Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Feb. 6

first_imgI’ve had it and I’m going to be taking pictures of you, and the Niskayuna Police Department will be contacting you. It might not be a big deal to you, but the safety of my child, and every child on that street, is a big deal to me and parents just like me. To those of you who do stop (even at yellow lights), thank you. Your consideration is noticed and appreciated. To those of you who don’t stop, smile for the camera.Ellen RussoNiskayuna Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRemember to stop for stopped busesDear Morning Commuters (specifically those who travel on Hillside Avenue): I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, but when you see a school bus with its lights on (yes, even the yellow ones) stop.Don’t try to attempt to shave 30 seconds off your commute by squeaking past it. Why, you ask? Because passing a school bus with its lights on and signs out is against the law.Several times a week, I watch ignorant motorists in their own little world blatantly blow past my daughter’s stopped, or almost completely stopped, bus in an effort to get to the corner and turn because they’re running late. More from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuscenter_img Grateful for support rescuing feral catsI’m a resident of Glenville and I recently stumbled upon a feral cat colony near where I live. There were approximately 50 cats and kittens living outdoors in the cold, rain and snow with no shelter. Being an animal lover, I couldn’t just walk past and not do anything. I knew that Steve Caporizzo was affiliated with Pet Connection, so I started there first.He put my plea for help on his website and I immediately received many recommendations as to who could help me. The majority of the rescue groups and all the volunteers were tied up with other feral colonies and rescues. Nonetheless, they were willing to help. I would like to say thank you to The Kitten Angels, SCRUFF, Guilderhaven and Steve Caporizzo for all their help. These groups work endless hours and are totally devoted to the safety and well-being of animals. Through this process, I have met many people and learned many things. I can’t stress enough the need to support local rescue groups and if possible, volunteer. They’re always looking for more people to help with the rescue of animals in need. There are a lot of wonderful caring human beings out there. Thank you so much.Caryn WeaverGlenville  last_img read more

MWB kicks off with MCI scoop

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BAA Lynton refines focus

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Dutch pension fund trustees could be paid more, says research firm

first_imgThis meant trustees should have been paid based on a two-day work week, but instead the scheme based its pay on trustees spending one day a week on the scheme. Trustees were paid €25,000 a year.In contrast, TPRA noted that a number of the newer general pension funds (APFs) paid their board members as if they were a larger scheme.According to Deinema, this made sense given the APFs’ ambitions to pool smaller schemes together. He also suggested that governance was more complicated as the schemes accommodated several pension funds.The research bureau found that the 3.3% pay rise last year predominantly occurred at smaller sector schemes and large company pension funds.“This could be the effect of professionalising, for example through the appointment of external trustees,” Deinema suggested.The survey also found that remuneration varied widely, with combined trustee board pay of €104,019 at company schemes and €464,881 at industry-wide pension funds, on average.In 2011, the Pension Federation suggested that remuneration should be based on on a union’s total employer expenses for board members representing workers.This amounted to €140,000 for a trustee at a large sector scheme (€10bn or more) in a full-time job, €125,000 for a trustee at a medium-sized scheme (€1bn-€10bn), and €100,000 for board members at small schemes (less than €1bn). There is still leeway for a pay rise for trustees at most Dutch pension funds despite a 3.3% increase last year, according to Dutch research bureau The Pension Rating Agency (TPRA).Based on remuneration data from annual reports for 2017, it concluded that pay was 16.5% lower on average relative to the standard set by the Pensions Federation in 2011.TPRA said it based its calculations on the assumption that trustees spent a single day per week on a pension fund with assets of up to €10bn, and two days for larger schemes.As an example of a scheme paying less than the standard level, researcher Michaël Deinema cited the sector scheme for the hospitality industry (Horeca & Catering), which exceeded €10bn in assets last year.last_img read more

The Doll House of Dornoch Tce prepares for weekend auction

first_imgThe house as it looked in 2005. Picture: supplied.Ray White South Brisbane agent Luke Croft says the result has attracted more than 40 buyers over the course of the sales campaign which will culminate with an auction at 1pm this Saturday, June 29. The view of the city from 157 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill. Picture: supplied.“I see this as a property that is not restricted by demographic, it is more restricted by imagination.” “There’s a mixture of buyers, definitely younger families but a few empty nesters are in there as well,” Mr Croft said.“There are bespoke finishes with the kitchen where all the benchtops are in timber with Italian appliances. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Ex-Lord Mayor lucky charm at auction >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< With a little imagination that back door could lead to a new back deck. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago“They’ve kept the beautiful features like chunky timber handrails on the stairs and original pine floorboards, and mixed that with contemporary finishes and the facade on the front of the house.”center_img The new extension has bi-fold windows and louvres to bring the breezes into the house. Picture: supplied.“We were looking for a crisp look that echoed the original house profile, while the front upper portion is our interpretation of a sleep-out.“In colder climates that front room would be called a sunroom, here you’d say it was an enclosed veranda with bi-fold windows that open substantially to the northern aspect.”The aspect takes full advantage of unrestricted city views. The original timber handrails and floorboards. Picture: supplied.Mr Lonergan had further plans to extend the rear of the house and build a third level self-contained living area on the lower ground level but circumstances have since changed and the family is now moving on.“We have planning approval for a rear and side deck to increase carparking, and we’ve done the architectural and structural drawings to allow that to happen,” he said.The three-bedroom house sits at the front of a 435sq m block with a terraced backyard and has the living, dining and kitchen area on the ground floor and three bedrooms and a sleep-out on the first floor. Australia’s sexiest pool hits the market This house at 157 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill will go to auction on Saturday. Picture: supplied.LOCAL cyclists call it the ‘Doll House’, others say it reminds them of a beach house or barn with its pitched roof.Brisbane architect Peter Lonergan has called it home for seven years.Keeping the core of the original 1920 colonial house, Mr Lonergan and his wife Siuyu Law stripped back several decades of additions at 157 Dornoch Terrace at Highgate Hill to give the house a modern, industrial twist. An elevated double bed allows for a casual lounge area underneath in one of the bedrooms. Picture: supplied.Some renovations had been made in the 1960s however these have now been replaced by the black extensions to the original white house.last_img read more

