Nisky residents lose in partisan battle

first_imgYasmine Syed, the recently elected Republican town supervisor, raised several concerns with items on the agenda of the Niskayuna Town Board’s March 27 meeting.  None of the four Democrats on the five-member town board (John Della Ratta, Denise Murphy McGraw, Bill McPartion and Lisa Nemza Weber) made any comments on anything raised by Syed. None. Yet, when the board proceeded to a vote, the four Democrats voted for each item and against Syed. Each item passed by a 4-1 vote.It’s fair to conclude that this four-member Democratic block on the town board has adopted a tactic intended to punish the Republican supervisor for having won the election. Unfortunately, town residents are also being punished. We have become collateral damage in this battle and are now no longer told why the four Democrats favor or oppose any item on which they are voting. If residents wish to again know why the Democrats are voting as they are, it seems we must vote Syed or the other four town board members out of office.Elmer F. BertschNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Huge offer for six-bedder too good to turn down

first_imgThe home at 390-402 Benhiam St, Calamvale.A CHINESE buyer has paid $7 million for a property with two titles in the outer Brisbane suburb of Calamvale — but he has no plans to develop it.The six-bedroom, brick home on a huge 20,400sq m site at 390-402 Benhiam Street attracted more than 100 people to its first open home, but there was one offer the owners could not refuse.Ray White Sunnybank Hills principal Eric Li, who negotiated the sale, said the buyer offered $7 million unconditional with a two-week settlement on the spot.“He just wanted to buy straight away,” Mr Li said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“He could see the competition and didn’t want to miss out.” The property at 390-402 Benhiam St, Calamvale.Mr Li said the buyer had been looking for a big block of land in the area and was very keen to buy.Perhaps surprisingly, he plans to move straight in with no intentions of developing the property.Mr Li said it was another example of the appetite from Chinese buyers for property in the Sunnybank area.The house is about 25 years old and has five bathrooms and a 10-car garage. It’s close to public transport, shops and Sunnybank. Calamvale is 17km from the CBD and has a median house price of $650,000.last_img read more

Swedish regulator softens edges of rules for IORP II provisions

first_imgThe Swedish financial services authority has announced it will amend its proposed IORP II regulations regarding the calculation of balance sheet provisions for occupational pension funds.The announcement follows critical responses from several major pension providers to a consultation on the draft proposal for new regulations on occupational pension activities.In their joint response last month, Folksam, AMF and Alecta said the new rules would negatively affect both pension savers and employers.The regulator – Finansinspektionen (FI) – has now made a draft addition to its previous proposal, including an amended rule for calculating capital requirements for share price risk and new rules for an alternative method for calculating the long-term forward rate (UFR). This is the rate at the far end of the interest rate curve that pension funds use to determine provisions. Lars-Åke Vikberg, chief executive of Swedish pension fund SPK, told Danish pensions news service Pensionsnyheterna that infrastructure would, relatively speaking, come out a little better in the new proposal from FI.“It is good. Infrastructure investment fits very well into pension portfolios, which are naturally very long-term,” he was reported as saying.It was also positive that the regulator was allowing pension funds a phase-in of the UFR and did not have to apply the EIOPA rate immediately, he said.“FI has listened to criticism from the referral bodies,” Vikberg said.FI has set a tight deadline for written comments on the supplementary proposal of 14 October, and also invited parties to make oral submissions directly at a meeting convened for that day.The new regulations are currently scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2020.last_img read more

Gay easily advances in 200m in bid for sprint double

first_imgTyson Gay, back on the track hours after his world leading 9.75 seconds in the 100 meters, comfortably advanced through the opening round of the 200 meters at the U.S. world championships trials in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.“I am not trying to be Superman,” said Gay, who clocked a wind-assisted 20.14 seconds in his bid to run a sprint double at the August 10-18 championships in Moscow.Although he managed only a couple hours’ sleep after his speedy 100 meters win over Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin, Gay told reporters: “After I warmed up this morning I decided to go ahead (and run) because I am healthy. That’s the key.”His time was the third fastest behind Isiah Young (20.09) and Curtis Mitchell (20.11). All were wind-assisted.Gatlin, who is nursing a strained hamstring, chose not to run the 200.“9.8 on a leg and a half is good enough for me,” Gatlin said of his 100 meters time. The 200m semi-finals and finals are on Sunday, the concluding day of the meeting.last_img read more

