Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In the present climate of extreme political polarization, people need access to well documented and accurate news. We are fortunate in the Capital District to have access to WMHT — a public television channel. The nightly news is presented in a clear, balanced manner. When topics are controversial, guests present both the left and the right positions in a respectful manner. WHMT also has programs that focus on politics in New York state. An added bonus: There are no commercials during the program. You actually get uninterrupted, in-depth coverage in a respectful format. Eleanor AronsteinNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
17 Hillside Crescent, Townsville City which sold for $700,000.A BUYER has paid $700,000 for an uninhabitable Townsville home. A local medical professional snapped up the property at 17 Hillside Crescent, having been won over by the location and panoramic views.The house was gutted by the previous owner who had renovation plans that never eventuated. Janice Gallagher, from Janice Gallagher Real Estate, sold the property and said it would be one of her highest sales for a home that has no kitchen or bathroom. “All the services have been taken out, so it’s ready for renovation,” she said. “I haven’t sold anything else like this. The views are just spectacular and it has one of the best positions in Townsville.“You try and find a good block of land with a spectacular view like that. It’s really very rare.”The home has an elevated hillside location in one of Townsville’s most prestigious pockets close to The Strand. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202017 Hillside Crescent, Townsville City which sold for $700,000.It was owned by an elderly man who sold it to a builder who had planned to renovate it but decided to sell it instead. The home has 220sq m of under-roof space.Ms Gallagher said high-end buyers were returning to the Townsville market and most wanted properties with stunning views.“The upper end has picked up and there are more doctors in town,” she said.“I think 2018 will be a good year and the market has definitely picked up so now there isn’t a lot of stock around but there are more buyers around.“We had a lot of stock sitting there for a long time but all that stock has gone now.”
Just over 40% of investors have noticed a decrease in the availability and breadth of fixed income, currencies and commodities (FICC) research for small and medium-sized companies in the wake of MiFID II, according to a survey by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA).This trend was likely to continue as the reforms bedded down, said ICMA’s Asset Management and Investors Council (AMIC), which carried out the survey for the second consecutive year.More than two thirds (68%) of respondents said they used less research in general compared to last year. Banks and brokers took the biggest hit, with 71% of those surveyed saying they used less research from these providers. In addition, 82% said they used fewer research providers.However, the survey suggested that investor fears about a decline in the quality of FICC research were so far largely unfounded. The vast majority of respondents to the 2018 survey said they had not noticed any change in the quality of the research they received, compared with 32% who last year indicated they anticipated research to get worse.All of the respondents found no change in the quality of research from independent providers. Views on the quality of FICC research from banks and brokers were more mixed, although a clear majority (86%) said the quality had stayed the same; 11% said it got worse while 4% noticed an improvement.Presenting the survey results in London last week, Patrik Karlsson, director of market practice and regulatory policy at AMIC, said the views about the quality of research were a positive surprise.Karlsson also highlighted respondents’ approach to dealing with conflicting rules on FICC research globally. This year AMIC found that buy-side firms were split between unbundling research globally and only using paid-for research (35%), and segregating EU and non-EU businesses (35%). Last year 64% of respondents were planning to unbundle globally and only 7% were planning to segregate businesses.“The significant change in firm attitude to the business segregation model may reflect that the costs and complexities of segregating their businesses geographically outweigh the costs and complexities that come from unbundling globally,” said AMIC.AMIC surveyed 28 companies, primarily asset managers and investment funds, from EU countries.
