Participate in vote for sale of park land

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Regarding the upcoming land sale vote in Clifton Park: I will be voting yes on Proposal #1 on Dec. 5 and hope that everyone else will do the same.If this proposal is approved, the 37 acres (increased from 34) in the heart of the Shenendehowa school district will be preserved as a “central park.” The sale of this property will benefit generations to come.Earlier this year, residents of the school district spoke with a strong voice when voting down the sale to a private developer. That was first step to preserving this property. Now to transfer ownership and create a park, we need to approve the sale from the school district to the town of Clifton Park.Please help plan for a balanced future for the community. Participate and vote yes.Patricia SchwankertClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Game 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Get informed about Ballston sewer plan

first_imgThe town of Ballston is embarking on a potential project to bring sanitary sewers to the “hamlet.” Timing for the project is linked to the Ballston Lake Sewer Project that is already approved and under detailed planning.Residential and commercial property owners in the district will vote on April 18 whether to install the sewers. There are many factors involved in the decision making, including the environment, health, viability of hamlet businesses, financing, and operating the system. It’s important for voters to become fully informed of all the relevant factors so as to make the best decision. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Existing failed septic systems have, and still are affecting, the land, water table and waterways. Repair costs increase with time, and businesses are significantly burdened to handle sanitary waste in the Route 50 corridor.This doesn’t come free. The Sewer Committee continues to pursue minimizing the total cost, including obtaining grants, low-interest loans and encouraging contractors to discount multiple installations. Forty years ago, a similar project with 85 percent grants was defeated. That level of grants is not available today. While cost is a major factor, there are planned allowances for extreme situations, like financial hardship, installation cost based on distance from sewer mains and age of recently established septic systems. These will be in the required town law.Information on upcoming public sessions, including Wednesday’s (March 14) is available at or by calling the town of Ballston, 518-885-8502.After learning the facts, I’m certain the proposed sewer district is an investment in the future of our community. I urge everyone to become fully informed.Al Pirigyi Sr.Burnt HillsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Brisbane’s auction capital: Homes are more likely to sell under the hammer in this suburb

first_imgAuctioneer Haesley Cush in action. Image: AAP/Claudia Baxter.COORPAROO has been named Brisbane’s auction capital, with homes more likely to sell under the hammer there than in any other suburb.New figures reveal 55 per cent of homes sell at auction in the popular inner-city suburb — significantly higher than the overall clearance rate for Brisbane of 49 per cent.Sunnybank Hills had the highest number of homes taken to auction during the March quarter, with 28 auctions held and a 40 per cent of those selling under the hammer, according to CoreLogic’s latest Quarterly Auction Market Review. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Houses in the suburb of Coorparoo, which has the highest auction clearance rate in Brisbane.CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher admitted it was “not a particularly strong result” for the Queensland capital.“Brisbane still isn’t a very auction-centric market,” Mr Kusher said. “And it’s really only worthwhile (going to auction) if you’ve got a unique property offering because it’s hard to gauge how much demand there will be.” BRISBANE CRACKS TOP 100 LIST HAMPTONS IN BRISBANE INSIDE SAMANTHA RILEY’S NEW HOME The combined capital city auction clearance rate increased to 64.6 per cent over the March quarter, up from 62.3 per cent over the December quarter.Clearance rates increased across all cities except Perth and Hobart.Melbourne recorded the highest clearance rate at 68.4 per cent, up from 68.1 per cent the previous quarter, followed by Canberra at 67.9 per cent. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Auction clearance rates across all capital cities rose in the March quarter. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.But compared to the same time a year ago, capital city auction success rates have fallen more than 10 per cent, while auction volumes have increased.After Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane was host to the highest volume of auctions over the March quarter, with 1247 homes going under the hammer.Auction volumes fell across all regions except the Gold Coast, but it also recorded the lowest clearance rate.CAPITAL CITY AUCTION CLEARANCE RATESSydney 63.6% (7,755 auctions)Melbourne 68.4% (9,488 auctions)Brisbane 49% (1,247 auctions)Adelaide 65.7% (961 auctions)Perth 34.7% (374 auctions)Tasmania 51 % (68 auctions)Canberra 67.9% (808 auctions)Combined capitals 64.6 % (20,701 auctions)(Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