Greensburg Police Deal With Several Reports of Petty Theft

first_imgGREENSBURG – Police are reminding residents to lock their cars and homes after a string of apparent thefts in Greensburg.Officers are investigating multiple reports of petty theft around the city and have arrested one juvenile believed to be involved in the criminal activity, the Greensburg Daily News reports.Several of the theft reports involve a vehicle that was left unlocked and some stolen items include iPod chargers, lighters and loose change, police said.Greensburg Police Chief Stacey Chasteen encourages residents to lock their vehicles and homes and be alert of any suspicious activity, especially in the evening hours.She told the newspaper that citizens should report any crime even if it appears nothing was stolen.last_img read more

O’Shea’s backing for Easter

first_imgHarlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea has backed Nick Easter to continue playing for some time after the veteran number eight inspired a 24-18 Champions Cup victory over Leinster. “I’ve always said he can still play for England because he can cover a few positions and is an old head. Sometimes when you’re in those sorts of games you need those old people around,” O’Shea said. “We’ve a lot of youngsters who are learning on the hoof, but when Nick plays like that he’s a very special player. I’m very fortunate that he’s been at the club in the time I’ve been here. “He’s at the tail end of his career, but he’s still got a few more years left in him. (Leinster lock) Brad Thorn is playing aged 40, so he can keep on going.” Wing Aseli Tikoirotuma crossed for the game’s only other try, Nick Evans slotted a penalty before limping off with a groin injury, replacement fly-half Tim Swiel kicked eight points and Danny Care landed an opportunist late drop-goal. Quins, who dominated the scrum to atone for their set-piece horror show at Bath last weekend, have a 100 per cent record in Pool Two ahead of Saturday’s return match in Dublin. Victory avenged the infamous ‘Bloodgate’ defeat by Leinster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup five and a half years ago and O’Shea was delighted by the display. “We’ve had a tough couple of weeks and not the greatest start to the season, but sometimes you have to show some fight and we did,” he said. “Our scrum has been outstanding and then last weekend happened. That was a great reaction from the pack. Press Association Easter was named man of the match after carrying the fight to the three-times European champions and scoring the momentum-shifting opening try that broke the 9-9 half-time deadlock. O’Shea believes the 36-year-old’s experience could still be an asset for England – he has not played for the Red Rose since the 2011 World Cup – and predicts retirement is still some time away. “When you have your backs to the walls, we have the catchphrase ‘one shot, one kill, and we don’t want to die wondering’. “We now Leinster will come firing back, but our belief will grow from this. It will be an unbelievable contest for us next week.” Evans is a doubt for Saturday’s trip to the Aviva Stadium, but England prop Joe Marler is expected to be fit after sustaining a shoulder injury. Leinster finished with a losing bonus point and head coach Matt O’Connor lamented his team’s shortcomings at the scrum. “That was as good as Nick Easter has played in the last 25 years! Full credit to Quins, I thought they played very, very well,” O’Connor said. “We didn’t control set piece and with a French referee away from home that’s massive. “We thought it would be a lot closer contest up front and the beauty of sport is that we have a week to fix it.” last_img read more

MDI athletes garner conference honors

first_img Luchini named to Maine Running Hall of Fame – August 12, 2020 Latest Posts MDI Hospital to begin contact tracing – August 5, 2020 Bio Liz GravesReporter at Mount Desert IslanderFormer Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.center_img Latest posts by Liz Graves (see all) BAR HARBOR — Three Mount Desert Island High School student athletes earned top honors in the Penobscot Valley Conference in their sports this season. Many more were named to all-conference teams.Senior Steven Hanscom was named baseball pitcher of the year. Senior Madeline Cook and junior Luke Horton, MDI’s number one singles tennis players, were selected as players of the year in girls’ and boys’ tennis.In baseball, Jon Phelps is on the all-conference first team, and Hanscom was named to the second team. Softball players Shelby O’Neil, Hannah Shaw and Sierra Myrick were named to the first team.In tennis, senior Sierra Bloom and junior Mackenzie Myers made the first team for doubles.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe all-conference first team for track and field includes Ralph Magnani for 400-meter dash, Chapin McFarland for shot put, and Lydia Dacorte, Caroline Driscoll, Waylon Henggeler and Isabel Erickson for the 4×800-meter relay. On the second team, Erickson was named for 800-meter run and high jump, Driscoll for 800-meter run and 1600-meter run, and Henggeler for 3200-meter run.The boys’ second team includes Brandon Murphy, Matt Hanna, Josh Bloom and Ralph Magnagni for 4×400-meter relay, Murphy for 100-meter dash, Aaron Miller and Will Richard for high jump, Ryan Bender for long jump and Jalique Keene for javelin.Find in-depth coverage of local news in the Mount Desert Islander. Subscribe digitally or in print. Keene appeals his 2019 murder conviction – July 30, 2020last_img read more

