Hafez will bring new voice to City Council

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe have the opportunity on Election Day, Nov. 7, to get some new blood on the City Council of the city of Schenectady and diversify its mostly one-sided party makeup. In my opinion, it is more important to have council members with common sense rather than the proper party affiliation. Proof positive is Vince Riggi, who was never previously a politician but has become an outstanding council member.I would like to see Mohamed Hafez join Vince on the council as a practical, reasonable check against monolithic party rule. Mr. Hafez, owner of Crane Insurance Services, would bring his financial expertise to a city that often seems to lack common sense in that area.As a representative of the Republican Party, Reform Party and Green Party, he’s a practical person who wants to take action to solve problems, rather than simply discussing them in ad finitum. This includes middle-class issues like property taxes, but also crime reduction and investment in our lower-income neighborhoods to strengthen and lift up the city overall.Please join me in voting for Mr. Hafez on Nov. 7. It’s far past time to have more voices with new ideas on our city council.Jessie MaleckiSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: 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 homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Gold Coast’s first ‘floating house’ is off the market

first_imgThe master suite has an outdoor stone tub. Matt black combines with copper accentuates.The interior is a flow of matt black, copper and timber finishes, with timber framing the stunning coast and city view.Ms Naumoski has knocked back two offers to swap the property — one in the Whitsundays and one locally — so she can build or renovate her next home.Ed Cherry of Sophie Carter Exclusive Properties, who was marketing the property, said Ms Naumoski plans to keep an eye on other multimillion-dollar sales in the local market and remains open to serious offers. “She was serious about selling the property and still is serious about it,” Mr Cherry said.“Right now she will sit it out and wait for a good sale (in the area).” It is built on stilts to appear suspended.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“There’s nothing really to compare it to, so that was the biggest challenge, ” Ms Naumoski told the Gold Coast Bulletin at the time.“At the moment I’ve put a price on it, I believe that’s what it’s worth in terms of the land value, the cost of the build and the considerable effort that’s gone into the home and that’s based off the feedback that came through the expressions of interest campaign,” she said. The indoor pool.Ms Naumoski worked with a local builder and architect to bring the three-bedroom, two-bathroom residence to life on a 405sq m block and then-shambling shack in 2016.The new build features’ include a sunken outdoor lounge with fire pit, a cinema room, an outdoor concrete bathtub and an indoor pool. The Burleigh Heads house has the wow factor. The interior features plenty of timber. 45 Hill Ave, Burleigh Heads has been taken off the market.THE Gold Coast’s first floating house has been taken off the market following a sales campaign that included offers of a property swap. The unique residence that was built to appear as if it’s suspended from the side of Hill Avenue in Burleigh Heads was listed for sale through an expressions of interest campaign in November 2017, before vendor Rozetta Naumoski put a $2.7 million price tag on it last month. last_img read more

