City manager will be beneficial to Spa City

first_imgI’ll vote “yes” for the new charter this November and for the council-manager form of government (now the most-used form in the United States).Partisanship and poor institutional memory are two strong arguments against our current commission form. Only a few examples: A part-time city attorney found two overlooked federal/state grant applications; a newly-elected finance commissioner had to hire the previous deputy (of a different party) as a “consultant” to get the database password; a mayor took office (again, from a different party) to find a year’s worth of files missing. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A city presentation by a Smart City Planning consultant several years ago started with her comment: “We were here 10 years ago with the same information. Let’s try again.”Where is our upgraded police station? Our much-needed third fire station? Twenty years and counting.The office of city manager will “triage” projects, keep track of deadlines and procedures, and save money with improved efficiency. Other benefits will be ours to discover.Watch an interview with Matt Horn, city manager of Geneva, New York, (pop. 8,000 — former assistant city manager in a city of 120,000) for a cogent, persuasive account of best-practices in a council-manager government — on our website, www.itstimesaratoga.com.Jackie PardonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Union College Concert Series is a local gem

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the Nov. 6 edition of The Gazette, your writer, Geraldine Freedman, gave a wonderful review of the superb Union College Concert Series performance the previous day by the young British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor.This series continues to bring outstanding instrumentalists, quartets and singers from around the world about 15 times per year to the Capital District.Praise is due to the generosity and foresight of its director emeritus, Dan Berkenblit, its artistic director, Derek Delaney, and to Union College for its support of the series.This truly is a gem of the Capital District, immeasurably enriching our cultural life here.Pauline HolmesGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Asian forum on human rights conveys disappointment toward Jokowi

first_imgThe Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, together with its members in Indonesia, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), Indonesian Human Rights Watch (Imparsial), the Indonesian Legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI), the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) and Yayasan Sekretariat Anak Merdeka (Samin), said that Jokowi had much work to do in terms of resolving human rights violations, including those from 1965 and 1998, as well as ones related to protests in September 2019.Read also: One student dies, one in critical condition after protest turns violentThe September protests were expressions of dissatisfaction over the Jokowi administration’s revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission Law and Criminal Code Law.“During the protests in September, there were constant reports of the disproportionate use of violence and force by the police to suppress peaceful protests across Indonesia, resulting in many injuries and even fatalities,” the release said.The forum also explained that the government had failed the working class with the omnibus laws, a set of laws intended to streamline investments in Indonesia. “In the process of drafting the proposed law, which is likely to bring more harm than good as it diminishes workers’ rights, worsens environmental degradation and criminalizes minorities, labor unions were not consulted. This move clearly shows that Indonesia prioritizes businesses and investments over the protection of its workers,” the forum said. (gis)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term has yet to show any signs of progress in resolving human rights violations, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development has concluded.A press release made available to The Jakarta Post expresses concerns that, after his 100th day of his second term in office, Jokowi has once again failed to fulfill his campaign promise of addressing human rights abuses.“We call on the government of Indonesia to take all necessary measures to address the situation and put a halt to the erosion of civic and democratic space in the country,” the press release said.last_img read more

Home owners spend hundreds of thousands to secure the air rights above neighbouring houses to ensure they never lose their views

