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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Jan. 24

first_imgWhen an after-market firm stretches these limos, it’s my understanding they never upgrade the brake systems. So the NTSB may find the limo’s brakes were, by design, inadequate for a one-mile road descent with a full load of passengers. This would hamper Mallery’s case against Hussain.That may be her real concern.  Perhaps the overriding culprit is the lack of standards for stretch limo brake systems.Dick ValeSchenectady This action on the governor’s part expresses his blatant non-concern for retired public employees. We deserve better.Governor, take a reality check and start treating retirees and seniors with dignity and due consideration.Nicholas C. BarberSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCulprit in limo crash may be the brakesIn reading about Schoharie County DA Susan Mallery’s objections to allowing the NTSB access to the stretch limo, I am struck by something. She claims to be concerned that the NTSB will “endanger evidence” in her criminal case against the operator, Nauman Hussain. We are quite privileged here in Schenectady. Many of the problems in the rest of the country and in other countries don’t happen here.We have our excellent police force, fire department and ambulance service to manage what are often life-and-death situations. It’s too bad that these public servants are so often underpaid. They would often be better off working at a fast-food restaurant.Besides wanting to lose weight, my resolution is to try to speak up a little more. My ideas may or may not make sense, but I can look for problems and the good things, too.Lorene HuntleySchenectady Resolve to speak up more on good, badAt my really advanced years, I’ve had time to reflect on the past year and try to think of any small ways I can make anything better.Oh how much I often wished I could just wave a magic wand over the world and make everything all right.However, I do believe we are in the end times. Many people believe this, but it isn’t something that’s discussed much in public or in the political world. It would be political suicide to bring up the topic. It should be no surprise that there are so many problems these days. God, by whatever name He is called, has promised to bring all these troubles to an end before we manage to destroy ourselves completely.On the bright side, there are also a lot of major good stories. And, as usual, the good stories don’t always make the news. Gov. Cuomo must treat retirees betterAs a retiree of Schenectady County government, I’m sorely disappointed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has no concern or appreciation for local government retirees.The governor recently vetoed legislation giving us 30 days notice prior to modifying or replacing health insurance coverage.No notification. No engagement or time for discussion. Unilateral action by local governments is unconscionable.The number one concern of retirees who are at advanced ages is quality health care, at the time when it’s most needed. China has money, experience for wallIt seems everyone has a suggestion about building the wall on our southern border. Here’s mine: Ask China to build the wall. They have the money and the experience (the Great Wall). We all win. Frank O’ConnorRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

NHP share price shoots up as takeover bidders hover

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How to avoid legal pitfalls when buying a new home in Cairns

first_imgIt’s essential to do your own checks when buying a new home to avoid legal issues down the track.BUYING a new home is already a stressful time, so nobody wants the added stress of legal issues with their house. But many homebuyers find themselves tangled up in costly legal issues that are easy to avoid. Parke Lawyers managing director Jim Parke said emotion sometimes took over common sense when buying a home. “This means that important checks such as up-to-date title searches, building inspections, planning reports and council checks are often not given due consideration or are even overlooked.” He said a lot of buyers didn’t consider that some buildings were illegal, but they often had the power to spoil that new home feeling. “The presence of illegal structures or buildings is more common than many would think, particularly when it comes to granny flats or self-contained bungalows, even if they are not new,” he said.“With the rising popularity of renovating for profit, new decks or pool areas may be built without required permits, or attached garages unlawfully converted into living areas and rumpus rooms.”Mr Parke said being found in breach of building laws could cause a big headache for the owners. “This can result in the new property owner having to bring the site and structures into compliance, and if this is not possible, then the local council can order the offending structures to be demolished,” he said. “Either way, there are considerable expenses involved.”He said performing due diligence was essential before buying, because real estate agents and conveyancers weren’t bound to ensure compliance with laws. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoHe said some common warning signs to look out for were structures too close to fences and boundaries, low-quality work or newer outside areas being annexed to older houses. He said anything built over common areas where there was common property on a site should raise red flags.Regulators are often looking out for safety when they enforce building laws. Mr Parke said non-compliant homes could also have serious insurance issues. “Obtaining legal assistance during the purchasing process can help address any concerns from purchasers’ research,” he said.“While conveyancers are very limited in areas they can advise upon, lawyers can assist with all legal issues arising from the purchase or sale of property.“If a vendor is concerned about compliance, this can often be rectified prior to sale.“If a purchaser suspects that the structures on site do not match the information in the vendor statement, legal advice can help to identify any hidden traps.“A small investment in sound legal advice can help to prevent buyers from inheriting these ticking time bombs. Nobody needs more stress or the cost of rectifying building works when buying property. Legal advice is an effective investment to ensure the home ownership experience is a dream, not a nightmare.”last_img read more

