Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLegislators must agree on limo regsThe Assembly and Senate should have been working together this session to get important limo safety measures signed into law by now.A number of bills were passed in each house that can prevent tragedies and save lives.We cannot forget the tragic crash in Schoharie that claimed the lives of 20 people, deemed the worst transportation disaster in nearly a decade.These bills are important to the families that lost loved ones in that crash and they are important to me. Session may have ended, but I’m ready to keep working and do whatever it takes to get this done.The Assembly and Senate must come together to get these bills signed into law, they simply cannot wait any longer.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.Base immigration on merit, the lawSeventy-five years ago, on D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion in history had 175,000 Allied soldiers landing on the beaches in Normandy. This year we have an invasion expected to be six times larger, with over 1 million immigrants at our country’s southern border.The Democrats choose to do nothing to end this crisis, indeed for months even proclaiming there is no crisis. It is a crisis that is costing every taxpayer. The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates state taxpayers spent $44.4 billion on illegal immigration education alone.That was in 2017, and the cost will undoubtedly go up much more because family groups bring in more children. That is only one cost and does not include non-monetary costs such as crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.As the son of immigrant parents, I’m a firm believer that immigration is good for our country, so long as it’s legal and merit-based.William F. MalecGalwayClimate, health care are at a crisis levelAfter watching the Democratic debates for president, I generally felt the candidates offered no leadership, direction or urgency on climate change or universal health care.We heard that climate change was the biggest “existential” threat to humanity. Instead of using, “existential,” the candidates needed to cut to the truth and say, “Your children and grandchildren are going die if we don’t make sacrifices now.”I have followed climate change reporting for years, and sadly believe it’s already too late.But, I also believe, “It’s not over ‘til it’s over.”So, if we are going to try, we have to get dead serious right now.As far as universal health care, the way “Medicare for all,” was dismissed and demonized shows that the Democratic Party is still concerned more about the insurance companies than the health of the people.I witnessed a longtime friend leave a hospital because he was afraid of the medical bills. A week later, he was dead. While people debate ideology on capitalism and socialism, others with actual and acute problems die.As inaction on climate change and health care continues, the elected officials who could address these problems and chose not to are murderers.I believe the one candidate that truly takes these issues seriously and has the apparatus behind him to bring him victory and affect future change is Bernie Sanders. I don’t believe the other leading contenders take these issues seriously and remain loyal to their big donors. Rich Moran, Jr.ScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
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87a Bank Street, Graceville 87a Bank Street, GracevilleThe three-level Queenslander has wraparound balconies, bi-fold doors, leadlight windows, VJ walls and polished hardwood floors.Bidding for the home started at $2 million before jumping to $2.5 million and steadily rising to its final sale price.There were two parties vying to secure the home. The home has plenty of places to enjoy the view from.They bought it in 2000 when the site still had the original 1920s house at the street end.The 1404sq m allotment is at the base of a quiet, leafy cul-de-sac, surrounded by similarly established homes and just 8km from the CBD. After falling in love with the location and traditional elements of the existing worker’s cottage, the couple embarked on major renovation work to accommodate their family’s needs.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours ago 87a Bank St, Graceville has sold at auction.BIDDING for a classic riverfront Graceville home rose from $2 million to sell for $3.056 million under the hammer.The house at 87A Bank Rd, Graceville was owned by Gordon and Lita Ramsay who bought it while they travelled between Brisbane and their Hong Kong base searching for the perfect home. 87a Bank Street, Graceville.Marketing agent Judy Goodger of Place Estate Agents said it was bought by a young professional family.“(They) were very excited,’’ she said. 87a Bank Street, Graceville“They been looking to purchase on the river for some time. Riverfront is currently in high-demand, however, there is little stock, which is driving competition in the prestige Brisbane market. We’re finding properties like this don’t last long.”