UEFA reveal date for UCL, UEL draws

first_imgUEFA have revealed the date and location for both the Champions League and Europa League group stage draws for 2020-2021 campaign. The draws and the handing of the 2019/20 awards will take place at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on October 1. La Liga sides Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are among teams which will participate in the Champions League draw.Advertisement Read Also: Chelsea set to sign new goalkeeper for £18m – sources Villarreal and Real Sociedad have already secured qualification to the Europa League group stage, while Granada will have to progress through the qualifying rounds. Premier League will be represented by the likes of Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, and Man Utd for the Champions League while the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Wolves will be gunning for honours in the Europa League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Legendary Movies To Learn History FromBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

WADA chief under fire from Olympic committees

first_img(REUTERS) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and its head Craig Reedie faced stinging criticism from national Olympic committees yesterday for its handling of the Russian doping scandal, days before its board meeting where the Scot is up for re-election.Reedie, speaking to the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic committees (ANOC), said these were “troubled times” after the Russian doping affair, which resulted in dozens of athletes being banned from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.While calling for more sanctioning powers for WADA and closer cooperation with governments, Reedie, who is up for re-election on November 20, had to defend his organisation’s actions with half a dozen NOCs criticising him at the assembly.He also had to defend the timing of the release of part of the so-called McLaren report into doping in Russia shortly before the Rio Games in August. The report uncovered systematic state-sponsored doping in Russia.The investigation, triggered by media reports of state-backed doping in Russia, led to a partial ban on Russians at the Rio Games and the suspension of the country’s doping laboratory, its anti-doping agency and athletics federation.Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, who heads the ANOC and is an influential International Olympic Committee (IOC) member, called for a ‘neutral’ president to deal with the fallout of the doping crisis.The IOC confirmed it had held talks with Reedie, who is standing for another three-year term, about appointing a neutral president in future and dropping the current system of rotating the choice of president between governments and sports bodies.NEUTRAL PRESIDENT“During the discussions at the IOC Executive Board earlier this month, Sir Craig Reedie was advised of the intention of the IOC Executive Board to have in the future a neutral WADA president for the sake of the credibility and good governance of WADA,” an IOC spokesperson said yesterday.“At the meeting, Sir Craig accepted this approach and said he would not stand in the way of such a solution. Following this he received the support of the IOC Executive Board for his reappointment as WADA president,” the spokesman said.Sheikh Ahmad was concerned about the release of the second part of the McLaren report, due out in early December, and noted WADA’s suspension of the Doha doping lab was announced the day before the general assembly in the Qatari capital on Tuesday.“There were questions of timing with the (McLaren) report and now we see it again with Doha, not because of cheating but because of procedures. The decision was only made on November 7, but came here on the day of the general assembly“I am now worried that the (second part of the) McLaren Report will come out in the first week of December during the IOC Executive Board, or the day after to undermine decisions there,” Sheikh Ahmad said.He suggested moving WADA from Montreal to Geneva, where the World Health Organisation has offices.Reedie apologised, saying the McLaren report had to come out before the Rio Games and that the Doha lab suspension announcement was not intentional.last_img read more

Cricket News USA seal ICC ODI status after win over Hong Kong

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The United States of America (USA) sealed the ICC ODI status after their win over 84-run Hong Kong on Wednesday. “Tonight’s the night everyone’s been waiting for…@usacricket claim ODI status under the leadership of Captain America!” tweeted ICC.  The historic moment came a day after Oman joined the elite group of nations holding One-Day International status. Sitting strong on top of the table, Oman won its third successive game in ICC’s WCL Division Two in Windhoek, Namibia on Tuesday which ensures the Sultanate will be among the top four sides to have earned the much-coveted One-Day International status for the next two and a half years.Oman, and the other top three teams in the top four, joined the UAE, Scotland and Nepal in the new ICC World Cricket League Division Two 2019 and play as many as 36 ODIs over a period of 30 months. Oman coach Duleep Mendis had said before leaving for Namibia that qualifying for the ODI status would be among their foremost goals in Namibia and they would be fighting hard to achieve that.Left-arm paceman Bilal Khan bowled superbly, taking four wickets, while Jatinder Singh batted sensibly against Hong Kong to make sure Oman secured its third successive win as the only unbeaten side in the six-nation tournament. last_img read more