Dhawan shines as India post 285/7 vs Hong Kong

first_imgDubai: Opener Shikhar Dhawan (127) smashed a brilliant century to set a perfect platform but some poor batting from the middle-order saw India posting 285/7 runs against Hong Kong in Group A One-Day International (ODI) match of the Asia Cup here on Tuesday.At one point India 240/2 in 40 overs but after the fall of Dhawan, who slammed his 14th ODI ton, the other middle-order batsmen went to pavilion one after another, thanks to clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.Put in to bat, Indian openers Rohit Sharma (23) and Dhawan started the proceeding on a positive note, forging a 45-run disciplined partnership in eight overs. Rohit displayed some beautifully crafted shots but was soon picked up by pacer Ehsan Khan. His 22 ball innings included four boundaries.New batsman Ambati Rayudu (60) then joined Dhawan in the middle started punishing the bad balls. The duo played freely and smashing the Hong Kong bowlers all around the park to build a 100-run partnership.Rayudu and Dhawan completed half-century before Rayudu was caught by Scott McKechnie off Ehsan Nawaz in the 30th over. But unperturbed by the fall of wicket, Dhawan kept on playing the attacking game and completed his 14th ton.New batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Dhawan then played attacking cricket and in the process Dhawan gifted his wicket to spinner K.D. Shah. His 120 ball innings was comprised of 15 boundaries and two sixes.It was all going perfect, but after Dhawan’s wicket, spinners attacked Indian batsmen and took wickets in clusters.The first one to go was M.S. Dhoni (0) and then it was Karthik. Kedar Jadhav (28 not out) along with other batters –Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9), Shardul Thakur (0) and Kuldeep Yadav (0), however tried to pace up the innings towards the end but could not breach the 300-run mark.Hong Kong gave a strong reply as they minnors reached 133 for no loss after 27 overs. Openers Nizakat Ali (77) and Anshuman Rath (47) were at the crease. IANSlast_img read more

City move 11 points clear at the top after 2-1 derby win over Man. United

first_imgBy Simon Evans(REUTERS)-Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City moved 11 points clear at the top after a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in their derby clash on Sunday.The victory means City are the first team to win 14 consecutive English top-flight games in the same season. The result ended United’s run of 40 home games unbeaten in all competitions.City’s lead over second-placed United means the title is now theirs to lose and, while Pep Guardiola’s side did not provide a classic display of their manager’s attractive passing football, they showed they have the grit as well as the class to come through the toughest challenges.Jose Mourinho’s team selection suggested United’s manager was intent on playing expansively, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford chosen as wide support to central striker Romelu Lukaku.But United struggled to get any of their forward players involved as City dominated possession. Mourinho’s team were let down by poor passing and struggled to keep the ball.Gabriel Jesus, playing as the lone central striker with Sergio Aguero on the bench, had an early opening but shot tamely straight at United keeper David De Gea, as did Raheem Sterling when he wriggled some space.City’s dominance was rewarded in the 43rd minute although the breakthrough was not a product of clever passing but sloppy defending from United at a set-piece.Romelu Lukaku failed to clear Kevin De Bruyne’s inswinging corner and the ball fell to David Silva, who was played onside by Ashley Young. The Spaniard gratefully hooked the ball home.Poor defending at the other end allowed United to get level before the break.Marcos Rojo hit a hopeful diagonal cross into the City box but Nicolas Otamendi misjudged a header, Fabian Delph hesitated and Marcus Rashford pounced on the loose ball and drove low past Ederson.At the break, City were forced to replace skipper Vincent Kompany with midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, a switch that meant Brazilian Fernandinho moved back into the defence.United were also forced into a change with Marcus Rojo, who had suffered a head injury, replaced by Swedish centre half Victor Lindelof.City restored their lead nine minutes into the second half after another piece of poor defending.Silva whipped a free-kick into the box and Lukaku, who had a derby to forget, drove an attempted clearance into the back of team mate Chris Smalling. The ball looped to Otamendi who, making amends for his earlier mistake, showed great athleticism to volley home on the half-turn.Guardiola shored up his back line by bringing on defender Eliaquim Mangala for Jesus and allowing Fernandinho to go back into his usual role in the holding midfield position.City had keeper Ederson to thank for the three points after he produced a superb double save at close range six minutes from the end to keep out efforts from Lukaku and Juan Mata.last_img read more