Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Dec. 28

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOppose new toll/tax on upstate driversHere we go again. New York just keeps finding new reasons to take more of our hard-earned money.We’ve seen proposals for toll hikes to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge, then for license plate replacement fees, and this time targeting drivers without E-ZPass. A new proposal from the Thruway Authority would increase tolls for drivers who pay cash, 30% more to be exact, and another $2 for each billing statement.It’s completely unfair to force drivers to have E-ZPass or pay more. This amounts to nothing more than another tax. I’m ready to fight tooth and nail against any toll hikes on upstate drivers.We pay more than enough already, but it seems like the state will never stop trying to take more.Angelo SantabarbaraSchenectadyThe writer represents the 111th Assembly District in the state Legislature.Focus on positives to boost your spiritsI have been trying to figure out why I am having difficulty getting into the Christmas spirit this year.In the past, I related it to my career, which I retired from three years ago, of a public safety dispatcher.The constant barrage of complaints, the domestic calls, serious accidents and life-threatening medical calls always made it very difficult. So why this year?Since I retired, it was easy to get in the spirit. But I finally have figured it out. It is due to the constant barrage of negative news, complaining and griping, on the television and at social locations, such as my gym and other locations. All you hear is the negative.Politics, starting at the top, both local and national, and encompassing all parties and levels, has caused a caustic, negative and damaging effect to all levels of the social economic system. The few positives that come out are very soundly trounced by the negative.I was taught, by a very good manager at one of my previous employments, that negativity is like a cancer: Once it starts, it takes over. Positive thoughts and actions have a very difficult time conquering the negative, but when it does, everyone feels better.I, for one, choose to look at the positive and push the positive. I challenge the aforementioned, and everyone else, to do the same and see what a difference each of us can make.That will give us the Christmas and giving spirit all year long.David W. GallupScotia‘Trump Impeached’ photo showed biasA number of readers of The Daily Gazette have written letters to the editor decrying the newspaper’s “left leanings” or “liberal bent.”I personally do not recall any letters alleging the opposite.In fact, I have always considered The Gazette to be a fairly unbiased and impartial publication.Until, that is, I saw the front page of the Dec. 19 edition.Under the larger-than-normal, bold-faced headline, “Trump Impeached” was a huge photograph of Donald Trump with his arms outstretched at his sides, his eyes half-closed, and a somber, somewhat somnolescent expression on his face.Of all the many photos of this man that were available, The Gazette chose to print one that clearly portrays him as a persecuted victim of crucifixion, unmistakably evoking images of another historical figure who claimed to be leading his followers to their salvation. Seriously?Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Brisbane yields to draw investors

first_imgBrisbane is expected to continue to see good rental yields for investors. Picture: Brisbanemarketing.com.au.INVESTOR numbers seem to have fallen off a cliff in southern capitals but Brisbane was expected to buck the trend, according to latest expert analysis.Rental yields in Brisbane – calculated as rent divided by price – have continued to outperform Sydney and Melbourne when it comes to both houses (4 per cent) and units (4.9 per cent), adding to its allure for investors, according to Nerida Conisbee, chief economist of the REA Group.“One factor keeping yields high in Brisbane has been that prices haven’t risen quite as much as Sydney and Melbourne,” she said. “In 2018 we expect investors to continue to look at Brisbane favourably primarily because there seems to be rising rental demand and pricing is far more reasonable.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoShe said it was likely that rental yields would rise this year.“There are a few things driving this. The first is that prices are expected to remain relatively stable. A big factor driving yields downwards is rising prices and we don’t expect prices to rise as strongly in 2018.“The second is we expect far fewer rentals to enter the market this year – this is because we have now come to the end of a strong run in investor demand. We expect fewer investors in the market this year because of difficulties in accessing finance, changes to many of the incentives to invest, as well as changing sentiment towards housing.”Ms Conisbee warned that since Brisbane has had such a strong apartment development boom, “I can’t see strong rental growth for apartments”.“Houses however are another matter – they will definitely outperform apartments in 2018.”Her picks for good rental yield in Brisbane this year? “We can see on our site that the most in demand suburbs from renters for houses are Fortitude Valley, Windsor and New Farm. If I was looking to buy a rental property in Brisbane I would be looking at houses in those suburbs.”last_img read more

