Time to reroute the Stockade-athon

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Stockade-athon should be re-routed to avoid the disruption of church traffic on Sunday mornings. A new route might also reduce the need for so many police cars and blockades, which must be expensive, especially the overtime. The race could start at the parking lot between SCCC and the bike path, and proceed up the ramp to State Street and turn left on Washington Avenue, go one block in Riverside Park, then turn right on Governor’s Lane, right on Front Street, left on Washington Avenue and then back on the bike path all the way to Lock 9 in Rotterdam, then loop back on Rice Road and back on the bike path near the I-890 Campbell Road exit. If this doesn’t equal 15 kilometers, it can be tweaked, perhaps extending as far as the next lock. The small loop through the Stockade would justify continuing with the name of the race, and would not require much in the way of a police presence. The present race configuration is like a noose around the city of Schenectady, as delightful as it may seem to the runners. Sure, it’s only once a year and only for a few hours, but it’s a nightmare for people trying to get to church inside that noose.Roger ShefferSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcylast_img read more

Government COVID-19 policies disappoint public: Poll

first_imgThe government is under scrutiny for failing to meet public expectations in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Politicians and members of the public have called the policies inconsistent and disappointing.A public opinion survey conducted by Jakarta-based pollster Indo Barometer between May 12 and 18 polled 400 respondents in seven provinces in Indonesia, including Jakarta, East Java and West Java – the three provinces hit hardest by the epidemic at the time of the survey.About 54 percent of the respondents said they were dissatisfied with the central government’s COVID-19 policies, mainly because of inconsistencies in rules, sluggish distribution of social aid, inaccurate social aid recipient data and late action to mitigate the outbreak. The government is now gearing up to gradually reopen the economy under health protocols to establish a so-called “new normal”, even as confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise, leading many to question the decision.The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), in opposition to Jokowi’s government, has said it is no surprise that the government was inconsistent in handling the epidemic given that it had underestimated the impact of COVID-19 from the outset, instead of focusing on preventing the virus from reaching the country.“Every policy was decided in an instant,” PKS spokesman Ahmad Fathul Bari said on Wednesday. “The lack of public appreciation toward the government’s COVID-19 policies has arisen simply because the government has failed to prepare them thoroughly.”Critics had previously criticized the government for having a lower rate of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing than other Southeast Asian countries.Suyoto, a politician from the pro-government NasDem Party, said the government had no experience in handling any widespread epidemic before COVID-19, so it was understandable that its policies were “far from perfect”.Suyoto, who heads the party’s public policy department, said the government needed to give the public better explanations of the policies and the scientific arguments behind them.He cited the example of when Jokowi called on the public to make peace with the epidemic and live in the so-called “new normal” without giving any scientific arguments to support his appeal.Health Ministry expert staff member M. Subuh said the public’s trust in the government’s COVID-19 policies would eventually improve once they saw the overall positive impact of PSBB.He said he believed the policy had been effective in containing the disease because many local leaders had said it had helped flatten the infection curve in their respective regions.Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.As of Wednesday, PSBB remained in place in four provinces and 23 cities and regencies, but cities such as Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan, Tegal in Central Java and Makassar in South Sulawesi had decided not to extend the restrictions.Topics : About 46 percent of the respondents said, in the open-ended questions, that they were satisfied with the government’s response to the outbreak, believing that it had acted fast in handling the virus and had managed to contain the virus through the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).“Two major problems – social assistance distribution and inconsistent policies – must be resolved,” Indo Barometer executive director M. Qodari said in a statement on Tuesday.“I think it is best to say that President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo needs to change his policy in handling the epidemic to achieve a higher public satisfaction rate.”The government has issued a variety of policies since the first two COVID-19 cases were recorded in early March, including authorizing some regional administrations to impose PSBB individually and authorizing 405.1 trillion (US$ 27.06 billion) in extra spending to cushion the virus’ impact on the economy.last_img read more