Cricket News KKR part ways with Jacques Kallis, Simon Katich after below-par IPL 2019

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday parted ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich following a below-par IPL 2019 in which they finished fifth.  The team however has not taken a call on the future of captain Dinesh Karthik who was part of India’s World Cup squad. It was the first time in four seasons that the side did not make the play-offs.”Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family & will always remain so. We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Rider brand as a global brand,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore was quoted by the team’s website.Kallis joined the side in 2011 as a player before replacing Trevor Bayliss as head coach in October 2015.”After nine fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and head coach, it’s time to explore new opportunities. I would to like to thank the Owners, Management and fellow players for many happy memories,” Kallis said.Under Kallis and Katich, KKR won 32 of their 61 games.Meanwhile, Expanding the IPL to 10 teams from eight was one of the issues discussed during a meeting of the franchise owners and the league’s other stakeholders in London earlier this week. However, the increase in the number of teams won’t be a first as 10 sides competed in the 2011 edition of the IPL with the addition of the Kochi and Pune franchises. Contractual issues between Kochi and the BCCI meant the team could only last one season before the Sahara -owned Pune Warriors also pulled out after the 2013 edition, making it an eight team contest again from 2014. center_img Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich part ways with KKR. Jacques Kallis has been a part of KKR as a player, mentor, and head coach. KKR has won 32 out of 61 games under their guidance. last_img read more