UK plan for sovereign-owned listing category a worry for investors

first_img“If the proposals in this consultation document are implemented, it will be bad news for London and will reverse the progress we have made in recent years to uphold strong governance and protect minority shareholders,” he said.In Royal London’s view, the listing rules should apply for any premium listing, whether the controlling investor was a private individual, a consortium or a sovereign state, Hamilton Claxton said.The FCA explained in yesterday’s announcement that it had decided to bring this proposal forward from its ongoing “Review of the Effectiveness of Primary Markets”.Andrew Bailey, the regulator’s chief executive, said: “Sovereign owners are different from private sector individuals or companies – both in their motivations and in their nature.”Regulatory protections for investors lay at the core of the listing regime, he said, but added it was important that those protections remained well-targeted. “Refining the listing regime in this way would make UK markets more accessible whilst ensuring that the protections afforded by our premium listing regime are focused and proportionate,” he said.The authority said the new premium listing category would include all of the investor protection that applied to firms in the existing premium listing category, but with two changes.Firstly, the sovereign would not be considered a related party in the related party rules, and secondly, the controlling shareholder rules would not apply to companies in the new category in respect of the sovereign controlling shareholder.Shareholder lobby group ShareAction warned of the danger of diluting existing protection.“Our initial reaction is that investors and savers should be nervous about any dilution of existing protections which were specifically introduced to avoid a repetition of the governance issues associated with Bumi and ENRC,” said Catherine Howarth, the organisation’s chief executive.Apart from giving feedback to the FCA’s new proposal for listing of state-owned entities, ShareAction would also push for the major index providers to carefully consider how to respond, she said.“The FTSE 100 includes a range of multinational businesses who meet high governance standards – there is no reason why this should be diluted by technical changes in the premium listing with potential implications for passive investors,” Howarth said. The announcement by the UK’s financial regulator that it is proposing to introduce a new “premium listing” category for sovereign controlled companies — which effectively relaxes the rules around some IPOs — has been criticised for eroding shareholder protection.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said yesterday that it had launched a consultation on proposals to create a new category within its premium listing regime to cater for companies controlled by a shareholder that was a sovereign country.The move is seen by many in the market as catering for an IPO by Saudia Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company. The Gulf country is looking to sell 5% of the company, with New York and London reportedly left in the running as venues for the listing. Ashley Hamilton Claxton, corporate governance manager at Royal London Asset Management, said: “It looks like the FCA is consulting on amending the existing listing rules to accommodate the peculiarities of one company, which is not a very effective strategy for regulating the market as a whole. last_img read more

Magazine highlights Indiana round barns

first_imgBatesville, In. — The January-February issue of Outdoor Indiana magazine features a cover story on the movement to preserve the Hoosier state’s round and polygonal barns.Such barns were always rare, even in their heyday. At least 226 such barns were built in Indiana between 1874 and 1936, more than in any other state. Only 73 are left. A registry of round or polygonal structures in Indiana is here.Get more information at Outdoor Indiana.last_img

David B. Tousley

first_imgDavid B. Tousley, age 72, died peacefully on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, surrounded by family at his home in Batesville. Born November 27, 1947, in Indianapolis, he is the son of John and Shirley (Wilkerson) Tousley. David received his bachelor’s degree in 1969 and later a Master’s degree in education from Butler University. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity serving as president of the local chapter. David worked as a sales representative for Norwalk Furniture Corporation for 30 years, much of it in Seattle, before he retired. David loved looking at the mountains and the Puget Sound. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and friends. David was a kind and generous soul. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and love of laughter. Anyone who knew him became his friend. He was loved by all. David could spend hours in his backyard observing birds and nature in general. He was an avid reader and loved history. David is survived by his wife, Roseann (Moody), daughter Jennifer Tousley of Washington, D.C., brothers John Tousley of Zionsville, Indiana, and Thomas Tousley of Alexandria, Virginia, as well as sisters, Karen Elliott of Carmel, Indiana and Jane Brown of Zionsville, Indiana, stepdaughters, Erica (Scheidler) Hopewell, Lori (Schalf) DeWitt and stepson Casey Scalf. He was preceded in death by his parents. David will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Margaret Mary Foundation Oncology or Margaret Mary Hospice in Batesville.last_img read more