Take a look at the stylish homes going under the hammer across Brisbane

first_imgMODERN STYLE: This Manly West home has a marble staircase.THERE is an auction for almost everyone this weekend as a variety of opulent and practical homes from across Brisbane go under the hammer. In the west a modern double storey home in Brookfield promises some of the best views in the city.Built into a slope at 9 Royston St, Brookfield by prominent architect Tim Ditchfield, the 1960s Californian inspired design is all about simplicity. 23 Gabrielle Place, Manly West“It is a lot bigger inside than it appears from the front, when you walk in it really opens up in front of you,” Mr Kristofer said. Elegance and style.There have been no major renovations apart from the addition of a back deck, ensuring the home keeps the feel of a classic Queenslander. Just wait till you see the inside.“It is not your standard home, it is a very opulent, grand home,” agent Shawn Kristofer said. “The owners put a lot of thought into the construction.”It has a marble spiral staircase at the centre of the home, connecting the living area on the ground floor with the bedrooms on the top floor. Californian inspired design.“There is nothing in the home that is complicated at all,” said agent and auctioneer John Smith. “The home has been cut superbly into the hill so it can really capture the views.”The modernist design includes a pool on the top floor, and an open plan with wide windows to make the most of the mountain views. The pool is not where you would expect it.With a combined wine cellar and bar in the bottom floor the home is ideal for entertaining.center_img A very modern design.If will be auctioned on-site Saturday, March 3 at 12.30pm. Over at 14 Palmerston St, Annerley, this three bedroom home is not as modern, but inside it has a vintage sense of style. Not you average Queenslander.The home features include distinctive VJ walls, high ceilings and casement windows. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoElegant style.It will be auctioned on-site Saturday, March 3 at 2pm. Over in the east a modern architecturally designed home at 23 Gabrielle Place, Manly West has been getting a lot of interest with its eye-catching interiors. Blast from the past.“It has been very well received from buyers because of its proximity is everything,” said agent Michael Ford. The home will be auctioned on-site this Saturday, March 3 at 10am.Happy bidding.last_img read more

Riley stands up for referees

first_imgReferees’ chief Mike Riley has leapt to the defence of English officials in the wake of recent criticism of refereeing standards. Press Association But Riley has hit back and claims that, while mistakes are inevitable, data suggests that referees are in fact performing better than ever and that he has the backing of the game’s top brass. “Keith’s entitled to his opinion,” Riley told the Times. “Everyone has one. “But Keith’s description is not something I recognise of the organisation, the standards and what these officials achieve. “It’s not something that the people that I engage with – the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association), LMA (League Managers Association), FA (Football Association) – recognise. None of the data bears that out. “You always look back and think ‘wasn’t life good then’. But my view is every generation is improving on the last. “Go back over the last five years, whether we judge the data from evaluation (by former referees) or the Premier League delegates, it all suggests year on year the group have improved on-field standards. “We also know it gets more demanding, so we have to keep improving. Expectations were completely different before, there wasn’t the camera coverage or scrutiny. “People forgave players more mistakes than now and forgave referees more mistakes.” He added: “If you look at the development of PGMOL over the last five years, it’s been transformational. By any measure it’s been a successful organisation. We will always have a period of mistakes but judge us over 380 games.” center_img Former Professional Game Match Officials Limited general manager Keith Hackett called for his successor Riley to be removed from his position earlier this month, calling the current crop of officials “the worst that we have seen”. That criticism came on the back of attacks on officials from Barclays Premier League managers, with Swansea boss Garry Monk particularly scathing in his assessment of their performances this season. last_img read more