Mutiu Adepoju: Super Eagles Will Tame Desert Foxes

first_imgThe North Africans are well noted for their football antics and Adepoju urged the Super Eagles to be wary of that.“There are so many antics that the North Africans can put up. The team just needs to be careful and not play into their hands. We just have to concentrate on our game plan and also play our own politics,” he said.The Desert Foxes have been claiming that a number of their star players are injured, but the former Nigerian international said it could be part of the antics of the Algerians. He said he would not be surprised if those players listed as injured feature against Nigeria.“We should just be ready for any player they ‘throw in the ring’. It’s a game of 11 players against 11,” he noted.Asked if he has any advice for the coach concerning today’s match, he said: “Gernot Rohr knows what he is doing, he is very experienced. I am aware he too is ambitious and qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup would definitely enhance his CV. I think he is the right person for the job and he’s already doing a great job for the team considering the way he has related with them, his intelligence and the working ethics he brought.”Headmaster, as he was fondly called by admirers during his playing days, is optimistic that Nigeria would hoist its flag in Russia.“Why would anybody think Nigeria would not qualify because it is the ‘group of death’? As a matter of fact, that should be a big motivation for the players to go out and put in their best. We just have to be optimistic. All the team needs from us is our support because questioning and criticising would only amount to distraction for the team, which is what they don’t need now,” he noted.Adepoju would however not admit if these crops of Eagles player have the same zeal and hunger as those of his colleagues that defeated Algeria in the US ’94 qualifiers.“One cannot really compare this present team with the team I played in, because we belong to different generation. But this team has shown enough hunger by beating Zambia at their home ground. The olden days Eagles were different, the commitment was different, but there is always a new beginning. This new players are going to make something good for us. In all competitions, the first game is always very important and after defeating Chipolopolo in their first group game, the team is now confident of winning their remaining next matches,” the former Real Madrid B Team player noted.One Nigerian player that has been performing exceptionally well for his club (Chelsea) is Victor Moses and Adepoju is hoping that he would be able to replicate his club’s performance in the national team.“What he’s doing in Chelsea is very important and I believe when a player is playing very well for his club, it should reflect on his national team.”Asked if the Super Eagles coach should play him in the same role he’s playing for his club, Mutiu said: “Moses has his way of playing, but coaches are different from one another. Wherever position the coach wants him to play is where he would place him.”Adepoju came into prominence during the U-20 World Youth Championship in 1989 in Saudi Arabia where he proved how deadly he could be with his head in the box. Soccer fans will not forget in a hurry his two goals against the United States of America in the semi-finals of the competition en route Flying Eagles winning the silver in the WYC.“My two goals against the United States in the World Youth Championship (Under 20) in Saudi Arabia will remain memorable to me and always recall the moment with nostalgia because my goals took Nigeria to the final of the competition for the first time. The match we played against Algeria was also memorable. Super Eagles 3-2 victory against Spain at the 1998 World Cup was also one moment I will cherish for life and I was one of the scorers for Nigeria that beautiful day. That Spanish side was one of the best in history but we stopped their ambition,” Adepoju recalled.After his exploit in Saudi Arabia at the WYC in 1989, Mutiu Adepoju joined Real Madrid reserve team, where he emerged as the highest goal scorer in the Spanish Segunda Division in the 1991/92 season which made the Spanish Football Federation to offer him Spanish citizenship but the former Shooting Stars player opted to represent Nigeria at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal and helped Nigeria win the bronze medal after losing to an Abedi ‘Pele Ayew inspired Ghana in the semifinal where the Super Eagles won bronze.The former Julius Berger of Lagos midfielder however regretted not putting on the colours of Spanish giants, Real Madrid.“Not playing for Real Madrid senior team is one regret I’ll take to my grave. Though the team had a lot of renowned players in their side, I felt I was still good enough to wear the team’s jersey but then the European rule then forbidding more than three foreign players in a team for any game was hindrance to my ambition,” Adepoju noted.Recalling his experience in Spain the former Racing Santander said: “On the whole, it was a fantastic experience.Initially, the first challenges we faced when we got there was the language barrier, we were like deaf and dump, but after sometime, we adapted and picked the language and the peoples’ culture. We spent more than 20 years in Spain; by and large it was a fantastic experience. We had all our children there.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of today’s Super Eagles 2018 World Cup qualifier match against the Desert Foxes of Algeria, former Nigerian international, Mutiu Adepoju, who was part of the team that stopped the Algerians en route USA ‘94 Mundial is optimistic that Nigeria will win the match. Kunle Adewale reportsMatches between Nigeria and Algeria often generate a lot of heat and today’s encounter at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State will not be different. The fact that a ticket to the 2018 World Cup slated for Russia is at stake makes it more intriguing. One man who understands what it takes to cross such hurdle is Mutiu Adepoju. He said, “The mindset of the players should be getting into the field, doing the job and picking the three points at stake which is very important. For them to be in a good stead for a place at the World Cup, the three points on Saturday is very important, most especially after winning their first match against Zambia.”last_img read more

