Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Dec. 18

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSpa crew did a great job on big stormA quick letter to recognize the excellent job Saratoga Springs did clearing our streets from the sizeable two-day snowstorm earlier this month.Not only were most of the streets plowed, but Broadway and downtown were cleared in time for our Victorian Street Walk, which attracted a reported 25,000.To plow our large city so quickly, it took an experienced department with excellent leadership, a proven plan, sufficient equipment and hard work by the city crews working long hours overnights.Richard SellersSaratoga Springs Flushing is the least of Trump’s worriesDonald J. Trump has announced his latest concern, the deregulation of American toilets.He claims that Americans are flushing their toilets too often, and this in turn results in a shortage of water for washing your hands.He has ignored serious infrastructure repairs and updates in many areas of the country. The concern of seepage from underground ancient and rotting pipes, which might affect drinking water, is not there.He has denied climate change, even if there is abundant scientific proof to the contrary.Melting glaciers causing rising oceans, rampant wildfires and hurricanes resulting in human losses and hundreds of homes are just phenomena.He refuses to acknowledge the need for gun regulation, neither in the vetting process nor in being able to purchase military-type automatic rifles. The violence continues too frequently, most recently at a U.S. Naval base in Florida by a Saudi nationalist. The president offers “thoughts and prayers” until the next mass shooting.The situation at the southern border is a monumental disgrace where asylum seekers are being treated like animals, in some cases worse than animals. Another young man died last week. But never fear, now Jared Kushner is in charge.Now that the national debt has reached $21 trillion and still rising. We the people as law abiding citizens must prove our loyalty by not flushing our toilets so often.Jane ReisengerSchenectadyMust do better than tributes to racismWhile driving around Schenectady I saw a Confederate battle flag hanging on a porch.In response to this provocation, I’d like to praise the New York-based artist Kehinde Wiley and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) for supporting and building the statue “Rumors of War.”This statue was recently on view in New York City and now is prominently displayed at the VMFA near, but not on, Richmond, Virginia’s, famous Monument Avenue. I spent my formative years near Richmond, where I learned that Monument Avenue was created to “honor heroes of the Confederacy.” As I learned about the Confederacy, it became clear that “Monument Avenue” is simply a monument to a beastly culture and the men who killed tens of thousands of American troops to preserve a society dependent upon the practices of kidnapping, owning people, separating families, selling children, rape and torture, to name just a few. Noting this, I do believe “Rumors of War” would be a bit better if it was forged from the melted statues of the racist traitors currently standing along Monument Avenue in Richmond. And to the New Yorkers sporting the Confederate battle flag on porches, vehicles and flag poles, I share Wiley’s response to the statues of traitors, murderers, and racists along Monument Avenue, “We can do better.”Chuck PiotrowskiNiskayunaEllen audience a bit too giddy over giftsI sat down with a cup of coffee the other day and settled in to watch the 5 p.m. local news on Channel 6. I turned on the TV, a bit early, around 4:50 p.m. Well the Ellen DeGeneres show was on with Ellen and some model dancing around telling the studio screaming, jumping women in the audience that they all were going to get free this and free that.What I find so amazing is that the women in the audience behaved like little children on Christmas morning getting presents from their parents. My question is why would they behave and belittle themselves for a free toaster or whatever. Have they no pride? There, that being said, let the flogging begin.Rick SplawnikAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Five killed, four injured after bus crashes into truck on Tangerang-Merak toll road

first_imgRead also: Overload, fatigue main factors in truck accidentsThe accident occurred at around 12:30 a.m., killing five passengers of the bus and injuring four others. Among the casualties was a toddler.Some of the dead and injured victims were taken to the Drajat Prawiranegara general regional hospital in Serang, while others were transported to Krakatau Medika Hospital in Cilegon.Personnel of the Banten and Cilegon Police’s traffic accident investigation division are investigating the accident. The police were also looking for the bus driver, who fled the scene after the accident. (nal)Topics : Five people were killed and four others were injured during an accident involving a bus and a container truck at kilometer 94 of the Tangerang-Merak toll road in Purwakarta district in Cilegon, Banten, on Tuesday at midnight.The bus, an inter-island bus traveling from Medan, North Sumatra, to Jakarta, hit a container truck traveling to Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, tribunnews.com reported.The bus driver was driving at a high speed prior to the accident before losing control of the vehicle at kilometer 94, causing the bus to crash into the back of the container truck.last_img read more

Unai Emery suffers Arsenal transfer blow as Christopher Nkunku closes in on Rennes move