first_imgRichard Brown and Gill Nadler are pleased their city views are protected from being built out. Picture: Jono Searle.HOME owners are spending hundreds of thousands to secure the air rights above neighbouring houses to ensure they never lose their views.A great view can add a substantial amount to the value of a property according to Place Paddington Real Estate director Tim Douglas.And he said after having invested so much to buy the perfect home with views, savvy owners were now going to the extra expense of ensuring they are never built out.“A view is a massive advantage to value per square metre. A number of streets do have views, and do command a lot larger sale price than streets that don’t have a view,’’ he said.More owners are using volumetric easements to protect their outlook from adjacent structures or high vegetation.They create an invisible but impenetrable ‘floating ceiling’ that stops neighbours encroaching on your panorama, according to town planner, Brian Matthews.“It’s not difficult but it does require a process,” he said.Gill Nalder and Richard Brown bought their high-end Auchenflower home in big part because of its magnificent and protected city-skyline outlook.Nalder said their sellers not only designed a house to maximise the vista, they also bought the neighbouring home and created a volumetric easement to lock the views in.“There’s views from every level of the house,” she said. “I think a view not only adds to the aesthetic value of the property but it certainly increases the price you pay for the property.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoNalder said without the easement, their neighbour could have blocked the outlook.“Given that our view is protected and will be preserved, I’m certain that was well calculated into what we were prepared to pay for the property,” she said.Matthews said a three-dimensional survey plan was created by a surveyor and shows where the easement will sit above the neighbouring property.“Then they work that in with an easement document that a solicitor has prepared, and then they register that on title,” he said.When a property sells, discovery of the easement plan and document will be part of the title search.Of course most neighbours won’t volunteer to have restrictions placed on their property, but there’s a solution, if you have the means.“People are purchasing the (adjacent) property and then putting the easement on. Then, when they’re ready, they sell the property and the easement remains,” Matthews said.He said the cost of creating an easement can be as low as $5000 and can be finalised in weeks.last_img read more

Cannabis Advocates Wilfully Misleading Public on Medicinal Marijuana

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 30 July 2020The Say Nope To Dope campaign says that the supporters of cannabis legalisation are wilfully misleading the public when they pretend to be concerned about patients and the use and availability of medicinal cannabis.“There has been a deafening silence on the drawing out of the ballot of Dr Shane Reti’s medicinal cannabis private members bill which improves access for patients. The government has ignored it, the Greens have said nothing, and the Drug Foundation and Helen Clark are nowhere to be seen, This shows the true agenda of the Yes campaigners for primarily the recreational legalisation of cannabis,” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.“Drug advocates have used medicinal cannabis as justification for legalising cannabis – yet when a bill is drawn which could further help achieve their goal, their silence is deafening,”“This is evidence that their campaign is fraudulent and that they are wilfully misleading the public on this issue. The problem that they have is that if they supported this bill, it would undermine their ultimate goal of legalising cannabis for recreational use. But medicinal cannabis is their smokescreen for misleading the public on the real desire for promoting a yes vote for legalisation.”“We’re calling on the Yes campaign to drop the façade of their desire to help patients. Their focus is purely on the right of people to use drugs for recreational reasons.”last_img read more

Pope worried over Venezuela violence

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 99 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope worried over Venezuela violence by: – February 26, 2014 Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, gives Pope Francis a statuette of Jose Gregorio Hernandez on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican on 17 June, 2013The Pope met Mr Maduro last year in the Vatican just two months after the Venezuelan leader was electedPope Francis says he is concerned about recent unrest in Venezuela, in which at least 13 people have died.Speaking at the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope said he hoped that “violence and hostility will cease as soon as possible”.He called on the Venezuelan people “to promote reconciliation through mutual forgiveness and sincere dialogue”.His appeal came after more than two weeks of anti-government protests, some of which have ended in violent clashes.Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles shakes hand with Pope Francis during a meeting on 6 November, 2013In November, opposition leader Henrique Capriles gave the Pope letters from Venezuelan youthsMounting unrestVenezuela’s Attorney General Luisa Ortega says 13 people have died in protest-related violence, but opposition groups say the number of dead has risen to at least 15 after the death of two more protesters on Monday.And on Wednesday, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said a Spanish national had been killed during a demonstration in Venezuela’s third-largest city, Valencia.Mr Garcia-Margallo did not say how the Spaniard was killed.The recent unrest started in the western state of Tachira and neighbouring Merida at the beginning of February.Students took to the streets, angered by Venezuela’s high crime rate and economic woes, including record inflation and shortages of basic goods.Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles shakes hand with Pope Francis during a meeting on 6 November, 2013In November, opposition leader Henrique Capriles gave the Pope letters from Venezuelan youthsAfter the arrest of dozens of students, the protests spread to the capital, Caracas.Anti-government protesters have held daily protests since, especially in their stronghold in eastern Caracas, where they have erected barricades.Roads were also blocked in various locations in the states of Maracaibo, Tachira, Carabobo and Aragua, but the protests seem to have diminished in intensity over the past days.‘Last legs’In an interview with BBC Mundo, opposition leader Henrique Capriles blamed President Maduro for the poor state of the Venezuelan economy.“Nicolas [Maduro] is the one who has to answer for the economic crisis. And if there’s no answer, then this creates a political crisis, and if there’s no answer to the political crisis, the regime falls,” he told BBC Mundo’s Daniel Pardo.Mr Capriles, who narrowly lost to Mr Maduro in April’s presidential election, said the government was “on its last legs”.He said the government was “set on a self-destructive course”.Mr Capriles, who has repeatedly called for peaceful demonstrations and urged his supporters to refrain from erecting barricades, stressed that he “wanted change for my country, but within the constitution”.Meanwhile, supporters of President Maduro have been holding rival rallies over the past weeks to show their backing for the government.President Maduro has called a “national conference for peace” for Wednesday to end the protests, but opposition leaders have already announced they will not attend the meeting.BBC Newslast_img read more