PFZW to revamp portfolio, focusing on sustainability, ‘comprehensibility’

first_img“The investment chain is sometimes too complicated, and we will look critically at, for example, fund of funds structures, mainly for cost reasons,” he said.Borgdorff declined to provide further details about the planned portfolio changes, citing market sensitivity, but he did say PFZW aimed to have the changes in place by 2020.On the issue of supervision, Borgdorff said his pension fund preferred to show good behaviour voluntarily, rather than be forced to a change through regulation.His sentiment was echoed by Guy Jubb, global head of governance and stewardship at Standard Life Investors UK, who said: “Asset managers are no longer operating under the radar.”In his opinion, stewardship must be at the heart of the relationship between asset manager and asset owner.“I want all my clients to ask what we have done on their behalf,” he said.Lucy Tusa, senior consult at Mercer UK, added: “The ICGN Principles on Institutional Investors’ Responsibilities should be the gold standard for investors.”She said she had noticed little change in the expectactions of institutional investors but that their interest in stewardship had increased.However, Tusa also said she was worried about the fact changes had mainly come from regulators.She agreed with Borgdorff that there were too many intermediaries in the investment chain. The €140bn pension fund PFZW has said lessons learned from the financial crisis have led it to revamp its investment portfolio along the lines of sustainability, manageability and comprehensibility.Speaking at the International Corporate Governance Network’s (ICGN) annual conference, Peter Borgdorff, the scheme’s director, said the pension fund’s “attitude” had changed as the result of an extensive evaluation of “what went wrong in 2008”, when PFZW’s assets fell by 20%.“We are now aware we are here for our people, not for ourselves or the asset management industry,” he said during a panel discussion.He said PFZW would review its reasons for having invested in 22 asset classes, adding that the healthcare scheme would no longer invest in asset classes it did not fully understand.last_img read more

Pension fund tenders smart-beta equity mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgInterested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of September and have a track record of at least three years (preferably five).The deadline for applications is 30 October.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A pension fund based in Germany has tendered a €20m smart-beta equity mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2125, interested parties should have at least €250m in assets under management in the asset class.The mandate is to cover Europe excluding the UK and adopt the MSCI Europe Multi-Factor or similar index as a benchmark, observing a maximum tracking record of 10%.The pension fund said it was creating a long-list of managers, and that a manager might therefore not be appointed.last_img read more

Noosa beach house sells for a record $11.2m in secret deal

first_imgThis house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m. .The sale price has come as a shock given the property, named ‘Noo-Jee’, at 5 Allambi Rise in exclusive Little Cove last sold for $5.75 million only three years ago, showing the appetite from interstate migrants for premium real estate in Queensland.The agents involved are refusing to comment on the sale, but it is understood the property was owned by a local Noosa resident with other property interests in the area. PAT RAFTER SELLS SUNSHINE BEACH HOME This house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago This house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m. The view from the deck at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads. The master bedroom in the house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads.The Noosa region prestige property market is on fire, with the $18 million sale earlier this year of a beachfront mansion in Sunshine Beach smashing the residential record for the entire Sunshine Coast region. BEACH HOUSE SELLS FOR RECORD This property at 21-23 Webb Rd, Sunshine Beach, sold for a record $18m. Picture: Paul Smith.The Webb Road absolute beachfront estate is only streets away from where tennis great Pat Rafter sold his beachfront home, with the sale price recently revealed as $15.2 million.House values across the Sunshine Coast region have outperformed the rest of the state; rising 8 per cent over the year to March, while unit values rose 5.5 per cent, according to a new report from property researcher CoreLogic. The view from the master bedroom at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads. The view from the house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, which has sold for $11.2m.ONE of Queensland’s most idyllic celebrity holiday haunts is abuzz with news of a record property sale in ritzy Noosa Heads.A 1950s style beach house with views to die for has sold for an eyewatering $11.2 million in an offmarket deal to a cashed-up Melbourne-based buyer. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m.“If you want to be close to Hastings Street and the beach, there’s only a handful of properties to choose from.“The end game is that records will continue to be broken in Noosa because some of the best property hasn’t been released yet.” The open plan living and dining area at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads. This house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m. Inside the house at 5 Allambi Rise, Noosa Heads, has sold for $11.2m.Mr Reed recently sold a beachfront home at 312 Teewah Beach Rd, Noosa North Shore, for $10.75 million.The Allambi Rise home spans two levels, featuring four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a wet-edge pool and a large timber deck with built-in barbecue that overlooks Laguna Bay and beyond. The former home of Pat Rafter at 46 Seaview Tce, Sunshine Beach, recently sold for $15.2m.Prestige agent Adrian Reed of Dowling & Neylan Real Estate in Noosa Heads said he wasn’t too surprised by the price achieved for the Little Cove home because of the demand for property in the area from southern states and expats.“We’re not shocked because we honestly believe there’s more scope to test the limits (of the market),” Mr Reed said.last_img read more

