Niskayuna fields shouldn’t bear Landry’s name

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere ought to be a law that prohibits naming public spaces after living politicians. Those spaces belong to all of us — not just to the political party that happens to be in power at that particular time. Turning public spaces into advertisements for a political brand is reprehensible and undemocratic.For a case in point, consider the actions of the all-Democrat Niskayuna Town Board after Democrat Supervisor Joe Landry, a 10-year incumbent, was booted out of office last November by Republican Yasmine Syed, a political newcomer. She left him in the dust more than 500 votes behind. Yet, the Town Board’s reaction was to vote to rename the town’s ball fields after him. What a travesty. That land is community property — not Democrat (or Republican) property.Syed swamped Landry by an official tally (provided by the Schenectady County Board of Elections — a very helpful outfit) of 3,774 to 3,021. These results are even more impressive when you consider the fact that registered Democrats in Niskayuna outnumber registered Republicans by 6,287 to 4,044.The fact that Landry’s two running mates on the Democratic ticket won re-election to the Niskayuna Town Board makes it clear that voter dissatisfaction was aimed directly at him. So the vote was not against a particular party. It was a vote against a particular person (and for a strong opponent). To then affix his name to a public space defies logic and fair play.Peter Van AveryNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Buying at auction? Here are 7 ways to prepare and have no regrets

first_imgHow to prepare to buy a property at auction.FOUND your dream home or investment property and it’s going to auction? Don’t let that put you off.Auction activity is continuing to heat up across the nation, but bidding at an auction can be an overwhelming experience.According to Corelogic, auction activity increased significantly across the nation’s capital cities last week after the previous week’s Easter period slowdown. How to prepare to buy a property at an auction.The property data firm says 1,732 homes were taken to market with a preliminary clearance rate of 72.1 per cent.In Brisbane, 134 properties went to auction last week with a clearance rate of 45.8 per cent — higher than the 37.6 per cent rate achieved during the same week in 2016.Meighan Hetherington, director of Property Pursuit Buyers’ Agents and Advisors, said the most important thing was to be prepared and confident when it came to bidding at an auction.Here are her tips for preparing to buy a property at auction: 1 . Determine what the property is worth In some states, like Queensland, it is illegal for an agent to give an indication of price or reserve. To work out what a property is worth, buyers’ agencies like Property Pursuit conduct comparable market analysis. “You can determine what a property is worth by looking at the sale price of comparable properties that have sold in the past 6 months,” Mrs Hetherington said. “This information will help you to set your limit”.2. Do your research— Ask for a flood report— Check the zoning of the property and surrounding properties — Check if any major developments are coming up in the immediate area3. Engage a licensed building and pest inspectorMrs Hetherington believes this is a vital step. “No structure is going to be perfect, but if you are armed with information about how much money you may need to spend then you can take this into account when setting your bidding limit,” she said. “Or you may simply have to walk away from the property all together if there are significant issues that cannot be overcome.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20204. Speak to your bank — they may conduct a pre-purchase valuationSome banks will only provide you with conditional approval, subject to valuation, but auctions are an unconditional purchase so if you are bidding on this basis then you need to be very certain about the value of the property, according to Mrs Hetherington. “Very few banks will do a pre-purchase valuation which will cost you money, or you can engage a valuer yourself,” she said.“Check with your bank to make sure that they will accept an independent valuation if you are the successful purchaser”.5. Speak to your solicitor to review the contract and conduct searchesIf you have not employed a buyers’ agent to prepare for and bid at the auction on your behalf, then Mrs Hetherington says your solicitor is your only reliable source of independent advice. “You will need to have a solicitor review the contract, do all of the conveyancing searches, flood reports and all of the other relevant searches so that you are fully informed about all matters affecting the property”.6. Set your price limit This will be based on two factors:— Financial capacity (how much the bank will lend you and also how much you are actually comfortable paying each month)— What the property is worth (look at comparable sales within the past 6 months)7. Crash a few auctionsMrs Hetherington recommends buyers attend a few auctions in their preferred location to see how they work. “This will make you more comfortable when it comes time to bid for your dream home or investment property”.last_img read more