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani cleared to resume throwing after tests show continued healing of his elbow

first_imgSix weeks after Shohei Ohtani was diagnosed with a grade 2 sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament that threatened his use as a pitcher, perhaps until 2020, he was cleared on Thursday to begin a throwing program.Tests showed continued healing in his elbow from the platelet-rich plasma injection and stem-cell therapy that he underwent last month, the Angels announced. It’s a significant piece of surprising good news for a team that has been ravaged by injuries.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Based on the time Ohtani missed and what’s typical for this type of rehab, the best-case scenario would be for Ohtani to be able to pitch in games by the beginning of September.“We were obviously pleased with the results of his evaluation, and we are looking forward to him beginning that throwing process and seeing where that eventually takes us,” general manager Billy Eppler said. Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak So far Ohtani’s progress has been better than when Garrett Richards had PRP treatment in 2016. Richards was diagnosed with a torn UCL in early May, and initially slated for Tommy John surgery. He then got further opinions that led him to PRP, but he still didn’t resume throwing until August.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Richards returned to pitch at 100 percent by instructional league in October 2016. Although he’d dealt with other injuries subsequently, his ligament remained intact until this month, when it finally gave way. Richards is now scheduled for Tommy John surgery next week.JC Ramírez also underwent PRP to treat a damaged UCL in September 2017, and he didn’t resume throwing until November. Ramírez also appeared to be healthy, before eventually tearing the ligament after two starts in 2018.Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano briefly tried PRP in 2016, but both ended up having Tommy John surgery before they were cleared to throw.The Angels have never discussed the specifics of Ohtani’s damaged UCL, beyond calling it a grade 2 sprain. Eppler, however, said that no doctor had ever told him that Ohtani needed Tommy John surgery. Ohtani began throwing immediately, playing catch at a distance of up to 60 feet on Thursday afternoon.Ohtani still has several significant tests to overcome before the Angels know when he can pitch again. He will need to slowly increase the intensity of his throwing, up to game speed, before they can be confident enough that his ligament will hold for him to proceed without surgery.If Ohtani, 24, still ends up needing to have Tommy John surgery, the Angels would likely want to know that before mid October, so he could have the procedure and be ready for the 2020 season.In the meantime, Ohtani was cleared to resume hitting three weeks ago, and he returned to the Angels lineup just over two weeks ago. Ohtani, who is 6 for 24 since returning, is hitting .283 with an .887 OPS this season.On the mound, Ohtani has a 3.10 ERA in nine starts. He last pitched on June 6, the day before the UCL damage was discovered.center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat

first_img After losing narrowly to Ireland, England must beat the old enemy Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) if they are to retain the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines. England went down 7-8 to the Irish, holding them 6-6 in the singles after being edged out 2-3 in the morning foursomes. “It was very disappointing,” said England team manager Derek Hughes. “We have very good performances from the middle order but we didn’t get anything from the top three matches. “Normally you expect to get at least a point from there but it was a day when the big names didn’t deliver. You can’t take anything away from Ireland but the lads are sure to go out tomorrow to make up for today.” The morning foursomes was a session of low scoring as both teams took full advantage of benign conditions at the tree-lined parkland course. The best scoring of all came from the second match where the English pairing of local Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Haydn McCullen were simply too hot to handle.They defeated the experienced Paul McBride and Jack Walsh 6&5 in an exemplary display of precision and ball striking. The English duo recorded seven consecutive birdies from the second hole, or put another way, Ireland were two under after nine holes but found themselves four down. The pairing of Harry Ellis and Ben Amor teamed up for the second day and enjoyed a comprehensive 5&3 win over Alec Myles and Rowan Lester. They raced 4-up after six holes before Ireland rallied. However, Ellis and Amor closed out the match with a birdie at the 15th. The Irish pair of Jordan Hood and Gareth Lappin never trailed against Robert Burlison and Bobby Keeble and ran out 2&1 winners with a birdie at the 17th and it was a similar story for Sean Flanagan and Ronan Mullarney in the bottom match against Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore and they also won on the 17th by 3&1. It meant the decisive match was the top tie where Ireland’s Robin Dawson and James Sugrue were one down with three to play before turning it around and winning on the 18th against Adam Chapman and Marco Penge. In the singles, the top three matches went Ireland’s way with Chapman, Penge and Turner all losing, Turner by 5&4 and the other two on the final green. With the middle order of McCullen, Burlison, Amor and Singh Brar all coming out on top, it left the score at 6-6. But only Keeble managed to achieve a victory, winning 3&2, but Moore and Ellis were both on the wrong end of their scorlines. 7 Aug 2013 England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat last_img read more