Fed and ECB officials are banking on the fact that they have announced QE reductions well in advance. They have indicated their intention to reduce by incremental amounts dependent on economic and financial conditions as necessary. They hope that, unlike the 2013 ‘taper tantrum’, the effects will be inconsequential.Ascertaining whether QE has been a successful experiment is not easy. As Reinhart says, it is extremely hard to separate how much QE matters because of portfolio effects, and how much it matters because of the signal. If a central bank buys bonds it is telling the world it will keep rates low for a very long time.The signal is more usually important, except for markets such as mortgage-backed securities, in which QE purchases matter for the Fed because it is buying so much of the new flow production. What is clear is that central bank purchases have impacted secondary market liquidity in a detrimental manner.Where QE has had a very pernicious impact is its contribution to the rising inequality we are seeing in Europe and the US. Arguably, this has led to the rise of populist parties in Europe and the election of Donald Trump in the US.This is an unfortunate fact of central banking, admits Reinhart. Because central banks have to work with financial markets to provide policy accommodation, they have to make the wealthy wealthier. Pushing rates lower creates capital gains and supports the equity markets.In the US, equity holdings are very concentrated. It is clear that in terms of both wealth equality and income equality, unconventional policy has worsened the trend of rising inequality in developed nations.Clearly, there are also lots of other things going on, such as globalisation and the pattern of technological progress. However, the political populism that we have seen rising throughout Europe and the US may be an unwanted side effect of QE – to an extent that academics will likely argue over for years.Reverting to a more ‘normal’ (and less confrontational) political environment may prove to be one of the most difficult outcomes of QE to reverse. The idea of independent central banks conducting monetary policy by experiment may also have shown its limitations. The argument that Reinhart puts forward is that, when a central bank intervenes in markets at a time of crisis, it’s a big player. A crisis by definition is a withdrawal of capital from trading: people are risk averse, they are uncertain, they don’t have a strong conviction about where the crisis is heading for.Essentially the central bank is leaning against an open door. As markets improve, people get more confident and capital comes back. There is more incipient trading and arbitrage across markets, and the central banks have less of an effect. Presumably central banks don’t start unwinding those policies until they are confident that markets have healed completely – and therefore the unwinding should have even less effect. About a dozen years ago, Vincent Reinhart, chief economist at Standish Mellon, wrote a couple of papers with former US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke on unconventional monetary policy.Unfortunately, he tells me, they neglected to put two sections: On risks to the policy, and how to exit the policy. Reinhart now regrets that.The European Central Bank (ECB) has signalled its intention to gradually withdraw its version of the unconventional monetary policy of quantitative easing (QE) – but it is still not clear when it will disappear completely.The hope is that the impact of what has been dubbed ‘quantitative tightening’ will not be a mirror image of quantitative easing. The effect on markets should be asymmetric. The basic argument, at least from the US perspective, is that QE operations have had less and less of an effect on market as each phase was introduced.
The parents of V8 supercar driver Scott McLaughlin are selling their Hope Island house.THE parents of New Zealand V8 supercar driver Scott McLaughlin are revving their engines for another lap of the market in a bid to sell their Gold Coast home.Wayne and Diane McLaughlin have listed their tri-level waterfront property, which is full of racing memorabilia, without a price tag. The entertainment area has an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue. A games room with wet bar and billiards table is one of the home’s best features.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoProperty records show the Hope Island house has been on the market for almost two years, but two additional agencies have taken it on in the past month in a renewed sales push.The trophy home is on a 1104sq m block of land that has the Coomera River lapping at its edge.An open kitchen, dining and living area takes centre stage on the ground floor with sliding glass doors offering a seamless flow onto an entertainment deck with outdoor kitchen and built-in barbecue.There are three bedrooms upstairs, all of which have walk-in wardrobes and ensuites, while two have balconies overlooking the water. MORE NEWS: Holiday home of celebrities, including Sting, on the market Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 The tri-level home is listed without a price tag. MORE NEWS: Footy star’s beach house dreams Another ensuited guest bedroom is on the ground floor.Among the home’s standout features are a fully-equipped games room with wet bar and billiards table, swimming pool, 12m pontoon and basement garage that can fit up to 12 cars.According to CoreLogic, it was briefly listed with a $4.95 million asking price in November 2017.
Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a combined 3D and 2D seismic survey in Southeast Asia.The contract covers an area of 1,600 square kilometers for 3D seismic with associated 2D work to be executed over a 1.5-month period from end Q3 2019.The survey will be carried out by the SW Vespucci multi-purpose vessel (MPV).Designed by Ulstein and built in 2010 by Barreras, the 90.5 meters long SW Vespucci is a able to conduct source, 2D, 3D, and OBN seismic acquisition.
DailyMail (UK) 20 Nov 2012If working parents didn’t feel guilty enough about leaving their children at nursery, now new research has found daycare could encourage obesity. Researchers found school pupils are 50 per cent more likely to be overweight if they attended nursery regularly compared to those who stayed at home with their parents. Even leaving a child with a relative significantly increased the risk of obesity. Study leader Dr Marie-Claude Geoffroy, from the University of Montreal, said: ‘We found that children whose primary care arrangement between 1.5 and four years was in daycare-center or with an extended family member were around 50 per cent more likely to be overweight or obese between the ages of four and 10 years compared to those cared for at home by their parents.’ ‘This difference cannot be explained by known risk factors such as socioeconomic status of the parents, breastfeeding, body mass index of the mother, or employment status of the mother.’ The researchers said the reasons for the difference in weight is not yet known but unhealthy meals and lack of exercise could play a part. ‘Diet and physical activity are avenues to follow,’ says Dr Sylvana Côté, who co-directed the study. ‘Parents don’t have to worry; however, I suggest to parents they ensure their children eat well and get enough physical activity, whether at home or at daycare.’ The team studied 1,649 families with children born in 1997-1998 in Québec. Mothers were interviewed about the care of their children at 1.5 years, 2.5 years, 3.5 years, and four years.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2235163/Children-nursery-50-likely-overweight-cared-parents.html
If the roads across Florida seem more crowded, they are…and it is not just because of the snowbirds anymore.A new U-Haul survey reveals that more people are now moving to the Sunshine State than any other in the U.S.That spot had belonged to Texas for the past four years.The ranking shows that more moving trucks entered Florida than those which left.According to Miguel Caminos, president of U-Haul Company of Florida, “There’s an expectation of comfort for people moving here. They know there are jobs. Plus, there are tons of attractions, and our state is family-friendly. The weather is perfect, and no matter where you live, you’re less than an hour from the beach.”South Florida cities including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Port St. Lucie were among those that showed the largest increase in truck arrivals. Bradenton, Sarasota, Kissimmee, and Ocala also saw a rise in the number of new residents from out-of-state.Texas ranked second on this year’s list, while North and South Carolina came in at number three and four, respectively.