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 6 Apr 2019 12:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link324Shares Unai Emery suffers Arsenal transfer blow as Christopher Nkunku closes in on Rennes move Advertisement Arsenal tried to sign Christopher Nkunku in January (Picture: Getty)The Gunners attempted to sign the 21-year-old in January but were unable to agree a loan to buy arrangement with the Ligue 1 champions.Emery handed Nkunku his professional debut during their time together at PSG but the versatile winger has struggled for regular starts under Thomas Tuchel.Ouest-France, however, claim the player is on the verge of joining Rennes with Nkunku’s agents having held positive talks with the club’s manager Olivier Letang.Nkunku, who has made 19 Ligue 1 appearances this season and scored three goals, has a contract which is set to expire in just over a year’s time.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal are unlikely to sign Denis Suarez on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty)Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku is keen on a summer move to Rennes and set to snub Unai Emery.The former Sevilla coach is unlikely to sign Denis Suarez on a permanent basis following his loan move from Barcelona in January.Suarez has been restricted to just six substitute appearances with Emery said to harbour doubts over his compatriot’s ability to withstand the physical nature of English football.Arsenal have the option to sign Suarez outright for £18million when the transfer window reopens in the summer, but Emery has already recommended a list of alternatives with Nkunku chief among them.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySorry, this video isn’t available any more.last_img read more

Propertyology has found Cairns on track for stellar returns

first_img11 Ferntree Close, Brinsmead.A NEW report is adding to the stream of good news for the Far North property market.Market research firm and award-winning buyers’ agency Propertyology has found Cairns, as well as five other Queensland locations are among 39 places with the right ingredients for “stellar” returns on property.The criteria used included median house prices below $400,000, economic diversity, essential infrastructure, lifestyle, increased demand for housing and expected improvement in economic conditions. Real Estate Institute of Queensland Far North region zone chair Tom Quaid said the data backed what local experts had been saying for the past two years.“We’ve seen the fundamentals in place to support growth for some time now, so it’s great to see external agencies now supporting that view,” Mr Quaid said.“There aren’t too many guarantees in real estate but it was good to see Cairns come up in this report – as it has begun to across a range of studies.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoPropertyology head Simon Pressley who is is also a three-time winner of the REIA and REIQ Buyers Agent of the Year award. Propertyology is a national property market researcher as well as buyers’ agency specialising in investment property and was a Queensland finalist in the 2017 Telstra business Awards. Picture: Supplied“The market remains affordable for most buyers but poised for growth. If you are serious about getting into the market now is the time to start getting your ducks in a row.”Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley (pictured) said each of the 39 locations had a superior three-year outlook compared to Sydney and Melbourne.“Some homeowners, particularly in the big cities, think nothing of spending $400,000 on a renovation or $800,000 to $1 million to buy a single property,” he said.“However, for the same amount, you can buy two or more affordable properties in locations with considerable upside growth potential and rental returns that generate positive or near-positive cash flow.”Mr Pressley said smart investors look beyond high-priced capital city real estate when building a portfolio.He said based on the total return of capital gains plus rental income, many affordable locations outperformed capital city markets over the long-term.last_img read more

Mansfield school catchment secures tricky property sale

first_imgThis home at 204 Newnham Rd, Mount Gravatt East, sold for $581,982.A family desperate to get into the Mansfield school catchment have purchased this Mount Gravatt East home.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills sales consultant Brian Shin said 204 Newnham Rd home sold for $581,982 and is one of the more challenging homes he has had to market.“It’s on a main road and on a corner so it was particularly hard to sell,” Mr Shin said. “It is also fairly old and needs a lot of work.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The kitchen is a bit tired.Mr Shin said the buyers, a family, weren’t planning on renovating straight away, but wanted to get their child into the local school catchment.“They had been looking for a while but they wanted to send their son to the local school.”According to CoreLogic data, the median house price for Mount Gravatt East is $658,500, more than $76,000 over the price of this home.Mr Shin said his advice to sellers in the area was not to overcapitalise on their renovations.“Some people are spending a lot on renovations thinking they can get their money back, but that’s not always the case,” he said.“So I would urge them to make sure that they aren’t overcapitalising.”last_img read more

Primary kids told ‘don’t come back’

first_imgNZ Herald 1 Feb 2012Nearly 2000 primary school children were sent home last year following serious disciplinary matters – including 75 whose behaviour was so bad they were told not to bother returning. In many cases the disciplinary action was a last resort by desperate principals – not designed to teach the child a lesson but to get help for them or protect other students following violent, antisocial and occasionally sexually motivated behaviour. Figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal that in the 11 months to November more than 21,000 school students faced serious disciplinary action. Of those, 1874 were aged under 10 – including 170 5- and 6-year-olds – and 75 were banned from returning to their school after going before the board of trustees for a disciplinary hearing….Of the 1874 primary school cases in the year to November, 1602 children were stood down for up to five days before being allowed to return. A further 197 were suspended, usually indicating more serious behaviour, until they could go before the board of trustees. Of those students, the behaviour of 75 was so bad that they were formally excluded from the school – meaning they had to re-enroll at another school. While the figures provided for last year were incomplete, the numbers were on a par with 10 years ago. In 2001, 1963 primary-aged students faced serious disciplinary action.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10782578last_img read more