NewsRegional Toronto police chief talks about crime in the Caribbean by: – March 19, 2012 29 Views one comment Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share (L-R) Conference Media Director Melanius Alphonse, Conference Director Rebecca Theodore and Peter Sloly, Deputy Chief of Toronto’s Divisional Policing CommandTORONTO, Canada — At a presentation at the Jamaican Canadian Centre (JCA) in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, hosted by the organisers of the Peaceful Caribbean Conference, due to be held in Barbados next month, Peter Sloly, Deputy Chief of Toronto’s Divisional Policing Command, spoke about his wide experience in law enforcement and the issues of increasing crime and violence in the Caribbean.“You have to weed out the bad cops; we have the same issues in the city of Toronto. The people who you deal with are sophisticated, move money around the world through safe ports, if your local station lacks the same level of equipment, you will not be able to keep up. So investment in the infrastructure is critically important as investing in the people who keep up the systems – the officers,” Sloly said.He pointed out that the war on drugs has been going on for years and there is no need to reinvent the wheel.“Don’t start from scratch, the solutions already exist; customizing them will be your challenge,” he said.The Peaceful Conference is an effort to highlight the increasing problem of crime, as one of the top four constraints to doing business in the Caribbean and to focus on enabling the region to regain its rightful place in the world as a peaceful and stable place.Whilst each country and territory in the region has its own unique set of complex problems, the organisers believe that much more can be achieved by sharing what works and what doesn’t in this respect, rather than trying to achieve results in isolation.Rev. Dr Audley James, pastor of Revivaltime Tabernacle Worldwide Ministries in Toronto, opened the presentation with a word of prayer, with introductions being made by master of ceremonies, Spider Jones.The opening speaker, Audrey Campbell, president of the JCA, applauded the conference organisers under the direction of Rebecca Theodore for taking the lead in addressing the problem of crime in the Caribbean.“We recognize that the level of violence and brutality has increased. This conference is a focus on solutions and to look at root causes of the violence,” she said.In her presentation to the audience, conference director Rebecca Theodore pointed out that crime and economic development are serious rivals. “It cannot be denied these issues are related. Crime drives away economic investment. Crime is the curse of the tourist industry,” she said.“We realise that we must understand the root causes — poverty, unemployment, social marginalization, the illegal drug trade, trafficking of firearms and the activity of foreign powers — if we are to see any results,” Theodore added.Caribbean countries need to build greater capacity to handle the issues and the region is now challenged with the task at arriving at a possible solution, she continued.“Crime is destroying all we have achieved and frustrates our efforts to achieve more.What are you and I doing about it?” she asked.Deputy Chief Sloly then spoke and commended the conference organisers for taking on these complex issues.“It is a global village; what happens in Jamaica affects Canada, Barbados, affects Brampton. I spent one year working with the UN in a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. That gave me an understanding about international issues in relation to crime and drugs,” he said.Sloly explained that, before you can change how the police interact with the community, you have to change not only the service delivery, but the make-up of the service itself. If you want to change how they are able to deliver service anywhere, you have to change the inside of the service first. This would be similar to any other institution, i.e. an education system — if you want to change that, your teachers need to know how to operate the systems, like computers, otherwise, they cannot teach the kids.The same thing applies to policing, he said. The local police have to understand they need to change themselves from the inside before they can effect change on the outside.Sloly agreed with Theodore that the entire justice system needs to be brought in — if the court system is fraudulent or corrupt, it will fall apart and there will be no rehabilitation.“In Kosovo, we were asked to set up a drug strategy, and when Osama bin Laden was operating out of al Qaeda, he was moving drugs (mostly opium) through the Balkan states, which were unstable, and the police corrupt. Drugs were moving into the region and on to North America. Equally, money was flowing back, firearms were flowing back. We focused on Kosovo because it was causing crime all over the world. The Caribbean is similar,” Sloly recounted.“A national drug strategy couldn’t just be local; it needed to be international — all stakeholders needed to be at the table to identify the people bringing the drugs in,” he said.According to Sloly it will take five years of consistent investment, and 15 years before seeing a long term improvement.To achieve this, he said, we have access underused resources, especially the Diaspora. Israel and Ireland both use their Diasporas to a great effect.“We have a great Diaspora here; I would encourage you to reach out to them,” he said.In relation to national strategy, Sloly suggested that the region should work together to share resources — law enforcement resources and infrastructure.“I encourage you to look at that. That strikes me as a different way of approaching the issue. We are too small individually to resist the major cartels coming out of South and Central Americas,” he said.“No man is an island; we can move to an offensive mode in the war on violence instead of defensive,” he concluded.Other speakers, including Sharon Joseph of Breakaway Relief Care, Pastor Gary Hibbert of Life Center Word of Faith Ministry, Garnett Manning from Youth and Leadership Foundation, echoed many of the sentiments expressed. Rev. Dr Audly James emphasised that crime is a spiritual problem and a deterrent to progress and prosperity and we cannot exclude God out of the process of finding a solution to the ravaging effects of crime in the Caribbean. Dr Margaret Beare, professor of law and sociology at York University in Toronto, also appealed for greater funding to the police services to help them in their aim to serve and protect. Video of the presentation will be uploaded to the Peaceful Caribbean website as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, a selection of photos from this and earlier events may be seen here.By Caribbean News Now contributor