Abilene Speedway hosts 21st annual Southern Challenge Oct. 16-18 run

first_imgABILENE, Texas – Drivers in four IMCA divisions vie for shares of a $75,000 purse at Abilene Speedway’s 21st annual Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge special Friday through Sunday. Oct. 16-18.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds chase a $3,000 top prize, with a minimum of $450 paid to start their 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods race for $2,500 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to take the main event green. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $1,000 to win and $100 to start.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice session will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, with complimentary beverages, barbe­cue and music at the party to follow. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.Worship services at the track are at 10 a.m. Sunday. The gates open at 11 a.m. the draw closes at noon and racing is at 1 p.m.The Southern Challenge is spon­sored by Smiley’s Racing Products, NAPA Auto Parts, VP Racing and Showtime Signs and Designs.More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, and at the website.last_img read more

Metamora woman faces charges in overdose case

first_imgBrookville, In. — A Metamora woman is facing charges following a fentanyl-related overdose death. Kelly Neville, 31, is being held without bond for dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death in the Franklin County Security Center.Court documents allege Neville sold the substance to Jeffery Schultz at the Family Dollar store in Metamora October 5, 2018, his body was found on the restroom floor two days later.Neville reportedly confessed to her role in the transaction while being held on an unrelated offense at the Ripley County Jail.Officials say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.last_img

Officials issue smoke alert due to brush fire in the Everglades

first_imgOfficials say the blaze began Sunday around 6:40 p.m after lightening struck in the area and has continued to burn. So far an estimated 15,5000 acres of lands has burned.As of Monday afternoon, the fire was burning one mile north of Mile Marker 34 on Interstate 75.Officials are advising those with respiratory issues to avoid the outdoors as much as they possibly can until the situation is contained. The Coral Springs Fire Department has issued a smoke alert for residents in their area due westerly winds that are pushing smoke from a brush fire in the Florida Everglades into the city.There is a large brush fire in the Everglades. Westerly winds are pushing the smoke into the City. Please stay indoors if you suffer from any respiratory issues.— Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department (@CoralSpringsFD) June 24, 2019last_img read more

Girls hockey Lakers go 1-2, earn win over Oswego

first_img Tags: ice hockeyskaneateles Now back home at Allyn Arena last Thursday night, Skaneateles took on Oswego, and while its offense cooled off, one big scoring surge, plus lots of defense, helped the Lakers hold off the Buccaneers 2-1.They were scoreless going into the second period, but then Skaneateles struck twice, Rebecca Cain netting each of those goals as Lizzy Sachar and Campbell Torrey both got an assist.During the third period, Oswego pulled within one thanks to Erica Greene’s goal, assisted by Julia Roman, yet it could not tie things up. The Lakers’ resistance held up as Evie Sheridan stopped 22 of 23 shots she faced. Meanwhile, Bucs goalie Ashley Finch had 30 saves.Now another road trip followed on the weekend, the Lakers going to Crisafulli Rink to take part in the Oswego Tournament.During it, Skaneateles lost 3-1 to Saranac Lake, the lone goal coming from Adriana Barbuto in the second period, assisted by Emily Evans. Rose Kozub, taking her turn in goal to give Sheridan a rest, recorded 21 saves.Another 3-1 defeat followed a day later, to Malone, which left the Lakers at 2-3 overall.Before all this, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team went to Ithaca last Wednesday and, making it five wins in a row, blew out the Little Red 8-2.Speeding to a 6-0 advantage through two periods, the Lakers spread out its attack, Garrett Krieger getting two goals and two assists as Colin Weeks also scored twice.Jack Henry and Charlie Russell both got a goal and three assists, with Charlie Major getting one goal and two assists. Ben Clymer contributed a goal as Cam Lowe had two assists, Jacob French and Cole Heintz one assist apiece.On Tuesday night, Sknaeateles would host Route 20 rival Auburn for the first of two regular-season showdowns before the Lakers would go to Rochester Friday to face SectionV power Victor.As for the girls Lakers, it would also play twice this week, hosting Clinton on Wednesday before Friday trip to Ithaca.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img While everyone was already quite aware of what quality the Skaneateles boys ice hockey possessed, the girls Lakers remained more of a mystery through the early stages of the season.This Skaneateles girls side that reached the state final a season ago lost its first two games of the season, both at home, to Salmon River and Beekmantown, managing just two goals in those contests.Things improved on Dec. 6-7 during a long road trip north, with the Lakers handling Massena and Potsdam by a combined 10-3 margin as its all-around game showed vast improvement.last_img read more