Men’s soccer: Wisconsin finishes year unbeaten at home after 2-1 win over Buckeyes

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team completed the season undefeated at home Sunday with a 2-1 win over Ohio State University.Apart from the undefeated home record, the win also brought the Badgers to a 10-win regular season, marking the first time UW has accomplished either of these since the 2013 season. The 10-win finish is double the team’s total from last season.Men’s soccer: No. 24 Badgers cruise to a 3-1 win over Western IllinoisThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin-Madison’s men’s soccer team came away with a 3-1 victory yesterday evening over visiting Western Read…Sunday’s game against the Buckeyes was also Wisconsin’s Senior Day, and it was a celebration to remember after the Badgers sent off three seniors with a win. Wisconsin fans and teammates celebrated the final regular season performances by senior goalkeeper Casey Beyers, defender Matej Radonic and midfielder Brian Hail.The Badgers have built their offense around a team effort all season, with multiple players scoring goals and spreading the offensive attack across the roster. This was no different on Sunday. Early in the game, UW junior midfielder Enda O’Neill scored his first career goal off of an assist from junior forward Tom Barlow. In the midst of the action, Barlow managed to force the ball free from OSU goalkeeper Parker Siegfried’s grip before dishing it out to O’Neill for the score.The Badgers netted their second goal only minutes before the halftime whistle blew, when sophomore Isaac Schlenker sent a hard shot into the back post off of an assist from junior forward Chris Mueller. As the first half ended, the Badgers walked into halftime with a commanding 2-0 lead.The Buckeyes hit the field for the second half playing as a much improved team with increased aggressiveness and speed. The Badgers were ready for the challenge though, and elevated their own play to match this tone as the two sides went back and forth until the Buckeyes got on the board. In the 85th minute, Ohio State senior forward Yaw Amankwa sent a strike past UW starting goalkeeper Phillip Schilling to cut the Badgers’ lead in half. Despite the late surge by the Buckeyes, Wisconsin battled to a 2-1 victory in the final minutes.This has been quite the season for the Badgers. They were projected to finish seventh in the Big Ten according to the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll, but instead finished third after Sunday’s result. UW has also performed well against the toughest talent in the conference with a tie to second-place Indiana University and an overtime loss to University of Maryland on the road.Men’s soccer: Wisconsin holds No. 7 Indiana to 0-0 draw at homeThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team proved their potential once again this year as they battled No. 4 Indiana University into Read…Wisconsin secured the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten tournament as the Badgers host a rematch of Sunday in a battle with the No. 6 seed Buckeyes. Kickoff is slated for next Monday, Nov. 6 at noon in Madison’s McClimon Complex.With a tough defense and a dynamic offense that can strike from anywhere on the field, the Badgers could be a dangerous team in next week’s conference tournament.last_img read more

Bahmed to air lift 2,000 soccer fans to Brazil

first_imgBahmed Travel and Tours has officially signed an agreement with airline giants Emirates to airlift 2,000 soccer fans to Brazil for the next year’s June World.The short yet colourful ceremony which took place at the latter’s office in Accra will see  Ghanaian fans being entitled to 1,500 slots, while the remaining 500 allocation will go to fans from neighboring Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.An affordable fee of $5,800 which will include visa, accommodation, internal transport and breakfast would be charged for the entire World Cup season.Emirates Manager, Ghana, commercial Hendrick Du Preez in a press conference revealed that the initiative was part of his side’s culture of bringing people together.“As the official FIFA World Cup airline company, we are hoping to take as many fans as possible to Brazil and we trust this healthy relationship will soar higher. My only advice to prospective fans is that they apply on time to avoid rush,” said Preez.Bahmed travels CEO Alhaji Ahmed Bandoh indicated that “a Committee would soon be set to handle all travel arrangements; specific roles would be assigned to members as there would be those who will handle finances that will accrue to the travel accounts.” “As we speak, we have made giant strides regarding accommodation, travel arrangements, internal transports and all that. So I believe that those 2000 soccer fans that will go to Brazil on our ticket will have a very exciting tournament” he said.last_img read more