Garry Monk: Everton’s handling of John Stones transfer saga to be admired

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk has expressed his admiration for Everton over the way they handled the John Stones transfer saga. “But all credit to him. He looks to be getting on with it, which is what you should do as a player.” Swansea enjoyed a resounding 3-0 victory over Everton in the Capital One Cup last season but have never beaten the Toffees in 20 league attempts. Monk says it would be pleasing to “put that record to bed” but admits it will be a difficult challenge, particularly as he says he has detected a change in Everton’s approach this season. “They had a difficult season last year for various reasons but they’ve started this one well and shown their true quality,” Monk said as he prepares for another reunion with Martinez, his former Swansea team-mate and manager. “The players they’ve got at the club they should be a top 10 side as that’s been their history. “They finished outside the top 10 last season and that would have been seen as below-par at Everton, but they don’t have Europe this season and I’m sure they feel they will be able to concentrate on the league. “Roberto’s a good manager and they’ve probably changed their game a little bit this season. “They’ve adapted their game, they can be direct at times and vary it up a bit. “We are expecting a difficult game because they are obviously full of confidence after last weekend’s result.” Everton stood firm in the face of three offers from champions Chelsea last month – the last upwards of £30million which prompted the England defender to hand in a transfer request – with manager Roberto Martinez insisting all along the 21-year-old was not for sale. And Everton’s stance was immediately rewarded last weekend when Stones produced a cultured performance in a 3-1 home victory over Chelsea. “Roberto was very clear on the situation and credit to Everton that they’ve followed through on it,” Monk said. “I personally admire that because it’s very difficult for clubs like Everton and ourselves – clubs outside that top six – when teams come in for your players. “It’s not just this league, but other leagues as well, that teams can come in and poach a player and wave that cheque in your face. “Sometimes it’s very difficult to stop a player having his head turned in those situations. “It is a so-called step up and a different pay packet I would imagine, but that’s testament to the club. “They’ve stayed strong from the start and it doesn’t look like it’s distracted him. He’s a very good player and you can see why he’s attracted the interest he’s attracted. Press Association Monk’s men have to break down an Everton defence featuring Stones at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as they seek to bounce back from last weekend’s first defeat of the season at Watford. But Monk feels the Toffees have struck a blow for clubs outside the Barclays Premier League’s top-six elite. last_img read more

GSA girls fall in Class C North tennis final

first_imgBLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy girls’ tennis team fell to top-ranked Mattanawcook Academy 5-0 in Wednesday’s Class C North final.No. 2 GSA (12-3) got a strong doubles effort from Chloe Politte and Libby Weed and a resilient singles performance from Lindsay Nevin. Politte and Weed fell 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 against Mattanawcook’s Sydney Jones and Delaney Kneeland, and Nevin lost 7-6 (5), 6-4 against Natalie Tilton.Mattanawcook finished a perfect season at 16-0 Saturday with a 3-2 win over Class C South No. 2 seed Maranacook (14-2). In the boys’ title match, Mattanawcook (15-1) lost to Southern Maine No. 1 seed Waynflete (16-0). It was Waynflete’s 11th straight state title.Ellsworth’s Jodrey named to All-PVC singles teamThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth’s Norman Jodrey was named an All-Penobscot Valley Conference first-team selection in singles play FridayDrake Janes and Ellie Bridgers of Mount Desert Island received second-team singles honors. Miriam Nelson of Ellsworth received honorable mention.last_img read more

The Latest: Dynamo Moscow player tests positive for virus

first_imgTen teams will live in Munich and play at the Audi Dome without fans or contact with the outside world. The league’s seven other teams will not take part and their season will be declared finished.Each team will be allowed to bring 22 people to live in hotels closed to the public. Games will be played at the venue which hosted the basketball tournament at the 1972 Olympics.The plan was approved by the government of the state of Bavaria.League president Alexander Reil says the tournament offers “a certain return to normality” with strong health safeguards amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league has not played since March 8.___ May 19, 2020 Dynamo says defender Roman Evgeniev was found to be positive in recent testing ahead of the league’s planned return next month. The club also says a goalkeeping coach had been diagnosed earlier. The club says he hasn’t had contact with other employees since early April.Two other unnamed people from the club gave “borderline” results in tests and another two had antibodies which indicated they had COVID-19 in the past.The Russian league plans to return on June 21.Rubin Kazan said Monday that defender Konstantin Pliev had tested positive for the virus but was “feeling fine.” Lokomotiv Moscow said last week that Peru forward Jefferson Farfan gave a positive sample and had symptoms including a cough, fatigue and fever.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Russian soccer club Dynamo Moscow says a player and a coach have tested positive for the coronavirus and samples from four others gave atypical results. French soccer’s awards ceremony has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The country’s players’ union says it will not be presenting trophies for the best players and coaches in the top two divisions of men’s soccer and the women’s first division.The union says the time is not right for “individual awards during this crisis period” and that the winners’s list will be left blank for 2020 in tribute to the medical staff “at the service of our society.”The awards were initially scheduled to be held last weekend.___ The Premier League says six people from three clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus following the first round of checks.Tests were conducted on 748 players and club staff on Sunday and Monday.The league has not disclosed the names of the individuals who tested positive. They must self-isolate for seven days.___Spanish soccer club Málaga says it plans to fire some employees to improve its financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Dynamo Moscow player tests positive for virus Manchester United says it will refund fans with season tickets for the games they won’t be able to attend during the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings. United has four home games left.The club wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”Clubs are pushing to be allowed to play at their usual stadiums rather than in neutral venues as the police wanted.United is asking fans for their “co-operation not to travel to any stadiums at which we are playing on matchdays.” Cristiano Ronaldo has reported back to Juventus’ training center after a 10-week absence.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed up for medical tests with the Serie A leaders.Ronaldo observed a two-week isolation period at his home in Turin after spending the lockdown period in his native Portugal.Ronaldo has not been alongside his teammates since helping Juventus to a 2-0 win over Inter Milan on March 8. He flew to his home island of Madeira, Portugal, after that.Serie A was suspended a day later when the Italian government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The league is hoping to resume playing on June 13. ___Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will play a series of friendlies next year to raise money for medical facilities in Italy and Spain.The three round-robin games have been dubbed the “European Solidarity Cup” and thousands of medical staff and carers will get tickets for their work fighting the coronavirus pandemic.Dates for the games will be set when the calendar for 2021 is clear and fans are allowed back into stadiums.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The second-division club’s finances have been overseen by a public administrator since a judge replaced Qatari club owner Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani in February.Málaga says the measure is one of many being taken to “ease the difficult economic situation it is experiencing.” It says the “restructuring” is needed to ensure its sustainability.The club did not say which employees will be fired. The team is in 15th place in the second-division standings.___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament.last_img read more