Nigeria governors warn they may have to stop paying workers’ salaries

first_imgGovernors of Nigeria’s 36 states have warned that they may not be able to pay workers’ salaries if revenue collection continues to fall. Nigeria has seen a drastic revenue shortfall owing to the drop in global oil prices. President Buhari has already asked parliament to approve a plan to borrow to fund the country’s budget. The Governors say they have reached a point that is difficult to pay the current minimum wage of workers because of a severe shortfall in federal allocations to the States.“Situation is tough. Most states can’t pay salaries and going into next year, even those states that are able to pay now are likely going to get to a stage where they are unable to pay salaries. I believe that is the same situation as the federal government. The oil revenue is actually going down and it is likely going to go down further down a lots more next year. salaries have gone up. so all kinds of consideration would be given . we would need to look at salaries of political office holders and also all other salaries because it’s a question of being able to run governance now, most states are not able to pay salaries not to talk of capital projects and if we cannot free funds for capital development, then the rest of Nigerians are just shut out of government.”  Said Ifeanyi Okowa,Governor, Delta Statelast_img read more

REDS DRAFT EXTRA: Team Doctor Timothy Kremchek talks 2018 MLB Draft

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/060418-Dr-T-Kremcheck-Cincinnati-Reds.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Cincinnati, Oh. — The Cincinnati Reds take Florida Gator third baseman Jonathan India with the fifth overall pick and round out day one selections with two right-hand pitchers in the 2018 draft.Dr. Timothy Kremchek from Beacon Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has been a Reds medical advisor for more than 20 years. In this interview, Kremchek talks about the relationship with team operations, pre-draft medical evaluations and the draft challenges faced by a small market team.last_img read more

Keane missing for Serbia friendly

first_img Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has allowed striker Keane to miss the clash in favour of turning out for club side LA Galaxy in their first MLS game of the season three days later. There is no place in O’Neill’s provisional 29-man squad for goalkeeper Shay Given, nor midfielder Stephen Ireland. Speculation had been rife that Given’s successful loan spell with Middlesbrough would bring him back into O’Neill’s squad. But the 37-year-old has had to return to parent club Aston Villa, and has now received another blow by missing out on an international return. “Our game against Serbia will provide us with great preparation ahead of the first of our European qualifiers in September,” said O’Neill. “I enjoyed working with the players in November for my first taste of international football, and am looking forward to assembling the squad once again in March.” Ireland provisional squad: D Forde (Millwall), D Randolph (Birmingham), R Elliot (Newcastle); R Keogh (Derby), M Wilson (Stoke), S Coleman (Everton), J O’Shea (Sunderland), A Pearce, S Kelly (both Reading), D Delaney (Ipswich), R Dunne (QPR); J McCarthy (Everton), C Clark (Aston Villa), S Ward (Brighton), G Whelan (Stoke), P Green (Leeds), A Reid (Notts Forest), A McGeady (Everton), A Pilkington (Norwich), J McClean (Wigan), S Quinn, D Meyler (both Hull), W Hoolahan (Norwich); S Long (Hull), D Murphy (Ipswich), J Walters (Stoke), K Doyle (QPR), A Stokes (Celtic), S Cox (Notts Forest). Press Associationcenter_img Robbie Keane will sit out Ireland’s friendly with Serbia in Dublin on March 5.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s lacrosse overcomes poor performance at the draw circle to slip past USC, 12-11