Basic goods that are under thejurisdiction of the DTI include canned fish and other marine products, locallymanufactured instant noodles, bottled water, bread, processed milk, coffee,candles, laundry soap, detergent and salt. Degala urged consumers to alert DTIabout sellers jacking up the prices of these products. The Department of Agriculture (DA), onthe other hand, covers basic agricultural goods such as rice, corn, cookingoil, fresh, dried and other marine products, fresh eggs, fresh pork, beef andpoultry meat, fresh milk, fresh vegetables, root crops, sugar and freshfruits. Essential drugs are under theDepartment of Health while firewood and charcoal are with the Department ofEnvironment and Natural Resources. Household liquefied petroleum gas andkerosene are under the Department of Energy. Proclamation 922 which puts the country under a state of public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus outbreak has triggered the implementation of a nationwide price freeze. Photo shows a woman checking prices at a grocery store in Iloilo City. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN This is automatic, said ProvincialDirector Judith Degala of DTI-Iloilo. Section 6 of the Price Act states thatprices of basic necessities shall be frozen at their prevailing prices for 60days or until sooner lifted by the President whenever there is a declaration ofa state of emergency, calamity, or other similar conditions, said Degala. Proclamation 922, which puts thecountry under a state of public health emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak,triggered the implementation of a nationwide price freeze. ILOILO – The Department of Trade andIndustry (DTI) announced a nationwide price freeze on basic necessities pursuantto the Price Act or Republic Act 7581 due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) outbreak. All these basic goods are placedunder price freeze for 60 days with the exception of household LPG and kerosenewhose prices shall be frozen for 15 days only as provided in the Amended PriceAct, or RA 10623./PN
BATESVILLE – Margaret Mary Health is hosting a Medicare workshop in the hospital café at 2 p.m. Wednesday.Susan Burkhart with Doerflinger Insurance will present information regarding:Change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage PlanChange from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to original MedicareJoin a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) or switch plansMuch more
Sen. Coats (R-Ind.) was picked to serve on the Senate Finance Committee for the 114th Congress.WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was named to the Senate Finance Committee for the 114th Congress, which begins January 6.Coats will be the first Hoosier in 38 years to serve on the Senate Finance Committee since former Senator Vance Hartke (D-Ind.).“This important assignment will allow be to tackle many of the biggest fiscal challenges our country is facing,” said Coats. “I am committed to making our tax code simpler and fairer to grow our economy and help create jobs. I also will be focusing on ensuring our entitlement programs are solvent for future generations and repealing harmful policies – such as the medical device tax – that stifle innovation and economic growth.”The Finance Committee has the largest jurisdiction of any Congressional committee, overseeing more than fifty percent of the nation’s budget. This includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, all tax policy, international trade, several welfare programs and the nation’s debt.
Bulldogs Goes Down On Final Play Against Seymour.Batesville fell to Seymour 2-1 on Monday on the final play of the game. Seymour trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning when there was an error, scoring two runs.The pitching was strong on both sides. Seymour pitchers struck out 14, while the Bulldogs sat down three. Tyler Bloom earned the win for Seymour. He threw seven innings, surrendering one run, two hits, and striking out 14. Joe Bohman took the loss for Batesville. He went two-thirds of an inning, surrendering two runs, one hit, striking out one, and walking one. Anthony Butz started the game for the Bulldogs. He went five and two-thirds innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, and striking out two.Alex McPherson and Alex Roell each managed one hit to lead Batesville.Late Score Costs Bulldogs Against Lawrenceburg.The Bulldogs stayed in it until the end, but Lawrenceburg pulled away late in a 4-3 victory on Tuesday. The Bulldogs were up 3-0 heading into the fifth, but Lawrenceburg then scored four on a go ahead single by Austin Bowling off of Batesville’s Alex Roell.Batesville lost despite out-hitting Lawrenceburg nine to four.Senior Jordan Houze earned the win for Lawrenceburg. He tossed seven innings, surrendering three runs, nine hits, and striking out four. Alex Roell took the loss for the Bulldogs. He went four and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs, four hits, and striking out two.Batesville collected nine hits. Alex McPherson and Trey Heidlage each collected multiple hits for Batesville, while Jacob Christie, Joe Bohman, and Quinn Werner each drove in one run to lead the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs Goes Down On Final Play Against Milan It came down to the last play, but the Bulldogs were on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat to Milan on Thursday. The game was tied at five with Milan batting in the bottom of the eighth when Lane Oesterling walked Dakota Sams with the bases loaded for the winning run.In the bottom of the fourth inning, Milan tied things up at five, as Jacob Burton drove in two when he homered in the fourth inning.Jordan Burton earned the win for Milan. He pitched four innings, surrendering zero runs, one hit, and striking out one. Joe Bohman took the loss for the Bulldogs. He tossed three and two-thirds innings, surrendering one run, three hits, striking out five, and walking one.John Turner started the game for Milan. He went four innings, giving up five runs, one hit, and striking out one. Batesville Senior Garrett Burkhart started the game for the Bulldogs. He tossed three and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs, nine hits, and striking out one.Alex McPherson and Lane Oesterling each collected one hit to lead the Bulldogs.After three straight losses, the Bulldogs fall to 10-8 overall and 5-2 in the EIAC conference. Batesville will take on South Ripley at Liberty Park on Friday evening.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.