Racial profiling ban passed for Des Moines police

first_imgDES MOINES — The Des Moines City Council has passed a racial profiling ban for city police.The ordinance establishes a committee to review systemic bias in the police system and directs police officers to intervene if another officer uses excessive force. The council is also creating a task force to study ways to make marijuana possession the lowest priority for law enforcement.Councilmember Josh Mandelbaum co-sponsored that proposal. Mandelbaum says, “Addressing the way we enforce our marijuana laws is one of the small ways that we can move towards racial justice and a community that works better for everyone.” The ordinance was first introduced nearly two years ago but it took on new urgency in the wake of protests against police brutality.Betty Andrews, president of the Iowa-Nebraska NAACP negotiated changes to the ordinance, including forcing a police officer to interfere when a colleague uses unreasonable force. Andrews says, “Which means that if someone has their knee on the neck of someone gasping for air they should interfere.”Andrews says the ordinance is a good step but the city must do more. For instance, she says the community should have more authority to hold police accountable for misconduct.last_img read more

Red Bank Regional Proposing $22M Referendum

first_imgItems Include Classroom Expansion, Roof Replacement, New Turf Field |By Jay Cook |LITTLE SILVER – Residents of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury Borough will be asked to vote on a two-part, $22-million referendum in December to fund a total roof replacement, classroom expansion and turf field installation at Red Bank Regional High School (RBR).An anticipated increase to student enrollment, the reduction of income from out-of-district students and a proactivity to expand programs for all students are driving the vote, said RBR Superintendent Louis Moore, Ph.D.“This is going to be the next crossroads” for RBR, Moore told The Two River Times Tuesday. “If this referendum goes forward, it’s going to put us in a place to continue to thrive. But if we lose, there are going to be some significant costs.”The referendum is set for Dec. 11 and will be split into two separate questions, with the second contingent upon approval of the first.The first is a projected $19.9 million bond to finance a total replacement of the high school’s roof which is “at the end of its life,” said Moore. It will also address an expansion to the school’s footprint creating 10 new classrooms along with transforming the media center into a “learning commons,” he said. This question qualifies for state debt service aid which the district projects would reduce the cost to $15.7 million.A second question, with a $2.2-million price tag, will fund replacing the existing grass stadium field with a new turf field, as well as upgrades to the concession stands and new bathroom facilities at the stadium. This question will only be approved if the first question passes, and it does not qualify for state debt service aid.With debt aid calculated in, the total project cost is roughly $18 million.Depending on average assessed home values in the three boroughs, homeowners would see a tax increase between $82 and $152 annually until 2023, when older debts are retired, according to a statement from the district. After 2023, the tax hit from this referendum would shrink to a range between $52 and $92.Here is a breakdown of the three towns with their average assessed home values and the tax levy based on those assessments using 2018-2019 budget information:Little Silver: Average Assessment = $633,785. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,728.67Red Bank: Average Assessment = $364,296. Regional School Tax Levy = $1,663.97Shrewsbury: Average Assessment = $496,184. Regional School Tax Levy = $2,508.13A combination of factors surrounding student enrollment is driving the referendum. Enrollment from in-district students is on the rise, said Moore. A demographic study commissioned last year shows an anticipated 5 to 10 percent increase in the student body. RBR has 1,217 students enrolled this year and its capacity is 1,200 students; that’s expected to jump to 1,350 in the coming years.The school is also seeing less money come in as increasing in-district enrollments have essentially barred out-of-district students. RBR drew 190 students from 15 different sending districts in the 2017-2018 school year at a tuition cost of $14,500 each. Tuition income to RBR has fallen from $4 million to $2.8 million over the past four years as the number of available spaces has declined.The district offers multiple unique Career Technical Educational academies drawing students from Belmar, Millstone and Union Beach, among others, Moore said. Those academies are for visual and performing arts, information technology, engineering and early childhood education.Moore added that the RBR Board of Education increases the out-of-district tuition roughly 2 percent annually, which is in line with the usual budget increases.Local taxpayers, however, will feel the brunt down the line if the referendum is denied, Moore cautioned.“I think this is a very responsible approach to these issues,” he said. “The truth is – and it’s a little counterintuitive – but if we don’t do this, the tax burden will actually increase.”The vote comes just before the tri-borough school district will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. According to the school’s history, the original building was financed by voters in the three boroughs for a total cost of $9.4 million.“This is going to improve our facility and really let us take the next step in being able to offer remarkable programs to all of our students,” Moore said. “It’s also going to deal with these fiscal issues that we’re already seeing.”The Red Bank Regional High School District will be presenting referendum plans at borough meetings and for any groups that request it to inform the public. Questions about the vote can be emailed to RBR-referendum@rbrhs.org.This article was first published in the June 14-June 21, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more