Albany, Schenectady, and East Greenbush are among the upstate communities that could one day host a casino, but Les Bernal says casinos are a bad bet. Bernal is the National Director of Stop Predatory Gambling. He will speak tonight at a public forum at the First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush, a meeting organized by opponents of the East Greenbush casino.
Along with the graduates, the college president and the featured speaker, a sign language interpreter is often part of commencement ceremonies, so those with hearing disorders can be part of the day. Northeast Career Planning in Albany provides sign language services to colleges and many other organizations. To learn more, we spoke with Lori Calka, a freelance sign language interpreter, and Sandy Cohen, manager of rehabilitation at Northeast Career Planning.
Officials from state-run colleges and universities across the nation will gather near Albany this weekend to discuss the issues facing public higher education. Eileen Landy is the Statewide Secretary of United University Professions, the union that represents faculty and staff at the State University of New York, and she is a member of the committee that created the Campaign for the Future of Public Education.
The filmmaker behind the anti-fracking project Dear Governor Cuomo is now working on a follow-up entitled Dear President Obama. Jon Bowermaster has a long and varied career as a filmmaker and author whose latest work includes Antarctica: 3D On The Edge. Bowermaster will provide an update on his projects when he speaks Tuesday at the Adirondack Mountain Club's annual banquet in Guilderland.
A Connecticut attorney who went to observe the military courts at Guantanamo has written an e-book about what he saw. Charles Church practiced law for many years before moving to Connecticut where he focused on human rights, and his book My Week at Guantanamo’s War Court, now available on Amazon came about after he observed the legal proceedings.
At one point or another, we all had that teacher who demanded more and saw something in us that we could not, or would not see, in ourselves. Good enough wasn’t good enough, and the papers were often handed back covered in red ink. It may have been tough then, but that teacher may welcome your thanks today for setting a higher bar. Today is National Teachers Day, a time to look at the profession and the challenges faced by today’s teachers. Dennis Van Roekel is the president of the 3 million-member National Education Association, who hopes teachers will hear from former students today.
Banned for life from the National Basketball Association and a $2.5 million fine: the penalty handed down yesterday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, who was recorded making racist comments regarding African-Americans. Olden Polynice played 15 years in the NBA, including with the Clippers. Polynice, who is now a guest commentator on Fox Sports News, says he did not have a relationship with Sterling, but there were some disturbing incidents.