In a caution-slowed race, Horejsi was able to maintain the lead comfortably before McBirnie almost made another shocking last-moment pass, but Horejsi was able to hold him off and secure the win. CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Feb. 10) – While day racing at the Central Arizona Speedway brought a completely different dynamic to the plate, the driver in victory lane following Sunday’s Arizona Mod Tour main event was celebrating a second straight victory. Ricky Thornton Jr. became a back-to-back winner with the $1,500 IMCA Modified checkers at Sunday’s Arizona Mod Tour event at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka) In the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Saturday winner Jake McBirnie and Jim Horejsi paced the field to green. A familiar face returned to the winner’s circle as Ricky Thornton Jr. grabbed his fourth career tour win, tying him with Hunter Marriott for the most overall wins in the third running of the tour. For the second night in a row, the Modified feature went green to checkered. Thornton led wire-to-wire and claimed victory once again, as O’Neil once again fell one spot short. Reichenbach, Casey Arneson, and Jason Noll completed the top five. By Jackson Braun Horejsi made the 1,600-mile trip from his home in Minnesota to Arizona. A veteran of 30-odd seasons, he’d purchased a used 2016 B & B Chassis last fall and spent the off-season getting ready for the tour. Also the $1,500 winner Saturday at Arizona Speedway and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier six times over, Thornton used his outside starting spot to grab the lead early. Clint Reichenbach, who had faced struggles at Queen Creek, used his fourth place spot on the starting grid to catapult himself into 2nd early on. Jake O’Neil worked his way past Reichenbach and set his sights on Thornton. Thornton had a comfortable cushion once he reached lapped traffic and once again was able to maneuver very efficiently. On the first attempt, Horejsi jumped the cushion in turns 1 and 2, but was saved by a caution occurring elsewhere on the track. Horejsi used the high line around the track to shoot out to the lead. Minnesota veteran Jim Horejsi topped the Sunday main event for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods at Casa Grande. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka) “Winning was a dream come true,” Horejsi said. “Doing something like this has been on my bucket list for about 30 years.” Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; 2. Jake O’Neil, Tucson; 3. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; 4. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 5. Jason Noll, Peoria; 6. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 7. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 8. Nick O’Neil, Tucson; 9. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wy.; 10. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D.; 11. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 12. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 13. Zachary Madrid, Tucson; 14. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 15. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 16. Brint Hartwick, Quitman, Ark.; 17. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark.; 18. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 19. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 20. Dylan Goplen, Fargo, N.D.; 21. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 22. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 23. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek; 24. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 25. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 26. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D. Northern SportMods – 1. Jim Horejsi, Marshall, Minn.; 2. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa; 3. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D.; 4. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 5. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.; 6. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 7. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa; 8. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif.; 9. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. David Jones, Chandler; 11. Andy Clower, Laveen; 12. Mark Harrison, Coolidge; 13. Ty Rogers, Somerton; 14. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo.; 15. Cole Carver, Apache Junction; 16. Jarrod Mounce, Atwater, Calif.; 17. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont.; 18. Dwayne Melvin, Medford, Ore.; 19. Terry Bahr, Gilbert; 20. Heath Dry, Phoenix; 21. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 22. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wy.; 23. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb.; 24. Matt Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif.; 25. Bryan Moreland, Durango, Iowa.
By Bill GritMAYETTA, Kan. (May 3) – Cory Wray made his debut at Thunder Hill Speedway a memorable one Saturday night, as he used his front row outside starting position for all it was worth to win theBSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified main event.Defending champion Tom Charles started middle of the field while Allen Halderman started deep in the field in the 10th row inside. A caution restacked the field, where Wray used that same line to his advantage and again commanded the lead. When the checkered flag flew it was Wray standing in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane with Justin Becker, Charles, Mat Stallbaumer and Halderman finishing out the top five. Twenty-five Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods took the green flag. The father and son duo of Rick Dreasher and Curtis Dreasher proved to be a force to be reckoned with, as they raced nose to tail throughout the entire race.A couple cautions bunch the field back together as Curtis Dreasher tried to outrace his father into first place. Rick Dreasher got the win and in his post-race interview stated he had fuel pressure problems and probably couldn’t have held on another lap. Brian LaBonte was the winner in a Heinen Repair Service IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature that saw Greg Deters unscathed after getting his ride on its side on the front straightaway. Patrick Thyfault bested fifth row starting Garret Hager in the race to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers. Dan Canady topped the Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact main.