CDEMA head urges Caribbean states to be prepared

first_img Share 59 Views   no discussions Share Tweet The CDEMA head indicated that with predictions of a below-average hurricane season and with the economic climate as it is, it would be easy for people to become complacent.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday June 01, 2012 – Caribbean states have been urged not to let challenging economic conditions or predictions of below-average storm activity leave them unprepared for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially starts today, June 1.Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Jeremy Collymore gave this advice at CDEMA’s pre-season Press conference at the agency’s Barbados headquarters on Tuesday.The CDEMA head indicated that with predictions of a below-average hurricane season and with the economic climate as it is, it would be easy for people to become complacent.With reference to forecasts for below-average hurricane seasons, Collymore pointed out that such predictions could be misleading.“This year, a forecast is suggesting a below-average season, and I just want to draw your attention to the last time that happened in 1992 when we had Hurricane Andrew,” he said.“I remember the damage in the Bahamas was about US$250million and on the United States of America south coast it was billions of dollars,” he noted.Collymore went on to say that CDEMA had already started its regional exercise to “check how our systems are working; how we get information to and from countries and the effectiveness of the contact information provided”.The CDEMA head continued that while it was also routine that Caribbean states went through their annual national preparations, there were some countries “which are clearly ready in that they have political support and their systems are in place and are being reviewed and they have identified their resource needs and gaps”.He noted, however, that there were other states “who are very slow in this exercise”.Collymore cautioned that instead of running the risk of underestimating the coming hurricane season, countries should seek to address their operational capabilities while being “mindful that a below-average year does not mean that we will not have a significant event”.Caribbean 360 Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional CDEMA head urges Caribbean states to be prepared by: – June 1, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Grealish ready to quit Aston Villa after Man City bashing

first_imgGrealish scored a beauty in the 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last month to further remind the United hierarchy of his talents.And it seems the Villa skipper would be keen to score a few more on the hallowed turf at the Theatre of Dreams – but while donning a home strip.Twitter user Marwan Ahmed posted an image of Grealish’s knee slide celebration following his goal against United, adding: “This, but in a red shirt @JackGrealish1.”Grealish then made a desperate attempt to make amends, by liking and retweeting a similar post with different wording.Lifelong fan of the midlands club @VillaTeaLady posted the same picture of Grealish’s celebration, and wrote: “This but in claret and blue in front of the Holte on the 21st,” in reference to the Villains next home fixture.However, the damage was already done, with one Villa fan quick to notice Grealish’s actions, and said: “Not really the actions of a captain here Jack. Disappointing.”Grealish’s error could not have come at a worse time for Villa, after they were on the receiving end of a 6-1 thrashing by Man City.Fan Iain McMaster wrote: “Absolutely not acceptable to like this @JackGrealish1 after yesterday’s s*** show. No excuses.”United fans also reacted to the post, with some eager to welcome Grealish to the club.“We’ll see you at the Theatre of Dreams Jack,” said @varunb1085.The Metro report that United could face competition to sign the 24-year-old, with Man City boss Pep Guardiola now said to be eyeing a transfer. Jack Grealish has hinted at a potential transfer to Man Utd after liking a post on social media.Advertisement The Aston Villa midfielder has been consistently linked with a move to the Red Devils due to his impressive displays so far this season. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodycenter_img Read Also: Inter Milan make move for Man United defenderThe City boss played down any interest in Grealish after their match on Sunday, but admired his talents.“He’s incredible,” said Guardiola. “A top player. I’m happy he (initially) stayed in the Championship to defend his club.“He’s a talented player who always creates something. An exceptional player but too expensive for Manchester!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Softball struggles in ’08