Eco comfort in group title estate

first_imgTim and Heather Smith (and their dog Cindy) are auctioning their home at The Gap. Photo: Annette DewIN 2008, Tim and Heather Smith were about to refurbish a house, but when they discovered a 1200sq m block at 21/599 Payne Rd, The Gap, they changed plans and never looked back.“We just loved the area and its proximity to Brisbane Forest Park and the reservoir, so we thought, ‘Let’s have a crack at building,’” Mr Smith said.The result was a beautiful architectural home which has been the perfect place to raise two daughters.“The interesting thing is the architect who designed it is actually the agent who’s selling it now,” Mr Smith said.The home’s design takes advantage of the topography and the outlook.The home’s layout has made for easy living with four bedrooms plus bathrooms upstairs, and a lower level dominated by family spaces and apool deck.“We enjoy relaxing on the deck upstairs too. It’s private but it has a nice view,” Mr Smith said.“The downstairs area is very open but you can also have privacy.”“It’s fantastic for parties. The downstairs opens up so it feels like you’re outside when you’re inside.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe home has a beautiful finish with polished timber floors, high ceilings, ducted airconditioning and integrated sound system among the features set to bring in the buyers.The home has a beautiful, clean finishThe property is also part of the exclusive Silva Park eco-estate — a group title subdivision that has common areas such as parks and walking tracks.“We’ve got a nice big backyard and it backs onto a private park.”Mr Smith said he’ll miss the location and their home, but it’s time to move on and let its next chapter unfold.“The house is set for a younger family — it’s a great place for kids to grow up in,” he said.“It’s got a nice, happy feel.”Working from home isn’t tough when this is your viewThe house at 21/599 Payne Road, The Gap, will be auctioned by Simon Hughes of Harcourts Solutions on-site Saturday September 23 at 2pm.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Eto’o plan to help 100,000 in Cameroon during coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Interesting Unknown Facts Of Sasha Obama7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has pledged to distribute supplies to 100,000 people in Cameroon through his foundation. Eto’o, who enjoyed a distinguished playing career including many successful seasons in Spain, has said the move will prioritise supplies reaching the populations of the cities of Douala, Buea, Yaoundé and Bafoussam.center_img Read Also: Ex-Barca president tips Messi to pen new deal as Neymar returnsEto’o started his career in Spain across spells with Real Madrid, Leganes and Espanyol but really found prominence at Real Mallorca, netting 70 goals across four-and-a-half seasons.That earned him a move to Barcelona, where he scored 130 goals across 199 appearances before joining Inter, while he also had stints at multiple other clubs including Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 It is said that soaps, sanitisers and several food items will be sent to 50,000 homes across those four cities while 50,000 protective face masks will be given to workers on the front-line, including taxi drivers. The move will also prioritise footballers, with a thousand footballers from the 44 prominent teams in men’s and women’s football in the African nation benefitting. “This is a serious humanitarian crisis and only via proper sanitisation and the distribution of health kits can we curb the coronavirus,” read a statement from the Samuel Eto’o Foundation, via BBC Sport.last_img read more

NegOcc stores told to follow new SRPs of basic, prime goods

first_imgFor other necessities, bread costsP21.50 to P35; instant noodles, P6.45 to P7.75; salt, P3.55 to P23.55;detergent soap, P16.35 to P21; distilled bottled water, P11 to P85; purifiedwater, P6 to P19.50; mineralized water, P6 to P72; and candles, P29.75 to P115,still depending on the brand and net weight. Prices of 25 grams to 50 grams of refillcoffee range from P16.95 to P39.40 while three-in-one original is priced atP4.10 to P7.85 per 17 grams to 33 grams of various brands. “We are set to release the list ofestablishments in the province through the price monitoring team. Erringestablishments may be charged with profiteering,” Amihan added. BACOLOD City – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in NegrosOccidental reminded establishments in the province, including those in thiscapital city, to comply with the new suggested retail prices (SRPs) of basicand prime goods. Minimum prices of prime commodities,such as meatloaf range from P16.50 to P19.80; corned beef, P26 to P32; and beefloaf, P15.75 to P24.90. (With a report from PNA/PN) Price adjustments for bottled water aremainly due to the rising cost of raw materials, packaging materials, andsafeguard duty imposed, it added. Romel Amihan, the senior trade andindustry development specialist of DTI-Negros Occidental, said they received onTuesday the memorandum from the central office on the new SRPs effective Sept.30.center_img For milk, condensed costs between P28and P72; evaporated, P21 to P57; and powdered milk, P43.50 to P73.30. The Department of Trade and Industry assured the public on Saturday that there would be no price increases of prime and basic commodities as well as noche buena items until next year. PNA Necessities included in the DTImonitoring are products such as soap, milk, coffee, salt, bread, and sardines,while examples of prime commodities are all kinds of canned goods exceptsardines. The new SRPs for canned sardines intomato sauce range from P13.25 to P17.25, depending on the brand and netweight. Based on the memorandum, price increaseswere noted among selected canned sardines, noodles, coffee refill, andthree-in-one variants, processed canned meat, condiments, and toilet soap.last_img read more

