Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Oct. 23

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Garcia well qualified for Supreme CourtAs a practicing lawyer in the Fourth Judicial District for over 44 years I have encountered judges at all levels, from town courts to Supreme Court and beyond.Like lawyers, judges are not perfect. Members of the bench, like members of the bar, can be good, bad and/or ugly. The candidate must possess various qualities, from fairness to an ability to tackle hard problems and to help resolve those problems with the assistance of competent trial counsel.Julie Garcia has those qualities and then some.Julie Garcia, if elected to our Supreme Court, would serve all residents of the Fourth Judicial District, but especially those residents who reside in counties north of Saratoga, where the core of a Supreme Court Justice can be measured by not only formal education (Siena College and Albany Law School) but more importantly, by the education that comes from a tough life.For a great insight into her background, visit the New York State Bar Association webpage, State Bar News, and read a column on the lives of five rural lawyers. After you read that brief outline of Julie Garcia’s background, you will undoubtedly join me in voting for Julie Garcia for Supreme Court.Dennis J. Tarantino, Esq.Queensbury Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy shut down road for motorcyclesWhy would Niskayuna police (and others probably) shut down traffic on Balltown Road and adjacent roads to permit about 500 noisy, smelly motorcycles to go streaming south on Sunday a little after 1 p.m.?Average citizens were inconvenienced and perhaps, like me, provoked. Was there some noble cause? It seems to me that shutting down highways is overreach for whatever purpose this was done. I do not recall seeing anything in The Gazette about this event and I read The Gazette every day. Any ideas?Clifford MeachamGlenvilleDon’t jump the gun on limousine safety Garcia knows Fourth Supreme Court areaMy good friend Julie Garcia is running for one of the four open positions of Supreme Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District. I fully support her candidacy for many reasons. I have known Julie for more than 20 years. Julie served as Essex County district attorney after working as an assistant district attorney in both Suffolk and Rensselaer counties. She now has a private practice in Warrensburg and Port Henry. She has experience as both a prosecutor and a defense lawyer.Julie has always had the courage of her convictions to put people over politics. The Fourth Judicial District is large and predominantly rural in nature. Julie Garcia has lived and worked there most of her life. As the Essex County treasurer for more than 24 years, I know that the needs of rural New Yorkers are different from the needs of urban New Yorkers. We need judges who understand rural New Yorkers. Julie Garcia would be just that kind of a Supreme Court judge. I ask you to join me in supporting and voting for Julie Garcia on Nov. 5 for Supreme Court judge in the Fourth Judicial District.Michael DiskinTiconderoga Your Oct. 4 editorial “Limo laws: What took so long?” got key facts wrong, but more importantly it was a disservice to the families of the tragic Schoharie limousine crash.America’s transportation experts at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spent a year investigating that crash. They’re not done, but they released preliminary findings because they know those findings could save lives. If we press forward without their findings, we can get things wrong. Mistakes at this stage can cause even greater failures and delays.The editors of this paper say they don’t need those investigative findings to have the answers, but their example is based on the unsupported idea that seat belts would have saved these victims. NTSB found: “the passenger seat belt systems on the Schoharie crash limousine were poorly designed and would not have provided adequate protection.”We spent the past year working with victims’ families to develop comprehensive life-saving legislation. Not just seat belts. Seat assemblies. Certifying altered used vehicles. Crash safety. Evacuation options. Disclosure. Data recorders. Incentives to states to get dangerous vehicles off the roads. We introduced our legislation this week.For the sake of these families, we must come together to enact meaningful, fact-based solutions that ensure limos like the one in the Schoharie accident are never allowed on the road again. Yes, sometimes doing things right takes time. We have worked with these families and taken that time. We owe it to them, and to each other, to get this right.Paul TonkoAmsterdamThe writer is congressman representing the 20th District.last_img read more

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PREMIUMData protection bill: Lawmakers, activists warn of abuse of power

first_imgForgot Password ? The government and the House of Representatives have begun the deliberation of the long-awaited personal data protection bill. The proposed bill looks to create a comprehensive regulatory framework to ensure the safety of private data, but critics warn of the potential for abuse of power.The bill, drafted by the government, is in the spotlight for a failure to regulate equal sanctions for personal data misuse conducted by the government, private sector and the public.The government has also failed to include clear provisions on the establishment of an independent data protection authority to monitor and analyze the use of personal data in the proposed bill, disappointing lawmakers in the House’s Commission I overseeing defense, foreign affairs, information and intelligence.”In the bill submitted to the House, the government did not include provisions [regarding the… Google Log in with your social account Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Facebook data-protection-bill data-protection #data-protection #data-protection-bill house-of-representativeslast_img read more