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s Kayla Treanor and Southern California’s Michaela Michael stood at midfield. Sudden-death overtime in the NCAA quarterfinals was about to begin and the two stars were getting ready for the biggest draw of the game.Treanor has been a force in her first full season at the draw circle, leading the country by a wide margin with 197 draw controls coming into the game. She relished the opportunity to be in this clutch situation.“When the game gets down to the wire it comes down to who can get control of the draw,” Treanor said earlier in the season. “You feel that pressure a lot, it’s definitely an added pressure, but it’s nice to have control over that.”But USC controlled the draw. And even though the Trojans came into the matchup as the 26th-ranked team in draw controls, that one marked No. 14 on the game. The Orange only had 11.Entering the game, the No. 4 seed Syracuse (19-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) had won more draws than its opponents in 18 of its 23 games. But SU didn’t find that same success in this matchup. Instead, the SU defense created timely turnovers and found success on the clear and in its transition offense. Those factors helped lead the Orange to a 12-11 victory over fifth-seeded USC (20-1, 6-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) in the NCAA quarterfinals in the Carrier Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was just getting (the balls) on the circle and trying to come up with them as a unit,” USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “… and Michaela did an incredible job of where we wanted her to get it.”The Trojans won seven draws to Syracuse’s four in the first half. Without as many possessions, against the country’s No. 1 defense, the Orange would have to find a way to salvage as many goals as possible.Syracuse scored just five goals in the first half, but that way came via transition opportunities after a successful clear. SU’s first goal came on a free position. After that, the next four goals all came immediately after the Orange successfully cleared the ball. Three of those four came in less than a minute after the clear, and two of those three came within nine seconds of the clear.“They pressure down so it leaves people open if you can kind of get through their pressure ride,” senior defender Mallory Vehar said. “I don’t think we cleared as well as we’d like to but there were some transition goals which were good.”SU, and specifically Vehar, found success causing turnovers in key moments of the game. Vehar caused a turnover with just over two minutes left in the half and USC leading by one, and it led to the Orange’s tying fifth goal. Soon after the Trojans won the opening draw in overtime Vehar caused another turnover.Syracuse’s defense wasn’t perfect against the Trojans, but it made big plays when it needed to and helped the Orange overcome its lack of success in other areas.“We’ve dominated the draw and lost a game before. It comes down to it’s a lot more than just the draw,” Treanor said. Comments Related Stories Halle Majorana propels Syracuse to 12-11 overtime win against USC in NCAA quarterfinalcenter_img Published on May 21, 2016 at 8:14 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langerlast_img read more

Skating sports Federation of BiH assembled a team for Junior World Cup

first_imgSkating Sports Federation of BiH assembled a team that will participate on the Junior World Cup in speed skating which will be held in Poland from 22-25 February.In men’s single category, Ademir Babaić, Tarik Omeragić and Kerim Balić will compete, and in relay race Mirza Karić will join them, said the Skating Sports Federation of BiHIn women’s category, Samra Selimbegović and Fatima Omerhodžić will compete.Coach of BiH team in Poland will be Aleksandra Đanešić.On the European Tournament in speed skating that will be held in Sweden on 18-20 January, Nihad Bašić will represent BiH.Skating Sports Federation of BiH did everything, with significant financial aid of BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs and KS Ministry of Sport to ensure that BiH skaters have good training, new jerseys and other sports equipment.last_img read more