No more waiting: It’s madness time

first_imgIf you?ve been too busy studying for organic chemistry orwatching ?Lost? on your laptop to catch the excitement of college hoops thissemester, you?ve really been missing out. Although I think you?ve poorly prioritizedyour daily schedule, I?m not going to berate or chastise you for missing one ofthe most electrifying college basketball seasons in recent history. Instead,I?m here to inform you: It?s not too late!The conference championships are already underway andSelection Sunday ? my favorite holiday of the year ? is only four days away. (Iknow, I can hardly believe it either).So, in case you?ve been in hibernation since New Year?s orstill think the Badgers are an unranked, middle-of-the-Big-Ten caliber team,I?ll give you my two cents on the teams to keep an eye on before the mayhemtruly begins in eight days.Championship contendersNo. 5 KansasAnyone who watched the Jayhawks demolish (and even that worddoesn?t give the win the justice it deserves) Texas Tech 109-51 on March 3understands why Kansas is a legitimate title contender.The Hawks are athletic enough to run with teams like Memphisand Tennessee, they can shoot the three-ball, and they play tough on thedefensive side of the court.Junior Mario Chalmers has become one of the top point guardsin the league. He and his backcourt mate Brandon Rush really cause problems foropposing defenses.Can KU head coach Bill Self finally get over the hump? RoyWilliams (North Carolina) did it against Self (Illinois) just three years ago.Anything?s possible.Kansas is my team to beat.No. 1 North CarolinaIt?s hard to bet against a team with the name TylerHansbrough on the roster. If you look up the word ?gamer? in the dictionary,Hansbrough?s picture sits alongside the definition.The Tar Heels looked rejuvenated Saturday night against Dukewith the re-entrance of point guard Ty Lawson into the lineup.UNC is athletic both around the perimeter and under the rim.They can shoot from deep, run-and-gun and bang inside. Plus, everyone knows howimportant coaching is amidst the madness, and there are few coaches I?d ratherhave on my sideline than Williams.No. 3 UCLAThe Bruins have a combination of talent and experience(after making it to the Final Four the past two seasons) that could be deadlycome tournament time. Darren Collison runs the point about as well as anyone inthe country, and freshman sensation Kevin Love dominates the glass.With the parity that currently exists in college basketball,back-to-back-to-back Final Four appearances is a near impossible feat toaccomplish. Nonetheless, don?t be surprised if UCLA makes the trip to SanAntonio come April 5.No. 2 MemphisTigers? head coach John Calipari has only made the FinalFour one time in his 17-year collegiate coaching career. There?s just oneproblem ? because then-UMass Minuteman Marcus Camby illegally accepted moneyfrom an agent, the NCAA doesn?t recognize the team?s 1996 Final Fourappearance, so technically, he?s never made the final weekend of the tourney.This season, Calipari may just have the team to go all the way.Memphis is probably the most athletic team in the nation.The duo of Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose is a lethal one. And don?tthink playing in Conference USA hurts the Tigers? chances in terms of seasonexperience. Remember, they beat UConn, USC, Georgetown and Tennessee thisseason.Under the radarNo. 15 ConnecticutThis year?s Huskies team reminds me a lot of last year?sGeorgetown squad. 7-foot-3-inch Hasheem Thabeet ? the best pure shot-blocker inthe land ? is an asset every team would love to have (does last year?s RoyHibbert ring a bell?).UConn has five players who average in double figures. JeffAdrien is simply a beast in the paint.Don?t sleep on the Huskies.USCIn keeping with the recent-memory theme, this year?s Trojansremind me a lot of last year?s Texas Longhorns, simply because O.J. Mayo couldvery well be this year?s Kevin Durant. That, and their uniform colors are quitesimilar.But seriously, USC is getting hot at the right time. Lookout.Kansas StateFreshman Michael Beasley: 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 1.7blocks per game. Fifty-four percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-pointrange. ESPN?s Jay Bilas put it best: Beasley?s not a man among boys, he?s a manamong men.Enough said.Early upsets?No. 7 DukeI have trouble believing a Mike Krzyzewski-coached team canbe eliminated early from the tournament two years in a row (they were ousted byVCU in the first round last season), but it might just happen. These BlueDevils rely too much on the 3-pointer. A 10-minute cold streak could end theirseason because they don?t have much of an inside presence.Duke will get by the first round, but don?t be surprised ifthe Devils fail to make the Elite 8, or even the Sweet 16.No. 22 IndianaThe loss of head coach Kelvin Sampson seemed to have takenall the wind out of the Hoosiers? sails. A near loss to lowly Northwestern anda loss to pitiful Penn State is unacceptable for a team that talented.They have the players, but do they have the will to win?Doesn?t look like it.No. 17 PurdueHere in Madison, we all saw what Robbie Hummel and Co. cando, as the Badgers lost twice to PU. But if the Boilermakers run into a teamwith a legitimate big man, they could be in trouble. Plus, their youth andinexperience may finally catch up with them this postseason.Keep this in mind when filling out your brackets. Get your popcornready ? it?s madness time!Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. Send him yourthoughts about the Big Dance at read more