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Perfect family lifestyle on offer in Eight Mile Plains

first_imgThe kitchen at 8 Dandelion St, Eight Mile Plains.“It’s breathtaking. When you drive down Dandelion St, it really stands out,” Mr Caruso said. “It is just such a lovely house. It was built in the 1990s but it hasn’t lost its character.” The home is on a 1411sq m block across two lots with a floodlit, full-sized tennis court, pergola and in-ground swimming pool. The living area at 8 Dandelion St, Eight Mile Plains.Mr Caruso said his favourite spot was the barbecue area overlooking the tennis court and swimming pool.“It’s an excellent home for entertaining and having the grandchildren around,” he said. The property is being marketed by Tony Langanis of Ray White Mt Gravatt. The pool area at 8 Dandelion St, Eight Mile Plains.Upstairs, the big master bedroom has a walk-in robe, sitting area, balcony and ensuite with dual basins and separate toilet. Three other bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a media room with built-in storage that could be used as a fifth bedroom. The family bathroom has separate bath and shower. The home at 8 Dandelion St, Eight Mile Plains.THIS charming home with a rose garden, tennis court and swimming pool is on the market in Eight Mile Plains. The two-storey residence at 8 Dandelion St has an English manor feel to it, along with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and multiple living spaces inside and out. Owners Sam and Kim Caruso bought the home five years ago after falling in love with the property at first sight. The tennis court at 8 Dandelion St, Eight Mile Plains.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020On the ground floor of the home there is double lockup garage, carport and a billiards room.There is a formal lounge with fireplace, formal dining room, open-plan kitchen and meals area and a rumpus room with wet bar and access to a patio. The kitchen has European appliances, granite benchtops, glass splashbacks and an island bench. The meals area opens to two more patios and there is also a laundry and bathroom on the ground floor. last_img read more

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Resort-style living close to the Brisbane CBD

first_imgThe home at 5 Downwind Ct, Birkdale. Picture: supplied.AN architecturally-designed home on a 903sq m canal-side block is for sale in Birkdale’s Aquatic Paradise. The impressive property at 5 Downwind Ct, Birkdale, includes a three-storey home with new bathrooms, a four-hole putting green, a saltwater pool with waterfall, and a pontoon. The house has extra high ceilings, a lift and multiple living spaces including a sky room that takes up the third floor. Owners Diane and Tony Eppell built the home and have loved its space, light and grand proportions. The living spaces are spacious and light-filled. Picture: supplied. MORE NEWS: Historic revamp of homestead must be seen Couple sell first home for $1.125 million Mrs Eppell said the home was in a quiet position with the occasional sound of a boat chugging past or dolphins splashing. “We don’t see dolphins often but when we do see them they are usually herding fish to the end of the canal,” she said. On the ground floor there are two double garages, a home office, a guest bedrooms with ensuite, a laundry and a modern bathroom. There is plenty of space for entertaining outside. Picture: supplied.The eat-in kitchen opens to the atrium and has pearl granite benchtops and booth seating.There is an open billiards room, a living area with a soaring ceiling and fireplace and a home theatre with fireplace. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoOn the first floor the master bedroom has a private balcony overlooking the canal, a built-in wardrobe and ensuite with stone benchtops and walk-in shower. The two remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a high-end family bathroom. The sky room has stunning views and a built-in escape hatch. Picture: supplied.The third-floor sky room has lift access and panoramic views. “(The sky room) was a balcony that we filled in and it was originally accessed by dropdown stairs in the middle of the room. Now you could say it’s got an escape hatch in case of emergencies,” Mrs Eppell joked. “You get 360-degree views from up there. You can see the lights of Fisherman Island, fireworks and storms rolling in from the southwest.” The property is on the market through Danny Day of Place Manly.center_img Piece of Jackie Chan movie history hits the marketlast_img read more

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PHOTO: New Sand for Brevard County Beaches

first_imgImage source: USACEThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Jacksonville District has just released this amazing photo from their Brevard County Shore Protection Project.       The project will renourish approximately 13.4 miles of shoreline using 1.1 million cubic yards of sand from the Canaveral Shoals Borrow Area II.The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD), will place sand on the North Reach (9.6 miles) and South Reach (3.8 miles). The North Reach is from Cape Canaveral through Cocoa Beach south to the northern end of Patrick Air Force Base. The South Reach includes the towns of Indialantic and Melbourne Beach.The cost of the project is $17.5 million and is 100 percent federally funded.[mappress mapid=”24879″]last_img

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Sting op nets 4 sachets of ‘shabu’

first_imgAside from suspected shabu, acellphone and drug paraphernalia were also recovered from them, policesaid.  BACOLOD City – Four sachets ofsuspected shabu were seized in a sting operation in Barangay 9, KabankalanCity, Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained in thecustodial facility of the Kabankalan City police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstthem./PNcenter_img The 30-year-old Joven Sata and42-year-old Jonald Vidal yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police reportshowed. Police officers staged the entrapmentoperation which led to the arrest of Sata and Vidal around 10:50 p.m. onWednesday.    last_img

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Echo Lake Swim set for Aug. 15

first_imgMOUNT DESERT — The 21st annual Bill Reeve Echo Lake Swim will take place on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Camp Beech Cliff.The Echo Lake Swim includes competitive swims of 500 yards and 1.5 miles. Last year’s competitors ranged in age from 6 to 80.Entry fees are $20 for those 18 and under and $30 for adults. A family registration costs $60 for two adults and any number of kids.Registration includes awards and a barbeque for all participants as well as a T-shirt for the first 75 swimmers registered.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration the day of the event will begin at 8:30 a.m. The 500-yard swim starts at 10 a.m., and the 1.5-mile swim begins at 10:30 a.m.Registration is available online at defymca.orgThose interested in volunteering in the rescue kayaks and canoes should email Matt Montgomery at mmontgomery@defymca.org.last_img read more