Duterte appoints Robredo co-chair of inter-agency body vs illegal drugs

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Duterte formally designates Vice President Leni Robredo as the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). The ICAD ensures the effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and cleanse the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drug activities, among other functions. GMA NEWS “The moment she accepts it, she would be directing the offices under her. It’s now her call, whatever she wants to do with it,” Panelo said. “If she declines it, it means that all her criticisms have no basis at all.” MANILA –President Rodrigo Duterte has formally appointed VicePresident Leni Robredo as the co-chair of theInter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD),Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. Robredo’sappointment came days after the President offered the Vice President to be hisdrug czar and give her “full powers” to run the government’s war on drugs forsix months. According toPanelo, the President signed Robredo’s appointment paper on Oct 31 but was onlyreleased publicly on Tuesday. “The President was thinking when she was criticizing she must have some ideas in her mind that would effectively implement the drug war. When you’re saying that it’s ineffective, you must have some ideas to make it effective,” he added. Created through Executive Order 15 issued in March 2017, the ICAD was mandated to ensure the effective conduct of anti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high-value drug personalities down to the street-level peddles and users and cleanse the bureaucracy of unscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drug activities, among other functions. Last month, Robredo called on Duterte to allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs which she said was “obviously, not working,” prompting Malacanang’s challenge for her to lead the drug war. “We wantRobredo to accept the appointment. We want her to succeed because her successwould be the success of the Filipino people,” Panelo said in an interview withCNN Philippines. Panelo also said that President Duterte is hopeful that Robredo will accept ICAD designation and she will also be given a free hand to do what she wants within the law to enforce the war on drugs. She later clarified that she meant to urge administration leaders to “step back and assess” the narcotics crackdown./PNlast_img read more

Pearson: Survival still possible

first_img “That’s where we are. There’s always quite an honest recognition of where we are. For sure we have to get back to being more ruthless in front of goal but we have a belief in the players we have we can make progress.” Dean Hammond (calf) and Anthony Knockaert (personal reasons) are out for the Foxes aiming to avenge a 2-1 home league defeat on Boxing Day. They will face Harry Kane after the Spurs striker earned his first England senior call-up on Thursday. Kane spent four months on loan at the King Power – scoring two goals – in 2013 and Pearson believes his selection is deserved. “It’s been, for a lot of people, quite unexpected but he has had a fantastic season so far,” he said. “It’s a positive story for English football and he has made incredible progress. He has worked hard on his game and forced his way into the best 11 on the back of European form earlier in the season. I’m pleased for him. He is a likeable young man.” The Foxes go to Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday still rooted to the bottom of the table. Pearson’s side have been at the foot since November and are seven points from the safety line with 10 games left. They have won just once in their last nine league games and the boss conceded their form must improve, but still believes they can stay up. He said: “It’s still a big task for us and with the points we have on the board and shift in form we have to achieve there won’t be too many people who share my beliefs. “The players remain very upbeat and 10 games left is still a sizeable chunk and we have to make sure it’s a successful 10 games. “We have to make sure we remain in touch and that our destiny stays in our own hands. That’s what we have to try to do. We have 10 games left, six of them at home. “Our home form has not been what we would have liked but if we get into the latter stages, with four or five games at home, in contact it’s something we can be relatively positive about.” The Foxes have drawn a blank in their last two games with nine-goal top scorer Leonardo Ulloa failing to net in his last six outings, since Leicester beat Tottenham 2-1 in the FA Cup in January. But Pearson insisted they cannot afford to dwell on the past. “We’ve not really created enough in some games but we could also rue missed chances and if we wanted to we could bemoan ill fortune with some decisions,” he said. Boss Nigel Pearson admits Leicester are being written off but vowed they will keep fighting to survive. Press Associationlast_img read more

Season in review: Syracuse struggles with youth, inconsistency while growing through up-and-down year