McIlroy edges closer to return

first_img McIlroy has yet to say publicly if he will contest the year’s final major, but gave numerous hints on social media this week and on Friday was paired with Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson for the first two rounds next Thursday and Friday. And on Saturday the four-time major winner was pictured on the course where he finished a shot outside the play-off between Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson in 2010 as he looks to make a quicker-than-expected return to action. McIlroy suffered a “total rupture” of ligaments in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, ruling him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles. The 26-year-old’s last competitive round was a closing 66 in the US Open at Chambers Bay on June 21. The US PGA gets under way on August 13. McIlroy will be replaced as world number one by Masters and US Open champion Spieth if the 22-year-old American can win his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone Country Club on Sunday. It was at the same event that McIlroy overturned a three-shot deficit to Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia in the final round 12 months ago to move back to the top of the rankings. After completing his round alongside friend Harry Diamond, McIlroy posted a picture on Twitter of himself on the 18th tee, writing: “Great 18 holes this morning with haza136 @ Whistling Straits Golf Club.” Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel reported that McIlroy had told him that made for a total of 90 holes of golf since his injury, with James Haddock of Sky Sports News quoting McIlroy as saying his ankle was “feeling fine”. Press Associationcenter_img World number one Rory McIlroy has stepped up his preparations for the defence of his US PGA Championship title with a practice round at Whistling Straits.last_img read more

PBC School District Votes to Fire Principal, Sues E-Cig Maker Juul

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School District voted Wednesday afternoon to fire former Spanish River Community High School Principal William Latson.Board members voted 5-2 to terminate Latson’s contract over comments he made to a parent in an email last July about the Holocaust.In the message, the former administrator wrote, “I can’t say the holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”He had been reassigned to the district office during the investigation.The investigative report stated the district had “just cause” to fire Latson since he violated several district policies.Latson’s termination will take effect on November 21. He has until that date to file an appeal.The School Board also decided at its Wednesday meeting to sue e-cigarette maker Juul, in an effort to combat the youth vaping epidemic.According to officials with the District, schools are struggling to address the issue, and “have been forced to divert resources to monitoring and disciplining the rapidly growing number of students using vaping products on school grounds.”If a settlement is reached, 75 percent of the money would go to the District, while the other 25 percent would go to the law firms who are representing the District.The statement from the District adds, “The top priority of the School District of Palm Beach County is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Palm Beach County does not intend to stand by and allow this crisis to escalate further.”last_img read more

‘Punches in bunches’ as Allicock outscores Gibson at Sons of Champions

first_imgCLAIRMONT Gibson was out-punched by his more experienced opponent Keevin Allicock, when the two traded punches on Tuesday night at the National Gymnasium.The occasion was the Guyana Boxing Association/Briso’s `Sons of Champions’ Boxing Night Card’s feature bout on a 11-fight programme that was attended by a fair-sized crowd.From the first gong, Allicock and Gibson took to the centre of the ring exchanging combinations which Gibson seemed to connect better, but Allicock weathered the storm and retaliated with combinations of his own.However, the second round was much different as the Albouystown hero (Allicock) turned the tide and on two occasions caused the Trinidad and Tobago AIBA Three Star referee, Mr Beckles, to issue two standing eight-counts to Gibson.During the round, Gibson threw several punches at Allicock but most of the punches went into thin air as Allicock used his speed and ring-craft to evade them.The third and final round appeared to be the decisive round and both boxers stepped out from their respective corners in an aggressive manner, with Gibson looking to end the fight within the distance, but Allicock, the national and Caribbean bantamweight champion would not have any of that.Keevin Allicock (right) receives his medal and token from boxing promoter Seon Bristol of Briso’s promotions after winning his bantamweight contest against Clairmont Gibson on Tuesday ni8ght at the National Gymnasium.He brought his experience and ring-craft into play, slipping punches, cutting off the ring, as well as stepping in and out while connecting with two- and three-handed combinations in the process.In the end, the Commonwealth Youth Games’ silver medallist was declared winner by unanimous points-decision.The Allicock versus Gibson bout was entertaining from start to end and most of the other fights on the night’s card were equally enjoyable.There was another bantamweight fight on the card that saw Julius Kesney force the referee to stop his contest against Junior Hyman at two minutes 30 seconds of the second round after pounding Hyman with some telling one-two combinations.In the lightweight category, Desmond Amsterdam, Guyana and the Caribbean champion peppered Aluko Bess with some telling combinations and after enduring two minutes 44 seconds of the second round, the referee rightly stopped the contest in Amsterdam’s favour.The heavyweight bout between GBA’s national champion John Mars and runner-up Aubrey Headley was very entertaining but after three rounds of slugging, Headley was declared winner by unanimous points-decision.In the Schoolboys category, Shaquancy Wright and Travis Inverary both registered unanimous points-decision victories over Deron Williams and Richard Howard respectively.In the junior category, Emanuel Pompey secured a split decision win against Sherman Morrison and in the Youth category, Justin Winfield scored a Technical Knock Out win over Michel Worrell at two minutes 54 seconds on round two.Isaiah Moore secured a unanimous win against Omar Pollard and Deshon Elcock won by a split decision over Christopher Moore.last_img