Candidates Dann and McCaleb aim to connect students to USC, Los Angeles

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government presidential and vice presidential candidates Dylan Dann and Addison McCaleb are hoping to help students get connected, whether it’s to one another, to important resources or to the city around them.Connections · Presidential candidate Dylan Dann (left) and vice presidential candidate Addison McCaleb are running with the campaign slogan “Connect (you) SC.” – Photo courtesy of Dylan Dann Donning bright green T-shirts during the campaign period to make their names, faces and ideas known, Dann and McCaleb are running on a platform, which includes facilitating communication among students and giving students access to destinations around Los Angeles. The two are hoping, as their slogan says, to “Connect (you) SC.”“The Trojan experience has just been one of a kind for me, and I really wanted to give back. I’ve been involved in USG and realized that students need to be connected to the university more than they are now,” Dann said.If elected president, Dann, a junior majoring in international relations (global business) and a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, said he will draw on his experience as a Greek senator and lead with a passion he feels is unmatched.“Our greatest strength … is passion,” Dann said. “You’ve really got to want to fix this university, make it better, make it the best that it can be … We really want to improve the university for the next generation of Trojans, and I think that’s what sets us apart. The passion and vigor with which we’re going to go into this office if elected would be better than the next candidate.”McCaleb, a junior majoring in film production and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, ran for a Greek senator seat last year but lost to Dann. He said he wants to bring a “fresh perspective” to the USG administration. Dann, the two maintain, will provide the experience, and McCaleb will bring an outsider’s idealist approach.“Why we love the duo of us two is that I kind of bring the fresh perspective,” McCaleb said. “I’m walking in there, guns blazing. Maybe I don’t know all the rules and maybe I don’t know everything that’s been addressed or attempted to be addressed, but maybe that’s a positive.”If elected, Dann and McCaleb’s goals include regular meetings with representatives from student groups, USC shuttles around the city (including to the beach, the Grove and airports), assistance for students looking for non-university housing, permanent USC e-mail addresses, football tickets that are transferable by I.D. card and improved wireless internet around campus. All of these initiatives, they say, come back to connectivity.In particular, the two assert that it is important for USG to facilitate connections among student organizations.“We feel like there are so many organizations at USC that aren’t connected, and a lot of them do the same projects or work on the same things, have common goals, so we really want to connect those organizations to one another so they can work together if they want to,” Dann said.Dann and McCaleb hope to facilitate communication between students and USG and among students and student groups. They plan to hold monthly meetings with student leaders — a variation on this year’s Council of Presidents — to give student groups a chance to voice their concerns and ask questions.“It wouldn’t be a meeting where we tell what we’re doing, but we ask them to tell us what they’re doing and how we can help,” McCaleb said.The current USG administration set out initially to improve students’ knowledge of USG and its operation. That outreach effort, Dann said, was met with great success, and he hopes to continue to expand on it and to focus on face-to-face interaction more than online communication.“The best connections really come from interactions between one another,” Dann said. “I think a lot of it has to do with USG’s tangible representation in different meetings, really representing organizations, and I think that’s where that’s going to come from.”He also intends to continue the current administration’s work on initiatives including extended hours at the USC University Park Health Center and the Lyon Center and rollover dining dollars.Their goals are lofty, but Dann and McCaleb said for every point of their platform, they carefully considered whether it was feasible and how much money it would cost. The two hope to take a careful look at how USG’s money is spent.“In every issue we looked at, every time we wrote something down, we said, ‘Is this feasible?’ We didn’t want to make a whole campaign that in the end was a great campaign [but] we weren’t able to execute,” McCaleb said.With the help of about 40 volunteers, according to campaign manager Lesley Stahl, and the continued use of bright colors, Dann and McCaleb are focusing, as their campaign slogan signifies, on connecting to students. This, they hope, will make them successful come voting period next week.“I don’t see any barriers between us,” McCaleb said. “I am going to continue being the student I’ve been for three years and just take on extra responsibilities for them.”To hear the first part of Alexandra Tilsley’s interview with Dylan Dann and Addison McCaleb, click below:Part onePart twoPart threePart fourlast_img read more