Rishabh Pant opens up on comparisons with Dhoni and his inclusion in the Indian…

first_imgAdvertisement 51ylynNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs965sbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gfb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lpWould you ever consider trying this?😱9lCan your students do this? 🌚3gx3uRoller skating! Powered by Firework Indian youngster Rishabh Pant has been compared with the legendary MS Dhoni ever since his arrival in the national team. But the wicketkeeper strongly disagrees, claiming that he is eager to learn from Dhoni, instead of competing with him. In an interview with Bombay Times, Pant spoke about his career and his relationship with the veteran keeper.Advertisement In answer to the comparison between him and MSD, Pant stated,Advertisement “I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight. I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things — be it how to work on my batting or mind-set before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations. At 21, if I start thinking that I have to fill Dhoni’s shoes, it will get very difficult for me. I just try to keep it simple. I want to play the game to the best of my ability and learn from everyone around me, especially my seniors.”Since his test debut, the young wicketkeeper-batsman has become a regular face in the squad, performing at the top level frequently. His tons against England and Australia in difficult situations truly proved his class, despite the rumours that he got into the Indian team way too early. And Pant was very clear about his inclusion saying,Advertisement “It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free. I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me. Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team.” Advertisementlast_img read more

GULFSTREAM PARK ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

first_imgSecurity personnel at Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows will log personnel allowed in those areas by name, date and time.Restricted Access to the Grandstand/Saddling Paddock:Only trainers and essential personnel licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Racing who have horses running that day are allowed on the track in the afternoon.Essential personnel include racing officials as designated by the state, safety staff (ambulance drivers, track maintenance crew) and specialized janitorial staff to sanitize the facility. Stable cafeteria will remain open to serve essential personnel only.Users will be encouraged to carry out their food. Only horses racing and shipping from in-state training centers – and accompanied by essential, licensed personnel – will be allowed to the stable entry gates.Once at the stable entry gate, essential personnel will be tested by American Medical Response (AMR).Horses will only be allowed to enter the stable areas of Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. No wagering or food service available in the grandstand.Press Box will be closed.Official chart callers to use their designated office space only.Restricted Access to the Jockeys’ Room and Jockeys’ Room Protocol:Only essential personnel licensed by the state and jockeys scheduled to ride in races will be allowed in the Jockeys’ Room.All jockeys and essential personnel only in the Jockeys’ Room (including Valets and Clerk of the Scales) will have their temperatures tested daily. Anyone showing any signs of illness will be denied access to the premises.Jockeys’ Room lockers and workstations will be spaced a minimum of the required six feet apart.All jockeys will be required to wear riding gloves at all times.Jockeys are prohibited from any physical contact between themselves and others.Jockeys are required to leave the Jockeys’ Room immediately following their last ride.Sauna and extraneous facilities are closed. Showers will remain open and will be sanitized frequently throughout the day.Travel for jockeys will be restricted and a 14-day mandatory self-quarantine is in effect for all jockeys and personnel who have traveled internationally.Restricted Access to Stables and Morning Training:Only trainers with horses stabled at Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West, Palm Meadows and essential personnel licensed by the state who are responsible for the care of the horses (veterinarians, grooms, exercise riders, farriers) are allowed in the stable area.All personnel will be required to sign in and out each time they enter and exit the stable area. To limit outside exposure, no owners, media or fans will be allowed on the track.No guests, no exceptions. No congregating in any areas.Walking ring is closed to everyone other than personnel required to accompany each horse to and from the saddling barn or racetrack. Jockeys will get on their horses in the saddling barn, not the paddock, and proceed directly to the racetrack for the post parade and warm up.All starting gates will be disinfected between every race and all gate crew will be required to wear gloves and will have no physical contact between them.Additional sanitation and handwashing stations have been installed at Gulfstream Park.center_img Escalated cleaning schedules throughout relevant facilities, including a focused sanitization on high touch areas such as doorknobs, buttons, handrails, counter tops.All non-essential personnel will not be permitted on grounds. Non-essential personnel to be prohibited includes all public service employees (e.g., food service, wagering tellers, ushers, admission staff). All public areas of the grandstand will be closed for morning workouts, including all private clockers. GULFSTREAM PARK ANNOUNCES NEW HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLSRACING TO PAUSE FRIDAY AND RESUME SATURDAY FOR JOCKEYS’ ROOM UPDATE HALLANDALE BEACH, FL- March 19, 2020  At Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows, the health, safety and welfare of every person and every horse in our community is our top priority. With that in mind, Gulfstream Park will suspend racing for one day, Friday, March 20, to update its protocols in a number of areas, including the Jockeys’ Room. Racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday, March 21.Last week, Gulfstream Park took strict measures to limit exposure by closing the facility to the public for live racing and simulcast. Gulfstream Park has operated in full compliance with all government and local health orders, while ensuring the protection of the essential personnel that care for the over 3,200 horses that are stabled at Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows.The following protocols have been implemented at Santa Anita Park, Golden Gate Fields and the Maryland Jockey Club and are now in force at Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park West and Palm Meadows.Controlled Access and Documentation:Following recommended guidelines by health and government authorities, limited gatherings will be enforced in compliance with current recommendations for social distancing. These specific areas include the Receiving Barn, Saddling Barn, Jockeys’ Room, Grandstand, Track Kitchen, Morning Clocker Stands.last_img read more

