not only increase our capabilities across the subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) field, but also adds to our safety-first ethos.”Perry Balls, director at Next UKCS, said: “The partnership with James Fisher Marine Services is another example of the local supply chain working together and, in turn, supporting the prosperity of the local community with one of our key Group Assets arriving in the region.”
VERSAILLES, Ind. — The Southeastern Career Center has received a grant for its CDL program.Dr. Brad Street, director of the Career Center, has written and received a grant of $150,000 to purchase two semi-tractors and a trailer for the program.The grant money has to be used by September 30, and if there are any funds left over, the money will then be used for other heavy equipment, auto services, and construction trade.