Student groups criticize USC over Ben Shapiro event, policing

first_imgBSA, LSA and APASA shared statement criticizing USG’s decision to provide funding for an event hosted by the USC chapter of Young Americans for Freedom where Ben Shapiro is scheduled to speak. (Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan)Multiple student groups criticized USC after the Undergraduate Student Government agreed last week to fund an event featuring conservative commentator Ben Shapiro, citing the use of funds for extra policing and its effects on student minority groups.The Black Student Assembly, Latinx Student Assembly and Asian Pacific American Student Assembly shared an unsigned statement over the weekend denouncing USC and accusing the University of co-hosting Shapiro. While the event received funding from USG, the University administration will not pay for the event and is not a co-sponsor of it, a USC source told the Daily Trojan. Shapiro’s presence on college campuses has had a history of violence. Last September, nine people were arrested while protesting Shapiro at UC Berkeley; two were arrested during protests when Shapiro visited the University of Utah.“The safety and lives of minority communities on the University of Southern California’s campus [are] in harm’s way,” said the statement, which also promoted the use of the hashtag #SoundTheAlarm. “[Shapiro] is known to be a purveyor of hate speech, including the eradication of entire races and discriminatory comments against a multitude of minority communities.”Shapiro has made incendiary comments referencing race, sexuality and gender identity, such as accusing Arabs of enjoying violence — a statement he later apologized for — and calling transgender people mentally ill.BSA was the first student organization to share the statement, but did not comment on whether member of the organization wrote it. LSA declined to comment and APASA did not respond in time for publication.“We felt that students on campus — not just black students, but students of color … just need an opportunity to get to share their voice behind how they felt about this whole event taking place,” BSA leaders told the Daily Trojan. USC’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, a national conservative youth activism organization, announced in July that it would host Shapiro on Oct. 4. The statement alleged that USC would pay for security on campus that would include uniformed and undercover police officers, along with a K-9 Unit. Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas said in a statement to the Daily Trojan that K-9 units were “never part of the safety plan.”“It is our responsibility to assess the needs and provide sufficient resources to ensure the safety of members of our campus community and event participants,” Thomas said in the statement. “Our role is to make sure that all parties on campus may safely exercise their first amendment rights in accordance with university policy.”According to DPS Assistant Chief David Carlisle, most of the security presence will be DPS officers, along with a “modest amount” of uniformed LAPD officers, but that city police will be on standby.“I want to make it clear: DPS is not dissuading or denying anyone the right to demonstrate or protest or express themselves on campus,” Carlisle said. “We expect [our students] to behave responsibly and we don’t anticipate any problems. We’re there in the background, so to speak, to make sure that things remain peaceful.”According to Maxwell Brandon, the chairman of USC chapter of YAF, the added security is not meant to “oppress minorities” or to stop a protest of the event, but to prevent violence.“We’re not trying to squash anyone’s right to protest,” Brandon said. “We’re just trying to make sure that there’s not going to be any violence … [Police are] coming in as a First Amendment protection for both sides.” Brandon explained that the total cost of DPS and private security staff amounted to $15,000. USG is providing $4,100 from the discretionary fund, the maximum for individual organizations per academic year allowed according to the USG Funding Guide. YAF said it will cover the remainder of the cost through fundraisers.“We have very strict funding guidelines where every recognized student organization, regardless of political affiliation, can apply for funding,” said USG President Debbie Lee. “If the application follows procedures and guidelines, then it’ll be passed.” YAF will allot $1,000 of the total cost to creating a designated area for students to protest. BSA leaders said, however, that they were unaware of the addition of the designated protest space. “BSA would like an opportunity to share our voices and we’re glad that they decided to do that,” BSA leaders told the Daily Trojan.last_img read more