At a difficult time like this good deeds give many people hope.One anonymous donor did a kind gesture by giving everyone in the town of Earlham $150 worth of gift cards for food. The town’s population is 1,450.On March 26, Earlham Mayor Jeff Lillie received a call from a friend who told him there was a donor interested in interjecting money into the town’s economy.The donor told the mayor he would buy 500 gift cards from three local businesses.“I said to him, at 500, you’re darn near giving a gift card to every single household in Earlham,” Lillie said. “When I told him there were 549 households in town, he said ‘Done.’ And that was it. I was ecstatic because it made sure everyone would get a card.”The donor did not buy 549 cards in all instead he bought 549 gift cards from each of the three businesses. In total, they donated $82,350, meaning each business received more than $27,000.Everyone in the town got the cards in their mailbox. An envelope containing a letter from the city and three $50 gift cards to West Side Bar and Grille, Hometown Market, a grocery store, and Trostel’s Broken Branch, a restaurant and coffee shop.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 8, 2014 at 12:15 am When the video of Hanna Strong calling an unidentified person a “f*ggot-a** n*gger” circulated Saturday, it could have been looked at as just another setback in the fight against racism, homophobia and intolerance as a whole.But Hanna Strong is a student-athlete at Syracuse University. Hanna Strong plays in one of, if not the, best women’s soccer conference in the country. It’s not just another viral video.It’s a revolting stringing-together of racial and homophobic slurs that puts Strong and Syracuse University at the front of the ever-present movement against hate. The next step is the one that will define the situation and Strong, as a student-athlete, needs to take it herself. Strong needs to make an in-person apology and put a face to the ever-present issue. After the video of Strong, a senior midfielder on the SU women’s soccer team, caught fire on Saturday afternoon, Syracuse Athletics released a statement from Director of Athletics Daryl Gross. In the statement, Gross announced that SU head coach Phil Wheddon suspended Strong indefinitely and that an investigation — by the Department of Public Safety and the Title IX Office — is underway. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Syracuse Athletics, as a strong and diverse part of this University community, has zero tolerance for these actions,” Gross said in the statement. Gross added in his statement that any findings of the investigation will be immediately reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. There’s a plan of action, but it won’t stack up to the statement Strong could make.Strong’s words hurt from a Syracuse women’s soccer player and they hurt from the mailman — because these words are heavy, anyone can throw them hard. They’re often said at Syracuse, by those who “can” and those who “can’t.” And Strong isn’t just hurting homosexual and African-American communities with each word. She’s hurting a society striving to be better than her actions. It’s not because she’s an athlete, but her being an athlete compounds the urgency for the university and Strong to push forward. Strong needs to make an in-person public apology. Not an email statement. That works for Gross, Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Rebecca Reed Kantrowitz — who said she and Chancellor Kent Syverud echoed Gross’ sentiments in a statement — or even Wheddon.That’s how these situations are usually dealt with. But Strong needs to stand in front of Syracuse University backdrop and behind a podium with the university seal on it and address what she said. Because if the program’s high-profile athletes can stand there before and after games and promote their teams’ and the school’s athletic values, Strong can face the music.The Syracuse community deserves to see a different set of words come out of her mouth. At the end of the day, whether Strong is remorseful that she called that person a “f*ggot-a** n*gger” is irrelevant. Remorse won’t make the video go away because frankly nothing can. But what is relevant is any child or teenager that has gone to see Strong play, looking up to her one minute and watching her say, “Call me out on saying the N-word, I don’t give a sh*t” the next. What’s relevant is that those fans will be part of uncensored conversations in the days to come. What’s relevant is anyone that has ever cheered her on, who now has to wonder which Hanna Strong they were watching all along.Strong’s platform as a collegiate athlete is both tall and far-reaching, and by saying those words she’s put herself at the front of a much larger conversation.So she needs to lead it in some way. Take ownership of her words. Make herself vulnerable as a person whose actions were wrong, and recognize the societal and communal implications they carry.There are words, like these, that transcend the mouths they come out of. In this instance, it happens to be hers and she happens to possess desirable talent on the soccer field.What Strong has been presented with is a conundrum of sorts. One side may be her reality, in which she is ostracized from the Syracuse community and never comfortably puts on an Orange jersey ever again. On the other is the fact that she, like me and you, is a human prone to make mistakes, however disgusting her mistake may be. Her social consciousness was lost in the moment but could shine in the aftermath. That, in short, is how progress is made. F*ggot and n*gger. I hope it’s the last time I ever have to cite those words as coming out of not just an athlete’s, but a person’s mouth.Jesse Dougherty is the sports editor at The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter at @dougherty_jesse. Comments