first_img Published on May 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm Contact Debbie: dbtruong@syr.edu | @debbietruong For the first time in four seasons, Syracuse players will be watching the NCAA tournament from somewhere unfamiliar for this time of year — home.After eking into the Big East tournament with a win against Providence, SU’s season ended May 9 with a 12-3 trouncing and a first-round tournament exit at the hands of Louisville. The NCAA tournament is slated to begin May 31 in Oklahoma City.A year ago, Syracuse played in the NCAA tournament, advancing to the regional finals before being ousted by Arizona State. That team was spearheaded by Jenna Caira, who toppled school and national records en route to becoming the winningest pitcher in Syracuse history.This season, the newly graduated Caira swapped her uniform for coaching attire, becoming a fixture along the first-base line as she urged on a new-look Syracuse squad. The team’s inexperience reared itself periodically throughout the season in both inconsistency at the mound and in small, mental missteps that amounted to losses in the end.“We’re young and the team needs to find themselves and kind of define who they are. We still haven’t done that,” head coach Leigh Ross said following a pair of April 6 losses in a weekend series against DePaul.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCaira’s departure left a vacancy at the mound, but Syracuse appeared to have found a steady pitching rotation after sophomore Lindsay Taylor started 16 games early in the season, including an 11-inning standoff at the Spring Fling Tournament in O’ahu, Hawaii where Syracuse earned a spot in the championship game.But Taylor went down with an undisclosed injury at the start of April, leaving career reliever Stacy Kuwik to shoulder starter minutes. By season’s end, Kuwik totaled 175 innings, 53 more than last season when Syracuse went deeper into postseason play.“I’ve had, definitely, a bumpy road compared to other years,” Kuwik said after a late-April win against Seton Hall. “In the past, I’ve played cleanup, a game-saver sort of role. And, so this year, taking that role was definitely a difficult challenge.”Taylor’s injury added to the struggles of an inexperienced team that was still trying to establish footing midway through the season. Freshmen Lindsey Larkin and Danielle Chitkowski contributed sporadic innings on the mound, but the inconsistency and lack of steady, vocal on-field leadership was, at points, frustrating.“Right now, we’re looking for a leader. We’re looking for someone to step up,” Caira said on April 7, after DePaul dominated at the plate to sweep the series. “We just got to stay more disciplined. We can’t just settle.” In that game, DePaul managed 16 runs on the same amount of hits, compared to Syracuse’s two runs.Two weekends later against Seton Hall, Larkin didn’t pitch a full inning before being pulled from the second game of the doubleheader. Chitkowski and redshirt senior Gaby Torzilli didn’t fare much better before Kuwik reclaimed the post.Kuwik finished her senior season with a respectable 15-12 record, bookending the regular season by winning praise from Caira for developing better control of her pitches as the season progressed. The season was a growing process for Kuwik, who evolved from a pitcher whose confidence was easily shaken, to the team’s go-to option.Difficulties in filling the pitching void aside, senior Morgan Nandin and junior Shirley Daniels each established themselves as reliable defensive stalwarts, nabbing sometimes unthinkable, consistently cheer-generating plays throughout the season.In the Seton Hall series finale, Daniels plucked a would-be home run from mid-air, just as it appeared certain to clear the left-field fence. Daniels also set an SU single-season record with 35 steals.Syracuse’s record-holder in career starts at shortstop, Nandin continued with the defensive production that became her hallmark across four seasons. As the regular season wound down and SU closed with a win against Providence, Nandin said she had lofty postseason expectations for Syracuse, convinced that despite being the underdog, the Orange would do something special.SU fell short on that prediction, but Syracuse forged a deeper team identity as the season wore on, developing a stronger understanding of the team as a unit.Said Nandin after the win against Providence: “We’re playing as more of a team,” she said. “We’re picking each other up and we need that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Springfest canceled amid fears of virus

first_imgCo-directors of Concerts Committee Leila Kashfi and Chris Begler said they are actively looking to bring back programming to the community this semester, should the circumstances change. Kashfi and Begler said the committee will redirect the Springfest budget to another program if University policy allows. Springfest was previously canceled in 2017 as McCarthy Quad exceeded capacity, leading to trampling, the involvement of the Los Angeles Fire Department and a student’s hospitalization. (Daily Trojan file photo) All on and off campus University-related events, including performances and intercollegiate games, will be canceled from March 11 to 29, according to Zukoski. Springfest, which has traditionally been held at McCarthy Quad, had been looking to shift its venue to the Coliseum since 2017 due to increased attendance.  “In accordance with University policy, we are sad to announce that Springfest 2020 scheduled for March 28 is canceled due to concerns regarding COVID-19,” Concerts Committee said in the statement. “We are proud to take the health and safety of our students seriously, and are grateful to all our partners, artist teams, and the LA Memorial Coliseum for understanding.” Springfest has been canceled due to concerns of the spread of coronavirus, according to a school-wide email from Provost Charles Zukoski. The annual University-affiliated concert, hosted by USC Concerts Committee, was planned to be held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum March 28. This year, Concerts Committee also announced Springfest would include an additional stage for student talent and guest ticketing for non-USC attendees, in addition to extending Fryft hours to accommodate student transportation to and from the venue.center_img Concerts Committee, which had not yet released a complete lineup of the artists, announced early this month that student performers would include Kyle Lux, Ayoni, Ashes to Amber, Kid Hastings and Ayse.  In the past, Springfest featured headliners such as Diplo, Trippie Redd, 2 Chainz, Sheck Wes, and Playboi Carti. People who purchased guest passes and pre-ordered merchandise will receive refunds, the committee announced in a statement released on its Instagram Tuesday. Springfest was previously canceled in 2017 amid hip-hop trio Migos’ performance as McCarthy Quad exceeded capacity, leading to trampling, the involvement of the Los Angeles Fire Department and a student’s hospitalization. last_img read more

Stayers Hurdle highlight of Fairyhouse card

first_imgThe race has twice had to be moved after meetings in Cork and Clonmel had to be cancelled.The first of an eight-race card begins today at 11.30.last_img