USC alumni create Pocket List app to help renters find housing

first_imgThe founders credit the workspace with providing a space to seek advice, collaborate with other entrepreneurs and work on daily tasks. Several years ago when USC alumnus Nick Dazé and his wife had a baby, they searched for a new home to rent. But they ran into several issues along the way, including false information, scam listings and having issues with the landlord at the home they ended up signing on. He tried out several business ideas since then to help renters dealing with the same issues before creating Pocket List, a company that helps renters learn more information about the properties they’re looking into.  “We know from experience that the outcome or the differential in someone’s life, their quality of life, their happiness, their mental health, their productivity, their physical health can be dramatically impacted by having a good or bad place to live,” Dazé said. “This is something we’re super passionate and something we have a long term vision for.” In terms of workflow, Vergel de Dios handles all the technical and engineering aspects of the company as Chief Technology Officer. Every morning,  Vergel de Dios hosts a stand-up meeting with the engineering team to talk about daily tasks and assist  employees with coding. As CEO, Dazé works on business development, product development and user experience for approximately 10 hours each day. The company considers college students a target audience because most students know the exact date of when they move out.  Dazé said the company’s name originates from a term used by residential real estate agents to describe a house that is ready for selling but is not advertised to the open market. USC alumni Nick Dazé and Julian Vergel de Dios created the app Pocket List to help renters learn more details about potential properties such as the quality of features including light, sound and parking. (Photo courtesy of Nick Dazé) “They saw what customers wanted and tweaked their offering before moving into Pocket List, and all of a sudden they have struck gold,” Eastman said. “They suddenly have a ton of people signing up. They have suddenly raised a bunch of extra money. So in that sense, I think the entrepreneurs are really solid.” While the app is currently only open to Los Angeles customers, Dazé said Pocket List plans to expand to every major city by spring 2020, acquiring more customers through a combination of social media advertising, content creation, events and outreach.  “Our biggest differentiator is that we are allowing people to see details about apartments that they can’t find anywhere else because we’re not talking to landlords,” said Vergel de Dios, who graduated from the Viterbi School of Engineering in 2009. “We’re talking to people that actually lived in their apartments.” Dazé worked with fellow alumnus Julian Vergel de Dios to create a website that help renters find and bookmark their dream apartments, so they’re notified when the space goes on the market. The app also allows renters to look up reviews on the quality of features like light, sound and parking and to look at current rent rates at each apartment for free.  The pair launched the manual version of the app in June 2019 after working at the USC Viterbi Startup Garage in Marina Del Rey for a year under director David Eastman.  “We’re essentially taking the concept of the friend that knows about a cool apartment opening up in a few months and opening that up to the entire country,” said Dazé, who graduated from the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in 2006. “We think that why this is really useful for college students who are going to want to plan ahead for life after graduation, especially if they want to figure out, kind of a complex living situation.”last_img read more

Neighbours meet in Munster football quarter-final

first_imgTipp football is on a high at present with the Minor’s and Under 21’s performing well in recent years adding to the strong showings from the Senior panel.Deise stalwart Shane Briggs says Waterford are only too well aware of the improvements by Tipperary of late as they head into Sundays Munster Championship quarter-final encounter.Throw-in is at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon in Semple Stadium and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with O’Donovan Marquees, Birdhill.last_img read more