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The Latest: Italy soccer clubs allowed up to 5 substitutions

first_imgLiverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all.Police originally indicated they wanted Liverpool’s second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield.But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium.The Merseyside derby against Everton could still be played away from Goodison Park on June 21. The league says the venue is still to be confirmed.Liverpool leads Manchester City by two points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought. But Liverpool could clinch the trophy in its first game back against Everton if City loses to Arsenal on June 17. Italian competitions will adopt the temporary law change when they resume next week.There can still be only three pauses to send on substitutes. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra timeSerie A is set to resume on June 20 with the Italian Cup being completed in the previous week.___Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji have been fined by the German soccer league for breaking coronavirus-related restrictions to get haircuts. The Latest: Italy soccer clubs allowed up to 5 substitutions ___Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.Chelsea had seven games remaining.City will still qualify for the Champions League with Chelsea. Liverpool has been relegated. June 5, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches.center_img ___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 Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups.The AFC says the planned schedule must comply with “government travel and medical restrictions” in the 40 countries taking part.Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.Four Asian teams will advance directly to the World Cup in Qatar. A fifth team will enter an intercontinental playoff round.___ Associated Press The league says Sancho and Akanji “apparently violated general hygiene and infection protection standards” to have a barber visit them at home. There were no facemasks visible in photos posted on social media.There were similar photos of Dortmund teammates Dan-Axel Zagadou and Raphäel Guerreiro with Düsseldorf-based barber Winnie Nana Karkari but they were not mentioned in the league’s statement. The Bild tabloid reported that Karkari also visited Dortmund players Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard last Thursday.The league says “it goes without question that professional soccer players also need their hair cut” but “this must be done in accordance with the medical-organizational concept at the moment.”___The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed.last_img read more

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5 things Dino Babers said during his 1st ACC teleconference

first_img Published on August 31, 2016 at 12:29 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Dino Babers spoke on his first Atlantic Coast Conference coaches teleconference Wednesday morning ahead of the Orange’s season-opening game against Colgate on Friday at 7 p.m. Here are some things he said.1. Freshman inside receiver Sean Riley will get playing timeBabers said Riley will get playing time and called him “extremely talented.” The more Riley limits mistakes, the more he will play, Babers added.Ervin Philips and Brisly Estime were listed No. 1 and No. 2 at inside receiver, respectively, on the depth chart. But behind those two, the picture is a bit murky. Riley likely slots in as the No. 3. Scoop Bradshaw just switched positions from defensive back to receiver.Freshman running back Moe Neal could play in the slot some, but he’s on the roster as a running back. He practiced with the running backs and receivers during training camp, but Babers said Neal is strictly a running back.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRiley came to Syracuse from Narbonne (California) High School and played for Brandon Manumaleuna, who was an H-back in Dino Babers’ offense at Arizona.2. Devin Butler might not playDepth could be the reason if wide receiver/running back Devin Butler does not play this season. Babers said the team is “not sure if Devin’s going to play this year or not. He’s right on the cusp.”Butler recently changed his number from 81 to 13 and was relisted as a WR/RB instead of just a receiver on the roster. He practiced at both during the summer.“At the positions that he is lining up at we have some depth at those positions so we really haven’t decided yet whether he’s going to play this year or not,” Babers said.Backup outside receiver Alvin Cornelius had been limited at times throughout training camp, and wide receiver Jamal Custis sat out a practice late in camp. If their health becomes an issue, it could open up a spot for Butler.3. The toughest schedule in the nation?Babers thinks so. By various metrics, Syracuse’s schedule has been rated as one of the 10 hardest in the country. On Wednesday, Babers said the schedule is the toughest considering the personnel he has and that Colgate is ranked in the Football Championship Subdivision.4. No new updates on Rodney Williams and Wayne Morgan Both defensive backs had been limited or out toward the end of training camp. Williams only played in nine games last season because of injuries. He also received a medical redshirt in 2014. Morgan also missed the 2014 season with a medical redshirt.Babers said he doesn’t know their statuses and to ask the trainers.5. “It’s going to be a football game”Colgate comes into its game against Syracuse ranked in the FCS. Just two years ago, Syracuse struggled against Villanova in its home-opener, a game Zaire Franklin said on Tuesday the team probably should have lost. Babers was complimentary of the Raiders in the teleconference and in his weekly press conference on Monday. Commentslast_img read more

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Funding boost for female players.

first_imgLadies football and Camogie players have received a boost today with the announcement of government funding.Five hundred thousand euro in 2017 and 2018, will be provided through Sport Ireland, to support programmes in both associations.Womens Gaelic Players Association Chairperson Aoife Lane says the money will be used to benefit the players in the best way possiblelast_img

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