Walter Roth Museum relocation halted

first_imgIn light of mounting controversy over the announcement to relocate the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, Government has since put the move on hold.This was disclosed by Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnarine on Wednesday. The Minister was at the time engaging indigenous leaders at the National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference, which is being held at the Arthur Chung International Convention Centre, and was questioned about the relocation of the museum.The current location of the Walter Roth MuseumTwo weeks ago, Guyana Times broke the news of plans afoot to relocate the museum, which was subsequently confirmed by the Ministry of the Presidency, which said it would be moving the museum and its employees to the National Museum by the end of the year. The relocation was to facilitate the housing of a department of the Ministry at the Museum’s current Main Street location.This decision did not sit well with various sections of Guyanese society as criticisms mounted against Government for not holding any consultations on its decision to relocate the museum, which is the oldest museum of anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean.However, Dr Roopnarine on Wednesday gave assurance that no decisions will be made to move the historical museum until consultations were held with museum staff and stakeholders, including the leaders of the 212 indigenous villages.“What I have done is I have asked the President (David Granger) to put the question of the movement of the Walter Roth Museum on hold until I have had an opportunity to discuss the matter more thoroughly with the people, the anthropologists, the Toshaos and so on,” Minister Roopnaraine informed the gathering at the Convention Centre.This announcement was met with resounding applause from the indigenous leaders. The Minister further indicated to the indigenous leaders that the matter was one that was at the heart of his very own family.During the engagement on the third day of the NTC, Toshao of Maruranau Village in Region Nine, Patrick Gomes decried the Government’s decision to move the museum, on the grounds that the artefacts contained within were those discovered several hundred years ago and many may not survive relocation.Gomes called on all the indigenous leaders present at the NTC to make a recommendation to the Government that the museum remains at its present site, “because we do not want to lose our heritage and our connection to the past”.He added that the indigenous people needed to “have that connection to the past, to know where we came from, where we are going and what we have”.The Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology contains a wealth of historic information and artefacts about the Amerindian people with the aim of keeping the legacy of Guyana’s first people alive.The museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, Mr J J Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The museum’s collections also include dug-up artefacts from all 10 administrative regions.In addition to condemnation from the likes of former Ministers of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr Frank Anthony and Gail Teixeira among others, there has been an online petition to stop the relocation of the historical facility with over 500 signatures gathered.last_img read more

‘Significant Milestone’ for Mt. Coffee

first_imgThe first phase of the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water) of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Dam Project in Harrisburg has been completed, paving the way for the commissioning of the first 22 megawatt turbine in December.“By October 19, the team on the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Rehabilitation Project successfully completed the reservoir impoundment (filling the reservoir with water). This major milestone is a pre-condition for commissioning of the first turbine,” Bill Hakin, Project Director of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) said. On October 15, the spillway gates were gradually closed in order to increase the water level in the reservoir. On Wednesday, October 19, the water level reached 28 metres above sea level (masl), which is just one meter below the maximum operating level. “This is a significant milestone in the project for us, because at this water level, we are now able to start testing the first turbine unit, and this wouldn’t have been possible without great team work and a lot of dedication,” said Hakin.Despite a number of challenges, he said, the project is still on track to allow the hydropower facility to deliver electricity to the LEC grid by mid December 2016 as planned. Local fishermen were evidently also pleased with this result since it is 26 years since the water level has been this high in the reservoir, and it is now ripe for fishing, a press release from the Liberia Electricity Corporation said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more