Tennis teams prepare for weekend tournaments

first_imgAs for the Women of Troy, their season started with three straight wins, only to lose their most recent matchup against Southern Methodist University. The team was scheduled to play the Texas A&M Aggies last Sunday, but the competition was canceled due to inclement weather. The Trojans are now preparing to go on the road to play another non-conference team,  UC Santa Barbara. Last Saturday, USC played a tight match against the Mustangs, splitting singles 3-3. The Mustangs left with the win after coming out on top in both of their doubles matches. The Trojans currently sit with an overall record of 3-1 in the middle of the Pac-12. The men hope to rebound this weekend at the ITA National Indoor Championship in Chicago. After dropping their last three matches to No. 9 Stanford, No. 1 Ohio State and Cal, the Trojans will face the fourth-ranked Florida Gators. Following the tournament, USC will return home Feb. 22 to take on crosstown rival No. 6 UCLA. One player to keep an eye on for the Gauchos is senior Stephanie Yamada. Yamada, who was recently named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week, swept her matches this past weekend. The Trojans will need to beat Yamada if they wish to earn their fourth win of the season. Against the Mustangs, doubles team juniors Becca Weissmann and Constance Branstine won both their singles matches but lost their doubles match in a close 6-4 game. Freshman Salma Ewing, the 24th-ranked player in the nation, lost her match against Mustangs sophomore Lisa Buss, 3-6, 4-6. One unsung player for the Trojans this season has been freshman Danielle Willson, who is ranked No. 99 in the nation. In singles play this year, Willson is at 4-0, undefeated in collegiate singles matches. In doubles play, Willson has been almost perfect, collecting a record of 9-1 so far this season. If the Trojans hope to take the Pac-12 crown this season, they will have to rely on Willson’s dominating play. The Men of Troy will take on the Florida Gators Friday at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago while the Women of Troy face the Gauchos Saturday in Santa Barbara. Freshman Salma Ewing scrimmages teammates in practice to prepare for the upcoming tournament in Santa Barbara. (Emily Smith/Daily Trojan) The Trojans are currently in the middle of a schedule that has placed them against seven top-10 ranked teams in 10 matches, with three matches already under their belt. After that, the schedule eases up with four home matches against unranked teams to close out the season. After starting the season strong, USC men’s and women’s tennis both experienced their first tastes of defeat last weekend. The teams are looking to regroup with some strong play to get their seasons back on track. “I think we really have a chance to just do something special this year,” junior Riley Smith said. “[This] tournament is nothing different to us, and we are just going to go out there and compete.”last_img read more