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWisconsin’s softball team was swept by border-rival Minnesota last weekend to put the finishing touches on one of the most disappointing seasons in the program’s history.UW finished with a final record of 15-40, including a last place finish in the Big Ten with a 3-17 record. The 40 losses are the most in program history, and it marks the first time the Badgers have finished 11th in the Big Ten.UW faced difficulties from the start when senior Katie Hnatyk — the team’s leader in home runs and RBI’s in 2007 — chose not to play her final season for the Badgers. Midseason departures by junior Tara Hiteman and pitching coach Kim Martin also put a damper on the second half of the season.Finding a way to score runs was a battle every game for UW, and the Badgers finished last in the Big Ten in batting average and next-to last in runs scored. Contributing to UW’s offensive struggles was a Big Ten low .316 slugging percentage and a UW record 385 strikeouts. The Badgers also failed to produce a .300 hitter for the first time in four years.Seniors Lynn Anderson and Joey Daniels were two of the few bright spots on offense for UW. Anderson led the Badgers with nine home runs, and Daniels led UW in eight different offensive categories, including batting average and on-base percentage.Inconsistent pitching was a thorn in the side all year for the Badgers, and the team’s penchant for giving up runs late in the game cost them time and time again. Junior Leah Vanevenhoven and sophomore Letty Olivarez were the leading pitchers for the Badgers, though freshmen Kristyn Hansen was called upon for several spot starts or mop-up duty. UW was 10th in the Big Ten with a 4.48 ERA and ninth in the conference with 39 home runs given up.Hansen showed her potential for next season, when she threw a complete game shutout April 6 against Indiana for the Badgers’ only shutout of the year. Vanevenhoven and Olivarez both proved they could dominate for stretches, but neither was able to put together an extended run of impressive pitching.Although there were few highlights this season, the Badgers did manage to record a three game winning streak against Northwestern State, UC-Davis and Cal Poly in the mid-February. On the flip side, however, UW also posted two different six game losing streaks.In the three years of head coach Chandelle Schulte’s tenure, the Badgers have finished 10th, ninth and 11th, respectively. UW has never qualified for the Big Ten postseason tournament under Schulte.The Badgers finished their season with a 14-4 loss to Minnesota that ended in five innings via the “mercy rule.” It was a fitting end for a team that struggled with both pitching and hitting all year and perhaps showed it is time to shake things up with the UW softball program.last_img read more

Syracuse football injury report: Dungey questionable, DL Black out

first_imgSyracuse (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) released its injury report ahead of Saturday’s matchup with Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3) in the Carrier Dome.Quarterback Eric Dungey, who missed part of last week’s game against Florida State with an injury and then was seen with a walking boot on, is officially listed as questionable. On Monday, head coach Dino Babers said he’d be “ready to go” for the game.Dungey hasn’t missed any games yet this season. In each of the last two seasons, he’s missed the last three games of the season. If he suits up on Saturday, this will be the first time he’s ever played 10 games in a career and the first time he’s taken a snap in the second week of November.Redshirt sophomore defensive end Jake Pickard was listed as probable for this game. Pickard played 10 games a year ago but hasn’t appeared yet in a game this season because of injury.Defensive lineman Josh Black is listed as out. Black hasn’t played since the LSU game on Sept. 23. He was listed as doubtful in last week’s injury report, and after the bye Babers said that there’d have to be a wait-and-see approach with Black’s health. Additionally, backup offensive linemen Patrick Davis and Liam O’Sullivan are also out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHere’s the full injury report:ProbableDL Jake PickardQuestionableQB Eric DungeyOutDL Josh BlackOL Patrick DavisOL Liam O’Sullivan Comments Published on November 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more