Today’s local club action

first_imgGrangemockler Davins are taking on Killenaule in the second South Tipp semi-final in Fethard GAA Park, that match gets underway at 12. And in the South Tipp A semi-finals Moyle Rovers take on Ballyporeen at two o’clock in Clonmel Sportsfield, with Clonmel Commericals are up against Cahir/Fr Sheehys in Ardfinnan at half four. The Johnny Ryan Cup quarter final between Portroe and Drom-AN-Inch throws-in at 5 o’clock in Portroe.And the Jim Devitt Cup quarter-final will see Kildangan take on Kilruane Mac Donaghs in Puckane at half five. Finally, the County Senior Hurling Challenge Cup has Nenagh Éire Óg up against Moycarkey-Borrisin Littleton 5 o’clock. The Mid Under 21 A football semi-final sees JK Brackens come up against Loughmore-Castleiney in Templemore. While the South Tipp Under 21 B football semi-final sees Ardfinnan do battle with Kilsheelan/Kilcash.All those games throw-in at half four. last_img read more

Tipp Dublin game due to be refixed today

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM The Central Competitions Control Committee of the G-A-A is due to meet today to sort out the weekend’s weather hit schedule.The Hurling League final could be pushed back a further week, following the postponement of the Tipp Dublin game, as well as the Wexford and Galway clash.Tipp footballers league clash away to Down will also be re-fixed. A replay date is also be needed for the All Ireland Club Hurling final after Na Piarsaigh and Cuala played out a draw at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day.last_img

NWPL Board Sanctions Bayelsa Queens

first_imgMatchday 12 of the Nigeria Women Premier League was on Wednesday marred by distasteful reports from two match centers; Nembe City Stadium – where Bayelsa Queens defeated Sunshine Queens by a lone goal – and the Atiku Abubakar Stadium in Fofure – where the match between Adamawa Queens and Osun Babes was inconclusive at 2-1 in favour of the hosts.Sunshine Queens FC player, Elizabeth Johnson was a victim of assault in Nembe, and a photo of her shared across social media revealed a bleeding cut on her face.In Fofure, Osun Babes claimed they were protesting a controversial call by the referee when Adamawa Queens fans started throwing objects at them hence they could not continue the game.Below is a press release from the NWFL board stating its decision on both cases.Following the emergency meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee formed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League in a sitting on the 20 – 21st July, 2017 at the Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat Abuja, the following decisions were arrived. Adamawa Queens FC vs. Osun Babes FCFrom the available match reports received from Match Commissioner and Referee of the match, it was established that the match was abandoned because Osun Babes FC refused to continue play of the game at the 13th minute.The above act of Osun Babes FC is an infraction of article 15.9 of rules book which emphasize on the duration of each game.Consequently, in exercise of article 15.10.2 of the rules book, the match shall count as a complete fixture and award a fine of N500,000.00 to Osun Babes FC as enshrine in article 16.2 for discontinuation.RelatedNWPL Matchday 12 Review: Charity Reuben Back Atop Goalscorers’ ChartJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup Roundup: Big Guns Rain Goals On AmateursSeptember 14, 2017In “Nigeria”NWPL Matchday 11 Review: Three Away Wins Recorded As Super Four Takes ShapeJuly 13, 2017In “Nigeria” Bayelsa Queens FC vs. Sunshine Queens FC– The result of the match which started and ended with one goal in favour of Bayelsa Queens FC stands.– From our findings, security provision was ineffective at the match, thereby resulting in assault at the end of the match. Therefore, State Football Association is hereby called to live up to expectation in their responsibility in providing adequate and effective security in their subsequent matches as provided in article 1.7.1 of the rules book.– Because clubs shall be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters before, during or after any match as enshrine in article 22.9 of the rules book. The Bayelsa State Football Association in conjunction with Bayelsa Queens FC are to identify and produce the assailant(s) on or before 28th of July, 2017 to the Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat. Failure of which the league will have no option other take drastic measures on Bayelsa Queens FC.– The assault on the Sunshine Queens FC player, Elizabeth Johnson was established as a result of fans encroachment into the field immediately after the final whistle of the game. This act attracts a fine of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira) only to be paid by Bayelsa Queens FC before their next home game. The Nigeria Women Football League invokes article 27.1.3 of the rules book for this fine.– That Bayelsa Queens FC should make a payment of N200,000.00 for continuous medical treatment of the injured player via Nigeria Women Football League.– That Bayelsa Queens FC should pay the sum of N50,000.00 for the damaged video camera repair via the Nigeria Women Football League.– The Match Commissioner failed in his responsibility in ensuring the security and safety of the away team as the team suffered total neglect after the match. Therefore, the Match Commissioner is being recommended to appropriate committee for appropriate sanction.last_img read more